If you are reading this, you are likely to have attended a Plant Based Nutrition Support Group program. If not, don’t wait any longer. We have a local treasure in PBNSG founder Paul Chatlin, whose heart, once compromised with fatty plaques that caused him pain and limited his mobility, now beats tirelessly to keep others from suffering the same fate. In my work with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, I have the privilege of traveling around the country and interacting with many experts in the world of plant-based nutrition. Because of Paul, and the team of dedicated volunteers he has inspired, manyof those experts have come to speak at PBNSG meetings. That would be something by itself, but Paul’s visionary work has extended beyond our local community of people who want to get well, to the next generation of physicians. Paul has worked to bring plant-based nutrition education into medical schools! He believed that the 4 hours that most medical schools offer on the topic of nutrition was not sufficient, and he is right. Local medical school graduates will hopefully come to see nutrition in its proper role, as the primary intervention for disease prevention and treatment, and medication to be used only as a last resort, for the sickest of the sick.
Heart disease is our top killer, and it is the leading cause of death in people who have diabetes. We in the Metro Detroit are so fortunate to have Plant-Based Paul, who has been heard to say that he can’t sleep at night, worrying that there is someone who needs this information but does not have access to it. Don’t miss a meeting. And please, contribute your time or dollars to PBNSG. We all need Paul to get some sleep.