|Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn|
He did not present much on the overall health of his patients. He is a heart doctor and he seemed laser focused on treating the artery walls. He kinda touched on some other positive health outcomes but they were not well supported examples. I wonder about autoimmune diseases, neurological issues, and cancers while on a diet full of so many carbohydrates, plant toxins, and void of fat and cholesterol our body needs for vitamin D syntheses and fat soluble vitamin absorption to name a few examples.
After the presentation was done, they opened up to the audience for what turned out to be 4 measly questions. Although my arm was up and I was jumping, I didn't get to ask my many questions. So much for "interactive". One question asked was regarding whether skim milk was OK. The doctor referenced the debunked China Study by his friend T. Colin Campbell. He noted that a protein in milk called casein increased the risk of cancer but failed to mention another protein in milk called whey, reduced the risk of cancer. Milk without either protein is no longer milk so he really didn't answer the question.
Since his talk last week, there has been an interesting report released. I wonder if Dr. Esselstyn read this article from NPR regarding studies of ancient Egyptian mummies and their clogged arteries:
"Our hypothesis was that they wouldn't have [heart disease], because they were active, their diet was much different, they didn't have tobacco," he says.But they were wrong.One of the mummies the team scanned was a princess in her 40s, who presumably ate fresh food and wasn't sedentary. "That she would have atherosclerosis," Thomas says, "I think we're missing a risk factor. Right now we know that high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, inactivity and other things cause athersosclerosis, but I think that we're less complete than we think."Ancient Egyptians did have access to meat, though Thomas says their diet consisted mostly of grains, fruits and vegetables.
Hmmmmm, a diet consisting of mostly grains, fruits and veggies. You noticed the scientist says "we're missing a risk factor". What do American and ancient mummy diets have in common? Fruits and veggies? C'mon, have you seen what the average American eats? The most common factor is grains. I am sure the ancient Egyptians ate "healthy" whole grains not the highly processed white stuff that is common today. Grains none the less.
Is it possible Dr. Esselstyn's diet reduces artery clogging while eating grains but NOT eating seed oils? Possible but I cannot be sure based on his presentation. Here is what I can be sure of, saturated fat or fat from avocado will definitely stay in my diet until there is science to convince me otherwise. Sorry Dr. Esselstyn, I am not convinced.