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Nutritarian Party Photo Contest

WIN A VITAMIX AND SIGNED EAT TO LIVE COOKBOOK -  Enter Dr. Fuhrman’s Favorite Holiday Moment Photo Contest for your chance to win a Vitamix and an Eat to Live Cookbook signed by Dr. Fuhrman! It’s easy; just submit a photo of one of your favorite holiday moments for a chance to win!

Dr. Fuhrman would like to encourage you to find your joy creating fantastic memories this holiday season and share them with us on Facebook! Share your favorite photo from your Nutritarian Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year’s Party or other holiday gathering. Great fun and holiday sharing does not have to be connected to self-destructive food habits. Show how spending quality time with your family and creating life's precious moments can be married with wholesome food and good health. Get the details:



Win Big! Enter Dr. Fuhrman's Holiday Health Fest Sweepstakes

We’re excited to announce the launch of Dr. Fuhrman’s Holiday Health Fest! This 7-week long health fest was made for YOU, in the spirit of holiday gift giving and spreading good cheer and health, so be sure to participate! This event offers support and motivation to help you enjoy a healthy holiday season with:  

  • motivational posts
  • informative articles and videos
  • delicious recipes
  • inspiring success stories
  • weekly contests with a range of top-notch prizes

 Dr. Fuhrman really wants to help start your new year off right!

Holiday Health Fest

’Like’  Dr. Fuhrman’s Facebook page to enter.

Don’t forget to share the page with your family and friends to help you win.  When they ‘like’ Dr. Fuhrman’s page from your share, you will gain additional entries to win the Grand Prize!

If you have already liked the page, you can still enter the Sweepstakes by going to Dr. Fuhrman’s Facebook page and clicking on the Holiday Sweepstakes tab.

Attention Members:

Dr. Fuhrman’s members are eligible to participate in additional member-only contests with the chance to win even more prizes! Check the Member Center for more information on these exclusive contests.  Prizes include a Vitamix and up to $500 in Fuhrman bucks! Additionally, Dr. Fuhrman Members have LIVE access to participate in the six weekly Health Fest webinars, where they can ask questions. Check the Member Center for the weekly schedule and to register. 

For more information on Dr. Fuhrman’s Holiday Health Fest, become a fan on Dr. Fuhrman’s Facebook page and be sure to check back daily for great information and new contests for more chances to WIN!


Reaction To My Dad On the Dr. Oz Show!

The Dr. Oz ShowToday I was truly inspired by what people can do if they put their minds to it.  I was lucky enough to snag a seat in the audience of a taping of the Dr. Oz show, which featured my dad as a guest.  My dad was energetic and aroused the audience nimbly with his discerning nutritional advice.  However, what really touched me were the guests who came on the show to describe their success stories. To witness what this advice can actually do for people when they apply it and stick to the program was incredibly inspiring.  I think my dad can agree that these success stories are the most thrilling aspect of his career.  I can see why- the thankfulness, happiness, and renewed sense of hope for a better life was so apparent in each guest that I couldn’t help but feel grateful myself for the healing powers of natural, nutrient-dense plant foods and what they can do for people.

Each of the success stories on the show didn’t starve themselves, count calories, reduce portion sizes, or cut fat.  They made a lifestyle change with vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds as the stars of their diets. Over a period of weeks, they got used to eating these foods and began enjoying them without cravings for the junk foods on their old diets.  Our taste buds adapt, as my dad likes to say, and they found nutrient-rich recipes that they enjoyed the best.  The positive energy was flowing freely with each and every smile of the guests as they discussed how eating foods like three bean chili, eggplant roll-ups, and chickpea “popcorn,” helped them drop the pounds like it’s hot and bikini season is coming up.

Being extremely overweight or obese cannot be a walk in a rosy park.   While I cannot personally rock a transformation story like Emily Boller (she was one of the guests on the show!), anyone can see that going from obese to slim must be nothing short of life changing. One of the success stories featured on the show had lost over 200 pounds, another 91 pounds.  Seriously, what an achievement! 

Given that the American public continues to get larger and our weight problems are not going to disappear unless we make drastic lifestyle changes, this show was a ray of light amid the formidable storm that is the obesity epidemic.  It really is a force to be reckoned with- if trends continue, 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women are projected to be overweight or obese by 2020. These numbers come from Mark Huffman, an assistant professor of preventive medicine and cardiology at Northwestern University who presented them at the annual scientific meeting of the American Heart Association.1 Even he was shocked by the numbers. 

All we need is the knowledge about healthy eating and the will to give it a shot.  I think this Dr. Oz episode has the power to inspire viewers to make the right changes.  Seeing people who have already had success at losing a lot of weight and have kept that weight off is empowering. They are a testament that people can achieve ideal health via a nutritarian diet and the delicious, hearty meals that go along with it.  The show aired this past Monday June 4th at 4:00 pm. For those of you who had the chance to watch it, were you inspired too? Are there any of you reading this whom have had the life changing experience of going from very overweight or obese to slim and fit? I love to hear about your experiences in the comments section to share with other readers as well as myself.



