Regain Your Health!

12-Day McDougall Program

For 34 years, the McDougall Program has been a leading medical program that reverses and heals chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and autoimmune diseases through professional medical care, world-class education and a whole food, starch-based diet.

Book the Friends & Family Offer by December 31

With the holiday season here, now's the perfect time to gift your loved ones the joy of good health. Making a lifestyle change can be challenging - sharing the journey with a trusted partner is a great way to stay motivated and accountable.

When you join one of our programs at the full introductory price, you'll receive access to invite up to two friends or family members for only $995 USD each - a savings of over 50%! Offer ends December 31.

For Alumni of the McDougall Program, please contact us at [email protected] to receive your discounted rate.

Spaces are very limited and prices go up on January 1 - join today.

Join Jan 15-26, 2021
Join Feb 19-Mar 2, 2021
Join Apr 9-20, 2021


Telehealth for Our New Era

For decades, people traveled to California from all over the world to attend a residential McDougall Program. They've taken time off from work and lived away from their families for almost two weeks to receive the cure for their chronic illness. Though the results have always been nothing short of miraculous, the challenges to attend in person were too high for many people.

Those days are gone: the McDougall program has transitioned 100% online with medical care through telehealth, additional benefits like ongoing support for an entire year, and direct access to our founders, Dr. John and Mary McDougall.

We are now bringing professional medical care right into your home by board-certified physicians and providing clear, real-world dietary advice; easy cooking solutions and demonstrations; practical exercise routines; psychological support; and compassionate motivation from the entire McDougall Team. Not only is this the best way for you “To Make the Change,” the entire 12-Day McDougall Program - including the medical care and ongoing support - is now available at less than half the price! 

Joining this program will allow you to:

  • Avoid dangerous and costly surgeries,
  • Lower, or eliminate, unnecessary medications and avoid their harmful side effects, and
  • Save time and money with fewer doctors visits and less time off work.

We've been blown away by the success of our virtual programs so far since the results have been stronger than our residential programs. Learning from home has allowed participants to immediately apply this lifestyle, practice in their own kitchens, and get direct guidance from our team as questions come up. This has resulted in much greater confidence and clarity.

Our participants are thrilled with their results:

  • 90% have reduced or eliminated unnecessary medications,
  • Average weight loss is 3 to 4 lbs in only 12 days while eating unrestricted amounts of the right food (plus ongoing weight loss following the program),
  • Those who are well-versed in the McDougall diet have learned the small adjustments needed to see tremendous results, and
  • 100% feel equipped with the tools and knowledge to be successful in reaching their health goals.


"I feel like I'm finally on the right road. I couldn't have done it without your help and without this program. Thank you so much!" - Cathleen


This is your unique opportunity to learn and interact with our experienced staff under the daily and direct guidance of Dr. John, Mary and Heather McDougall.

All information on the McDougall Program is available for free on our website however for those who may need extra support, join our program and let us help you. 

Now's the time to regain your health.

Program Inclusions:

This is an in-depth interactive course supporting a background of medical care designed to help you regain your lost health and appearance, stop unnecessary medication and avoid “elective” surgeries.

Health Assessment
Prior to the program, we request that you get your bloodwork done. Your blood test will be reviewed by our medical director, Anthony Lim, MD, JD, or another McDougall-trained, board-certified physician. Please call a local laboratory and compare prices – they vary greatly.

Personal Medical Care
This is the strength of the McDougall Program. Our goals are to help you regain your lost health, and reverse and heal your illness. Our medical director Anthony Lim, MD, JD, or another McDougall-trained physician, will meet with you in a private one-on-one medical appointment to review your health assessment, discuss your health goals and identify the steps you can take to reach them. Additional time can be scheduled at your request*.

Live Interactive Lectures
John McDougall, MD, Anthony Lim, MD, JD, Jeff Novick, MS, RDN, Doug Lisle, PhD, Jack Dixon, NSCA, CPT and Heather McDougall will present live lectures on topics that are essential for your education and understanding, as well as brand new content and topics.

