PLANT-BASED DIETARY LIFESTYLE:

THE PRESCRIPTION FOR DISEASE PREVENTION AND REVERSALPLANT-BASED DIETARY LIFESTYLE

From the FMS Global News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton  August 06, 2014                                   San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 06, 2014 MedPage Today

 

With an in-depth review of the nutritional science that supports a plant-based dietary lifestyle as the ultimate prescription for disease prevention, suspension and even reversal, the CME accredited International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, set for September 17-20 in San Diego, CA, will showcase names like Ornish, Esselstyn, Campbell as part of a stellar line-up of the leading preventive nutritional medicine authorities.

“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.”

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.

  1. 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 has 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: “Would not 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.

 

PLANT-BASED NUTRITION COULD REIN IN BURGEONING HEALTHCARE COSTS

Sal Lacagnina Recommends Plant-Based Nutrition to LMHS Employees and Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference to Fellow Physicians

From the FMS Global News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton Naples, Florida (PRWEB) September 26, 2013

A self-insured employer with over 14,000 employees and dependents on its health plan, Lee Memorial Health System VP of Health and Wellness Sal Lacagnina, MD deems plant-based nutrition essential to reining in the health system’s burgeoning cost of healthcare by empowering employees to dramatically improve and restore their health through dietary lifestyle modification. The mission of the North American Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, set for October 24-26 in Naples, Florida is to educate physicians and healthcare professionals about the efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition in preventing, suspending and reversing much of the disease that is driving costs of self-insured employers like LMHS.

Dr. Sal Lacagnina (known as Dr. Sal), vice president of health and wellness at Lee Memorial Health System, looks forward to attending the inaugural North American Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference in Naples, FL on October 24-26.

“My medical practice has always been centered on keeping people healthy,” said Dr. Sal. “I’ve seen a direct correlation between lifestyle and chronic illness: those who exercise regularly and eat healthfully—a predominantly plant-based diet—are more vital and productive.”

Lee Memorial has charged Dr. Sal with the mission of reining in system healthcare costs, which topped $70 million last year.

“As a self-insured employer with over 14,000 employees, we have been watching healthcare costs go up and up,” noted Dr. Sal, adding, “healthcare reform and cost containment start with the individual and his or her lifestyle choices.”

With assistance from the community-based Complete Health Improvement Program(CHIP), Dr. Sal’s efforts are already proving effective by way of two pilot groups of Lee Memorial employees and dependents.

“With one pilot concluded and another pilot underway, our goal is to put Lee County on the map as one of the healthiest counties in the nation,” said Kathy Reynaert-Randall, corporate and community trainer/facilitator for CHIP.

“Our Lee Memorial pilot participants have embraced the CHIP program wholeheartedly; it centers on a plant-based diet with the mantra of ‘high fiber, low fat, and food as grown.’”

“Reading The China Study and seeing Forks Over Knives reinforce that CHIP’s approach was one that could deliver a strong ROI,” said Dr. Sal.

“The answers seem so simple yet they are too often ignored. Education in and of itself is the answer, followed with individual responsibility.”

Emphasizing whole food, plant-based nutrition and exercise as the two foundational pillars, each Lee Memorial pilot participant takes part in an in-depth lifestyle education program and receives a pedometer with encouragement to clock in at least 10K steps each day.Biometrics are monitored on an ongoing basis.

“Every single person is realizing health benefits from the program in blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol, A1C, as well as in energy levels and sleep improvement,” said Reynaert-Randall.

“It’s not a diet, it’s a sustainable lifestyle. Weight loss is a side benefit of this approach; the objective is improved and restored health—being more productive and avoiding pharmaceuticals.”

“Anecdotally and objectively, on the clinical and financial side of the equation, the results have been tremendous: We will probably have a 2 or 3 to 1 ROI, and this represents only one year cost savings,” said Dr. Sal.

“Plant-based nutrition is the healthiest dietary lifestyle. Employees become healthier, and the result is a healthier bottom line for the employer.”

Regarding the inaugural North American Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, Dr. Sal is adamant about the need for his fellow physicians to learn about the power of nutritional medicine.

“We get out of residency not understanding that food is medicine and that it, combined with exercise, should be the foundation of prevention,” Dr. Sal emphasized.

