The first question that popped into my head when I received my prescribed medication. I take seven different medications ranging from statins to blood thinners — eight pills a day, 224 a month, 2.688 yearly. My doctor told me I'd be taking these for the rest of my life, but a little voice in my head said: 'Nope, not me.'

So I started digging. Well, one doesn't need to dig that deep to find the solution to the reversal of heart disease. If you want to try cleaning out your arteries, one should switch to the whole food, plant-based diet. It is as simple as that, and the 'cure' is known for decades! If you Google the subject, you will soon enough run into these names/topics: Dr. Michael Greger, nutritionfacts.org, Dr. Esselstyn, The China Study, WFPB, Forks over Knives, the Game Changers. The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. The 15 leading causes of death claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. This doesn't have to be the case. Switch to a whole-food, plant-based diet, which has been repeatedly shown not just to help prevent the disease, but arrest and even reverse it.

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Some of the best evidence that coronary artery disease is reversible comes from autopsies performed on people who lived through prolonged periods of starvation during World War II. Their coronary arteries showed little or no atherosclerosis. But as the economies of war-stricken countries recovered and diets "improved," atherosclerosis returned. These findings are considered proof that extreme dietary changes can cause atherosclerosis to melt away.

So I've been incorporating the whole foods plant-based diet into my life. I haven't been eating meat for three weeks now, and I'm not missing it. Not at all. I even cut the dairy, eggs, and cheese. Yes, my CABG was a life-changing event, and I couldn't be happier about it. I quit smoking, and I turned into a vegetarian. Nothing wrong with that!