Medical Doctors, Dieticians Other Nutrition Experts to Trust with Your Health

Every one of the health experts listed below advocates a low-fat, whole foods plant-based diet for optimal health and wellness for the entire family.  The same plant-based diet is advocated and scientifically documented to prevent and/or reverse a wide array of chronic diseases including obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, reproductive disorders, autoimmune diseases and many more.   I recommend visiting their websites, reading their books and articles, listening to their audio books and viewing their DVDs.  This is by no means a complete list.  There are more practitioners advocating a plant-based diet.  I’ve simply selected those with whom I’m most familiar and those who have websites with lots of great information.

Medical Doctors, PhDs and Nutrition Researchers


Neal Barnard, MD and

Dr. Barnard is the founder and president of the national non-profit organization, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).  He is the author of numerous books including Breaking the Food Seduction and Foods that Fight Pain. Dr. Barnard is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, a Life Member of the American Medical Association, and a member of the American Diabetes Association.



T. Colin Campbell, PhD

For more than forty years, Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, the China Project, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted.  Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. He has more than seventy grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers and coauthor of the bestselling the book, The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health.


Dr. John McDougall, MD and Mary McDougall

John McDougall, MD is a medical doctor and board certified internist who has dedicated his career to enriching and saving lives through diet and lifestyle medicine. A pioneer and now a leading expert in his field, Dr. McDougall has been studying, writing (numerous Best Seller titles), and lecturing on the importance of proper nutrition in attaining and maintaining optimal health for over 30 years. Dr. McDougall is the founder and medical director of the McDougall Wellness Program, a ten-day live in retreat in Santa Rosa, CA.


Joel Fuhrman, MD

Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board–certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. His private practice is located in Flemington, New Jersey. He is the author of several books including Eat To Live: The Revolutionary Plan for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Disease–Proof Your Child and Eat For Health (a two volume set). He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and has received the St. Joseph’s Family Practice Resident’s Teaching Award for his contribution to the education of residents. Whole Foods, a leader in natural and organic foods, selected Dr. Fuhrman as a partner to create their Health Starts Here initiative, a program geared toward promoting the health of Whole Foods team members and customers. Dr. Fuhrman lives in Flemington, New Jersey with his wife, Lisa, daughters, Talia, Jenna and Cara and son, Sean.


Caldwell Esselstyn, MD

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Western Reserve University. Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968.  In 1995 he published his bench mark long-term nutritional research arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients. That same study was updated at 12 years and reviewed beyond twenty years in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type. It is most compelling, as no compliant patients have sustained disease progression. Today, beyond 20 years compliant patients continue to thrive.  Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have followed a plant-based diet for more than 26 years. Dr. Esselstyn presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. The Esselstyns have four children and eight grandchildren.


dougliseDoug Lisle, PhD

Doug Lisle, PhD is the Director of Research for True North Health Center, co-author of “The Pleasure Trap”, and the psychologist for the McDougall Wellness Program. He is also in private practice in Tiburon, CA. Dr. Lisle continues to lecture nationally on topics including evolutionary psychology, cognitive therapy, lifestyle modification, and weight loss



drgregerDr. Michael Greger

Dr. Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues.  A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. is brought to you by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation in partnership with Michael Greger M.D. Dr. Greger scours the world of nutrition-related research, as published in scientific journals, and brings that information to you in short, easy to understand video segments.  Links are also provided to the original journal articles whenever possible so that you can source the information directly, if you so desire.


Matt Lederman, MD and Alona Pulde, MD, L.Ac.

Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman are licensed medical physicians practicing nutrition and lifestyle medicine in Los Angeles, California. Their clinic, Transition To Health, empowers patients to achieve and maintain their optimum health – physically, emotionally, and medically – through a comprehensive, patient-centered approach.


Pam Popper, PhD, Executive Director of The Wellness Forum

Dr. Pam Popper is a naturopath, nutritionist and the Executive Director of The Wellness Forum. The company offers educational programs designed to assist individuals in changing their health outcomes through improved diet and lifestyle habits; to assist employers in reducing the costs of health insurance and medical care for employees; and to educate health care professionals about how to use diet and lifestyle for preventing, reversing, and stopping the progression of degenerative disease. Dr. Popper is the author of several books and cookbooks, as well as several programs offered for continuing education credits for medical professionals. She is the Founder of The Wellness Forum Foundation, which offers programming in schools designed to improve children’s health and well-being through better nutrition.


Antonia Demas, Ph.D.

