Basically, I'm looking to help out my mother.
She had a heart attack 3-4 years ago, eating a standard american diet although she never ate junk food or fast food. I really believe the cause was stress (she is a very high-stress, high-energy person) but it's hard to nail down.
As a result, she's made a key change: converting to the vegan diet high in grains/pulses/legumes. She justifies this because it has lowered her blood pressure and cholestrol, and she believes that meats clog the arteries and that they are now unclogged. Although her blood pressure is sometimes high.
I would have left this be, because it does seem to have helped despite the blatant incorrect assertions.
However, she has acid reflux/GERD. Really bad. And she takes a PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitor) because apparently without it, the pain is so bad she feels like dying. She also takes Slippery Elm Powder that a naturopath gave her in an attempt to get off the PPI.
When I found out about the PPI, I became a little concerned. I'm not interested in pushing her into anything, but the collection of knowledge I've gained from the paleosphere has nailed it into my mind that a vegan diet is worse for heart disease/blood pressure/GERD. So I want to at least give her an alternative.
So with this knowledge I ask: in all seriousness, is the paleo diet right for her, and will it solve her problems? Any important specifics? Further, and the important part, are there any articles or books that will help her get out of the misconception that saturated fat = clogged arteries, high blood pressure and high bad cholestrol?