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Plant-Based vs. Ketosis: Diet Wars With Cardiologist Joel Kahn, MD

By February 22, 2018January 24th, 2024No Comments
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Episode #349



Recent years have seen the ascendency of low-carb, high fat diets.

Indeed, the ketogenic lifestyle has been heralded as a veritable health panacea.

In parallel, we bear witness to mainstream acceptance of the plant-based approach to vitality, lifestyle disease prevention and reversal.

The debate pitting these distinct approaches to nutrition is as emotional as it is divisive — an impassioned war for hearts and minds waged across the scientific literature, mainstream publications and the internet that can leave even the most intelligent and well-intentioned consumer utterly baffled.

So who’s right?

To help divine the line between truth and fiction, Joel Kahn, MD joins the podcast for his third appearance.

Dr. Kahn is an Interpreventional Cardiologist, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Founder of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity in Michigan, and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Michigan’s prestigious Inteflex program (a 6-year undergraduate / graduate program that developed doctors fresh out of high school). He’s authored hundreds of articles on heart disease, is a frequent lecturer on heart disease and its prevention, has performed thousands of cardiac procedures, and is the owner of GreenSpace Café in Ferndale and Royal Oak Michigan.

In addition, Dr. Kahn is the author of five books, including The Whole Heart Solution* and his newest offering, The Plant-Based Solution*.

This a comprehensive and highly instructive conversation that endeavors to provide needed clarity when it comes to the aforementioned debate — a deep dive into the veracity of nutritional research findings to provide the information you need to promote maximum health, hinder lifestyle disease, and abet longevity.

In addition, we explore emerging research on the benefits of intermittent fasting and why everyone should get a coronary calcium scan.

Amazingly informative, this is straight talk from a trusted and experienced man I’m proud to call friend.

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More produce and less loneliness keep the heart doctor away.


Finally, if you missed our previous conversations, check out episodes #44 & #128.

For the visually inclined, you can watch watch (& subscribe!) to the podcast on YouTube here.

I sincerely hope you find our conversation instructive — because health is wealth.

Peace + Plants,

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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering and show notes (see the Alice Cooper commercial here); Shawn Patterson for graphics; and Michael Gibson for videography. Theme music by Ana Leimma.

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