This is a letter we just had to write. We sent a fully documented Letter to Editor of Endocrine Practice Journal, concerning a published algorithm for the treatment of Type II Diabetes. We were delighted that our letter was published – see Published Letter to Endocrine Practice – in their June 2017 issue, along with a Response from authors of the algorithm.
We also wrote to the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, based in Yakima, WA, and received the response below from Kathaleen Briggs Early, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Biochemistry. We are currently drafting a response to this letter, in collaboration with Dr Lynn Fioretti, DO.
In response to our letter to Bastyr university, we received the letter below back from Jane Guiltinan, Dean of the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr. We are now exploring the possibility of giving a presentation and an elective course on Vegetarian Nutritional Medicine to naturopathic students at Bastyr university.
We are pleased to report that in response to our letter to the UW Medical School, we were invited to meet with their Dean of Curriculum, Dr Michael Ryan. He was positively disposed towards our recommendations, and is looking into ways to incorporate various aspects of vegetarian nutritional medicine into their new curriculum. We hope to have another meeting with him in the near future.
Word is getting out there about our new Prescribe Vegetarian Campaign. This week we focused on promoting the campaign to Bastyr University’s College of Naturopathic Medicine. Here you can see us talking to people about it at their Herb and Food Fair. We were happy to see so much interest not only from Naturopathic physicians but also from traditional MDs. On display was the letter we sent to the president of Bastyr asking the University to alter its curriculum to include specific courses in vegetarian nutritional medicine. See the letter in full below. Continue reading
Cc: Brian Seppi, MD, President, Washington State Medical Association
Kathy Lofy, MD, Interim State Health Officer, Washington State Department of Health
February 24, 2015
Dear Dr. Ryan,
We are writing to you in your capacity as Associate Dean of the UW Medicine curriculum. We have heard that you have been conducting a review of the medical curriculum. We are writing to ask you to include the science of vegetarian nutritional medicine in the didactic portion of medical training, and its practice as a therapeutic in the clinical portion of medical school education.
The Prescribe Vegetarian Campaign
Teach doctors to use this powerful medicine
Are plant foods the miracle drugs of the 21st century? It may seem surprising to think that a vegetarian diet could be used in just the same way doctors use drugs and surgery, but those who promote the medical benefits of a vegetarian diet have a powerful ally on their side: science! A healthy vegetarian diet of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts is powerful medicine. We call it Vegetarian Nutritional Medicine.