The Prescribe Vegetarian Campaign – an initiative by Vegetarians of Washington
For years, research has shown the efficacy of a diet composed of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts to help both prevent and treat a wide variety of common diseases. The use of these foods for medical purposes is called Vegetarian Nutritional Medicine. However this knowledge has yet to be put into clinical practice despite growing patient demand. Many physicians are unable to meet this demand for lack of training in medical school and post-graduate education.
To help solve this problem, Vegetarians of Washington has initiated a campaign to encourage the inclusion of Vegetarian Nutritional Medicine in the medical school curriculum, initially in the state of Washington, but potentially extending to other states in the future. Vegetarian Nutritional medicine is proposed as an addition to the medical use of drugs and surgery, thus increasing the number of modalities available to the physician.
We are reaching out to the medical schools in the Northwest, to help them implement the curriculum addition and offer presentations directly to medical school students as a primer. This Vegetarian Prescription website is written to provide physicians with research updates, physician interviews and interactions about Vegetarian Nutritional Medicine, to help them learn and feel comfortable using Vegetarian Nutritional Medicine in their practice.
Vegetarians of Washington takes a scientific approach to medicine. Evidence-based medicine is emphasized along with clinical experience. Vegetarians of Washington is advised by a number of physicians from various specialties.
About Vegetarians of Washington
Vegetarians of Washington is dedicated to public service. Our mission is to help improve the health and well-being of people and the world we live in, both by educating the mainstream Americans to discover the advantages and pleasures of vegetarian food, and by providing support and service to the vegetarian community.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the largest vegetarian society in America. We currently have four nationally published books. We produce the annual Seattle Vegfest attended by thousands, monthly catered dinners as well as classes on how and why to become a vegetarian and a monthly newsletter. Membership to Vegetarians of Washington is open to all whether one is an experienced vegetarian, beginner or just curious. Membership is not required to attend any of our events or participate in our activities.
In addition to the general public, Vegetarians of Washington works closely with diverse businesses and professionals in the community including doctors, educators, both the print and broadcast media, food retailers and manufacturers, a wide variety of church groups as well as other nonprofits.
Vegetarians of Washington takes a scientific approach to medicine. Evidence-based medicine is emphasized along with clinical experience. Vegetarians of Washington is advised by a number of physicians from various specialties. Several physicians also assist the organization with public speaking and health screenings at events such as Seattle Vegfest and with newsletter interviews. Vegetarians of Washington has also provided educational presentations to various patient groups.