Friday, October 4, 2019
Oregon Convention Center

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
8:45 am to 5:00 pm

Professional Presentations for Health Care Providers and the Community

The Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference is a golden opportunity for you to learn the latest information on plant-based nutrition, the effects of diet on chronic disease prevention and control, and about designing an optimum plant-based diet for patients and clients in a clinical setting. Interest in plant-based diets is growing, and Portland, Oregon has become a hub for that developing interest. This conference is designed for healthcare professionals, offering up to 6.5 CPEUs for Dietitians, 6.25 CEUs for Naturopathic Doctors, and 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for MDs, DOs, and many medical professionals. See below for more details. Others with strong interests in nutrition and health are welcome to attend.

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2019 FacultY

Conference Part 1 (continuing education credits for Dietitians, NDs, and Chiropractors)


John A. McDougall, MD

Dr. John McDougall has been studying, writing, and speaking about the effects of nutrition on disease for more than 50 years.  He is the founder and director of the nationally renowned McDougall Program: a ten-day residential program in Santa Rosa, California for prevention and treatment of chronic disease though nutrition and lifestyle changes.  He is also the author of national best-selling books including The Starch Solution, The Healthiest Diet on the Planet, Dr. McDougall’s Digestion Tune-Up, and The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss.

Dr. McDougall earned his MD at the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, and interned at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu.  His first practice was at a sugar plantation on the Big Island of Hawaii, where he had responsibility for 5,000 people - laborers and their families.  But it was here where he first began to see the evidence that the traditional prescription pills had little impact on health - people still stayed sick.  He saw that his elderly patients who had immigrated to Hawaii from China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines, who brought their traditional rice-based diets with them, remained trim, active, and medication-free into their 90s.  Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis were rare in that generation.  But their grandchildren, who had given up the traditional diet for meat, dairy, and junk suffered the same issues with obesity and disease that afflicts much of the US population.  This lead Dr. McDougall to develop the McDougall Program as a lifestyle residential program at the Seventh Day Adventist St. Helena Hospital in Napa Valley, California in 1986, and then in 2002 develop the program in Santa Rosa that carries on to this day.

Dr. McDougall will talk about how the foods many of us love can make us sick, with special emphasis on the relationship between diet and diabetes, and then talk about foods and diet to make us healthy again.

Presentation title: The Latest Scams from the Diabetes Industries: Physicians Must Defend Their Patients


Kristi Funk, MD

Kristi Funk, MD, is co-founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills, and is a board-certified surgeon who completed her undergraduate work at Stanford University, and her medical degree at the University of California Davis. She is an expert in using innovative and minimally-invasive techniques for surgery. She is also the author of the bestseller, Breasts: The Owner’s Manual a well-documented (more than 1,500 citations) but very readable book covering cancer risk reduction through diet and lifestyle changes, breast cancer myths, risk factors, detection, treatment options, and life after diagnosis and treatment. The Pink Lotus Breast Center provides a full range of patient-centered services, including state of the art screening, genetic testing, diagnosis, and treatment with preventive strategies and holistic care. Dr. Funk has worked with thousands of women to help them to successfully navigate breast issues, including celebrities, such as Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow. Dr. Funk’s research and work have led her to become a strong advocate for using a plant-based diet and healthy lifestyle to dramatically reduce cancer risk.

Most women – and physicians - believe that family history and genetics determine who gets breast cancer, but for most people, they don’t. Inherited mutations, like BRCA, only cause 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer; in fact, 87 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a single first-degree relative with breast cancer. Based on Dr. Kristi Funk’s deep dive into nutritional science and lifestyle research (taken while writing her bestseller, BREASTS: The Owner’s Manual), she knows for a fact that most women have the power to reduce their breast cancer risk in achievable and dramatic ways. Join Dr. Funk as she shares the evidence-based dietary and lifestyle advice she gives to her breast patients (both the cancer thrivers and the “worried well”) in an effort to maximally reduce their chances of ever needing her operative skills.

Presentation title: Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer: What Physicians Should Know.

Conference Part 2 (Continuing education credits for most medical professionals. See below.)


Pamela Fergusson, PhD, RD

Dr. Fergusson is a Registered Dietitian with more than 15 years of experience in changing lives through better nutrition. She earned her Masters in International Health at Uppsala University, and her PhD in International Nutrition at the University of Liverpool. She has been a lecturer in nutrition at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK and at Ryerson University in Canada. She has served as a nutrition and HIV advisor for FHI 360, a non-profit human development organization, and also with organizations such as Unicef and the World Food program in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Currently she has a private practice in British Columbia. She has published 10 peer-reviewed scientific papers on nutrition and disease, and has been featured on a number of podcasts and as a speaker at nutrition conferences.

Motivating individual behavior change is an important part of the counseling relationship. Health care providers should undertake a holistic assessment including diet, sleep, activity, lifestyle and stress and formulate a comprehensive plan in cooperation with the client. Mental health is an important part of the care plan, and should be considered in both assessment and treatment. Depression and anxiety are common barriers to behavior change. 

Having discussions with the client to determine what motivates them, and using intrinsic or extrinsic motivators as appropriate will assist in motivating change. Draw on many techniques, including social media and community advocacy to create a supportive environment conducive to change.  Using active listening and creating a culture of respect is essential.

