To all Members of PBNSG,
Thank you all for being part of PBNSG and supporting our hope for improved health through nutritional education. Many years ago when I was first diagnosed with high cholesterol, my cholesterol level was 347and my doctor suggested I improve my diet with skim milk, egg whites, fish, olive oil and more fiber. He also prescribed Zocor as my first cholesterol lowering drug.
After a few months, I woke up one day and could barely walk. This turned out to be one of the many side effects of taking statins. He had me go to a MS doctor who told me to stop taking Zocor and within a few days I was able to walk without pain. Even with taking statins and the change in diet, my cholesterol level was still over 280. I then was prescribed Lipitor. Six months later, I experienced the same side effect. I was still eating the diet he recommended and my number did not change. He then prescribed Pravastatin which was the weakest statin at that time. I was taking 80 mg a day and still my cholesterol level was between 230 and 300. This is the number and the diet change I lived with for the next 15+ years.
This all changed in May of 2013 when I was diagnosed with Heart Disease. One artery was 100% blocked and two others were 65% blocked. Add to that leaky valves, an enlarged heart, thickening of the right side of my heart, a left bundled branch block and a heart murmur. I was in seriously bad shape. My cardiologist gave me two options: bypass surgery or try a plant-based diet. When I said I would try anything other than by-pass surgery, he picked up his cell phone while I was right there, on a gurney, after
just having a heart catheterization to diagnose cardiovascular conditions. My cardiologist called Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who personally picked up the phone at 11p.m. that night. I never knew that Dr. Esselstyn was his mentor in medical school. I was handed the phone and Dr. Esselstyn told me to go home and he would call me in the morning. At 8:00 a.m. the next morning, he called and spoke to me for an hour. Thus began my plant-based nutrition transition. After just three weeks my angina disappeared. In just one year my cholesterol level dropped from 347 to 127 and now is at 117. I have lost 50 pounds, have kept it off and I feel great! Even to this day my local doctor does not support my lifestyle change. I have asked him numerous times to learn about plant-based nutrition. His reply is always the same, THEY DID NOT TEACH ME IT IN MEDICAL SCHOOL. Sound familiar?
Here is your chance to make a difference in the future of health care. On December 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Seaholm High School, PBNSG will host the first ever PBNSG Doctors Teaching Doctors Professional Development Seminar, CME credits pending. You can make a difference in the health of our community just by asking your doctor to attend. For more information, go to www.pbnsg.org/doctors-teaching-doctors/ All I need is your doctor’s name, phone number and e-mail address sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We currently have 22 doctors signed up but have room for many more. It is up to you! Together as One!