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Fascinating Health Professionals to Speak at VegFest

August 28, 2010

This year's two-day Portland VegFest features six fascinating health professionals who rock the world of veg living: Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Milton Mills, Brenda Davis, RD, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Gordon Saxe, and Dr. Richard Heitsch.

"Changing our diet also means freeing ourselves from the powerful taste addictions we have acquired to the fast food and processed foods that are cheap and loaded with salt, sugar, fat and other taste seducers that keep us craving them. Not an easy extrication to effect..." -Dr. Michael Klaper

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Klaper, earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and after working with patients, he began to realize that many of the diseases they suffered from were caused by the foods they ate. In his video, A Diet for All Reasons, he tells a story about reviewing a blood sample taken from a 290-pound patient. He was startled when he discovered the top of the vial contained thick, white fat. When Dr. Klaper asked the patient what he'd eaten that day, it became apparent that meat, dairy, animal flesh and fats were the cause of the alarming blood sample. As a result, for the past 30 years, Dr. Klaper has studied the links between diet and disease.

"I think one major obstacle is that most people have no idea how powerful diet and lifestyle changes can be in treating these diseases. When they see their doctor, they are usually handed a prescription for medication. Aggressive diet and lifestyle changes aren't usually offered as a treatment option." -Brenda Davis, RD

Brenda Davis is a Registered Dietitian and nutritionist. Brenda has co-authored seven books: Becoming Raw, The Raw Food Revolution Diet, Becoming Vegetarian, The New Becoming Vegetarian, Becoming Vegan, Defeating Diabetes, and Dairy-free and Delicious.

"[Even if people aren't considering a veg diet, they should] cut out all trans fats, minimize [their] intake of junk foods, and eat as many whole plant foods as they can, including in their daily diet not only an array of whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruit, and as many vegetables as they can eat, but also specifically dark green leafy vegetables, berries, and green (or white) tea." -Dr. Michael Greger

Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is also licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and was a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

"There are two components to health: a healthy plant-based diet and exercise on a consistent basis. These are the basis of health and well-being." -Dr. Richard Heitsch

Dr. Richard Heitsch, medical director of the Integrated Medicine Group (IMG) in Northeast Portland, has over 10 years experience in functional medicine and a masters degree in Public Health. He is trained as a surgeon and holds vast experience in general and trauma surgery as well as sports medicine and rehabilitation. IMG is an Event Sponsor of VegFest, and we are very thankful for all of their continued support.

To check out our complete line-up of amazing speakers, go to: nwveg.org/vegfest_speakers.php

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