“Physicians need to live the lifestyle themselves and see, first hand, their own health improvement, using it as a lifestyle recipe for success with their own patients.”

About the North American Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference:                           Leading experts in preventive, nutritional medicine will be presenting at the inaugural North American Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, October 24-26, 2013 in Naples, Florida. This CME accredited medical conference will educate gatekeepers of dietary-related advice—our nation’s physicians and allied health practitioners—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.

 

HEALTHY FOOD TIPS FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUCCESS

From the FMS Global News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton  28-Jul-2014 11:00 AM EDT
Source Newsroom:
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

 

Newswise — Back to school means getting back into a routine that helps students achieve success in the new school year. Start the year off on solid footing by making good nutrition part of your child’s schedule. Multiple studies have shown that good nutrition plays a huge role in academic success.

Allison Bourgraf , RD, LD, a clinical dietitian in the Division of Nutrition Therapy at Cincinnati Children’s, says multiple studies have shown that poor nutrition adversely affects school performance and overall achievement.

Because nutrition habits and food choices can change during the summer months, parents should start to prepare before the school year begins.

Bourgraf says that the best way parents can help their children nutritionally is by making sure they have a healthy morning meal. Even though the meal is called “breakfast” it does not mean breakfast foods must be eaten. The goal is to have your child eat a variety of nutrient rich foods, such as high-fiber, nutrient rich grains, fruits and dairy products. Not only is it important to eat breakfast everyday but parents should consider the quality of the foods offered at breakfast. The following are some ideas parents can try:

  • Fiber rich and whole-grain cereals with low fat milk
    • Yogurt and berries with low fat granola
    • Whole wheat Toast, eggs and piece of fresh fruit
    • Whole wheat bagels and cheese or eggs with low fat milk
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich with low fat milk
    • Grilled Cheese sandwich with 100% fruit juice

Bourgraf says parents need to make sure their children have a healthy lunch, too. Many studies have shown that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches aren’t just more alert throughout the day, they also earn better grades than those who don’t eat healthy. Eating a balanced lunch also improves a child’s ability to concentrate in afternoon subjects and decreases their chances of overeating and making unhealthy choices at there after school snack.

Bourgraf gives the following tips to parents on how to ensure healthy nutrition for their child:

  • Use myplate.gov. Follow the guidelines by making half the lunch fruits and vegetables, and at least half the grains whole grain. Remember to go easy on fats and sweets and always include a lean source of protein and low fat dairy
  • Include variety to avoid pickiness. Beat boredom with different foods. Instead of regular bread every day, make sandwiches using pitas, bagels, English muffins, crackers or tortillas. Include a variety of colors every day to make the food more appealing to the eye. Children may be more willing to eat foods of their favorite colors, shapes or sizes.
  • Ask your kids to get involved. Discuss healthy food options with them and how they can take responsibility of packing their own lunch. Set a family goal to shop on the weekends and complete as much prep work with fruits and vegetables. Meal planning and preparation is a great way to get kids involved and educated about why nutritious meals are so important.
  • Make it easy. Pack easy-to-eat fruit, such as grapes, apple wedges, strawberries or chunks of melon. Include a dipping sauce made of yogurt or peanut butter to make this healthy meal fun and easy.
  • Be careful about what children drink. Even 100 percent juice is loaded with sugar. Encourage children to drink low-fat white milk, or plain or sugar-free flavored water. Children should avoid drinks containing added supplements like herbs and caffeine. When you are out school shopping offer to buy your child a special water bottle that will motivate them to choose more nutritious beverages.
  • School lunches are a nutritious option. Even if you decide to pack a lunch for your child, the school lunch program can be a great supplement to food brought from home. For example, buying a cheese stick and milk at school ensure lower the risk of spoilage in a brought from home lunch bag. Check out the menus from your child’s school to learn what is being served for lunch.

About Cincinnati Children’s
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S.News and World Report’s 2014 Best Children’s Hospitals. It is also ranked in the top 10 for all 10 pediatric specialties. Cincinnati Children’s, a non-profit organization, is one of the top three recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health, and a research and teaching affiliate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The medical center is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation.

Some nice ideas to make food interesting to your children. See you Sunday. Jeanne

 

 

 

 

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