Interview with a Nutritarian: Marty

Marty is your typical, middle-aged male that knew his health was precarious, but he was living in denial of the seriousness of it. Being a Store Team Leader for a Whole Foods Market he wanted to become a better leader by getting a grasp on healthy eating so he signed up to attend one of Dr. Fuhrman’s week-long Health Immersions for Whole Foods team members. His decision to attend was mostly a professional one for the betterment of his career, but he did have a slightly personal goal to lose some weight in the process also. He wanted to lead by example; not just have a bunch of head knowledge. However, he discovered a shocking surprise at the Health Immersion. Welcome to Onlyourhealth, Marty.


What was your life like before attending the Health Immersion?

I was 41-years-old and had reached my highest weight of 286 lbs. (5’9”) last spring.  Even when I was obese I was a happy person; I had a great family, wife, and job, but I was clueless about my health. I played sports all the time, even when I was that heavy. I was on a soft ball team and was embarrassed to be an obese athlete and so out of shape. I clearly recall one game where I was running to first base and suddenly became out of breath. I thought, “What’s happened that I’ve let myself get this out of shape? I can’t believe I’ve let myself go this far.”  

I attributed my declining fitness to working sixty hours a week at a sedentary desk job. I never made any connection to the food that I was putting into my body. My body ached all over, and I was lethargic and thirsty all the time so I’d drink a six-pack of caffeinated soda every day. The caffeine caused sleep deprivation which created a vicious cycle of fatigue and the need for more stimulation to keep me awake during the day.   I started having blurred vision, but associated all the negative symptoms in my life to “old age” creeping up on me. I never liked to go to doctors so I had no idea that my health was rapidly deteriorating. 


What happened that changed your life around?

On the first day of the Health Immersion my blood was drawn. A short time later the nurse sat down with me, and looked at me straight in the eyes and asked, “Do you realize that you have diabetes?”

At first I was shocked to hear those words, but then I had an “ah ha” moment. I instantly made the connection: unquenchable thirst, blurred vision, and overwhelming fatigue. My younger brother had been diagnosed with diabetes just a few years earlier and everything made sense to me in that moment. All of a sudden attending the Health Immersion became very personal to me. Then I found out that I had hypertension too. My blood pressure was 156/96 and that was shocking as well! I was also told that due to my  declining health numbers and body fat percentage that I had the biological age equivalent to a 72-year-old! 

The events of that morning were my wake-up call. The denial had ended, and I suddenly had a piqued interest to learn all the information that Dr. Fuhrman was going to be presenting that week. I was no longer there just to learn information to better my profession, but to save my life. I felt like I had just heard the worst news of my life, yet I had won the lottery at the same time! I realized that I had this incredible opportunity in front of me to change and be in control of my future health, and I accepted the challenge!  


How do you feel now?

I’m down to 205 lbs. so far, and I feel AMAZING! My fasting blood sugars are between 70 – 80, and my blood pressure averages around 105/70 with absolutely no medications!  My body doesn’t hurt anymore, and I’m no longer tired and thirsty all the time.   I have energy for the first time in years.  The guys on my soft ball team are continually amazed at my progress, and I’m a totally different person because I feel so good now. I no longer have shortness of breath, and people who haven’t seen me in the past six months don’t even recognize me anymore!


What success tips do you have to share?


  • Don’t be ignorant and in denial of poor health. If you are continually tired, thirsty, and/or have shortness of breath, go to a doctor and get a diagnosis as soon as possible. Don’t put it off. 

  • Knowledge is power. You can change your health destiny. I am the same, happy man that I was before, but now I’m much healthier and in control of my life. If you follow Dr. Fuhrman’s program you can fix your health issues and be off medications. It will save your life!

  • “Good things will come to those who wait”. It took me two months of eating nutritarian foods before I enjoyed them. I fought it. I did not enjoy eating unsalted food, or vegetables, and I did not like giving up sodas. It took two months for my taste buds to change. It was tough, but I discovered that you have to give eating this way a chance. You can’t give up if you want to see results. If you stick with it, and don’t go back to old habits, you will eventually enjoy it! I love eating this way now!


Congratulations Marty on winning the lottery of discovering the way to excellent health ~ keep up the great job! You are an inspirational role model to many!

Don and Alicia no longer have diabetes and no longer need medications

Diabetes is a serious disease that shortens one’s life expectancy. Most adults with Type 2 diabetes die of heart attack and stroke, and these deaths occur at a younger age compared to people without diabetes. Diabetes also ages the body more rapidly, causing harm to the kidneys, nervous system and eyes, and also increases the risk of cancer. Premature death and the devastating complications of this disease simply do not have to happen. Type 2 diabetes is a devastating disease, but it is both preventable and reversible.

The vast majority of those with type 2 diabetes who adopt my nutritional and exercise recommendations reverse their disease; they lose their excess weight, become non-diabetic, and no longer need medications. They simply get well.

I met Don at my recent Health Immersion in Chicago, and he told me that he and his wife both got off all their medications and reversed their diabetes by following my recommendations. Here is Don’s story:


Don and Alicia: beforeDon and Alicia: after

(Don and Alicia: before and after)

“I was a fast food junkie, eating out 7 to 10 times a week. The rest of the time was processed foods, meats and dairy.  Hated vegetables but always said with enough butter and/or cheese they could be edible.  I would eat the occasional fruit and loved all breads and rolls.

I had wanted to be in the best shape of my adult life by the time I turned 50.  I started the Atkins and failed, gaining back even more weight and feeling lousy.  I was put on Wellbutrin then Prestiq for depression, refilled Lomotil for the IBS I was diagnosed with 25 years earlier, a few different pain killers as needed for degenerative arthritis of the lower back and hips.  Last but not least Viagra, hmmm I wonder why?

