Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dr. Fuhrman Segment on FOX5 News and GOMBS

This really isn't worth me talking about until you have seen the segment, so here it is:



This is definitely the first I have heard of Dr. Fuhrman's very specific "GOMBS" list, but hey, there's a first time for everything. And if it assists people in remembering what foods are best to eat, I'm all for it.

As for the idiotic things that the newscasters say after the interviews with the two doctors, all I can say is that media can be disturbing. Without knowing anything about Eat to Live, these public figures say a lot of extraordinarily stupid, uneducated things about it. Like Dr. Fuhrman really just wants you to eat his recipes and purchase his cookbooks? Has anyone out there ever felt this way? Who cares what recipes you use as long as you are consuming the most nutrient dense foods. Oh vey . . .

Thoughts? Reactions?

20 comments:

kitchenrecovery said...

Marilu Henner helped make that up for him, I think. I don't know why they changed the B in GOMBS to berries instead of beans?
I agree, they missed the boat when they brought up that you have to use his recipes and cookbooks!

Leslie R. said...

I checked Eat To Live out from the library and have yet to pay for anything associated with it. Just by reading and using general advice, I stuck to my budget (and my goals!) and lost 30 pounds, improving many aspects of my health at the same type (as verified by my doctor after I used nutrition to help address a possibly pre-cancerous condition). That news report seems a little sensationalist- hopefully people will make it past the drama to see how good they feel when they incorporate even a little bit of nutritarian living into their lives.

Mama Pea said...

Ugh, the voiceover is killing me. No one is saying a sip of a smoothie is going to keep cancer from reoccurring. Obviously it's not that simple. I think the tone of this whole report is so condescending it's ridiculous. Way to go, Fox.

Alipet813 said...

Wow I don't think they researched this well. It was like someone had an issue with Dr. F and just wanted to make him look like a kook. He really just promotes natural, healthy eating. I wonder if he realized that is the spin they would be taking??

Jill in Chicago said...

This is unrelated, but I just wanted to let you know that our Whole Foods here in Chicago is (finally) doing a 28-Day Challenge! I had emailed them last May after being so jealous of yours. I'm so excited and just had to share!

Anonymous said...

Fox news are keeping up their usual standards I see. The oncologist could do with a green smoothie to put some color into his cheeks!

Jill, have fun on your 28-Day Challenge. We just finished our first (Engine 2) at the West Vancouver store and several team members are carrying on. I'm looking forward to the Eat for Health one myself. :)

Sarah from West Vancouver

Anonymous said...

That just made me furious. I don't watch television, so I think I am not immune to the idiocy of current media. That was shockingly bad, I wanted to slap the newscaster. But I was completely impressed to see Dr. Fuhrman jump up on his desk that way. They might have intended to make him seem wacky, but it did just the opposite for me! I doubt that oncologist could do that.

Chris said...

Mama Pea- you said it.....condescending!

I think it is too scary for some people to feel a sense of responsibility for their own health. We were not really brought up to do this. I learned as a kid that genetics was a huge part of determining our health. I can't control my genetics or environmental factors like the air outside, so if I do get sick, it will be up to doctors to make me better (hopefully).

It is a whole new animal now. Although there are things we can not control, they are the minor determiners of our health. Diet, exercise, sleep, stress, etc. are the biggies and that is not so good for some people. It is hard to maintain all this disciplined eating/lifestyle.

If you can laugh Fuhrman off as a quack, than you can keep eating all the garbage you want and rely on the medical system to keep you alive.

wendy said...

I am heading out to Dr. Fuhrman's program in Naples, Florida in 10 days THANK YOU WHOLE FOODS MARKET my employer of 15 years here in Colorado. I have lost 14 lbs. since the beginning of the year just by following the recommendations of Eat to Live and Dr. Fuhrman. It makes so much sense. Working on getting that cholesterol numbers to drop!

Britinini the Magnificent said...

Personally, I think it's very easy to see Dr. Fuhrman's writing as very hellfire-and-brimstone. When I read Eat to Live this weekend, as a scientist (I'm a graduate student in ecology and immunology), I knew he was right about phytochemicals, antioxidants, etc. but his writing made me bristle from the hubris of "YOU CAN LOSE 50 LBS DO THIS NOW." So, I can see how someone who doesn't know the science was put off by the tone of the writing.

That being said, Healthy Girl,I've only been reading about nutritarian/Plant Strong for a week, but your blog has been a breath of fresh air! It has a joie de vivre that other sites have lacked. Thank you! :)

Brittany

Chuck Bluestein said...

