Press Release 2015



Historic 2nd annual national nonprofit disease prevention conference in Raleigh NC, Sept. 11-13, 2015


Plant-based Prevention Of Disease (P-POD) Conference addresses evidence-based nutrition measures against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, other conditions

Raleigh NC, Sept. 11-13, 2015


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7 of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. are chronic diseases, and about half of all adults suffer from one or more of them.  These conditions were responsible for 84% of all health care spending in 2006.  Heart disease and cancer alone accounted for 48% of all deaths in 2010. Diabetes affects over 29 million people in the U.S., serving as the leading cause of kidney failure, non-injury leg amputations and new blindness cases among adults, and representing a dangerous risk factor for all cardiovascular diseases.


The public health community has for decades recognized that dietary choices are crucially involved with risk and incidence of major chronic diseases.  However, it is universally acknowledged that U.S. physicians are inadequately prepared by training to integrate effective nutritional assessment and counseling into clinical service of patients.  Few of the continuing education opportunities for health professionals generally, deal with the possibilities for helping prevent chronic diseases through nutritional measures.


The annual national Plant-based Prevention Of Disease (P-POD) Conference series responds to these problems via evidence-based explorations of how eating choices may reduce the risks of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other preventable chronic conditions.  While welcoming the general public and students, it provides continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, Registered Dietitians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Nurse Anesthetists, optometrists and other practitioners.


P-POD is a collaboration of nonprofits, accepting no funding or support from commercial sources, and coordinated by the North Carolina nonprofit corporation Plant-based Prevention Of Disease, Inc.  The continuing education activity is jointly provided by P-POD and Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), as defined specifically on the event website.


P-POD features presentations by 19 distinguished researchers, clinicians and educators, representing:
*medical school faculties of George Washington University, Montefiore Einstein, University of Rochester
*Cleveland Clinic Center for Disease Reversal
*national nonprofit collaborators:
–Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
–T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
–Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
*3 cardiologists, 3 cancer researchers, 3 public health professors, 7 Registered Dietitian Nutritionists


P-POD is committed to affordable registration rates allowing broad public participation:  $147, students;  $326, physicians;  $221-$253, other practitioners;  $221, general public.  Partial-weekend registrations are permitted.  Registrants now represent 17 states, Mexico and Norway.


P-POD is delighted to offer the public separate $5 admission to the 5 pm Saturday Sept. 12th lecture “Nutritional Reversal of Cardiovascular Disease: Fact or Fiction?” by renowned trailblazing cardiologist Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD.


North Carolina State University, Raleigh, hosts P-POD both for the September and May 19-22, 2016 conferences.  Friday Sept. 11 sessions are at Park Alumni Center, 2450 Alumni Drive on Centennial Campus.  Saturday-Sunday sessions are at McKimmon Conference Center, 1101 Gorman St. on South Campus.



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Press contact: (Bob LeRoy)