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  • Noe Marcial

    which is the life expectancy for an average doctor? i mean been they are the specialist on health.. they should be the best example of the current advices in medicine…

    the ones that i know and knew didn’t have a very healthy life at all. and some of them have died quite young many of them are addicts to some drugs , etc… it will be interesting to know as you mention in the video, doctors are the easy example to follow, a doctor is the person in which you trust for your health. it is any study on the health of doctors?

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      What a great question! Here are some statistics I found based on this study Mortality rates and causes among U.S. physicians. See if that helps? I agree and I think it’s kind of like the relationship between children and parents. Kids mimic their parents. If mom and dad are drinking soda and engaging in unhealthy behaviors children may have a harder time making healthful choices. As Dr. Greger mentions, the same can be said for patients and physicians.

      • Noe Marcial

        great Josep! thank you seems that i was wrong the physicians are more or less as unhealthy as any other professional… (slightly better :) ) so they are not the worst example they are more or less the average.. thats means they are not a good example of health as well :)

        “Among both U.S. white and black men, physicians were, on average, older when they died, (73.0 years for white and 68.7 for black) than were lawyers (72.3 and 62.0), all examined professionals (70.9 and 65.3), and all men (70.3 and 63.6). The top ten causes of death for white male physicians were essentially the same as those of the general population, although they were more likely to die from cerebrovascular disease, accidents, and suicide, and less likely to die from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia/influenza, or liver disease than were other professional white men.”

        for me are quite funny the conclutions

        • Eric4354

          Well, it looks like doctors do better than the average person. But only slightly. So if you compare them to other intelligent successful professionals (who live longer than the average person), they probably do worse…

      • Noe Marcial

        http://edition.cnn.com/videos/health/2015/04/08/exp-human-factor-dr-ellsworth-wareham.cnn here a good exsample of an physician life expectenci when what they know is right and they do so.. 100 years old… i trust..

      • Bev

        I think it would be interesting to compare the life expectancy of nutritionists to that of doctors. I’m guessing that the nutritionists would win by living healthier and longer lives.

      • Noe Marcial

        http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/04/more-money-more-life-the-depressing-reality-of-inequality-in-america/360895/ the income it is an importante factor for longevity doctors may live an extra year as any other person with that quality of life

    • Aussie Sutra

      Dr. Joel Wallach has a book called “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie”. In it he cites statistics about the average age of death of doctors and it’s quite low. I cannot recall precisely, but it’s in the mid 50s. Obviously some doctors live a fair bit longer than that, but if most of them are following their own advice, then they’re not going to get very old.

      • http://www.DonForresterMD.com/ Don Forrester MD -NF Volunteer

        For me it is less about credentials and more about behavior. Studies have shown that physicians who have practice healthy lifestyles recommend those practices more often. They are also more successful and have better credibility with their patients. Given the science at this point treating patients without emphasizing and coaching the best lifestyle choices is in this doctors opinion substandard care. I hope I’m around to see it become the community standard of care.

  • Noe Marcial

    i wonder too witch is the freedom for a doctor to don’t follow the medical protocols. when for example the protocols says for a little fever take this antibiotics plus ibuprofen etc… what’s happen if the doctor advises to the patient does not go along with the oficial protocol and he give comun sens advices like to eat more fruit more berries.. and what happen if something goes wrong with the patient.. how the lord act on the doctor, if the protocol have says. seems that doctors are like slaves of the protocol, and the protocol have made with the pharmaceutical lobby.
    is it a risk for a doctor like michael greger to work that way? i know that is the best advices that one can give. but have the doctors freedom to go out of the protocol a litle bit?

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      More great questions, Noe. I may refer to some of the physicians who answer questions on our site, as they would know more. I hope they can help answer your questions.

      Best,
      Joseph

    • KAVINCE

      thank you very much for you question yes somehow is the knowledge of those protocols which makes Dr looks smarter in front of his patient ! what about that prestige if he behaves by giving some nutrition advices, that can be given by any of other folks who know a “bit and more “about nutrition…THE MAGIC Health SYSYEM WD COLLAPSE !!

