Prominent Doctors and Leaders in Health and Fitness

The World According to the Best of the Best

Welcome to the world of natural foods. This list of prominent doctors and leaders in health and fitness is just the beginning of how you can adapt to the way of life that I have embraced for no other reason than to maximize my fitness lifestyle.

Over 25 years, I have personally tried all sorts of ways to improve my fitness regimen. I was always defeated by methods that were not long-life driven goals. The doctors and fitness leaders provided have shared their own personal and professional experiences, which can lead us to read and research alternative ways to improve our overall performance.

As we all know, the challenge in optimizing performance and strength in running or body sculpting (bodybuilding/power lifting) is to feel your best at all times.  Personally, my all-time best and physical physique has at no other time been better than it is today.

7xFit recommends and encourages you to take advantage of the knowledge within the provided resources. We have done the searching for the best of the best, and suggest that you do the same in the course of time. The ultimate way to approach all of the information presented on 7xFit is to take your time and examine these different lectures, seminars, guides and talks at a pace that works for you. You do not need to review them in any particular order; they are all helpful, the informative is positive, and can stand alone. There is one doctor who is not whole food based, but is still included so that you can get the total picture of what is available, and how it can also impact your workout routines.

I welcome feedback by comment post or email to let me know how I can get you started on this incredible journey of “Personal Best.”

T. Colin Campbell, Dr.

An American biochemist that specializes in the effects of nutrition on long-term health. He is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, the author of over 300 research papers, and the co-author of The China Study (2004), one of America’s best-selling books about nutrition.

Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. Dr.

Has quite a resume. As a student at Yale University, Dr. Esselstyn rowed in the 1956 Olympics, winning a gold medal. After being trained at the Cleveland Clinic, he went on to earn the Bronze Star as an army surgeon in the Vietnam War. He then became a highly successful doctor at one of the top medical institutions in the world, the Cleveland Clinic, where he was president of the staff, member of the Board of Governors, chairman of the Breast Cancer Task Force and head of the Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. Having published over 100 scientific papers, Dr. Esselstyn was named one of the best doctors in America in 1994- 1995”

Rip Esselstyn, Author

A former world-class professional tri-athlete an American health activist and New York Times best seller’s list food writer. He is the author of the 2009 whole foods plant-based (low-fat/salt/sugar) Engine 2 Diet, and the 2013 release, My Beef With Meat.

John McDougall, MD

Wrote a best-selling diet and health book called The McDougall Plan. He has been advocating a whole foods, plant-based approach to health longer than any practitioner I know. He has written ten books, including several that have sold over a half a million copies each. His nutrition and health knowledge is phenomenal, greater than any other doctor I’ve met and greater than any of my nutrition colleagues in academia.

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

An American board-certified family physician that specializes in nutrition-based treatments for obesity and chronic disease. He is on the medical staff of Hunterdon Medical Center and also serves as Director of Research for the Nutritional Research Foundation.

Pam Popper’s Ph.D., N.D.

Is the author of several books, a naturopath, an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine and health. She is the founder and executive of The Wellness Forum. Her educational programs are designed to assist individuals in changing their health outcomes through improved diet and lifestyle habits; to assist employers in reducing the costs of health insurance and medical care for employees; and to educate health care professionals about how to use diet and lifestyle for preventing, reversing, and stopping the progression of degenerative disease. She promotes solving America’s Healthcare Crisis which offers programming in schools designed to improve children’s health through better nutrition.

Neil Barnard, MD

An American physician, author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), an international network of physicians, scientists, and laypeople who promote preventive medicine, conduct clinical research, and promote higher standards in research. An advocate of low-fat vegan diets, he has also conducted research into alternatives to animal experimentation and has been active in the animal protection movement.

John Robbins, Author

Bestselling author, social activist, and humanitarian. Recipient of the Rachel Carson Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, and Green America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  Has done more than any other person to bring this issue to the front of American consciousness. – The Food Revolution

Doug Lisle, Ph.D.

Director of Research for TrueNorth Health Center and has published numerous articles in the scientific literature. He is the co-author of The Pleasure Trap and is in private practice, conducting psychotherapy at the TrueNorth Health Center.

Brendan Brazier, Author

The creator and host of the Thrive Forward web series, based on his bestselling Thrive book trilogy (Thrive, Thrive Fitness, and Thrive Foods). Brendan is a former professional Ironman triathlete, and the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called Vega. He is also a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion.

Mark Mincolla, PH.D

Santi Holistic Healing, a legendary natural health care practitioner who has transformed the lives of many thousands of people over the past 30 years. Mark has ingeniously integrated ancient Chinese energy techniques with cutting edge nutritional science in what has become his innovative Electromagnetic Muscle Testing system (EMT).

Gabriel Cousens Physician M.D., Homeopath, and Spiritual Writer

An American physician M.D., homeopath, and spiritual writer who practices holistic medicine. Dr. Cousens advocates live foods therapy, a nutritional regimen which he says can cure diabetes, depression and other chronic degenerative diseases. He is the founder of the “Essene Order of Light”, an offshoot of a New Age religion based upon modern interpretations of the Essenes, an ancient Jewish sect, teachings from the Jewish Kabbalah and the Torah, and Hindu beliefs. Essene Order of Light is taught by Cousens at “Tree of Life Foundation”, an organization directed by Dr. Cousens and headquartered in Patagonia, Arizona.

