The Nutrition Prophets

By Leah – November 4, 2011

Several doctors and researchers have been proclaiming evidence-based disease prevention and reversal through diet for years. Six have written books that are widely acclaimed for programs based on healthy eating. Several of these authors serve on the Whole Foods Advisory Council.

“The China Study”
by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II

This comprehensive study, written by a father and son team of researchers, firmly linked heart disease, diabetes, and cancer to nutrition and showed that a correction to diet can help reverse and prevent disease as well as curb obesity.

“Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” 
by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.

A renowned surgeon and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Esselstyn was recently credited by President Clinton for his decision to adopt a plant-based diet to manage his health issues. Dr. Esselstyn applies nutrition-based therapy to deal with heart disease.

“The Engine 2 Diet” 
by Rip Esselstyn

Rip Esselstyn, a former University of Texas All-American swimmer and an Austin-based EMT and triathlete, like his father, believes that a plant-based diet can change your life and health. In 2009, Esselstyn teamed with Whole Foods as one of the store’s Healthy Eating Partners.

“Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Plan for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss” 
by Joel Fuhrman, MD

A board-certified family physician, Dr. Fuhrman established the Center for Nutritional Medicine in New Jersey. His term “nutriatarian” sums up his approach to eating—choosing nutrient-rich foods rather than calorie-dense, nutrient poor items.

“The McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart” 
by John McDougall, M.D.

America’s #1 killer is heart disease, and Dr. McDougall takes on this problem with his prescription for a healthy lifestyle diet. He currently runs a cardiac hospital in California.

“The Power of Your Plate” 
by Neal Barnard, M.D.

Dr. Barnard, a clinical researcher, author, and health advocate, founded the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine currently working to help revise federal dietary guidelines. His books recommend diet to deal with health issues from weight gain in postmenopausal women to using food choices to control pain.

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