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Health Conference 2013
Health Conference
Purpose and Objectives
Plant-Based Menu
Talk Descriptions
Continuing Education Credits
Past Conferences
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

Click here for the 2014 Conference Website

Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition

Friday, September 20, 2013
8:30 am to 5 pm

Location: Ambridge Event Center
1333 NE Martin Luther King Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97232

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

Thanks for Attending 2013!

We had nearly 300 attendees at our conference this year. Join us in September 2014 for the 5th annual conference Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition. We will be updating this web site later, but for now, the information here is for the 2013 conference from last September.

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.

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2013 Speakers:

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         Registration fee

  • $129 - Regular
  • $65 - Student

John McDougall, MD

John McDougall, is author of 4 best-sellers on reversing chronic disease though diet without drugs, including The Starch Solution, Dr. McDougall's Digestive Tune-Up, and The New McDougall Cookbook.

The McDougall Research and Education Foundation and the Neurology Department of Oregon Health Sciences University are currently conducting a major study on the impacts of diet on Multiple Sclerosis. Participants involved in this research are randomly assigned to follow the low-fat, starch-based McDougall Diet or the standard American diet (the control diet). Results are based on MRI scans, an evaluation of the progression of disability by a doctor, and questionnaires. Traditional medicine has unfortunately had very little impact on Multiple Sclerosis. There is no known cure, and drugs currently used to help lessen the symptoms are expensive, have their own side effects, and have little effect on the disease.

Presentation Title: Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Diseases: The Impact of Diet

Brenda Davis, RD

Brenda Davis is co-author of 8 books, including Becoming Vegan, Defeating Diabetes, Becoming Raw, and The Raw Food Revolution Diet. She is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Brenda is currently involved in a major diabetes intervention research project in the Marshall Islands, where diabetes is rampant. Sixty years ago, diabetes was virtually unheard of in the Marshall Islands, but now close to 50% of adults older than 35 have type 2 diabetes.

Presentation Title: Recent Evidence on Plant-Based Diets and Disease.

Hans Diehl, DrHSc

Hans Diehl is the founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute of Loma Linda, California, and its Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a lifestyle intervention program with more than 60,000 graduates. His pioneering efforts with Nathan Pritikin and Dr. Denis Burkitt have shown that many of today's diseases are truly reversible through some simple lifestyle changes. As a best selling author, researcher, dynamic speaker & top-ranking motivator, he has lectured and presented seminars to corporations and governments and has presented seminars on four continents.

Presentation Title: The Role of Diet in Regressing Coronary Artery Disease

Susan Levin, MS, RD, CSSD

Susan Levin is the director of nutrition education at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). In that position, she researches and writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases. Through her work, she also addresses the need for nutrition guidelines that reflect PCRMs New Four Food Groups (fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains). In addition, Ms. Levin assists in teaching nutrition and health classes to participants in a clinical study exploring the links between diet and diabetes. Ms. Levin received her Master of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.

Presentation Title: Different Dietary Choices: Trend vs. Science

Mark Kinjo, N.D.

Mark Kinjo is a Naturopathic physician working in a multi-disciplinary, family practice clinic in Bellevue, Washington. After starting his medical education at Loma Linda University, he switched to Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington to obtain his Naturopathic degree. Utilizing his training in natural medicine alongside traditional medical care providers gives him the opportunity to help patients achieve the best care possible for whatever health issues they may be facing. Dr. Kinjo firmly believes in the efficacy of Lifestyle Medicine and has given numerous lectures and seminars both here in the U.S. and abroad to help empower the public with science-based, practical information that will enable them to make wise decisions regarding their health.

Presentation Title: Beyond Longevity: Nutrition and Lifestyle Factors for Optimal Brain Health

Panel Discussion: Incorporating Plant-Based Diets Into Your Practice

How can you best use tools of dietary change to help your patients or clients achieve health? This panel will include speakers listed above and will also include Robert Ellis, DO, PhD. Dr. Ellis works in the Hematology and Oncology Department at Kaiser Permanente in Longview Washington, where he is developing a program that integrates healthy eating in the treatment regimen for patients with malignant disorders. Ed Hoover of Adventist Medical Center will moderate the panel.

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