ICP 13: Dr. Kim Williams
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Dr. Kim Williams is the chief cardiologist in the Division of Cardiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He’s also a professor of heart research within Rush University’s medical school.
Dr. Williams has treated thousands of heart patients, the vast majority of whom suffered chronic, preventable conditions. Over the course of his stellar career, he realized that much of what he was doing was mitigating symptoms. The standard treatments he was prescribing helped but he wasn’t getting to the root causes. Over time he re-considered many questions: why did so many of his patients need these medications? Why did they suffer heart attacks in the first place? And were stents or bypass surgery their only recourse?
When he realized his own LDL cholesterol was creeping up, Dr. Williams made important dietary changes based on what he knew about diet and its effects on cholesterol and he saw nearly a 50% decrease in his LDL number. He said “Wait a minute, if changing my diet can lower my high cholesterol by 50% and lower my risk of chronic diseases, why am I not prescribing this to my patients? It's this powerful shift in his thinking -- from treating illness to fostering wellness -- that we focus on today.
Receiving one of the highest honors for a cardiologist in the world, he was elected by his peers to serve as President of the American College of Cardiology in 2015. Trust me, he’s not trying to ruffle any feathers, but as a seasoned cardiologist who is now prescribing lifestyle medicine and dietary changes to his patients, his methods are certainly viewed as unorthodox and going against the grain within the current medical paradigm. But as you will hear in the podcast, we talk about how these recommendations are firmly based in peer-reviewed research. What's more, they’re evidence based treatments shown to prevent or reverse chronic diseases of the heart and, finally....they work better and are safer than surgeries or prescriptions. I hope you enjoy our conversation, Episode #13 with Dr. Kim Williams.
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Intro Music Credit: "Easy Living" by Birocratic http://birocratic.bandcamp.com