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 February 2010 Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine  

News and Campaign Updates

pigVictory! Pigs Saved in Canada
2010 is already shaping up to be a winning year for PCRM’s campaign to end animal use in Advanced Trauma Life Support programs. Last month, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, announced that it stopped using live pigs in its trauma training program. Because of PCRM’s efforts, the university will instead use the TraumaMan System simulator. Save Pigs in Massachusetts >


Dean Ornish, M.D.Doctors Ornish and McDougall Speak at ‘Vital Signs’ Continuing Education Event
The World Health Organization proclaimed 2008 the International Year of the Potato. Maybe that’s because starchy foods can help prevent more deaths in one year than all of the antibiotics, diabetic pills, statins, and blood pressure pills prescribed over the past half century, according to John A. McDougall, M.D. Health professionals can hear more about Dr. McDougall’s research on plant-based diets for disease prevention and management at the Vital Signs: Plant-Based Diets in Clinical Practice event. Speaker Lineup >


military medicCitizen Lobbyists Urge Congress to End Military's Use of Animals
Many of you joined PCRM’s Citizen Lobbyist Week in January. You met with U.S. representatives and asked them to support the Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act. Now it has 25 congressional co-sponsors. This bill would help the U.S. military modernize its medical training methods by phasing in human-based methods in place of live animals. But your continued grassroots activism is needed to enlist more co-sponsors. Congressional Briefing Today > 


John Salley
PCRM’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Marches On
Were you one of the 27,000 people who took part in PCRM’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart this January? Who got a phone call from NBA star John Salley? Who chatted live with Marilu Henner? No? Well, on March 1, it’s your turn to join the Kickstart and plant the seeds that will allow you to experience the long-term health benefits of a vegan diet. Life-Changing Benefits >


Bill MaherTalk Show Host Bill Maher Asks NASA to Halt Monkey Experiment Plan
The new season of Real Time with Bill Maher starts later this month. On the show, political satirist Maher discusses hot-button topics with unflinching honesty. Last month, he was equally candid when he made a lifesaving request to NASA. He wrote and asked the space agency to halt its plan to spend $1.75 million to blast live squirrel monkeys with dangerous levels of radiation. Electric Shocks >


Alicia SilverstoneSublime Vegan Cookbooks Top PCRM’s Best Cookbooks List
Vegan cookbooks The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone and The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen were recent New York Times best-sellers. Like Nanci Alexander’s The Sublime Restaurant Cookbook and others that topped PCRM’s best cookbooks list, the popularity of these books shows that Americans want to improve their diets to fight obesity and other chronic diseases. What Are the Worst ? >


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PCRM in the News

The Washington Post quotes PCRM dietitian Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., on healthy eating

U.S. News & World Report quotes PCRM director of research Chad Sandusky, Ph.D., on technology to replace animal testing

Ecorazzi covers comedian Bill Maher’s letter urging NASA to stop monkey experiments

PCRM Publications

South Florida Sun-Sentinel prints op-ed by PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., advising Rush Limbaugh to adopt a healthy diet

The Times (UK) prints letter by PCRM director of research policy Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., on animal experimentation

Mobile Press-Register prints letter by Dr. Barnard urging surgeon general Regina Benjamin, M.D., to confront America’s obesity epidemic

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