Mother’s Cancer Inspires Nutrition Outreach: Elaine Rancatore, D.O.
After losing her mother to cancer, Elaine Rancatore, D.O., began educating everyone from high school students to senior citizens about the benefits of a healthful plant-based diet.
When Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D., recently gave a lecture on his new book, Power Foods for the Brain, in Broward County, Fla., Dr. Rancatore talked about the benefits of fruits and vegetables in preventing Alzheimer’s disease and demonstrated how to make the book’s Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie.
“There is no time to waste in putting this new brain-boosting diet into action. We should all encourage physicians, dietitians, teachers, parents, and everyone else to spread the word,” says Dr. Rancantore. “And let’s not forget to make these changes in our own homes—it will help ensure that we’ll have as long as possible to spend with those we love.”
A longtime Physicians Committee member, Dr. Rancatore has practiced emergency medicine for 18 years and knows just how serious and debilitating Alzheimer’s can be.
“Patients don’t just forget names and dates—they can often end up in situations that are harmful to their physical health,” she adds. “They may forget to turn off the stove, or they may get lost and end up walking in the street.”
In addition to her position at Baptist Health South Florida, Dr. Rancatore is a co-founder of 2R-Health, which was created to promote healthful nutrition and physical activity, to develop and encourage healthy habits in our nation’s youth, to stem the epidemic of obesity and chronic diseases, and to support and promote research in cancer prevention and treatment.
She also spreads this message as a media spokesperson for the Physicians Committee’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart, which she has participated in several times.
Dr. Rancatore received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. She also recently completed Integrative Health Coach training at Duke University, which allows her to help patients make behavior changes that foster good health.