The Practitioner’s Committee for Responsible Medicine is a group of more than 12,000 physicians who are leading a revolution in medicine—putting a new focus on health and compassion.
Their efforts are dramatically changing the way doctors treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. By putting prevention over pills, these doctors are empowering their patients to take control of their own health. They are also building a new way of viewing research. Since 1985, the Physicians Committee has been working tirelessly for alternatives to the use of animals in medical education and research and advocating for more effective scientific methods.
Their staff of physicians, dietitians, and scientists is working with policymakers, industry, the medical community, the media, and the public to create a better future for people and animals. While their advocacy work is primarily focused on their local area (United States), they have over 150,000 members worldwide and they are a brilliant resource if you are wanting to stay abreast of the latest in health research. Here is a sample of some information provided by PCRM:
*Veganism is a brain-healthy diet: Foods rich in vitamin E, such as broccoli, walnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds, reduce dementia risk by as much as 70 percent.
*A low-fat vegan diet full of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes also helps prevent stroke, heart disease, obesity, and other chronic diseases.
*Those who consume vegan diets have better cholesterol levels than people who eat meat, fish, dairy, and/or egg products, according to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Participants were categorized as meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. Those who ate a vegan diet consumed the most fiber, the least total fat and saturated fat, and had the healthiest body weight and cholesterol levels, of all the diet groups. A previous analysis from the EPIC study found that vegan and vegetarian groups had a 32 percent lower risk of hospitalization or death from heart disease.