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    1. 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
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    Asin: 0804110387
    Catlog: Book (1995-12-30)
    Publisher: Ivy Books
    Sales Rank: 3975
    Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Scientific proof for reversing heart disease
    While we appreciate that Mr. Bayan took the time to comment on our work, we are concerned that inaccurate statements he has made may discourage some people from making changes in diet and lifestyle that we have proven to be lifesaving.

    For the past 24 years, the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine have conducted research scientifically proving, for the first time, that the progression of even severe coronary heart disease can begin to reverse by making comprehensive changes in diet and lifestyle, without drugs or surgery. These studies have been published in leading peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of the AMA, The Lancet, the American Journal of Cardiology, New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, and others.

    Mr. Bayan alleges that the diet we have proven to be so beneficial is "dangerous" for some patients because both HDL and LDL may decrease and triglycerides may increase. HDL and triglycerides are only potential risk factors for heart disease, they are not diseases. When we measured the actual severity of heart disease using state-of-the-art measures such as computer-analyzed coronary arteriography and cardiac PET scans, patients showed continued improvement over time, even in patients like Mr. Bayan whose HDL decreased or triglycerides increased. Also, cardiac events were 2.5 times lower in the group who followed the program compared to the control group who made more moderate changes in diet (30% fat, 200 mg cholesterol). [reference: JAMA. 1998;280:2001-2007.] Clearly, lowering HDL by changing diet did not harm these patients. LDL cholesterol decreased by an average of almost 40% during the first year, and none of the patients who adhered to the diet showed an increase in LDL.

    As Dr. Connor wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine, "There are no data showing that the physiologic reduction of HDL cholesterol levels with a low-fat diet is detrimental. Diet-induced lowering of HDL cholesterol does not confer the same risk of atherosclerosis as do low HDL cholesterol levels in Americans consuming a high-fat diet." [ref: N Engl J Med. 1997;337(8).]

    It is true that one can eat an unhealthful low-fat diet if it is high in simple carbohydrates such as sugar, white flour, alcohol, and many popular fat-free desserts. Such a diet may cause a shift to the more harmful pattern B LDL subclass that Mr. Bayan mentions.

    But this is not the diet we recommend for reversing heart disease. Other studies have shown that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and other complex carbohydrates (which is the diet we recommend) actually cause a shift AWAY from the pattern B LDL subclass to more beneficial patterns [ref: Kenney JJ, et al. Very-low-fat diets do not necessarily promote small, dense LDL particles. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1999;70(3):423-5.]

    Patients whose triglycerides increase are counseled to be even more mindful in reducing their intake of simple carbohydrates and increasing their exercise. Also, for many years we have recommended that patients take 3 grams/day of fish oil, which also helps to lower triglycerides. In the Multicenter Lifestyle Demonstration Project, we found that triglyceride levels, which initially increased slightly but not significantly, then fell significantly in years two and three. [ref: American Journal of Cardiology. 1998;82:72T-76T.] Almost 80% of people who were eligible for bypass surgery or angioplasty were able to safely avoid it by making these diet and lifestyle changes instead.

    We respect the work of Dr. Robert Superko and often refer patients to his lipid laboratory for testing. Again, we have found that patients with small dense LDL also show reversal of heart disease on the program recommend.

    The program that we recommend includes a reversal diet for those with heart disease and the prevention diet for others. The prevention diet may be higher in fat and cholesterol than the reversal diet and is tailored to the needs of the individual rather than offering one diet for everyone. The prevention diet may include some oils, fish and other animal products for some people.

    Switching from saturated fats to monosaturated fats is better, but for reversing heart disease or lowering cholesterol it is better to avoid all oils other than fish oils. Olive oil is 100% total fat and 14% saturated fat. The more olive oil you consume, the more saturated fat you consume, the higher your plasma cholesterol. The studies showing that olive oil lowers cholesterol are only when substituted in equal amounts for butter or oils that are higher in saturated fat. Also, olive oil has almost none of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.

    The bottom line is this: patients in our studies with severe heart disease reported a 91% reduction in angina (chest pain) within one month, and most became pain-free. They not only felt better, they were better. We measured improved blood flow within one month as measured by thallium scans and radionuclide ventriculograms, reversal of coronary artery blockages (atherosclerosis) within one year, even more reversal after five years, and 2.5 times fewer cardiac events (e.g., heart attacks). It works.

    5-0 out of 5 stars No Program is 100% effective.
    Dr. Ornish's program just like any other program or treatment out there is not 100% effective in reversing or preveting heart disease. The truth is that it works. For a few people that might develop the so called subclass B LDL phenomenon it is adivisable to supplement with other treatment modalities such as low dose cholesterol lowering drugs(please consult your cardiologist). But in my view it would be utterly dangerous to abandon this program just because of the B LDL controversy. For those with family history and other risk factors the diet and life style changes recommended in this book with few individualised modifications may well make the difference between long life and sudden death.

    Disregard the negative view of some self-serving individuals hoping to promote their unpopular books and sundry unproven formulae. It is downright irresponsible for anyone to cite some stupid studies that has proven that vegan women die more from heart disease than meat eaters. If you want to make more sense out of Dr. Ornish's program purchase the book "Fit For Life" by Harvey & Marilyn Diamond.

    Just remember that anything that would lower your risk of dying from any disease by even 1 percentage point is worthwhile.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It worked for me!!!
    When my doctor suggested cholesterol lowering drugs last year, I decided that 34years old was too soon to start taking drugs. My cholesterol was 266 (& that's after cutting out most red meat and pork fat -and no hamburgers). I was motivated to try to improve the health of my arteries and heart. I want to be around for my ten year old's retirement party!

    I followed Dr Ornish's diet program for 6 month's then had my cholesterol levels tested again. Everything improved: cholesterol down to 210, triglycerides went from 389 to 217 and my ratio improved 24%. I never skipped a meal. I never went hungry. Secondary benefit: I lost 14 pounds and two inches around my waist without trying. I did not exercise enough so I am trying to increase my exercise now. I probably exercised an average of once a week.

    By the way, Dr Ornish included a chart that demanded that you eat at least a certain amount of fat in your daily diet. I liked that the book is filled with studies by major US universities. This is not 600 pages of rambling prose but a how to book to reverse heart disease. If you want someone to hold your hand, call your Mom. If you want a "How to Reverse Your Heart Disease" manual, buy this book. ... Stop reading reviews and buy, read and try it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Is Ornish Regimen a Religious Diet?
    Why does one have to be a strict veggan on Ornish? Why can't one have a low-fat diet without abstaining from fish and poultry? Is there any proof that Yoga, Meditation, and "Breathing Exercises" are really necessary for Ornish program to work?

    Few know this. But Dean Ornish is a longtime disciple of Swami Satchidananda. And the Ornish Regimen is an exact replica of his guru's Integral Yoga. Which emphasizes breathing, meditation, and of course yoga.

    In his book "Eat More, Weigh Less," Ornish admitted "Much of what is in this book is a direct outgrowth of twenty years of study with Swami Satchidananda...for whom I have the deepest respect and appreciation."

    So if you want to adopt a Hindu "Integral Yoga" lifestyle hatched by Ornish's Swami, fine. But if you just want what works without the Hinduism, then I recommend The Elixxir Progam.

    This is based on the best way to slash your risk for dying from heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. It can dramatically lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar.

    The body of scientific research supporting the basis of The Elixxir Program stretches all the way back to the thirties. Much better documented than Ornish's regimen. And you won't have to be a veggan and abstainer from alcohol for life.

    Get a copy of "The ImmorTalist Manifesto: Stay Young & Save the World." (Available on Amazon) At back, in excerpt, you will read about The Elixxir Program.

    Then go search for the website of Elixxir and The Elixxir Program.

    P.s. If you main goal is weight loss, Ornish is not exactly slim. As the New York Times, I believe, and others have noted. But Elixxir is fabulously slim.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Information that helps. He includes stress reduction
    Dr. Ornish is great. His book(s) have lots of information to help improve heart conditions and overall health in the process. He was on Oprah talking about meditation the other day and did a nice job, but I want to tell everyone that the BEST book I have ever used to reduce stress and learn what is called meditation (though this book is very non-mystical) is EFFORTLESS WELLBEING by Evan Finer. Not only does it cover how to calm your mind and relax your body and breathe properly, but also tells other profound and super simple exercises to do while performing "meditation"! Simply the best and a SUPER compliment to any and all of Dr. Ornish's books. Don't miss this one! A Gem! ... Read more


    2. Eat More, Weigh Less: Dr. Dean Ornish's Life Choice Program for Losing Weight Safely While Eating Abundantly
    by Dean Ornish
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    Asin: 0060959576
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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    Ingeniously disguised as a weight-loss manual, this bestselling guide to preventing--and in some cases, reversing--heart disease through diet, exercise, and soul nourishing comes from renowned cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish, the first doctor to prove that there are alternatives to surgery for clearing clogged arteries--namely, diet, exercise, and stress management. Citing his own published research findings, Ornish concludes that eating a vegetarian diet with only 10 percent of the total daily calories from fat is the first step to healthier, happier living. The other key elements--moderate exercise, fostering social support, and reconnecting with the self--take more time and care. For these, Ornish offers about 75 pages of encouraging words, again backed by numerous research findings and his personal experiences.

