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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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)
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.