The Starch Solution Certification Course

A Beneficial Online Course for Everyone

Successful completion of this course certifies that you’ve learned the basic principles behind the McDougall Diet – a clinically proven means of weight management that can reverse or prevent many common illnesses, all by simply altering your food. As experience is always the best teacher, this program is first and foremost designed to get you looking and feeling your best. Having achieved that goal, The Starch Solution Certification Course will help the Healthcare professional better assist your patients and the non-healthcare professional with their clients. Certification qualifies you to display the official Starch Solution Logo at your business and on your website, and establishes your credibility as a knowledgeable graduate of The Starch Solution who understands how this diet relates to optimum health.

Take Classes Online at Your Own Pace

The national best-selling book, The Starch Solution, combined with 19 video lectures (also made available in audio-only format) makes learning about human nutrition and the dietary treatment of common illnesses easy and enjoyable. The testing aspect of the certification program also serves as a valuable learning tool by helping you focus on the critical facts and important principles.

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Course Outline:

  1. Lesson 1 – Acknowledgements and Note to Reader
  2. Lesson 2 – My personal Journey to the Starch Solution
  3. Lesson 3 – Starch: The Traditional Diet of People (Pt. 1)
  4. Lesson 4 – Starch: The Traditional Diet of People (Pt. 2)
  5. Lesson 5 – People Passionate about Starches Are Healthy and Beautiful
  6. Lesson 6 – Five Major Poisons Found in Animal Foods
  7. Lesson 7 – Spontaneous Healing on a Starch-Based Diet
  8. Lesson 8 – The USDA and the Politics of Starch
  9. Lesson 9 – An Inconvenient Truth: We Are Eating the Planet to Death
  10. Lesson 10 – When Friends Ask: Where Do You Get Your Protein?
  11. Lesson 11 – When Friends Ask: Where Do You Get Your Calcium?
  12. Lesson 12 – Confessions of a Fish Killer
  13. Lesson 13 – The Fat Vegan
  14. Lesson 14 – Just to Be On the Safe Side: Don’t Take Supplements
  15. Lesson 15 – Salt and Sugar: The Scapegoats of the Western Diet
  16. Lesson 16 – Practicing the Starch Solution
  17. Lesson 17 – The 7-Day Sure-Start Plan
  18. Lesson 18 – Our Favorite Recipes–McDougall Made Easy
  19. Lesson 19 – Our Favorite Recipes–McDougall Made Irresistible

One Graduate’s Success in Helping Others

Dear Mary,

I wanted to write you and tell you about what is happening in my professional life since I became certified. The certification course has opened up doors for me professionally and given me a rock-solid platform on which to teach. Also, I really wanted you to know how many more people are using your recipes and how much they appreciate learning of Dr. McDougall’s professional focus on diet and health.

Classes and Speeches

Mary, I have now given two classes and two speeches on the Starch Solution since May 1st. I have another class set up for mid-September. It is amazing how much people learn during 4 hours. The videos we get to use are particularly helpful, clear, and informative to people who have never heard of these nutritional principles before. I use a variety of materials during class: handouts, videos, and PowerPoint, in addition to what I have to say. They appreciate learning accurate information about diet and health. They love the food served during class – your recipes.

Casual Conversations

Just in the last week, I could name six people who have switched to the Starch Solution as a result of fairly brief conversations we have had together. Even though I have found classes to be an excellent way of teaching the Starch Solution principles to others, casual conversations are also really effective. People are curious about the connection between food and health and I have found that many are ready to change their diets.

Occasionally I feel like someone would benefit from the Starch Solution principles, so I ask them if I can tell them about my work. Most welcome my doing so. I rarely do this, but I have found that that person continues to research it further and then changes their diet on their own. By bringing it up with them, I start a sequence of events that probably would not have happened otherwise at this time.

The Ripple Effect

In the end, I know that I am only changing a few people at a time, but already I also see a curious phenomenon: I am witnessing a ripple effect happening around me and the people I talk to. I teach these ideas to them and they try them out. Then they share what they are doing with others and even more, people consider it seriously. An example of this was how I just taught my visiting sister-in-law, Michelle, these principles and then I witnessed an incredible series of events: her mother ends up in the hospital with a serious heart condition and Michelle immediately starts teaching her the Starch Solution. Michelle tells her mother what to do as she leaves the hospital: buy the book, buy lots of starches and clear out the pantry of prohibited food items. Michelle starts calling her college age children and telling them what to eat and how to prepare it. My brother says he’ll eat anything she fixes. Who could ask for more? The old eating habits of people are falling like Dominoes. The Western Diet hasn’t a chance anymore! It is losing its grip on people and they are ready for a new lifestyle that supports who they want to be.

Mary, I think what the certification has done is given my opinions and perspective legitimacy that was lacking before. It has given me the confidence to stand firm and point out the problems so evident in the Western Diet. In order to do this well, I am also constantly polishing and refining it to make my arguments very convincing and strong.

I hope other graduates are speaking their minds and telling people what they know to be true. It is so rewarding to have all of these experiences and see people changing their lives for the better. I’m going to stay humble (one has to be humble in this kind of work) – okay, bold and humble; but it is a very nice way to be.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Amy David

Student Discount Available for Healthcare Fields

A 50% discount is available for currently enrolled students working towards obtaining a degree in a field of professional healthcare training (medical, dietetic, chiropractor, nursing, etc.) from an accredited institution approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Apply for a student discount by writing to Include proof of student status, such as an unofficial copy of your current transcript and/or an official letter from your school stating you are a current student in good standing.

We are a Continuing Education Provider licensed by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15494. If you are a nurse and wish to obtain Continuing Education Units, email

Certification in The Starch Solution Certification Course requires the successful completion of all lessons and a minimum exam score of 70%. This certification is not accredited.

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