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Book Summary Video Interviews with Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D. on his book “Program for Reversing Diabetes” for HealthBootcamps.
Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 80 scientific publications and 20 books for medical and lay readers.
As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He has hosted four PBS television programs on nutrition and health, and is the editor in chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, a textbook made available to all U.S. medical students. His research contributed to the acceptance of plant-based diets in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In 2016, he founded the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, DC, as a model for making nutrition a routine part of all medical care.
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Barnard received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.
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[00:01] REENA JADHAV: Hi Dr. Neal
[00:03] DR. NEAL BARNARD: Hi good to see you!
[00:04] REENA JADHAV: How do we get started on this amazing reversing diabetes program?
[00:07] DR. NEAL JADHAV: Okay, everybody is getting nervous, when people are thinking of doing a vegan diet for their diabetes, they are nervous; they think okay if I go vegan does that mean I have to [inaudible] oh my God! Do I have to diet now? All these images they have about going vegan. There is a way that we have done this in our research study to introduce it and I have never seen anybody unable to do it. We break it into two steps, step one take seven days and during your seven days don’t take anything out of your diet. What you want to do is take a week and just think about foods that you might like that haven’t got animal products in them and make a list. I want breakfast, lunches, dinners and snacks so write down on a piece of paper. I had a [inaudible] since I was a kid what if I still like it, well right it down and then you discover okay, I put some cinnamon and blueberries and strawberries on it, it’s pretty good that stays on my list, for lunch I make chili with meat; will a chili bean be good, I don’t know let’s try, I haven’t tried almond milk I don’t know if that will taste good on my cereals. So seven days we are going to try out different foods; seven days is enough time and we will find them. Now at the end of seven days I want you to take step two which is three weeks with all the foods that you identified that you like, now we are going to eat them for 21 days, so for 21 days no animal products at all. Your oils really low and eat the foods that you already identified and winners during the next 21 days. After these three weeks is done, two things will have happened. The first is physically you are different, your blood sugar is falling, you are losing weight, your energy is better, your digestion is better. The second thing is your tastes are changing, you are starting to like the taste of vegetables, fruits and things that you hadn’t really thought about it once before and so at that point three weeks in and now you are thinking alright I get this, now I’m in week four that’s going to be a snap, you are free to stop; everybody just says are you kidding! I’m doing great I want this momentum to keep going. So break it into two steps a week at checking at the possibilities, three weeks test drive and then you going to take it from there.
[02:31] REENA JADHAV: I love it and even for the rest of you that might be thinking how do I do that on my own. You going to have a healthy bootcamps for it and you can get support and we can all do this together as a group so I love it. Thank you so much and the rest of you we are going to see you on the next one where we are going to talk about weight control.
Dr. Neal Barnard
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