It is time to reclaim our role as healers, not just technicians
— Dr. Dean Ornish

For those searching for hope that a whole foods plant-based lifestyle is gaining ground in the medical community, look no further. This past weekend, May 29th-31st, Brittany and I attended the first of its kind: an International Cardiovascular Nutrition Summit hosted by the president of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Kim Williams. Presenting were Ivy-league educated leaders in their fields promoting the gold standard of disease prevention, plant-based nutrition.

After speaking with a few attendees it became apparent that many of them had not yet transitioned to a whole foods plant-based lifestyle. I must say, I found this to be the most inspiring bit of knowledge I gained. Individuals are now seeking information regarding the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle, changing their own lives, and passing on these lessons to their patients. This lifestyle is gaining ground, and it’s doing so quickly.

Thanks in large part to the efforts of all of you…those that are leading by example, unapologetically spreading the message, and arming yourselves, not only with evidence-based-medicine, but also with your own experiences, the latter of which can be far more compelling.

To echo the message of the presenters…it’s about time we start looking to treat the cause of disease rather than the symptoms because our nation’s healthcare system, our Earth, and our bodies can’t handle the status quo any longer.

Here is a list of the presenters if you’d like to get more information:

Dr. William Li (http://www.ted.com/talks/william_li?language=en
Dr. Kim Williams/Dr. Scott Stoll (http://plantricianproject.org
Dr. Dean Ornish (http://ornishspectrum.com
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. (http://www.dresselstyn.com/site/
Dr. William Roberts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_C._Roberts)
Dr. Michael Greger (http://nutritionfacts.org
Dr. Terry Mason (http://www.forksoverknives.com/restart-for-health/
Dr. Joel Kahn (http://www.pbnsg.org/plant-a-question-on-the-dr/
Dr. Robert Ostfeld (http://www.montefiore.org/cardiacwellnessprogram
Dr. Columbus Batiste 

More information to come! Check back later this month to read about our progress at the medical school.

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