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Plant-Based Dietary Lifestyle: the Prescription for Disease Prevention and Reversal

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 06, 2014

The most recent high profile voice to publicly espouse a whole food, plant-based diet as optimal was Kim A. Williams, MD, president-elect of the American College of Cardiology in his July 21, 2014 MedPage Today Cardio Buzz guest blog post. Dr. Williams shared his personal experience of reducing his LDL cholesterol level from 170 to 90 within just six short weeks, the result of embracing a plant-based dietary lifestyle.

In light of the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women, there is a heightened focus on plant-based nutrition as a means of both prevention and treatment—not only for heart disease but for all chronic disease—due to the expanding body of science.

With interest in the subject matter mounting, hundreds of physicians and clinicians will gather at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, CA September 17-20 for the CME accredited International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference. “It’s exciting to see the shift beginning to happen in healthcare,” said Scott Stoll, MD, conference co-founder. “My colleagues across this country and around the world are recognizing that Hippocrates had it right over 2,000 years ago with the profound acknowledgement that food should be our medicine and medicine should be our food. September’s conference will address the solid science that overwhelmingly supports the efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition as primary where both prevention and treatment are concerned.”

Dean Ornish, MD and Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., MD, both of whom are part of the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference Faculty, are at the forefront of research wherein plant-based nutrition is being used as a primary treatment protocol. Dr. Ornish’s July 31, 2014 MedPage Cardio Buzz guest blog post applauded Dr. Williams’ courage and leadership in his recommending to patients a shift in dietary lifestyle. In the article, Dr. Ornish recounted research he’s done: “On a whole food, plant-based diet, there was little, if any, atherosclerosis. On a typical Standard American Diet, there was moderate atherosclerosis. On a high-fat, high-animal protein, low-carbohydrate diet, there was substantial coronary atherosclerosis.”

A research paper published in the July 2014 Journal of Family Practice, co-authored by Dr. Esselstyn, concluded that nutritional intervention, specifically plant-based nutrition, halted and even reversed coronary artery disease. Experimental & Clinical Cardiology featured a recent Esselstyn co-authored paper entitled The Nutritional Reversal of Cardiovascular Disease: Fact or Fiction? Three Case Reports.

In his MedPage post, Dr. Williams issued a challenge in his closing comment: “Wouldn't it be a laudable goal of the American College of Cardiology to put ourselves out of business within a generation or two? We have come a long way in prevention of cardiovascular disease, but we still have a long way to go. Improving our lifestyles with improved diet and exercise will help us get there.”

About the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference:

Leading experts in preventive, nutritional medicine will be presenting at the second annual International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, September 17-20, 2014 in San Diego, California. This CME accredited medical conference will educate gatekeepers of dietary-related advice—our nation’s physicians and allied health professionals—about the nutritional science and efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition and its proven ability to prevent, suspend and even reverse disease. The review of current and progressive scientific research will be presented with a commitment to intellectual integrity, without bias or influence. Visit for details.

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