Presentation title: Motivating behavior change for healthier diet and lifestyle: practical tips for practice.


Monica Aggarwal, MD

Dr. Monica Aggarwal is an assistant professor of medicine in the University of Florida Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.  Serving as the Director of Integrative Cardiology and Prevention at the University of Florida, Dr. Aggarwal focuses on promoting food as the foundation of healing and for its medicinal value. She is also the Director of Medical Education for Cardiology, where she directs education for medical residents and cardiology fellows, with a focus on prevention, nutrition and lifestyle. In the hospital, she has multiple initiatives including developing a 100% plant based menu for cardiac and vascular patients.

Dr. Aggarwal is co-author of Finding Balance: Empower yourself with Tools to Combat Stress and Illness.  Her own interest in nutrition and disease prevention is strongly influenced by her own personal story.  As a mother with 3 children under 4 years old and a medical practice, she was often only getting 3 to 4 hours of sleep each night, and might run out the door in the morning with just a banana for breakfast.  Over the course of a single week, she developed severe migratory joint pain, leading to a diagnosis of a severe debilitating form of rheumatoid arthritis.  Medicine helped her joints get better but left her nauseated and losing hair.  But following a diet assessment by a nutritionist, over time Dr. Aggarwal learned the huge impact that diet can have on health, including inflammatory foods to eliminate and anti-inflammatory foods to add in to her diet.  She is now off all medication, her inflammatory markers are nonexistent, and she has even completed a triathlon.  

Presentation Title: How getting sick taught this Cardiologist truly how to heal herself and her patients.


SAray STancic, MD

Dr. Saray Stancic is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Lifestyle Medicine. She graduated from New Jersey Medical School in 1993. After completing her fellowship, she accepted the position as Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Hudson Valley VA in New York. She served as Translational Medical Leader at Roche Pharmaceuticals where she led clinical trials in the field of viral hepatitis while continuing to practice Infectious Diseases at the Bronx VA in NYC. In 2012, she left Infectious Diseases to fully dedicate her time to the field of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Stancic's interest in Lifestyle Medicine is rooted in her personal story as a patient living with multiple sclerosis. She is the founder of one of the first Lifestyle Medicine practices in the country, and mentors the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. In 2018, she was appointed Chief Medical Officer for WellStart Health, a digital, team-based intensive lifestyle medicine program. She is the Executive Producer of the documentary film, Code Blue: Redefining the Practice of Medicine. Dr. Stancic seeks to spread the power of Lifestyle Medicine on a global scale, and bring needed change to how we train physicians.

Dr. Stancic will describe her experience as a patient and physician over more than 20 years, and the scientific evidence which irrevocably changed her approach as a practicing Infectious disease specialist to one that is focused on the clinical practice of Lifestyle medicine. In sharing both personal and professional experiences she will review pertinent peer reviewed medical literature supporting and substantiating the power of lifestyle medicine in preventing, managing and reversing chronic illness. She will present the obstacles to a shift in the culture of current day clinical medicine from disease management to health promotion and prevention. Finally, offering a solution with the ushering in of a new medical education model for physicians in training.

Presentation title: Lifestyle Medicine: A Common Sense Solution to the Chronic Illness Epidemic



Time                Presentation

Conference Part 1*
7:45–8:45      Registration & Check-In
8:45–9:00      Opening Remarks
9:00–10:15    John McDougall, MD: The Natural Cure for the Food Poisoning Epidemic
10:15–10:30  Break
10:30–11:45   Kristi Funk, MD: Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer: What Physicians Should Know
11:45–12:45   Lunch

Conference Part 2
12:45–2:00    Pamela Fergusson, PhD, RD: Motivating behavior change for healthier diet and lifestyle: practical tips for practice
2:00–2:15      Break
2:15–3:30     Monica Aggarwal, MD: How getting sick taught this Cardiologist truly how to heal herself and her patients
3:30–3:45      Break
3:45–5:00     Saray Stancic, MD: Lifestyle Medicine: A Common Sense Solution to the Chronic Illness Epidemic
5:00–5:05      Closing Remarks

Continuing Education Credits

The Northwest Health & Nutrition Conference is providing continuing education credits free of charge. There is no additional fee to receive these.

Conference Part 2 only - beginning at 12:45
MD, DO, RN, PA: Accreditation
- This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of OHSU School of Medicine and Northwest VEG. The OHSU School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit - OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Conference Part 1* and Part 2 combined
RD, DTR: The Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has approved 6.5 CPEU hours for dietitians for this conference. (Activity 150768).

ND: The Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine has approved 6.25 general CEUs for Naturopathic Doctors. See approval 19-299.

  • OHSU considers both The McDougall Program and Pink Lotus to be  ACCME-defined “Commercial Interests”.  Owners of ACCME-defined “Commercial Interests” cannot have any role in implementation of CME activities related to their products or services.  As such, Part 1 of this conference, featuring talks by John McDougall MD and by Kristi Funk MD, are not certified by OHSU for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Part 1 is certified by the Commission for Dietetic Registration for CPEUs for Dietitians, and is also certified by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine for CEUs for Naturopathic Doctors.  Part 2 of this conference is certified for continuing education credits by all three organizations.

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