EPCs are endothelial progenitor cells. They stimulate healing in blood vessels. Apparently every single cardiovascular risk factor interferes with the blood vessels ability to maintain themselves and heal from injury. The fewer risk factors one has, the greater the chance of healing progressing faster than damage building.
That is why patients who will go through ALL the recommended lifestyle changes have significant health improvement despite massive heart disease, like me. My angiogram the day before emergency CABG for less than 7% blood flow to my heart, also showed a collateral capillary network they would have expected of an Olympic marathoner. Finding the two together really stumped my doctors.
Even oxidized LDL has a negative effect on the EPCs, so having any oxidized LDL by itself slows the bodies ability to repair damage that the oxidized LDL is also causing as it becomes enveloped in macrophages that form artery blockages.
Thus the need for LDL as low as possible and frequent ingestion of anti-oxidants and EPC stimulating foods throughout the day.
If one can reach a zero level of oxidized LDL, along with reducing all other risk factors, we do the greatest good to heal our blood vessel damage.View Thread
Dr. McDougall has been curing heart patients, diabetics, etc, for 30 years. His website is a source of great enthusiasm, and testamonials of success. Dr. McDougall is trying to get funding for a study on Multiple Sclerosis.
Jeff Novick is a world class nutritionist, on a discussion board on Dr. McDougall's website. I met him at the Pritikin Center, where Jeff used to be a lecturer.View Thread
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Dr. Ornish, a cardiologist, has made terrific contributions to medical science.
He was the first to demonstrate reversal of atherosclerosis in humans.
He published a study with Prostate Cancer patients who had chosen watchful waiting. Patients were randomly assigned to a control group, who had standard medical care (whatever diet recommended, etc), and the Ornish lifestyle group, plus medical care. Both groups had 7% cell apoptosis at the beginning of the study (cancer cell suicide in a test tube). At the end of the study, the control group still had 7%. The Ornish group had 70%. WoW
He published a study with pomegranate juice (PJ) and heart patients. After drinking 8 oz PJ daily for 3 months, there was improved blood flow to the heart increased (myocardial perfusion). The control group that had drank a sports drink of similar color, taste and calories, worsened.
Dr. Ornish has opened lifestyle centers that teach his program of diet, exercise, stress reduction and support. He has demonstrated that these centers cost less money to treat patients, compared to standard medications and surgical procedures, and has got insurance companies to cover the lifestyle treatment. The life insurance companies did not want to cover lifestyle, because this reduces medical costs, and reduces life insurance profits. (As medical costs skyrocket, the insurance company takes their cut, and their profits skyrocket.)View Thread
Dr. Esselstyn published dramatic improvements in heart disease, in a 7 year followup, 12 year followup, and the book "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" for a 20 year followup, on the improvements with severe heart patients. His website includes a pre-post angiogram showing dramatic reversal of atherosclerosis, in one of his patients.
Dr. Esselstyn's results are far ahead of standard medical care.View Thread
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The Pritikin Longevity Spa has been in operation since 1977, and has published over 100 articles in medical and nutritional journals. It has treated over 70,000 people, and is run by board certified physicians. Also check www.pritikin.com. ( .com and .org both are valuable. ) I followed the Pritikin program for 30 years (2 years strictly) before modifying to the Fuhrman program.
The success of Pritikin, McDougall, Ornish, Esselstyn (basically identical) and Fuhrman, all support the success of all of these programs. In my opinion, Dr. Fuhrman has improved upon these already excellent programs.View Thread
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Dr. Fuhrman's website. This is an active community. Dr. Fuhrman spends quite a bit of time on the website every day. Cost is $8 per month, or $100 per year to join. I'm in my third year, and have learned a great deal, and have asked Dr. Fuhrman several questions. Members ask detailed questions on their own health, and participate on an active member to member board.View Thread
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