James O. Prochaska, Professor

A Professor of Psychology and director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center at the University of Rhode Island and developer of the TTM – Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change beginning in 1977. Prochaska earned his B.A. in Psychology at Wayne State University, followed by his M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees also at Wayne State. He is the author or co-author of over 250 publications on the dynamics of behavioral change – most of which defend the TTM – Transtheoretical Model.

James Wildman, Humane Educator

As the Humane Educator for the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, he talks to students about our perceptions of animals and how we can live more compassionately towards them, each other, and the earth.

Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren (known as “Dr. T”)

A renowned holistic scientist, author, innovator, and educator – consulting for medical laboratories and professional medical product manufacturers, formulating new products, designing Green Buildings, and lecturing to doctors and the public worldwide on Natural Principles, Health, Medicine, Nutrition, and Sustainability, as well as, Nutritional, Environmental, & Functional Medicine.

William Harris M.D.

A vegan for more than 40 years, William Harris, M.D., is a founding and current director of the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. Prior to his retirement he was an emergency physician and the director of the Kaiser Permanente Vegetarian Lifestyle Clinic. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and is the author of The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism.

Jeff Novick, MS, RD

A unique dietitian and nutritionist. With over 24 years of experience in nutrition, health, fitness and natural living, he offers expert health advice distilled into powerful, easy-to-understand language on a variety of  current topics. Jeff’s insightful and humorous approach to nutrition and health has helped thousands worldwide make the transition to healthy living. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana State University in nutrition with minors in Exercise Science.

Priscilla Timberlake and Lewis Freedman, Authors

Author, Priscilla Timberlake teaches cooking classes at her local cooperative market, and is a wellness instructor at Cornell University. Author, Lewis Freedman is a nutritionist, and also teaches yoga and stress management at Cornell University. As an instructor in the T. Colin Campbell Foundation and eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition program, Lewis is directly involved with the growing global movement toward embracing a whole food plant-based diet.

Ori Ann Li, Chef

World traveler, vegan chef, Ori Ann Li, attended culinary schools in Europe and North America.  She studied at the famed French culinary arts institute, Le Cordon Bleu, at both its Paris and Ottawa campuses, took courses from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, and received chef’s training at a well-established vegetarian cooking school in England.

Michael Pollan, Professor

A food writer, an American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. A 2006 New York Times book review describes him as a “liberal foodie intellectual.”

Ellen Hughes, MD, PhD

Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, UCSF Osher Foundation Endowed Chair in Education in Integrative Medicine, Former Director of Education, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

Max Gerson, Physician

Max Gerson from Gerson Institute was a German physician who developed the Gerson Therapy, an alternative dietary therapy, which he claimed could cure cancer and most chronic, degenerative diseases.

Sally Fallon-Morell, Nutritionist

The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), co-founded in 1999 by Sally Fallon (Morell) and nutritionist “restoring nutrient-dense foods to the American diet through education, research and activism.” Also editor of the Foundation’s quarterly magazine and author of the cook book Nourishing Traditions.

Lierre Keith, Author

Lierre Keith author, radical feminist, food activist, and environmentalist. She published her book The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability has been called “the most important ecological book of this generation.”

Michael Greger, M.D Doctor and Chef

An American physician, author, vegan and professional speaker. He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. He became vegan in 1990. He is currently the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States. His books include Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching and Carbophobia: The Scary Truth Behind America’s Low Carb Craze.

Terry Mason, M. D. Urologist

“It’s the cannery in the coal mind.” The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, overseeing hospital quality and safety, coordination of clinical care, and graduate medical education. Prior to his role as CMO, Dr. Mason was appointed the Chicago Public Health Commissioner.

James O. Prochaska, Dr.

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A Professor of Psychology and director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center at the University of Rhode Island and developer of the TTM – Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change beginning in 1977. Prochaska earned his B.A. in Psychology at Wayne State University, followed by his M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees also at Wayne State. He is the author or co-author of over 250 publications on the dynamics of behavioral change – most of which defend the TTM – Transtheoretical Model.

Milton Mills, M.D.

Associate Director of Preventive Medicine with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and co-author of PCRM’s report on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Dr. Mills serves as the Race & Nutrition Specialist and Board Advisor for A Well Fed World. Whether internist Dr. Mills is practicing at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia or at free clinics in Washington, D.C., his prescription for patients is likely to include some dietary advice: go vegetarian. “Medical research shows conclusively that a plant-based diet reduces chronic disease risk.” 

Resources and References:

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The Vegetarian Resource Group
PO Box 1463, Baltimore
MD 2120
Phone: (410) 366-8343

World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20 1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland
Phone: + 41 22 791 21 11
Fax: + 41 22 791 31 11

USDA – United States Department of Agriculture ARS
Agricultural Research Service
Jamie L. Whitten Building
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington DC, 20250
Nutrition in Medicine

Office of Dietary Supplements
National Institutes of Health
6100 Executive Blvd., Room 3B01
MSC 7517 Bethesda, MD 20892-7517
Phone: 301-435-2920
Fax: 301-480-1845

American Medical Association AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics
515 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 800-621-8335

Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention
Comparison of Serum Carotenoid Responses between Women Consuming Vegetable Juice and Women Consuming Raw or Cooked Vegetables Archana J. McEligot, Cheryl L. Rock2, Thomas G. Shanks, Shirley W. Flatt, Vicky Newman, Susan Faerber and John P. Pierce Departments of Family and Preventive Medicine and Medicine University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093

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