Dr. Neal Barnard

  • Plant-Based Diet
  • February 2020

Neal Barnard, M.D. is a leader in nutrition and research. As an adjunct associate professor of medicine at The George Washington University and a researcher funded by the National Institutes of Health, he has led key research studies to improve the health of people with diabetes, obesity, lipid disorders, and other serious health problems. His latest book is the popular Power Foods for the Brain.

He is the editor-in-chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians and the author of more than 15 books on nutrition and health for lay readers. His research has been cited by the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association in official policy statements on healthful diets.

He completed medical school and residency at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. In 1985, he founded the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nationwide group of physicians and lay supporters that promotes preventive medicine and addresses controversies in modern medicine.

Cruising into Health

You are embarking on the most enjoyable vacation imaginable. Yes, it is a vacation in the sense of sun, leisure and exotic locales, but it’s also much more. It is a vacation from old habits and old foods and the beginning of a whole new way of thinking about yourself and your health.

This week promises a wonderful opportunity to understand the hows and whys of healthy eating – while someone else does all the cooking – in the company of others who came to share the journey. Many people live their entire lives without eating the foods that truly promote good health. Deluged with conflicting messages about diet and health, they never receive straight answers to their questions. Here’s your chance to get it all cleared up. The faculty – diverse, knowledgeable and experienced – will also cover the other keys to health: physical activity, stress reduction, meditation and more.

Let me encourage you to take the adventure for all it is worth. Some concepts and some tastes may be new to you. Experiment and enjoy them. Many come from centuries-old traditions, reinforced by the latest science. If you’ve always wanted to get on a healthier path, it couldn’t be easier – you’re cruising right into it.

  • March 2019

Power Foods for the Brain: Nutrients, Diets, and Lifestyle to Enhance Memory and Cognition

Five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and many more fear that it may be in their future. Milder forms of memory loss can be frustrating, too, ranging from momentary lapses to more persistent cognitive impairments. Luckily, large studies at major research centers have shown that foods can help defeat threats to memory. Diets high in “bad fats” (saturated fats and trans fats) and overloaded with iron and copper increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, while certain antioxidants reduce risk. Aerobic exercise helps, too, and has even been shown to reverse age-related brain atrophy. Cognitive exercises and getting regular rest and sleep can boost memory, reasoning, and reaction time. Even people who are at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease may benefit from diet and lifestyle changes. Many of the findings discussed in this lecture are based on Dr. Barnard’s new book, Power Foods for the Brain, which presents results of scientific studies and builds them into simple steps for improving the health of your body and mind.

  • March 2019

Mediterranean vs Vegan: Which Is Better?

With so many diets promising health benefits, how are we to choose? Well, research studies have put them to the test, and we’ll sort out what they have found. In this session, we’ll zero in on Mediterranean diets and vegan diets—how they are alike, how they differ, and how to get the best of both worlds. Also, vegan diets have some benefits that Mediterranean diets lack. We’ll find out what they are.

  • March 2019

Cheese - How Breaking the Secret Addiction Can Revolutionize Your Health

Many people are on a never-ending quest for weight loss, and they are looking in all the wrong places—blaming sugar, carbs or a lack of exercise for their problems. All the while, the real problem was right under their noses. Cheese can cause a surprising list of health problems: obesity, high blood pressure, arthritis and even prostate cancer. In this lecture, we will explore why cheese causes these problems and why it can be so addicting. Most importantly, we will look at how to break free. There are healthy versions of cheese-lovers’ favorite foods—from pizza, macaroni and cheese, and lasagna to cheesecake—with loads of flavor and no regrets.

  • March 2019

An Intensive Plant-Based Diet for Diabetes Management

Diabetes is more prevalent than ever. For many individuals the diagnosis means endless doctor visits and frequent trips to the pharmacist. Recent research has shown, however, that diabetes can be controlled and even reversed with an easy-to-follow plant-based diet. By sticking to a few basic principles and making simple lifestyle adjustments, individuals can enjoy a surprising degree of control over diabetes.

  • March 2019