John A. McDougall
|John A. McDougall
|Alma mater||Michigan State University|
|Known for||Treating degenerative diseases with a plant-based diet|
|Notable work(s)||The McDougall Plan (1983)|
John A. McDougall, M.D., is an American Irish physician and author whose philosophy is that degenerative disease can be prevented and treated with a plant-based diet of whole, unprocessed, low-fat foods, especially starches such as potatoes, rice, and beans, and which excludes all animal foods and added vegetable oils.
Early years and education 
McDougall is a graduate of Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, he performed his internship at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1972, and his medical residency at the University of Hawaii. He is certified as an internist by the Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
In 1965, at age 18, McDougall suffered a massive stroke which he attributed to his high animal product diet. Since the mid-1970s he has followed mostly a vegan diet after observing that his elderly patients from the Far East, who lived mainly on rice and vegetables, were trim and healthy compared to their offspring tempted by an American diet.
Between 1973 and 1976, McDougall worked as a medical doctor at the Hamakua Sugar Plantation on Hawaii Island. It was during this time that he first became aware of the link between his patients' dietary choice and their health. Between 1986 and 2002, he launched a vegetarian dietary program at St. Helena Hospital in Napa Valley, California. Between 1999 and 2001, he also ran his dietary program for the Blue Cross Blue Shield in Minneapolis.
In 2002 he began the McDougall Program at the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, California. The McDougall Program is a 10-day live-in program where patients work to regain their health by eating a vegetarian diet (without limits) and where they hear lectures by McDougall and other health professionals. The program has been recommended by heart disease researcher Dean Ornish. The core components of the program are available free on Dr. McDougall's web site.
McDougall is the co-founder and chairman of Dr. McDougall's Right Foods Inc. which produces food products for grocery stores, and a member of the advisory board of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. In 2000, The Press Democrat described McDougall and his wife as operating "a small industry, with several cookbooks, a newsletter, a Web site, vegetarian meal cups sold across the country and a nationally syndicated TV show."
McDougall is the author of several books, including The McDougall Plan (1983). This was the first book by an accredited Western medical authority to propose that there is no need to combine proteins to make a "complete" protein.
Research papers 
- McDougall J. Dairy and type 2 diabetes mellitus: wrong conclusions. Arch Intern Med. 2005 Nov 14;165(20):2434
- McDougall J. Effects of a low-carbohydrate diet. Mayo Clin Proc. 2004 Mar;79(3):431
- McDougall J. Optimal diets to prevent heart disease. JAMA. 2003 Mar 26;289(12):1509
- McDougall J. Misinformation on plant proteins. Circulation. 2002 Nov 12;106(20):e148
- McDougall J. Plant foods have a complete amino acid composition. Circulation. 2002 Jun 25;105(25):e197
- "Effects of a very low fat vegan diet in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis." Journal of the American College of Nutrition 17:512, 1998. & Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 8:71-75, 2002.
- "Rapid Reduction of Serum Cholesterol and Blood Pressure by a Twelve Day, Very Low Fat, Strictly Vegetarian Diet" Journal of the American College of Nutrition 14:491-496, 1995.
- "Reduction of Risk Factors in an Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation and Lifestyle Modification Program in High Risk and Cardiovascularly Diseased Patients. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehab 9:397, 1989.
- "Preliminary Study of Diet as an Adjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer Published": Breast, Diseases of the Breast 10:18-22, 1984.
- The Starch Solution (2012)
- Dr. McDougall's Digestive Tune-Up (2006)
- The McDougall Program for Women (1999)
- The McDougall Quick & Easy Cookbook (1999)
- The McDougall Program for a Healthy Heart (1996)
- The McDougall Plan for Maximum Weight Loss (1995)
- The New McDougall Cookbook (1995)
- The McDougall Program 12 Days to Dynamic Health (1991)
- The McDougall Health-supporting Cookbook V2 (1986)
- The McDougall Health-Supporting Cookbook: Volume 2 (1986)
- McDougall’s Medicine—A Challenging Second Opinion (1985)
- The McDougall Health-Supporting Cookbook: Volume 1 (1985)
- The McDougall Plan (1983)
- Dr. McDougall’s Money-Saving Medical Advice
- Dr. McDougall's Common Sense Nutrition
- McDougall Made Irresistible
- Dr. McDougall Disputes Major Medical Treatments
- McDougall Made Easy
- Dr. McDougall's Total Health Solution
- McDougall's Medicine
See also 
- Dr. McDougall, Why Do You Act That Way? (Vol.8, No.4). The McDougall Newsletter. April 2009.
- "Interview with Dr. John McDougall".
- Robin Asbell, "Practicing What He Preaches", Better Homes and Gardens Heart Healthy Online.
- , The Press Democrat, 25 February 2000.
- Sunny Aslam, "Vegetarian diet on solid ground, experts say", USA Today, 28 November 2001.
- "When it comes to diet, how low (in fat) can you go?", Rocky Mountain News, 11 August 1993.