2019 International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference Agenda*

Saturday, September 21
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm Registration - - - - -
Sunday, September 22
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Registration - - - - -
5:00 pm – 6:15 pm Welcome Reception - - - - -
6:15 pm – 9:00 pm Opening Dinner & Keynote...The Power of the Plate: The Science of Regeneration and Sustainability Scott Stoll, MD 2 2 2 0

A comprehensive review of the updated literature describing physiologic and biochemical evidence that highlights the impact of nutrition on human health, disease prevention and intervention. Further evidence from peer reviewed research will be presented highlighting the effect of growing conditions on food and human health as well as the sustainability of key resources such as soil, land, and water. Finally, data driven recommendations will be created to direct lifestyle medicine interventions to maximize the health of patients.

1. Appreciate the breadth of the impact of nutrition on every aspect of human physiology from the atomic level to the systemic.
2. Identify the optimal dietary pattern, based upon the most recent research, for the prevention, suspension and remission of non-communicable disease.
3. Describe the optimal food production systems that maximize the health benefits of food and create the greatest opportunity for sustainable, regenerative agricultural systems.

Monday, September 23
6:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast - - - - -
8:00 am – 9:00 am Session 2 - Un Do It: Using Lifestyle Changes to Reverse Chronic Disease Dean Ornish, MD 1 1 1 0

Based upon 30 years of research, Dr. Ornish will review the results from his clinical trials and supportive research that demonstrates the prevention, suspension, and remission of the most common lifestyle diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer and dementia. Research from his Medicare approved program will document both individual patient case reports and longitudinal outcomes that support lifestyle interventions as an effective intervention for non-communicable diseases.

1. Describe the key features of a lifestyle medicine program.
2. Identify the physiologic changes associated with a dietary and lifestyle program and the impact on disease processes.
3. Summarize the core principles of behavior change and the elements of a successful intervention program.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Session 3 - Food Addiction and the Steps to Sustainable Freedom Nicole Avena, PhD 1 1 1 0

Research has demonstrated the impact of food on the dopamine reward pathway as well as the opioid and benzodiazepine receptor systems. Food addiction is often underestimated in the treatment of patients and according to Yale research, between 14-19% of people are susceptible. Dr. Avena, an expert in food addiction, will review the literature on food addiction and describe the impact of our culture of food on obesity and health. Finally, data driven recommendations will be provided to assist providers in helping patients overcome food addiction and dependency.

1. Comprehend the scope of the challenge in food addiction and dependency.
2. Understand the neurobiology of food addiction and linkages to components of the average diet.
3. Direct patients to resources and programs to assist with food addiction/dependency.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Break - - - - -
10:30 am – 11:30 am Session 4 - The Hidden Connections: Tendon Health and Nutrition Jimmy H. Conway, MD 1 1 1 0

Dr. Conway, a prominent board-certified orthopedist, will present a novel lecture on the dietary and lifestyle mechanisms of degeneration of the musculoskeletal system. The lecture will highlight a comprehensive base of research on the linkages between diet, inflammation and cytokines, and the impact on chondrocytes, fibroblasts, stem cells, and the degenerative process seen in conditions like rotator cuff tears, knee osteoarthritis, and poor healing.

1. Describe the mechanisms and interactions of poor nutrition and musculoskeletal degeneration.
2. Understand the emerging research on nutrition and musculoskeletal conditions and health including inflammation, chondrocytes, and stem cells.
3. Develop strategies for communicating this message to patients to help them understand how to improve their pain and conditions.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Session 5 - Angiogenesis and Health Defenses: A Systems-based Approach to Plant-based Prevention and Intervention William Li, MD 1 1 1 0

As the founder of the Angiogenesis foundation, Dr. William Li is a world leader in the science of angiogenesis. In this lecture, he will review the most recent research on nutrition and angiogenesis including the key dietary components that abnormally activate the abnormal growth of blood vessels associated with diseases like cancer and obesity and the foods that prevent and suspend dysfunctional angiogenesis. He will conclude with a review of the research on food categories that optimize angiogenesis and most effectively contribute to physiologic health.

