J Morris Hicks

J Morris Hicks

Posted March 30, 2011

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Joel Fuhrman, M.D. -- an enlightened physician

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Learning about the powers of plant-based nutrition -- by accident

When I first began my quest to learn all about the optimal diet for humans back in 2002, Joel Fuhrman was one of the first truly legitimate physicians that I discovered. And the first of his books that I read was Fasting and Eating for Health, a Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease. While I wasn't interested in fasting at the time, a reader on Amazon commented that this was a great book on healthy eating; so I ordered it.

Fuhrman.jpegJoel went on to write his best-selling Eat to Live in 2003 and has written many other books since then. Like a few other "enlightened" physicians, Joel discovered the power of plant-based nutrition somewhat by accident...literally. Once a world-class figure skater and Olympic ice skating hopeful, Fuhrman suffered a severe injury to his leg during his college years...

A former world-class figure skater, second in the US National Pairs Championships in 1973, and a front runner for the US Olympic hopes in the future pairs event, Fuhrman suffered a severe injury that put him on crutches for over a year and derailed his future skating career, eventually leading him to a career in nutritional medicine.   His interest in nutrition to maximize performance as a skater, led him to undergo a therapeutic fast to aid in his healing.  Interestingly, Fuhrman’s early interest, experiences and exposure to the world of superior nutrition and therapeutic nutrition motivated him to become a physician specializing in nutrition. .

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1988 and has been in clinical practice of nutritional medicine for over 20 years.  His best-selling book, Eat to Live, published in 2003 (Little Brown) has gone through over 20 printings and been published in multiple foreign language editions. The revised version was released by Little Brown in Jan 2011.  His recent works include Disease-Proof Your Child and has had published a total of 7 books on human nutrition to date.  He has hundreds of dramatic disease-reversal success stories from his nutritional advice on almost every disease imaginable on his personal website (link below). His experience and results optimizing the therapeutic potential of nutrition is not limited to dramatic weight loss stories and, reversal of heart disease and diabetes, but also migraines, asthma, fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases.

Armed with knowledge and conviction, Joel has become one of the leading medical doctors of our day that primarily treats his patients with food. And with that simple treatment paradigm, he enjoys better than a 90% success rate in reversing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Since it's hard to make a living when all of your patients learn to take charge of their own health, Joel has also relied on other sources of income. He has written many best-selling books including Eat to Live and Disease Proof Your Child, he conducts seminars, and he frequently appears on radio and television. To take a look at all of his books and videos, visit his website at www.drfuhrman.comPhoto Shirt BW.jpg

After meeting Joel in New York in 2005, I worked with him for several years on projects aimed at helping businesses lower the cost of health care through superior nutrition. In closing, Joel Fuhrman has made a big difference in my life and in the life of my son and co-writer -- and he is featured prominently in our upcoming book. From the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day…


—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at


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