    • Plantstrongdoc M.D.

      I am afraid that the good doctor who dont follow the standard procedure (drugs, procedures), will get in serious trouble if anything goes wrong. Thats one reason that this is a battle against “dark forces”.

  • BB

    My mother-in-law has been receiving treatment for stage-4 ovarian cancer for the last 7 months. This week her doctor suspended treatment, admitted it was not helping and recommended Hospice. I was not in favor of the chemo treatments. Her disease was advanced and the chemo side effects were worse than the cancer. But, she obediently followed the doctors orders for chemo fueled by the false hope that she might get several more years with treatment. I wonder if five years ago, a doctor had sat down with her and explained how her horrible diet was hurting her health – could the last 7 months have been avoided? . What if she would have learned that her diabetes and obesity could be reversed by changing the way she ate. My husband tried to talk to her but he was not an authority figure like the doctors she respected. If she would have had the opportunity to obey a doctor’s nutrition recommendations the way she adhered to the prescribed chemo regimen, her present situation might be different. And, during these debilitating months of treatment, diet and nutrition were never mentioned. This is not just her story, but a story I have heard many times. It needs to change.

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      Hi BB. It is very hard to say. I know we’ve discussed your mother-in-law’s situation before. Such a frustrating case I can empathize with your thoughts and feelings. I really appreciate Dr. Barnard’s excerpt from his book, The Cancer Survivor’s Guide. He says “Before we begin, one note of caution: As we explore the role of food in cancer, some people might feel a bit uneasy. If foods can affect cancer risk, they ask, does that mean I am somehow to blame for my illness? Did the foods I ate as a child cause this problem? Is our culture causing these problems? It is natural that concerns like these will cross our minds. However, let us encourage you to set blame aside. The fact is, some people do their very best to follow health-promoting lifestyles and still develop cancer. And you may have known people who smoke, drink heavily, and eat with abandon and yet manage to live to a ripe old age. Unfortunately, it is easy to get cancer, and we cannot predict with certainty who will be affected by it and who will not. So let’s focus not on blame but on what foods can do for you. As Jack Nicklaus said, “You can spend all day trying to figure out why you hit your ball into the woods—or you can just go in and get it out.”

      • BB

        Hi Joseph. I have also read Dr. Barnard’s book. And I do agree with you that blame is not productive especially at this stage. My frustration comes from the lack of opportunity to explore options that could have helped in this case. My personal experience is that her lifestyle most likely did contribute to her health issues. Obesity lead to diabetes which lead to heart disease. She was already so ill that fighting cancer was for her impossible. What I have learned on this website illustrates the relationship between diet and disease. Many of us are able to research and learn on our own and make choices that may not be popular but are scientifically sound. Some, like my mother-in-law rely solely on medical professionals to guide them. It is unfortunate that over the years, her doctors did not have nutritional education, could not give her options and relied on prescriptions to treat her symptoms instead of helping to reverse her disease. Doctors such as Neal Barnard and John McDougall are working to establish more nutrition training for medical students. That is positive.

        • valnaples

          Beautifully stated! and so VERY true!

      • SeedyCharacter

        Dr. Jeanne Wallace specializes in nutritional approaches to cancer and has had extraordinary results with various cancers, including brain and ovarian. She is reputable and has earned the trust of conventional M.D.’s. If your mother-in-law is open to a phone consultation, here’s how she can reach Dr. Wallace: http://www.nutritional-solutions.net

  • Will. M.

    Sadly, the motivation is lacking to provide a WFPB diet because a lot of doctors would see biz drop and without drugs to prescribe, there goes more $$$ out the window. Do these vids get see in schools by kids at a young enough age to influence them? I think that’s where this all has to start.

    • Wade Patton

      That is the pessimistic view. If one believes that people are mostly good, that most doctors believe in their oaths, then there is hope. If one believes that physicians are all hopelessly blinded by the love of money, then of course we are doomed. I choose to believe the former and see the lust for money in our society (and world) as a function of folks banded together as businesses/companies/corporations that must, by definition create profits. Our survival as “free” peoples is further threatened every time these mega corps get bigger. Some individuals are as greedy, but they only become dangerous to society when banded together in such large groups where profitability is so great as to have significant influence and power with all regulation and governing.

