Notable people in the field of healthy whole food plant based eating

There are others, but some of the main medical researchers and leaders in thinking with regard to new understandings of healthy eating are the following:


T. Colin Campbell 

T. Colin Campbell is an American biochemist who specializes in the effect of nutrition on long-term health. He is also a Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University.

The China Study: Campbell was one of the lead scientists in the 1980s of the China-Oxford–Cornell study on diet and disease, set up in 1983 by Cornell University, the University of Oxford, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine to explore the relationship between nutrition and cancer, heart and metabolic diseases. The study was described by The New York Times as "the Grand Prix of epidemiology”.

Campbell has followed a 99 percent whole foods plant-based diet since around 1990, however, he does not identify himself as a vegetarian or vegan because, he said, "they often infer something other than what I espouse." He also says, "We should not be relying on the idea that genes are determinants of our health. We should not be relying on the idea that nutrient supplementation is the way to get nutrition, because it’s not. I’m talking about whole, plant-based foods."


Caldwell Esselstyn

From Wikipedia: Caldwell Blakeman Esselstyn Jr. (born December 12, 1933) is an American surgeon and former Olympic rowing champion. He is a "leading proponent" in the field of "plant-based diets" and starred in the 2011 American documentary, Forks Over Knives. 

Caldwell Esselstyn's book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (2007), influenced former U.S. President Bill Clinton.


Neal D. Barnard 

From Wikipedia: Neal D. Barnard is an American physician, author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), an international network of physicians, scientists, and laypeople who promote preventive medicine, conduct clinical research, and promote higher standards in research. An advocate of a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet, he has also conducted research into alternatives to animal experimentation and has been active in the animal protection movement.

In 1991, Barnard founded The Cancer Project, originally as a PCRM program. It became an independently incorporated organization in 2004, with Barnard as president, aiming to educate the public on diet’s role in cancer prevention and survival by providing nutrition and cooking classes for cancer patients throughout the U.S.


John A. McDougall 

John A. McDougall is an American Irish physician and author whose philosophy is that degenerative disease can be prevented and treated with a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet – especially one based on starches such as potatoes, rice, and corn – which excludes all animal foods and added vegetable oils.

McDougall himself suffered a massive stroke at age 18, and since the mid-1970s, he has followed mostly a vegan diet after observing that his elderly patients from the Far East, who lived mainly on rice and vegetables, were trim and healthy compared to their offspring tempted by an American diet. 


Joel Fuhrman 

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. (born December 2, 1953), is an American family physician who specializes in nutrition-based treatments for obesity and chronic disease. He is on the medical staff of Hunterdon Medical Center and also serves as Director of Research for the Nutritional Research Foundation. He has written some useful publications, including:

Fasting & Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease (paperback) - ISBN 0-312-18719-X, Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (April 15, 1998)

Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss (paperback) - ISBN 0-316-73550-7, (Little Brown & Company; 1st edition January 15, 2003)

We’ll add many more resources in coming months.