Episode 02 of the Plant Proof podcast with Dr Michelle McMacken
The second episode of the Plant Proof podcast features none other than Dr Michelle McMacken, one of the leading Doctor’s across the globe implementing plant based nutrition into her clinical practice. If you are interested in the health of your body and your friends/families this is an absolute MUST LISTEN…certainly some real ‘Holy Tempehball’ moments.
Who is Dr Michelle McMacken?
Michelle is a board-certified internal medicine physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. An honors graduate of Yale University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she practices primary care internal medicine, directs a weight management program, and teaches doctors-in-training at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. In 2014, Dr. McMacken received an NYU fellowship grant to develop an evidence-based nutrition curriculum for her physician colleagues, and she is committed to educating patients, doctors, and the public about the power of healthful eating for disease prevention and reversal. Dr. McMacken has received the faculty ‘Teacher of the Year’ award three times and has been featured on the Rich Roll Podcast, ForksOverKnives.com, Sirius Doctor Radio, and MindBodyGreen.com, as well as in several documentary films including What The Health, From the Ground Up, and Code Blue.
Summary of the main topics discussed in this Plant Proof podcast:
- Why a whole food plant based/vegan diet is no doubt the healthiest diet and practically what kind of foods this means
- What Medical Students need to be taught
- Specific information on when Chronic Diseases typically start
- Information on Diabetes
- Coronary artery disease
- Keto Vs Plant Based discussion
- Fruit Juice vs Whole Fruit
- Processed Oils
Additional information and resources:
Couple of additional points to add to this podcast which Michelle and I discussed afterwards and thought we should clarify (will make more sense once you have listened to it in entirety)
- Not only do we lack long-term studies on keto/ketogenic diets, but the studies we do have look only at intermediate outcomes (eg blood markers) not hard clinical endpoints (rates of CV events, cancer, diabetes etc)
- Regarding iodine – as you know, the ‘therapeutic window’ is relatively narrow. Too little is bad, and too much is also bad. The best reference for more information on Iodine and a vegan diet is the ‘becoming vegan‘ website, which goes through our daily requirements (about 150mcg/day)
Below are some resources that Michelle mentioned or highly recommends for anyone seeking further information.
Evidence-based resources to learn about a healthful plant-based diet
- Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
- Forks Over Knives
- Becoming Vegan, Comprehensive Edition, Brenda Davis RD, Vesanto Melina MS, RD (website has good summary of nutrients to consider)
- Vegan for Life, Jack Norris RD, Virginia Messina MPH, RD
- The Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, Julieanna Hever MS, RD, Raymond Cronise
Finding a plant-based doctor
- Plant-Based Diets: A Physician’s Guide, Julieanna Hever, MS, RD
- Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Vegetarian Diets
- Cardio-Metabolic Benefits of Plant-Based Diets, Kahleova H et al