1. Huffman, Mark. Cardiovascular Health Behavior and Health Factor Changes (1988-2008) and Projections to 2020: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES)



Watch Dr. Fuhrman on The Dr. Oz show Monday June 4th!

The Dr. Oz ShowDr. Fuhrman will be appearing on The Dr. Oz show on Monday, June 4 on The FOX Network. 

Check your local listings for the correct time and channel for your area.



Enjoy the show! After you watch, please leave your comments for Dr. Fuhrman here.




The Nutritarian Festival in Aspen, Colorado

This weekend, while the east coast was mired in bad weather and water, I was in Aspen, Colorado with Dr. Fuhrman where the Nutritional Research Project had its first Nutritarian Food Festival.   The Nutritional Research Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enable clinical research to evaluate the impact of a high nutrient density diet and related nutritional interventions on chronic diseases such as autoimmune illnesses, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Dr. Fuhrman appeared on television there, and the nutritarian message and event poster was on almost every store in town.  Over a period of three nights, Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian cuisine was the talk of the town and some of the best chefs in the country prepared incredible nutritarian food.  The town of Aspen, Colorado was inspired by Dr. Fuhrman to lead a nutritional revolution and enlist leaders there to join our mission to repair our broken health care system. This amazing event was sparked by an idea by Shelley Summers and  renowned chef and Pyramid Bistro owner Martin Oswald who runs the first nutritarian restaurant in the United States right on main street in Aspen, Colorado.   

On Saturday evening, 12 of our nation’s finest chefs competed for the top three prizes in the Nutritarian Cook Off held at the beautiful Aspen Club.  The dishes were judged by Dr. Fuhrman and a team of nutritional professionals for healthfulness based on his established criteria set up for this event.  This counted 40 percent of the score.  Then 60 percent of the score was from the hundreds of people who came to the event and supported the Nutritional Research Project with their participation.    The event was also supported by Whole Foods Market, the Vitamix Corporation and the Aspen Club. 

The three top prizes went to Chef Miles Angelo’s Yoga Roll with swiss chard and apple sesame dressing, Chef John Little’s Freekoto Cannelloni, and Chef Randy Placeres’ Yerba Matte with veggies, berries, ginger and nuts. Their winning recipes will be added to their respective menus at the Carribou Club, the Pullman, and NuTrition at the Aspen Club.

Nutritarian Festival: winning chefs

All the chefs produced incredible nutritarian fare, some of which will be featured in Dr. Fuhrman’s upcoming Eat To Live Cookbook. 

On Friday evening, the night before this major public event, about a hundred people attended a fundraising nutritarian banquet held at the spectacular Aspen mountain ranch home of Glenda and Jerry Greenwald.   Dr. Fuhrman first spoke for about an hour prior to the meal explaining to the enthusiastic crowd the objective of his work and the work of the Nutritional Research Project, to revolutionize the face of health care and enable physicians to fully support nutritional therapeutics over drug therapy and invasive surgeries.  The funding will enable impeccably designed research projects coordinated with leading research centers at major universities around the country. 

The argument that Dr. Fuhrman laid out to the participants of the Aspen fundraiser was a very simple one.   He demonstrated the healing power of his nutritarian diet-style and showed how superior nutrition cannot just prevent, but also reverse serious diseases that plague almost all Americans.  The science about greens, onions, mushrooms, berries and more was fascinating.  And he implored the crowd that we can marry great taste with the healthiest eating style based on modern science and this can enable us to win the war on cancer and even prevent most autoimmune diseases.  This is the simple mission of the Nutritional Research Project, to provide scientific and clinical proof that this eating style advocated by Dr. Fuhrman has proven ability to both prevent and treat disease.

John Mackey, the founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, then gave a short speech where he outlined the necessity to create a nutritional revolution in this country, and what Whole Foods is doing to support this.

After Dr. Fuhrman’s lecture an amazing gourmet meal was served by a team of Aspen’s finest chefs,  organized by chef Martin Oswald.  When the participants then tasted each fantastic course of the meal, they were amazed and literally standing and applauding the chefs who created the nutritional masterpieces.   The participants of both these events really experienced Dr. Fuhrman’s promise to marry great heath with great taste.  We brought the nutritarian message to Aspen, raised money for our cause, and had a wonderful time in the process.   

Jerry Deutsch
President, Nutritional Research Project.



Dr. Fuhrman's video diary from Korea: part 2

Dr. Fuhrman in Korea

This is Dr. Fuhrman reporting from Seoul, South Korea. Physicians here are just as unaware about nutrition as they are in the United States. The difference is they are enthusiastic to learn more about nutritional science and how they can incorporate the most advanced discoveries into their practice.

I am spending this week in Korea conducting seminars for diverse group of physicians and health professionals in various specialties. Doing lots of bowing, shaking hands, taking photos, signing autographs and jumping on tables.

