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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 026. | May 04, 2023
026: The Pregnancy Advantage Goes Beyond the Womb with Dr. Jeanne Schumacher
026: The Pregnancy Advantage Goes Beyond the Womb with Dr. Jeanne Schumacher

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Dr. Jeanne Schumacher shares her journey from being a critically ill patient to a passionate advocate for plant-based nutrition.

After experiencing a severe illness and being treated by a nutritionist, she delved into the world of nutrition and attended various courses and educational programs to learn more.

Dr. Schumacher also discusses how her background in teaching chemistry and analyzing personal care products helped her understand the impact of chemicals on human health. Her story is a testament to the transformative power of nutrition and the importance of spreading awareness about plant-based living.

During her interview with Dr. Frank Sabatino, Jeanne discusses her experience with creating and participating in plant-based challenges, such as the 10-day challenges, with a friend named Nancy Matthews in California. They realized that after completing these challenges, people need ongoing help, support, and education as they transition to a plant-based lifestyle.

Dr. Schumacher emphasizes the importance of continuous education and support not only for newcomers to plant-based eating but also for those who have been plant-based but may have slipped back into old habits.

Dr. Schumacher is heavily involved in local initiatives, such as meetups and restaurant campaigns, to spread awareness about plant-based eating in her community.

Her passion and enthusiasm have been instrumental in helping untold numbers of individuals shift to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Episode Highlights

[02:30]            The $30k hospital stay is the turning point                           

[05:30]             Digging Into the chemistry of products

[07:30]             The medical treadmill of women’s health

[10:45]             Is your body a chemical dump?

[14:00]             ADD, ADHA, and Autism explodes… why?

[21:30}]           What motivates people to change?

[25:30]             The Pregnancy Advantage is born

[30:00]             The double whammy of chemical exposure

[36:00]             You are not in Kansas anymore

About Jeanne Schumacher, M.Ed., Ed.D

Jeanne has earned her doctorate in science and education and has taught for over 35+ years.  She is a firm believer in “walking the walk.”  She is committed to inspiring people to change their health destiny through a non-toxic whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle.

She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others by teaching practical ways to improve their health.  She believes that food is our best medicine and helps us get our bodies back to a state of health when faced with “dis”-ease. She has been sharing her knowledge through motivational and educational lectures as well as on her website

In 2020, Drs. Shapiro and Schumacher launched The Pregnancy Advantage, to help women get their bodies pregnant ready or help if they have trouble conceiving.  (

In 2022, Dr. Schumacher launched The Plant Based Academy, to help provide education, support and guidance to people who want to live a whole food plant-based lifestyle. (  

Also in 2022, she launched Plant Based Cape Cod ( to help people who want to visit Cape Cod that are plant based.

Schumacher has followed a plant-based diet since 2009 and has become a motivational speaker and educator on whole-foods, plant-based living as well as living without toxins.

Her transformation to a healthier lifestyle began with a trip to the emergency room with a 105-degree fever, deadly high blood pressure, and an unknown infection. 

Luckily, the physician who attended her was not only trained in medicine, but also in nutrition.  This doctor started Schumacher on a journey that would not only change her health destiny but her life as well.

Schumacher has successfully earned her Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate through eCornell – Center for Nutritional Studies and completed the Women’s Studies and Food Over Medicine program through the Wellness Forum. She is certified as a Food Protection Manager (ANSI accredited) and has completed the Food Safety Management Principals program.

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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