Dr. Fuhrman discusses nutritional research with Dr. Dean Ornish

 by Jerry Deutsch
Executive Director,Nutritional Research Foundation


A meeting of two of the most respected leaders in the field of nutrition and nutritional research took place last week when Dr. Fuhrman and Dr. Ornish met in California. 

Dr. Ornish and Dr. Fuhrman


As the Executive Director of the Nutritional Research Foundation I was very fortunate to attend this meeting and now write about it.  

As there are not many physicians and clinical nutrition researchers with their common interests and expertise, Dr. Fuhrman and Dr. Ornish had been communicating by phone and email.  It is hard to believe that it has taken this long for them to meet in person and become friends.  Last week Dr. Fuhrman visited Dr. Ornish’ s research facility in Sausalito,  California and discussed mutual research interests, and areas of agreement and those nutritional issues still in question.  Dr. Fuhrman presented and explained some new findings and research in this field as well as his vast clinical experience over 20 years and his findings. 

Dr. Ornish was enthusiastic about his own new areas of research and shared interesting findings in his ongoing and upcoming studies about cancer prevention and reversal, brain messaging and longevity that he is working on.  It was fascinating, promising and important work.  Dr. Fuhrman’s eyes lit up as he listened intently. Dr. Fuhrman shared his findings on nutritional density, fatty acids, the aging brain and maximizing disease reversal in various conditions and individuals with varying metabolic tendencies.  

They also talked about their families, personal interests and prior shared experiences; the good and the bad.  The time flew by and soon Dr. Fuhrman and I had to leave for some other meetings.  But before we left they both expressed a very strong desire to meet again soon.

Dr. Fuhrman and I then headed out to meet with other leading nutritional researchers in the Bay Area, including at CHORI (Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute) and the BUCK institute. Dr. Fuhrman lectured, presented his findings to the scientists at CHORI and we had private meetings with many scientists doing cutting edge research in the health and nutrition fields.  We discussed a potential ground-breaking joint research project with Dr. Brian Kennedy (CEO of the Buck institute) and had more exciting and productive meetings with some of the country’s top scientists there.  What a great week of fun, sharing, learning and collaborating.  I must also say ‘thank you’ to Howard and Ellen Weiss for arranging these meetings.

The Nutritional Research Foundation is committed to supporting and funding research in the effects of a high nutrient dense style of eating.   We are currently raising funds for a Dr. Fuhrman inspired Breast Cancer Prevention Study.  Information about this and other studies is available at NutritionalResearch.org




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Carrie Key Rodebaugh - December 4, 2012 2:04 PM

Have you seen any proof that Liposomal vitamin C help cure cancer?

Kathy Speck - December 4, 2012 2:14 PM

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall during this meeting! What were they in agreement on? What were the points where they differed? So exciting!

Ginny - December 4, 2012 2:29 PM

Very impressed and happy to see these two giants in the field of
Nutrition finally collaborate !!!!

Laura Dice - December 4, 2012 2:58 PM

I'm excited to see what is in the works for these two. a huge fan of both and I hope to meet Dean Ornish someday.

Janelle - December 4, 2012 3:38 PM

Would very much appreciate knowing if they have areas of disagreement and what are the nutritional issues still in question.
Many thanks

Joseph McMahon - December 4, 2012 4:12 PM

Excellent to see this! It's about time! Great!

Jen - December 4, 2012 10:46 PM

Given the results of the recently published Seralini study, in which rats fed GMO grains had a higher incidence of mammary tumors, I am interested if your study will also review nutritarian diet vs organic nutritarian diet.

DiaaK - December 5, 2012 10:44 AM

We are so lucky to be alive in these life-changing times! Kudos to the many doctors who are following these new paths to HEALTH and not just endless treatments. I applaud your courage and look forward to the day when the health of our nation is something to be proud of!

Anne Thomas - December 5, 2012 4:18 PM

I am 5'8" and weight 127lbs, which according to your book is my ideal weight. My back, hip and shoulder bones all stick out. People have told me I look anorexic which is disturbing. Why do you recommend such low weights? I eat a diet very close to your recommend one, mostly vegetables, fruits and nuts. I exercise but do not overdo it, I have a trainer who I see once a week. I am concerned that some women following your plan will loose too much weight thinking they are healthy even if, like me they are skinny!

LaurieInSarasota - December 5, 2012 4:20 PM

How uplifting to read about the meeting of two of my biggest heroes.
I owe a great deal of my quality of life today to the work of these two physicians/researchers.

My husband and I are gratified to see the world moving in a positive, healthy direction.
This work is tremendously exciting.

mike rubino - December 5, 2012 8:08 PM

Good to see the two doctors getting together.

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