Ep. 151: Dr. John McDougall - Health and Healing on a Starch-Based Diet
Dr. John McDougall was drawn to medicine because of his own health “fate.” At 18, he suffered a massive stroke and was an anomaly to the doctors in Michigan who wanted to explore “why” and “how” this could happen to someone so young.
This health scare inspired his own journey to become a doctor, which eventually led McDougall and his wife, Mary, to Hawaii to practice medicine on a sugar plantation in Hawaii and service over 5,000 residents. What he saw there changed the course of his medical practice forever.
The healthiest people on the island, the first-generation elders who had come from China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines, were the healthiest and most vibrant people…still active, with no medications, and still in bodies fit for movement. It was their children and grandchildren, however, those second and third generations, that were struggling.
Why? They had adopted a western diet of meat, dairy, and processed foods.
The secret, Dr. McDougall discovered, was STARCH. Those healthy islanders subsisted on a diet comprised mostly of rice, potatoes, vegetables, and fruits and THAT inspired the work he does today through his McDougall programs and education.
Beyond diet, the McDougalls are also dedicated to informing citizens about the positive effects of dietary therapy on chronic disease and our Planet. Animal agriculture, as we’re learning, is also one of the main culprits contributing to climate change and we discuss all of his “four deadly dietary deceptions” outlined at mcdougallfoundation.org.
It’s an inspiring conversation from one of the legends and it was an honor to sit down with Dr. John McDougall.
6:00 Rip introduces Paul
10:04 Dr. Nathan Pritikin - Dr. McDougall’s inspiration
12:05 The health incident that changed his life forever
16:50 We all suffer from food poisoning - animal foods and vegetable oil
19:00 99.9% of humans are “starchivores”
25:30 Why 1980 was a turning point for nutrition, food research, and technology
32:00 Pioneers and mentors of Dr. McDougall in the early days, including Henry Heimlich
34:30 Four Deadly Dietary Deceptions - #1 Protein
35:20 #2 Calcium - Osteoporosis is an excess of protein?!
40:33 #3 Omega 3 fatty acids - Where do the fish get them? Plants!
49:05 #4 Starch - Why has is become so vilified? Starch does NOT make you fat. Here’s why.
1:06:40 Dr. McDougall addresses the myth - As we age, we just get fatter and sicker
1:08:00 Myth #2 - A well-balanced diet is the best
1:10:00 is Dr. McDougall optimistic about the future of our health and planet?
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