We are delighted to announce that our comprehensive review article on the prevention and treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with a Plant-Based Diet was recently published in the peer-reviewed Endocrinology and Metabolism International Journal.
Here’s the published article as a pdf.
The Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with a Plant-Based Diet
Open Letter To the Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American College of Cardiology
October 27, 2017
Dear Dr. Fuster,
In your recent update to the Expert Consensus Decision Pathway, (1) no specific mention was made of a safe and efficacious non-statin therapy, the plant-based diet.
Vegetarian and vegan diets can be very efficacious in reducing serum cholesterol and, importantly, LDL. Studies have shown that those following a plant-based diet have significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL levels. (2)
This article is also available in printable pdf form: Colon Cancer Prevention with a Plant-Based Diet
I. Executive Summary
It has long been known that vegetarians have a substantially reduced risk of colon cancer. Several studies have shown that vegetarians have a reduced risk of colon cancer of 46%-88%, and, as might be expected, a 54% reduced risk of colon adenoma, plus a 200% reduced risk of advanced adenoma. Vegetarians also have a lower prevalence of risk factors for colon cancer. These include a much lower risk of hyperinsulinemia secondary to metabolic syndrome, lower risk of obesity, and a much lower risk of Crohn’s disease. Vegetarians also have lower levels of CRP (cardio reactive protein) indicating a lower inflammatory status. This has also been correlated with a better prognosis for colon cancer.
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.
For Medical Doctors and Medical Students
Saturday April 1st, 2017 – 6:30pm – 9pm
Theme: Improving Patient Outcomes with a Plant-Based Diet
Videos of this Seminar are now available – see links below.
- This year’s speakers included:
- Dr Uma Krishnan – Cardiologist
- Dr Uma Malhotra – Infectious Disease
- Dr Joseph Marquez – Urologist
- Dr Ann Pittier – Radiation Oncologist
- Dr Ron Swensen – Oncologist
- Dr George Lee – Family Medicine
- Dr Chan Hwang – Physiatrist
Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
A program of the Prescribe Vegetarian Campaign, the goal of which is to expand medical training and practice to include a plant-based diet, as an addition to standard modalities, for the prevention and treatment of disease.
2017 Evening Program – click on topic links to see individual videos
||Catered light buffet
||The Upper Crust Catering Co.
||The Prescribe Vegetarian Campaign
||Amanda Strombom, President, Vegetarians of Washington
||Enhancing Patient Compliance
||Stewart Rose, Vice President, Vegetarians of Washington
||Coronary Artery Disease
||Dr Uma Krishnan, Cardiologist, Cardiac Study Center – Tacoma, WA
||Type II Diabetes
||Dr George Lee, Family Medicine, Bellevue, WA
||Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia
||Dr Chan Hwang, Physical Medicine and Rehab, Multicare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Puyallup, WA
||Antibiotic resistance and Zoonoses
||Dr Uma Malhotra, Infectious Disease, Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA
||Comorbidities in Oncology
||Dr Ron Swensen, Gynecological Oncology, Valley Medical Center, Renton, WA
||Prostate Cancer & Erectile Dysfunction
||Dr Joseph Marquez, Urologist, Polyclinic, Seattle, WA
||Breast Cancer Recurrence
||Dr Ann Pittier, Radiation Oncologist, Tacoma Valley Radiation Oncology Center, WA
||The Broad Potential of a Plant-Based Diet in Medical Practice
||Stewart Rose, Vice President, Vegetarians of Washington
See the whole seminar from start to finish (2.5 hrs)
We are delighted to announce that this article was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Advanced Research in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Feb 16, 2018.
Here is the pdf of the published article
Epidemiologic studies show that IBD is prevalent in wealthy nations where dietary westernization usually occurs. Dietary westernization is characterized by increased consumption of animal protein, animal fat, and sugar. An epidemiological study found that the risk of Crohn’s disease reduced by 70% in females and 80% in males following a vegetarian diet.
Treatment with medications, though efficacious to a degree, all have significant adverse reactions. Many of these medications will also be contraindicated in a significant number of patients.
Treatment is aimed at inducing remission. A semi-vegetarian diet has been shown to achieve a 100% remission rate at 1 year and 92% at 2 years. Plant-based diets are rich in phytochemicals that help reduce inflammation by modifying several inflammatory mechanisms.
A study of treatment with infliximab and a plant-based diet showed a remission rate of 96%, substantial reduction in CRP and CDAI and improvements in mucosa healing. This study shows that combining infliximab with a plant-based diet results in a strong clinical response.
Plant-based diets promote a more favorable gut microbial profile that is anti-inflammatory. Naturally occurring substances in plant foods, having anti-inflammatory bowel actions include phytochemicals, antioxidants, dietary fibers, and lipids. Many of these natural products exert their beneficial action by altering cytokine production.
The plant-based diet has no adverse reactions or contra-indications and is affordable, so physicians can initiate therapy with a plant-based diet immediately, and prescribe it as a prophylaxis for all patients at risk of Crohn’s disease. Continue reading
As the physician will already know, fibromyalgia is a disease which is often very difficult to treat. Many patients suffer from fibromyalgia without a fully efficacious treatment. These patients do not have a good quality of life and cannot maintain normal daily activity with currently prescribed treatments. Hence, many fibromyalgia patients inquire about dietary interventions. (1)