Science and Your Cardiovascular Health

Earth Angel Vegan… A new era of vegan.  I decided to write this because I was recently accused of spewing “FAKE SCIENCE” and I wondered…how many people know the real science behind eating a whole food no oil plant based diet for optimal cardiac health? How many of you have heart disease or know someone who does?  How many of you have lost a beloved family member to it?

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn not only promotes, teaches, and prescribes this diet to his patients… he practices the way of eating himself along with his entire family.  Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans… yes other countries too … but only if they eat like we Americans do.  There are entire cultures of people who do not suffer cardiovascular disease.  That in itself should be so compelling to try to figure out why.  Well luckily you do not have to figure out why… brilliant minds already have.

Dr. Esselstyn’s whole reasoning behind his plant based approach to heart disease is NITRIC OXIDE.  This magic molecule is made in our own body and is a powerful vasodilator. The lining of all of our blood vessels is called the endothelium.  When healthy the endothelium uses the foods we eat… mostly green leafy vegetables to create it’s own supply of this powerful vasodilator and it keeps our vessels open and blood running smoothly.  Diseased endothelium does not have this life sustaining ability.  The western diet of  meat, dairy, processed carbohydrates, processed fats (oil), and over abundance of sugar and salt destroys our delicate endothelium.  If you think that is fake science then you probably did not know that in 1998 a trio of scientists won the Nobel Peace Prize in Medicine for this finding.  Below is the intro to the press release when this occurred.  I encourage all of you to go to and read the entire press release.

Press Release


October 12, 1998

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award
the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 1998 jointly to

Robert F. Furchgott, Louis J. Ignarro and Ferid Murad

for their discoveries concerning “nitric oxide as a signalling molecule in the cardiovascular system”.


Nitric oxide (NO) is a gas that transmits signals in the organism. Signal transmission by a gas that is produced by one cell, penetrates through membranes and regulates the function of another cell represents an entirely new principle for signaling in biological systems.


I also recommend Dr. Esselstyn’s book Prevent and Reverse Heart disease.  Take the time to learn how to protect yourself and your family from the number one killer!   


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