      Every processed food, chain “food” place and super/mega/low mart is likely a part of this mess. Shopping there fuels the fire. When we grow our own and/or support the local farmers, we are not putting money directly into the mega corp coffers. When demand shifts enough to affect megacorp profits, they will notice and at that point their offerings may shift to try to “recapture” all that _precious_ money they “lost”.

      As to schools? Yes, great idea. No I don’t think anything so radical would happen. Nothing wrong with education from home.

      Reminder: We must start with the positve qualities of plants. Overrun them with all the positive qualities of plants. Leading with the negative aspects of animal foods sounds too much like all the other “news” and “novelty” information with which we are continually overrun–and tends to be summarily ignored or dismissed as we are desensitized to such. Leave them wanting more. Get questions asked, not “stop sign” hands.

  • Kent Nauman

    There is a really good longivity calculator at “https://www.livingto100.com/” by Thomas Perles MD. I am a physician and also read his book which I found boring.

    • Wade Patton

      I scored 96 years. Had to fudge a little on BP and cholesterol (guesstimate), and know I got docked for not having been to a checkup in over 3 years. Also i lied about taking Calcium supplements, because I do take D3 (and knew that was the “correct” answer.) Supplemental calcium is a bit of a joke for us plant eaters.

      • Kent Nauman

        Very good, remember aerobic exercise and resistance training. I ride a bike and lift weights.

        • Wade Patton

          Lifelong cyclist here. Even “race” on the MTB sometimes, singlespeed.

  • justme

    This is a great subject. Thanks for presenting it. Except for the rare few, like you, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. McDougall, and others of your ilk, I’ve lost faith in Medical Doctors. It is a conflict of interest for many to actually cure patients. Treating disease is ongoing income. Curing disease stifles income. That is, unless like you and the others above, they promote wellness. I get so much out of your videos. Thanks again

    • Charzie

      Maybe we should try the system they used to have in Asia…you pay your doctor to keep you well, if you get sick, he loses your payments! In functional medicine, the doctor cannot book 3 patients every 15 minutes like some do now, they would need a LOT longer because they need to do the detective work to find out what the source of the problem is instead of just disguising a symptom (and likely creating others) with drugs. Personally, I always thought it would be a better doctor/patient model for them to charge like other professionals do…by time spent with the client (patient…though I HATE the connotation of that word!)…more actual detective work would take more time, but people would actually get better more often! Win-win! Less, and less expensive interventions might even make insurance cheaper! Triple win!

      • 2tsaybow

        I think that the best route to changing doctors attitudes is through the insurance companies. Now that Kaiser Permanente is on board with the WFPB diet, the rest of them will begin to see the financial gain of having healthy clients. They are the ones who have the incentives to change doctors behavior. I believe that the insurance providers should provide benefits of some type to doctors who move there clients into a healthy lifestyle.

        Changes are happening so that we know now what doctors are being paid by the drug companies. The ACA requires drug companies release information about how much they are paying doctors individually. This is powerful information that consumers can use to determine if they want to have a doctor that receives tons of money from big pharma. Here is pro publica’s website with the info: https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/

        • Jeffrey Baker

          Great tool at ProPublica! Thanks for the link. I found every doc I entered, my own physician as well as some of my friends in various specialties. Most amounts were trivial but one was $66,000 in last 18 months, which would cause me to examine very carefully (including seeking other opinions) a course of treatment prescribed by this doc if it included products from companies that had paid him.

        • Charzie

          I agree about the insurance, and it does offer some hope! What a coincidence you posted that website, I have been watching this awesome “Future of Healing” conference and got a link from there today to OpenPaymentData.CMS.gov for the same purpose! Pretty cool right? I haven’t been to either yet, but I definitely will, it is going to be veeerrrrry interesting!

