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Doctors Ornish and McDougall Speak at 'Vital Signs' Continuing Education Event

The World Health Organization proclaimed 2008 the International Year of the Potato. Maybe that’s because starchy foods can help prevent more deaths in one year than all the antibiotics, diabetic pills, statins, and blood pressure pills prescribed over the past half century, according to John A. McDougall, M.D. Health professionals can hear more about Dr. McDougall’s research on plant-based diets for disease prevention and management at Vital Signs: Plant-Based Diets in Clinical Practice.

On April 10, in Los Angeles, PCRM will sponsor Vital Signs, a continuing health education event at which Dr. McDougall and four other nutrition experts will speak on topics ranging from “The Starch Solution” to “A Plant-Based Diet for Diabetes Management.” Presenters include:

  • Neal D. Barnard, M.D., founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine;
  • Lawrence H. Kushi, Sc.D., associate director for etiology and prevention research, Kaiser Permanente;
  • Mark Messina, Ph.D., M.S., president of Nutrition Matters Inc., and executive director of Soy Nutrition Institute;
  • John A. McDougall, M.D., founder and medical director of the McDougall Clinic; and
  • Dean Ornish, M.D., founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute.

“Health professionals have heard about the benefits of vegan diets from organizations like the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association,” says PCRM director of nutrition education Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. “Vital Signs will provide guidance on incorporating these recommendations into clinical practices to help patients prevent and manage heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.”

According to the American Dietetic Association, “Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” And the American Diabetes Association’s position statement “Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2010” stated that “plant-based diets (vegan or vegetarian) that are well planned and nutritionally adequate have also been shown to improve metabolic control.”

Vital Signs will offer various continuing education credits under the auspices of the George Washington University Medical Center’s Office of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. Credits are pending for physicians, nurses, registered dietitians, and registered dietitian technicians.

Vital Signs is presented in conjunction with PCRM’s 25th Anniversary Art of Compassion gala.


PCRM Online, February 2010

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