Maine Medical School to Offer Plant Based Preventative Medicine Program
The Maine Medical Center will begin offering a residency program to doctors that focuses on the power of plant-based eating. One major criticism of western medicine is that practitioners do not receive enough education and training on the effects of nutrition. This program, supported by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, may mean the tide is turning.
Starting this July the residents accepted into the program will learn about the growing body of evidence supporting plant-based nutrition as prevention for many of America’s biggest killers. Dr. Craig Schneider, head of the integrative medicine department says the science behind vegan and vegetarian diets cannot be denied and the program will reflect this:
“The general gist is a Michael Pollan type approach: mostly plant-based foods that are minimally processed.”
Not only is the change of direction a huge step forward in the animal rights arena, but a bigger focus on preventative medicine could change the entire scope of our current medical field, as we know it. Dr. James Loomis, medical director at the entirely plant-based Barnard Medical Center says:
“I think we are starting to see a fairly significant grassroots movement where people are realizing there is another path than taking all these medicines.”
That other path is making conscious decisions about what we eat and how we take care of ourselves outside of doctor visits. It looks like the future will hold more doctors aware of this message and, in turn, patients living more compassionately.
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