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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Be sure to leave any ask-the-doctor type questions and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And please be sure not to miss Medical school nutrition education and all the other videos on the medical profession.

  • rhelune

    Several years ago my endocrinologist gave me a cabbage soup diet pamphlet and said “give up vegetarianism”.

    • Toxins

      Haha, wow!

      • Emilie Gagnier-Marandola

        Oh my goodness! That’s horrible in a really funny way! I guess that’s why there are such tough standards and entrance exams for foreign doctors moving to Canada/USA.

    • Tan Truong

      You think that’s bad? A 13 year old vegetarian girl visited her country Colombia last year. Some of the adults kept trying to force her to eat meat because they believed she was unhealthy without meat. One was her grandmother, which is understandable because that’s what you expect from seniors steeped in tradition.

      However, two young doctor friends of the family told her horrible things such as, “You can’t have a baby on a vegetarian diet.” Also, something along the lines of, “You may grow an extra limb”. And we thought the protein myth was bad. There was more, but I don’t remember. She told them that studies show that meat is connected to heart disease and cancer, and they told her, “Those scientists are lying”. In the end, she reluctantly ate some meat because they were so forceful. If that’s not child abuse, I don’t know what is.

      The good news is that her aunt went out of her way to prepare vegetarian meals and her young adult cousins supported her. Shame on those other adults and “doctors”.

      So we had a long talk and I send her links to studies such as ones from this site and other sources at least once a week. Her mom got her “Skinny Bitches” (not my style, but better than the blatant lies by those Colombian “doctors”). With all this true science and the scores of fit vegan role models I show her, armed with more veggie knowledge, she feels a lot better now and is on her way to a healthier diet and lifestyle, and peace of mind!

  • World’s Worst Diet

    Thanks for all the great videos. I’d love to see the original article on this one. Do you have the link? Thanks!

  • World’s Worst Diet

    oops! nevermind, I just found it. Thanks.

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please check out my associated blog post Nutrition Education in Medicine: a Doctor a Day Keeps the Apples Away!

  • Andy

    Happily, my husband’s cardiologist said he had gone to a lecture by Esselstyne and was persuaded that eating a whole foods plant based no added oil diet was a responsible thing to do.  He added that he couldn’t get his wife to cook that way for him.

  • Mariarn43

    my doctor had me on statin drugs for cholesterol and as a Fibromyalgia sufferer the statin drugs made my condition much worse.  I decided to go vegan…nothing to lose and everything to gain.  When I went back to my doctor 3 months later for a check-up and told him I was now vegan…..the first thing he asked me was “where are you getting your protein from?”  I had to sit and educate him on where I was getting my vitamins, protein, etc from.  It has been 8 months since going vegan.  I no longer have constant pain, I have lost weight and my cholesterol is now in the healthy zone.  I will never go back to eating meat or animal bi-products again as I feel terrific and I am healthy.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful video clips.  They are very helpful and help to further educate me on healthy eating.

    • Facebook User

      I refused to take any medication and did the same. I lost 80 pounds, my high blood pressure disappeared and cholesterol was normal. I told my doctor it was because I went vegan. He looked at me as if I was an alien and had no comment. I haven’t been sick at all since then, 6 years and counting!!!

  • Jill, The Veggie Queen

    I would love to figure out a way to teach doctors more about nutrition from my 30 years of knowledge and experience. We know that changing what you eat can, and will, change your life.

    Great idea to blame patients. We need more doctors who say “I don’t know”.

  • Lisa

    HI, I have diverticulitis. I’ve had a colon resection but stlil have diver on the other side. I have since started taking probiotics. They seem to really help and my flares are much less. Two questions; Can probiotics with prebiotic in the diet heal the colon and is there a point where taking probiotics should stop. I also am making green smoothies which seem to make quite a difference. Thank you.

  • DoctorYum

    I wish I had learned more about nutrition from medical school, but I didn’t. I have taken an active interest and learned for myself about nutrition, specifically the benefits of a plant-based diet. The system has to be changed. Physicians should be taught nutrition and how to cook so they can pass this onto their patients. Some medical schools are starting this, but all need to follow. I will be starting a pediatrics practice with a teaching kitchen, vegetable garden and cooking classes for our patients. Educating patients is the only way to really help them overcome diet-related illness. But the teacher needs to be educated first.

    • Thea

      DoctorYum: You patients are so lucky to have you!

    • Rachel E

      Or better yet, Dietitians need to be given the proper role and respect that they deserve.

  • guest

    completely off topic but your video starter pics get me every time. :)

  • mac

    Do you have any tips on how I might find a doctor who shares the focus of diet – maybe even a whole foods, plant-based one – as a major part of living well?

  • Clint Stevens

    What is the preferred method on a percentage basis in regards to what the patient prefers, lifestyle counseling or prescribed pills?

  • Anne Corey

    I am a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator for a large HMO and unfortunately have many stories about doctors who have given misinformation about nutrition to patients (throughout my career). I can’t say I’ve met one that has been able to give solid evidence based nutrition advise. I don’t blame them for not knowing since it is not what they went to medical school to learn nor should they need to know the details and specifics of what to tell their patients. Their focus should be on medical assessment, diagnosis, evaluation, examination, etc. They just don’t have time either. A consult with a dietitian can take an hour for the initial visit and 30 minutes for a return. Dietitians are educated, trained specialists in medical nutrition therapy. I would not go to a kidney speciality if I had liver disease so why would I go to a doctor for nutrition advise?

  • 4Baccurate

    In all seriousness, doctors impart to patients the lifestyle norm acquired in medical schools: swallowing pharmaceuticals every day is an optimal lifestyle norm. Undesireable group norms: We visit friends, socializing over death foods is a norm.