Frequently Asked Questions

return to questions What is the New Hippocratic Diet ® ? The New Hippocratic Diet ® was developed by Dr. Irving A. Cohen, M.D., M.P.H., Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, to help people reverse the current obesity epidemic and regain control of their lives. It utilizes the natural appetite suppression mechanism present in everyone. Doctors and scientists have long known that people's bodies, just as other forms of life, are designed for cyclical patterns of food availability. There is a natural mechanism to store excess energy for long-term use in the form of fat and there is a natural mechanism to burn fat and efficiently when the food supply is low. When used properly, that natural mechanism suppresses hunger so that people can live off their own stored energy without excessive anxiety or concern.

In today's highly industrialized world, most people are far removed from the natural variations in food supply. In that environment, making the wrong food choice tells their bodies to constantly stored energy, leading to overweight, type 2 diabetes, and their associated health and disease issues. When they try to reduce their consumption, their bodies are in the storage mode, wanting to put extra energy into fat for later use. Staying in this storage mode interferes with losing weight and leaves the dieter constantly hungry. That sabotages their good efforts.

Complicating matters, over the past three decades, the Federal Government of the United States made a terrible mistake. Beginning in late 1970's, confused by propaganda and tainted science of the food lobby, they sought to "educate" Americans that the fad-diet of fat-avoidance was actually healthy for them. This was based on their misunderstanding of the true underlying science but it became national policy and was treated as dogma by academia who depended upon federal funding. As a result, many people, both in the United States and elsewhere in the world have come to believe this falsehood. Today, it seems as if the harder some people try to lose weight, doing what they are told are the "right things", the worse they get. Today, there are more than twice as many people struggling with type 2 diabetes and weight problems than before the U.S. Government began their education campaign.

The answer to this dilemma is to forget this bad advice and look at the underlying mechanism of weight loss, weight gain and type 2 diabetes. The New Hippocratic Diet ® does this and has helped many people over the years. Dr. Cohen developed this diet about 2 decades ago because of personal need. He, too, was faced with frustration having gained weight doing the supposedly right things and finding the current mixture of diets ineffective. Faced with this, he researched how the body could be maintained in a steady fat-burning state. He founded this question had been answered in the 1920's, and that research was still valid today. He expanded the logarithm developed almost a century ago to take into account weight-loss dieting and arrived at a computer model showing how the correct balance of major nutrients can keep a person's body in a fat-burning state and suppress hunger. That model is now published in the medical literature. He has presented information on his diet to physicians and scientists in major medical forums.

While researching and exploring the history of weight-loss dieting, he discovered others who had come before him. Notably, a famous German researcher and physician had come to similar conclusions in the late 19th century. This eventually led him to end even earlier work. An important French scholar in the early 19th century had discovered that the famous Greek physician Hippocrates had his own method of losing or gaining weight. Although lacking our current science, Hippocrates and had worked this out through his power of observation. Hippocrates is generally considered in the western world as "The Father of Rational Medicine". Dr. Cohen's method of losing weight, although developed using modern science, is remarkably similar to that advocated by Hippocrates 2400 years earlier. Dr. Cohen named his diet The New Hippocratic Diet ® in deference to Hippocrates original recommendations.

Dr. Cohen's diet goes far beyond those initial recommendations of Hippocrates. This is because in the 21st century we face additional challenges. Chemical additives which make people hungrier and misleading information from producers of food products are but two. In a world where international corporations make billions of dollars selling weight-loss products, Dr. Cohen shows people how to regain control of their lives and successfully lose weight without gimmicks, drugs, surgery, or special products. In addition to teaching patients directly and developing an online course, Dr. Cohen has produced several books for the dieter. The first is for most weight-loss dieters, while the second is a special version for dieters with type 2 diabetes (who should diet with the knowledge and cooperation of their physician). The third is a cookbook, providing more recipe choices for dieters, in addition to the starter recipes in the basic books. A Spanish language edition, La Nueva Dieta Hipocrática del Dr. Cohen is also available.

return to questions Who should take this course? This course is designed to provide necessary knowledge to
1. Anyone considering starting the New Hippocratic Diet, whether they are overweight or a type 2 diabetic.
2. Those needing a refresher or more knowledge for themselves or to help another.
Part of that information is who should and who should not diet, as well as when people with specific issues should seek additional medical advice or supervision.

return to questions How long does it take? About 8 hours. We suggest you divide that into several sessions, rather than attempt to complete it at a single sitting.

return to questions What are the computer requirements? This course is designed to run well both on most standard personal computers (Windows XP and above with at least 512 mb memory and screen resolution at least 800x600 or Apple MAC 10.5 and above) using a high-speed connection (such as cable or DSL) including laptops and tablets such as Apple Ipad.
As this course is tested on other devices and systems we will post that information here. If you plan to use such another type of device not listed here, please contact us first.

return to questions How much does it cost? $99 per person (U.S. dollars).
This course is designed to be used by a single learner.
Those wishing to obtain special arrangements for members of groups or for group viewing should contact us.

return to questions Will there be extra expenses? If you follow this plan, you will be eating normal food you buy and prepare yourself. We do not sell any food products, supplements or medications. We recommend you take a standard daily multivitamin and a fiber supplement, from any pharmacy or store of your choice. We suggest that you have a copy of one of Dr. Cohen's books (either The New Hippocratic Diet ® for weight-loss or Diabetes Recovery Using The New Hippocratic Diet® for type 2 diabetics) to supplement the course. You may also wish to have a copy of our cookbook, Cooking for The New Hippocratic Diet ®.It is a collection of the best recipes developed by our patients over many years.
These books are available through your favorite bookseller. In the United States, you may also purchase these books directly from us at

This website is intended to provide information about the availability of an online course.This website is not intended to offer individual medical advice.
If you require such individual advice or care, please consult your personal physician or healthcare provider.

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