Through his medical practice, as well as his New York Times best-selling books and PBS specials, Dr. Fuhrman has helped thousands of people lose weight permanently and reverse chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and chronic pain syndromes, including migraines, using a nutrient-dense, plant-rich eating style that he calls the Nutritarian diet. Dr. Fuhrman devotes his life to nutritional research, staying up-to-date on the thousands of articles published in scientific journals, and working with nutritional researchers around the world. His expertise includes 25 years of experience caring for more than 10,000 patients with serious medical conditions and in most cases facilitating their recovery via nutritional methods.

“We’re fatter, sicker, and hungrier than ever, and the billion-dollar diet industry — with its trendy weight-loss protocols and eat-this-not that ratios of fat, carbs and protein — offers only temporary short-term solutions at the expense of our permanent long-term health. As a result, we’re trapped in a cycle of food addiction, toxic hunger, and overeating.”

“A high-nutrient diet slows down the aging process, helps repair cells, reduces inflammation, and helps rid the body of toxins. High-nutrient, low-calorie foods contain a great deal of fiber and take up a lot of room in the stomach. As you consume a larger quantity of food, it satiates your hunger and blunts your appetite. Meeting the body’s micronutrient needs also helps suppress food cravings and what I call “toxic hunger,” which drives you to consume more calories than you require — usually in the form of processed foods, which can lead to cancer and heart disease, among many other ailments.”

“The average American is heavier and sicker than he or she even realizes. All because of the standard American diet. Hardly anyone can escape its destructive effects. Why else would 90 percent of everyone over the age of sixty-five be taking drugs to lower his or her blood pressure/and or cholesterol? The bottom line is this: If you eat American food, you inevitably develop the diseases common in America, you will become overweight, and you will eventually develop high blood pressure and high cholesterol (the signs of blood vessel and heart disease), just like everybody else.”

“Rather than dreading deterioration and a growing number of ailments and drugs as we approach old age, we should look forward to enjoying an active life well into our nineties. This may seem like an outrageous expectation because most of us spend a lifetime consuming an unhealthy diet. Even today, too many of us miss the connection between what we eat and how we feel emotionally and physically.”

“The majority of calories in the American diet still come from refined, processed foods and fast foods. Fifty-five percent of calories now come from processed foods and 30 percent from animal products, both of which are dangerously lacking in antioxidants and phytochemicals, two essential life-protecting and life-saving classes of nutrients. There’s no way around it. A diet centered on milk, cheese, pasta, bread, fried foods, and sugar-filled snacks and drinks leads to obesity, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune illnesses.”