    About 250 gourmet recipes from two dozen famous chefs help ease the blow to those who view becoming vegetarian as a dramatic lifestyle change. The good news is, entrées like Polenta Alla Veneziana and Tofu Gumbo will surely tickle the taste buds; the bad news is, the sheer number of ingredients and lengthy prep time required for most recipes could send readers running back to their favorite fast-food joints. Plenty of cooking methods, tips, and food descriptions help demystify the recipes; Ornish also provides a comprehensive nutritional analysis of common foods as well as for each dish. But the great strength of Eat More, Weigh Less is in Ornish's opening sections, where he builds a solid case for curbing fat, tossing out the meat and dairy, and fostering mental and emotional happiness. --Liane Thomas ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It works!
    This is a wonderful book. Clear, informative, extremely helpful. It makes it clear that there are really only two ways to lose weight: eat fewer calories and burn more calories. You can eat fewer calories by eating less food, which works for any diet in the short run but not in the long run becaus (surprise!) you feel hungry and deprived. But by eating foods that are less dense in calories-- i.e., less fat-- you can eat the same amount of food and still eat a lot fewer calories, so you can maintain this way of eating.

    A lot of people think that the only diet Dr. Ornish recommends is the same one he proved could reverse heart disease, but in this book he offers a spectrum of choices. In other words, to the degree you move in the low fat (and low sugar) direction, then you lose weight without being hungry. And your health gets better in other ways, too.

    And most of the recipes are great, too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Abundant variety not boring deprivation!
    Eat More, Weigh Less will speak directly to all those folks who have been struggling to feel better, achieve a healthful weight and gain more energy while trying to sort through the conflicting, confusing onslaught of dietbook information. Dr. Dean Ornish suggests an eating lifestyle not a diet, based on whole, unprocessed grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes including soy, and nonfat dairy foods that is easy to follow, abundant in variety, and packed with nutrients. The book contains great recipes and cooking tips from nationaly known chefs, that are easy to follow and include nutrient information so that you know exactly what you are eating. While fat is not used in the recipes, wonderful flavor is created from the garlic, herbs, spices and combinations of ingredients. One is able to eat well and feel satisfied without indulging in high fat, high calorie foods, and without feeling deprived or hungry. The only limiting factor to enjoying this type of eating would be one's imagination! This is a wonderful resource for anyone who is pursuing good health, an increased sense of energy and well being, and an expanded repetoire of delicious recipes!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Listen to this man
    I myself think Dr. Ornish is the greatest. I recently became a vegetarian, sometimes I eat fish, so I guess I am only a semi-vegetarian. Dr. Atkins diet put me in the hospital literally for a week, my cholestrol was sky high, I had no energy and was fat as a pig. I have been following Dr. Ornish plan for 1 month and have already lost 12 pounds and feel great. I have no more migraine headaches, or any of the other ailments that used to bother me. Follow this book and it will help you to.

    3-0 out of 5 stars "Eat More, Weigh Less"? Really?
    No question about it. Ornish is much better than Atkins. Especially for your heart. But can you really, as Ornish promises, "Eat More, Weigh Less"? The answer is NO. Ornish's "unrestricted calories" promise is irresponsible, deceptive, and most of all unscientific.

    As the New York Times and some other places have pointed out, Dr. Ornish is not exactly slim.

    Not surprising. Try the Ornish Regimen on an eat-all-you-can basis as I did. And you will gain weight instead of lose weight. As I did. In fact, you can end up fat. Look at all the fat vegetarians in India. And not to mention in the U.S.

    If you wish to achieve dramatic weight loss, shed body fat, make it stick for life, and do it in the most healthy way possible, and have a very nice life, then your best bet is The Elixxir Program.

    I have lost 45 pounds. And have kept it off for over three years. And it doesn't require you to be veggan. As Ornish does. And it does not prohibit alcohol in moderation. And it does not obsess about restricting fat calories to 10% or less.

    Haven't heard of it? That's because it's not a mass diet scheme. It is known only to certain circles in the know. But you can get a copy of The ImmorTalist Manifesto: Stay Young & Save the World" by Elixxir. (Amazon)

    Elixxir is known as "the only anti-aging guru who has actually stayed young." (Investor's Business Daily, Marilyn Much, senior reporter) But his program not only retards aging, but also slashes your risk of death from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

    The ImmorTalist Manifesto will tell you about The Elixxir Program on excerpt at the back. And then you can search for and go to Elixxir's website. There you will find info about The Elixxir Program. Get the Executive Memo about The Elixxir Program.

    If you prefer not to be strict veggan and teetotaler (no alcohol) for the rest of your life.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Beans and Carrots and Tofu, Oh My!
    When I first picked up this book I was thrilled. I didn't want a book on some fad diet, but rather one that would help me eat better as I lost a few pounds. Unfortunately, this book represents the extreme opposite of the over-portioned, transfatty'd, fast food causing people so many problems with their health. Hasn't the author heard of moderation? Be warned, the recipes and philosophy of this book is really counter to the eating habits of most people - and you can pretty much give up ever eating out again, most restaurants don't serve the requirements of this plan. I lasted only a few weeks, then I was done with the bland sameness of it all, relenting to a friend's insistence that I try Atkins - success at last! ... Read more


    3. Everyday Cooking with Dr. Dean Ornish: 150 Easy, Low-Fat, High-Flavor Recipes
    by Dean Ornish
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    Asin: 0060928115
    Catlog: Book (1997-01-15)
    Publisher: Quill
    Sales Rank: 7430
    Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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    Renowned cardiac researcher and bestselling author Dean Ornish, M.D., has inspired millions of people to choose a healthier lifestyle and a low-fat diet. But low-fat cooking can be time-consuming and hard to fit into a busy schedule, so Dr. Ornish has found 150 wonderful ways to make it fast, delicious and fun.