    • Jeewanu

      Most drs are just plain folks in spite of the aura they try to perpetuate. they are the same as you and me. Most probably start out doctoring full of ideals and aspirations to advance their craft. But after a few years the Machine just grinds them down, the people ignore their (good?) advice and little by little, although they may still strive for excellence they settle on expedience.

      They only repeat what they have been taught, fully convinced that their dogma is the right one. They still tell me to trim the fat off the steak and be sure that cheese is “low-moisture” even now, 10 years after my heart attack and 4ple bypass. Now that i’ve lost the weight and so much of the plaque that the angina is gone…all by eating WPF. I saw my cardiologist at a store and she said, “I hardly recognised you. You see, I was right!” I was so gob-smacked I just wanted to … well you know like when Homer’s got Bart by the neck? Not really…I’m type B now. smooth sailing.

      I would so like to break the Machine…change our weird social strictures so we can teach OUR children in OUR schools actual nutrition based on good science. It breaks my heart to see young people weened onto the Gland from early age. The constant drone of synthe-food Giants calling their disciples to heal-to. We need our own Klaxon alarums, ringing louder than theirs. Just wondering, are there any new Mums and Dads here who are feeding their sprogs WFPB? I wonder if that is even possible nowadays?

  • Catherine J Frompovich

    Applause, applause, applause, Doctor! However, if docs, medicine and pharmacology would have listened to those in holistic health in the 1970s and 1980s, who were promoting lifestyle change and nutrition as ways to better health–as I did and consequently was referred to as a ‘quack’, U.S. health statistics would be dramatically different. Just like MDs promoted tobacco use and then “saw the light about the science,” so, too, MDs need to understand what medicine and pharmacology are doing with promoting vaccines at birth, 2-4-6 months when infants’ immune systems are not fully developed and consequently become compromised by up to 9 vaccine actives given during one well-baby(?) visit. To all the MDs and healthcare professionals who visit NutritionFacts site, I commend you for your wanting to think outside the box of medical training and pharmaceutical marketing influences. Please stretch that curiosity a little bit further to investigate the vaccine package insert for each vaccine wherein is listed contraindications, adverse events, plus all the toxic chemicals, including neurotoxins, given in the name of prophylactic healthcare to infants. You can’t poison a body into wellness, as this site often reminds about chemicals and preservatives, etc. in food. Is there a difference between eating chemicals and injecting them into infants whose immune systems are not fully developed until around 2 years of age?
    Thanks for what you do, Doctor Greger. I appreciate you.
    PS I hope this comment will be permitted to stay as a post.

    • Wade Patton

      Things move slow in established disciplines. Hope things speed up a little though. Pretty sure it was here that I saw the video that explains how X-rays were continued to be used to image fetuses for _25 years_ after science determined that it was likely causing birth defects.

  • Lee Fisher

    I wonder if a simple gesture, such as having a large bowl of apples in the doctor’s office, and the doctor telling the patient to “grab an apple on the way out” might not create a small, but important shift in awareness/emphasis. Doctors in private practice tend to complain that they see too many patients every day, so perhaps promoting an apple a day might keep a few patients away.

    • Lawrence

      Clever idea, Lee. Get the drug reps to bring fresh fruit instead of lattes and free lunches. Check out ‘John Oliver: Marketing to Doctors.’ (I’d post a link, but there’s a teensy bit of language /adult themes and out of respect for the community I won’t.) Having said that, it’s really worth watching, especially all you M.D.s out there. Busted!

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      For any physicians trying to incorporate such healthful tactics, as you so perfectly described, literature from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine including posters, booklets, and reading materials may be useful for patients.

    • Jeewanu

      A company I did some work for seemed to pride itself on keeping junk food available for employees. You know, crusty kreme , pizza and soda…all the worst foods. As an experiment I put out some broccoli, cauli, carrot sticks and celery with the least offensive humus I could find and sure enough…it sat there untouched until i put it out of its misery. But I did hear some folks take note of the contrast. Maybe some will think a little bit about their eating choices.

