Joel Fuhrman

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Joel Fuhrman
Joel Fuhrman, May 2011
Born (1953-12-02) December 2, 1953 (age 65)
New York, New York, United States
Residence Flemington, New Jersey, USA
Nationality USA
Other names Joel H. Fuhrman
Education M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania), 1988
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Occupation Family physician, author
Known for Nutritarian diet, ANDI, micronutrient-rich diet
Notable work Eat to Live; The End of Diabetes; Eat for Health: Lose Weight; Keep it Off and Look Younger; Live Longer.
Spouse(s) Lisa

Joel Fuhrman (born December 2, 1953), is an American author, physician, speaker, and media personality who advocates what he calls a 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,[1][2] as well as promoting his products and books.[3] He has written several books promoting his dietary approaches and sells a related line of nutrition related products. As of April 2013, his book Eat to Live was on the New York Times bestseller paperback Advice & Misc. list for 90 weeks.[4]

Life and career

Fuhrman was born in New York, New York, on December 2, 1953. He was a competitor in the amateur figure skating circuit.[3] 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.[3] He followed an "irregular cure" from a naturopath which included a long fast and led Fuhrman to become interested in alternate medicine.[3] He came in 3rd place at the 1976 World Professional Pairs Skating Championship in Jaca, Spain, skating with his sister, Gale Fuhrman,[5] but due to the short-term massive muscle loss from the fast was unable to make the Olympic team.[3] In 1988, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.[3] Fuhrman is a board-certified family physician and serves as Director of Research for the Nutritional Research Foundation.[6]


Fuhrman has advocated eating at least one pound of raw vegetables and another pound of cooked ones each day.[3] He popularized the notion of nutrient density in what he calls the Health Equation: Health = Nutrients/Calories (abbreviated as H = N/C).[3] 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".[7] Fuhrman created what he calls the "Aggregate Nutrient Density Index" or ANDI, a ranking of foods based on his claims of micronutrient concentration.[8] Whole Foods began using the scores as a marketing project and reported that the sales of high scoring foods "skyrocketed".[8]


Fuhrman has heavily marketed his products and his infomercials have "become a staple during the self-improvement bloc of PBS pledge drives."[3] 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".[3] Adams also reported that Fuhrman believes that the flu vaccine "isn't effective at all".[3]

Published works


  • The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life. - ISBN 978-0062249326 (HarperOne; March 25, 2014)
  • The Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health. - ISBN 978-0062286703 (HarperOne; October 8, 2013)
  • 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 (2011)
  • Dr. Fuhrman's Immersion Excursion
  • Osteoporosis Protection for Life
  • Dr. Fuhrman’s Secrets to Healthy Cooking
  • Eating Like A Nutritarian (2011)

See also


  1. Lisa, Schweitzer. "Eat to Live". WebMD. Retrieved 12 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Brown, Douglas. "Nutrition ambitions: "Nutritarian" diet is easy; just try to eat a rainbow". The Denver Post. Retrieved 12 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Mark Adams (Oct 2012). "Joel Fuhrman: The Doctor Is Out There". Men's Journal. Retrieved 23 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Paperback Advice & Misc". New York Times. April 21, 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "World Professional Figure Skating Championships (Jaca, Spain)". Retrieved 19 Dec 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Probiotics and the immune system: an interview with Joel Fuhrman, M.D." Nutrition Health Review. 108 (Winter): 2. 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Lipson, Peter (9 September 2010). "Your disease, your fault". Science-Based Medicine. Retrieved August 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Joel Fuhrman's Micronutrient Diet". Men's Journal. Retrieved 8 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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