T. Colin Campbell, PhDMain Interviews
T. Colin Campbell, PhD
For more than 40 years, Dr. Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, the China Project, is considered the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University and project director of the acclaimed China-Oxford-Cornell Diet and Health Project. The study was the culmination of a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Campbell received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Cornell and served as a research associate at MIT. He spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition before returning to the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell in 1975, where he presently holds his endowed chair (now emeritus).
Since his graduate training in the late 1950s, his principal scientific interests have been in the effects of nutritional status on long-term health, particularly on the cause of cancer. He has conducted original research in both laboratory experiments and large-scale human studies, has received more than 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding, mostly from the National Institutes of Health, and has served on grant review panels of multiple funding agencies. Dr. Campbell has lectured extensively and has authored more than 300 research papers. He and his son, Thomas M. Campbell II, are authors of the bestselling book, The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health.
Dr. Campbell is the recipient of several awards, both in research and citizenship, and has actively participated in the development of national and international nutrition policy.
Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MDMain Interviews
Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD
Dr. Esselstyn received his B.A. from Yale University and his MD from Western Reserve University. In 1956, pulling the number-six oar as a member of the victorious United States rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Games. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George’s Hospital in London. In 1968, as an army surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. During that time, he has served as president of the staff and as a member of the board of governors. He chaired the clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its section of thyroid and parathyroid surgery.
In 1991, Dr. Esselstyn served as president of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. That same year he organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease, which was held in Tucson, Arizona. In 1997, he chaired a follow-up conference, the Summit on Cholesterol and Coronary Disease, which brought together more than 500 physicians and health-care workers in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In April 2005, Dr. Esselstyn became the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine. He also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association in 2009.
His scientific publications number more than 150. “The Best Doctors in America: 1994−1995,” published by Woodward and White, cites Dr. Esselstyn’s surgical expertise in the categories of endocrine and breast disease. In 1995 he published his benchmark long-term nutritional research on arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients. That same study was updated at 12 years, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type. It is most compelling, as no compliant patients have sustained disease progression. Today, 20 years later, compliant patients continue to thrive.
Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have followed a plant-based diet for more than 20 years. They work together to counsel patients both in Cleveland, where they live, and in upstate New York during the summer, at the farm where Dr. Esselstyn grew up. Dr. Esselstyn concentrates on the medical details, and Ann focuses on healthy foods and how to prepare them.
Neal Barnard, MDProfessional Appearances
Neal Barnard, MD
Dr. Barnard is adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and founder and president of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. He is the author of Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes and other books.
Junshi Chen, PhDProfessional Appearances
Junshi Chen, PhD
Dr. Chen is a senior research professor at the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing.
Connie B. Diekman, MEd, RD, FADAProfessional Appearances
Connie B. Diekman, MEd, RD, FADA
Connie is director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and former president of the American Dietetic Association.
David Klurfeld, PhDProfessional Appearances
David Klurfeld, PhD
Dr. Klurfeld is national program leader, human nutrition for the United States Department of Agriculture.
Matthew Lederman, MD, and Alona Pulde, MDProfessional Appearances
Matthew Lederman, MD, and Alona Pulde, MD
Drs. Lederman and Pulde are physicians and founders of Exsalus Health and Wellness Center in Los Angeles, California. They are co-authors of Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole: Your Guide to Optimum Health.
Doug Lisle, PhDProfessional Appearances
Doug Lisle, PhD
Dr. Lisle is a psychologist and director of research at the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California. He is co-author of The Pleasure Trap.
Terry Mason, MDProfessional Appearances
Terry Mason, MD
Dr. Mason serves as commissioner for the Department of Public Health in Chicago, Illinois.
John McDougall, MDProfessional Appearances
John McDougall, MD
Dr. McDougall is an internal medicine physician and founder of Dr. McDougall’s Health and Medical Center in Santa Rosa, California. He has authored The McDougall Plan and numerous other books.
Pam Popper, NDProfessional Appearances
Pam Popper, ND
Pam is founder and executive director of the Wellness Forum in Columbus, Ohio.
Joey AucoinAlso Featuring
A landscaping company owner, Joey was diagnosed in 2006 with dangerously high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Joey is a patient of Drs. Matthew Lederman and Alona Pulde.
Gene BaurAlso Featuring
Gene is founder of Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York, a shelter for abandoned and abused farm animals. He is the author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food.
Mac DanzigAlso Featuring
A mixed martial artist, Mac has held several world titles. In 2007 he won on the competition reality program The Ultimate Fighter 6 on SpikeTV.
Rip EsselstynAlso Featuring
Son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Rip was a collegiate All-American swimmer. After competing professionally in triathlons for 10 years, Rip joined the Austin Fire Department in 1997. Several years later, he spearheaded a stationwide dietary revolution after discovering dangerously high cholesterol levels in a firefighter comrade, resulting in markedly improved health for all. Rip is author of The Engine 2 Diet.
Ruth HeidrichAlso Featuring
Ruth is a six-time Ironman Triathlon finisher who has won more than 900 medals in races around the world, including more than 60 marathons. Now in her 70s, Ruth was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 40s, which she reversed through a plant-based diet.