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From: Jon (67.161.11.165)
Subject:         Re: Bloodwork - Heart Attack Proof vs Chol Test vs Reversal
Date: December 19, 2008 at 11:38 am PST

In Reply to: Reversal: How long before it's reflected in bloodwork? posted by Rima on December 18, 2008 at 10:05 am:

Bloodwork - Heart Attack Proof vs Chol Test vs Reversal

Hi Rima,

1. The question I would ask is "How long (back) to heart attack proof, if I fall off the wagon."

Esselstyn says three weeks, for those starting from scratch. How long for those falling off the wagon?
No idea. But would hope that it is no longer than three weeks. Three weeks before plaques in the
coronary arteries won't spontaneously rupture. See Esselstyn - Prevent or Reverse Heart Disease

2. Does a cholesterol test have ANYTHING to tell us about that? No idea. AND doubt it. Recommended
to get Tchol < 150 and LDL < 70 (Or 80 if NOT at v. high risk). McDougall - The McDougall Program
for a Healthy Heart, talks about variations in cholesterol levels and testing accuracy (which is not.
Accurate, that is).

See previous post to Terri - re Newbie - what books to read. (And youtube videos to watch, IMO).
Further info there. E's 1 hr video is VERY good explaining about plaques rupturing.

3. From Esselstyn, "Reversal" is a whole different story. Esselstyn explains the process. My
understanding is three years, in the case of his fellow surgeon Jim Crowe, who was an exceptional
case. But we can't know when it has occurred.

All we have to do is follow E's diet plan and guidelines and know that in three weeks we are "heart
attack proof," (given no exceptions like a previously badly damaged pump etc).

Though sixteen of his patients all had VERY badly damaged equipment and were happily with the
program after TWENTY years. Which couldn't be said of those who opted out. Not at all. :-)

"Reversal" I take to mean observable improvement on an angiogram (but today by 64 slice ECT scanner
or better, rather than by angioplasty which has a 1% mortality for the test. NOT a good bet, if
avoidable. See McDougall - The McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart.

Best Wishes

Jon

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