Recently, Jeff Nelson, an individual who has a business that promotes a low-fat vegan lifestyle, has made me the subject of a series of vicious and relentless personal attacks. He dredged up a more than a decade-old error in a chart review study and a misunderstanding between Dr. T. Colin Campbell and myself to attack my reputation, my integrity, my credibility and my business practices. Dr. Colin Campbell then unfortunately posted a misinformed statement that adds to the mess. Here is the list of those claims numbered and my response and evidence of their incorrect and slanderous nature. Any comments that I try to post under Jeff Nelson's video are quickly hidden as shown below.
Dr. Sarter had written in an e-mail to Dr. Campbell back then in 2008, which I have a copy of, and have copied it here:
“The Alternative Therapies Archives (which had your name first) is not a different journal, it is simply a listing of the back issues of the original journal that published our article. The article is listed there under each of our names, alphabetized, as all articles were there, but the cross reference is to the original publication that had me, Colin and Joel listed as authors in that order. Nothing needs to be done.”
So Dr. Campbell was aware back then, that I did not put his name as the first author.
The screenshot Nelson showed on his YouTube attack against me (shown below) lists the authors in alphabetical order (Campbell, Fuhrman, Sarter); this appears to be a fabricated version of the article, since there are revision marks visible in the text, which would not have been included in the final published article. The final published article listed the authors as Sarter, Campbell, Fuhrman and is listed the same on PubMed. The journal no longer has Dr. Campbell’s name anywhere, so that is further indication Nelson fabricated this mock up to implicate me falsely.
The additional claim that I had the producer of the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” place a Cornell banner over a poster of this research study in question to, in some way, to link me to Dr. Campbell, is also untrue.
On the journal’s website, Dr. Campbell’s name has been removed as per his request. Among the archives where authors are listed alphabetically you can now see my name first, even though Dr. Sarter was the primary author, because we are listed alphabetically as I already explained.
In the physical copy of the 2008 journal, the order is Sarter, Campbell, Fuhrman:
This is a screenshot of Nelson's "faked" version:
I have a differing viewpoint on health and nutrition and what constitutes an ideal diet and ideal nutritional protocol, especially for a vegan, compared to these individuals who are highly critical of me. Hundreds of esteemed lifestyle medicine physicians and nutritional researchers agree with my interpretation of the literature, as opposed to the views of Mr. Nelson and perhaps Dr. Campbell. Many of those in the lifestyle medicine and nutritional research community side with me in these areas of debate. Hopefully with more time and the accumulation of further evidence it will be easier to ascertain who is correct with regard to some of these differences, and their relative risks and benefits. Personal attacks should not be a part of the evaluation of the evidence.
As always, thank you for your understanding and compassion while I navigate these troubled waters as the recipient of these derogatory attacks.
Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, seven-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. Dr. Fuhrman coined the term “Nutritarian” to describe his longevity-promoting, nutrient dense, plant-rich eating style.
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