Lectures cover heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, calorie density, label reading, functional fitness, meal planning, dining out, and new to the program - common mistakes in behavioral change, and overcoming emotional eating. 

The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for each of these lessons. 

Since each program is a little bit different because of the unique group of participants, our team may adjust our lecture topics to best address the specific needs of the group.

Q&A Sessions
Open Q&A sessions after each lecture gives you the opportunity to personally engage with each of our experienced professionals in an interactive and intimate setting.

1-on-1 Meetings with a Dedicated Support Specialist
You'll be assigned a dedicated Support Specialist who will meet with you each day of the program to answer any questions you have, challenges you’re facing and more. This is your time to discuss your progress and problems.

Our Support Specialists are core staff members who've been with our medical center from five to over 20 years. Trained by John McDougall, MD, Anthony Lim, MD, JD and Jeff Novick, MS, RDN, they demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the science and principles behind the McDougall Program. Our Specialists also understand the emotional aspects of applying these principles in a practical way, so they help our patients achieve their goals in obtaining optimal health.

After nearly 40 years of running residential programs with over 6,000 patients we have learned that the first few days are often the most difficult. You may need a little extra help. We’ll be there for you every step of the way.

Ongoing Support
The McDougall Program is designed for lifelong changes. One of Dr. McDougall’s most rewarding professional moments is when a patient reconnects and says, “You may not remember me, but I started seeing you 40 years ago. My friends are no longer active, but my life is full of grandparenting, socializing and I’m still working. Thank you!

To ensure you meet your health goals, your dedicated Support Specialist is there to offer ongoing support and weekly check-ins for three months after the course. After that, your ongoing support continues with monthly check-ins for the remainder of the year. We know that continued support after our program is key to your lifelong success. Some of our patients request ongoing weekly support for the full year - contact us at [email protected] for more information.

A 12-Day Meal Plan
We’ve created a delicious menu for you to follow each day. Knowing the right foods to eat may be one of your biggest challenges. We’re here to help with that too. The menu can easily be modified to adapt to your tastes, preferences and number of people in your household. Our meal plans, cooking demonstrations and shopping tips will help make this practical, fun and delicious!

Pre-Recorded & Live Cooking Demonstrations
Follow along as our chefs show you step-by-step demonstrations of our favorite and most popular whole food, starch-based recipes.

Intimate Setting
For optimal learning we've kept our programs small, to just 40 participants. We want to give you the chance to ask all of your questions, including the ones that often come to mind when listening to others during a lecture.

Many of our past participants have found it helpful to connect with like-minded individuals who are also on the same path (and have stayed connected for years afterwards). To add to this special community, we’ll include a few seasoned McDougallers to some of our sessions so they can share their experiences and best practices for continued success. We understand some of you may wish to simply watch and listen instead of participate in group discussions – no problem! Feel free to participate at your own comfort level.

Final Thoughts on Your Medical Care
Dr. McDougall has always tried to practice the highest quality of medicine and to integrate the McDougall Program into your own local physicians’ practices. Successful completion of our 12-day program will conclude with an official discharge letter from our doctor, addressed to you. The purpose of this professional document is to summarize your time with us and will include specific reasons why we have asked you to change your medications, as well as all other recommendations including our dietary guidelines.


*Additional charges apply.

Join Jan 15-26, 2021
Join Feb 19-Mar 2, 2021
Join Apr 9-20, 2021



Every aspect of this lifestyle change will be taught in detail from the entire McDougall expert team of doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, personal trainers, chefs and support specialists.

The McDougall Program is the authority on diet therapy and has maintained this reputation for over 45 years. We understand the underlying cause of the diseases plaguing our society today, and more importantly, we know how to reverse them. Through education and compassionate care, we'll provide you with the tools you need to make permanent positive changes to your health.

Now, more than ever, the McDougall Program can help you stay safe and healthy.

Join Jan 15-26, 2021
Join Feb 19-Mar 2, 2021
Join Apr 9-20, 2021