President & Founder of The Food Studies InstituteAntonia Demas has a Ph.D. in education, nutrition, and anthropology from Cornell University.  Dr. Demas has worked in various capacities for almost 40 years developing food-based curriculums and teaching food-studies in a variety of educational settings with people of diverse ages, as well as ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.  Because of her excitement about the learning and health improvements that occurs among children when they have positive, sensory-based, hands-on experience with food, she has devoted herself engaging in research to document this observation scientifically.  Her dissertation won two national awards for Excellence and Creativity.  She is the founder and director of the Food Studies Institute, based in Trumansburg, New York, a non-profit devoted to improving the long-term health and education of children. Her curriculum, Food Is Elementary, has been used successfully in more than 2,000 schools in 33 states.  She consults throughout the U.S. and abroad and trains and certifies teachers as food educators. Dr. Demas is a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and at the University of Illinois Medical School.

Other Experts in Living a Healthy Life


John Robbins

John Robbins is the author of several bestsellers including The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less, Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth, The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World and Health at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples.John serves on the Boards of many non-profit groups working toward a thriving, just, and sustainable way of life. He is the Founder and Board Chair Emeritus of EarthSave International (, an organization dedicated to healthy food choices, preservation of the environment, and a more compassionate world. John is also the Board Chair of YES! (, which educates, inspires and empowers young leaders to take positive action for all life on Earth.  He lives with his wife Deo, their son Ocean and his wife Michele, and their grandsons, River and Bodhi in the hills outside Santa Cruz, California. The Robbins’ offices and home run on solar electricity.


Dr. Wayne Dyer, PhD

Wayne, W. Dyer, PhD is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of over 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.  His books Manifest Your Destiny,Wisdom of the AgesThere’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and the New York Times bestsellers 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace,The Power of IntentionInspirationChange Your Thoughts—Change Your Life, and now Excuses Begone have all been featured as National Public Television specials.  Dyer holds a Doctorate in Educational Counseling from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York.


Dr. Will Tuttle, PhD

Dr.Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet, is a pianist, composer, educator, and recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award. A former Zen monk, his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley focused on educating intuition and altruism. He presents over 150 events annually promoting peace through compassion for all life.




Jeff Novick, RD

Jeff Novick is a registered dietitian and nutritionist with over 24 years of experience in nutrition, health, fitness and natural living. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana State University in nutrition with minors in Exercise Science.  Jeff serves as Vice President for Executive Health Exams International and lectures at the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California.  In addition, he serves as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Sciences for Kaplan University. For almost a decade, Jeff served as the Director of Nutrition at the Pritikin Center in Aventura, Florida, and as Vice President of the Board of the Directors for the National Health Association (NHA). For the last two years, he also served as the Director of Health Education for the NHA


Brenda Davis

Brenda Davis, registered dietitian and nutritionist, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker.  Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In July 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.  A co-author of seven books – best-sellers, Becoming Vegan, Becoming Vegetarian, The New Becoming Vegetarian and Defeating Diabetes, Dairy-free and Delicious and the newly released, Becoming Raw and Raw-food Revolution Diet.  Brenda lives in Kelowna, British Colombia with her husband Paul.  She has two grown children, Leena and Cory.


Jack Norris, RD and

Jack Norris is the President and co-founder of Vegan Outreach.  Vegan Outreach produces Why Vegan and other booklets, and has distributed over 11 million copies.  Jack runs Vegan Outreach’s Adopt a College program which has directly handed a Vegan Outreach brochure to more than 4.5 million students.  In 2005, he was elected to the Animal Rights Hall of Fame.  Jack is a Registered Dietician.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Life University (Marietta, GA) in 2000 and finished his dietetic internship at Georgia State University in 2001.


juliana_heverJulieanna Hever, RD

Julieanna is a Registered Dietitian and ACE-Certified Personal Trainer who has owned To Your Health Fitness and Nutrition in Southern California for more than twelve years, practicing personal training and nutrition counseling on an in-home basis.  Julieanna counsels, writes and lectures about the miracles of plant-based nutrition.  She is the Executive Director for EarthSave, International, consults for Sage Center for Integrative Medicine, and was an instructor for Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Program.  Julieanna received her B.A. from UCLA in 1998 and a M.S. in Nutrition at California State University at Northridge in nutrition in 2005.  She lives in Thousand Oaks, CA with her husband, 2 kidlets and 2 cocker spaniels.

“Adam and Eve ate the first vitamins, including the package.” -E.R. Squibb
“The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of `real food for real people,’ you’d better live real close to a real good hospital.”     -Neal D. Barnard, M.D., President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine