Internationally renowned medical journalist and best-selling author Robert E. Kowalski died Nov. 9 from a pulmonary aneurysm. He was 65 and resided in Southern California.
A pioneer of natural, heart-healthy living, Mr. Kowalski's professional and personal lives were closely interwoven. At the age of 41 he had already survived a heart attack and two coronary-bypass surgeries. Determined to see his two young children grow up, he developed a revolutionary program that included dietary and exercise recommendations and eschewed prescription drugs. In 1987, Mr. Kowalski's book, The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure (HarperCollins), became a New York Times best seller—on the list for a record-breaking 115 weeks—and made oat bran a superstar ingredient. For more than 35 years, Mr. Kowalski enthusiastically shared his knowledge via eight books, public service announcements and articles in myriad publications. Among Mr. Kowalski's lasting contributions are patient-education materials used around the country. His latest book, The Blood Pressure Cure (Wiley), went into publication last year.
Mr. Kowalski is survived by his wife, son and daughter.
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