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PYP 021: Dustin Rudolph, the Plant-Based Pharmacist, on Getting Healthy Without Pills

Dustin Rudolph, the Plant-Based PharmacistWhen we get sick, most of us go to the doctor. And most of the time, the doctor prescribes a pill. Or two. Or a whole handful.

The number of Americans on prescription meds is just staggering. Doctors know that patients expect to leave the office with a prescription. Pharma companies spend hundreds of thousands of marketing dollars per doctor per year to make sure that their patented blockbusters are the ones getting written down on the prescription pads.

All this would be fine, I guess, if the pills actually made us better. And it would probably be close to fine if the pills didn’t actually make us worse.


But we can’t medicate ourselves out of our health crisis. It’s our lifestyles that got un into this mess, and it’s only our lifestyles that can get us out.

Drugs can sometimes relieve symptoms and buy time, but in the long run they cause more problems than they solve, and more significantly, they distract us from the true sources of health that are right now within our grasp.

My guest today, Dustin Rudolph, is a pharmacist who saw the light in 2009, after a decade and a half of being part of the pharmaceutical industrial complex. He’s just written a book, The Empty Medicine Cabinet. He’s made it his mission to educate the public on the incredible healing power of healthy lifestyle whose centerpiece is a whole food, plant-based diet.

We talk about his strong desire to heal that led Dustin, at age 10, to decide to become a pharmacist, and his trajectory as a “normal” pharmacy student and pharmacist.

You’ll hear how a foot problem led him to discover The China Study, and how Dr. Campbell’s evidence-based approach turned him from skeptic to advocate.

You’ll also hear how the tired phrase “health care professional” took on new and powerful meaning in Dustin’s world.

Here's a short clip of Dustin discussing multivitamins on the Dr Don Radio show:


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