A Community Effort: PCRM Comes to the North Carolina Triangle: PYP 293

This weekend, the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is bringing its big guns to my neck of the woods, the Triangle region of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill). Neal Barnard, Suzie Amis Cameron, Eric O'Grey, and others will be bringing their messages of hope and inspiration and information to my community. But PCRM also highlights local heroes - the folks who do good work in this community every day. Read more »

Neal Barnard, MD, on Not Eating, Testing, or Exploiting Animals in Pursuit of Health: PYP 291

Neal Barnard, MD, is the president and founder of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) - an organization far too large and influential to still be called a "committee," but who among us hasn't outgrown our childhood name? - and the founder of the Barnard Medical Center in the DC area. He's also the author of a crazy number of books, including the recent The Cheese Trap - which you should give to all your vegetarian dairy-loving friends just to gross them out and blow their minds. Read more »

Joel Kahn, MD, on Keto, Sex, and the Next Generation of Doctors: PYP 282

Welcome back to Joel Kahn, MD, one of the great gentle pugilists of the plant-based, evidence-based, lifestyle medicine movement. Joel has gotten a lot of air time since our last talk three years ago - he's a regular on The Doctors, weighing in with actual science against some of the crazier nutritional theories of our time (ie vegetables are dangerous). And he's a publishing powerhouse, coming out with The Plant-Based Solution, The No B.S. Diet Book, Dead Execs Don't Get Bonuses, and Vegan Sex, with Ellen Jaffe Jones. So it's no wonder that our conversation ranged all over the place. From Halle Berry's tight buttocks (no, really) to why the ketogenic diet looks so good according to short-term research that ignores underlying progression of disease. Read more »

Marching Lifestyle Medicine into the Belly of the Beast with Ted Barnett, MD: PYP 280

Ted Barnett, MD, is also known as "Dr Veggie." An interventional radiographer by day, Dr Veggie has been a plant-based advocate, educator, activist, and gadfly in Rochester, NY and nationally since the early 1990s. Ted got his first glimpse of the power of plants in 1991 when he stumbled upon Dean Ornish's book about reversing heart disease through an extremely low-fat diet. Already sold on the ethical and environmental benefits of eliminating animal consumption, he was doing his due diligence to make sure that a vegan diet wasn't going to compromise his health and that of his growing family. Hopefully, he thought, it won't be any worse than a regular diet. Ornish's work provided actual proof of the efficacy of a low-fat, mostly plant-based diet to reverse arterial damage, including before and after angiography. As a radiographer, Ted was impressed by the pictures. His family went vegan overnight. Read more »

Nourishing Our Brains and Preventing Dementia with Ayesha Sherzai, MD: PYP 279

Ayesha Sherzai, MD, is one half of Team Sherzai, along with her husband, Dean (also MD). She's codirector of the Brain Health and Alzheimer's Prevention Program at Loma Linda University, where she leads the Lifestyle Program for the Prevention of Neurological Diseases. She's got three lifetime's worth of degrees (preventive medicine, neurology, advanced research methodology, lifestyle and vascular brain diseases) as well as certificates from two cooking schools. Read more »

Lifestyle Medicine for the Win with Marcy Madrid: PYP 275

Marcy Madrid is Vice President of Planning and Marketing at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. (That's about halfway between Dallas and El Paso on I-20.) When Midland decided to embrace plant-based nutrition as a pillar of their disease-treatment protocol, Madrid was brought in to spread the message. Both internally, and to the larger community. What she didn't expect was to need that message herself, and soon. Read more »

Harnessing the Entrepreneurial Spirit for a Plant-Based World with Matt Tullman: PYP 273

Matt Tullman wants 30% of the US population to go plant-based by the year 2030. And that's not an idle wish - Matt is doing something (a lot of things, actually) about it.  Matt is a long-time policy wonk, entrepreneur, bio-hacker, and venture capital guy. And he brings all these talents and outlooks to bear on the central problems of our time in history - all of which, he points out, can be solved or significantly improved by the switch to a plant-based diet. Read more »

Dirty Little Secrets of the Health Benefits Industry: Pulling Back the Curtain with Eric Krieg: PYP 265

Eric Krieg spent decades in the belly of the beast; the benefits industry beast, that is. Until one day he asked a profoundly inconvenient question: "Am I doing the right thing?" By way of answer, he left his job as a traditional broker and went rogue, revealing the ethically questionable practices of the benefits industry to the world. And, putting his career where his mouth is, he formed the anti-brokerage: Risk International, a firm that advises companies on how to navigate the benefits industry, and make decisions in their own best interests. Rather than getting paid on commission, Risk International is fee-for-service; a rare case of financial transparency in the health benefits world. Read more »

Restoring the American Dream by Reimagining Healthcare with Dave Chase: PYP 264

Dave Chase is one of those quiet innovators who moves mountains through vision, energy, and sheer persistence. With a healthy dose of trickster energy in the mix... Chase is the founder of Healthcare Rosetta, a non-profit dedicated to accelerating "adoption of simple, practical, non-partisan fixes to our healthcare system." Read more »