1. Define the molecular physiology involved with disease resistance
2. Describe systems biology interactions between dietary factors and physiological disease resistance
3. Present basic, clinical, and public health evidence supporting dietary intervention with improved health outcomes, including disease prevention and intervention
4. Identify emerging strategies for developing evidence on dietary health connections

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch - - - - -
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Session 6 - Things I Wish I Learned In Med School: A Guide to De-Prescribing Medications Used to Treat Lifestyle-Related Diseases James Loomis, Jr., MD, MBA 1 1 1 0


An evolutionary mismatched lifestyle is the root cause of many chronic diseases, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and type 2 diabetes , which have reach epidemic proportions. In the US, it is estimated that we will spend over 3.5 trillion dollars on health care this year; the CDC estimates that at least at 80% will be spend on preventable disease. The treatment of prediabetes and diabetes alone, which now affects around 66% of the US population, will account for one in every 4 of those dollars.

However, despite clear evidence that lifestyle modification can prevent, treat and sometimes reverse these diseases, most of these chronic, lifestyle related diseases are treated primarily with pharmaceuticals. When patients adopt a healthier lifestyle, especially a whole-food plant-based diet, they will often see a dramatic improvement in their health in a short period of time. For patients on medications, this can lead to symptomatic hypoglycemia and relative hypotension. It is important to have an effective patient education, monitoring and “de-prescription” strategy in place to help patients make this transition in a safe, healthful way.

1) Understand why an unhealthy lifestyle is the root cause of many chronic diseases
2) Learn how a healthy lifestyle, in particular a whole-food plant based diet, can be used to prevent treat and sometimes reverse chronic disease.
3) Learn how to de-prescribe medications as patients transition to a healthier lifestyle.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Session 7 - Adherence is Not the Enemy: Why Patients Still Benefit From a Plant-based Diet Regardless of 100% Adherence Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, MS, RD 1 1 1 0

Adherence to lifestyle changes has been one of the most difficult challenges that can limit the impact of nutritional and other associated interventions. Dr. McGreivey will review the evidence from her research, as well as the current research databased, that describe the factors that limit and improve adherence. Data will also be presented to help attendees understand the statistical benefits of graduated levels of adherence.

1. Define adherence and the factors that enhance or detract from compliance and adherence.
2. Summarize the benefits of a plant-based diet regardless of 100% adherence.
3. Describe steps that help to improve patient adherence with lifestyle interventions.

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Break - - - - -
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm Session 8 - Plant-Based vs. Omnivore For Gut Health: The effect of a low-FODMAP diet on the microbiome when treating SIBO/IBS Angie Sadeghi, MD 1 1 1 1

Digestive conditions such as irritable bowel and inflammatory bowel disease affect large numbers of patients today. Treatment options are available but only help to manage symptoms. Drawing from the emerging research on the microbiome and her extensive experience as a Gastroenterologist, Dr. Sadeghi will use the research to identify the origins of these diseases and steps toward long term resolution through targeted therapies for the microbiome. She will also compare the research on current interventions to help highlight the most effective interventions.

1. Appreciate the complexity of the microbiome and its’ relationship with lifestyle choices including nutrition.
2. Review the association between the microbiome and gut related conditions.
3. Describe the best interventional pathway toward restoring the microbiome and resolving many common GI conditions.

5:45 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner - - - - -
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Free Time - - - - -

(No Sessions Scheduled)

Tuesday, September 24
6:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast - - - - -
8:00 am – 9:00 am Session 9 –Overcoming Insulin Resistance: Keys to Restoring Insulin Sensitivity Cyrus Khambatta, PhD 1 1 1 0

Type 2 diabetes is a global epidemic with research now stating that more than 90% is related to lifestyle choices. Dr. Khabata will review the science of insulin resistance and the mechanisms by which lifestyle choices impact cellular insulin sensitivity. He will also review the literature that documents the rise of insulin resistance in people living with type 1 diabetes and the best dietary and lifestyle interventions to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce total insulin requirements; thus reducing potential long term complication.

