John McDougall has been a long time advocate of plant-based diets, even before Dean Ornish, Caldwell Esselstyn and Neal Barnard did their clinical trials. He influenced Carl Lewis
, the 'Olympian of the Century' to turn vegan.
As a young man, John McDougall was overweight. In his own words, "In 1965, when I went to college at age eighteen at Michigan State University, I suffered a major stroke, a condition that today strikes about a thousand teenagers annually in the United States." John recovered and went on to become a physician in Hawaii, caring for 5,000 workers at a large sugar plantation. His patients were first-, second-, third-, and fourth-generation Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, and Filipinos. John observed, "Those in the first generation were always trim, usually active into their eighties and nineties. Not so for the younger generation which suffered from far more diseases than the older generation." He discovered that the difference lay in their diets. "My first-generation patients had remained faithful to their native starch-based diet, which featured primarily white rice with the addition of fruits and vegetables." This insight inspired John to change his own food habits. He then made it his life mission to spread the word to others.
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