Talks & Seminars By Plant-Based Doctors
13 Jun 2017
Plant based diets prevent and reverse a wide variety of ailments: heart disease, obesity, diabetes, prostate cancer, gastro-intestinal diseases and autoimmune diseases. Among the doctors, some are general physicians (so they don't focus on any particular ailment). Others focus on specific ailments heart disease or diabetes. I tried to find one video per speaker that is both informative and entertaining.
Dr Neal Barnard

Dr Neal Barnard approaches the subject from the perspective of diabetes.

Website: Neal Barnard is the President of (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine).

Food Guidelines: Vegetarian Starter Kit (PDF).

Book: Dr Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes (288 pages, 2008).

Cookbook: The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook (248 pages, 2010) by Neal Barnard & Robyn Webb.

Free Recipes: here and here. All recipes for Neal Barnard's 21-day vegan kickstart program are described here.

More: Books by Neal Barnard (Amazon).

Dr Caldwell Esselstyn
(Heart Disease)

Dr Esselstyn is a former heart surgeon from Cleveland Clinic. His books, talks and workshops are focused on heart disease.

Website: DrEsselstyn.Com

Food Guidelines: I couldn't find an article that outlines what exactly to eat. FAQ at Dr Esselstyn's website has some information.

Book: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (320 pages, 2008).

Cookbook: The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook (288 pages, 2014) by Ann Crile Esselstyn & Jane Esselstyn.

Free Recipes: herehere.

More: Since 2013, Dr Sanjay Gupta has made a series of CNN documentaries centered around Bill Clinton, Dr Dean Ornish and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn:

  1. The Last Heart Attack (13 mins, YouTube, 2017).
  2. Study: Food can reverse heart disease (88 seconds, YouTube, 2014).
  3. The Last Heart Attack (41 mins, YouTube, 2013).
Dr Dean Ornish
(Heart Disease)

Dean Ornish is the doctor who surprised the medical community in 1990 by demonstrating that heart disease could be reversed with merely lifestyle changes. Twenty years later, The Ornish Reversal Program came into being. This program targets heart patients and is covered by Medicare.

Website: DeanOrnish.Com

Food Guidelines: here

Book: The Spectrum (416 pages, 2008).

Cookbook: Dean Ornish published a cookbook in 1996. Plant-based diet guidelines have progressed since then. More recent cookbooks by other doctors are probably better.

Free Recipes: here.

More: Wikipedia Page for Dean Ornish

Dr John McDougall
(General Practitioner)

Website: DrMcDougall.Com

Food Guidelines: Free McDougall Program.

Book: The Starch Solution (368 pages, 2013) by John McDougall and Mary McDougall.

Cookbook: The New McDougall Cookbook (416 pages, 1997) by John McDougall and Mary McDougall.

Free Recipes: here (by McDougalls) and here (by Jill Nussinow who taught the McDougall Program for over ten years).

More: List of books by John McDougall (Amazon).

Dr Joel Fuhrman
(General Practitioner)

Joel Fuhrman wrote a NYTimes Bestseller book 'Eat To Live' in 2011.

Website: DrFuhrman.Com

Food Guidelines: WebMD review and Dr Fuhrman's Food Pyramid (also see accompanying article). Fuhrman is also fond of talking about GBOMBS which is an acronym for Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds.

Book: Eat To Live (400 pages, 2011).

Cookbook: Eat to Live Quick and Easy Cookbook (304 pages, 2017) by Joel Fuhrman.

Free Recipes: None. Dr Fuhrman's website has mostly paid content or requires a sign-in.

More: Books by Joel Fuhrman (Amazon).

Dr Michael Greger
(General Practitioner)

Michael Greger is popular for videos and articles peppered with information derived from hundreds of medical studies. His on-stage mannerisms and talking style make his videos both funny and informative. I love them! :)

Website: Nutrition Facts

Food Guidelines: I couldn't find an article by Dr Greger that lays out overall meal plans or food guidelines.

Book: How Not To Die (576 pages, 2015). Among books on plant-based diets, this book has the maximum of 5-star Amazon reviews.

Cookbook: The How Not to Die Cookbook (272 pages, 2017) by Dr Greger and Gene Stone.

Free Recipes: here.

More: YouTube channel for NutritionFacts.

Dr Gabriel Cousens
(General Practitioner)

The video above is the documentary (DVD) Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (92 minutes, 2009). This documentary was made by Gabriel Cousens' Tree of Life Center in Arizona, USA. Six patients with diabetes were tracked for 30 days as they lived at the Tree of Life Center. They followed Cousens' diet guidelines and daily exercise routines. Within days, all patients improved dramatically.

Website: Tree Of Life Center

Food Guidelines: Unlike other doctors, Gabriel Cousens emphasizes a raw vegan diet: Rainbow Green: Phase I and II Summary (PDF)

Book: There Is a Cure for Diabetes, Revised Edition (589 pages, 2013).

Cookbook: Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine (544 pages, 2003).

Free Recipes: Phase I RecipesPhase II Recipes

More: Gabriel Cousens is a charismatic personality. I met him face to face in a talk he gave at Oakland. His face really glows! He is a physician, homeopath, family therapist, ayurvedic practitioner, chinese herbalist, Kundalini teacher, Jewish rabbi, shaman and Kabbalah student. He also studied at the Shaolin Temple in China. Wow!

See Peace through a Sattvik Diet and Perspectives on Dairy where he explains why he advocates avoidance of dairy in the modern world even though it is advocated by ancient sattvik food guidelines.

Books by Gabriel Cousens (Amazon).

Dr Colin Campbell
(Nutrition Studies)

Dr Cambell starts speaking at 8:00 mark in the video above. Much of his talk explains the relationships between protein, cancer and animal products.

Website: Nutrition Studies

Food Guidelines: here.

Book: The China Study (419 pages, 2006). This summarizes the knowledge gained by tracking 6,500 people in 65 provinces of China over a 20-year period. New York Times called this study the 'Grand Prix of epidemiology'.

Cookbook: The China Study Cookbook (208 pages, 2013) by LeAnne Campbell (daughter of Colin Campbell).

Free Recipes: here.

More: Plant-Based Nutrition (79 mins) is another talk by Dr Campbell. This talk is relatively technical.

Dr Alan Goldhamer

Dr Goldhamer is known for guided fasting. Patients typically fast for 5 to 40 days. His clinic in Santa Rosa is close to Dr McDougall's clinic.

Website: TrueNorth Health Center

Food Guidelines: Who Benefits from Fasting?

Book: The Pleasure Trap (225 pages, 2016) by Doug Lisle and Alan Goldhamer.

Cookbook: Bravi! (160 pages, 2012) by Ramses Bravo and Alan Goldhamer.

Free Recipes:

More: An interview with Dr Goldhamer (June 2014).

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