1. Describe the steps in the development of insulin resistance.
2. Understand the role of diet, dietary components, and exercise in restoring insulin sensitivity.
3. Outline a lifestyle intervention plan and key dietary recommendations to improve insulin sensitivity.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Session 10 – Solutions for the Obesity Epidemic: Understanding the Role of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine Garth Davis, MD 1 1 1 0

The obesity epidemic has fueled the growth of bariatric medicine and gastric bypass surgeries. Dr. Davis is a nationally recognized bariatric surgeon and lifestyle medicine specialist. In this lecture, he will review the literature comparing lifestyle interventions to bariatric surgery and highlight the benefits of lifestyle interventions while identifying the short and long-term challenges of using lifestyle over surgery. Firmly rooted in research, Dr. Davis will provide data driven recommendations for practitioners.

1. Compare and contrast the short and long-term benefits of gastric bypass vs. diet and lifestyle intervention.
2. List risk factors for Gastric bypass surgery compared to lifestyle interventions.
3. Understand the balance between surgical solutions and lifestyle medicine interventions for patients with obesity.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Break - - - - -
10:30 am – 11:30 am Session 11 – Nutritional Foundations for Pediatric Populations: Growing Healthier Children Jackie Busse, MD 1 1 1 0

Research has demonstrated epidemics of non-communicable diseases in pediatric populations that are directly related to lifestyle choices and environmental influences. Nutrition is a critical component for growing healthier children that are not susceptible to the growing burden of lifestyle related diseases, but it is rarely prescribed in healthcare offices. Dr. Busse, a practicing pediatrician, reviews the data on the most common diseases affecting children and the key nutritional and lifestyle linkages. Then utilizing research vetted solutions, she will help attendees understand the most effective nutritional strategies and tools to assist patients and their families with a lifestyle change.

1. Identify the diseases most related to nutrition and lifestyle choices.
2. Classify the most important dietary elements and lifestyle factors involved in disease progression and regression.
3. Understand the most effective methods to communicate with patients and their families around lifestyle changes and key resources to assist.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Session 12 - Soil, Food Production and Human Health Jeff Tkach 0 0 0 0

A growing body of research from large institutions like Harvard and international organizations, including the recent EAT article in Lancet, are pointing to the key linkages between the way we produce food and its impact on human health. This lecture will review the most current research including findings from the EAT Lancet article, research from the United Nations, and World Health Organization that document the emerging evidence of food production and disease prevention. Finally, evidence will be presented that demonstrates the impact of food growing systems, sustainability, and connections to human health and environmental resource management.

1. Review the latest research that demonstrates the linkages between human health, soil health, and food production systems.
2. Appreciate the complexity of the soil biome, its direct impact on food production, and connections to food and human health.
3. Understand the connections between human health, global dietary patterns, resource sustainability, and environmental regeneration.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch - - - - -
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Session 13 - Fast Food Genocide Joel Fuhrman, MD 1 1 1 0


The rise of fast food has impacted not only physical health but also mental and emotional health, according to new research that will be presented by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Through new imaging studies and assays, the research has shown that food can impact key neurotransmitters and neuroinflammation; both affecting mood and emotional health. Using extensive research from multiple specialties, Dr. Fuhrman will demonstrate the impact of fast food and highlight the science of normalizing these challenges through nutritional interventions.

1. Appreciate the physiologic changes associated with ultra-processed and fast food.
2. Comprehend the neuro-biochemical impacts of fast food vs. whole plant foods and associated mood.
3. Describe the foods that restore neurotransmitter levels and optimize mood.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Session 14 - A Cure for the Broken Heart: The Role of Diet and Stress in Heart Disease Columbus Batiste, MD, FACC, FSCAI 1 1 1 1

Cardiovascular disease is closely linked to dietary and lifestyle choices, and stress. Dr. Batiste, an interventional cardiologist, reviews the research demonstrating the impact of these factors on endothelial health and the development of atherosclerotic heart disease. Literature based recommendations will help attendees understand the importance and potential of a lifestyle solution for their patients.

