Meet the Esselstyns

Just wanted to make sure everyone was up to speed with the great work the Esselstyns have been doing regarding the promotion of the plant-based diet.

For years, I’ve sited Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s ground-breaking work in the field of cardiovascular health and the plant-based diet, and it’s all nicely encapsulated in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.  More recently, his son Rip – A Texas firefighter – released The Engine 2 Diet, which details the process of getting his firefighting compadres to try this nutrient-dense, plant-based diet for superior health…all with dramatic results, of course.

One of the coolest things about it is that, in addition to Rip Esselstyn being a world-class triathlete, all these guys are in a line of work that demands a high level of physical conditioning. This lends further credence to the idea that – yes – we can get all we need, through the healthiest possible delivery system of plant-based foods.

Here’s an excellent video from a recent CBS Sunday Morning episode that features the whole backstory about The Engine 2 Diet. Great to see on national TV! (Complete with a meat industry-sponsored researcher trying to offer the typical weak-ass rebuttal…)


To understand more of the science behind it all, check out the first 6 or 7 minutes of Papa Esselstyn in action here:


For more on Rip, here’s a link to another vid and some Q&A:

And here’s Dr. Caldwell’s main site:

So glad these guys are out there delivering such high-quality info and insight.


About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of nine books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford. Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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6 Responses to Meet the Esselstyns

  1. Trevor says:

    Thanks for the video links Bobby.

    I’m not sure if wheatgrass is part of the diet; if it is, it hasn’t kicked in on the grey hair yet. 🙂

    Seriously though, for someone starting out on a vegetarian diet, what are some of the more common mistakes to be avoided? Not enough variety in the diet would be a big one I would assume?



  2. Lisamarie says:

    Speaking of Esselstyn, he is going to be in Houston(Sr.) next month at a Town Hall meeting along with T. Colin Campbell, Neal Barnard, Dick Gregory, and others. It has been arranged by Houston Cardiologist Baxter Montgomery, who promotes and has greatly improved heart disease and diabetes in his patients as well.
    I’m attending the seminar all day–can’t wait! 🙂

  3. Trevor says:


    What are your views on the NO OIL component of Dr. Esselstyn’s diet?
    No flax seed oil? Olive oil?

    On another topic altogether, but one I alluded to in the recent thread on chickens, where might we expect to see cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and other farmed animals should the industries to which they are linked, cease to exist? Would it only be their natural habitats? I wonder in what numbers they would be found?

    Also, would you suggest that the thousands of people employed in these industries move to more eco-friendly and sustainable industries (plant-based farming)? With over-population a real (and increasing) problem in so many areas of the world, is it possible that the struggle to realign the animal-related industries may have been left too late?

    Or will Mother Nature win out by culling the human population (due to our misuse of arable land), therein teaching us the real kick-in-the-ass lesson we need?

    Hope that makes some sense and that you can shed some light on these issues for me.


  4. Lisamarie says:

    Wow….GREAT questions, Trevor! Yes, I’ve actually wondered this myself-about the oils since we seem to hear different views on this among the vegan diet/lifestyle advocates–thanks for asking it.
    Also another thing I’ve wondered it just what you’re asking. Although I do NOT think that if the meat, dairy, and egg industries went under it would necessarily mean massive job losses due to this creating new demand for the alternatives, thus creating a whole new job trends, what WOULD happen to all the billions of animals confined in those factories, as we obviously wouldn’t be able to save them ALL and put them all in sanctuaries, as there are just TOO many of them and not enough facilities and land to transfer them to.
    I do hope that one day we see the land returned to the rightful owners-the animals-but then there are SO many more people in the world today then there were several thousand years ago but even yet more of these animals due to mass production, so just where would that put US? What kind of conflicts would arise in the competition for land and resources, esp with the fast rates at which civilization/urbanization/ industrialization has taken over so much of the once rural lands since all those years ago when farm animals once moved freely about them?
    Hope the way I’m asking this makes sense, too, and that you don’t mind my reiterating some of this with my own words, Trevor. 🙂

  5. Christine says:

    You all may find this article very interesting, “A Cure For Cancer? Eating A Plant-Based Diet” from Sept. 28 Huffington Post.

  6. Bobby Rock says:

    Christine –

    Yeah, I’ve been seeing that piece get a lot of mileage this past week. Good to hear Campbell so strong on his position…


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