The Future of Sustainable Health: Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The first North American Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference will be held from October 24-26, 2013 in Naples, Florida. This CME accredited medical conference is aimed at educating physicians and other healthcare professionals about the various aspects of nutritional science. Nutritional science supports the benefits of whole food, plant-based nutrition and its ability to prevent, delay and even reverse disease.
The conference will focus on the challenges faced by the traditional diagnose-and-treat disease care system, and how it can be made more sustainable with plant-based nutrition healthcare. According to some recent reports, more than 70 percent of Americans depend on pharmaceuticals, with more than half taking two or more. Many of the medications address just the symptoms, and not the underlying cause of the disease. The current system rewards disease management, but not prevention and prescriptions for dietary change.
The momentum in favor of healthcare transformation to a system that is focused on both prevention and on identifying and eliminating the cause of disease is building up. However, numerous challenges remain in this path. A majority of American medical schools do not include preventive, nutritional medicine education as part of their standard curriculum. This is despite the fact that, according to the CDC, more than 70 percent of the country’s healthcare dollars are spent on treatment of lifestyle-related conditions – which are more often than not a result of what people eat.
Doctors are trained to address symptoms and diseases, rather than addressing the underlying imbalances that perpetuate illness. As this system changes, it will usher in real healthcare reform and a sustainable healthcare system. The inaugural conference on plant-based nutrition healthcare in Southwest Florida is a step in this direction.
Source: PR Web
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