What is PCRM?
Doctors and laypersons working together for compassionate and effective medical practice, research, and health promotion.
PCRM promotes preventive medicine through innovative programs:
- PCRM has led the way for reforms of federal nutrition policies.
- Our clinical research programs are breaking new ground in diabetes, cancer, and other serious conditions.
- PCRM’s Cancer Project has provided vital information to tens of thousands of people.
- The New Four Food Groups is PCRM’s innovative proposal for a federal nutrition policy that puts a new priority on health.
- Our public service announcement series features medical experts on prevention and health.
We encourage higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research:
- We oppose unethical human experiments. While great strides have been made in eliminating such experiments, problems remain. For example, children are still given synthetic growth hormone in experiments to make them taller, and both children and adults are exposed to unnecessary new drugs which have toxic effects.
- We promote alternatives to animal research. We have worked to put a stop to gruesome experiments, such as the military’s cat-shooting studies, DEA narcotics experiments, and monkey self-mutilation projects. We also promote non-animal methods in medical education. Currently, more than three-quarters of all U.S. medical schools have dropped their animal labs for medical students.
Founded in 1985, PCRM is a nonprofit organization supported by physicians and laypersons who receive Good Medicine each quarter. PCRM programs combine the efforts of medical experts and grassroots individuals.
PCRM president Neal D. Barnard, M.D. , is a popular speaker and the author of Turn Off the Fat Genes; Foods That Fight Pain; Eat Right, Live Longer; Food for Life; and other books on preventive medicine. PCRM’s advisory board includes 11 health care professionals from a broad range of specialties.
T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. Cornell University
Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. The Cleveland Clinic
Suzanne Havala, Ph.D., M.S., R.D., L.D.N., F.A.D.A. The Vegetarian Resource Group
Henry J. Heimlich, M.D., Sc.D. The Heimlich Institute
Lawrence Kushi, Sc.D. Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente
Virginia Messina, M.P.H., R.D. Nutrition Matters, Inc.
John McDougall, M.D. McDougall Program, St. Helena Hospital
Milton Mills, M.D. Gilead Medical Group
Myriam Parham, R.D., L.D., C.D.E. East Pasco Medical Center
William Roberts, M.D. Baylor Cardiovascular Institute
Andrew Weil, M.D. University of Arizona
Affiliations are listed for identification only.
For more information about PCRM, visit www.PCRM.org