    • JV

      Lee, I have been to a hospital in my area where they do have bowls with apples on the receptionists table available for patients, I grabbed one, and it was delicious! I was so happy to see such a small but inspiring action taken by the hospital…I’m not sure how popular the apples are in there (maybe most patients are too shy to grab one), but I do know for sure that if it is the only option available (and not a bowl of candy), it does portrait a message about both the hospital in question and the physicians that work there. It certainly is something that catches one’s attention, and indeed a small action that can subconsciously make patients associate eating fruits and vegetables as part of any cure.

  • Belinda Wall

    It would be nice if some examples were given of the best foods for each disease is. Or even perhaps a link to another site. All this talk doe nothing unless someone can actually point to each food and speak about HOW it can improve on certain health problems.

    • Charzie

      There is no single “best food for each disease”. A good variety of whole plant foods are critical for health and prevention and should be the majority of any of our diets. Plants are medicine!

      • Wade Patton

        Plant food good, animal product baaaad. Is the easy way to remember how to stave off disease and discomfort.

        • Wade Patton

          Whole plant food, not isolated parts and pieces.

        • Aussie Sutra

          That is just not true.

          • 2tsaybow

            Meat is not very good for you. There are lots of reasons why. Dr. Greger has a number of different videos on this site showing the problems with meat. Have you watched his latest lecture, From Table to Able: Combating Disabling Diseases with Food http://nutritionfacts.org/video/from-table-to-able/

            I changed my diet for health reasons. Changing to a WFPB diet changed my life. At this point, I can’t think of a plant that I wouldn’t eat, and I can’t think of a face that I would want to eat.

          • Aussie Sutra

            I’m quite sure that Dr Greger “thinks” that what happens in a petri dish is in some way analogous to the biophysics and biochemistry occurring in the human body, but it isn’t really.

          • 2tsaybow

            Thanks for your input Aussie Sutra, I was not aware of the fact that the only results that Dr. Greger finds comes from a petri dish. I thought he was using information from the many articles he sites in his articles and videos. Here are a few other medical professionals that you could straighten out:
            Dr. Furman, Dr. McDougall, Dr. Pulde, Dr. Leon, Dr. Carral, Dr. Ornish, Dr. Loomis, Jeff Novick, MS RD, Dr. Kahn, Dr, Bernard. I could go on, but you can just go to http://www.ForksoverKnives.com and look at the list of article contributors yourself.

            I changed to a whole food plant based diet in September of 2014 so I have only been eating this way for 9 months. In that time I have lost 30 pounds, and I no longer have fibromyalgia pain, and my problems with blood sugar are gone. I am still overweight, but every week I lose a little bit more. I still eat fish once in a while, but really have no desire to eat meat.

            Edit: I forgot to include the dietitian that helps Dr. Greger on this website; Jospeh Gonzeles, R.D. You hear that Joseph, you better wake up and quit believing a dang petri dish!

            What is your reason for being here and and what is your background Aussie Sutra?

          • Wade Patton

            Patience Grasshopper, knowledge and wisdom will come.

    • 2tsaybow

      Hi Belinda Wall, I found that the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine http://www.pcrm.org has some great information on what specific items cause specific cancers. And it has lots of other information about health. It certainly is a site you want to look at.

      As far as what heals the best, if you look at Dr. Greger;s videos it becomes pretty apparent pretty quickly that the great healers in the plant kingdom are fruits. I am amazed at what apples and strawberries can do. Fruit attacks cancer and heals your body. Fruit builds your immune system. Here is a video on strawberries: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/strawberries-versus-esophageal-cancer/

      Spices are remarkable things, particularly turmeric. It is one of the most curative spices. It attacks cancer cells and leaves normal cells alone. I’ve even been using it as a facial mask. But there are lots of other great spices. Here is one of many videos on this site: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/turmeric-curcumin-mgus-and-multiple-myeloma/

      Legumes are the work horses, they’ll help pull the fat from your system, so you want to always eat them. Just remember, that soy beans are categorized as a nut by the USDA because they contain a lot of fat. Soy is tasty, but should be consumed in moderation. Here is a video on beans and your heart: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/beans-beans-theyre-good-for-your-heart/

      Here is one on beans and diabeties http://nutritionfacts.org/video/turmeric-curcumin-mgus-and-multiple-myeloma/

      Here is one on beans and your lifespan: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/increased-lifespan-from-beans/

      And really the truth is you can’t eat a bad vegetable. What you want is variety because each veggie has it’s own phytonutrients and those phytonutrients are what heal you. Dr. Greger did say that broccoli sprouts have the most phytonutrients in one of his videos http://nutritionfacts.org/video/biggest-nutrition-bang-for-your-buck/ .

