Why Now?

Because We Must: The Hippocratic Oath Compels Us to Act

We’re aware of the alarming adult and childhood disease trends afflicting our nation and other parts of the world, coupled with the exponential rise in healthcare costs—a threat to the foundational stability of ours and other nations.

According to the CDC, 70% or more of our nation's healthcare costs are tied to the treatment of conditions that are preventable—all too often a result of dietary lifestyle. The Standard American Diet, which we've exported abroad, is wreaking havoc on human health and healthcare costs. Mounting evidence compiled over decades of research shows that a shift from the toxic Western diet to a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet can prevent, as well as suspend and even reverse, a larger percentage of both chronic and autoimmune diseases.

Knowledgeable physicians and allied healthcare professionals—the gatekeepers of dietary recommendations—are the key catalysts in the transformation of our healthcare system. The International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference continues as a significant force in providing a replicable, scalable educational platform for physicians and healthcare practitioners.

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Compelling Facts

Evidence that our dietary guidelines and “disease” care system are failing us.

  • It’s estimated that as much as 80% of all healthcare dollars are spent on treatment of conditions that are preventable.

  • 70% of Americans are overweight or obese.

  • Nearly one-half of the American population will be obese by 2030, according to a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

  • Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years: One out of three American children is overweight or obese.

  • 37% of our children who are not considered overweight have one or more cardiovascular risk factors.

  • According to Medicare: Health care expenditures in the United States were nearly $2.6 trillion in 2010, an average of $8,402 per person.

  • 70 million Americans have hypertension, with elevated risk for stroke and heart attack.

  • The War on Cancer, waged by President Nixon, began over 40 years ago, yet, if trends continue, it will surpass heart disease as the #1 killer.

  • 100M Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes, with increased risk of amputation, heart disease, blindness, and limb loss.

  • Rates of type 2 diabetes increased by 22% among U.S. adults from 1999 to 2008.

  • Current trends suggest that one in three children born after 2000 will receive a type 2 diabetes diagnosis (Hispanic children it is 1 in 2).

  • Many experts project type 2 diabetes as the future global epidemic, with diagnosis projections as high as one in three individuals from industrialized nations that have adopted the Standard American Diet.

  • The share of the economy devoted to health care has increased from 7.2% in 1970 to 17.9% in 2009 and 2010, now at 18% of GDP.

  • The U.S. spends substantially more on health care than other developed countries. As of 2009, health spending in the U.S. was about 90% higher than in many other industrialized countries, yet it ranks near the bottom in health outcomes.

  • 90% of the U.S. senior population consumes prescription drugs; with costs doubling in the last 30 years; prescription drugs are the #4 cause of death with 45-50 million adverse events annually.

  • We’re experiencing prolonged morbidity, with life expectancy now surpassing 78 years, but with more degenerative disease; this is an alarming combination for U.S. healthcare costs.

  • The toxic Standard American Diet:

    • 63% refined and processed foods: empty calories with no health benefit.

    • 25% animal based products: meat, dairy and eggs; disease building blocks laden with fat and dietary cholesterol.

    • 12% plant-based foods, with 6% of this being from French fries, leaving a paltry 6% of daily caloric intake coming from plant-based foods (this number also includes things like fruit juice and ketchup).

    • We’re consuming an average of 185 pounds of added sugar and sweeteners each year.

    • We’re consuming an average of 3,400 milligrams of salt a day, more than double the recommended amount (triple the amount recommended by many experts), with the majority derived from processed food.

The trends and our current system are unsustainable. The time to take action is now!

Register today for the upcoming International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference.

Transform your medical practice: Educate and empower your patients with the truth about nutrition. Educate and empower them with the ability to prevent, suspend and even reverse disease. Take a leadership role in creating a sustainable healthcare system—for the benefit of our generation and those to come.

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