American celebrity doctor who advocates what he calls the end of diabetes by joel fuhrman pdf micronutrient-rich diet. A former competitive figure skater, he suffered a serious injury which removed him from competition. He says an alternative medicine therapy helped speed his recovery and led him to become a physician.
His practice is based on his nutrition-based approach to obesity and chronic disease, also referred to as a nutritarian or restrictive diet, as well as promoting his products and books. He has written several books promoting his dietary approaches and sells a related line of nutrition related products. Fuhrman was born in New York, New York, on December 2, 1953.
He was a competitor in the amateur figure skating circuit. He was a member of the US World Figure Skating Team and placed second in the US National Pairs Championship in 1973.
In 1973, he suffered a heel injury which prevented him from competing. He followed an “irregular cure” from a naturopath which included a long fast and led Fuhrman to become interested in alternative medicine. He came in 3rd place at the 1976 World Professional Pairs Skating Championship in Jaca, Spain, skating with his sister, Gale Fuhrman, but due to the short-term massive muscle loss from the fast was unable to make the Olympic team.
In 1988, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Fuhrman is a board-certified family physician and serves as Director of Research for the Nutritional Research Foundation. Fuhrman has advocated eating at least one pound of raw vegetables and another pound of cooked vegetables each day. Peter Lipson, a physician and writer on alternative medicine, has been heavily critical of Fuhrman’s health equation, writing that since its terms cannot be quantified, it is “nothing more than a parlor trick”.