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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 017. | March 02, 2023
017: Eat To Live the Plant-Based Way with Dr. Joel Fuhrman
017: Eat To Live the Plant-Based Way with Dr. Joel Fuhrman

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As one of the most recognized authorities in the plant-based and plant-exclusive industries, Dr. Joel Fuhrman holds nothing back in his conversation with Dr. Frank Sabatino.

Dr. Fuhrman, who coined the phrase nutritarian, is himself a long-time nutritarian who advocates for everyone to eat a nutrient rich diet.

In the last few decades, Dr. Fuhman has impacted the lives of thousands of people who have moved to a healthful diet filled with nutrient rich foods.

During their conversation, Dr. Sabatina and Dr. Fuhman talk about the pros and cons of a vegan diet, why it’s not the solution to everyone’s health needs and what virtually anyone can do to eat in a way that promotes their optimal health.

Digging into the pros and cons of natural hygiene, Dr. Fuhman shares his insights from decades as a medical doctor who has helped thousands of people reverse heart disease, diabetes and other diseases that have become more common by the day.

There are food combinations that contribute to balanced living emotionally and physically. Dr. Fuhrman will be the first to tell his patients that there is no magic bullet to health. It takes commitment and daily actions.

As his legacy to the millions of people he has influenced through his medical practice, presentations, interviews, and books, Dr. Fuhrman is incredibly proud of his Eat to Live Retreat, located in San Diego, California.

The Eat to Live Retreat is a place of transformation where the resolve food cravings and addictions and feel in control of their health destiny as they embark on their journey to lose excess weight and reverse chronic disease.

Episode Highlights

[02:00]             Impacting millions with healthful living insights

{04:00]             A figure skating accident changes the life direction    

[08:00]             Understanding the healing properties of the body

[12:45]             Where fasting fits into the health protocol

[19:30]             Pros and cons of natural hygiene diet

[28:00]             Preventing vitamin deficiencies

[33:30]             Achieving micronutrient excellence

[36:00]             The ideal food balance for longer, healthier life

[39:00]             The model of food combining for optimal results

[42:30]             Super immunity           

[46:00]             There’s no magic pill to healthy weight loss

[49:00]             Eat to Live Retreats… who the retreats are for

About Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, seven-time New York Times best-selling author and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing. He specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. Dr. Fuhrman is the President of the Nutritional Research Foundation and on the faculty of Northern Arizona University, Health Sciences division. He coined the term “Nutritarian” to describe a nutrient-dense eating style, designed to prevent cancer, slow aging, and extend lifespan.

For over 30 years, Dr. Fuhrman has shown that it is possible to achieve sustainable weight loss and reverse heart disease, diabetes and many other illnesses using smart nutrition. In his medical practice, and through his books and television specials, he continues to bring this life-saving message to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

Books and Media

In his hundreds of radio and television appearances, including The Dr. Oz ShowThe Today ShowLive with Kelly, and Good Morning America, Dr. Fuhrman has educated millions of people on the long-range benefits of healthy eating. His five hugely successful PBS specials, which have raised over $50 million for public television, bring essential nutritional knowledge to homes all across America.

Dr. Fuhrman is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers, including his most recent book, Eat for Life (HarperOne, 2020). His other bestsellers include: Eat to Live (Little Brown, 2003); Super Immunity (HarperOne, 2012); The End of Diabetes (HarperOne, 2013); The Eat to Live Cookbook (HarperOne, 2013); The End of Dieting (HarperOne, 2014) and The End of Heart Disease (HarperOne, 2016).

In addition to his New York Times best sellers, Dr. Fuhrman has written several other popular books on nutritional science which include: Fast Food Genocide (HarperOne, 2018); Eat to Live Quick & Easy Cookbook (HarperOne 2017); Dr. Fuhrman’s Transformation 20 Blood Pressure and Cholesterol (Gift of Health Press); Dr. Fuhrman’s Transformation 20 Diabetes (Gift of Health Press); 10 in 20: Dr. Fuhrman’s Lose 10 Pounds in 20 Days Detox Program (Gift of Health Press); Eat for Health (Gift of Health Press), Disease Proof Your Child (St. Martin’s Griffin), Fasting and Eating for Health (St. Martin’s Griffin) and the Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Handbook and ANDI Food Scoring Guide (Gift of Health Press).

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation, stress

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

More information:

Conference (75th Annual)

A one-of-a-kind experience, the annual NHA Conference features top leaders in the plant-based movement. Attendees of the in-person event enjoy 100% no SOS plant-exclusive meals.

To learn more and reserve your spot, visit


A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.

Contact Wanda Huberman for more information on how to apply for the scholarship.  [email protected]

NHA membership

For a very nominal investment, you can enjoy incredible benefits of the NHA membership.

Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.

Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States.

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