The President of the American College of Cardiology now eats and recommends a plant-based wholefood diet - Part Two

Cardiologist Dr Kim A. Williams, MD, from Rush University in Chicago, and next President of the American College of Cardiology, is a great man.

Here is a short excerpt from a recent blog:

“Just before the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) annual meeting in 2003 I learned that my LDL cholesterol level was 170. It was clear that I needed to change something. Six months earlier, I had read a nuclear scan on a patient with very-high-risk findings - a severe three-vessel disease pattern of reversible ischemia. The patient came back to the nuclear lab just before that 2003 ACC meeting. She had been following Dean Ornish, MD’s program for “Reversing Heart Disease,” which includes a plant-based diet, exercise, and meditation. She said that her chest pain had resolved in about 6 weeks, and her scan had become essentially normalized on this program.”

“When I got that LDL result, I looked up the details of the plant-based diet in Ornish’s publications - 1- and 5-year angiographic outcomes and marked improvement on PET perfusion scanning - small numbers of patients, but outcomes that reached statistical significance. I thought I had a healthy diet - no red meat, no fried foods, little dairy, just chicken breast and fish. But a simple Web search informed me that my chicken-breast meals had more cholesterol content (84 mg/100 g) than pork (62 mg/100 g). So I changed that day to a cholesterol-free diet, using ‘meat substitutes’ commonly available in stores and restaurants for protein. Within 6 weeks my LDL cholesterol level was down to 90.”

“I often discuss the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet with patients who have high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, or coronary artery disease. Interestingly, our ACC/American Heart Association (AHA) prevention guidelines do not specifically recommend a plant-based wholefood diet, as the studies are very large and observational or small and randomized, such as those on Ornish’s whole food, plant-based diet intervention reversing coronary artery stenosis. The data are very compelling, but larger randomized trials are needed to pass muster with our rigorous guideline methodology.”

“Wouldn’t it be a laudable goal of the American College of Cardiology to put ourselves out of business within a generation or two? We have come a long way in prevention of cardiovascular disease, but we still have a long way to go. Improving our lifestyles with improved diet and exercise will help us get there.”

Like I said, what a great man; he is more committed to getting people well than he is to keeping his job.

Dr Williams, you are a world leader, operating from the inside of an organisation you are proud to be a part of and are inspiring change to. You have just become one of my favourite mentors.

Here is his blog in full: 22&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DailyHeadlines&utm_source=ST&eun=g372911d0r&userid=372911& 

Posted: Monday 28 July 2014