    Everyday Cooking with Dean Ornish includes 150 easy and extraordinary recipes that are extremely low in fat and cholesterol -- and high in flavor. You'll find slimmed-down versions of comfort foods that are delicious and nutritious, from French Toast and Hashed Browns to enchiladas and lasagna, from Creamy Corn Soup and Spicy Arkansas Chili to Southwest Pizza and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. The recipes are quick to prepare, the ingredients are familiar and inexpensive and there are hundreds of smart time-saving tips on cooking, shopping and serving. Now you no longer have to choose between good food and good health. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for Healthier Cooking
    A combination of scientific research into healthier living (primarily reversing heart disease but principles apply to any of us folks who want to feel energetic and live healthy lives) and easy to follow no added fat vegetarian recipes that are arranged by menu. This book is a vast improvement over his prior book Eat More, Weigh Less because the recipes are easy to make. In his prior book Ornish was trying to prove that no-added fat vegetarian cooking can be tasty too--so all the recipes are by renowned chefs given these specific parameters--thus they tend to be too complex for those of us who are not gourmet chefs but rather everyday basic cook types.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Scientific and easy to use!
    This book was written by a respectable medical researcher whose works has been published in various medical journals...

    My wife and I have use those recipes and to our surprise the food look visually appealing as well as delicious!

    We have found the recipes easy to use. It took significantly less than than other vegetarian cookbooks (some of which are loaded with fat) took about 2 hours to make. On average, we found it took from 1/2 to 1 hour to prepare.

    I also highly recommend reading Part One in Ornish's earlier book, "Eat more, weigh less". That essential section laid out, in depth, the foundataion for this book.

    Critics who said Ornish's program is extreme or hard have obviously NEVER tried out any of the recipes in THIS book!! The critics also failed to provide evidence for this purported "difficulties." If you are still skeptical, go to the library to try out the book before buying. (I'm not sure if the libraries carry these type of books) What have you got to lose?

    2-0 out of 5 stars "Eat More, Weigh Less?" Really?
    No question about it. Ornish is much better than Atkins. Especially for your heart. But can you really, as Ornish promises, "Eat More, Weigh Less"? The answer is NO. If you try to eat all you can on these recipes, as I did, I guarantee you the result: you will gain weight as I did. Even get fat! Many fat veggans in India, you know. Not to mention U.S.

    As the New York Times and some other places have pointed out, Dr. Ornish is not exactly slim.

    If you wish to achieve dramatic weight loss, shed body fat, make it stick for life, and do it in the most healthy way possible, and have a very nice life, then your best bet is The Elixxir Program.

    I have lost 45 pounds. And have kept it off for over three years. And it doesn't require you to be veggan. As Ornish does. And it does not prohibit alcohol in moderation. And it does not obsess about restricting fat calories to 10% or less.

    Haven't heard of it? It is known only to certain circles in the know. But you can get a copy of The ImmorTalist Manifesto: Stay Young & Save the World" by Elixxir. Elixxir is known as "the only anti-aging guru who has actually stayed young." (Investor's Business Daily, Marilyn Much, senior reporter)

    But The Elixxir Program is not only anti-aging but also anti-heart disease and anti-stroke. And with more scientific studies to prove it than Ornish. So why not retard your aging and heart disease at the same time?

    The ImmorTalist Manifesto will tell you about The Elixxir Program on excerpt at the back. And then you can search for and go to Elixxir's website. There you will find info about The Elixxir Program. Get the Executive Memo about The Elixxir Program.

    You don't have to be veggan and abstain from fine wine and spirits for the rest of your life!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Abandon your senses...
    Don't eat zees. Don't eat zat. Und don't eat zee uzzer sing too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book
    This is just not a diet book - it calls for changes in what you buy at the grocery store and how you prepare the food. It requires change in basic patterns of living. Diet books come and go. They are often among the Amazon.com top 100 list of best selling books. Having said that I think that in this particular case any reasonable person would want to own this book. We can all use some more help in planning our diets, especially from a person such as Dr. Ornish. I think of this book more as having Dr. Onish as a personal consultant.

    I bought his other book "Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease" when it first came out about 14 years ago. After reading his first book I never smoked again and have improved my diet and reduced the stress in my life, all part of his plan. I thought it was an important and convincing book even if it might not be 100% accurate. His ideas can only help so I am a strong advocate of his books.

    Needless to say we consume a variety of food ranging from healthy or just simply bad. Many people have altered their diets and have changed the way in which they buy and prepare food adding more fresh fruit and vegetables to the their diet. Anything from Ornish deserves a serious look.

