Dr. Fuhrman Discusses His Newest Book, Fast Food Genocide

February 22, 2018 by Deana Ferreri, Ph.D.

In his latest book, Fast Food Genocide, Dr. Fuhrman details the shocking role diet has played in derailing the American dream for large segments of our population. He explains how these foods destroy not only our physical health, leading to cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease — he also explores the previously overlooked association of diet’s influence on behavior, emotional health and intellect. The fast and processed food industries keep people hooked on their unhealthy, highly addictive products and that has led to a national health crisis.

This tragic and far-reaching epidemic of inferior nutrition can be turned around, and Dr. Fuhrman offers hope, explaining the powerful way a Nutritarian Diet can solve what has become a national health crisis. It is an eye-opening book all of us need to read and share with our friends. 

Below, Dr. Fuhrman answers what motivated him to write this book and some of the questions surrounding it.

How Can Fast Food Be Genocide?
Genocide — the deliberate destruction of a population — is the most accurate way to describe fast food’s devastating effects on our society. Processed, nutrient-barren products are designed by the food industry to be highly addictive, cheap to produce, and highly profitable. These products do not contain the nutrients humans need to thrive, and in those using them as a primary food source, it has created an explosion of disease and led to much suffering and death. Fast food and processed foods also damage our genes, which we pass on to our children and grandchildren, and we are seeing dangerous increases in autism, learning disabilities, allergies, autoimmune disease and childhood cancer. This must be stopped.

Which Foods Are The Most Dangerous?
I define fast food in two ways: First, it is the food served at commercial chain restaurants, where processed meats, pizza, burgers, French fries, pretzels, soft drinks, and rich desserts are made in an assembly-line process, with commercial ingredients that are duplicated and dispersed all over the world. Second, it is any commercially made convenience food that includes artificial ingredients, processed grains, sweeteners, salt, and oil, all with high-caloric concentration and minimal nutrient content. These foods have now become the majority of calories consumed in America.

Why Are These Foods So Damaging to Our Health?
A person who eats fast food, fried food and processed food has an increased risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune disease, depression, and mental illness. Even moderate use of fast food is dangerous. For example, one serving of commercial French fries per week is linked to an over 25 percent increase in risk of developing breast cancer. The World Health Organization has declared that processed meats are a class 1 carcinogen in humans, which places them in the same category as asbestos and cigarette smoking. Fake food produces cancer-promoting signals, negatively affects blood vessel function and builds plaque in arteries, and those are just three examples. The food is often high calorie, and coupled with a sedentary lifestyle, promotes weight gain. Weight gain has its own consequences. Body fat produces pro-inflammatory signals, raises blood pressure, and drives insulin resistance.   

How Does Fast Food Contribute to Depression and Mental Illness?
The scope of the effects of fast food on the brain is not yet known, but based on what we know so far, we as a society underestimate these effects, especially the effects on the brains of children. A single episode of elevated blood sugar has been shown to have negative effects on attention and memory. Eating commercial baked goods is linked to higher rates of major depression, and brain imaging studies have suggested that elevated blood sugar impairs the brain’s ability to process emotion. For young children, soda consumption is linked to behavior and attention problems, and depression in teens.  Mental illness now affects one in five in America, and our poor diet is at the foundation of this epidemic. 

Why Isn’t This Information More Widely Known?
I think there are three main reasons why we are ignoring the devastating health crisis that is right before our eyes: We believe food industry propaganda; we are addicted to these toxic foods; and we believe in the power of modern medical care to save us from the nutritional insults we inflict on our bodies.

Food companies have discovered how to feed the most people in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, which is how they can maximize their profits. The marketing spin they use is designed to make products like processed convenience foods (such as cold cereal, deli meats, or meal starters) seem healthy and nutritious. The message for junk food such as candy, chips, baked goods, soda, ice cream, you name it, ignores health considerations and emphasizes that these are treats you deserve. Presumably, this will allow you to consume “responsible” amounts of their sugary treats and beverages. Moderation is seen as safe, and encouraged by social norms, when consuming dangerous substances; the scientific studies demonstrate otherwise. 

