Hospitalized after suffering his
fourth heart attack, Vice Presidential candidate Dick Cheney is setting a bad
example for other Americans by chowing down on the very foods that damaged his
heart in the first place, say doctors from the Physicians Committee for
Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit health organization based in Washington,
D.C. On Thanksgiving Day, the day after entering George Washington University
Hospital with chest pains, Cheney gobbled up "turkey with all the trimmings."
Turkey holds 100 milligrams of cholesterol in a 5-ounce serving of breast
meat, even without the skin. Going skinless does not make it healthy, since
most of the cholesterol is in the lean portion.
"Successful heart disease reversal programs use vegetarian diets because,
unlike turkeys, plants have no cholesterol," said PCRM president Neal D.
Barnard, M.D. "Cheney is an intelligent man and, with all eyes on him,
America needs him to be making healthful choices."
"Cheney gives thanks for being alive by eating foods that are killing him,
and contributing to the heart attacks that fell 4,000 Americans every day.
White meat is still meat, and it has more cholesterol and fat than anyone
needs," said Dr. Barnard. As for today, Dr. Barnard said, "The dinner
leftovers have more bearing on Cheney's future than the election leftovers."
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health
organization based in Washington, D.C.