Physician Profile: Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
As a teenager, Joel Fuhrman was a top competitor on the U.S. World Figure Skating Team, and placed third along with his sister in the World Professional Pair Skating Championships. A key element of his training regimen was using a plant-based diet to maximize performance and reduce illness. Years later, while training to become a physician at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Fuhrman chaired the nutrition education committee and helped fellow students adopt better diets.
Today, Dr. Fuhrman practices family medicine at Hunterdon Medical Center in New Jersey, where he focuses on nutrition. “I have been rewarded with the opportunity to help many thousands of people regain their health, throw away medicines for so-called ‘incurable’ chronic illnesses, and lose significant amounts of weight,” he says. “It’s not unusual for those following my program to lose 20 or more pounds in the first six weeks and discontinue using medication for high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Instead of merely treating these problems, we aim to get rid of them.”
In his work as a PCRM member physician, Dr. Fuhrman has spoken at press conferences, handled media interviews, and recorded public service announcements on dietary links to heart disease and prostate cancer.
Readers can reach Dr. Fuhrman at www.DrFuhrman.com or at 800-474-9355. His new book is Eat to Live—The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss (Little Brown & Co., 2003).