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Health Conference 2010
Health Conference
Purpose and Objectives
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Speakers

Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and a member of the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Saxe received his M.P.H. in Nutrition at Tulane University, his Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan, and his M.D. at Michigan State University. Dr. Saxe's research has focused on the role of diet and lifestyle factors in breast and prostate cancer.

Presentation Title: Effects of a Plant-Based Diet on Disease Progression in Recurrent Prostate Cancer

Lecture objectives:

This lecture examines the rationale for the use of a plant-based diet in the management of prostate cancer. Recent findings from a pilot clinical intervention trial at the University of California, San Diego, will be presented, and the possible effects of dietary modification on the progression of recurrent prostate cancer will be discussed.

Lecture Conclusion for Attendees (At the conclusion of the lecture, the attendees will be able to):
  1. Describe the components of a vegan diet used as an intervention in prostate cancer patients;
  2. Have an understanding of how diet affects prostate cancer risk; and
  3. Describe the results of the UCSD diet study on prostate cancer progression.


Milton Mills, M.D.

Internal Medicine Physician at Fairfax Hospital, Virginia. Dr. Mills is a Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) member physician and a Stanford University School of Medicine graduate.

Presentation Title: How Colon Physiology Affects Our Metabolism and Mood

Lecture objectives
  • Review the anatomy and physiology of the colon
  • Discuss the implications of different diets on colon health and pathology
  • Discuss the various types of plant fibers and their unique health benefits
  • Discuss healthy colon bacterial populations and "pre" vs."pro" biotics
  • Discuss the basic dietary recommendations for patients with existing colorectal disease
  • Address whether colonics are necessary for colon health

Lecture Conclusion for Attendees (At the conclusion of the lecture, attendees will be able to):
  1. Describe the implications of different diets on colon health and pathology
  2. Describe the various types of plant fibers and their unique health benefits
  3. Counsel patients more effectively on the appropriate use of "pre" vs. "pro" biotics
  4. Describe the basic dietary recommendations for patients with existing colorectal disease
  5. Describe the appropriateness of colonics in clinical practice


Brenda Davis, R.D.

Registered dietitian and nutritionist, Brenda is a leader in her field, an internationally acclaimed speaker, and co-author of seven books on plant-based nutrition.

Presentation Title: Designing an Optimal Plant-Based Diet

Lecture objectives:

In Designing the Optimal Plant-based Diet, Brenda Davis will discuss the nutrients of concern to vegans, including protein, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and essential fatty acids. Detailed information on each nutrient will be presented, including practical tools that will assist health professionals in designing nutritionally optimal plant-based diets.

Lecture Conclusion for Attendees (At the conclusion of the lecture, the attendees will be able to):
  1. List the primary nutrients of concern in vegan diets.
  2. Describe the errors commonly made leading to deficiencies of the nutrients of concern.
  3. Provide practical strategies so that vegan patients/clients avoid nutritional deficiencies.
  4. Provide practical strategies to help vegan patients/clients who have inadequate nutrient intakes to re-design their diets to ensure nutritional adequacy.


Michael Greger, M.D.

Physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger is also licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition.

Presentation Title: Latest in Clinical Nutrition 2010

Lecture objectives:

Review the last 12 months of peer-reviewed scientific literature on clinical nutrition.

Lecture Conclusion for Attendees (At the conclusion of the lecture, the attendees will be able to):
  1. Summarize the highlights of what's been published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature on clinical nutrition in the last 12 months.
  2. List the symptoms of B12 deficiency and describe both daily and weekly adequate B12 supplementation regimens to patients following a plant-based diet
  3. Compare and contrast the benefits of microalgae based DHA supplements versus fatty fish as the preferred source of long chain omega 3 fatty acids
  4. List the top three antioxidant-containing foods by weight, by serving, and by unit cost.


Michael Klaper, M.D.

Renowned teacher, lecturer, and author of successful books and videos on plant-based nutrition. Dr. Klaper is a 38-year physician and the co-founder of the Institute of Nutrition Education and Research.

Presentation Title: Plant-Based Diets for Diabetes Management

Lecture objectives:
  • Discuss the evolving epidemiology of diabetes in the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Discuss the underlying pathologies of diabetes and the contribution of diet.
  • Review effective dietary strategies for control and reversal of Type II diabetes

Lecture Conclusion for Attendees (At the conclusion of the lecture, the attendees will be able to):
  1. Understand the evolving epidemiology of diabetes in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  2. Understand the underlying pathologies of diabetes and the contribution of diet in the cause and control of Type II diabetes.
  3. Understand how to institute effective plant-based dietary therapies for the control and possible reversal of Type II diabetes mellitus.