Monday, April 30, 2012

DR. JOEL FUHRMAN: What takes to be a NUTRITARIAN, Food Revolution Summit

Dr. Joel Fuhrman is the third speaker for the first day of the summit (Saturday, April 28, 2012).

"NUTRITARIAN", solving the causes, not the symptoms

Giving poisons and toxic material to "solve" the patience's problems. The solution is to "reverse" their conditions without medications. -Treat the causes, not the symptoms. Let the body cure itself and use its great capacity to heal. Maximize the consumption of WHOLE FOODS in their natural state, preferably ORGANIC.


Words from the Food Revolution Summit:

Dr. Joel Fuhrman is the man who coined the term "Nutritarian", which means someone whose food choices provide an optimal amount of nutrients per calorie. Dr. Fuhrman offered the specific nutritional recommendations that he has come to after decades of study and practice."The American diet", he commented, "could not be more effective in generating heart disease if we designed it for that purpose..."

Ocean Robbins: Welcome to The Food Revolution Summit where we explore how you can heal your body and your world with food. This is Ocean Robbins and I am joined by my dad, John Robbins in welcoming our guest Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  Dr. Fuhrman is a family physician and researcher who specializes in reversing disease through nutritional methods.  Dr. Fuhrman has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows.  His own PBS show Three Steps to Incredible Health began airing nationwide in June 2011.  His PBS special was the highest grossing special of 2011 bringing in well over five million dollars for the network.  Joel’s New York Times bestselling book Eat to Live has been a spectacular success. His other recent works include Super Immunity and Disease Proof  Your Child.  Dr. Fuhrman is a Research Director of The Nutritional Research Project of the National Health Association.  He also serves with my dad, John Robbins, on the Advisory Board of Whole Foods Market.  Joel is widely considered one of the most preeminent experts in food and nutrition. He studies the research and then makes the latest learning of medical science accessible to all of us.  Here to interview Dr. Joel Fuhrman is my dad John Robbins.   
John Robbins: Thank you Ocean and thank you Joel for being with us.  It’s really a privilege for us to help bring your message, your voice, your wisdom to our listeners.  I want to begin by asking you, “Was there an event in your life or a series of events that propelled you into being as passionate as you are about healthy eating?”
John Robbins: Is there a role for whole grains in your diet?
Dr. Joel Fuhrman: Well in the diet style I’m recommending, if it’s a whole natural food, certainly an intact grain is more favorable than even a whole grain that has been ground into a flour.  Certainly there’s a role for these things in a minimal amounts but the amounts that you should eat should be closer to its natural state, to its unprocessed state the more it’s a favorable food.  So that means something like black or wild rice would be a better food than rice flour.  Not merely because it’s the food but how it's been processed or ground and made to increase the hypoglycemic effect.  So when you eat an intact rice it’s a whole grain but your eating it intact you’re not grinding it all.  Same thing with wheat berries over whole wheat.  Steel cut oats over oat flour, even though it might be the same food it’s still more favorable to consume the food in the least processed form possible.  And the answer to your question is certainly we rate carbohydrates, certain carbohydrate foods based on certain criteria and that criteria would help us discern what proportion those foods would be best in the diet. 
The most favorite carbohydrates because of their fiber content, their micro-nutrient content, their resistant starch content, the lower glycemic effect, the most favorable carbohydrate might be beans.  So maybe rice wouldn’t be as favorable as beans but some rice could be included in your diet. It just wouldn’t be a rice-based diet.  Beans and cauliflower, squashes, peas and lentils would all be more favorable foods for example than even brown rice. Certainly white rice and white potato I would consider less favorable because of those factors we’re mentioning.  Resistant starch, fiber, nutrients all have high glycemic effects so we want people to make sure they have enough room in their stomach to consume the full spectrum of nutrient rich foods that they’re supposed to be eating.  Then supplant those needs with other foods that are not quite as nutrient rich but still are wholesome natural foods.
John Robbins: Well speaking of processing much of the corn or almost all of the corn and soy grown in the country today that isn’t organic is now genetically engineered.  Do you have feelings about that?
Dr. Joel Fuhrman: Well it’s kind of scary.  It’s scary what people put in their body.  With the untold potential risks down the road and the way common Americans are eating today it’s frightening.  It’s a frightening thing. I know that you feel the same way obviously, but the power of big industry like Monsanto to control so much of the seeds and promote GMO foods.  But luckily it’s still in a small segment of the total food choices and we still have availability of wholesome food. Obviously we want the people to be able to have the availability of wholesome food that’s not been chemicalized, refined or grown in a way that is potentially risky.  We want it to be affordable to people. We want to educate them about how they can control their health and not have happen to them what happens to most Americans and that’s really a life that ends in quite significant human suffering. 
So I think that by working together and having thousands or millions of people aware of this type of message, working together that’s where we have more power.  When we work as a unit and we can promote healthy living and healthy eating as a cornerstone of proven American.  Over the last 20 years things have been not going positively as people get more overweight and more diabetic, more medication.  I think we are starting to see things turn around today and we are starting to see more people aware that the health care crisis has to be addressed at its roots or its foundation and can’t be treated on top by just putting more medications on people.


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