    The recipes are a bit different and you will have to change the way you buy food but that is part of the idea behind the book. He has a nice broad selection of over 100 healthy dishes and it is also a source of ideas to make other dishes.

    No brainer and good value. Recommend Buy. Five Stars.

    Jack in Toronto ... Read more


    4. Love and Survival : The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy
    by Dean Ornish
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    Asin: 0060930209
    Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 50712
    Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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    The Medical Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy

    We all know that intimacy improves the quality of our lives. Yet most people don't realize how much it can increase the quality of our lives -- our survival.

    In this New York Timesworld-renowned physician Dean Ornish, M.D., writes, "I am not aware of any other factor in medicine that has a greater impact on our survival than the healing power of love and intimacy. Not diet, not smoking, not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugs, not surgery."

    He reveals that the real epidemic in modern culture is not only physical heart disease but also what he calls spiritual heart disease: loneliness, isolation, alienation, and depression. He shows how the very defenses that we think protect us from emotional pain are often the same ones that actually heighten our pain and threaten our survival. Dr. Ornish outlines eight pathways to intimacy and healing that have made a profound difference in his life and in the life of millions of others in turning sadness into happiness, suffering into joy. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Amazing book
    Before reading this book I was familiar with Dr. Ornish's work with diet and exercise reversing heart disease. From that exposure he came off as being slightly fanatical and rigid to me.

    Well, was this book ever a surprise! Having done a lot of work on myself emotionally and spiritually a lot of the book was already known to me, but the way Dr. Ornish ties this all together with the scientific evidence blew me away, reinforcing a lot of what I had already suspected. In addition, in my personal life it has helped my spouse and I refocus ourselves into what is important in life. It is especially interesting because as an MD we would expect Dr. Ornish to take the stance that most of us have experienced with the medical profession i.e pushing the latest pills and technical wonders and leaving the emotions and spirituality to "others" (often with a sneer).

    I highly recommend this book as it can jumpstart a lot if my case is any indication. It is funny, in the book Dr. Ornish quotes the old expression "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear". This book helped both my spouse and I recognize a teacher like that in our lives and I suspect it might help others see the teacher or teachers around themselves as well:)

    Especially in these days of heartache and pain after 9/11 this book is a valuable tool into healing and hope as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
    Dr. Ornish is best known for his research which showed the revolutionary result that diet and lifestyle changes
    could lead to a reversal in the progression of heart disease. He has extended his body of work to highlight the
    critical importance of social factors (relationships, community, friendship, support groups, lines of communication,
    love) in both avoiding and recovering from life-threatening illness. He cites a large volume of scientific studies
    which support his claims, and he divulges personal information about his own journey through life, shedding light
    on his motivation and intentions. I highly recommend this book. It stands out in its class as unique and refreshingly
    constructive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Points the way to better health and greater happiness.
    One of the biggest chapters in this book summarizes the studies showing how closeness to other people is good for your health. Ornish runs a clinic for people who have had a heart attack. And his clinic was the first to show that heart disease can actually be reversed. Doctors used to believe, up until very recently, that you can't reverse heart disease. You may be able to slow it down a little, but once your arteries were clogged, it was gospel that you couldn't unclog them. Ornish showed that you can. They use diet and exercise and...teaching people how to become closer to the people they love. And that increased closeness is a big part of the patient's improvement in health.

    These men (usually) have a heart attack and their doctor tells them they don't have long to live. They're scared, of course. They come to Ornish's clinic and he tells them they need to learn to be close to people or they're going to die! For the first time in their lives, these men become interested in relationships!

    I read Love and Survival right after reading the book, Brain Sex, where I discovered that men aren't naturally as interested in relationships as women. Even two- or three-day old babies show this difference. A female baby will look much longer at a human face than at an object. A baby boy is equally interested in objects and people. Extend that interest out over a lifetime and you have women whose lives are relationship-centered and men who don't have time for relationships because they're busy with other things. Then I read in Ornish's book what it takes for men to finally become interested in getting closer to people: The threat of death! So they get interested, and they improve their relationships, and they learn how to become close to people. Some time later they come back to Ornish and report that they are happier than they've ever been. Of course. We all know being close to people is the most important thing in the world and it's the one thing that can't be peeled away. When people are dying, on the battlefield or deathbed or in some survival situation, and they know they are going to die, the one thing people say is, "Tell my wife I love her." Or husband. Kids. The people who are close to you are what really matter. And getting close to them.

    This book struck me like a revelation. I have been interested in how to get along with people and how to get people to like me and how to persuade people to my point of view, but I had never realized the value of really being close to people. I knew relationships were important but I had missed the point! This book has totally changed the way I've been interacting with people, and you know what? I've never been happier! Seriously.