      As you look through the other videos you’ll see what green tea does, as well as hibiscus, just put in plain water. Then look at the video about what sprouts are best. You really change the amount of nutrients in beans and lentils by simply sprouting them.

      Oh yes nuts, they are also great for you and Dr. Greger covers what they do in several videos. Here’s one on nuts and heart attack risk: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/halving-heart-attack-risk/

      Hope this gives you some help!

      • Lawrence

        And let’s not forget the fungi:
        http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/mushrooms/
        Dr. Greger’s video about white-button mushrooms stimulating the immune system got me to start eating lots of them a week or so before any doctor’s appointment (which, thankfully, is both elective and rare…counting my ‘blessings’).

        As an aside, I was recently thinking about growing mushrooms indoors and this fellow of whom I had never heard popped up on my youtube radar: Paul Stamets. Turns out, this guy is absolutely for real. He gave a talk that I found fascinating. It starts out a bit ‘woo-ish,’ but it soon transitions into solid science and has forever transformed the way I think about mushrooms and the natural world.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwLviP7KaAc

        • 2tsaybow

          Yes, I really started to increase my intake of mushrooms after watching Dr. Greger’s video about white button mushrooms. Isn’t amazing what mycellium can to for our immune system. It’s just as amazing how important it is for the planet itself.

          I love the work that Paul Stamets is doing! My youngest son, who’s 19 became interested in mushrooms about a year ago. (For all sorts of reasons of course) I purchased one of Paul’s books for him to read which took me to Stamet’s website. Now my kid has developed a real interest in botany and mycellium specifically. It even seems that it’s going to help set the direction he’s taking in his college education.
          I have been thinking about trying to grow both Turkey Tail and Shitaki mushrooms.

          • Lawrence

            That is remarkable! My best to you and yours. Mr. Stamets says (somewhere on the youtubes) that he saved his 84 yr old grandmother from incurable breast cancer by adding turkey tail mushrooms to her regimen of herceptin (which wasn’t working) in an experimental treatment. Also most remarkable.

      • valnaples

        It is amazing to me how so many plants are awesome for a MULTITUDE of chronic illnesses…dark leafy greens, for example…great for hearts (heart disease) , colons (colon cancer), brain, etc.

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      I concur with 2tsaybow and Charzie, as following the link they displayed may be helpful. Also, if you have not already, please consider keeping up with the new videos posted every weekday and subscribe to the daily video feed! Thanks, Belinda.

    • Lawrence

      Hi Belinda. I know a website that may be just what you are looking for. It was very helpful to me in the early days of learning how to become plant-based (the ‘salad days’ if you will) and selecting the foods that would optimize every penny I spent for food. I have linked specifically to the list of foods, which was all I ever used.
      http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php

      Another site I continue to use as a handy portal to USDA database is this one:
      http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3163/2
      I am not endorsing any site. Moreover, I only rely on NutritionFacts for the most current, science-based information.

      Finally, I want to share with you a video that is a MUST SEE for every visitor to Dr. Greger’s tour de force website. Good Luck and see you back soon!
      http://nutritionfacts.org/video/1-anticancer-vegetable/

      • valnaples

        I really like worldshealthiestfoods website too, have for years! Knew about it before finding Dr. Greger’s awesome videos. Nutritionfacts is my #1 go-to, though!

