Small steps matter when it comes to health. But you have to have knowledge before you can make changes. Many of the health problems in this country—and in much of the world—could be avoided if only people really understood how to protect themselves.
So, one of Americans top surgeons—Dr. Surender R. Neravetla, Director of Cardiac Surgery at Springfield Regional Medical Center in Springfield, Ohio—resolved to explain the medical research that’s out there through a series of health-related books featuring simplified text and graphics.
For the doctor, it’s personal. Even though he has performed more than 10,000 cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgeries since 1983, all his expertise couldn’t protect his father, who died of coronary artery disease at age 70.
“I’m passionate about improving people’s health and well-being,” he says. “But right under my eyes, my own family and patients were not following my advice when it came to preventing disease though healthy food or a healthy lifestyle. ‘Why should I listen to you?’ they asked.”
To answer that question, Dr. Neravetla started to gather research on the conditions that were so negatively impacting their health and quality of life. Since many of the doctor’s relatives, who still live in India and suffer from heart disease and related conditions, are vegetarians, he knew animal fat wasn’t the problem. Hours of research uncovered the surprising fact that salt is putting all of us at risk for a host of debilitating diseases.