    Ornish gives you some good ideas about HOW to get closer to people. He gives you some practical steps to take. I'm the author of the book, Self-Help Stuff That Works, and I'll tell you something: Ornish's book contains quite a bit of stuff that works to bring you closer to the people you love.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book but editing would help some
    Dr. Ornish has rightly received international acclaim for his research and his publications about reversing heart disease. He has published three best selling books on this subject. He, as usual, is ahead of his field.

    This book, Love and Survival, addresses the importance of the social side of heart disease. He outlines five main points about surviving heart disease without undergoing invasive medical procedures. These points are (from page 7): · Rediscovering inner sources of peace, joy, and well-being · Learning how to communicate in ways that enhanced (sic) intimacy with loved ones · Creating a healthy community of friends and loved ones · Developing more compassion and empathy for themselves and others · Experiencing directly the transcendent interconnectedness of life.

    It is Dr. Ornish' reputation that compels us to buy this book. There are interesting points in the many studies he references, although a bit disjointed, nevertheless, the reader is informed and inspired.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A prescription for the heart!
    Dr. Dean Ornish's prescription for overall health and well-being includes a dose of diet, exercise, meditation, and communication. He first began formulating his Open Your Heart program while he was a medical student at Baylor college of Medicine in Texas in the 70's. He truly believes that heart disease can be reversed. In this new book he takes on "emotional and spiritual" issues.

    His actual diet recommends avoiding all meats, avocados, olives, nuts, seeds, dairy products (other than egg whites and nonfat dairy products), sugar and simple sugar derivatives (honey, corn syrup, high fructose syrup), alcohol and coffee. He recommends eating beans, legumes, fruits, grains and vegetables.

    The main reason he wrote Love & Survival was to show that love also has the power to heal. He doesn't believe we value love and relationships enough in our society. He says: "When you look at the scientific data, the need for love and intimacy is as important and basic as eating, breathing and sleeping."

    Everyone knows love and intimacy are great, but not many people realize how important they are to our well-being and our basic survival. He recommends spending time with friends and family (and I recommend giving them all a hug every time you see them :).

    He also recommends that we find a place where we can feel a connection to our community. I think Amazon is a great community, but he is talking about the real world. This could be a community center, a church or synagogue or anyplace where people meet on a regular basis, e.g. clubs, leagues, games. People who don't draw strength from their religious faith or are not a member of a group of people who meet on a regular basis have seven times the death rate, when compared to those that did. Now, that is something to think about if you want to extend your life. ... Read more


    5. Dr. Yoga: Yoga for Health (Yoga for Health)
    by Nirmala Heriza, Sandra, Dr. McLanahan, Dean, M.D. Ornish, C. Noel Bairey, M.D. Merz
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    Asin: 1585422924
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-09)
    Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher
    Sales Rank: 43445
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    From the Integral Yoga Cardiac specialist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center and president of theUnited Yoga Council-a complete program for discovering the specific head-to-toe, health-issue-by-health-issue benefits of yoga.

    Anyone who has experienced the deep mind-body satisfaction that regular yoga practice instills will tell you: Yoga is good for your health. Yet, as Nirmala Heriza reveals in this guide to the health benefits of yoga, the rewards are far more deeply grounded in medical science than has previously been understood.

    Drawing from her work with doctors and cardiac patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as well as from her extensive experience as a yoga therapist working with people of all ages recovering from a wide array of illnesses, Heriza provides a total program for preventing and treating disease through the practice of yoga. With detailed photos and instructions for all of the major yoga poses, Dr. Yoga is an essential health resource for anyone with specific health issues or just the desire to nurture and maintain a balanced, healthy body.

    Dr. Yoga includes:

    * two doctor-approved, 30-minute "Yoga for Health" practice sets, one for prevention and one for rehabilitation; * a physician and therapist referral directory; and * from the dietitian for Cedars-Sinai Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center, a cookbook of healthful recipes to support your yoga regime.
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    6. The Healing Secrets of Food: A Practical Guide for Nourishing Body, Mind, and Soul
    by Deborah Kesten
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    Asin: 1577311884
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-09)
    Publisher: New World Library
    Sales Rank: 68552
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars HEALING WITH FOOD
    This long overdue book presents a highly regarded step-by-step program that shows how to eat optimally by nourishing the whole person. The techniques in THE HEALING SECRETS OF FOOD are a marvelous blend of ancient and contemporary nutrition and scientific concepts; it is also the first to offer time-tested techniques that hold the potential to invoke the the many ways in which food nourishes. It also offers a broad variety of excellent exercises that show you how to use the concepts in an every day, practical way. A truly important contribution to health, healing and well-being, which I read after taking Kesten's excellent Integrative Eating E-Course on the Spirituality & Health website. Her latest research on the concepts in THE HEALING SECRETS OF FOOD also reveal what she calls "Syndrome O," a pattern of eating and food choices that lead to overeating, overweight, and obesity. Written about in Kesten's "The Enlightened Diet" column in Spirituality & Health magazine, her research motivated me to buy the book and to familiarize myself with her comprehensive program. These are learnable techniques that have transformed what I eat. It's a true blueprint for health and healing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars REVEALING BEST-KEPT SECRETS
    This amazing, well-written book explores a subject that has for too long been overlooked: the multidimensional ways in which food influences all aspects of our health. From optimal eating strategies and the food-mood connection to imbuing food with spiritual meaning and social satisfaction--this pioneering book covers it all.

