New research to investigate the power of a high-nutrient diet

by Jerry Deutsch, President, Nutritional Research Project

The Nutritional Research Project and Joel Fuhrman, MD are teaming up with top researchers throughout the US to show that chronic disease can be prevented and reversed with the Eat to Live (nutritarian) lifestyle!

We want you to be among the first to know about this groundbreaking research. Rather than focusing on drugs as most researchers are doing, we are examining the power of a high nutrient density diet to reverse obesity, heart disease and cancer! 

These studies are supported by people like you who are interested in the benefits of a healthful lifestyle and want to be part of the solution to most, if not all, of our planetary problems.  The Nutritional Research Project of the National Health Association is the oldest health promoting 501(c)3 nonprofit in the United States, providing healthy lifestyle education and research for over 60 years!  We are thrilled to be working with Dr. Fuhrman to pursue his and your research interests.

The Vitamix Company has given us a wonderful challenge.  Donate today and you will be have a chance to win a reconditioned Vitamix.  These come with the full Vitamix 7 year guarantee.  Every $10 you donate gets you one entry ($100 = 10 entries).  Vitamix will be giving away one vitamix for every $1000 in donations to the NRP through December 31, 2011.   Click here to donate. 


The day after this year's Immersion in Princeton, N.J., Dr. Fuhrman came to North Carolina to meet with researchers from The University of North Carolina and the Director of the Nutrition Research Institute (founded by David Murdoch and located in Kannapolis, North Carolina).  Dr. Fuhrman, the NRP and the NRI have agreed to collaborate on a 2-year obesity study, to discover how successful his high nutrient diet will be when taught to overweight subjects. Although most diets will produce weight loss initially, weight loss is typically not sustained beyond about 6 months.  If we can demonstrate 2 years of statistically significant results we should be on CNN and in the NY Times and Wall Street Journal! 

Please help us bring this study to the next level with a small (or large) donation. Every donation of any size will help.

DHA Study

Our DHA study has received approval from the University of San Diego Institutional Review Board and we will begin recruiting subjects soon.  We are determining blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) in vegans and examining associations with dietary intake.  Perhaps you can help us get the word out?  We need at least 250 subjects who have been vegan for at least 3 years and have not supplemented with DHA during the last 3 years. 

To learn more, read a summary of the study and sign up for email updates. Please support this study with a small (or large) donation


Our Cardiovascular study will be in conjunction with the University of Colorado.  Dr. Fuhrman will be working with cardiologists at the University hospital.  Dr. Fuhrman's nutritional protocol will be utilized with serious cardiac patients.  This study will show that his nutritional intervention can reverse heart disease and is more effective than surgery! 

Please help us bring this study to the next level with a small (or large) donation. Every donation of any size will help.


Dr. Fuhrman has made a loud and clear call for cancer prevention.  We all know someone that has been afflicted with cancer, so awareness is not the problem.  We need a solution now.  The NRP will soon begin a study to support women to avoid breast cancer and live cancer free.  As the national averages are well known, we plan to show that women who follow the ETL lifestyle are far less likely get breast cancer and women already diagnosed with cancer will dramatically enhance their longevity. 

Please help us establish this study and other studies mentioned above with a tax deductible donation.  Your donation of any size will help Dr. Fuhrman and the NRP implement the scientific research to have a huge impact on the world.

Please donate whatever amount you can.  We really appreciate your tax deductible contribution! Remember to donate today and you will have a chance to win a reconditioned Vitamix.  These come with the full Vitamix 7 year guarantee.  Every $10 you donate gets you one entry ($100 = 10 entries).  Vitamix will be giving away one Vitamix for every $1000 in donations to the NRP through December 31, 2011. 

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Fred Macciocchi - December 16, 2011 6:10 PM

Started following the Eat to Live guidelines on Oct 1, 2011.
I've lost 30 lbs in 11 weeks and feel great. My starting weight was 210 lbs and current weight is 180 lbs. I want to stop taking Lipitor and will find out if the lifestyle change will allow that. The book says you may see a 30% drop in Cholesterol levels.
My wife is following the Eat to Live guidelines and went from 134 lbs to 114 lbs. in the same 11 weeks.
I wish I could convince more people to try eating healthy things but most are hooked on bad diets they learned from their parents just as I did.

Linda - December 18, 2011 9:26 AM

Fred, congratulations on learning to eat for your very best health possible! Because Dr. Fuhrman's recommendations are all based on scientific principles, rather than an agenda, you can trust his advice...and also trust in the expected results.

Dr. Fuhrman is hosting a Six-Week Holiday Challenge on his website,; he's offering a free six-week membership to the site, for people who promise to follow the Challenge guidelines (which are less stringent than ETL's aggressive weight loss protocol, so it would be simple for you to agree to the minimum guidelines). I would highly recommend that you 'test the waters' as a temporary member of Dr. Fuhrman's site; not only are you granted access to hundreds of approved recipes, dozens of newsletters and hours of teleconferences, but you also gain access to an online community of fellow ETLers, including being able to browse the Ask the Doctor forum (so you could look for his advice to people wanting to get off Lipitor, etc). Once the Challenge promotion ends, I think you'll agree with me that being a member of Dr. Fuhrman's website is a very good value; I've been a member now for almost two years.

