Interview with a Nutritarian: David

David was your typical, athletic American who thought he was relatively “healthy” . . . until he had his first heart-related incident before the age of sixty. Thankfully he heard Dr. Fuhrman on the radio, and today his health and energy have been restored. Welcome to Disease Proof David! 


What was your life like before discovering Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian eating-style?

At age 59, I’ve lived a good life; happily married, manager for a Plastics Company, and a daily runner for the past 30 years. I’m also a golfer and very active as my wife and I have three grown sons who keep us pretty busy! I lost my father to a massive heart attack when I was young so I’ve always been aware that my health was important. However, I felt fairly invincible since I exercised so much, and I thought I was eating pretty healthy. 

However, as a runner I knew I was getting out-of-shape, because it was getting harder for me to run each day. I was slowly gaining weight despite running six mile runs everyday. Then in September 2010, I had chest pains that led to the installation of a stent in my right coronary artery that was 100% blocked. Fortunately, the other two arteries were 100% clear, and I didn’t have a heart attack. This experience was a wake-up call, and I struggled for answers as to how this could have happened. Plus, I did not like all of the drugs I was suddenly required to take. 


How did you find out about Eat to Live?

In late January 2011, I was in the middle of a long drive home from a business meeting, and by sheer chance I heard Dr. Fuhrman on Sirius radio having a discussion on the NYC Docs show about nutrition. His message on eating high-nutrient foods hit me hard. When the show was over I immediately called my son in California, who is a vegetarian and nutritionally committed, and asked him about what I had just heard. He said that what Dr. Fuhrman was talking about was the same thing that he’d been trying to get his mother and me to listen to for years. When I got home I ordered the book. 


How do you feel now?

Today I’m 44 lbs lighter and still losing – which is about a 30% weight reduction so far! I now weigh what I did in high school, and I can run like the wind, which is basically effortlessly! My cholesterol numbers have nose dived, my angina is gone, my energy level is up, and I‘ve cut back on many drugs and expect to eliminate all of them shortly. I’ve discovered Dr. Fuhrman's predictions in Eat to Live to be totally true; and it’s only been five months! 


Do you have any success tip(s) to share with others?

  • Get the refined sugar out of your life, along with the Diet Coke.

  • Eat all of the vegetables, beans and fresh fruits that you want – don't worry about calories or counting things, except for the limited amounts of nuts and seeds.

  • Give this nutritional eating style a chance to take hold. The first few weeks are tough, but hang in there, because the results are worth it.  


In a nutshell, what has nutritarian eating done for you?

It’s given me a chance to help my body and has produced a lot of physical freedom. (The compliments on my weight reduction are pretty fun as well!) Plus, I now have new clothes to wear that were sitting around unused for a long time! More seriously, I don't worry about having a heart attack any longer. 

At 5’8” my weight has dropped from 190 to 145, and my goal was 165 lbs! 




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Congratulations David ~ keep up the great work!

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Betsy Derr - August 1, 2011 12:36 PM

That's awesome!

Cindy - August 1, 2011 12:45 PM

Fantastic for you, David! Emily, please keep these periodic interviews coming. They really are encouraging. Thanks.

Bill - August 1, 2011 2:06 PM

Dave- congratulations and yes, Dr. Fuhrman's advice is absolutely what God intended our bodies to become. You're living proof! It's great you're running effortlessly again and enjoying life to it's fullest. Your story will inspire many!!!! Tell everyone.
Blessings brother.

Gretchen - August 1, 2011 3:20 PM

I wished I could get my parents to listen to what I have been saying about nutrition. Good for you!

Theresa Anderson - August 1, 2011 4:35 PM

Your story drives home the never failing concept....
Eat to Live works!

It also shows that it's never too late to make a commitment.

Thank you for mentioning that you have all new clothes, enjoy compliments, etc, event though heart disease by far is the overriding issue. Folks need to realize the "lighter" side benefits also add to the overall quality of life.
Like Gretchen, I wish my family members outside of my home would follow my advice about nutrition also.

Kristi Link - August 1, 2011 5:46 PM

Wow! What an incredible, inspiring story!

mike crosby - August 1, 2011 6:26 PM

Fellow readers, if you're anything like me you must think, "Have I found the keys to paradise?".

This is so fascinating to me what happened to David. And according to Dr Esselstyn, not only will he not have another heart attack, he's now heart attack proof. I love it when Dr Esselstyn says that heart disease is nothing more than a paper tiger.

Congratulations David!

Annette Chambers - August 1, 2011 8:42 PM

Congratulations David! I began being serious with ETL in January of this year. After attending Dr. Fuhrman's Health Get-Away, I have been losing consistently every week. I hope to have another blood test soon and see the great numbers like you! Keep up the good work! YOU ARE AMAZING!

Dustin Rudolph - August 2, 2011 10:27 PM

I love hearing stories like David's. These testimonials always inspire me to keep on with my 100% plant-based diet.

Gotta love the before and after pics and the before and after cholesterol results. The proof is in the pudding!

LaurieInOklahoma - August 5, 2011 11:48 AM

I'm so glad you happened upon that radio program!! It is very fortunate that Dr. Fuhrman does so much to get the word out, now including his great PBS special, "3 Steps to Incredible Health".

Your son in California must be especially pleased, and I know you're thrilled with your health transformation. Congratulations!


Fibromyalgia and Faith - August 5, 2011 12:24 PM

That's so great. Good to see that David's feeling better and healthier!

Fran Drake - August 24, 2011 9:18 PM

OK, for all of those who have done this lifestyle change, does your skin sag due to the decrease in protein and the rapid weight loss? I saw pictures of Bill Clinton at Chelsea's wedding and he looked awful...his whole face was sagging.

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