Is Dr. Joel Fuhrman A Quack?

Eat To Live Criticism – Is It Justified?

Quack is a pretty strong word and I certainly wouldn’t go there. And I don’t think anyone else should either. But, is criticism of Dr. Joel Fuhrman and his Eat To Live book and diet and weight loss plan justified? Now there’s a good question.

Fuhrman’s “Eat To Live” program for those who want to shed pounds quickly and naturally has gained a lot of devotees since his Eat To Live book hit the New York Times bestseller list some years ago. Almost 90 percent of those who reviewed the book on as of June 2012, rated it with either 4 or 5 stars (5 is the best possible ranking). Nonetheless, everyone has their critics, and Fuhrman is no exception.

I first became familiar with Dr. Fuhrman when my wife, who wanted to drop a few pounds, watched his TV program on the Public Broadcast station in New York City (where we live). She asked me to do the diet with her, since we could give each other encouragement. I agreed, since I also wanted to lose some weight, and we bought Eat To Live and started following Fuhrman’s “nutrient dense” food philosophy. I share my opinion of whether Fuhrman is a quack or not – and if criticism of him is justified – in the following video.

Click on Eat To Live to visit Dr. Fuhrman’s website. You can also see reviews of the Eat To Live book on by clicking on Amazon reviews

Frequent Criticism of Diet Plans: “I’m always hungry…”

I found a really interesting article in the Huffington Post entitled The Vibrant Vegan Life of an Obesity Survivor by Victoria Moran. It summarizes my experience with Dr. Fuhrman’s program and speaks to the number one criticism of most people who go on almost any diet: “But I’m constantly hungry…”

I was also astounded by how well I could eat when I built my menus around vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and a few nuts and seeds. I could finally eat enough. Those little half-cup-of-this, three-ounces-of-that proscriptions didn’t apply anymore. I could eat really big salads and regular-sized portions of veggie-burgers and veggie-chili and veggie-tofu-stir-fries over brown rice. The promise of a thousand infomercials, “Eat all you want and lose weight,” had finally been fulfilled, and I didn’t even have to make three easy payments.

I’m not perfect, but what’s wonderful about eating a plant-based diet is, I don’t have to be. French fries have crossed these lips — white flour, too. It’s just that, these days, those are the last foods I want, and when I eat them on the rare occasions that nothing is else available, it’s no big deal. What has happened over the years is that feeling good has become its own addiction. I like it. I want to feel even better. I drink fresh juices (my favorite is celery, kale, apple, and lemon) and make a morning power-smoothie (almond milk, banana, berries, blackstrap molasses, ground flaxseed, and a nutrient-booster called Vega created by vegan triathlete Brendan Brazer) every day.

The Fuhrman diet is a vegan diet, plain and simple. But he is not a vegan zealot, which some people who criticize him seem to think. He even writes in Eat To Live that his program does not have to be “all or nothing.”

You can learn more about Dr. Fuhrman by reading this article called The Only Dr. Oz Approved 7-Day Crash Diet on the Nerdles website. Learn more about veganism by visiting The Vegan Society website.

You can find Dr. Fuhrman’s books and books about similar vegan diets and weight loss programs on

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  1. DGormley says:

    This guy is just another info-mercial that we have to tolerate on “pledge month” on my local PBS station. Eat less, exercise more, you’ll lose wait. Simple as that! Stay away from junk and processed foods. Do we really need to hear this over and over again just so some creep can make a bunch of money????

    • LCimprich says:

      DGormley r u overweight? I have lost on this program. You don’t eat less ! You eat More of the right foods> When you do that you eat less of the wrong foods naturally. Not trying with your will power. if you’ve never been overweight Like I mean OBESE. You should be thankful. If you have been how did you drop your weight and keep it off? Or Have you!!

  2. Harold Phillips says:

    I have had a stent in my heart and am intolerant of satins. With Furhman’s diet I was able to get my blood numbers in line and I lost some weight. It seems to work well for my wife and me. Fuhrman and Dean Ornish seem to have the same basic approach.

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