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Feb 24, 2019

What’s the best way to speak when helping people understand the benefits of a plant-based diet?


This week’s New Normal Project podcast guest, Dr Scott Stoll, has been thinking about this question for a long time. After representing the USA in the Olympic bobsled, Scott completed his medical specialist training in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, and then around 15 years ago found he did not have the answers to all of his patient’s health woes. He read widely and came to recognize that a plant-based diet, especially whole-foods plant-based nutrition, had an excellent scientific basis for improving human health. As his family, including his children, transitioned to this diet, he realized that his patients would likely benefit from this too.

What has followed is a radical transformation of both his medical practice and his family. His wife and 6 children, like Scott himself, are vibrantly healthy and thrive on this way of living. Since then Dr Stoll has become a leading light of the plant-based nutrition movement, being a co-founder of the Plantrician Project, an organization aiming to educate doctors and other healthcare practitioners about the benefits of plant-based nutrition. The Plantrician Project runs the annual International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, which is simply amazing for it’s quality of speakers and information.

Dr Stoll has spent a lot of time thinking about ways to influence both patients and healthcare practitioners, especially with regards to changing behavior, and therefore has many valuable insights to share in this episode. In this conversation we also covered:

  • What it feels like to be riding in an Olympic bodsled
  • The importance of exercise and sleep in supplementing a healthy diet
  • The story of the patient who prompted Scott’s plant-based transformation
  • The upsurge in elite athletes becoming plant-based
  • The immersion retreats he leads

Dr Stoll appeared at the excellent Nutrition in Healthcare Conference, run by Doctors For Nutrition, in Melbourne just last week. Thank you to Doctors For Nutrition for bringing him to Australia so that I could interview him.

I hope you enjoy and learn as you listen to Dr Scott Stoll.


Live well, feel well, do well.


Andrew Davies



Links to people, organisations & other resources mentioned:

Dr Scott Stoll

Doctors For Nutrition

DFN Nutrition in Healthcare Conference 2019

The Plantrician Project

International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference

Article about Scott Stoll in the 1994 Olympic Bobsled

Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

Dr Dean Ornish

Book “The China Study” (T. Colin Campbell and Thomas Campbell)

Book “Eat To Live” (Joel Fuhrman) 

Whole Foods Market

Dr Stoll’s Total Health Immersion

Dr Neal Barnard

Dr Alan Desmond

Dr Renae Thomas

Loma Linda, California

Blue Zones

Dr Luke Wilson

Dr Heleen Roex

Dr Juliette Roex

Emma Strutt

Joel Craddock

Shamiz Kachwalla

Documentary “Code Blue” trailer

Documentary “Diet Fiction” trailer

Dr Malcolm Mackay

Jenny Cameron

Peter Johnston

Simon Hill

PlantProof podcast

Doctors For Nutrition newsletter

Episode 38 of New Normal Project podcast with Michael Klaper

Episode 43 of New Normal Project podcast with Kim Williams

Episode 45 of New Normal Project podcast with Neal Barnard

Episode 48 of New Normal Project podcast with Caldwell Esselstyn

Book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” (Caldwell Esselstyn)

Jeff Lester

Cacao Ceremony led by Jeff Lester

Body Flow Yoga

Sophie LeFevre

Episode 16 of New Normal Project podcast with Sophie LeFevre

Adam Guthrie

ifeelgood magazine

Interview of Andrew Davies in ifeelgood magazine

New Normal Project podcast

New Normal Project

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