Our current system is rewarding the management of disease, while not rewarding prevention and prescriptions for dietary change. This has to change, because the current model is unsustainable.
Naples, Florida (PRWEB) October 02, 2013
The medical community is waking up to the reality that a diagnose-and-treat disease-care system is unsustainable. This is fueling interest in the subject matter that will be the focus of the inaugural North American Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, set for October 24-26, 2013 at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Naples, Florida.
Recent reports indicate that over 70% of Americans are reliant on pharmaceuticals, with over 50% taking two or more. “For the first time in human history, people are dependent on medications that typically only address symptoms—not the underlying cause of disease,” said Scott Stoll, MD, co-founder of the North American Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference. “We’ve become expert in disease management, not in true ‘health’ care where we focus on the art of prevention through plant-based nutrition and inexpensive lifestyle modification. Our current system is rewarding the management of disease, while not rewarding prevention and prescriptions for dietary change. This has to change, because the current model is unsustainable.”
The good news is that momentum is building in support of healthcare transformation, taking it from a system of diagnose and treat to one that's focused on both prevention and on identifying and eradicating the cause of disease—all too often directly tied to the Standard American Diet. “Even Kaiser Permanente, in their spring 2013 Permanente Journal, published a paper that urges Kaiser’s 17,000 physicians to begin recommending plant-based diets to their patients,” said Dr. Stoll. “While this is encouraging, we also need a value-based delivery model of medicine, as opposed to our current fee-for-service model—a system that economically incentivizes physicians for quality outcomes and true prevention.”
There are hurdles to surmount: The vast majority of our nation’s medical schools fail to include preventive, nutritional medicine education as part of their standard curriculum, even though the CDC estimates that 70% or more of our nation’s healthcare dollars are spent on the treatment of conditions that are lifestyle-related—all too often a result of what people are eating. “It's going to take doctors becoming informed, rising up, banding together, and, in the spirit of the Hippocratic Oath, demanding change of the current system,” emphasizes Dr. Stoll. “Physicians are trained to treat symptoms and diseases, rather than addressing the underlying imbalances that perpetuate illness. As physicians begin to change, the system will begin to change, ushering in real healthcare reform and a sustainable system. This will require a grassroots effort on the part of physicians, which has already begun.”
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. Visit http://www.pbnhc.com for details.