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The omnivorous diet isn't customized to the individual much of the time. Instead, most cardiologists responding to the survey recommend the standard omnivorous low-fat (up to 30 percent of calories from fat) diet, which recently made headlines for its role in the Women's Health Initiative study. Omnivorous low-fat diets have not proven effective for treating or preventing heart disease, according to the article, "New survey shows cardiologists aware of life-saving diet, yet failing to recommend it." Additionally, research shows that online store coupons promote an unhealthy diet, according to a CDC article, "Online Grocery Store Coupons and Unhealthy Foods, United States." Or check out the aol.com video, "Research Shows Online Store Coupons Promote an Unhealthy Diet."

How often do you see supermarket coupons for organic fresh produce compared to coupons for chips, soda, fats, or cookies and other highly processed foods? Coupons often are great for bathroom tissue and dish soap, but when it comes to foods, the cheap, subsidized foods made with GMO corn, wheat, soy, or various syrups, sweeteners, fats, baked goods, and other processed products are offered more frequently than coupons for organic fruit and vegetables or various unsweetened nondairy milk substitutes.

To experience dramatic improvement, heart patients must consume a diet that contains less than 15 percent of calories from fat and that excludes saturated fat from animal products. About six percent of the population can eat almost any food safe to eat and survive beyond the century mark. But what about the rest of society?

"Patients hospitalized with life-threatening cardiac conditions should be advised by their doctor that they could head off another heart attack by switching to a low-fat vegetarian diet," says report co-author Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D., according to the February 21, 2006 news release, "New survey shows cardiologists aware of life-saving diet, yet failing to recommend it." Lanou is (at the time of the news release) a senior nutrition scientist with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and an assistant professor of health and wellness at the University of North Carolina."

Dietary changes reinforced by a doctor's recommendation will make it even easier for patients to make simple changes that could add years to their lives." The lead author of the report is Keith Rafal, M.D., M.P.H., (at the time of the news release) medical director of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island.

Ninety-one percent of responding cardiologists were either "very familiar" or "somewhat familiar" with the research supporting very low-fat cardiac diets, the survey found

In 1990, cardiologist Dean Ornish, M.D., changed cardiac care forever with the publication in the Lancet of a study showing arrest and even reversal of heart disease with a very low-fat vegetarian diet. Other researchers have published similar findings.

The simplicity of a vegetarian diet that excludes animal products appeals to people busy with work and family, and many familiar recipes are easy to adapt

Is a vegetarian diet enough to get people all the nutrients they need for maximum health? Health and fitness are different. You can be a runner of marathons and still have a diet that builds up clogged arteries. So nutrition is important based on your family history and genetic predisposition as well as how your body reacts to certain foods as a result of genetic mutations/variations.

At least four studies published in peer-reviewed journals show that patients give the low-fat vegetarian diet a high rating in terms of acceptability. In current times, there are numerous vegan and low-fat diets such as Dr Esselstyn's diet. See, "Q&A with Dr. Esselstyn - Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease." And see, "Dr. Esselstyn discusses a recent study on olive oil and nuts." Or for recipes, check out, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD, "Sample Recipes - Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease." See, "Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., MD - Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine."

Twenty-eight years ago, while chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force, general surgeon Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., grew disappointed in the way he and his colleagues were treating cancer and heart disease. Relying on pills and surgical procedures despite their side effects and risks, Dr. Esselstyn says he and his peers were doing “nothing to prevent disease in the next unsuspecting victim.”

This was particularly frustrating given that research studies had already suggested an obvious culprit. The fatty American diet was, in all likelihood, responsible for heart disease and many Western cancers, which are infrequently seen in parts of the world where much less fat is consumed, according to the "21 Day Vegan Kickstart" website. Learn more about Dr. Esselstyn here.

Can the Internet help ward off depression for children as it may do for numerous older adults?

Another noteworthy news of recent research include, "Internet use can help ward off depression among elderly." It's estimated that as many as 10 million older Americans suffer from depression, often brought on by feelings of loneliness and isolation. And there's also the news release, "Internet use may cut retirees' depression," about a new study, "Internet Use and Depression Among Retired Older Adults in the United States: A Longitudinal Analysis," published online since March 26, 2014 in the Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences. You may wish to check out the abstract of that study.

Spending time online has the potential to ward off depression among retirees, particularly among those who live alone, according to research published online in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. In the study, "Internet Use and Depression Among Retired Older Adults in the United States: A Longitudinal Analysis," the authors report that Internet use reduced the probability of a depressed state by 33 percent among their study sample.

On another note, you might check out the recent news release, "Our relationship with God changes when faced with potential romantic rejection." Spring holiday season is a time when many people in the world think about their relationships with God. New research explores a little-understood role of God in people's lives: helping them cope with the threat of romantic rejection. In this way, God stands in for other relationships in our lives when times are tough.

A survey shows cardiologists are aware of life-saving diets, yet failing to recommend them

Wider use of vegetarian diets would result in fewer surgeries and deaths from heart disease; Studies show patients transition easily to new diet, according to a February 21, 2006 news release, "New survey shows cardiologists aware of life-saving diet, yet failing to recommend it." Have diets really changed for older adults nowadays? And how many doctors are not recommending diets to reverse soft plaque clogging arteries? You may wish to check out what's happening lately with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Also see, "Sample Recipes - Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease."

If you look back only to 2006, then a pilot survey of cardiologists revealed that most know about the life-saving potential of a truly low-fat vegetarian diet for heart patients, but fail to recommend the diet in the mistaken belief that patients will not comply. And in recent times, other physicians want people to follow a higher-fat Mediterranean diet. But the diet needs to be tailored to how the individual reacts to the diet as far as what shows up on tests and physical exams. Please don't feet your cat or kitten a vegan diet.

Some older adults are feeling depressed not knowing what diets to follow for their individual metabolic and genetic responses to various foods. Published studies actually show that patients transition fairly easily to a low-fat diet that contains no animal products, and most rate this diet as "good" or "extremely good." If cardiologists' knowledge of the acceptability of the vegetarian diet were equal to their familiarity with its efficacy, the result would be improved patient care and fewer deaths.

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