1. Explain the linkage between nutrition, stress, and activity and the endothelium and either protection from or development of heart disease.
2. Stratify the most important lifestyle factors for heart health.
3. Understand the research describing the most effective nutritional and lifestyle solutions.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Break - - - - -
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Session 15 - Nutriton, Cognition and Dementia Ayesha Sherzai, MD
Dean Sherzai, MD, PhD
1 1 1 0

Dr.’s Sherzai will review their own novel research as well as the most current research that describes the associations between diet and dementia. They will demonstrate the genesis events in the development of dementia and data supported recommendations of the optimal lifestyle interventions to prevent and support dementia and other cognitive conditions.

1. Comprehend the biochemical and physiologic events that lead to the development of dementia.
2. Appreciate the multiple sites of interaction between nutrition and lifestyle factors and the brain.
3. Identify strategies to optimize brain function.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner - - - - -
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Session 16 – Luminary Award Presentation and Discussion: What Years of Experience Shows About the Power of Plants for Human Health Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC 2 2 2 0

Dr. Barnard has authored hundreds of peer reviewed studies during his career. During this interactive interview, Dr. Barnard will highlight the most important findings of his research to date and describe the scientific interactions of nutrition and disease prevention or remission. Drawing from his vast knowledge of the most recent research, he will share his insights on the mechanisms of disease and the relationship to lifestyle and nutrition.

1. Appreciate the breadth of research on nutrition and the most common non-communicable diseases.
2. Describe the multiple mechanisms by which poor nutrition initiates disease.
3. Explain the benefits and physiologic changes that occur with proper nutrition.

Wednesday, September 25
6:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast - - - - -
8:00 am – 9:00 am Session 17 - Population Health Marcy Madrid 1 1 1 0

Midland Health has successfully implemented numerous lifestyle medicine initiatives that are improving the health of the population in Midland, Texas.
This lecture will review the epidemiology of population health and the impact of lifestyle and the standard American diet on individual and population health and the challenges that this creates for community healthcare systems. Marcy Madrid, a vice president in charge of population health at Midland Health, will review the data driven strategies that Midland has implemented to identify and reach at risk populations with lifestyle solutions.

1. Review the impact of the westernized lifestyle and diet on population health.
2. Identify the key targets that can dramatically improve population health.
3. Describe the elements of a strategic plan and steps to initiate healthcare transformation that impacts local populations in need.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Session 18 - Diabetes and Beta Cell Regeneration Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. 1 1 1 0

New research performed by Dr. Kahleova and her colleagues have documented regeneration of beta cell function in people living with diabetes. Drawing from her own research and the evolving research into beta cells function and regeneration, she will describe the elements of diet and lifestyle that promote improve function of beta cells and thus improved blood sugar management.

1. List the injurious agents that harm beta cell function.
2. Explain the mechanisms by which beta function is restored and the lifestyle factors that are most effective.
3. Appreciate the benefits of a lifestyle and nutritional approach in the management of diabetes.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Break - - - - -
10:30 am – 11:30 am Session 19 - Evidence Based Weight Loss Michael Greger, MD 1 1 1 0

Dr. Greger has completed the most comprehensive review of the research on weight loss. In this fast paced and deeply data driven lecture, Dr. Greger will identify the myths and fallacies of diets, dieting and the weight loss literature. Using the literature, Dr. Greger will provide the most up to date recommendations for healthy and sustainable weight loss.

1. Review the research on weight loss and identify the cultural myths and fallacies.
2. Describe the most current data-based conclusions on healthy weight loss.
3. Develop a patient centered plan to assist with sustainable weight loss.

11:30 am – 2:00 pm Session 20 - Lunch and Panel Discussion: Everyday Ideas for your Practice Scott Stoll, MD
Andy Bellatti, MS, RD
Michael Klaper, MD
Laurie Marbas, MD, MBA
2 2 2 0

S. Stoll, A. Bellatti, M. Klaper, Laurie Marbas. A guided discussion and Q&A session focused on the application of plant-based nutrition in a clinical setting

1. Understand the different types of practice models and steps necessary to transition individual practices.
2. Develop a plan for implementation and modify individual clinical practices.
3. Answer the most common questions regarding the clinical practice of lifestyle medicine and implementation of practical, tested solutions that optimize patient care.

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Closing Remarks Scott Stoll, MD - - - -

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