John A. McDougall
John A. McDougall
|Born||May 27, 1947|
|Education||Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (M.D.)|
|Known for||Advocacy of a low-fat, whole-food vegan diet as preventing degenerative diseases|
John A. McDougall (born May 17, 1947) is an American physician and author who is the co-founder, chairman, and sole board member of San Francisco–based Dr. McDougall's Right Foods Inc. He has written a number of diet books advocating the consumption of low-fat, starchy food.
Early years education and career
McDougall is a graduate of Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. He performed his internship at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1972 and his medical residency at the University of Hawaii. He is certified as an internist by the Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Between 1973 and 1976, McDougall worked as a physician at the Hamakua Sugar Plantation on Hawaii Island. Between 1986 and 2002, he launched a vegetarian dietary program at St. Helena Hospital in the Napa Valley, California. Between 1999 and 2001, he ran a dietary program for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Diet programs and products
In 2002, McDougall began the McDougall Program at the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, California. The McDougall Program is a 10-day residential treatment program based in Santa Rosa, California, which features a low-fat, starch-based diet.
McDougall is the co-founder, chairman, and sole board member of San Francisco based Dr. McDougall's Right Foods Inc., which produces dried and packaged soups, manufactured for it by the SF Spice Co. He is also a member of the advisory board of the animal-activist group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) In 2016, McDougall was one of four named plaintiffs in a lawsuit by the PCRM alleging improper industry influence on establishing cholesterol recommendations.
McDougall opposes conventional cancer treatment. He has promoted his diet as an alternative treatment for a number of chronic disorders, including arthritis, atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, hypertension and osteoporosis. The McDougall diet is low in fat, high in fiber and contains no cholesterol. The diet is based on a variety of starches such as rice, potatoes, corn, breads and pasta.
His eponymous 1983 diet book, The McDougall Plan, has been described as a fad diet by medical experts. With possible disadvantages including a boring food choice, flatulence and the risk of feeling hungry. Reviewing McDougall's book, The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss, nutritionist Fredrick J. Stare and epidemiologist Elizabeth Whelan criticized its restrictive regime and "poor advice", concluding that the diet's concepts were "extreme and out of keeping with nutritional reality".
Nutritionist Kurt Butler has criticized McDougall for making extremist diet recommendations. He noted that McDougall does back up his claims with studies from medical journals but his interpretations are often at odds with the authors of the studies he cites. Butler commented that "McDougall's followers risk deficiencies in protein, phosphorus, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin B₁₂ and perhaps other nutrients. Children on the diet are especially at risk for calorie deficiency, which can have disastrous consequences."
- McDougall, John; McDougall, Mary (June 4, 2013). The starch solution. Book Pub Co. ISBN 9781570671845. OL 16361276W.
- McDougall, John (2006). Dr. McDougall's digestive tune-up. New Century Publishers. ISBN 9780832904073. OL 1939852W.
- McDougall, John (August 1, 1991). The McDougall program: 12 days to dynamic health. Penguin. ISBN 9781101645116. OL 1939857W.
- McDougall, John; McDougall, Mary (April 1, 1995). The McDougall program for maximum weight loss. Penguin. ISBN 9781101645123.
- McDougall, John; McDougall, Mary (January 1, 1997). The new McDougall cookbook. Plume. ISBN 9780452274655. OL 1939856W.
- McDougall, John; McDougall, Mary. The McDougall quick & easy cookbook. Penguin. ISBN 9781101119174. OL 1939855W.
- Gene Stone, ed. (June 28, 2011). Forks over knives: the plant-based way to health. Workman Publishing. pp. 52–3. ISBN 9781615191468.
- "Dr. McDougall, why do you act that way?". 8 (4). The McDougall Newsletter. April 2009. Cite journal requires
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- Sunny Aslam (November 28, 2001). "Vegetarian diet on solid ground, experts say". USA Today.
- Tayna, Lewis. "A lawsuit claims government guidelines on cholesterol were tainted by the egg industry". Business Insider. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
- "The Physicians Committee sues USDA and DHHS, exposing industry corruption in dietary guidelines decision on cholesterol". Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. January 6, 2016. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
- Butler, Kurt. (1992). A Consumer's Guide to "Alternative Medicine": A Close Look at Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Faith-healing, and Other Unconventional Treatments. Prometheus Books. pp. 24-27. ISBN 0-87975-733-7
- Lubkin, Ilene Morof. (1998). Chronic Illness: Impact and Interventions. Jones and Bartlett. p. 415
- Singh, Simon; Ernst, Edzard. (2008). Trick Or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine. W. W. Norton. p. 295. ISBN 978-0-393-06661-6
- Stare FJ, Whelan EM (1998). "Book review:The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss by John A. McDougall M.D.". Fad-Free Nutrition. Hunter House. pp. 202–203. ISBN 9780897932363.
- Alters S, Schiff W (February 22, 2012). Chapter 10: body weight and its management. Essential concepts for healthy living (Sixth ed.). Jones & Bartlett Publishers. p. 327. ISBN 978-1-4496-3062-1.
- Peterson, Diane (May 31, 2012). "John McDougall a true believer". The Press Democrat.
- Bijlefeld M, Zoumbaris SK (2015). "McDougall Program". Encyclopedia of diet fads: understanding science and society (2nd ed.). Greenwood. pp. 131–133. ISBN 978-1-61069-760-6.
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