Joel Fuhrman

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Joel Fuhrman
Joel Fuhrman, May 2011.
Born (1953-12-02) December 2, 1953 (age 60)
New York, New York, United States
Occupation Family physician, author

Joel Fuhrman, (born December 2, 1953), is an American author, speaker and media personality who advocates a micronutrient-rich diet.

A former skater, after a serious injury he became a physician and specialized in nutrition-based treatments for obesity and chronic disease as well as promoting the dietary regime he followed that he says cured his injury. He has published numerous books promoting his dietary theories and sells a line of nutrition related products.

Life and career[edit]

Joel Fuhrman was born in New York, New York on December 2, 1953. He was a competitor in the amateur figure skating circuit.[1] He was a member of the US World Figure Skating Team and placed second in the US National Pairs Championship in 1973. He came in 3rd place at the 1976 World Professional Pairs Skating Championship in Jaca, Spain skating with Gale Fuhrman.[2] He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Fuhrman is married and has four children.

Fuhrman is the author of six books, and five journal articles.[3] The Second Edition of Eat to Live reached the New York Times Best Seller list in June, 2011; Super Immunity reached the New York Times Best Seller list in October 2012; The End of Diabetes reached the New York Times Best Seller list in January 2013. He has appeared on several radio and television shows.[4][dead link][5] Fuhrman coined the word "nutritarian" to label people who adopt a micronutrient-rich diet style. He created what he calls the Health Equation: Health = Nutrients/Calories (abbreviated as H = N/C) and advocates eating " at least one pound of raw vegetables and another pound of cooked ones each day, the equivalent of a throw-pillow-size bag of spinach and a very large bowl of steamed broccoli.".[1]

He has heavily marketed his products.[6] Fuhrman is featured in the documentaries A Sacred Duty (2007), Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (2009), Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2010)[7] and Vegucated (2010). In 2011, Fuhrman launched 3 Steps to Incredible Health!, a sixty-minute PBS pledge program that addresses the crisis of obesity and chronic disease in America. In 2012, Fuhrman launched his second PBS pledge program, entitled The Immunity Solution, which discusses the effect of dietary habits on the immune system and risk of cancer. His infomercials have " become a staple during the self-improvement bloc of PBS pledge drives."[6]

In the October 2012 edition of Men's Journal, Mark Adams stated that Fuhrman "preaches something closer to fruitarianism or Christian Science than to conventional medical wisdom".[1] Adams also reported that Fuhrman believes that the flu vaccine "isn't effective at all".[8] Adams tried Furhman's diet for six weeks and stated "I slept a little better but didn't feel any amazing surge of mental energy...My blood pressure dropped, my physical stamina improved, and my personal trainer didn't notice any dip in strength, despite my vacation from animal protein. I lost about nine pounds and two inches from my waist. Unfortunately, while Fuhrman insists that one's palate adapts to the nonpiquant pleasures of nutritarian cuisine, mine was a holdout."[1]

Furman is on the medical staff of Hunterdon Medical Center and also serves as Director of Research for the Nutritional Research Foundation.[9]


  • The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes (hardcover) - ISBN 978-0-06-221997-8 (HarperOne; December 26, 2012)
  • Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body's Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free (hardcover) - ISBN 978-0-06-208063-9 (HarperOne; 1st edition Sep 20, 2011)
  • Eat For Health: Lose Weight, Keep It Off, Look Younger, Live Longer (hardcover) - Volume 1 ISBN 0-9799667-2-8, Volume 2 ISBN 0-9799667-3-6, Gift of Health Press; First edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss (paperback) - ISBN 0-316-73550-7, (Little Brown & Company; 1st edition January 15, 2003)
  • Disease Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right (hardcover) - ISBN 0-312-33805-8, Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 1, 2005)
  • Cholesterol Protection for Life (paperback) - ISBN 0-9744633-1-0, Publisher: Gift of Health Press (September 15, 2004)
  • Fasting & Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease (paperback) - ISBN 0-312-18719-X, Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (April 15, 1998)


  • 3 Steps To Incredible Health! set (PBS, 2011)
  • Dr. Fuhrman's Immersion Excursion
  • Osteoporosis Protection for Life
  • Dr. Fuhrman’s Secrets to Healthy Cooking
  • Eating Like A Nutritarian (2011)


  • Dunaief DM, Fuhrman J, Dunaief JL, Ying G. Glycemic and cardiovascular parameters improved in Type 2 Diabetes with the high nutrient density (HND) diet. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012 Aug;2(3):364-371
  • Fuhrman J, Sarter B, Glaser D, Acocella S. Changing perceptions of hunger on a high nutrient density diet. Nutrition Journal 2010, 9:51 (7 November 2010)
  • Fuhrman J, Ferreri DM. Fueling the vegetarian (vegan) athlete. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 2010 Jul-Aug;9(4):233-41
  • Fuhrman J, Sarter B, Calabro DJ. Brief case reports of medically supervised, water-only fasting associated with remission of autoimmune disease. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2002 Jul-Aug;8(4):112, 110-1.
  • Fuhrman J, Selzer ME, Kaplan FS. A shoulder-facial synkinesis in normal human subjects. University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal 1991;7:43-45.
  • Sarter BS, Fuhrman J. Effect of a high nutrient density diet on long-term weight loss: a retrospective chart review. Alternative Therapies 2008;14(3):48-53.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Mark Adams (Oct 2012). "Joel Fuhrman: The Doctor Is Out There". Men's Journal. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "World Professional Figure Skating Championships (Jaca, Spain)". Retrieved 19 Dec 2012. 
  3. ^ About Dr. Fuhrman
  4. ^ Living the Life Show with Carolyn Castleberry on Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)
  5. ^ The Dr. Oz Show
  6. ^ a b above (date above). "Page 2 of Joel Fuhrman: The Doctor Is Out There". Men's Journal. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". 
  8. ^ as above (date as above). "Page 3 of Joel Fuhrman: The Doctor Is Out There". Men's Journal. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Nutritional Research Foundation. Accessed 19 Dec 2012.

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