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22 Sep Clinton Credits Rip’s Father for Decision to Eat Almost 100% Plant-Based

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As mentioned in our last post, we are thrilled at Bill Clinton’s decision to eat plant-based for his health. We were doubly excited today to hear him share that he was inspired to make this change in his diet based on the research of Rip’s father, Cleveland Clinic surgeon, Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., along with the studies of Dean Ornish, MD and T. Colin Campbell, PhD, the author of The China Study.

In his CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer, he talks about the stents put in a clogged heart artery earlier this year and his desire to not go through it again. This last heart surgery follows his quadruple by-pass surgery in 2004.

Clinton said, “I did all this research and saw that 82% of the people since 1986 that have gone plant-based — no dairy or meat of any kind — 82% have begun to heal themselves.”

Since embracing a nearly 100% plant-based lifestyle, he has lost 24 pounds and is back to his high school weight.

Catch the video here.

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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.

  • April
    Posted at 09:28h, 25 September

    Wow, this is a really big deal for the president of the United States to go plant strong and provide the references he did. I hope his influence will be able to get at least one person to change their diet.

    • The Engine 2 Diet
      Posted at 14:44h, 26 September

      Agreed! Thanks for the note April!

  • Joanie
    Posted at 20:46h, 11 October

    President Clinton will save more lives with the example he is setting than any health care legislation he might have enacted.

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