Caldwell B. Esselstyn, JR., M.D., was a researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic for more than thirty-five years. In 1991, he served as the president of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Heart Disease. In 2005, he became the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine. Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have followed a plant-based diet for more than twenty years. They work together to counsel patients in Cleveland and at the farm in upstate New York where Dr. Esselstyn grew up.
"One of the most outstanding projects in health research of the
past century. It's relevant, it's caring, it's innovative, it's
extremely well executed and it's very, very useful."
--T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study
"Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn has directed pioneering research
demonstrating that the progression of even severe coronary heart
disease can often be reversed by making comprehensive change in
diet and lifestyle."
--Dean Ornish, M.D, founder, president and director of Preventive Medicine Research Institute and author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease
"I highly recommend Dr. Esselstyn's book."
--Kathy Freston, author of Veganist
"Dr. Esselstyn has always been ahead of his time. His focus on
the healing powers of proper nutrition on diseased coronary
arteries has now proven right, raising another unthinkable
notion--that heart patients can cure themselves."
--Bernadine Healy, M.D., former Director of the National Institutes of Health
"A hard nosed scientist shows us his secrets for successfully
cleaning the rusting arteries of so many patients - and it doesn't
--Mehmet Oz, M.D., coauthor, You: The Owner's Manual
"Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., is certainly the father (and the
mother) of the now proven hypothesis that you can reverse severe
arterial disease (including severe disease of the arteries supposed
to nourish your heart). He proved that radical changes in diet (and
that alone) cause radical changes in the age and disease of your
arteries--and that you can make your arteries much younger. So even
if you only want to try this plan five days a week, this book is a
must purchase because of its great recipes that spice low fat plant
based food to high taste--you may even want to enjoy (and know I am
using that word specifically and as intentionally as the proposal I
made to my wife 33 years ago) the recipes all 7 days."
--Michael Roizen, M.D., coauthor of YOU: The Owner's Manual and YOU: On A Diet. The Owner's Manual to Waist Management
"This powerful program will make you virtually heart-attack
proof. Based on decades of research, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn has
shown not only how to prevent heart disease, but how to reverse
it-even for people who have been affected for many years. I
strongly recommend this important book."
--Neal D. Barnard, M.D., President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and author of Breaking the Food Seduction
"If you have heart disease, this book should be essential
reading. It could save your life."
--Michael F. Jacobson, Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
"Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease provides a practical
approach for people to regain their lost health. Considering the
worldwide prevalence of coronary artery disease this book should
become the bestseller of all times."
--John McDougall, M.D., author of The McDougall Program
"Dr. Esselstyn's solution in Prevent and Reverse Heart
Disease is as profound as Newton's discovery of gravity. Half
of all Americans dying today could have changed their date with the
undertaker by following Dr. Esselstyn's plan."
--Howard F. Lyman, author of No More Bull! and Mad Cowboy
"Dr. Esselstyn's eminently successful arrest-and-reversal
therapy for heart disease through patient education and empowerment
as the treatment of choice will send shock waves through a
mercenary medical system that focuses largely on pills and
--Hans Diehl, Founder & Director of the Coronary Health Improvement Program (CHIP)