The main reason why people become vegan is for their health benefits. Unfortunately, most doctors when referring to a healthy diet don’t recommend a vegan diet, but a diet low in carbs and saturated fat. What they usually advise is to eat white meat, with your “daily” portion of fruits, vegetables and grains.
Unfortunately that is not enough, and that is what they have finally come to realize. According to broadwayworld.com, celebrity doctors will speak about the benefits of a vegan diet at the sixth annual New York City Vegetarian Food Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.
The doctors scheduled to speak at the Festival include:
• Aysha Akhtar, double Board-certified neurologist and preventive medicine/public health specialist. She received her training at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Washington Hospital Center, and the University of North Carolina Medical School in Chapel Hill.
• Michelle McMacken, Board-certified internal medicine physician, assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine, and honors graduate of Yale University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
• Michael Greger, Cornell- and Tufts-trained general practitioner, founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
• Robert Ostfeld, associate professor of Clinical Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center, and associate director of the Cardiology Fellowship at Montefiore-Einstein. He received his training from the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University School of Medicine, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School.
• Casey Taft, professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, associate editor of the journal Psychological Trauma.
• Thomas Campbell, medical director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, co-founder and clinical director of the University of Rochester Program for Nutrition in Medicine. His training is from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, the University of Rochester, and Cornell University.
• Garth Davis, fellow of the American College of Surgeons, fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He received his training from the University of Texas in Austin, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
• Steve Neabore serves on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and specializes in the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic diseases. He completed his undergraduate degree at New York University and earned his medical degree from St. George’s University, with a residency in internal medicine at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn.
There will be other speakers and some entertainers. To read the full article go to broadwayworld.com where you will also find details on the festival.
These types of event are really important for the vegan community, since most people don’t understand the huge impact a vegan lifestyle can make in their health, the animals and the planet.
I recommend you go to events like these, or even this one, if it is within your means, because it will expand your knowledge on veganism and it will confirm your beliefs.
I also recommend you watching these YouTube videos of Dr. Neal Barnard. He is a Seventh Day Adventist doctor. Most SDAs are know to eat a vegetarian diet. The firsts video is an intro and the second one is a lecture on the benefits of a vegan diet. The second video is very detailed so you need to make sure you have time to watch it completely as is 52 minutes.