Patrick Timpone

John A. McDougall, MD

Author ofThe Starch Solution

From Atkins to Dukan, fear of the almighty carb has taken over the diet industry for the past few decades—even the mere mention of a starch-heavy food is enough to trigger an avalanche of shame and longing. But the truth is, carbs are not the enemy.
Now, bestselling author John A. McDougall, MD, and his kitchen-savvy wife, Mary, prove that a starch-rich diet can actually help you lose weight, prevent a variety of ills, and even cure common diseases. The Starch Solution is based on a simple swap: By fueling your body primarily with carbohydrates rather than proteins and fats, you’ll feel satisfied, boost energy, and look and feel your best.
Fad diets come and go, but Dr. McDougall has been a proponent of a plantbased diet for decades. His expertise has helped thousands of people to slim down and to regain their health—many of their stories are in this book, including people who have lost more than 125 pounds in mere months, as well as patients who have conquered life-threatening illnesses such as type-2 diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.

A physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through vegetarian cuisine, John A. McDougall, MD has been studying, writing, and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 30 years. Dr. John and Mary McDougall believe that people should look and feel great for a lifetime. Unfortunately, many people unknowingly compromise their health through poor dietary habits.
Dr. McDougall is the founder and director of the nationally renowned McDougall Program: a ten-day residential program that he and Mary McDougall host at a luxury resort in Santa Rosa, CA where medical miracles occur through diet and lifestyle changes. In addition to her formal training as a nurse, Mary McDougall provides many of the delicious recipes that make the McDougall Program not only possible, but also a pleasure. Dr. McDougall has cared for thousands of patients for almost 3 decades. His program not only promotes a broad range of dramatic and lasting health benefits but, most importantly, can also reverse serious illnesses including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and others, all without the use of drugs.

Show Highlights:

-Dr. McDougalltreats patients and avoid drugs as first line treatment.

-Animal food is food poison. 80% of population is sick. 38% of US population is obese. People are not designed to eat animals and the effect is obvious.

-In China now, 12% are diabetic, obesity is epidemic. Older generations eating traditional rice or starch diet in Asia and South America had no obesity.

-Starches are potato, sweet potato, rice, corn. Paleo is wrong and doesn’t recognize that starches were the major food component of traditional diets.

-Gladiators had meat withheld from them and were forced to eat barley and beans before battle so they would win.

-Dr. McDougall can get patients in his clinic off their medications by feeding a starch diet.

-People lose weight on Atkin’s type diets because it makes them sick and they lose their appetite.

-NIH Researcher Kevin Hall was hired by Gary Taubes to study low carb vs high carb diets. His research showed greater weight losing efficiency of a high carb vs a low carb diet.

-Low carb diets are dangerous, cause heart disease, cancer, bad breath.

-Cholesterol is not the culprit; he doesn’t prescribe statins. Association between high cholesterol and a sick body. Meats and oils damage the arteries.

-Look at low-carb diet proponents – how healthy are they?

-All oils are toxic. No such thing as oils in nature, they must be processed.

-Framingham Study shows people with higher cholesterol have more heart disease; those eating lower cholesterol have lower heart disease.

-People love to hear good news about bad habits. Influence of advertisers.

-People’s blood sugars drop after eating starches. Sugar makes insulin work more efficiently. Fat paralyzes insulin. High fat diet creates more diabetes. No research supporting low carb.

-Why did the incidence of type 2 diabetes increase in the last 35 years in China? Intake of dairy, meat and fat has doubled. Intake of carb has not changed., although less rice and more processed.

-People eating Italian diet with olive oil every day of their life lived to their 90s. Healthy despite the oil, not because of. Greece, Italy are #1 and #2 in childhood obesity, US is #5.

-Olive oil and nut companies are primary promoters of a Mediterranean diet.

-The human being is a starch eater. Why is starch #1 evil now, what has changed in the last 50 years?

and more!


dr john mcdougall m.d. who says we are starch and grain eaters, february 7, 2017


'John A. McDougall, MD – The Starch Solution: A Starch-Rich Diet Can Actually Help You Lose Weight, Prevent a Variety of Ills, and Even Cure Common Diseases – February 7, 2017' have 8 comments

  1. February 8, 2017 @ 8:36 am Luker

    Thanks again Patrick for another thought provoking interview. I will study the doctor’s information.


  2. February 8, 2017 @ 2:34 pm Linda Bissell

    Really appreciate Patrick having on good people to represent the different sides of the vast opinions on these very important health issues. We love you Patrick and we look forward to bringing you into our lives via the internet every day. Thank you for what a blessing you are! You have become a friend to so many of us !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  3. February 8, 2017 @ 3:48 pm Stan Johnson

    I always liked doctor Mc Dougall, I haven’t listened to the whole show yet but I am a vegan of 24 years. Don’t want to cause a fuss but a vegan diet hasn’t caused me any problems and I’m 70 years old. Charlotte Gerson is 94 years young, Norman Walker was over 100 years old and it didn’t hurt them. None of my family are vegans or even vegetarian and I’m sad to say this but they all have health problems. I still have an open mind about diet but I cant dismiss what I see around me.


  4. February 9, 2017 @ 8:50 am charkes

    I just can’t buy what this man says, starches reduce your chances of diabetes, then no one in America should have diabetes. Pat thanks for challenging this Dr.


  5. February 11, 2017 @ 9:48 pm M. Connally

    Many thanks for your wonderful, informative programs on health. I have learned so much valuable new information (love my sulfur!).
    Twenty four years ago, a friend gave me a copy of Dr. McDougall’s book because she knew I was desperate to get off of my blood pressure meds. Within a week, I hesitantly began this entirely new way of eating. My doctor had to take me off my meds within 2 weeks because my blood pressure returned to normal. Fast forward to 2017 and I am still happy, healthy and medication free.
    Dr McDougall’s program has made my life a much happier journey. I wish that everyone who is suffering with lifestyle diseases would take a careful look at their diet and nutrition.


  6. February 14, 2017 @ 1:09 pm Andrius

    Probably one of the better shows with a good doc who told the truth about all those Paloe high fat diets.


  7. February 15, 2017 @ 10:14 am Gene

    Lumping all oils under the heading of fats is not science let alone good science. Comparing everyone to starving Cambodians is not good science unless you are a starving Cambodian. When you chart calories consumed vs any diet, you will lose weight on 1000 calories a day or less. Starvation will increase longevity up to a point. Look at the science comparing resveratrol and low calorie diets.
    They both achieve the same longevity due to stimulation of longevity genes. Sorry, Dr McD but Weston Price has done the only non biased research on diet in the last 100 yrs. You are not the only real certified medical doctor out there.


  8. February 18, 2017 @ 9:21 pm Luc

    this guy has no idea what he is talking about, a strict ketogenic diet is where the action is at in terms of helping the body to heal, Patrick needs to have Nora Gedgaudas on the show again, sorry but vegans have no idea what optimum health is


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