The Standard American Diet—heavy in dairy and meat products—has long been known to contribute to chronic, diet-related illnesses, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Long-time vegans know this quite well, but what about the general public?
Dr. Ted Barnett and Carol Barnett join the podcast to discuss the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute and how they support those looking to switch to a whole food plant-based lifestyle. The husband-and-wife team tells us about their mission to educate folks about the benefits of a vegan diet and how their 15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Jumpstart program is helping them do just that. Plus, we get into the Barnetts’ involvement in the Rochester Area Vegan Society (RAVS), why they go to Vegan Summerfest every year, and what gives them hope for the future of our world.
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Dr. Ted Barnett is a highly regarded physician and health advocate known for his innovative yet practical approach to patient care. He holds an MD from Tufts University and is board certified in Diagnostic Imaging and Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He is the Founding President and Board Chair of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute and a partner at Borg and Ide Imaging in Rochester, NY. Dr. Barnett is also a board-certified Lifestyle Medicine physician and a lead lecturer for “Jumpstarting Health,” a 24 CME lifestyle medicine and plant-based nutrition course. He and his family have thrived on an exclusively plant-based diet since 1991. Dr. Barnett is widely recognized as the “High-Tech Doctor with Low-Tech Solutions.”
Carol Barnett, who holds two graduate degrees from Yale University, found her true calling as a vegan advocate when, in 1995, she and Ted took over running the Rochester Area Vegetarian Society (RAVS), which later became the Rochester Area Vegan Society. Carol works with Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute to create plant-based content, and she attends just about every session of the 15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Jumpstart as well as the Alumni Group, Plant-Based Together. Carol is active in her town, where she serves on the board of a nonprofit dedicated to preserving a parcel along the Genesee River, and she can often be found out in the field planting trees. She has rescued, or helped to rescue, scores of cats over the years, and she and Ted have adopted many of them, including a now 17-year-old feral cat named Mugsy. Carol’s fondest accomplishment is raising three vegan kids with Ted: Rebecca, Elizabeth, and Nathaniel, all “vegangelists” who spread the vegan message each in their own way.
“Plant-based nutrition is not only the best for animals and the planet, but also the best for human health. For whatever reason, the healthcare system has not adopted that yet.” – Dr. Ted Barnett
“It is a good thing for people to be vegan even for one meal, but longevity is the real challenge.” – Carol Barnett
Highlights for Episode 696:
- How the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute teaches plant-based nutrition and why they’re also doing medical research
- How the COVID-19 pandemic ended up opening opportunities for the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute
- The 15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Jumpstart and why it’s the heart and soul of the Institute
- Why people feel so good when they switch to a plant-based diet
- The institute’s target audience and the role that community plays in making such a significant lifestyle change
- How documentaries such as Game Changers and Forks Over Knives have changed the world for vegans and prospective vegans
- How Ted and Carol help people maintain a vegan diet and their experiences with their friends and family
- How they address the fact that vegans can also be diagnosed with cancer and other diseases
- Why they also try to introduce people to the ethical and environmental benefits of being vegan in addition to the health benefits
- The six pillars of lifestyle medicine and why Ted has added his own plant-based pillar
- Why they got involved in the Rochester Area Vegan Society (RAVS) and how the organization helps its members
- What gives Ted and Carol hope for the future of our world
- Quick, what hat says, ‘I’m fun but also grieving 7 dead horses’?
- Universities should lead on the plant-based dietary transition
- How Campus Cafeterias Became Hotspots for Climate Action
Connect with Ted & Carol Barnett:
- Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute
- Rochester Area Vegan Society
- Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute on Facebook
- Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute on Twitter
- Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute on Instagram
- Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute on LinkedIn
- Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute on YouTube
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