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Dr Neal Barnard - Will a Vegan Diet Improve Your Health?


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Dr. Neal Barnard is the American nutrition researcher, author, and health advocate. His work promotes a plant-based diet and has been featured in the vegan documentaries “What the Health” and “Forks Over Knives” and in 2011, he was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.

In this episode of London Real, Dr. Neal Barnard joins Brian Rose in the studio to discuss his upcoming book “Your Body in Balance” which explores the new science of how hormones are wreaking havoc on the body and a solution that improves health, reduces pain, and sheds weight.

Recognised as a trailblazer in the field of medicine and nutrition, Dr. Neal Barnard has dedicated his career to transforming lives through the power of a plant-based diet. Born on June 17, 1953, in Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Barnard has become a leading advocate for the integration of plant-powered nutrition into mainstream healthcare, challenging traditional approaches to disease prevention and treatment.

Dr. Barnard’s journey into medicine began at the George Washington University School of Medicine, where he earned his Medical Doctor (M.D.) degree. His early career as a faculty member at the same institution set the stage for his groundbreaking work in nutrition and preventive medicine.

In 1985, Dr. Barnard founded the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a non-profit organisation that combines the expertise of medical professionals with a passion for preventive medicine. PCRM has been at the forefront of advocating for plant-based nutrition, ethical research practices, and compassionate healthcare.

Dr. Barnard’s advocacy for a plant-based diet stems from a wealth of scientific evidence supporting the health benefits of plant-powered nutrition. He contends that a diet centred around whole, plant-based foods can not only prevent but also reverse chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer.

As a researcher, Dr. Neal Barnard has conducted numerous clinical trials exploring the effects of diet on health. His studies often focus on the impact of plant-based nutrition on conditions like diabetes, demonstrating that dietary interventions can be powerful tools in managing and even reversing chronic diseases.

Dr. Barnard has authored over 70 scientific publications and written several bestselling books aimed at educating the public about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. “Foods That Fight Pain,” “The Vegan Starter Kit,” and “The Cheese Trap” are just a few examples of his influential works. Through his books and public speaking engagements, Dr. Barnard strives to make nutritional science accessible to a broad audience.

Beyond nutrition, Dr. Neal Barnard is a vocal advocate for ethical research practices. He has been involved in efforts to promote alternatives to animal testing and ensure the humane treatment of animals in research settings. His commitment to ethical research aligns with a broader vision of healthcare that prioritises compassion and sustainability.

Recognising the importance of collaboration, Dr. Barnard has engaged with the food industry to encourage healthier, plant-based options. Through initiatives like the Kickstart Your Health program, he aims to inspire individuals and communities to embrace plant-based eating for improved well-being.

Dr. Neal Barnard’s legacy is marked by a paradigm shift in how we perceive the relationship between nutrition and health. His pioneering efforts have contributed to a growing awareness of the transformative potential of plant-based nutrition, not only in preventing disease but also in promoting overall vitality and longevity.

As he continues to champion the power of plants in nourishing our bodies and preventing disease, Dr. Barnard’s impact resonates with individuals, communities, and the broader landscape of healthcare.


00:00 | Trailer.
02:48 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
03:48 | Brian’s introduction.
04:17 | Neal recalls coming to London for the McLibel case.
05:14 | Vegetarianism in Britain, America and Europe.
07:25 | Medical changes in treatment for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
13:50 | Why Neal made the change into veganism.
23:27 | Ongoing work to encourage the uptake of fighting disease with diet.
30:19 | Trend for advocating a lifestyle change without the scientific backing.
32:53 | Brian has tried a plant-based diet, but he questions the scientific validation for not eating meat.
51:10 | Neall compares meat eating diet to smoking or alcohol addiction, is he right?
1:03:30 | Neal’s praise for The Game Changers film explaining the science behind erectile disfunction scene.
1:13:47 | Diabetes caused not by eating too much sugar, but because the sugar cannot get into the muscles.
1:19:10 | Hormonal conditions like menstrual cramps and endometriosis are affected by food.
1:21:09 | Cultural psychology around the world’s people and their diets.
1:24:32 | The two steps to changing your diet.
1:26:36 | Neal’s daily practice.
1:31:25 | Advice to a budding guitar player.
1:32:40 | Neal’s superpower.
1:35:28 | Best and worst days of his life.
1:38:50 | What scares him.
1:40:44 | What keeps him awake at night.
1:42:38 | Phone call to the 20 years old Neal Barnard.
1:43:49 | Best advice he ever received.
1:44:41 | Success secrets.
1:45:25 | …. experiencing different cultures.
1:45:56 |Brian’s summing up.


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