It’s fun to watch a room full of physicians chant in unison, "GOMBS!"

More to come from Korea!



Dr. Fuhrman on PBS: June 4th Premiere

  3 STEPS TO INCREDIBLE HEALTH! with Joel Fuhrman, M.D. will be premiering this Saturday, June 4th on public television stations across America.  (check local listings)

A message from Dr. Fuhrman:

"I believe in PBS and I hope you do too. Public television's very existence is in serious jeopardy from Washington lobbyists and lawmakers. I hope many of you will be able to support PBS with a pledge for my program "3 Steps to Incredible Health!" Your involvement and support will help our mission of bringing INCREDIBLE HEALTH to every single American AND enable PBS stations to survive in these difficult times. Thank you."


3 STEPS TO INCREDIBLE HEALTH! with Joel Fuhrman, MD is a sixty-minute PBS pledge program that directly addresses the crisis of obesity and chronic disease plaguing America.

Over 65% of Americans are overweight or obese - and that number is growing just like our waistlines!

Dr. Fuhrman will offer a healthy, effective, and scientifically proven plan for shedding weight quickly and reclaiming the vitality and good health we all deserve. 


Support Public Television and Dr. Fuhrman.

By making a donation during Dr. Fuhrman's pledge program on PBS, as a gift you will receive an exclusive Dr. Fuhrman "Incredible Health" combo package – not available anywhere else!*

Be sure to tune in and tell your friends!

By watching 3 STEPS TO INCREDIBLE HEALTH! with Joel Fuhrman, MD on PBS you are helping educate America with Dr Fuhrman's message.

Support your local PBS station by phoning in during an airing and making a pledge.

Check local listings by following these easy steps:

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2. Click the first button in the menu bar, Select Your Local Station, and follow the prompts.

3. Next select TV Schedule from the menu bar and you will be taken through to the TV Schedule for your local PBS Station

4. Use the Program Search field and enter Joel Fuhrman to find the scheduled broadcast dates and times of 3 Steps to Incredible Health!

If the site has no Program Search, browse their A-Z Program Guide for 3 Steps to Incredible Health! with Joel Fuhrman, M.D., click on the link to find the broadcast dates and times.

*Stay tuned to for more details about the PBS program, the "Incredible Health" combo, and an exclusive offer to Dr. Fuhrman's Members!


Wow, what an incredible time!

            Princeton Westin


food lineEmily Boller (right) with Adrienne who has lost 128 lbs and still losing!Wow, what an incredible time everyone had at Dr. Fuhrman’s Weekend Immersion in Princeton, New Jersey last weekend! To immerse oneself is to: engage wholly, deeply, and absorb everything fully.  

There is definitely something to be said about being completely immersed in Dr. Fuhrman’s health information to understand the science and logic behind his nutritional recommendations; tasting delicious, new recipes; listening to inspirational success stories; meeting and interacting with other nutritarians, and sharing a common bond with everyone . . . . all in one place! Everyone left with a renewed commitment to optimal health for life.


Dr. Fuhrman speaking at the Princeton Immersion

A time set aside to be fully engaged in such an environment speeds up the learning process, and one’s mindset changes from “I really should eat better” . . . .to . . . . “I want to eat this way for the best health that’s possible!” 


A changed mind naturally produces a transformed body for life


Here are a few comments from the weekend:

  • fruit beveragesI was beyond blown away. Dr. Fuhrman was so amazingly inspiring and informative. I have been at this for several years, but I learned so many new things. The success stories that were presented were unforgettable, and renewed my enthusiasm and commitment to this way of life. The food was off the charts too! I was there with my dad and we both were so thrilled that we went. We met some fantastic people, and I am going to lobby hard for the Getaway this summer! -Heather
  • I enjoyed the weekend very much! Thanks to Dr Furhman and staff for a well-organized event!   -Alexandre
  • The whole weekend was awesome and my husband and I both learned so much!
  • It was great! I learned new things, met new people, and tried some new recipes. –Essie
  • It was such a wonderfully planned event and you can tell the staff worked hard to make it seem effortless. I have returned with lots of enthusiasm. –Laura
  • The weekend immersion was so good! I was a little hesitant about going alone, but I was so happy that I went. It was so comfortable, and the material presented was just wonderful and informative; and the place where it was held was great. –kfrasetto


For those who couldn’t make it to the weekend immersion, Dr. Fuhrman’s 2011 Fifth Annual Health Getaway will be June 26 – July 2 at The Grand Summit Resort in Park City, Utah. Actress Marilu Henner will be this year’s MC; and along with Dr. Fuhrman’s life-changing lectures will be health screenings, social events, indoor and outdoor activities including gondola rides, hiking, golf, concerts, and much more to make for a never-to-be-forgotten revitalizing vacation for you and your loved ones! 

Invest a week of your life into your health ~ it’s MUCH more fun and cheaper than a week’s vacation in the coronary care unit recovering from quadruple bypass surgery, or a lifetime of finger pricks and insulin shots!


Here’s to optimal health for all!