Welcome to the Vegetarian Prescription. As a part of the Prescribe Vegetarian Campaign, this site is intended to provide research updates, clinical insights and commentary for medical doctors. Others in the different professions and general public looking for information may find resources better geared to them, including books and websites on our Vegetarians of Washington website.
While there are many individual research reports relevant to vegetarian nutritional medicine, scattered throughout published journals, here we will be collecting them all together in one place. In addition, we point out what we think is most relevant for your patients and practice. You’ll also find some clinical pearls and postings of interviews of your fellow practitioners on this site.
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The physician will already know that Crohn’s disease is difficult to treat and can be frustrating for both the patient and their physician. Safer and more efficacious treatments are needed for this disease.
The current standard treatment for Crohn’s disease involves medication to manage symptoms and induce remission, and when necessary, bowel resection. 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)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology. There is no cure, so long term treatment is indicated. Medication-based therapies comprise several classes of agents, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), non-biologic and biologic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), immunosuppressants, and corticosteroids. Other standard treatments include physical therapy and surgery.
Surveys have shown that a substantial proportion of people with RA will try complementary and alternative interventions, perhaps reflecting the lack of complete satisfaction with conventional approaches, and also a desire to help themselves. (1)
Editorial: Why didn’t my doctor tell me?
Plant-based diets and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Printable (pdf) version: Editorial – Plant-based diets and T2DM
It’s the rare physician with an adult practice that doesn’t encounter a significant number of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Given the rapid rise of the disease, its prophylaxis and treatment should be of pressing concern for every physician. In spite of this crisis, the advantages of a plant-based diet for the prevention and treatment of T2DM have been overlooked.
Vegetarians of Washington has been helping people to change to a vegetarian diet for the past 15 years. We have the following resources available for you to provide or recommend to your patients:
Recommended books, including:
- In Pursuit of Great Food – our new plant-based shopping guide, including what to buy, understanding ingredients, labels and more.
- Say No to Meat – a helpful book to answer all your questions about why and how to go veggie, including a number of easy starter recipes.
- The Veg-Feasting Cookbook – a comprehensive cookbook, with recipes provided by local restaurants and Vegfest chefs, covering a wider range of different cuisines.
Events in and around Seattle:
- Vegfest, our annual vegetarian food festival held in the spring of each year, where patients can taste a wide variety of available food products, and learn about cooking from our chefs, and health from our physician speakers.
- Monthly catered dinners, where patients can enjoy tasty meals and meet others following a similar diet.
- Classes – with accurate, up-to-date health information, general or focused on a specific disease, and with practical shopping and cooking advice.
The Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with a Plant-Based Diet
Printable pdf version (25 pages) : Type 2 Diabetes article
Today’s physicians are only too aware of the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) currently in America, and of its complications such as diabetic peripheral neuropathy and diabetic nephropathy. The increased risk of coronary artery disease that type 2 diabetics face is on every physician’s mind. Administrators and policy makers grapple with the dollar cost to the health care system from type 2 diabetes, and perhaps most worrisome of all, the rise in obesity and metabolic syndrome tells public health officials that the problem will likely get worse if nothing changes.
This article presents evidence of the safety and efficacy of plant-based diets for prophylaxis and treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
On April 9, 2016, at Seattle’s Vegfest, the first Vegfest Medical Seminar was held for doctors and medical students on the safety and efficacy of a plant-based diet to treat and prevent several common diseases. This unique event featured 7 different board-certified specialists, who presented the latest research, along with their clinical experience.
We are delighted to announce that a complete set of videos of this seminar are now available. You can watch the complete playlist of presentations (see video link below program), or select the individual talk topic you are most interested in by clicking on the topic next to each speaker’s name in the program below.
Here is the program for the seminar, with each topic linked to a video of that talk.
||Amanda Strombom, President, Vegetarians of Washington
||Prescribe Vegetarian Campaign
||Stewart Rose, Vice President, Vegetarians of Washington
||Dr Uma Krishnan, Cardiologist, Cardiac Study Center – Tacoma, WA
||Dr Mythili Ramachandran, Internal Medicine, Bonney Lake Medical Center, WA
||Dr Esther Park-Hwang, Ob/Gyn, Multicare OB/GYN Associates, Tacoma, WA
||Dr Ron Swensen, Gynecological Oncology, Valley Medical Center, Renton, WA
||Dr Andrea Rose, Medical Oncology, Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup, WA
||Dr Uma Malhotra, Infectious Disease specialist, Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA
||F. Patricia McEachrane-Gross MD, Preventative and Family Medicine, Ocala, FL