Open Letter to Editor, JACC

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)
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Colon Cancer Prevention with a Plant-Based Diet

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.

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The Treatment of Fibromyalgia with a Plant-Based Diet

Introduction

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)

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Patient Resources from Vegetarians of Washington

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:

  • Introductory health-focused brochures

    Available free for self-printing, including:

 

  • IPOGF Front cover - low resRecommended 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.

First Annual Vegfest Medical Seminar

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.

7:00pm Welcome Amanda Strombom, President, Vegetarians of Washington
7:05pm Prescribe Vegetarian Campaign Stewart Rose, Vice President, Vegetarians of Washington
7:15pm Cardiology Dr Uma Krishnan, Cardiologist, Cardiac Study Center – Tacoma, WA
7:30pm Endocrinology Dr Mythili Ramachandran, Internal Medicine, Bonney Lake Medical Center, WA
7:45pm Ob/Gyn Dr Esther Park-Hwang, Ob/Gyn, Multicare OB/GYN Associates, Tacoma, WA
8:00pm Oncology Dr Ron Swensen, Gynecological Oncology, Valley Medical Center, Renton, WA
8:15pm Prostate Cancer Dr Andrea Rose, Medical Oncology, Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup, WA
8:30pm Infectious Disease Dr Uma Malhotra, Infectious Disease specialist, Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA
8:45pm Preventative Medicine F. Patricia McEachrane-Gross MD, Preventative and Family Medicine, Ocala, FL

 

The Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease with a Plant-Based Diet

This article is also available in printable pdf form coronary-artery-disease-veg-of-wa-9-7-16

Introduction

For over 45 years, evidence from interventional studies has strongly indicated that a low-fat plant-based diet is both safe and efficacious in the treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD).  Interventional studies have shown that a low-fat (<10% of calories) plant-based diet is a viable and highly advantageous alternative to other interventional strategies. This treatment can be used in combination with standard treatment regimens, including medication, stenting and CABG.

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Prostate Cancer Prevention and Treatment with a Plant-Based Diet

This paper can also be downloaded as a pdf – Prostate Cancer – Veg of WA 10.20.15

Introduction

Both patients and physicians are increasingly interested in the use of a healthy vegetarian diet composed fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains for the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer. This article discusses the research and the clinical application of vegetarian nutritional medicine to the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer.

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