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Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board–certified family physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. His private practice is located in Flemington, New Jersey. He is the author of Eat To Live: The Revolutionary Plan for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, which was published by Little, Brown & Company in 2003 and has gone through eleven printings in hardcover and six printings in paperback. Foreign editions of Eat To Live are available in the U.K., Turkey, and Israel. Dr. Fuhrman’s first book, Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease, was published in 1995 by St. Martin’s Press. Dr. Fuhrman’s next book, Disease–Proof Your Child, was published by St. Martin’s Press in April 2005. His most recent book, published in 2008, Eat For Health (a two volume set) is acclaimed as a medical breakthrough for weight loss, disease reversal and prevention. In addition, Dr. Fuhrman is widely published, from medical journals such as the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Orthopaedics and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, to consumer publications such as Mothering Magazine and Health Science.

Blog Entries by Joel Fuhrman MD

GOMBBS: Greens, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, Beans, and Seeds

Joel Fuhrman MD | October 5, 11 at 11:00 AM | Health

Read More: cancer prevention, fruits, immunity, vegetables

“GOMBBS” is an acronym you can use to remember the most nutrient-dense, health-promoting foods on the planet.  These are the foods you should eat every day, and they should make up a significant proportion of your diet – these foods...

Pistachio nuts may improve erectile function

Joel Fuhrman MD | July 25, 11 at 11:51 AM | Food, Health

Read More: cardiovascular, cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, nuts

Pistachio nuts have a unique nutritional profile – they are especially rich in plant sterols, carotenoids, tocopherols (vitamin E), and arginine.  Plant sterols are structurally similar to cholesterol, and provide a cholesterol-lowering benefit.1 All nuts have cholesterol-lowering and other...

Eat fiber-rich foods now, not later!

Joel Fuhrman MD | April 7, 11 at 01:41 PM | Food, Health

Read More: beans, cardiovascular, colon cancer, diabetes, fiber, heart disease

There are a few different classifications of fiber, and their common characteristic is resistance to digestion in the human small intestine.   Eating fiber-rich foods is associated with a number of health benefits:  Fiber promotes weight maintenance by slowing...

Red meat consumption increases ischemic stroke risk

Joel Fuhrman MD | March 9, 11 at 07:19 AM | Food, Health

Read More: Food, heart disease, stroke

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., and the third leading cause of death, killing 137,000 Americans each year.[1] There are two types of stroke – ischemic and hemorrhagic.  Most strokes (about 85%) are ischemic strokes, in...

A child needs a healthy diet to build a healthy brain

Joel Fuhrman MD | February 24, 11 at 07:48 AM | Health

Read More: children nutrition, intelligence, Omega-3 fatty acid, parenting

A nutrient-rich diet is essential for children to develop optimal brain function. A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health followed the dietary patterns of nearly 4,000 children from birth for over eight years. The study...

The human mind prefers a healthy carotenoid glow over a suntan

Joel Fuhrman MD | February 3, 11 at 07:38 AM | Health

Read More: carotenoids, nutrient dense, Phytonutrients, skin

In spite of the well-known damaging effects of the sun on our skin, many of us still perceive a tan as healthy-looking.  But you don’t need to risk the health of your skin in the sun or a tanning bed...

Fructose fuels cancer cell growth?

Joel Fuhrman MD | August 24, 10 at 08:34 AM | Health

Read More: agave, cancer, fructose, HFCS

A recent flurry of news articles have reported on a recent study that showed that treatment of pancreatic cancer cells with fructose increased cell proliferation - uncontrolled proliferation is a hallmark of cancer.  This follows on the heels of another...

Excess weight and animal protein contribute to early puberty

Joel Fuhrman MD | August 18, 10 at 12:00 PM | Health

Read More: children nutrition

A new study published in Pediatrics measured the proportion of girls who had entered puberty by ages 7 and 8, and saw striking increases  compared to data collected in 1997, only 13 years ago.  This study of U.S. girls found...

Pooled data from 12 different studies: High meat intake increases diabetes risk

Joel Fuhrman MD | July 27, 10 at 12:58 PM | Health

Read More: diabetes

by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. and Deana Ferreri, Ph.D. Usually, when we think about foods that increase diabetes risk, we think of white flour-based processed foods, sugary sodas, and desserts, since these foods are known to produce dangerous increases in blood...

Zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and prostate cancer survival

Joel Fuhrman MD | June 1, 10 at 01:19 PM | Health

Read More: DHA, vegan, zinc

A study in Sweden examining the effects of zinc and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA on mortality in prostate cancer patients was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in April.  Five-hundred twenty-five men with prostate cancer...

A story that should be on the front page of every newspaper in America

Joel Fuhrman MD | May 3, 10 at 08:50 AM | Health

Read More: Blood pressure, Cardiovascular Disorders, cholesterol, Chronic, Conditions and Diseases, Health, Heart disease, Obesity, United States

"Mr. Valentine, I'm so, so sorry, but you're going to have to have bypass surgery, and you're going to have it quickly." When chest pains sent Ronnie to the emergency room in September 2005, those were the words he heard. ...

Fruits and vegetables provide only modest protection from cancer?

Joel Fuhrman MD | April 22, 10 at 02:00 PM | Health

Read More: cancer vegetables

Visit Dr. Fuhrman's website. You've probably seen these headlines on the internet or television recently, claiming that fruits and vegetables provide very little protection against cancer.  Of course something like this makes big news - it makes eaters of the...

Walnuts keep your blood flowing

Joel Fuhrman MD | April 9, 10 at 10:23 AM | Health

Read More: Blood pressure, Cardiovascular disease

It's no secret that nuts are good for your heart.  We know that consuming nuts can dramatically reduce cardiovascular disease risk, but scientists are just beginning to figure out how this works.  A recent study found that almonds have a...

Conventional prenatal vitamins may do more harm than good

Joel Fuhrman MD | March 12, 10 at 07:02 AM | Health

Read More: Folic acid, Neural tube defect, pregnancy, supplements, vitamins

It is imperative to make women aware that they may be endangering their health and the health of their unborn children by using conventional supplements. Nearly all multivitamins and prenatal vitamins contain folic acid.  Unlike most physicians, I do not...

Omega-3 fatty acids slow cellular aging

Joel Fuhrman MD | February 19, 10 at 07:19 AM | Health

Read More: aging, DHA, Omega-3's

In coronary heart disease (CHD) patients, higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA in the blood are associated with survival.1,2  Since patients with higher circulating omega-3s seemed to live longer, scientists wondered whether these patients were actually...

CDC reports risk of urinary tract infection from chicken products

Joel Fuhrman MD | February 11, 10 at 07:54 AM | Animals, Food, Health

Read More: chicken, E. coli, food safety

by Joel Fuhrman, MD and Deana Ferreri, PhD There is growing concern about the safety of agricultural products, especially meat. Recalls are becoming more frequent - it's early February, and according to the USDA, there have already been three meat...

Consumption of eggs and poultry with skin double risk of prostate cancer recurrence

Joel Fuhrman MD | February 2, 10 at 09:19 AM | Health

Read More: plant-based diet, prostate cancer

Approximately 1300 men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer were followed for two years to document their dietary patterns and recurrence or progression of their disease.  In this study, two specific animal foods were found to be risky -...