Dr. Dean Ornish, MD, is a pioneer in the field of reversing heart disease with diet and lifestyle changes.

Fitness and Health

Dean Ornish, MD
Pioneer in Reversing Heart Disease.

By Pam Gordon


A revolution took place in medicine on July 21, 1990. On that day the prominent medical journal The Lancet published the findings of a young, Harvard-educated doctor, Dr. Dean Ornish. Dr. Ornish demonstrated that heart disease can actually be reversed with medicines.

Although heart disease was the most common cause of death then, and still is, most doctors were not even attempting to reverse the disease.

Doctors believed that the plaques of cholesterol and other substances that clog the arteries to the heart could not go away. When they got too severe, the patient was sent off the hospital for a bypass or angioplasty.

The patient was urged to adopt a diet of lean meat, chicken, fish, and 2% milk. Unfortunately, with this dietary regimen, heart disease was rarely stopped. It usually went on to gradually kill the patient.

In his revolutionary experiment, Dr. Ornish proved that if a more potent diet was followed, along with other lifestyle changes, plaques would not only stop growing, they would actually start dissolving.

The work of Dr. Ornish and other forward-thinking researchers has made previous diet recommendations obsolete, although some doctors seem to have missed that message.

Dr. Ornish has written several books that explain his program for reversing heart disease. CyberParent recommends five books by Ornish, starting with the book Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease. You might also choose one of the two cookbooks CyberParent recommends: Eat More, Weigh Less which is predominantly a cookbook or Everyday Cooking with Dr. Dean Ornish.

Last, but certainly not least, read one of the books on love, intimacy, and health.

And remember: Stroke, hypertension or high blood pressure, and impotence are vascular diseases, also.

Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease:  The Only System Scientifically Proven to Reverse Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery by Dean Ornish, MD

Once a  voice in the wilderness, Dean Ornish is now an accepted authority, if not the accepted authority,  in medical schools throughout the country. His program is scientifically validated to begin reversing even severe coronary heart disease without using cholesterol-lowering drugs or surgery. This book is a new understanding of heart disease in terms of diet and lifestyle. It is the first book you should buy if you are concerned about your heart. Complete with recipes for your new life!

Book Review by Pam Gordon: Copyright 2000 CyberParent. All rights reserved.

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Eat More, Weigh Less Dr; Dean Ornish's Life Choice Program for Losing Weight Safely While Eating Abundantly by Dean Ornish, MD

Dean Ornish writes, "You may have tried different diets. You may have lost and regained weight many times, and you may feel terribly discouraged. If so, this book may give you hope."  In this book, Ornish follows his scientifically validated program for reversal of severe coronary heart disease to show readers that they can eat more to weigh less. He proves it is not just how much you eat, it is really what you eat that determines how much you weigh. With Ornish you can simply, safely, and easily lose weight and keep it off forever with lifestyle changes. 250 recipes for tasty dining choices as you lose.

Book Review by Pam Gordon: Copyright 2000 CyberParent. All rights reserved.


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Everyday Cooking With Dr. Dean Ornish: 150 Easy, Low-Fat, High-Flavor Recipes
by Dean Ornish, MD


Dr. Ornish, who was the first to prove the reversal of heart disease by changing lifestyle and author of a program leading any of us to weigh less by eating more of the right foods, presents more low-fat recipes. Ornish's recipes are part of a medically proven approach to weight loss and coronary health.

Book Review by Pam Gordon: Copyright 2000 CyberParent. All rights reserved.


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Love & Survival The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy by Dean Ornish, MD

Dr. Ornish, who was the first to prove the reversal of heart disease by changing lifestyle, has found that perhaps the most powerful and meaningful intervention is love and intimacy, plus the emotional and spiritual transformation that often results. These factors, which are largely ignored by the medical profession, are explained in these easy-to-understand, but scientific, pages. Dean Ornish has done it again--transformed the way we think about health.

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Love & Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health by Dean Ornish, MD

"Love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well," writes Dr. Ornish. Although the connection between loneliness, emotional isolation and physical illnessare mostly ignored by the American medical profession, Ornish's . scientific approach proves the connections between love,  intimacy, and health.  A how-to book for health and longevity by banishing  loneliness, alienation, and depression that are so prevalent in our society today. Book Review by Pam Gordon: Copyright 2000 CyberParent. All rights reserved.


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