check out youtube for esselstyn and ornish and john mcdougall. there are others as well. i have esselstyn's book, but i must have mislaid it, as i cannot find it. i looked for 5 minutes, and that's all i can invest
. one thing i will tell you is the book does give some recipes but it's weak there, and its real value is esselstyn's discussion and case studies. i asked a surgeon at work about these guys, and he actually went to school with dean ornish. he thinks they are correct but he says people do not want to stay on the diet. i also spoke with a prominnent cardiologist who makes a fortune placing heart stents and he says the problem with these diets is that most patients don't stay on them. the cardiologist himself is about 60 lbs overweight, so he ought to know. so most heart patients (who got to their state of health by eating the typical american diet) now hear they cannot eat meat or animal products, and it's highly unpopular to them. hell, they're still in denial. however, a vegetarian giving up oil and milk and eggs isn't as big a leap. basically, you're going vegan and giving up oil, rarely eating nuts and avacado.
fat deposts don't just happen in the arteries. it also happens in the microvessels in our organs, and the effect is cumulative. i have worked enough heart attacks and chest pains to know there is nothing special protecting me.
in his book, esseltyn points out cases where people have been eating those "good" oils, but have had very bad health results in terms of continued vascular damage. check out the imaging he's done, showing the effectiveness of this diet. it's quite impressive.
i don't have heart disease as far as i know, and i'm going to have a little almond milk for baking, etc. it's just important to use fat in your diet very carefully, with no more than 10% of the calories coming from fat. for a 2000 calorie diet, that would mean around 19 grams of fat a day, which is what i want to limit consumption to. if i had heart disease, i'd go on the ultra low fat regimin, no almond milk even. i will tell you after you've been on this diet for a bit, you will find oils repulsive. if you eat anything fried in oil, as soon as your tounge hits it, you go *yecch!*