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I was taught in medical school that coronary artery disease (CAD) progresses from minor “fatty streaks” in youth, to plaques in early adulthood, to complicated plaques causing heart attacks and death later in life. The arrows always pointed to the disease advancing and never reversing.

So begins, the latest column by Dr. Joel Kahn, the author of The Whole Heart Solution. The article continues to outlines subsequent studies that have identified four foods that could reverse plaque in the arteries.

This paradigm was first shown to be incorrect in 1990 by Dr. Dean Ornish, who used a plant-based diet without added fats along with walking, social support and stress management to reverse CAD on follow up angiograms. Since that first report, the data that heart disease can be reversed by intensive lifestyle changes emphasizing a plant based diet became so robust that the Ornish Lifestyle Program (Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation) was recognized by Medicare in 2010 for reimbursement as a therapy of CAD.

  • Garlic
  • Pomegranite
  • Bergamot
  • Green tea

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