The Crude Life Interview: Healthy holiday eating and how a GEICO study could change healthcare

Interview: Dr. Neal Barnard, American author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

With the holiday season upon us, host Jason Spiess checks in with Dr. Neal Barnard about healthy options and alternatives during the work party and holiday season.

Dr. Barnard also discusses his recent finding with a plant-based diet study with GEICO workers, monitoring their eating habits.  The results were so promising GEICO has added more locations to the study across the US in hopes of linking it to influencing health insurance rates.

He also talks about several of his books and how the plant-based industry is emerging at a healthy pace.

Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of Barnard Medical Center.

Dr. Barnard is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the 2016 recipient of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Trailblazer Award, and has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 18 books, including the New York Times best-sellers Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and the USA Today best-seller Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.

As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He hosts four PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research.

Originally from Fargo, N.D., Dr. Barnard received his medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.

Follow Dr. Barnard on Twitter @DrNealBarnard and Facebook @NealBarnardMD.

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