Dean Ornish, MD: A World Changer
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Dean Ornish, MD: A World Changer

In my (Dr. McDougall’s) opinion, Dr. Dean Ornish stands out as the most important physician/scientist* of the past quarter century for his contributions to medicine through proper human nutrition, and especially for his work on the epidemic diseases of obesity, heart disease, prostate cancer, and type-2 diabetes.



Dr. Ornish is distinguished because of his hard work, intelligence, and unwillingness to compromise the truth about proper patient care. His scientific research using the gold standard, randomized controlled trial method has achieved many publications in the top medical journals.

Dr. Ornish was on the top of his game most recently at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, January 21-24, 2015, when interviewed by Nancy Gibbs, editor of Time Magazine.

I have known Dean for almost 30 years. Dr. Ornish is kind, loyal, and generous with his friends. His adversaries are treated with respect, as he skillfully dismantles their lies with his written and spoken words. He has been a steadfast opponent against the dangerous, low-carbohydrate, high-meat diets, such as those popularized by now deceased “diet doctor,” Robert Atkins, MD.

*Progress does not occur in isolation. Deserving recognition for their work during the past 25 years are T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Neal Barnard, MD, Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, Hans Diehl, PhD, and many others. Furthermore, our generation stands on the shoulders of these pioneers: Denis Burkitt, MD, Nathan Pritikin, Walter Kempner, MD, and Roy Swank, MD.

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The White Potato and the Law


Three years ago I discussed the issues of the US government banning one of the healthiest foods for humans, the white potato, in my book, The Starch Solution. You know, the book with a white potato on the cover.

This article from the WSJ explains how after all these years some action is being taken to correct health damaging information on potatoes.

(Please note I am not defending greasy French fries.)

This conflict over the potato shows how backwards ideas can become when money is at stake: the animal foods industries want all of the space they can buy inside of your stomach – the potato is a serious competitor with tri-tip for that real estate.

When it comes to profits there are no limits placed on lying (all is fair in love, war, and food).

Consider how industry can successfully teach doctors, dietitians, scientists, and laymen that:

1) People must eat meat and other animal foods for protein — but there has never been a case of protein deficiency reported on any natural diet (even those with no animal foods) in all of history.

2) People must consume dairy for calcium — but no cases have ever been reported of calcium deficiency on any natural diet – and most people who have lived on planet Earth have never tasted milk after weaning.

3) People must eat fish to get omega-3 fats – but only plants can make omega-3 fats, no fish or other animal can make these kinds of essential fats. Plants are loaded with omega-3 fats and they are safe to eat; whereas, fish are unhealthy to eat for many reasons, including their environmental pollution levels.

4) People should avoid white potatoes because they are fattening and empty calories — but the potato has served as the pillars of nutrition for billions of powerful, handsome people throughout history.

Therefore, it is important for consumers to understand that money is the biggest card in play even in matters of life and death for your loved ones. (This is not a conspiracy – just business at its worst.)

John McDougall, MD

Get Off Medications

America is the most medicated nation on Earth. Department of Health and Human Services data shows that at least half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug, with one in six taking three or more medications. Prescription drug use is rising among people of all ages, and use increases with age. Five out of six persons 65 and older are taking at least one medication. Prescriptions for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants, blood glucose/sugar regulators and cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, in particular increased notably between 1996 and 2002. Prescription drugs are the fastest growing health expenditure; costs have risen at least 15 % every year since 1998. (1)

The safest and surest way to good health is to follow the recommendations in my book, Eat to Live. The key to a tragedy free, long life is nutritional excellence, satisfying relationships and exercise, not medication. Don’t gamble your health on risky medications. The Eat to Live diet has enabled people to reduce or eliminate dependence on a variety of medications including insulin, blood pressure, antidepressants and cholesterol lowering medications. The false sense of security provided by these medications enables patients to continue the same disease causing diet and lifestyle that led to the problem.

My mantra is “don’t treat or control your medical problem, get rid of it.” My goal on this website is to give you information so you can take back control of your health future and recognize that the answer to a long disease free life will not come from a pharmacy company or from your typical doctor. It will come from an understanding that when you supply the body with the prerequisites of optimal health (superior nutrition, avoidance of excesses, elimination of deficiencies, exercise, satisfying relationships and adequate light), and remove the stressors that cause disease, the miraculous self-healing properties of the body will be given free reign and you will be able to sustain excellent health into your later years.

1. Health, United States 2004. 28th report on the health status of the nation submitted by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to the President and Congress. Compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Protein Content of Green Vegetables Compared to Meat?


Some have inquired about further data and sources, in the listing of the protein content of green vegetables compared to red meat in Eat To Live, so more complete data is posted here.

In the chart below, an equal caloric amount (100 calories) of porterhouse steak is compared to broccoli, romaine lettuce and kale. Broccoli provides the greatest amount of protein per calorie.

Green vegetables are all rich in protein, and relatively low in calories. They provide generous amounts of most micronutrients with no cholesterol and virtually no fat. Meat on the other hand, is relatively low in micronutrients. Remember whole grains, beans and seeds are also high in protein and should be utilized to achieve adequate protein on a diet with no or minimal animal products. But the point in this example was to illustrate how weight-loss favorable green vegetables are and that no matter how many green vegetables you eat, you still cannot take in too many calories. If you fill up on greens, they will reduce your desire and ability to overeat.

Broccoli, frozen,
chopped boiled
Beef Short Loin,
Porterhouse Steak,
separable lean & fat,
1/8 “ fat, broiled
Beef short Loin,
Porterhouse Steak,
separable lean & fat,
1/4” fat, broiled
Calories 100 100 100 100 100
Weight (g) 357 (12.6oz) 588 (20.7oz) 358 (12.6oz) 34 (1.2oz) 30 (1.0oz)
Protein (g) 11.1 7.2 6.8 8.0 6.5
Fat (g) 0.4 1.8 1.4 7.4 7.7
Carbohydrate (g) 19.2 19.4 20.2 0 0
Fiber 10.8 12.4 7.2 0 0
Cholesterol 0 0 0 24.1 21.6
Calcium (mg) 118 194 258 2.7 2.4
Iron (mg) 2.2 5.7 3.2 0.9 0.8
Magnesium (mg) 46 82 64.4 7.8 6.0
Potassium (mg) 507 1453 816.2 109 76.5
Vitamin C (mg) 143 23.5 146.8 0 0
Thiamin (mg) 0.2 0.4 0.2 0 0
Riboflavin (mg) 0.3 0.4 0.3 0 0
Niacin (mg) 1.6 1.8 1.8 1.4 1.2
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.1 0.1
Folate (mcg) 200 800 46.5 2.4 2.1
Vitamin A (IU) 3609 51253 48763 0 0
Vitamin K (mcg) 315 603 2924 0 0

Source: Data was obtained from Nutritionist Pro Nutritional Analysis Software, Version 4.7, Axxya Systems , Stafford TX, 2012.

Please note that 100 calories of steak is only about one ounce, which is not much meat to fill you up. More typically, 4 – 8 ounces is eaten, supplying too many calories and too much animal protein without the lifespan enhancing micronutrients. Bottom line—eat more greens and less meat to get more micronutrient bang per caloric buck and to suppress your calorie intake.