Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. through his Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease offers a simple formula to have a healthy heart. The formula is straightforward – No dairy, no meat, fish or poultry, no oils, and no nuts. That is a good suggestion and something which can be replicated without any major issues. In a world where there are many claims and counterclaims, some which border ridiculousness, this book comes as a sort of fresh air. The only problem though is the claim by Esselstyn that “moderation kills.” Now that is stretching things a bit far.
The book is divided into two parts. In part one, Esselstyn presents his case which surprisingly is very lucidly written. Technical stuff is also well written. Of particular interest are the various anecdotes and case studies (sometimes oversimplified). The only flaw in the book – repetitiveness. You could get the gist of the book by reading the first few chapters.
Part Two of the book is more practical. One needs to read the introductory chapters which again details the dietary restrictions and offers means of following them. Rest of the book is filled with recipes ( too many of them, if you ask me).