First I heard Dr Fuhrman on TV say that the "B" stands for both berries and beans! The reason people have not heard of it, is that Dr Fuhrman is constantly coming up with new things.

This guy spends lots of time in the maze of new nutritional research. He created the term nutritarian and created the ANDI scale used by Whole Foods.

Anonymous said...

I actually watched him on PBS last night. He created a whole series, which is a gift when donating to the various PBS stations he works with... it was very insightful and GOMBS is something I'm going to focus on incorporating in my diet correctly. From what I saw, his focus was really on getting people eating healthy, period, so that they live longer and healthier lives. His research on proper diet helping prevent, even cure diabetes, heart disease and even cancer, are so simple, yet we live in a society where these simple ideas are questioned and ignored. I for one am going to focus on changing my diet even more based on what I learned from him. I'll let ya know 10 years from now, how it's going. :)

Anonymous said...

People have to read "Eating to Live", and more importantly, use some logic and actual use of the brain before dismissing Dr. Furhman.

The proof is in the pudding as they say. Point of fact: In Asian countries, especially Thailand and Laos, death from cancer and heart disease is extremely low (10 percent in Thailand, 5 percent in Laos). Death from the same causes in the U.S. is 79 percent.

The Thai diet is composed of 75 percent unrefined plant food, Laos, 92 percent, U.S. 12 percent.

In addition, obesity in Thailand and Laos is virtually non-existent.

Say what you want, but there can be no disputing the fact that if such a diet was the main diet in the U.S., the incidence of death from heart disease and cancer, over time, would fall dramatically,

If we continue our love affair with meat and processed foods, our cancer and heart disease deaths will continue to rise and we will become a nation of fat, unhealthy people--we are already well on our way.

Dr. Furhman is dispensing common sense to those of us who have none. Want to be healthier--change your diet.

Anonymous said...

I have been trying unsuccessfully dieting for 2 years prior, dropping and gaining and dropping and gaining. My highest weight was 357. At 5'9" male I am morbidity obese. I have been on the Dr. Furhman diet program since September. My beginning weight at that time was 344. I am now at 270. I started walking a week ago. I can tell you first hand, I feel great, starting to wear clothes I haven't been able to wear for over 10 years, half way to where I want to be, and more important, the his concepts of eating well works and it works well and I am grateful for his book, Eat To Live. It is a common sense approach to life style change and I am glad I found Dr. Furhman.

Graham said...

I read this book over Christmas, and have been following his plan ever since. It's now 3 weeks later and I have gone from 207 to 193 in the span. I feel fantastic, a lot of my craving for non nutrient dense foods (chips, sausage, bread bagels, beer) have really gone away. If you are inventive, eating whole foods is easy.

Wendy said...

Graham,
That's wonderful news! Rock on!
Wendy

Anonymous said...

The way I heard it it GBOMBS - greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries and seeds. I have the Eat to Live books and his new one, Super Immunity. I love his stuff and I think he gives some of the best advice out there to be your healthiest self.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Furhman's book "Eat to Live" has helped my parents lose weight and get off their meds for heart disease and diabetes. I am again appalled when I read articles that discuss bad press by FOX. FOX does not want any of us to get off the processed foods, and develop healthy eating habits. FOX owners and contributors are the Insurance, phamecuetical, dairy, and meat industries. ALL have contributed to the mess our nation is in. Why does the U.S. have one of the hightest rates of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity? It's big business. Being unhealthy keeps all these industries profitable. I don't know why anyone watches FOX noise. They don't deliver the news, they deliver their biased lies. Consider your source before you believe the lies.
Annonymous

Betsy Martinez said...

I got this Eat to Live set of books and DVDs from GPB...its so smart. Had put off reading it and so happened to watch Fat,Sick and Nearly Dead. Little did I know Dr. Furhman was the expert in that movie. I took it as a sign to start reading. I'm two weeks in and have lost 6lbs just by adding 1/2lb of vegetables to my diet and eating just three times a day and ONLY when I'm truly hungry..

daddywarbucks said...

Re the rant by "anonymous:" I did a search and Foxnews.com has no record of it. So don't blame Fox if it was a piece that was merely run on a Fox affiliate, done by local news personalities!

(Local news people are often idiots and almost always uninformed on any subject of substance.)

That said, while I believe in Fuhrman's diet, he does hurt his credibility when he verges too far into grandiose promises.

 
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