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Sign of the Times: 600 Doctors Attend Conference on Plant-Based Nutrition

Just a few weeks ago, nearly 600 doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals came together in Anaheim, California, to learn more about plant-based nutrition at the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference.

With attendees from around the world, including some who came from as far as China and South Africa, this event is a definite sign of the times.

Scott Stoll, doctor and co-founder of the conference, shares with Latest Vegan News:

Physicians are trained to treat symptoms and diseases, rather than addressing the underlying imbalances that perpetuate illness. As doctors become informed, rise up, band together, and—in the spirit of the Hippocratic Oath—demand change of the current system, the system will begin to change, ushering in real healthcare reform and a sustainable system.

The World Health Organization recently announced that processed meats cause cancer, so it should come as no surprise that the number of physicians advocating for a healthy, plant-based diet continues to grow.

Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, a 100-year-old World War II veteran and retired heart surgeon, made headlines in recent years for his longevity, which he credits to a healthy vegan diet.

Just last year, CBC News reported that a vegan cardiologist in Ontario is prescribing healthy dietary changes instead of relying on cholesterol-lowering pharmaceuticals. Dr. Shane Williams counsels his patients to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes, and to leave animal products off their plates.

And according to Dr. William Roberts, a prominent cardiovascular pathologist, humans are really herbivores, and heart disease is caused by animal foods. The structure of our teeth and the length of our intestines indicate that we are designed to eat plants. Meat consumption is linked not only to heart disease, but to cancer and diabetes as well. What’s more, heart disease is virtually unheard of in cultures that follow plant-based diets.

You can take a stand for your health and the countless animals suffering on factory farms by adopting a healthy, humane plant-based diet.

Click here for delicious recipes and tips on making the transition.