  • http://bibiviro.com BIBI VIRO

    Thank you Dr Greger for sharing ‘the best kept secret in Medicine’

  • SeedyCharacter

    NPR just did a good story on a pilot project that teaches nutrition to medical students. Of course it’s an elective. And who knows what their curriculum defines as a healthy diet. Sigh . . . However, it does seem like a glimmer of progress.
    Listen here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/07/01/419167750/a-dose-of-culinary-medicine-sends-med-students-to-the-kitchen

    • Lawrence

      I know, right? Spinach and Feta Frittata is not exactly a health food. But I agree: a glimmer of progress. If folks run into trouble with this sort of fare, they can visit a holistic cardiologist endorsed by Dr. Greger: Joel K. Kahn, M.D..

  • vegank

    I’ve experienced the same difficulties other people have mentioned here when trying to help my mother.
    It’s probably a generational thing too, that what better nutrition can offer is not taken seriously , and believing that the only way to improve your condition is to change doctors to receive a different brand of medication with this or that dosage, and to take 5 extra medications to deal with the side effects. I am beginning to see a ray of light though , when my mother was astonished to hear that my family and I have not been sick for about 3 – 4 years except for one or two mild colds. The idea that perhaps nutrition and exercise had something to do with it is starting to look convincing (I hope). Then again unless I had found Nutritionfacts.org I probably would have gone down the same path.

  • Jeewanu

    I think some people are using food to “die happy” in the same way some use tobacco. I’ve seen this personally (and almost lived it). It is a kind of depression that leads to self-destructive behaviour. The victims know that they are doing themselves harm but find it less revolting than hanging or pills.

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      You make a good point. Something alarming though about smoking and lung cancer in Dr. Greger’s experience he says “The worst death I ever witnessed in my medical career, the one that gives me the most nightmares, was a lung cancer victim gasping for breath being drowned by their tumors. It was hideous. Please don’t smoke”

  • cookie

    my daughter, a GI doc and her hubby a nephrologist watched Forks over Knives and both changed to plant based; I and influenced me, a grandma, so I believe there is hope.

  • Angie Vorndran

    Great presentation!!! I am a registered nurse and have been working in the medical field for more than 25 years. I see on a daily basis doctors handing out drugs like candy. There is usually no discussion of diet at all. Drug companies bring us lunch on a weekly basis. I went to a new physician myself and discussed with the physician I was having some constipation issues. She suggested fiber gummies!!!! I am assuming the fiber gummy rep had stopped by that day! We have a long way to go. Keep putting such informative and honest info out there Dr Greger.

    • Wade Patton

      Such a shame that authority figures are so nutritionally un-studied when it IS so important to their field of endeavor. Angie, if you haven’t tried flaxseed (home-ground in blender or mill) you should. Does wonderful things for BM-no matter which side of that “scale” one is currently on. Plus tons more benefits. I add them on top of every day WFPB eating.

    • ears2theground

      My family doctor has told my mother, “I am a medical doctor; I prescribe medicine.” when she asked him for alternative ways to cope with menopause. When I saw him about transitioning to a WFPB diet, he asked me how I was getting my protein. That’s when I knew he wasn’t the right person to see about nutrition. He REALLY knows his meds, though, and saved my hand from amputation after a very nasty infection involving an animal bite. So, just like every other profession, I suppose doctors excel in their areas of interest.

  • la verti

    I suppose there is some weight to the old adage of not going to a toothless dentist, or an overweight personal trainer

    • veggivet

      What about going to a veterinarian who isn’t vegan…essentially, eating some of his/her own patients?

  • Psych MD

    My father was a cardiologist, starting his practice after returning from the Korean war. His diet was state of the art at that time, meaning not much meat, minimal salt, lots of fish and poultry, nonfat dairy, plenty of vegetables. He swam for an hour every noon, weighed 165 lbs. and never smoked. Nonetheless he developed symptomatic coronary heart disease in his 30’s and had open heart surgery in his 40’s. This was so long ago that coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) had yet to be invented. He was always at the cutting edge with respect to medical treatment of heart disease and literally used himself as a test subject before prescribing to his patients. As an example I remember distinctly when calcium channel blockers were introduced. He knew exactly how long he could swim before he would start to feel chest pain. He then started taking a calcium blocker and realized he could swim significantly farther. He continued to practice into his 80’s until his hearing went. He is now 93. I am 62 and as far as I can tell disease free. I took the longevity calculator quiz linked above and scored 102. It is interesting, though data it collects on diet is pretty sparce. Aside from asking if you “snack on fruits and veggies,” no info is obtained regarding consumption of greens, berries, nuts, beans, etc., ie. the kinds of foods we have learned on this site are so health-promoting. Of the five suggestions it made, two I already knew: I sleep too little and work too much. Of the other three I am dubious: stop drinking coffee, drink less tea, take a calcium supplement.

