I had been a vegetarian since 1978, until my brother Arthur, who is in his 80s now, told me about the benefits that he was experiencing after four years on a whole food vegan diet. As a vegetarian I felt quite healthy…most of the time. However, during those 32 vegetarian years I remember that almost every year I would become ill a couple of times…with sore throats, coughing, nasal congestion, etc. Although I never had fevers, the uncomfortableness and pain would last up to 2 weeks. Changing from vegetarian to whole food vegan wasn´t easy for me. My problem, which is the problem that most people have, was giving up dairy…especially cheese…especially pizza. I eventually accepted the challenge 7 years ago and haven´t looked back since. The results: I haven´t gotten sick during all this time. Living in San Miguel and because of the climate changes, almost all my friends would eventually become ill, to one degree or another. “Knock on wood”, it still hasn´t happened to me. As a result, I haven´t had the need to see doctors. What sparked my search for “wise” doctors was when my brother suggested that I check out Dr. John McDougall´s website.

So, next on my list of “wise doctors”:

Dr. John McDougall:


Because he has on one of the largest collections of nutrition archives in the United States and has been following a whole food vegan diet since the 1970s I felt that I could rely on his information. I also found that he´s very accessible in that he responds to questions through his contact page. I have consulted him on various occasions and he or a member of his team usually responds within the same day. In 2017 he started a free weekly online webinar where he covers different themes on nutrition and answers questions from the attendees. At the present time the webinars are on Mondays. You can register on his website:

A physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through whole plant food cuisine, Dr. McDougall has been studying, writing, and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 40 years. He believes that people should look and feel great for a lifetime. Unfortunately, many people unknowingly compromise their health through poor dietary habits. One of my favorite sayings of his is: “People love to hear good things about their bad habits”.

Dr. McDougall has cared for thousands of patients for almost 4 decades. His program not only promotes a broad range of dramatic and lasting health benefits but, most importantly, can also reverse serious illnesses including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and others, all without the use of drugs. He is the author of “The Healthiest Diet on the Planet” as well as several other books.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn


Previously I wrote about Beatriz, a friend of my wife and I, who had undergone cuadruple bypass heart surgery 7 years ago and a year later suffered complications. Although the cardiologists pretty much gave up hope on her recovery, thanks to my nutrition suggestions, today she is still alive and “kicking”. It was Dr. Esselstyn´s NY Times bestseller, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” that had a lot to do with her acceptance of the challenge to change her eating habits. It is also the book behind Bill Clinton´s life changing diet.

Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. During that time, he has served as President of the Staff and as a member of the Board of Governors. He chaired the Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

In 1991, Dr. Esselstyn served as President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, That same year he organized the first National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease, which was held in Tucson, Arizona. In 1997, he chaired a follow-up conference, the Summit on Cholesterol and Coronary Disease, which brought together more than 500 physicians and health-care workers in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. In April, 2005, Dr. Esselstyn became the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association in 2009. In September 2010, he received the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame Award. Dr. Esselstyn received the 2013 Deerfield Academy Alumni Association Heritage Award In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement & Service, and the 2013 Yale University George H.W. Bush ’48 Lifetime of Leadership Award. Dr. Esselstyn has also received the 2015 Plantrician Project Luminary Award, the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award, and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.




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