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Can “Eat To Live” Really Reverse Artery Plaque?

Or Is Dr. Joel Fuhrman Just a Quack?

Watch this short video by Dr. Joel Fuhrman on whether his Eat To Live diet program can actually reverse plaque in your arteries. Then read my personal story below. It may help you decide whether Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a quack pushing books and products, or someone who can really help you lose weight and get healthy.

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Dr. Joel Fuhrman says following his Eat To Live diet and weight loss plan can actually reduce the risk of heart disease by reversing the buildup of plaque in your arteries.

Can his advice about nutrition and food really do that. Or is Dr. Joel Fuhrman just a quack? A snake oil salesman out to make a buck (actually, a LOT of bucks) pushing his books and products to desperate people who want – or need – to lose weight fast?

Well, I’ll tell you my own story, and you be the judge.

I’ve been going to my doctor for an annual physical ever since I turned 50 (I’m over 65 now).

A few years ago, my doctor spotted something suspicious in my EKG. He sent me to a cardiologist.

The cardiologist did another EKG. He stunned me when he said afterwards, “Looks like you’re starting to have a problem with ischemia.”

I didn’t know what “ischemia” was, but I didn’t like the sound of it.

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This is what plaque looks like when it builds up in an artery. Can “Eat To Live” really reverse this?

Ischemia, in laymen’s terms, is a condition in which blockages – usually in the form of something called “plaque” – are building up in an artery. In my case, something was growing somewhere in the arteries around my heart.

I was shocked. And scared. And motivated to do anything I could to reverse the plaque – if it was even possible.

The first step, the doctor aid, was to – you guessed it – cut down on meat and eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains.

So I asked myself “What is a good diet for someone in my circumstances?” Who can I turn to for nutritional advice that will help me reverse my condition and clean out my arteries.

In the spring of 2011, my wife saw Dr. Joel Fuhrman on PBS talking about his Eat To Live diet, healthy eating and weight loss program. It made sense, and Dr. Fuhrman did a great job of selling his ideas. But there were so many “doctor diets” out there I was skeptical. I wondered if Joel Fuhrman was a quack, but decided to give it his program a try nonetheless.

I followed it closely for about a month, and adopted an aggressive walking program. I was amazed at the results. At one point, I dropped 19 pounds in three weeks.

My total weight loss, over several months, was close to 40 pounds. For details, and “before and after” pictures, click on How Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Recipes Helped me Lose 19 Pounds in 3 Weeks. It’s a video I created to show how Dr. Fuhrman’s recipes and nutritional advice worked for me.

I no longer follow Eat To Live as strictly as I did back in those days. My diet is now probably 80-90 percent “Fuhrman.” I indulge with pizza, burgers, fries and other unhealthy foods once in a while – but not nearly as much as I used to. Often, I make a salad my “entree,” as Dr. Fuhrman recommends. I’ve gone up a few pounds, but I’m still pretty trim for someone my age. And I’m comfortable with my weight, which fluctuates between 210-215 – about 30 pounds lighter than I was just three years ago.

By the way, I went to my doctor for my annual physical recently – the first one paid for by Medicare. He measured my blood pressure at 110/70.

When I called his office to get the results of my bloodwork a few days later, his nurse gave me the numbers. “Normal” in all categories, and total cholesterol of 157.

“Wow,” she said. “These numbers would be great for a 30 year old.”

Oh, and don’t let me forget to mention: my EKG was back to normal.

Did Eat To Live help reverse what might have been a growing case of heart disease. I can’t say for sure.