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In this episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk with Dr. Ron Weiss about farm-based healthcare. Have you ever hear that term before? Dr. Weiss’s approach to prescriptions is not what you would get from a conventional medical doctor today, but it’s right in line with what we love here at Plant Trainers. You’ll hear how his dad’s health had a lot to do with him ditching the Medical Building practice and heading out to the farm for a more holistic, lifestyle medicine approach where he can grow his own medicine. And no, we are not talking about the newly legalized drugs here in Canada…we are talking about edible plants you’d find in the grocery store, only better.

With tons of research and devotion to evidence-based farming and regenerative organic agriculture, Dr. Weiss and his team is making a new category in the medical field (see what we did there…field…). You’ll want to listen to the end as he shares his 5 pillars of lifestyle medicine that will make you want to book a getaway to see the land or at least get started in your own home today. This episode is great for anyone, so type into your Facebook and Instagram feeds right now and share away!

Ron Weiss, MD is a physician and farmer. He is the founder of Ethos Health, a farm-based healthcare system that connects human health to the natural world and promotes mindful, healthy ways of living. At the center of this system is Ethos Farm, a historic 342-acre working farm in Long Valley, NJ which grows produce using regenerative methods. These “living medicines” are used as part of an evidence-based diet of whole plant foods to reverse and prevent chronic disease. Dr. Weiss, who practices and teaches lifestyle medicine in an old wooden farmhouse right in the middle of the growing fields, is the Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.


In this episode we discuss:

  • New Jersey
  • His plant-based journey
  • His research study in university
  • The impact of his father’s pancreatic cancer
  • Macrobiotic diet
  • Managing disease vs healing patients
  • Using farming to help patients
  • Evidence-based farming and medicine
  • The land and water makes a difference
  • Not all kale is created equal
  • Regenerative agriculture
  • A weird place to treat patients
  • 5 pillars of lifestyle medicine
  • Influencing other doctors  
  • Actionable tips to getting started with plant-based


Links to things we mentioned:

Yummy Foods Activity Book For Kids

Easy Recipes For Busy Parents

Dr. Ron Weiss – Ethos Health, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

Forks Over Knives

Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen – PTP069

How Not To Die with Michael Greger M.D. – PTP206

A Forefather of Plant-Based Nutrition, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn – PTP208

Undo It!: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases with Dean Ornish M.D. – PTP295

Heart Disease Impacts Us All with Dr Shane Williams – PTP296

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