A man with life-threatening heart disease is sharing his story of dodging bypass surgery and improving his health by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.
On the most recent episode of Plant Power Stories, a mini documentary series that features individuals who have transformed their lives through a whole foods, plant-based diet, Paul Chatlin shared his remarkable story.
In 2013, at the age of 56, Chatlin was experiencing chest pain, so he went to see a doctor, where he learned he had three blocked coronary arteries.
“I had a 100% block in my right artery, two other arteries at 70%. I had a left bundle block, a heart murmur. I had an enlarged heart with leaky valves, and sarcoidosis of the right side of my heart muscle,” Chatlin said.
As he was being wheeled into the surgical room, Chatlin says the doctor asked him if he would consider a change of diet instead of bypass surgery.
Chatlin stated: “So we’re being wheeled in toward the surgical ward, and he stops, he looks at me and says, ‘Hey, Paul, I’ve only done this for two/one other patient in twenty years. Would you consider a nutrition change instead of having bypass surgery?'”
“And I’m like ‘Yes, immediately, I’ll do anything.'”
Chatlin, who said he didn’t know what kale was at that point, went on a whole foods, plant-based diet that same day, getting rid of all the meat, dairy, eggs, other animal foods, processed food and oil in his home.
Just weeks later, Chatlin’s chest pain was gone; he says he feels great and he lost almost 70 pounds.
This led to him starting Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG) to support other individuals’ transition to a plant-based diet. The group now has over 5,000 members.
A whole foods, plant-based diet is the only diet scientifically proven to treat, prevent and, in many cases, even reverse heart disease, America’s leading cause of death.
Plant Power Stories is produced by H.O.P.E. The Project, the organization responsible for the documentary H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters.
H.O.P.E. The Project reminds people to consult with a physician before modifying diet.