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Rosie O'Donnell Watches 'Forks Over Knives', Contacts Dr. Esselstyn

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After suffering a potentially fatal heart attack several weeks ago, Rosie O’Donnell has wasted absolutely no time in giving her diet a dramatic overhaul.

The 50-year-old almost immediately starting cutting animal products out of her life; claiming on Twitter to have lost 10 pounds in the process.

“this crazy summer has taken me into uncharted territory,” she wrote today on her blog. “into mornings that begin at 7. long walks and vegetables.”

Ecorazzi reached out to Rosie over Twitter earlier to ask if she had caught the awesome documentary “Forks Over Knives.” She tweeted back that, yes, she had seen it and also chatted with the esteemed Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

As those who have seen the doc know, Dr. Esselstyn is world-renowned for his work in showing that a vegan diet can have profound effects on reversing the effects of cardiovascular disease. His recommended lifestyle reboot, as detailed in the book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” has been extremely popular – and is one of the sources former president Bill Clinton relied upon for his own health transformation.

“For them to realize that this is not just the luck of the draw, that this is something that you yourself can control,” Esselstyn told the site FoodNotMeds.com. “You can become the locus of control for this disease that is the leading killer of women and men in Western civilization. It’s truly nothing more than a toothless paper tiger that need never ever exist, and if it does exist, it need never progress. This is a food-borne illness.”

Once again, we give credit to Rosie for listening to her body and making a concerted effort to reach out and educate herself. As someone that commands a cultural spotlight, here’s to hoping she continues to inform on the benefits she’s experiencing as well. Good luck, Rosie!

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  • Alison Foxall

    My 80 year old aunt just started juicing and eating raw foods. She has been wheel chair bound for a number of years and it will be interesting to see how much her health will improve!

    My cousins are also getting into it. I’m so happy and proud that a lot of my family members are taking charge of their health and reducing or completely eliminating animal products from their lives!

  • Peter Rowe

    Good for you, Rosie. I found Dr. Esselstyn’s work via Sanjay Gupta’s special, “The Last Heart Attack”, about a year ago. It’s been a remarkable year indeed.

  • please correct locus to focus, we want you lookin’ smart! 🙂

    • Sylvia

      “Locus of control is a theory in personality psychology
      referring to the extent to which individuals believe that they can
      control events that affect them. Understanding of the concept was
      developed by Julian B. Rotter
      in 1954, and has since become an aspect of personality studies. A
      person’s “locus” (Latin for “place” or “location”) is conceptualised as
      either internal (the person believes they can control their life) or
      external (meaning they believe that their decisions and life are
      controlled by environmental factors which they cannot influence).” Read more on the net.

    • Courtney B.

      “Locus of control” is correct.

    • ecorazzi

      ‘locus’ is actually correct. Definition: A particular position, point, or place.

  • Amy W.

    I believe locus is used correctly in this context. Look it up.

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