J Morris Hicks

J Morris Hicks

Posted December 17, 2011

Published in Health

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Off his meds for Christmas...a heartwarming story from Florida

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Living proof that chronic heart disease can be reversed in weeks

Earlier this week, I received a note from a reader who wanted to share the wonderful disease-reversing experience of her 56-year-old husband, Mark. She planted the seeds of change a little over a year ago, and just recently, Mark decided it was time to take action. This story illustrates the power of gentle nudges along the way, even though serious diet-style changes may not happen until years later. Karen, thanks for sharing.

The seeds of change were planted last year when Karen shared Dr. Campbell's message with her husband.

Dear Jim,

I work at the University of Central Florida, where T. Colin Campbell was lecturing one night last year.  I went to the lecture and couldn’t believe what he was saying about milk.  I went home and told Mark – I don’t think he really believed what I was saying and now when we talk and I ask him why he didn’t listen to me, he always says “you don’t have a Ph.D. after your name”.  However, the seed was planted as they say.

My husband, Mark, is 56 years old.  He’s had heart problems since his late 30’s, the arteries in his legs were blocked and he’s had several operations on them -- had to have stents put in and tubing in his legs.  Until recently, he was on ten different medications.

After waking up with nosebleed, blood coming from his ears and eyes, he had had it. Then, he watched President Clinton one day talking about Dr. Esselstyn and decided that was the program for him.  I was amazed! He is religiously following Esselstyn’s plan and is reversing his heart disease – the numbers don’t lie!  Mark went for blood work last week and his new doctor just called with the results:

  • Total cholesterol 105
  • HDL 32
  • Blood sugar 96
  • Triglycerides 111
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic has reversed heart disease in nearly 100% of his patients -- with diet change only.

Disease reversal in six weeks. He has never had numbers like these.  He started this plan on November 1 and has stopped taking all meds!!!  He’s lost 20 lbs. and has a ways to go, but this after only 1 ½ months!

I wanted to share this wonderful story and to let you know there are people out there that have a new lease on life because of what you do.  Thank you so very much for spreading the word.  We certainly will continue to do so. Kindest regards, Karen

This inspiring story illustrates the importance of a consistent flow of gentle nudges and staying the course. Some of us may occasionally conclude that no one is ever going to listen and that we shouldn't waste our time trying to show them the way to better health. I know that Karen doesn't feel like she wasted her time in helping husband Mark see the light. Thanks to her gentle nudges (even without the PhD), she was able to save her husband's life. Sounds like the makings for a very Merry Christmas from sunny Orlando.


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