very seldom that I comment on a
specific book, but due to serious
errors by the author, and that many
clients have asked me about it
because of Dr. Oz's endorsement, I
feel compelled to comment on the
best seller entitled Eat
to Live by
Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
Although Dr. Fuhrman does make
important comments that all good
preventive health books make (i.e.
benefits of fruits and vegetables,
nutrient density, and eating real
food; dangers from excess refined
sugar; and America's unnecessary
love affair with cow's milk
calcium), he delves into shocking
misinformation in his zeal to
promote a vegan diet.
example, on pp. 70-71 he states,
"The biggest animals - elephants,
hippopotamuses and giraffes - all
eat predominantly green vegetation.
How did they get the protein to get
so big? The cow didn't eat another
cow to form the protein in its
muscles which we call steak." Dr.
Fuhrman must have forgotten his
basic biology and mammal anatomy.
The animals he mentions are
HERBIVORES. Here are the basic
definitions of Herbivores,
Carnivores, and Omnivores:
HERBIVORE - a plant-eating animal
that gets its energy from eating
plants. Most have a special
digestive system that allows them to
digest all kinds of plants
efficiently, including grasses.
CARNIVORE - a flesh eating
animal that generally eats
herbivores, but will also eat
omnivores and other carnivores for
basic energy. They cannot derive
enough energy to sustain life on a
plant based diet. Carnivores include
large cats and canines (dogs).
OMNIVORE - an animal that eats
other animals and plants. Some will
hunt and eat their food like
carnivores. Others scavenge and eat
dead matter. Many eat eggs from
other animals. They also eat plants,
but not all can digest substances in
grains or other plants that don't
Humans are not
herbivores. We are OMNIVORES. This
is why we will not thrive for a long
period of time on a vegan diet (a
diet intended only for herbivores).
recommend that Dr. Fuhrman read Dr.
William Davis' best seller, Wheat
Belly. Dr. Davis, a
cardiologist, did a splendid job of
explaining how hard-to-digest
grains, such as wheat, were never
biologically or genetically intended
to be tolerated in large amounts by
most humans. His book is impeccably
researched and a fascinating read.