In May of 2012 my A1C went up to 11 on Glucophage and Actos.  My doctor then added Glyburide. My numbers came down into the sixes but I was experiencing low sugar episodes, and she wanted to start me on insulin.  My numbers may have been better, but I would not want to live with the swings the Glyburide was giving me.

I heard about Eat To Live in July and started it in August of 2012 also discontinuing my Glyburide right away.  My numbers had fallen and stabilized so I cut out the Actos and cut the Glucophage in half on the second week. Still my numbers looked great so I cut Glucophage out, and because my blood pressure had lowered and stabilized I cut out the Accupril. 

Meanwhile it was time for my 3 month diabetes checkup and my doctor was happy with my numbers yet still mentioned starting insulin. I told her what I was doing, and she was concerned that I had stopped my meds.  After seeing that my cholesterol was good I stopped the Lipitor as well.  I couldn't believe how good I was feeling.

The weight was coming off at about 7 pounds a week.  I hadn't started this plan for weight, but I can't say I was disappointed either.  Three months went by, and I hadn't taken so much as an aspirin since September.  I was exercising and feeling great.

I back slid around the Holidays, just a little, and put back on 5 pounds and started feeling bad again.  I was reminded of a refrigerator magnet that read “nothing will taste as good as you will feel.”  I have better stuck to the plan since then.   

I started in August at 272 pounds.  I stand 6'1" and I had so many aches and pains I just laid around being very uncomfortable. I have lost 60 pounds and have been medication-free for over 4 months.  My wife started in September and she has lost 36 pounds and is off her Glucophage and her allergy medicine.  We are both medication-free, happy, and getting healthier all the time.

Boy has my life changed.  I believe if I can do it anyone should be able to, you just have to get fed up with being sick and tired.

I got a chance to meet and thank Dr. Fuhrman in Chicago and I showed him a picture, on my phone, of all the meds I no longer take. This man needs to be in charge of our Government medical and nutritional standards!”


As Don’s story clearly illustrates, the human body has an amazing capacity for healing, even from diabetes.  All we have to do is establish the optimal nutritional environment with high-nutrient foods and let the body do its work. A long, healthy life, free of diabetes and its tragic complications is possible, and it is your choice; you are the one who chooses whether you are going to live with your diabetes or get rid of it.

My new book, The End of Diabetes, outlines in detail my program for reversing (or preventing) type 2 diabetes with a nutritarian eating style and exercise.  If you are overweight or have diabetes you must read it, then share what you learn with your doctor, and get ready to enjoy excellent health.  





Preserve your vision: prevent (or reverse) diabetes

Diabetes is a serious disease that poses considerable risks to the vascular system, particularly to the crucial and delicate blood vessels of the eyes.  

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.1

Nonrefractive visual impairment refers to a visual defect that cannot be corrected with glasses, and diabetic retinopathy is a common cause of nonrefractive visual impairment. Retinopathy is quite common among diabetics; about one-third of diabetics over the age of 40 have diabetic retinopathy.2 Retinopathy can lead to serious vision loss, preventing sufferers from driving and living independently.

A study has uncovered an alarming upward trend in nonrefractive visual impairment, and provides evidence that the diabetes epidemic is likely the cause.

Photo of an eye

Nonrefractive visual impairment increased by 21% among adults between 1999 and 2008 – a dramatic increase in a short period of time. When broken down by age, the largest increase in prevalence occurred in younger people – 20 to 39 years of age, compared to older age groups. This is a stark finding that predicts climbing rates of disability among middle-aged and younger adults in the near future.

The researchers then looked to the risk factors for this type of visual impairment to find the potential underlying causes.  The risk factors include older age, poverty, lower education level, lack of health insurance, and diabetes. Diabetes rates increased by 22% among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2008, and the other risk factors remained relatively stable, suggesting that the increase in visual impairment was due to the increase in diabetes.

Once diabetes is diagnosed, the damage to the body progresses over time, and the risk of complications progressively rises. Having diabetes for at least 10 years was linked to greater risk of nonrefractive visual impairment, and a greater proportion of the population had been living with diabetes for at least 10 years in 2008 compared to 1999; in adults younger than 40, this proportion doubled. 2 Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in younger populations, and therefore diabetes is beginning to do its damage earlier in life, bringing dangerous complications, such as vision impairment, earlier in life.

This is alarming data that begs for action; it indicates that medical advances toward better glucose control are not preventing vision loss due to diabetes. Managing glucose with drugs is not enough – we must get rid of diabetes to get rid of the risk.

Preventing and reversing diabetes

For type 1 and type 2 diabetics, the risk of vision-related complications can be eliminated with a nutritarian eating style plus frequent exercise.  The vegetable-based dietary program described in my book The End of Diabetes  is the most effective dietary approach for those with diabetes and is much more effective than drugs. For a Type 2 diabetic, this approach results in complete reversal of the diabetic condition for the majority of patients. For a Type 1 diabetic it eliminates the excessive highs and lows, dramatically reduces insulin requirements and prevents the degenerative diseases common in later life in those with type 1 diabetes.  Both type 1 and type 2 diabetics can maintain excellent health, proper eyesight and quality of life into old age.   Now is the time for us individually and collectively to utilize modern nutritional science to save our vision and save lives. 


1. American Diabetes Association: Diabetes statistics []
2. Ko F, Vitale S, Chou CF, et al: Prevalence of nonrefractive visual impairment in US adults and associated risk factors, 1999-2002 and 2005-2008. JAMA 2012, 308:2361-2368.