Forget diet fads, how do the longest living people eat? Featuring Dr Renae Thomas, MD

03.15.2019 - By Plant Proof - Plant Based Nutrition & Inspirational Stories

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In Episode 59 I sat down with Dr Renae Thomas, MD who is is a Physician working in Loma Linda California, one of the Blue Zone populations that display incredible longevity and high quality of life. This is a really important podcast - sometimes in nutritional science we can become too reductionist and zoom in on potential mechanisms without appreciating the complexities of human-beings. Observational data from people displaying longevity, happiness and a high quality of life serve as a reminder that sometimes we need to Zoom Out and look to those who are living proof of what it means to be healthy.

If you want to hear from an actual expert (a qualified Medical Doctor) talk about longevity and how to eat to avoid disease then you will love this episode.


• Where Renee grew up
• Her journey to Medical School
• Why she developed an interest in the role of food and medicine
• Why it's like working in Loma Linda, California
• What the Blue Zones are?
• Seventh Adventist's and the AHS studies - how vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and omnivores compare in terms of health outcomes and mortality
• Typical clinical patient presentations in this population of Seventh Adventist's
• Contrasting populations nearby who have different lifestyles
• The type of diet that seventh adventists eat
• Renee's thoughts on the Ketogenic/High fat style diets and whether they are supported by science
• and much much more


Blue Zones website & books
Renae's website
AHS population studies:
Vegetarian diets in the Adventist Health Study 2: a review of initial published findings
Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and Mortality in Adventist Health Study 2
Beyond meatless, the health effects of vegan diets: findings from the Adventist cohorts.
Vegetarian diets and incidence of diabetes in the Adventist Health Study-2

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