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Welcome to Dr. McDougall's Audio Podcast "McDougallCast"

Join Dr. McDougall as he interviews the most influential health and nutrition leaders of our time. Listen for free to interviews with Dean Ornish, Howard Lyman, Robert Atkins, and more from your computer, MP3 player or iPod. Dr. John A. McDougall is a physician and nutrition expert who has been studying, writing and "speaking out" about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 30 years. Teaching better health through vegetarian cuisine, Dr. McDougall believes that people should not only look great, but also feel great and enjoy optimal health for a lifetime. To download or listen to an interview, click the "arrow" button next to each listing. (There's also an RSS feed link on the right side of this page.) Below are the 10 most recently uploaded podcasts. To access the entire library of podcasts, click on "All Podcasts" above.

 



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Download WC Roberts, MD (taped interview) 09-05-2008 (9.88 MB)

WC Roberts, MD (taped interview)

WC Roberts, MD (taped interview)

In 1994 Dr. McDougall spoke with William Clifford (“WC”) Roberts, the former head of the pathology division of the National Institutes of Health, the editor in chief of the American Journal of Cardiology, and the executive director of Baylor Cardiovascular Institute at Baylor University Medical School. Roberts discusses the prevention and reversal of heart disease, and the advantages and methods of getting one’s cholesterol down to 150, a level that he says can create immunity, in most cases, to atherosclerosis. “Most people get 40% of their calories from fat, but if you can get your fat down to 10% of calories, that’s how you can reduce your total cholesterol by 30%,” says Roberts, who adds that without medication this requires adhering to a pure vegetarian diet such as the McDougall Program.

Note: This taped interview from “Your Good Health” (11/30/94), hosted by Dr. McDougall has been edited. Any contact information provided during the interviews should be confirmed first since it may have changed since the original taping.

Duration: 34:32 -- Download WC Roberts, MD (taped interview)

Download Neal Barnard, MD (taped interview) 07-31-2008 (9.37 MB)

Neal Barnard, MD (taped interview)

Neal Barnard, MD (taped interview)

In this 1995 interview, Dr. Neal Barnard, founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), talks with Dr. McDougall about the health risks people take by drinking milk. Despite aggressive ad campaigns by the dairy industry that advocate milk as a solution to osteoporosis, Barnard says that drinking milk and taking calcium supplements do not help osteoporosis. “The idea of guzzling milk to keep our bones strong is such a weak strategy compared to not putting calcium-wasting foods and substances into our body in the first place,” he says. Following the interview, listeners call in with questions on various topics, including hypothyroidism and thrombocytopenia.

Note: This taped interview from “Your Good Health” (6/6/95), hosted by Dr. McDougall has been edited. Any contact information provided during the interviews should be confirmed first since it may have changed since the original taping.

Duration: 32:45 -- Download Neal Barnard, MD (taped interview)

Download Michael Jacobson, PhD (taped interview) 03-06-2008 (11.26 MB)

Michael Jacobson, PhD (taped interview)

Michael Jacobson, PhD (taped interview) Michael Jacobson, PhD is one of the founders of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which advocates for nutrition, health and food safety. The organization’s Nutrition Action Healthletter has over 900,000 public, industry and government subscribers in the United States and Canada. In this 1992 interview, Dr. McDougall talks to Dr. Jacobson about a variety of topics, including food irradiation, to which Jacobson states, “Using radioactivity to preserve foods is like using a sledgehammer to kill ants. We need to find alternatives.” Also discussed is food labeling, food additives, and the quality of fast foods. Jacobson got his start in nutrition after earning his PhD in microbiology and taking a job as an intern for Ralph Nader.

Note: This taped interview from “Your Good Health” (5/19/92), hosted by Dr. McDougall has been edited. Any contact information provided during the interviews should be confirmed first since it may have changed since the original taping.

Duration: 39:21 -- Download Michael Jacobson, PhD (taped interview)

Download Kenneth Cooper, MD (taped interview) 03-04-2008 (12.06 MB)

Kenneth Cooper, MD (taped interview)

Kenneth Cooper, MD (taped interview)

In this 1991 interview, Dr. McDougall talks with Kenneth Cooper, MD, founder and director of Texas’ Cooper Clinic. Cooper’s philosophy is that it’s much cheaper and effective to maintain good health than to regain it once it’s lost. To this point, Cooper believes that being examined when we don’t feel sick is an important key to overall wellness. “It is safe to assume that men in the U.S. who are between 20-25 years old already have some level of coronary heart disease,” he says. Cooper follows four steps in his practice: evaluation; education and motivation; implementation; and re-evaluation. He notes that a stress test and cancer screening test are two of the most important evaluations one can have toward prolonging life. To date, Cooper is the author of 19 best-selling books, many emphasizing how aerobic exercise and diet work hand-in-hand.


Note: This taped interview from “Your Good Health” (12/10/91), hosted by Dr. McDougall has been edited. Any contact information provided during the interviews should be confirmed first since it may have changed since the original taping.

Duration: 42:09 -- Download Kenneth Cooper, MD (taped interview)

Download Greg Miller, Ph.D. (taped interview) 01-21-2008 (10.09 MB)

Greg Miller, Ph.D. (taped interview)

Greg Miller, Ph.D. (taped interview)

In this lively 1993 interview, Dr. McDougall talks with National Dairy Council spokesperson Greg Miller, who holds a Ph.D. in nutrition, and at the time of this interview was vice president of nutrition research and technical services. Despite research pointing to dairy’s role in inhibiting the absorption of certain minerals (such as calcium and iron) and contributing high amounts of cholesterol and fat (that can lead to obesity, heart disease and stroke), Miller staunchly defends dairy products as safe, wholesome and nutrient-rich foods that are an important part of a well-rounded diet. Miller explains that we should not look at just one food (such as dairy) when searching for connections to our modern day ailments, but should instead look at the overall balance and variety of our diet. Also discussed are the viruses (such as leukemia and AIDS) and infections (such as E. coli, salmonella, staph, and tuberculosis) carried by cattle, and how they may affect the health of people who regularly consume dairy products.


