A Heart to Heart with Two Plant-Based Cardiologists: Dr. Columbus Batiste and Dr Baxter Montgomery



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Dr. Baxter D. Montgomery is a Board Certified Cardiologist with years of experience in the latest medical practices and nutritional health. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas in Houston, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and the founder and medical director of the Montgomery Heart and Wellness Health Center (formerly The Houston Cardiac Association).Having seen many patients suffer the consequences of chronic heart disease, Dr. Montgomery founded the Montgomery Heart & Wellness Center in 1997 with the mission to reverse and prevent life-threatening illnesses. Located in Houston, Texas, The Montgomery Heart & Wellness (MHW) Center is a state-of-the-art health center complete with all the technology and resources to provide comprehensive medical and wellness care. Combining his medical practice with a food-driven lifestyle intervention, Dr. Montgomery introduces patients to a novel food prescription plan that helps reverse chronic conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, obesity and diabetes without medications or surgeries. He has refined this process over the years with profound positive results in severely ill patients. Dr. Montgomery and the MHW health and wellness team cares for patients at both the MHW Health Center and the world-renowned Texas Medical Center.

Can Food Really be Used as Medicine?

Dr. Montgomery will share insights on how he uses optimal nutrition in an integrative care fashion to improve the overall well-being of patients with advanced heart disease and other chronic illnesses. He will provide clinical case studies that demonstrate precisely how he utilizes nutrition both in the inpatient and outpatient setting to optimize patients’ overall health and well-being.

What is the role of a plant-based nutrition plan in a patient who is critically ill in the cardiac care unit?

How can a plant-based nutrition plan improve the condition of the patient on multiple medications?

What is a stepwise approach that Dr. Montgomery utilizes in managing patients who are acutely ill with both allopathic medical care and plant-based nutrition?

What is a good long-term strategy for chronically ill patients to maintain their health without relapsing?

Dr. Columbus D. Batiste is a board-certified Interventional Cardiologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine. From 2008 until 2020 he served as Chief of Cardiology. Over the years Dr. Batiste has been recognized for his work in the community and abroad by multiple organizations.

In 2010, Dr. Batiste sought to break-the-cycle of prescriptions and procedures as the sole management of chronic disease and began promoting a long-term solution for his patients through nutrition, stress reduction, and exercise. As a result, in 2011 Dr. Batiste established the Integrative Cardiovascular Disease Program (based at Kaiser Permanente). This program sought to prevent the re-occurrence of major adverse cardiac events in patients who were diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease byon lifestyle modification. In 2016 Dr. Batiste led a group that collaborated with Samsung Technologies and developed a virtual cardiac rehabilitation program utilizing a Samsung wearable. Since its launch the program, which applies the principles of lifestyle, has treated nearly 10,000 patients.

Dr. Batiste’s mission is to share information so that “each-one can teach-one” about the benefits of plant-based nutrition, daily exercise, and stress reduction and therefore, provide everyone with the opportunity to take control of their health. This mission and his passion for the community has led to the formation of a non-profit organization called the Healthy Heart Nation, which provides education through lectures, newsletters, social and digital media.

Dr. Batiste's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/SlaveFoodProject

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TIME CODE:
00:00 Dr Batiste introduces today's guest, Dr. Montgomery
0:02:55 Dr Batiste and Chef AJ Q & A
1:06:20 Viewer Q & A
1:19:13 Final thoughts and show wrap
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