Dear Tom Petty,
If I could have wrote you a letter before you passed I would have told you to please protect yourself from a Cardiac Arrest. I would have shared that Heart disease is the most common cause of cardiac arrest. 1 in 4 people die of heart disease which is our leading cause of death. And most importantly that 90 percent of all heart attacks can be avoided through healthy lifestyle choices like simply eating a whole-food, plant based diet.
Sure, life on the road can be stressful and often comes with bad lifestyle choices. But this is all more the reason to combat the the leading cause of death in the easiest, most powerful way possible. Within our control, our diet is the most protective factor against heart disease.
According to Mens Journal, Tom Petty did become vegetarian. But, unlike his brother, he wouldn’t go vegan.Â See Here Like NutritionFacts.org says “Only one way of eating has ever been proven to reverse heart disease in the majority of patients: a diet centered around whole plant foods. If thatâ€™s all a whole-food, plant-based diet could doâ€”reverse our number-one killerâ€”shouldnâ€™t that be the default diet until proven otherwise?” See Here
Tom Petty died on October 2nd, 2017 in his Malibu home from Cardiac Arrest. Growing up, I spent my first 15 years living in California. Malibu was a beach we would often visit. 27 years later and 2,500 miles away I sure do wish I could visit the Malibu Canyons we would cross over on the way to the beach.
I lived in Van Nuys California. My grandparents lived in Woodland Hills. We would take a trip over Mulholland Drive almost every weekend. I would skate board Ventura Blvd. This was my home and Tom Petty wrote the best songs about it!
When I moved to North Carolina in 1989 I missed California dearly. Tom Petty would take me home in his music. In the early 90’s during my college years I remember fondly listening to his album for “She’s the One”.
Tom Petty was absolutely in my top list of all time favorite rock and folk heroes. Tom Petty produced countless of my favorite songs and albums for road trips and everyday life. As a casual singer/guitarist several of his songs are my favorite to sing and play.
The majority of his life Tom Petty consistently wrote hits, produced with many of my other favorite musicians, and toured the world sharing his amazing talent, energy, and personality. I had a chance to see Tom Petty live once with my wife about ten years ago. His performance was perfect.
For the rest of my life I will miss Tom Petty. He toured up until his passing. I believe wholeheartedly we had another 30 plus quality years we could have enjoyed from this iconic artist if he could have prevented his cardiac arrest. Even if he would have quit the music life, he still said he wanted to see his granddaughter as much as possible. And who knows in what knew ways he could have found to shine.
At the time of his passing at age 66, Tom Petty was just two years older than my parents. I canâ€™t help but be concerned for the health of my parents and other family members that are not on a whole-food plant based diet. This is why I constantly advocate, even if it annoys, a whole-food plant based diet. Because afterall, we are all going to die letâ€™s just not be the reason why.
â€œThe genetic defect producing atherosclerosis occurs no more than 1 in 200 and possibly as low as 1 in 400 or 500 persons.â€ â€œThis means, of course, that most persons with atherosclerosis acquire it from what they put in their mouth.â€
â€œCoronary artery disease is the â€œmost common cause of sudden cardiac arrest in people over 35.â€
â€œHeart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for almost 1 in every 4 deaths, and affecting significantly more men than women.â€
â€œArrest and reverse heart disease, our number one killer, with a whole-food, plant based diet.â€