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World reknowned cardiologist shatters human omnivore myth in one sentence

William C. Roberts MD has five decades of experience in the field of cardiology, written over 1300 scientific publications, a dozen cardiology textbooks, and has been editor in chief of the American Journal of Cardiology for a quarter of a century. He is arguably the most highly regarded cardiologist in the world today.

In his 2008 editorial "The Cause of Atherosclerosis", published in the peer reviewed journal Nutrition in Clinical Practice, Roberts states that there is a single, sole cause to heart disease: cholesterol. If your total cholesterol is below 150 and LDL is below 70, you are essentially heart attack proof. What is the cause of high cholesterol? Saturated fat and animal products:

Atherosclerosis is easily produced in nonhuman
herbivores (eg, rabbits, monkeys) by feeding them
a high cholesterol (eg, egg yolks) or high saturated
fat (eg, animal fat) diet And atherosclerosis was not produced in a
minority of rats fed these diets, it was produced in
100% of the animals! Indeed, atherosclerosis is one
of the easiest diseases to produce experimentally,
but the experimental animal must be an herbivore.
It is not possible to produce atherosclerosis in a

He elaborates in an earlier editorial:

It is virtually impossible, for example, to produce atherosclerosis in a dog even when 100 grams of cholesterol and 120 grams of butter fat are added to its meat ration. (This amount of cholesterol
is approximately 200 times the average amount that human beings in the USA
eat each day!).
(The American Journal of Cardiology, 1990, vol. 66,896.)

He then utterly annihilates the human omnivore myth in a single sentence. here it is:

***Because humans get atherosclerosis, and atherosclerosis
is a disease only of herbivores, humans also must be

At once the insanity of our times comes into razor sharp relief.

Some may debate whether cholesterol is the sole cause of heart disease. It does not matter, the fact remains that atherosclerosis occurs only in herbivores.

If humans were physiological omnivores, heart disease would not exist, let alone be America's #1 killer for over a hundred years.

It may not be the least bit hyperbolic to say that the existence of heart disease in humans is proof that we, as a species, are vegans.

In any case, a low fat vegan diet has been proven again and again to be the cure for heart disease. A mountain of clinical evidence supports this.

According to Roberts, those who are utterly immune to heart disease without the use of statin drugs are pure vegetarian fruit eaters. His own exact words. fruit eaters.

So in addition to never losing an argument with a meat eater ever again, we can rest assured that according to America's top cardiologist, our diet of choice here at 30BaD ain't so crazy at all compared what the myriad of people pretending to be meat eaters are doing.

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Dr Caldwell Esselstyn is another vegan cardiologist that reaps amazing rewards for his committed patients.
yes! he's amazing. Esselstyn uses the exact same treatment as Dr. Roberts: vegan diet with 10% calories from fat. Dr. Doug didn't make the 10% fat thing up himself! Dr. Bill Castelli former director of the Framingham heart study, same damn thing.. (and McDougall and Ornish and Fuhrman I believe also)
and how about his son:!
Now comes Esselstyn the Younger -- Austin firefighter
Rip Esselstyn -- who spent 48 hours in the little dairy
hamlet of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, last week.

Rip's whirlwind trip resulted in over 5% of the town's
population committing to follow Rip's plant-strong
Engine 2 diet for 28 days.


in friendship,
Thank you for posting this B! It is like my Birthday present!:))
this is very interesting B.

on dec 20, 2004 i supplied info about Robert's feelings on the matter on the physicsforum:

Cardiologist William C. Roberts hails from the famed cattle state of Texas, but he says this
without hesitation: Humans aren't physiologically designed to eat meat. "I think the evidence is
pretty clear. If you look at various characteristics of carnivores versus herbivores, it doesn't
take a genius to see where humans line up," says Roberts, editor in chief of The American
Journal of Cardiology and medical director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor
University Medical Center in Dallas.

here is the response i got from one of the clever corpse eaters:

Compare our teeth to dogs and cows and they fall right in the middle. The rest of the post contains similar basic errors. Your info (a cardiologist is an evolutionary biologist?) is wrong.

so are you saying that because Roberts is a cardiologist that he is incapable of making correct statements about human anatomy or even evolutionary biology?

russ watters:
No, I think that including his profession in your post was a misguided attempt at argument from authority.

do you think that all evolutionary biologists would disagree with Roberts?

russ watters:
"all"? I don't know - the question is apparently under some debate.

so it goes, even in such hallowed halls as of a physics forum.

you can find all the gory details in that discussion which spanned a year and a half through here:

glad to see that roberts has stuck with and even strengthened his position on this matter.
reality is pretty difficult to escape from ... it's not a fad the way some people make it out to be.

in friendship,
ha, see what roberts has to say in the same article immediately after he utters his soon-to-be famous syllogism:

…Most humans, of course, eat flesh, but that
act does not make us carnivores. Carnivores and herbivores
have different characteristics. (a) The teeth of
carnivores are sharp; those of herbivores, flat (humans
have some sharp teeth but most are flat for grinding
the fruits, vegetables, and grains we are built to eat).
(b) The intestinal tract of carnivores is short (about 3
times body length); that of herbivores, long (about 12
times body length). (Because I am 6-feet tall my intestinal
tract should be about 60-feet long. As a consequence
if I eat bovine muscle [steak], it could take 5
days to course through those 20 yards[!!!!].) (c) Body cooling
for carnivores is done by panting because they have
no ability to sweat; although herbivores also can pant,
they cool their bodies mainly by sweating. (d) Drinking
fluids is by lapping them for the carnivore; it is by sipping
them for the herbivore. (e) Vitamin C is made by
the carnivore’s own body; herbivores obtain their
ascorbic acid only from their diet. (f) the appendages
are different: Carnivores have claws; herbivores have
hands or hooves. Thus, although most human beings
think we are carnivores or at least conduct their lives
as if they were, basically humans are herbivores.

which is of course exactly what most people do.

I just might repost this on fb for all my meat eater friends. :)

Nice! Thanks B :)
here is the link to his
Twenty questions on atherosclerosis

in friendship,
“Anthropoids, including all great apes, take most of their diet from plants, and there is general consensus that humans come from a strongly herbivorous ancestry
“Nutritional characteristics of wild primate foods: do the diets of our closest living relatives have lessons for us?”, Milton K, Nutrition, 15(6):488-498, 1999.
thx gosia. science is on our side, no question. :)



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