Integrating Plant-based Nutrition into the Medical System with Michelle McMacken: PYP 221

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Michelle McMacken, MD, is a leader in the field of plant-based lifestyle medicine. She's an assistant professor at New York University's School of Medicine, and the director of a medical weight-loss clinic at Bellevue Medical Center.

She's also responsible for teaching doctors-in-training at Bellevue, where she gets to introduce the next generation of medical professionals to the wonderful world of lifestyle medicine.

Bellevue serves a very diverse patient population, including people who live in homeless shelters, who speak very little English, and who have multiple other obstacles to the “Whole Foods” lifestyle.

And yet she works with them, and with the other healthcare professionals who work with them, to improve their health outcomes and happiness by replacing junk food and animal products with life-supporting plant foods.

In our conversation, we talked about Dr McMacken's unlikely journey, the state of healthcare today, and how she and many others are shifting the paradigm from disease management to disease prevention and reversal through lifestyle habits.

We covered:

  • Dr. McMacken's winding path to medicine as a career
  • the healing power of story and narrative
  • the Lifestyle Medicine conference that changed her life
  • the counseling gap in medicine – the missing link in changing patient behavior and outcomes
  • the power of Motivational Interviewing
  • the magic 6-word teaser question that engaged patients in real conversations about health habits
  • case study: reversing type 2 diabetes
  • starting patients with the familiar
  • the power of a stepwise approach
  • how to get doctors to add lifestyle medicine to their toolkit
  • forming coalitions by not harping on the fine points
  • dispelling the ketogenic myth
  • and much more…

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Dr McMacken's NYU professional page

Dr McMacken on Instagram

Dr McMacken on Twitter

American College of Lifestyle Medicine

Free video course on Motivational Interviewing

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