  • Ray Tajoma

    The BEST kept secret (by the USA Government & Media) is that human in “Herbivore” – not omnivore like we are repeatedly told & bombarded with from crate to grave.

  • ALF

    I hear all the talk here and smile. The world is run, managed and owned by insane, greedy fools. The root cause for EVERY problem on this planet is economic. OUR owners, aka royalty and all their crony mates, who all decided to benefit off YOUR death, care not one iota about your health or life. You are nothing more then ‘profit’ centers of recurring revenue. Some would say “batteries”. Big Pharma drugs you and never cures anything, government restricts and destroys free will which leads to death, ever so slowly as to calm the herd from their own innate fear, convincing them that they are the cause of their own demise when any honest human can clearly see that being a SLAVE and being extorted all your miserable life is somehow related to success! Let me explain one thing: Cecil aka Ces is a dirty old pervert who stands at the top of the ladder! When you finally climb said ladder, YOU get to “Suck Ces!”

    No my friends, it not just your diet, it’s the murder you take every day as you all agree to breath poisoned air! Drink poisoned water, eat deadly food and are lied to, cheated and stolen from ALL your stupid lives paying taxes to criminals and brutal thugs, whilst complaining like babies.

    I suggest a global non-profit bank for the entire planet, run by me, totally open, transparent and honest. With the right minds we could change our world for every human of any colour or creed. I also suggest that bankers and politicians should never be rewarded for their efforts, sort of like a real democracy should be.

    IF, we as a race, fail to remove the insane leadership we have, you and your diet will be DEAD.

  • Victor Barangan,MD

    It would be so much interesting if statistics can be shown on the longevity of doctors versus their patients, the food they eat, how much exercise they do themselves, how many will agree that they( the doctors/oncologist ) themselves and for their love ones.will accept chemotherapy and radiation for cancer treatment

  • Ron B

    What should be the fat parentage (in calories) in a healthy diet? should be it be 10%? 20%?
    Are there any scientific works on that? .

  • danny

    I think most doctors by now know that eating organic unprocessed food leads to good health.
    But most people don’t really care what they eat. And why would doctors recommend eating healthy,
    there is no money in healthy people is there? Every time you walk in their door they get paid.
    Veterinarians have the same problem. The money is in selling drugs that relieve symptoms, but do not
    cure the illness.

  • Constantin

    I guess this is more of a general understanding question. At 2:50 Dr. Greger intruduces a study that suggests Doctors who excercise themselves, appear to be more credible and motivating to their patients. The figure says P <= 0.001. Does that mean that less or equal to 0,1% of the Population in the test were tested positive on that statement?
    If so, that number seems to be really small to support the statement.
    I think it would be great, if Dr. Greger would publish a video in which he explains some of the core-factors of scientific correct and incorrect studys and how to distinguish them. In that example, I wouldnt have trusted a statement that was found to be true in only 0.1% of the tests. But maybe there is a good reason to do so.

  • MikeOnRaw

    I was both shocked and pleased to see after my wife’s annual checkup which showed high blood pressure and high cholesterol that her doctor included in her recommendations to my wife, to look into the Mediterranean diet and watch the movie Forks over Knives. Hearing that from a Doctor (vs me) really jump started my wife joining me more often than not in my whole foods plant based lifestyle.

  • GodBlessAmerica

    Maybe if Physicians had a single course in nutrition in Medical School instead of 3 years of pharmacology they would know that food is the best medicine. Sick patients make more money for the medical industry. I get so disgusted with what is happening in medicine.
    Since June this year, there are Holistic doctors “committing suicide” all over the US??? Who is killing the doctors(heros) that believe in food and natural non-toxic treatments?