    Author Deborah Kesten is a groundbreaking thinker who shares the latest evidence that builds a bridge between ancient food wisdom and modern, Western nutritional science. The end result: a bold new vision of the role of food and nutrition in our everyday life; a book that lays the foundation for a genuine East/West integration for both what and how to eat for optimal health.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and fun...not boring
    Books that deal with preventative health issues are of great interest to me because I learn so much and my life always improves. This is one of those books that is not boring, but such a great joy to read. A physician friend recommended it because it deals with the whole issue of how and where we eat and not just what we should eat.

    Part Two chapter two is one of my favorite chapters because it deals with the healing secret of socializing and the "French paradox" which is all about how eating at an hour and with others, that best suits the individual is healthier, and that communing which is where the term communion comes from, helps a person to not overeat and to better digest one food because when we eat amongst those we like, we tend to eat slower and we tend to eat better or healthier foods as well. The story shared in this chapter about the midnight meal is well worth the price of the book itself.

    Chapter Seven titled The Healing Secret of Optimal Food is wonderful because it deals with eating healthy whole foods and not getting sucked into believing good food needs to be difficult to prepare or fancy in any way. That having a bowl of fresh apples, oranges, kiwi, bananas, peaches, grapes etc and eating some with pleasure and passion does wonders for the senses. Or a simple fresh spinach salad with lemon juice and oil dressing and cutting off some fresh slices of hearty rustic bread to eat with the salad can be like dining at a quaint café in the French Alps. Or how about some garbonzo beans (chickpeas) with fresh tomato and steamed shrimp with a vision of a Greek seaside café?

    The book also speaks of meats and how to choose them wisely and prepare them so they retain their goodness. And eating meat in smaller servings like the French, Italians, Greeks and Asians do, which is more as a condiment in many ways. I was also pleased to read the "Asian Wisdom" section that spoke of how some eat congee which is a soup for breakfast since we eat soup for breakfast a lot. Or even vegetable stir fry.

    Come to think of it, the books great value for me, was how it kindly pointed out to Americans that other cultures have a great deal of wisdom to share when it comes to eating well and not being unfit or fat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WHAT YOU EAT HAS A PROFOUND AFFECT--AND EFFECT
    This book is a new kind of nutrition guide. It starts with an overview about how so many of us have spun out of control with food--66% are overweight or obese and even more Americans obsess about food by what Kesten describes as "counting calories, watching weight and figuring fat--both in food and our bodies." It then goes on to explain how diet can radically affect more than physical health, that it also influences how a person feels emotionally, even spiritually. The antidote to our disordered eating is the remainder of the book, which turns to science and story-telling to explain long-lost secrets about the many ways food heals. Finally, this book offers a step-by-step, practical solution to eating well and to actually enjoying your food at the same time. This book is highly informative and enlightening. My only criticism: This isn't a cookbook, but I would've liked to see some recipes. Still, it brings up and answers a lot of diet and food questions that other books on the subject miss or ignore completely. It's a gem.

    5-0 out of 5 stars DEMYSTIFYING OPTIMAL EATING
    Unlike most books about food and diet, this book is a celebration of the intelligence inherent in both food and in human beings. The approach and guidelines outlined in this book could save you years of confusion about the best way to eat. By merging food wisdom of ancient civilizations and religions into an effective and scientifically validated approach, this book has had a profound influence on my life, the role of food in it, and my health--both mental and physical. I found the "Personal Food Profile" quiz to be an invaluable tool for feedback. Read it--no, savor it--for a new understanding of food. ... Read more


    7. Simple Choices, Powerful Changes
    by Dean Ornish
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    Asin: 1564556166
    Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
    Publisher: Sounds True
    Sales Rank: 197595
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    On Simple Choices, Powerful Changes, bestselling author Dr. Dean Ornish takes you to the next level of healing: how to dramatically improve your health and happiness by adding the power of intimacy to your healing program. He reviews his pioneering dietary, exercise, and lifestyle recommendations, and shares his breakthrough research that shows how true intimacy and connection with your family and community can profoundly influence your total health. Includes an exclusive 60-minute Q&A session with Dr. Ornish available nowhere else. ... Read more


