San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 17, 2014
How can we ensure sustainable human health and a sustainable healthcare system? A predominantly whole food, plant-based dietary lifestyle is the answer—shifting to a system that advocates health promoting, disease fighting food as the primary disease prevention and treatment protocol. This will be the focus of the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, set for September 17-20 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, CA.
According to the 2013 study conducted by Mayo Clinic, 70 percent of Americans are taking prescription pharmaceuticals, with half taking two or more medications on a daily basis. A recent survey of 17,000 Medicare beneficiaries found that two out of five patients reported taking five or more prescription medicines, with four out of five living with one or more chronic conditions.
“For the first time in human history, people are dependent on medications that typically only address symptoms—not the underlying cause of disease,” says Scott Stoll, MD, co-founder of the International 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.”
The CDC’s 2014 report on Chronic Disease and Health Promotion states that about half of all adults have one or more chronic health conditions, with heart disease leading the way, and cancer close behind. The vast majority of healthcare dollars, which in 1970 equated to 7.2% and now totals more than 18% of the nation’s GDP, are spent on the treatment of conditions that are tied directly to poor lifestyle choices, with poor dietary habits leading the way.
“Our current system is rewarding the management of disease, while not rewarding prevention and prescriptions for dietary change,” says Stoll. “This has to change, because the current model is unsustainable—there is a better way when we take a food first approach; it’s the future of healthcare.”
Many of the foremost experts in preventive, nutritional medicine—Drs. Ornish, Campbell, Esselstyn, Li, McDougall, Greger—and other prominent voices will be showcased during the CME accredited International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference.
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. Visit http://www.pbnhc.com for details.