Podcast 135: Coconut Oil and Your Metabolic Type

Everyone finds success and shares what they did. But does it work for everyone. Martin shares the importance of your Metabolic Type, your individuality which can mean that how you respond to certain foods is different from how others do.

We also discuss some of the writings and positions of Dr. Esselstyn, which targeted heart disease. Dr. Esselstyn’s experiment started at home. He and his wife adopted a plant-based diet, cutting out oil, meat, fish, fowl and dairy. “It means a lot to patients to know their doctor is making the same changes they are,” he says. Since studies show a craving for fat diminishes the less fat one eats, and since patients have hundreds of recipes from which to choose, the physician and his heart patients have grown comfortable with their routine over time.


“In 1991, Dr. Esselstyn served as President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, That same year he organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease, which was held in Tucson, Arizona. In 1997, he chaired a follow-up conference, the Summit on Cholesterol and Coronary Disease, which brought together more than 500 physicians and health-care workers in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In April, 2005, Dr. Esselstyn became the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association in 2009. In September 2010, he received the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame Award. Dr. Esselstyn received the 2013 Deerfield Academy Alumni Association Heritage Award In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement & Service, and the 2013 Yale University GEORGE H.W. BUSH ’48 LIFETIME OF LEADERSHIP AWARD.”


“The epidemic of cardiovascular disease is nonexistent in cultures which thrive predominantly on whole foods, plant based nutrition. Is it logical to assume that patients with this disease would be willing to transition to plant-based nutrition and might this transition halt or reverse the disease? The authors have experience beyond 25 years demonstrating the success of plant-based nutrition in arresting and reversing cardiovascular disease. Nevertheless, the medical community is still skeptical of patients’ adherence and efficacy of this method. We, therefore, report three case histories of carotid, coronary, and peripheral vascular disease. Each case demonstrates disease progression and the failure of the standard cardiovascular approaches in contrast to the prompt, powerful and enduring resolution of disease with whole foods, plant-based nutrition. These outcomes constitute an additional mandate that patients with cardiovascular disease be offered a plant-based option which is safe, inexpensive, empowering, and has the potential to end cardiovascular disease epidemic.”

Author: Scott Paton