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The former editor of JAMA recently stated that many coronary bypass surgeries and angioplasty/stenting procedures are not needed and that patients could instead be treated with "intensive medical therapy." This means drugs and dietary changes. Many need only dietary changes. The time has come for chiropractic physicians to become knowledgable about cardiovascular disease. Here is an excerpt plus a link to his full article:

August 11, 2009

How to Rein in Medical Costs, RIGHT NOW


  • Intensive medical therapy should be substituted for coronary artery bypass grafting (currently around 500,000 procedures annually) for many patients with established coronary artery disease, saving many billions of dollars annually.
  •  The same for invasive angioplasty and stenting (currently around 1,000,000 procedures per year) saving tens of billions of dollars annually.
George D. Lundberg MD, is former Editor in Chief of Medscape, eMedicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He's now President and Chair of the Board of The Lundberg Institute



Reading List

January 28, 2009

The New Science of Vascular Disease

By William H. Bestermann M.D.

Vascular disease and the conditions that produce arterial problems consume roughly one- third to one-half of the $2 trillion annual spend in American health care. The science and systems exist today to dramatically improve the quality and cost related to cardio-metabolic conditions but almost nothing has been done to implement these new tools since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published “Crossing the Quality Chasm” in 2001. Read entire article from The Lundberg Institute by clicking here and then searching on the site for the article "The New Science of Vascular Disease" by name.

"The Collapse of Cardiology: A Time to Rejoice?" by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., a surgeon at The Cleveland Clinic, 2007

Resolving the Coronary Artery Disease Epidemic through Plant-Based Nutrition (with photos of disease reversal)
Esselstyn CB Jr: Preventive Cardiology 2001;4: 171-177

In Cholesterol Lowering, Moderation Kills
Esselstyn CB Jr. Cleve Clinic J of Med 2000 August; 67 (8): 560-564

"Fasting and Diet Restriction in the Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease" by Alan M. Immerman, D.C., ACA Journal, March, 1980

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.

A groundbreaking program backed by the irrefutable results from Dr. Esselstyn’s 20-year study proving changes in diet and nutrition can actually cure heart disease

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women. But, as Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former internationally known surgeon, researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, explains in this book it can be prevented, reversed, and even abolished. Dr. Esselstyn argues that conventional cardiology has failed patients by developing treatments that focus only on the symptoms of heart disease, not the cause.

Based on the groundbreaking results of his 20-year nutritional study—the longest study of its kind ever conducted—this book explains, with irrefutable scientific evidence, how we can end the heart disease epidemic in this country forever by changing what we eat. Here, Dr. Esselstyn convincingly argues that a plant-based, oil-free diet cannot only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but also reverse its effects.

The proof is in the results. The patients in Dr. Esselstyn’s initial study came to him with advanced coronary artery disease. Despite the aggressive treatment they received, among them bypasses and angioplasties, most were told by their cardiologists that they had less than a year to live. Within months on Dr. Esselstyn’s program, their cholesterol levels, angina symptoms, and blood flow improved dramatically. Twenty years later, they remain free of symptoms. Here are the documented results:

Drop in cholesterol levels: After 5 years on Dr. Esselstyn’s plant-based diet, the average total cholesterol levels of his research group dropped from 246 milligrams per deciliter to 137 mg/dL (Above 240 mg/dL is considered “high risk,” below 150 mg/dL is the total cholesterol level seen in cultures where heart disease is essentially nonexistent.) This is the most profound drop in cholesterol ever documented in the medical literature in a study of this type.


Note to ACS Members: There is considerable additional valuable information available to you. Contact Dr. Immerman personally by phone or email for this information.