    8. Everyday Cooking With Dr. Dean Ornish: 150 Easy, Low-Fat, High-Flavor Reecipes
    by Dean Ornish
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    Asin: 0060173149
    Catlog: Book (1996-01-01)
    Publisher: Harpercollins
    Sales Rank: 329262
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars This book has started me on the path to better eating...
    I lowered my cholesterol from 290 to 246 after using the recipes in this book for 2 months. It has really helped me out tremendously, I just feel better. The recipes are quite tasty and easy to follow. My favorites so far are the black bean soup, the 2-bean enchiladas, and the Apple crisp. I like the fact that the recipes are separated by the seasons as it makes it easier to know where to look when I want to make something for a hot summer day, or cold winter day. I highly recommend this book if you need to change your eating habits to a more healthy option!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the book that finally got me cooking.
    I'm a total beginner in the kitchen and I'm glad I found this book. It's so fully of clear, valuable information, that the recipes seem almost a bonus. The only problem I have is remembering everything I read and it's sometimes a little hard to locate it again. I'm not sure the organization by seasons is better than organization by meal or food type, such as soups, entrees,etc. or ingredients, i.e., beans, greens, etc. One thing, despite some of Dr. Ornish's provocative book titles, his integrity comes through and apparently his regime really works. Ask people like Bill Moyers who started following Ornish's program after severe heart problems.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and easy to follow!
    This is my favorite cookbook which I use often. I have given it to friends as a gift and received raves. The program is a great way to live and eat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars best of the best
    I just bought this book. I have a shelf of vegan/vegetarian cookbooks, and am thrilled to find one with recipes that are practical, easy and above all, flavorful. Have already made five recipes, with great results. I would love to have a software edition, so I can index ingredients for shopping lists--my main bugaboo--I hate making shopping lists! Bon Appetit ... Read more


    9. Eat More Weigh Less: Dr. Dean Ornish's Life Choice Diet for Losing Weight Safely While Eating Abundant
    by Dean Ornish
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    Asin: 0060170182
    Catlog: Book (1993-06)
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Sales Rank: 598679
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    10. Stress, Diet, and Your Heart
    by Dean Ornish
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    Asin: 0451127552
    Catlog: Book (1984-02)
    Publisher: Signet Book
    Sales Rank: 1972146
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    11. An Open Heart: The Healing Power of Intimacy and Love
    by Dean Ornish
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    Asin: 0060175575
    Catlog: Book (1998-02)
    Publisher: HarperAudio
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    12. Stress, Diet and Your Heart
    by Dean Ornish
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    Asin: 0886902924
    Catlog: Book (1986-11-01)
    Publisher: Newman Communications
    Sales Rank: 1712479
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Low-Fat Diets Are Dangerous For 25% Of The Population
    Right after a massive heart attack, my cardiologist put me on the Ornish Program. Yes, my total cholesterol dropped, but so did my HDL (good cholesterol). My LDL (bad cholesterol) increased. Most alarmingly, in less than a month, my triglycerides more than doubled! My cardiologist had no explanation for this phenomenon. So, I ate even less fat (down to 5% of total calories). My blood chemistry did not improve.

    Fortunately, I changed cardiologists and found that for about 25% of the population the low-fat diet of Ornish's approach actually triggers worse heart disease. This group has an inherited condition that causes small-particle LDL syndrome, a deadly condition that at least triples heart attack risk. (Patients with this condition are said to have Pattern B LDL subclass.) Even the staid American Heart Association last year recognized that for these patients, it is better to change the types of fat a patient eats (switching from saturated fats to monounsaturated fats) rather than drastically reducing fat intake.

    Ornish ignores this phenomenon with the comment that some patients don't respond to his treatment. Not responding and getting worse are very different things. I would think that Ornish would at least avail himself of the advanced cholesterol testing that would identify patients who have genetically-caused small-particle LDL syndrome BEFORE treating them with a low-fat diet.

    The rabid, no-fat-low-fat mantra may work for some patients, but for those who "don't respond", it is deadly, as proven by several scientific studies. In fact, two recent studies by the University of California at Berkeley showed that even normal men (who did not have heart disease and who did not have small-particle LDL syndrome) began producing large amounts of small LDL particles when put on a low-fat diet. 41% of the test group converted to the deadly disease state in six weeks, thus tripling their heart attack risk.

    For those with these inherited killer genes, a completely different approach is necessary. But most important, it's necessary to first use advanced cholesterol testing (sometimes called cholesterol subclass testing) to find out if a patient has the genetically-induced form of heart disease that responds badly to a low-fat diet. This testing is different than the oft-given cholesterol panel that shows HDL and LDL. Such panels are highly inaccurate in determining the presence of small-particle LDL syndrome.

    Without advanced cholesterol testing, both heart patients and normal individuals who adopt a low-fat diet are playing Russian Roulette. The good news is that for those who have small-particle LDL syndrome, proper treatment can reverse coronary blockage without drugs or surgery. I know. I have this disease and after I got worse with Ornish's diet, my cardiologist and I watched my coronary blockage melt away with an approach that is totally different from what Ornish recommends.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Saved my life!
    I read this book when it first came out, shortly after I was told I would be dead in two years. I followed it and am fine, my heart has not got any worse, and other factors of my health have improved

    I am buying this book to send to a friend who is stressed out. I am also sending her his other excellent book, "Reversing Heart Disease..." ... Read more


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