Josvin, I've done that, if it's the drink in a quart container with different flavorings like Madagascar Vanilla, Cherry, etc. The change was subtle but I did notice a positive change in my digestion after a couple of quarts in a week or so. Less bloating & feeling food just sitting in my stomach for hours. I've alternated between kefir & Jarrow probiotics supps whenever the need arises; have gotten good results. Joe.View Thread
Hi DMW. Diet improvement is the needed goal for me. I've been exercising regularly, aerobics, on the treadmill & elliptical in the gym, and walking outdoors. I'm on lisinopril for BP, but I'm wondering why I even need the beta blocker. With it my pulse is in the 40's, & exercising it's in the 80-90's; without it there's a 20 beat/minute increase which I don't see as being horriblle. The cardiology dept. where I'm treated has not addressed the issue of b-Blockers and heart failure, I don't know when they will. Their current recommendation & practice is to prescribe b-Blockers for everyone who's had an MI, like me.
This is what I find maddening about modern medical practice, a one-size-fits-all mentality, with the primary option being meds. I don't want to be reckless but I also don't want to take meds if I don't need to, regardless of what the crowd who's had an MI does. How do you get individualized care when research is geared toward crowds with common characteristics?View Thread
Geez, I never thought of that, thanks for the idea. You know how it is when you feel like you're locked into a situation, being treated by one team & you don't think 'outside the box'; that's where i was. I'll contact Fuhrman & check his website for more info. Thanks again. Joe.View Thread
In the past before revascularization therapies B-blockers had a positive effect on mortality. In the current era, there is no such effect; instead some of the effects are heart failure and cardiogenic shock. I've been taking metoprolol for 7 years since my heart attack, and just learned my cardiac capacity is 40% instead of the more normal 80%. So now I have the diagnosis of heart failure to add to the list. Needless to say I've stopped the metoprolol, regardless of what my nurse practitioner says. I wonder what comments a cardiologist would have. (Anyone know a good shark lawyer in Denver?)View Thread
This case study reports on three patients with different diagnoses who were treated conventionally by cardiologists before changing to a whole foods, plant based diet. Confronting entrenched thinking requires persistence and personal financial resources; luckily he has both.
18 years ago my cardiologist knew the Ornish diet but was not impressed, saying only the research showed minimal changes in 'reversal' of disease. Now? I think Essy is on target when he says docs don't give patients enough credit that they'll make the necessary changes in lifestyle that are required to fight CAD. Also, in my experience, anyone stepping outside the mainstream practice protocols can be viewed as a fringe practitioner, just as in other professions and occupations. My cynicism says "huddle in with the herd, it's safer.". For example, the American Heart Assn. step 2 diet clearly increases heart disease risk, but does anyone tell patients that? We can rant forever, but it's more valuable to make the rational lifestyle changes and to let the herd go on their way. Forums like this one don't attract many followers, do they.View Thread
I wasn't 39 like him, I was 52 when I had to have an emergent two vessel bypass. The only symptoms I had were an aching in my traps between my shoulders & head when I walked. Nothing in my chest was symptomatic. One day I started on a walk and couldn't go very far, lost all my energy and could hardly walk home, 200 yards away. A horrible experience, going under the knife, recuperation was long and miserable. I discovered Ornish at that time and began his diet, all for the better. None of the hospital staff including the docs told me anything about changing my diet. That was in 1996. Stick with clean eating and cut out ALL the oil if Esselstyn is right. Good luck to you both.View Thread
This paper is much needed and will be very useful not only to us but the public-at-large. Who woulda thunk the lowly watercress would top the list as most dense in this scoring system! Thanks for posting this JC.