Any patient who sees me in my clinic knows that I am an advocate for plant-based eating. I’m not a fanatical meat shamer, nor do I require everyone to sign a vegan consent form made on recycled paper. However, I frequently share my opinions about plant-based diets.
Many people ask me about my motivations for shifting closer to a plant-based diet. I typically share a variety of reasons—research studies, personal experiences, environmental concerns, etc. But, I rarely delve into animal abuse and welfare.
I care about animals and wholeheartedly endorse their humane treatment. However, animal well-being is not the first thing I mention when I’m talking to someone about dietary strategies for managing high blood pressure. My perspective abruptly changed after watching an undercover video documenting unethical treatment of cows at Fair Oaks Farm, a supplier for Fairlife Milk.…
I am a physician and trained chef. I specialize in gastroenterology and nutrition. Currently I work as the Associate Director of Adult Nutrition at the University of Chicago.