Note: This is a taped interview from “Your Good Health” (8/5/93), hosted by Dr. McDougall.

Duration: 35:16 -- Download Greg Miller, Ph.D. (taped interview)

Download Daniel Perl MD (taped interview) 11-26-2007 (7.06 MB)

Daniel Perl MD (taped interview)

Daniel Perl MD (taped interview) Have you ever wondered if aluminum could be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease? Dr. Daniel Perl, professor of pathology and neuroscience at New York City’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine, discusses how aluminum accumulates in the brain and may lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Perl explains how aluminum exposure can come in many forms, and answers questions regarding its effect on health via everyday products such as pots and pans, antiperspirants, antacids, and drinking water. In this 1995 radio interview with Dr. McDougall, Dr. Perl also discusses the possible connections of aluminum to two other neurodegenerative disorders: Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Note: This is a taped interview from “Your Good Health” (3/19/95), hosted by Dr. McDougall.

Duration: 24:41 -- Download Daniel Perl MD (taped interview)

Download Allan Cunningham MD (taped interview) 10-30-2007 (11.75 MB)

Allan Cunningham MD (taped interview)

Dr. Allan Cunningham, a pediatrician and expert on infant feeding, discusses the importance of breast-feeding over formula-feeding. He notes that babies who are breast-fed have fewer illnesses, especially in the first year of life, and have fewer cases of ear infection, bronchitis, pneumonia, and type I diabetes. Dr. Cunningham adds that crib death has also been found to be much higher among formula-fed babies (likely due to viral respiratory infections). “There are no downsides to breast-feeding,” says Cunningham, who advises mothers to nurse for at least the first nine months. Given all the evidence against formula-feeding, Dr. McDougall and Dr. Cunningham also discuss in this 1992 interview the reasons why it continues to be such common practice.

Note: This taped interview from “Your Good Health” (4/23/92), hosted by Dr. McDougall has been edited. Any contact information provided during the interviews should be confirmed first since it may have changed since the original taping.

Duration: 41:04 -- Download Allan Cunningham MD (taped interview)

Download David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG (taped interview) 10-20-2007 (9.75 MB)

David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG (taped interview)

David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG (taped interview) David Hoffmann, a clinical medical herbalist since 1979, talks to Dr. McDougall about the effectiveness of herbs as second-line therapies (after diet and lifestyle). Hoffmann discusses safe and easy-to-use “tonic” herbal supports, especially for elderly adults facing coronary artery and liver issues. Hoffman also touches on uses for Ginkgo biloba, milk thistle, hawthorn berries, and ginseng while answering caller questions related to osteoarthritis, bowel function, and menopause. A Fellow of Britain’s National Institute of Medical Herbalists, Hoffmann is one of the founding members of the American Herbalists Guild and the author of 17 books, including An Elders’ Herbal and the New Holistic Herbal, which are referenced in this 1993 interview.

Note: This taped interview from “Your Good Health” (7/15/93), hosted by Dr. McDougall has been edited. Any contact information provided during the interviews should be confirmed first since it may have changed since the original taping.

Duration: 34:05 -- Download David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG (taped interview)

Download Dr. Henry Heimlich (taped interview) 10-07-2007 (11.35 MB)

Dr. Henry Heimlich (taped interview)

Dr. Henry Heimlich (taped interview)

In this 1991 interview, Dr. McDougall talks with one of his favorite guests, Henry Heimlich, MD, best known for the lifesaving “Heimlich maneuver,” which has been shown to be effective in saving drowning victims, asthma sufferers and cystic fibrosis patients. Heimlich, the president of the Heimlich Institute Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio, discusses the history and evolution of the Heimlich Maneuver, as well as his foundation’s work with Lyme disease and “malariotherapy,” the practice of intentionally infecting a patient with malaria in order to treat another ailment.


Note: This taped interview from “Your Good Health” (12/12/91), hosted by Dr. McDougall has been edited. Any contact information provided during the interviews should be confirmed first since it may have changed since the original taping.

Duration: 39:40 -- Download Dr. Henry Heimlich (taped interview)

Download Casey Kasem (taped interview) 08-31-2007 (9.48 MB)

Casey Kasem (taped interview)

Casey Kasem (taped interview)

Radio personality and voice actor Casey Kasem talks with Dr. McDougall about the social issues that led him to a vegan diet. As a child Kasem says he didn’t feel right about eating meat, and today feels compelled to educate others about industrialized agriculture and the poor living conditions of chickens, pigs, and calves. As a well-known celebrity and an outspoken animal rights activist, Kasem says he is not deterred by any potential backlash from sharing his progressive views with America: “I feel that this is much more important than if I do another commercial or if I get another sponsor for my radio show,” he says. “What’s terrific today is the idea that as a vegetarian you are not only making a contribution to the animals, but also to your health and the safety of the planet,” says Kasem.

Note: This is a taped interview from “Your Good Health” (12/19/90), hosted by Dr. McDougall.

Duration: 33:07 -- Download Casey Kasem (taped interview)