The Consequences Tied to Eating Processed Meat and Dairy Products to You and the Animals who Produce it


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In this episode of the Jennifer Zee Plant-based and Happy Podcast, I had the privilege to chat with Dr. Neal Barnard. I have been following Dr. Barnard's work for quite some time and had the opportunity to attend one of his talks with the Physicians Committee in November in my hometown Toronto, Canada and knew that I had to have him on the podcast.

Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 80 scientific publications and 20 books for medical and lay readers.

As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He has hosted four PBS television programs on nutrition and health, and is the editor in chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians,a textbook made available to all U.S. medical students. His research contributed to the acceptance of plant-based diets in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In 2016, he founded the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, DC, as a model for making nutrition a routine part of all medical care.

Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Barnard received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.

In this episode Dr. Barnard and I chat about:
➤ His work to develop higher ethical standards in medical research.
➤ The psychological consequences when using animals for research.
➤ How to deepen your compassion for all living creatures and the positive effects that this produces.
➤ What cows really go through to produce dairy products.
➤ Why cheese is so hard to give up.
➤ The connection between certain types of cancers and processed meats.
➤ Are grass-fed and/or lean meats better for you?
➤ What to cut out of your life right now for optimal health benefits.


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