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08 Mar A wonderful letter from a plant-strong sheriff's deputy

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Hi Rip,

Just wanted to say a personal thank you for your book and your father’s book ‘Prevent and Reverse heart disease’

Here’s the ‘scoop’. I am a Deputy Sheriff. I was fit (ran the Bolder Boulder 3 times), healthy, skinny, ideal weight and on a Mediterranean diet. The only ‘clue’ was that I had a 35″ waist. No family history/risk factors. My cholesterol etc. was OK for someone without cardiac history.

April 2009 I had a heart attack and a stent fitted in my ramus artery. I was 38 and on duty at the time, no one believed this was happening to me! It was a calcified blockage and had a tear in it. Things could have been a lot lot worse….

October 2009 the stent restenosed and I had a second stent fitted. I was crushed. I was upset and angry. I had done everything ‘right’ by conventional medicine’s standards and felt that the new ‘diet’ of pills was wrong but did not know what to do.

My husband could see my spirits failing and that I was concerned that my job was at risk. He began reading. He found your father’s book. I read it and it was like a ‘eureka’ moment. Finally I had some control, some choice.

For two weeks I cooked the recipes in your father’s book. Some were good but I liked more flavorful food. I found your book online. Burritos! Hooray! Now we had some ‘fun’ food too and some good exercise advise.

Because of the restenosis I have quit running (too much impact) and now swim/power sculpt/yoga.

My cholesterol/lipids still need some work/medication but I have LOST 18 LBS IN 3 MONTHS! My waist is now 31″. I figure I have 2″ to go. I expect the cholesterol/lipids will improve once the weight loss stabilizes. I am off the beta blockers/calcium channel inhibitors. The statins are next on my list.

Thank you for showing me that a ‘cop’ can do this too. Ours is a tough job and I have had my colleagues say they would rather die than eat what I eat. I have too much to live for!

You and your dad are great people. One day I would like to shake you both by the hand.

Best wishes,

Jeanette K., Colorado

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Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

  • Doug Singleton
    Posted at 11:37h, 22 March

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