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Starch-Based Solutions for Optimal Health with Dr. John McDougall

Plant-Based Nutrition, Debunking Dietary Myths, and Transforming Lives Through a Whole-Food, Starch-Centered Diet

Dear Listener,

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the renowned Dr. John McDougall – author of The Starch Solution, creator of the McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss, and a pioneer in the field of plant-based nutrition. Dr. McDougall has been advocating for a starch-based diet for over four decades, drawing from his extensive experience as a sugar plantation doctor in Hawaii and his own personal health journey.

We discussed the alarming rise of obesity and chronic diseases in the United States. A staggering 72% of Americans are now overweight or obese, and Dr. McDougall thinks that number may be an underestimate. He shared his perspective on the root cause of this epidemic: the shift from traditional, starch-based diets to those high in animal products and processed foods.

Our conversation examines the idea of a diet centered around starches like rice, corn, and potatoes, complemented by fruits and vegetables.

I have spent many years of my long life following the McDougall program, with good results, although my current diet has evolved to include some lean meat and animal proteins, as well as healthy fats. You’ll have to listen to hear his answers when I pressed him on the potential for protein and calcium deficiencies following his program.

We also touch on the environmental and ethical implications of our food choices, with Dr. McDougall sharing his journey towards understanding the impact of animal agriculture on both animal welfare and the planet.

Between the two of us, Dr. McDougall and I share over 150 of experience. Hopefully this gives us something meaningful to say about these issues.

Golden light,

Dr. Richard Louis Miller


Listen to Learn

  • The rise of obesity and chronic diseases in the United States and their connection to the Western diet

  • The power of a starch-based, whole-food, plant-based diet in promoting optimal health and weight management

  • Dispelling the myths surrounding protein and calcium deficiencies in plant-based diets

  • The environmental and ethical implications of our food choices, particularly regarding animal agriculture

  • Dr. McDougall's personal health journey and his experience as a sugar plantation doctor in Hawaii

  • The concept of geoengineering as a potential solution to the climate crisis

  • The importance of educating children and families about healthy eating habits

  • The role of the food industry in shaping public perception and influencing dietary choices

  • Practical tips for transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle and overcoming common challenges

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Dr. Richard Louis Miller is an American Clinical Psychologist, Founder of Wilbur Hot Springs Health Sanctuary, and broadcaster who hosts the Mind Body Health & Politics talk radio program from Mendocino County, California. Dr. Miller was also Founder and chief clinician of the nationally acclaimed, pioneering, Cokenders Alcohol and Drug Program. Dr. Miller’s new book, Psychedelic Medicine, is based on his interviews with the most acclaimed experts on the topic. Mind Body Health & Politics radio broadcast is known for its wide ranging discussions on political issues and health. The program’s format includes guest interviews with prominent national authorities, scientists, best-selling authors, and listener call-ins. The programs offer a forum and soundboard for listeners to interact with the show and its guests. We invite you to listen to the latest broadcasts below or visit our many archived programs. We’d love to hear from you on political and health issues!