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Caldwell Esselstyn

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– Background:
– Esselstyn born in New York City in 1933 to Dr. Caldwell Blakeman Esselstyn Sr. and Lilian Meyer.
– Esselstyn’s father, a prominent physician, consulted by John F Kennedy for setting up Medicare.
– Esselstyn’s wife’s father and grandfather, George Washington Crile and George Barney Crile, were notable surgeons.
– Esselstyn graduated from Yale University in 1956.
– Esselstyn competed in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, winning a gold medal.

– Diet work:
– Esselstyn promotes a whole foods, plant-based diet to prevent coronary and cardiovascular disease.
– The diet excludes all animal products and oils.
– Esselstyn’s work gained attention when Bill Clinton cited it for his dietary change in 2010.
– Esselstyn featured in documentary films like “Forks Over Knives” and “The Game Changers.”
– Critics like Nancy Brown and Harriet A. Hall question the efficacy of Esselstyn’s claims.

– Awards:
– In 2005, Esselstyn received the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine.
– In 2009, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association.
– In 2010, Esselstyn received the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame Award.

– Selected publications:
– “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure” was published in 2007.
– “The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook: Over 125 Delicious, Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes” was published in 2014.

– See also:
List of vegans.

Caldwell Esselstyn (Wikipedia)

Caldwell Blakeman Esselstyn Jr. (born December 12, 1933) is an American physician, author and former Olympic rowing champion.

Caldwell Esselstyn
Esselstyn in May 2019
Born (1933-12-12) December 12, 1933 (age 90)
Alma materYale University (AB, 1956)
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (MD, 1961)
Known forForks Over Knives
SpouseAnn Crile
Children4, including Rip Esselstyn
AwardsGold Medal, 1956 Olympic Games – Men's eight
Scientific career
Plant-based diet
InstitutionsCleveland Clinic
Caldwell Esselstyn
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1956 Melbourne Men's eight

Esselstyn is director of the Heart Disease Reversal Program at the Cleveland Clinic. He is also the author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (2007), in which he argued for a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet that avoids all animal products and oils, as well as reducing or avoiding soybeans, nuts, and avocados. The diet has been criticized for its unfounded health claims.

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