Why Some People Fail On A Plant Based Diet! Dr Joel Fuhrman

Why Some People Fail On A Plant Based Diet! Dr Joel Fuhrman

According to the best available balance of
evidence a whole plant based diet is the healthiest diet for humans and is extremely effective
and arresting and reversing many different diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease,
rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, lupus and many different
cancers to name just a few. However in his 25 years of clinical experience
working with people on plant based diets Dr Joel Fuhrman has found that some people can
run into some serious problems on a plant based diet so let’s hear why. There’s a well known plant based doctor
in his 70’s that I greatly respect and admire for all the amazing work he’s done in this
field. And is, in my opinion, a true pioneer who’s
started to look worryingly unwell, thin and even a bit frail and because of this many
are understandably starting to question the whole food plant based diet. I may make a separate video about this but
I got to thinking perhaps the information Dr Fuhrman is about to share in this clip
might be relevant in that case, so let’s take a listen….There’s meta analysis and
studies showing that a lot of vegans have a higher risk of depression and we’re seeing
that especially on these low fat vegan diets because the brain isn’t getting enough fat. And a lot of those people recommending the
low fat vegan diet are also not recommending that people take DHA-they are not supplying
in their diets because they’re assuming that the body is going to make enough from
the little bit of fats they’re consuming. In my 25 years of experience with tens of
thousands of people on vegan diets and many of which come to me because they get into
trouble. It most often gets down to depression or some
problem with fatty acids. There are other things were people do require
more protein, some people are poor assimilators of certain nutrients and require some tweaking
of their diets. Some people as they get older, they’re ability
to assimilate protein goes down so they need to modify their vegan diet to include more
of the high protein plant foods like hemp seeds, pine nuts, black beans and tempeh. So in other words there is some modification
that needs to be made because of the individual differences. But the point I’m making right now is depression
and dementia are potential risks for people on these extremely low fat vegan diets and
thinking fat is the enemy.


  • Lama Jigme Gyatso: the Rational Contemplative says:

    thanks for giving Doc Joel some air time, well done my vegan sister from another mister

  • Lama Jigme Gyatso: the Rational Contemplative says:

    liked and shared☮️📿

  • TheCrusaderRabbits says:

    Joel is great. Sad about the Esselstyn controversy

  • Ron Olson says:

    Very interesting…

  • new user says:

    There needs to be a CLEAR intention and understanding on the nature of healthy fats and their KEY ROLE on human nutrition. Who became vegan or vegetarian to be skinny? It is not a matter of pure vanity but a matter of pure health and well being. (Research, Comprehend and adjust to YOUR body's essential needs, do your homework properly!)

  • Doug bananaboy says:

    So fish eaters don’t get depression because they get plenty of o3…..

  • Eelke Aptroot says:

    It is too bad it seems hard to reach a consensus on what the most optimal plant-based diet should look like. Too bad also, Dr Furhman doesn´t specify a % or % rang of fat the diet should contain to make it more sustainable in his views.

  • michael onello says:

    Are you referring to Dr. McDougall..?

  • Purple Carrot says:

    Thin and frail doctor is McDougall, right?
    His son (who is a doctor too) also looks kinda lifeless and low energy.
    What about Dr Greger? I think he doesn't look well, sickly in fact. Eating such perfect diet shouldn't he be radiant?

    Vegan diets may be perfect for lowering your cholesterol, but what about your overall health, mental health, energy, etc.

  • Terri Chalnick says:

    Oh my goodness, i have been praying for an answer and this is it. I have the tendency for depression on a very low fat vegan diet, yet when i add more fats, i do great. But i didnt want to add it because of the advice to eat very low fat. THANK YOU!! Please do more videos on this!!

  • Peter Koubek says:

    Nobody is talking about polyunsaturated fatty acids and why they are not good if you eat too much of them. I ate nuts and seeds like crazy, like walnuts, almonds, peanuts, flaxseeds and all that are there. They caused me serious trouble with hormons and thyroid. Only when I learned from body builders, that they leave those PUFAs away to gain more energy and achieve higher testosterone, I tried to eat mainly monounsaturated fatty acids and saturated fats like Avocados, Olives and Coconut. I always felt like crap and now I feel way better with those fats and have a lot more energy! Maybe this helps someone with low energy and thyroid issues on a vegan diet.

  • Purple Carrot says:

    Dr Fuhrman says our brains need fat, he also recommends eating nuts and seeds for that reason. But almost all nuts and seeds are not a good source of omega-3s, but they're very high in omega-6s which compete with the much needed omega-3. Should we eat cupfulls of flax seed? Should we swallow his algae pills?

