Remembering Kevin Moore

Jimmy Moore vs. Dr. John McDougall: Clips From June 3, 2013 Podcast Interview

After months of being away from podcasting while writing the manuscript to my forthcoming book Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers?, I am excited to be returning to my regular Monday through Friday schedule of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show,” “Ask The Low-Carb Experts” and “Low-Carb Conversations” beginning again on Monday, June 3, 2013. To come back with a bang, I decided to make my very first interview on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” a controversial, engaging guest who will have everyone talking.

Well, there are several that could have fit this criteria, but I think this describes my interviewee to a T–The Starch Solution author and vegan activist Dr. John McDougall! My goal was to treat Dr. McDougall with all the respect I typically do of all of my guests, including other anti-low-carb vegans I have interviewed such as Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Neal Barnard. While I expected opposition to my point of view, I couldn’t have imagined the personal criticism and vitriolic attacks towards me for simply daring to question his nutritional beliefs.

To whet your appetite for tomorrow’s full-length interview, I posted a few clips on YouTube for you to get a feel for how it went. This was arguably the most challenging interview guest I’ve ever had! And that’s saying a lot since I’ve interviewed someone as bombastic as Durianrider before. Check these snippets out and don’t miss hearing my interview with Dr. McDougall in its entirety on Monday.

Are Sugar, Fat, Meat And Dairy Evil?


Why Do You Struggle With Weight?


Is There A One-Size-Fits-All Diet?


If I Could Help You, I Would


What’s Your Authority?


  • primenumbers

    Sounds like you have a lot of patience Jimmy….

    • LLVLCBlog

      Had to for this one. 🙂

  • Suzan Robertson

    Wow. What a rude and condescending attitude! I could never listen to any advice from such a self-righteous man. I followed his diet for a while and it made me sick and fat.

  • Megan Brooks

    Jimmy, I have noticed this kind of response with certain other well-known “authorities” as well. The material in George Simon’s book _Character Disturbance_ is interesting to consider in this context. As many of these “characters” as you come in contact with, you might find it especially interesting.

    • LLVLCBlog

      I’ll chek it out.

  • Whether he agrees with you or not, you didn’t deserve his sneering, sarcastic and snobbish attitude! That turns me off to anything of value he might have to offer. I listened to know-it-alls like him All. My. Life. I paid tons of money over the years, and tried and tried to do as the “experts” said: high carb, low fat; eat less, move more… only to finally hit 460 lbs a few years back. It wasn’t until I went high fat/med protein/low carb that I started to make true progress. It’s been slow… I messed myself up all those years, both physically and mentally in regards to food. He sounds like he negates that kind of metabolic damage, and insists there is a one-size-fits-all diet. I’ll be listening tomorrow to hear it in context. Thanks for all the work you do, especially putting up with people like him. You deserve to be treated with respect!

  • junkgrl

    Sorry, I had to turn this podcast off. I gave up listening to
    political podcasts because of the hate that was spewed by one side in
    particular (not my side) and I won’t listen to mean spirited ideology
    not supported by facts here. In fact, ideology requires no real
    facts–which is what ideology or “faith” is, even in the medical
    profession we well know. Just a belief, even as the world of facts
    screams different. You are a saint, Jimmy. The Doc can stew in his own
    ideological juices without me hearing him do it. Good to know the
    ignorance and self serving ideology-speak out there we have to just go around and n=1. I do feel sorry for any patients he may be victimizing. WELCOME BACK.

    • LLVLCBlog

      Totally understand. Lots of good ones coming.

  • LLVLCBlog

    Interviews with them show the whole world who they are.

    • Cate

      You’re so right about that…..

      • Ski

        Jimmy i think you missed a question that might have had him on he back-foot.

        When he talked about cats birds and dogs and that there should be one diet for all, The question you should have asked him is, how would a diabetic go on his recommended diet plan regarding BS levels and insulin sensitivity with the foods he recommends.

        I’m not saying he is wrong in what he is saying or you were right or visa versa, but I think even his followers would not be impressed with his attitude and lack of class he showed towards you in this interview, be he right or wrong, unlike yourself who showed plenty!

        • LLVLCBlog

          He would have diverted attention.

  • LLVLCBlog

    Thanks Laurie!

  • RIchard Feinman

    I don’t know about canonization, but you sure put up with a lot.

  • julie-joy Voss

    The way this man spoke to you was awful. I had to turn it off. It would have been nice if there was respect, open mindedness, and kindness.

  • Zephir1

    Jimmy, you know the line, “Listen if you have ears” (yes, Someone famous once said this…)….Well, quite simply, this man was not willing to listen. -He was willing to talk so that he could hear himself speak. The fact that he thought he could ignore that HF/LC/mod. protein has worked health wonders for MANY, also disregards ANY audience of people who this way of living has worked for and therefore exposes his obvious subjectivity as a doctor…which makes practicing medicine in this manner, a flawed endeavor. The notion that your own success was a “study of one” was a desperate grab for a physician to make, given the massive amount of research to show health improvement and weight loss success among the many..if I were vegan, I would seriously consider why this doctor is so angry/defensive and desperate. p.s. I’ve only listened to those mini-clips, and his negative energy in just those spurts was all I will expose myself to. In lieu of how you were mistreated, I just think your strength and grace came from the validity and truth of your way of life- and his anger, rudeness, arrogance and disrespect came from his way of life. Hugs to Christine! 🙂

  • STG

    MD’s behavior was outrageous: disrespectful, insulting, sanctimonious and condescending. Jimmy, invite MD back on the show and have him debate Dr. Rosendale or Dr. Bernstein. Chris Kresser or Jenny Ruhl would provide some intelligent counterpoints, but MD would be dismissive towards them because they are not medical doctors. Being hostile and combative is not good for health no matter what diet one follows. Obviously, MD doesn’t get it.

  • Alex

    Jimmy, I’m a huge fan of John McDougall and have been eating that way for a good while now (I’m almost completely vegetarian) and I’ll be the first one to tell you that he was being an ass hole. I understand the dude wants to make his points, but he’s still a guest on your show and should act accordingly. You are a very patient man, because I would have cussed him out. Best of luck to you and your show.

    • LLVLCBlog

      Thank you!