Physician Updates

The Physicians Committee


Physician Update is a new regular summary on the news you
need to know from the Physicians Committee.


The autumn edition of Good Medicine is now available. Good Medicine is the Physicians Committee’s quarterly member magazine that provides campaign updates, breaking news on the health benefits of plant-based nutrition, the latest information on scientific advances that are improving human health by replacing animal tests and experiments, practice tips for physicians and health care professionals, infographics, and physician profiles. Read the online version.

The first annual National Cancer Opinion Survey by the American Society of Clinical Oncology reveals that most Americans remain unaware of major risk factors for cancer. Results from this national survey of 4,016 U.S. adults show that most have some experience with cancer, with themselves or a family member. Awareness of lifestyle factors associated with cancer risk appeared low. Only 31 percent of those polled identified the strong link between obesity and cancer risk. The vast majority of participants favor strong federal funding for cancer research on improved treatment and prevention. Read more about the survey.


Human Lung-on-Chip Model Reveals How Breathing Regulates Lung Cancer. Researchers recently used a lung-on-chip model to study human lung cancer cell growth in response to drugs and breathing. Although they found that breathing suppresses cancer cell growth and spreading, the breathing motion also promotes resistance to drug therapy targeting key proteins driving the cancer. This human-relevant model can be used to further investigate how cancer cells persist and to develop drugs to overcome cancer drug resistance. This physiological-relevant chip model allows researchers to study lung cancer behavior in a human-relevant microenvironment and produces results that are consistent with those found in human clinical trials. Read the full text.


Help your patients put nutrition to work in their lives with waiting room resources from the Physicians Committee. Our waiting room kits contain everything you need to start talking prevention with your patients. Choose from the following kits: Cancer Prevention & Survival, Diet & Diabetes, Kids Get Healthy, Disease Prevention & Wellness, or choose our Starter Kit, for an introduction to our educational materials. Also available: nutrition-focused posters for your exam rooms and books and DVDs for your nutrition library. Order resources for your practice today!

The Physicians Committee has more than 250 Food for Life instructors around the country who host classes that present information about how plant-based eating patterns promote health. The instructors provide cooking demonstrations of simple, nutritious, and delicious recipes that can be recreated easily at home. We encourage physicians advocating for plant-based nutrition to connect with a local instructor in their community and use them as a resource for nutrition and meal-planning education for their patients. Find a local instructor here.

The new AMA policy on Healthy Food Options in Hospitals has great potential to transform the hospital food environment into a teaching opportunity that helps people thrive. Join Dr. Barnard on Nov. 15, 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) for a brief conference call to review the policy, learn how you can join us in this effort, ask questions, and get organized to take action! Conference Number: 866-885-0439 Access Code: 1035333#