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Theme Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition

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Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition

Friday, September 26, 2014   8:30 am to 5 pm

Oregon Convention Center
Oregon Ball Room
777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd., Portland

Professional Presentations
for Health Care Providers and Others!
Continuing Education Credits

Registration Now Open

Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition is a golden opportunity for you to find out the latest information on plant-based diets with respect to clinical nutrition, the effects of diet on chronic disease prevention and control, and on designing an optimum plant-based diet. Interest in plant-based diets is growing, and Portland, Oregon has become a center for that developing interest. This is a professional conference, offering continuing education credits for many medical professionals, but others with strong interests in health and diet issues are welcome to attend.

For more information, email healthconference@nwveg.org

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          Registration fee

  • $109 - Early Bird (to Sept. 1)
  • $139 - Regular
  • $75 - Health Care Student (proof of status required)

Joel Fuhrman, MD

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Dr. Fuhrman is an internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows.

Work by Dr. Fuhrman shows that the physical and emotional effects of hunger can be a major impediment to successful weight loss, and that people on a standard diet experience hunger in a more unpleasant way when compared to people on a high-nutrient diet. It appears that a high nutrient density diet, after an initial phase of adjustment during which a person experiences “toxic hunger” due to withdrawal from pro-inflammatory foods, can result in a sustainable eating pattern that leads to weight loss and improved health.

Presentation Title: Combating Hunger and Obesity with a High Nutrient Dense Diet

Kent Thornburg, PhD

Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., director of the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, and professor of medicine at OHSU, is an internationally recognized leader in research on the developmental origins of health and disease. He has published more than 125 papers on pregnancy and fetal development. His studies show the vital connection between maternal diet, the quality of fetal growth and epigenetics – how adult onset diseases are “programmed” in the womb, and how vulnerabilities to disease can be passed from one generation to the next.

Presentation Title: Uncovering the Roots of Disease: Epigenetics and Diet.

Caroline Trapp, MSN, CDE

As a nurse and a nurse practitioner, Caroline Trapp was always taught to ask, “What is best for the patient?” This presentation explores the ever-expanding variety of treatment options available for type 2 diabetes, contrasting patient-focused risks and benefits of medication and lifestyle interventions, and evaluating scientific trials and evidence-based resources for practice.

Caroline Trapp is an adult primary care nurse practitioner who is board certified in advanced diabetes management and diabetes education. She is with Premier Internists, PC., and is the director of diabetes education and care with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in Washington, D.C. Ms. Trapp is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and teaches continuing medical education courses across the country for physicians and nurse practitioners.

Presentation Title: Type 2 Diabetes: How to Use "Farmacy" Over Pharmacy for Prevention and Treatment

Sharon Palmer, RD

Sharon Palmer is a registered dietitian with 16 years of health care experience, and the author of The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health.

Chronic inflammation is a condition now widely believe is a root of the chronic killer diseases of our time, including heart disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and neurodegenerative disease. According to growing evidence, diet and lifestyle can either create a pro-inflammatory environment or an anti-inflammatory one.

Presentation Title: The Plant-Based Prescription for Inflammation

Sara Love, N.D.
Wendy Abraham, N.D.

Drs. Love and Abraham are both graduates of the National College of Natural Medicine. Sara Love currently works as a naturopathic physician at the Multnomah Family Care Center. Wendy Abraham is a board member and current Secretary of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians, has been a naturopathic physician at Natural Pain Solutions in Portland, OR for the past 10 years, and has been an instructor in the Food for Life program of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

The human intestines compose over 400 square meters of space and house trillions of bacteria critical for the body to function. Drs. Love and Abraham will investigate the different species of bacteria, their function and how to optimize the gut flora with a plant based diet for health and prevention of disease.

Presentation Title: The Gut Flora as a Forgotten Organ and How Plants Can Restore its Function

Hotel Accommodations

Need to book your hotel while attending the conference? For an excellent deal, contact our hotel partner, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, located just five blocks from the Oregon Convention Center. Call the DoubleTree Central Reservations toll-free at 800-996-0810 or local reservations department at 503-281-6111. The code to access group rate is “NVE”. Book online here (no code needed). Official deadline to receive the VegFest/Health Conference discounted rate is Tuesday August 26, or when the block of rooms sells out, whichever happens first.

Northwest VEG strives to ensure that our activities are fully accessible. To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations, please contact KatyBeth at kbant@yahoo.com as early as possible so we may attempt to fulfill your request.