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2007 Year in Review

Books Reach a Wide Audience

Nutrition Guide for Clinicians

Nutrition Guide for CliniciansMedical students across the country do not always get the nutrition education they will need to help their future patients adopt better eating habits. So PCRM created a 900-page Nutrition Guide for Clinicians and made it available free of charge to every second-year medical student in the United States and Canada.

The comprehensive manual provides basic information about nearly 100 diseases and conditions, including risk factors and typical treatments, and also provides evidence-based information on how nutrition plays a role in prevention and treatment. In addition, the guide contains in-depth information on general nutrition, including the roles of macronutrients and micronutrients and specific nutritional requirements for all stages of life.

The Nutrition Guide for Clinicians will continue to be distributed to approximately 19,000 students every year and will be updated periodically to ensure students are getting the latest information.

Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes

Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing DiabetesLast year, PCRM members heard all about the groundbreaking research that showed a low-fat vegan diet can help treat type 2 diabetes more effectively than a standard diabetes diet. This year, thousands of Americans received the same good news with the release of Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.

The book, released in January through Rodale, is based on a series of studies conducted by Dr. Barnard and his colleagues. The most recent study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in the July 2006 issue of Diabetes Care, found a low-fat vegan diet to be three times more effective than the American Diabetes Association diet at controlling blood sugar.

Between January and April, Dr. Barnard visited more than 35 cities across the country. Many of the lectures featured local chefs demonstrating a few of the more than 50 delicious dishes included in the book.

After the book tour, scores of enthusiastic people called and e-mailed to share how the program helped them to lose weight, lower their cholesterol, and stop their diabetes medications. Several of these success stories can be read on www.pcrm.org/diabetes.

Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good

Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling GoodOne PCRM expert’s book and lecture tour took him to far-flung parts of the world this year. Animal behavior expert Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., traveled to India in January and to Australia and New Zealand in July to discuss themes from his 2006 book, Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good.

This book presents new evidence that animals—like humans—enjoy themselves. It debunks the popular perception that life for most is a grim struggle for survival and the avoidance of pain. Instead, it suggests that all creatures feel good thanks to play, sex, touch, food, anticipation, comfort, and more.

Dr. Balcombe’s India tour covered 10 cities, with presentations at 15 medical colleges and veterinary schools, plus five press conferences. In Australia and New Zealand, he gave 18 lectures. The two tours generated more than 30 media stories.



 

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