The Doctors Show Neal Barnard PCRM Vegan

“The Doctors”, an Emmy Award-winning, one-hour daytime talk show aired an episode on October 26, 2011 that featured a segment discussing whether vegans or meat-eaters are healthier.

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WATCH: Vegans vs. Meat Eaters on The Doctors Show

The Doctors Show Neal Barnard PCRM Vegan

The Doctors”, an Emmy Award-winning, one-hour daytime talk show aired an episode on October 26, 2011 that featured a segment discussing whether vegans or meat-eaters are healthier.

The episode featured sisters Kelly (a vegan) and Kaitlin (a meat eater) who are in a constant battle over which one’s diet is healthier.

President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr. Neal Barnard, (who is a vegan) was brought in to discuss the benefits of a plant based diet. He pointed out that people who go vegan tend to lose weight without cutting calories or reducing carbohydrates. ”A plant-based diet can actually unclog arteries and reverse heart disease and diabetes, as well,” said Dr. Barnard.

He also discussed studies comparing the affect of different diets on people’s health and showed charts that depicted how vegans have a lower body-mass index and show a lesser frequency of type 2 diabetes as compared to meat eaters.

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12 comments on “WATCH: Vegans vs. Meat Eaters on The Doctors Show”

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sandi
4 Years Ago

Doctors are rude and Dr. Neal is smarter you can tell


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Fitriyah
5 Years Ago

It may not have been intended that way, but smtteaents like “I just think that unhealthy vegans do not help animals.” do hurt those of us who are unhealthy for whatever reason. The author should choose her words more carefully and not insult large groups of people because we don't fit her ideal of what vegan ambassadors should be. And, again, I think that is still a nasty thing to say even to those vegans who do eat junk food and get sick. Are we really supposed to say that only health food vegans make a positive difference? I think we'll have a lot fewer vegans if we tell people, Oh, you can't be a junk food vegan because that hurts animals, too! Either eat perfectly or don't bother. Why not we just teach people that yes, you can be as healthy or healthier as a vegan, but yes you can be unhealthy instead of trying to hide the fact by putting everyone on a perfect diet. If people care about the animals, they don't need promises of miraculous health. And if they're just doing it for the health, they are not going to be consistent vegans and they are probably going to be disappointed. There's a lot of judgment in the post above. That sentence is just one bit. I do eat very well because I don't want to get sicker with other problems. That would just be too much to handle. But, I'm not about to judge someone if they believe that eating the way they do is worth a few years of their life or a 5% greater risk of this or that or whatever. There's more to life than how long you life or healthy you are. People get a lot of enjoyment out of what they eat and, heck, vegan cupcakes have done a lot for convincing people that veganism isn't martyrdom. Adults can choose for themselves what to eat and so long as they are eating vegan, I do think it is a personal decision.


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Louise
5 Years Ago

Many wonderful points. I am so unimpressed by the nutritional knowledge of "The Doctors." The evidence is in, and they choose to ignore it and give bad advice to their audience. Bravo to Dr. Barnard for going on this show, I would have lost my cool!!


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vegan websites
5 Years Ago

my life is wonderful as a vegan works for me


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Kristin
5 Years Ago

Kelly, looks absolutely heart broken as soon as what's-his-face cuts off Dr. Barnard and says "Here's my conclusion..." and Jillian Michaels needs to have more faith in people than to assume they just won't be able to figure it out! Also as much as I love Dr. Barnard, he wasn't really putting up the best argument from a dietetic stand point. As a nutrition student, I hate when MD's fight with each other over this when very of them have even had quality nutritional training. Most get a couple lectures of it and that's it, whereas a RD has to earn a degree and pass a licensing exam. Let dietitians fight dietitians, because what I've found out from most of my lectures, is that a high percent of my peers and professors agree that a vegan diet is extremely healthy, key point: if done properly.


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veganlinda
5 Years Ago

Dr. Barnard never ceases to impress me. He is always respectful and level-headed. I've had three wonderful vegan pregnancies and two unassisted homebirths. I took B12, but really didn't need to do anything different supplement-wise. Most pregnant women I know take a prenatal vitamin. Not sure where she was getting her info. I totally agree with Dr, Barnard about anemia and milk. When I was a kid and starting out veg, I was always anemic. I went vegan over 17 years ago and have never had any issues with anemia since.


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Erin @EatPlantsandRun
5 Years Ago

This was a frustrating segment. Everyone seemed incredibly defensive and snappy except for Dr. Barnard. And should we really be taking health advice from Jillian Michaels, someone who promotes diet supplements and products and has put numerous people through arduous, and unnatural, weight loss-focused plans on The Biggest Loser? What, may I ask, is "ethical fish" anyway?? Truth is truth, and some people just can't seem to handle it.


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@aliadeta
5 Years Ago

Anyone else notice how they kept interrupting Dr. Barnard?


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Erin @EatPlantsandRun
27 Oct 2011

Yes!! So disrespectful to have a guest and do that.

Sara
27 Oct 2011

Yes, I noticed! Typical defensive response from carnists.



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