Have a wonderful (and HEALTHY!) Christmas, and congratulations again on your fantastic health-turnaround in the making.

Mike Springer - December 19, 2011 10:46 PM

Congratulations,Fred,on your lifestyle change and your success so far. I urge you to get a copy of Dr.Fuhrmans book titled Cholesterol Protection For Life. If you truly want to get off the Lipitor and get your blood levels down you must get this book! I'm hoping that you have not had any heart problems yet and you can get your levels in the safe zone quickly.

In my case, I got the book AFTER I had heart problems from very high cholesterol. I was out of control. My diet consisted of horrible fast food, and I was doing nothing to stay healthy.

The good news is I have been on Dr.Fuhrmans nutritarian program since I got his book in my hands. I could not work for a week after leaving the hospital so I was scouring the web for any and all information on reversing heart disease. I was fortunate to find Dr.Fuhrmans website, read the information there, and immediately ordered the book mentioned above. In 6 weeks time I lost 40 pounds. Three months later my regular routine blood work was completed. To my amazement my LDL fell to 68 and my total cholesterol fell to 134! I continue on Dr.Fuhrmans nutritarian diet. 5 years have passed and my levels stay right where they were. My cardiologist, who I see once a year for my checkup, is always amazed when he sees my blood work numbers. He always tells me,"I don't know what you are doing but keep it up." He also says that if more people did what I did it would put him out of business. I tell him I will never go back to that poor American fast food fat loaded diet.

So once again congratulations. I trust you'll get Dr.Fuhrmans book. Always remember what I stated here. Get your blood levels down in the safe range that Dr.Fuhrman will teach you in his book, get your weight down, and enjoy the rest of your life knowing you will not have heart problems that could end your life prematurely. Have a great healthy Christmas and a wonderful healthy New Year.

Gary Robbins - December 19, 2011 11:56 PM

While I was pleased to hear about the upcoming research on the High Nutrient Diet recommended by Dr Fuhrman,I am concerned about the absence of research neutrality you have displayed before even initiating the study. Statements like " are teaming up with top researchers throughout the U.S. to show that chronic disease can be prevented and reversed with the Eat to Live (nutritarian) lifestyle!" wind up subverting the study results when they come out. I speak from experience. The statement would be less damaging to the study's credibility if it read as follows: " are teaming up with top researchers throughout the U.S. to investigate whether or not chronic disease can be prevented and reversed with the Eat to Live (nutritarian) lifestyle!" This may seem like a small point but not following it can bite you in the butt later.

Patricia - December 20, 2011 1:17 PM

I second what Gary said - I, too, was struck immediately by the unprofessional/unscientific way that these studies were described. There may be future implications, as Gary mentioned, but perhaps also present ones - personally, I would never donate money to support a study described as such.

Jerry Deutsch - December 21, 2011 11:42 AM

Dear Gary and Patricia,

We could not agree more with your desire that these studies be unbiased and impeccable. That is why we are teaming up with highly respected researchers to do this important work!
These major research centers are independent and will publish the results of the trials whether or not the results are favorable to the intervention being studied.

On the other hand, we feel that our fund raising efforts to raise money to support these studies from our community of nutritarians requires a different approach. Nutritarians are already biased from the amazing results they have seen in themselves, their families and friends. For them this research (we expect) will validate their efforts and that is why we are asking you to support these studies in any way possible.

Our existence and mission as a project of the National Health Association is, and always will be, the promotion of healthy living and the scientific support for such. There are already thousands of supportive studies that make our aggressive stance scientifically supported.

Eric Stein - December 25, 2011 3:49 AM

I want to add my voice to the previous remarks about the unfortunate choice of language in your publicity for this research. To begin with, it gives the impression that you don't comprehend the scientific method. That is not the way to seek financial support for your project!

Secondly, by using language that announces the results of research you have not yet conducted, you leave yourself open to charges of bias. The credibility of your results will be undermined.

Please take seriously the concerns that readers are voicing about the language that you are using. We are your friends and supporters. The purpose of research is to add to our knowledge--NOT to validate anyone's biases, including our own.

My sense is that Dr. Fuhrman is a physician who sincerely believes in the value of valid research-based evidence. I think it is a disservice to Dr. Fuhrman--and out-of-sync with his values--to continue using such careless language in describing the intent of his research.

Daisy - February 23, 2012 2:34 AM

This might be a random question but I did not know where else to ask it. How about Lou Gherig's disease. Can a nutritarian diet help or cure it? No one seems to believe it can be cured. Does Dr. Fuhrman have any experience with it? :(

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