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Plant-based physician Dr. John McDougall has won the American College of Lifestyle Medicine 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award, which is presented by the College and the Lifestyle Medicine Foundation, recognizes lifetime achievement in the field.

It is described by the organizations as ‘the highest honor bestowed on a healthcare pioneer’, recognizing a significant body of work over a significant span of time that has advanced the field of Lifestyle Medicine, and, in the process, paved the way for others to follow.

Plant-based medicine

Dr. McDougall is a physician and nutrition expert who has been teaching people how they can improve their health through diet for more than 50 years.

He is founder and director of the McDougall Program: a 10-day residential program promoting a ‘broad range of dramatic and lasting health benefits’ including showing people how diet can ‘reverse serious illnesses including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and others, all without the use of drugs’.

He is also the author (along with wife Mary McDougall) of a number of nationally best-selling books – including The Starch Solution, and The McDougall Program.

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Diet revolution

Speaking to Plant Based News Founder Klaus Mitchell about how much progress still needs to be made in spreading the plant-based diet, Dr. McDougall said: “Change is not happening quickly enough, there is no doubt about it…

“We need the truth to get out..[we need someone] to take legal action against these people like they have against the tobacco and alcohol industries. Unless that happens and happens quickly – which I don’t really see happening – we’re not going to see the change.

“But it did happen with Big Tobacco, but Big Food watched it happen to Big Tobacco and said ‘that will never happen to us’. And so far they are right. They have fought with every…lie they could gather together.”

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Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.