Have you read Fast Food Genocide? Share Your Thoughts Below:


Deana Ferreri, Ph.D., after finishing a B.S. in biomedical engineering, researched endothelial cell biology leading to a doctorate in biomedical science in 2008. While studying the cardiovascular system, Deana became interested in nutrition and lifestyle approaches to heart disease prevention. After graduating, she aimed to use her background in science to educate people about the powerful effects of food on health. Deana has been writing science-based content for DrFuhrman.com and assisting Dr. Fuhrman with literature research since 2009.


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02/23/2018 01:43 PM

Thank you for all you do to alert us to these facts!



02/23/2018 02:07 PM

From what i’ve Learned from Dr. Fuhrman and Bob Phillips book Fast Food Genocide most likely contributes to the insane random shootings.  I wonder if America will figure it out?

lmk3000 replies:

02/26/2018 09:19 AM


I have been thinking the same thing myself since I read this book. Not just the shootings, but just the difficulty people seem to have with dealing with daily stress. We humans seem increasingly incapable of keeping our emotions under control. 

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02/23/2018 02:32 PM

I love all of Dr. Fuhrman's books and have read them all.  The information and data are great to have and use to get healthy.  My only problem was staying on a healthy plan and off of any additive foods.  I would read them and get motivated and eat great for 1 to 3 months only to slowly go back to my additive habits, and it happens very slowly but there I was again.

I used to read motivational books and would tell my mother to do so as well.  She would always tell me you have to keep reading or go to those meetings all the time or it doesn't work so she never took it up.  So finally I quoted Zig Ziglar to her, "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

So my final solution was to treat Dr. Fuhrman's books like I treated motivational books and I try to read them daily.  It works!  Its a good habit and it keeps me off the bad additive foods.  A constant reminder and a great habit.  Buy all the "good" health books you can and read them as often as you can.  It was the only way for me to stay on the right eating path.

LiveWellInsideOut replies:

02/23/2018 03:19 PM

Thank you for this very helpful and well thought out comment.  Great food for thought!

lavanderford replies:

02/23/2018 08:58 PM

I am the same way, I have to keep reading and listening to Dr. Fuhrman and others that promote this heathful lifestyle to keep on track.  I think it is 45 yrs of learned behavior before I found this wonderful way.  I love it, so many wonderful things have changed with me physically.  I'm not all the way there yet but have made drastic changes the last 6 months.

Copaseticstealth replies:

02/24/2018 12:31 AM

I have been thinking about this same thing for awhile. I was doing well and then slowly I just wasn't. I really think that continuing to read and re-read the books will help. Thanks for that comment about bathing. It made me laugh but I will remember it whenwI don't feel like reading. :-) 


02/24/2018 07:25 AM

I agree.  The damage that fast food predators are causing to the mental and physical well-being of our society knows no boundaries.  That everyone, professionals included, turns a deaf ear to this alarming reality astounds me.  I have read many of Dr. Fuhrman's books and will continue to read them and eat as  healthy as I can.  thank you Dr. Fuhrman for your determination and energy. 


02/24/2018 11:31 AM

I just listend to Dr Fuhrman on the Fasting Summit and it was such a relief to hear in this context what he's saying about diet, e.g., importance of real foods and the reasons why oils and animal products are so problematic. So few people know about this. If everybody would hear these messages which are based on science and medical experience, more people would make the shift away from a diet that chews the health away from them.  For my dietary evolution, it has been important to weigh all the information out there against the research and my basic instincts.  As soon as I have become clear on my path, it is easy for me to stay on it.  Knowlege is power!


02/27/2018 09:22 AM

This is incredibly essential information, yet we are so addicted that it's hard to get over it! I have taught classes using Dr. Fuhrman's books, and even had him come to lecture on campus, and people STILL want to deny the information (or to recognize that those things could happen to them). Fast food predators is right! But I keep eating what I know to be healthy foods, and people see my commitment and the health that goes with it, and that carries a lot of weight. We are lucky to have his work, and I agree with the comment above--connect with his work, read the books and watch the videos on a regular basis to help fend off the old addictive patterns that surround us!


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06/12/2018 03:18 PM

  I am concerned that my grandchildren eat too much candy and other SAD foods. But their parents think limiting traditionally healthy foods like meat/dairy/and occasional sugars is extream and does not have enough protein for growing children (5 & 7). Is there anything on plant-based eating written specifically for parents of growing kids.