600,000 people die every year of heart disease. In the State of New Hampshire, where I grew up, the entire population is equal to 1.2m people. The city of Boston, Massachusetts, has about 600,000 people.
Heart disease is a toothless paper tiger that need never exist.
—Dr. Caldwell B. Essylstein
esteemed heart surgeon
Heart disease, once thought to be an inevitable effect of aging, is a dietary disease which is due to animal food consumption. Other factors, such as stress and smoking affect cardiovascular health. The biggest factors are blood cholesterol and saturated fat. Dietary cholesterol, saturated fat, and animal protein are the direct cause of blood cholesterol.
Dietary cholesterol is only found in animal foods.
Animal protein is only found in animal foods [obviously].
Saturated fat is not found in plants.
Through man's genius plants have been sufficiently altered, so that they can produce saturated fat too. Oils such as coconut oil do contain saturated fat, and like animal products take away from heart health. It should be noted however that most plant oils don't have much saturated fat. The worst is coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature—like butter. ; )
Saturated fat and cholesterol and animal protein create a fatty, sludgy, slime which lines the arteries, veins and blood vessels. This fatty coating evetually hardens and creates a solid plaque build-up on the walls of every single tube in which blood flows.
This means the blood vessels that deliver blood to: the heart, the brain, the muscles, and everywhere. An early sign of heart disease is erectile dysfunction. The penis needs good bloodflow to become erect, if the arteries, veins and blood vessels are blocked, then blood doesn't flow.
There are two main ways it can kill you. One is when the blood gets totally blocked by the plaque building up until the blood vessel closes. The other is when a chunk of plaque breaks off the wall of the artery and floats into the heart. If a blood vessel closes in the brain, pressure builds up, and if it pops, thats a stroke—but that's not counted in the 600,000.
Population: about the same as the number of people who die of heart disease yearly, in the USA (600,000)
Another 500,000 people in America die of cancer, every year. Unlike heart disease, cancer is not entirely dietary and there are many different types.
It was found in The China Study that: the factor determining whether or not rats, which were exposed to a known carcinogen, would get liver cancer was animal protein intake. When animal protein made up more that 10% of their diet, their liver cancer would grow. When it made up less that 10% their cancer would go in the other direction.
The fact that cancer is tremendously more common in America, Europe, and Australia; than in parts of the world with less affluence, and thus less animal protein intake—corroborates this finding. The China study also evaluated the life of rural vs urban Chinese. The findings were consistent with the laboratory studies—people who ate more animal foods were at a greater risk for a long list of cancers; including the most common killers in the USA: breast cancer, colo-rectal cancer, prostate cancer (lung cancer, we all accept is #1 due to cigarette smoking.)
This atlas depicts cancer prevalence in counties in China. The color densities speak for themselves. If you know any Chinese geography, you know their major cites, where the most meat is consumed are centered around the coastal areas—where we can see more cancer prevalence than anywhere else.
The cause of all cancers is not down to 100% certainly like heart disease. A famous vegan, Steve Jobs, notoriously died of cancer. However, we know that Steve Jobs spent a lot of time soldering together computer parts, made of strange synthetic materials, some known to be carcinogenic.
Carcinogens are found in many places: lead, asbestos, cigarettes, plastic, the air we breathe, the food we eat. In fact, in 2015 the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a report in which is classified process meat as a carcinogen. Red meat was classified as a type 2A carcinogen, which means the substance is "probably carcinogenic for humans".
Processed meat was classifed as a Type 1 Carcinogen—"Carcinogenic to humans".
World Health Organization after it's ground breaking report released a Q & A in laymens terms to make clear what they mean when they say: with red meat and processed meat are carcinogenic. by The link about shows you more detail than is written in this page.