    My view is we need less omega-6s, which means less nuts and seeds, not more, except flax and chia; we can get more monounsaturated fat or even saturated – from olives, avocados (even olive oil maybe), some coconut maybe

  • Ingrid Sturesson says:

    Is a handful of nuts enough? I tend to grab more when I eat them.

  • ÇãrłzJ Rahim Mâxïwœ says:

    Most people fail because they are too lazy to get inform n if n when they do they always find excuses not to do it!!!

  • Reverend Al says:

    Fuhrman is so full of it! He makes all these nebulous assumptions based on a single published meta-analysis on depression. Well, I've got some studies also, this one about carbohydrates are necessary for serotonin production. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8697046

  • Sweet Mamey says:

    Dr Fuhrman uses the language "extremely low fat", but that is obscure language and not really helpful. It would be more beneficial to listeners to at least give a healthy range of a percentage of fat per total daily calories eaten. What is "extremely low fat"?

  • W Tillett says:

    I understood Dr.McDougall had a severe injury from a fall. He refused the hospital but his son treated him. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Jake And Sarah Health Nuts says:

    this is another great video. i really happy to see the vegan community finally getting away from being afraid of a little fat in the diet thinking you only need 5% fat

  • drinabooboo says:

    Use Cronometer. There you go.

  • Scott Beavers says:

    I would like to see the consensus of all data from valid studies to be able to get to the bottom of this debate. Fuhrman makes claims, but I have yet to see him cite meta-analyses or even publish any studies himself on this subject. Show me the data and proof and I will follow. Until then, it is conjecture.

  • Rantie Bollox says:

    Thing is, this sounds plausible, but… the things he recommends, he sells at extortionate prices! Maybe a conflict of interest. Anyone care to comment?

  • The Artificial Society says:

    Ah yes, that’s the secret one thing missing to save one’s life and live forever. Yup, the magic reason why we must all run back to the Whole Foods and health food store and buy the super expensive crap that does absolutely nothing. Everyone with health problems is always looking for the one miracle that will solve their problem. For most of us, there is no miracle and we just have to accept reality that you must eat whole foods, exercise, sleep, clean water, clean air, and have some people to talk to. There is always a snake oil salesman ready to jump in and sell you the magic potion. You make your own miracles by healthy living and hard work not magic pills.

  • Azlan Foodscapes - Edible Landscapes for Everyone says:

    Paracelsus – everything is poison, its only a matter of dose. In other words, fat becomes a problem when completely absent and another problem when too much. The trick is to find the therapeutic window, or better still, the minimum effective dose for optimal health.

  • Paulo Pablito says:

    This study about depression among vegetarian has a big problem : the vegetarian group still consume fish


    Fuhrman is awesome, has some great advice. Mcdougall is 100% against people supplementing vitamin D, says we don't need it. There could be 100 different reasons why he is not looking well, from genetics (had some disease as a kid) – EPA/DHA or vitamin D levels. I have no idea why he is so against vitamin D.

  • Shaijah Wolf says:

    Please. My Grandmother’s husband wasn’t vegan & died with dementia. He was a Fisherman with his own boat n ate as much fish as he could catch. Just eat more fat- avos nuts n seeds.

  • Murat Kınıkoğlu says:

    The key question is: is there a acceptable study showing that the low-fat plant based diet users are more depressed? I follow low-fat plant based nutrition and recommend my patients and I did not observe that the rate of depression is higher than omnivores.

  • John Doe says:

    I've liked just about all your videos up till now, but this is the first one I'm sorry to say that I think is in bad taste.

    Dr McDougall I take it is the one being referred to here – just because he may have been sick recently, doesn't mean that it is diet automatically that has caused that. This is supposed to be plant based 'science', remember – and to jump to that conclusion is not scientific thinking. Being plant based of any sort does not make one automatically immortal.

    Many of Dr McD's patients have been older than him, and are looking and feeling great on the starch based diet – again, something to think about as far as science based reasoning goes.

    I respect Dr Fuhrman has helped many people transition to a healthier diet, but while he is a medical doctor, he is NOT a scientist himself. He has not published to my knowledge trials in scientific journals of what he has been doing for scrutiny – which is different to writing books. He also has a sideline in trying to sell his own range of and push supplements onto people – that practice has weak support as far as the scientific literature goes.

    Giving him an unconditional platform to attack the likes of Dr Mcdougall here is not balanced and scientifically informed debate. Sadly, his comments are pretty typical of what he has done in his career historically in terms of attacking anyone who opposes his way of doing things over the years – without backing up with robust science those attacks.

  • eazyrat says:

    So "where do you get your protein tho?" is a legitimate question?

  • M 85 says:

    Very poor video overall. A couple of observational studies that don't really prove anything and huge leaps in logic…

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