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Table of Contents5Eliminating Animal Use in Pediatrics Training7Publishing Groundbreaking Plant-Based Research9Banning Cosmetics Tested on Animals11Making Plant-Based Meals the Law in Hospitals12Stopping Hospitals from Serving Fast FoodThe Physicians Committee is dedicated13Ending Animal Use in Advanced Medical Trainingto saving and improving human and15Breaking Up with Baconanimal lives through plant-based diets16Dropping Hot Dogs from Children’s Menusand ethical and effective scientific17Partnering with U.S. Mayors to ‘Beet’ Heart Disease18Kickstarting Health with a Vegan Diet19Pushing the Government to End Animal Testing21Bringing Plant-Based Nutrition to the World23Addressing Racial Disparities in U.S. Food Policynew emphasis on plant-based nutrition24Combatting Animal Use in Military Medical Trainingand scientific research conducted25Conquering Alzheimer’s Disease with Human-Based Researchethically, without using animals.26Reversing Diabetes with Dr. Barnard27Supporting Native American Communities Fighting Diabetes28Treating More than 4,000 Patients at the Barnard Medical Center29Teaching Physicians Good Nutrition31Fighting the Meat Industry’s Influence32Reaching Millions in the Exam Creating a healthier world through a2018 ANNUAL REPORT2

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When the Physicians Committee launched itsEliminating Animal Usein Pediatrics Trainingpediatrics campaign in 2010, animal use wasstatus quo in many institutions. Residentspracticed a variety of invasive procedures,most commonly endotracheal intubation, onThe days of using cats, ferrets, piglets, and otheranimals, which often led to tracheal bruising,animals to teach future pediatricians are overbleeding, scarring, severe pain, and even the United States and Canada, thanks to theBy the end of 2011, a dozen programs hadperseverance of the Physicians Committee andended animal use.its members.The last program using live animals in theIt took billboards, more than 100,000 petitions,United States, Washington University in St.demonstrations, an appeal to the governmentLouis, Mo., switched to simulation in Octoberof Québec City, Canada, and providing the2016, following a Physicians Committeelatest evidence on human-relevant methodsdemonstration and ads in the studentto the university. But the last holdout—Lavalnewspaper featuring Kristin Bauer van Straten,University in Québec City, Canada—confirmedstar of True Blood and a Washington Universityin June 2018 that it will no longer use animals.alumna.Now, all 228 surveyed pediatrics residency“Yes, we ended this and are looking forprograms in the United States and Canadaadoptive ‘parents’ for the cats,” the universityuse only medical simulators and other human-wrote to the Physicians Committee.relevant methods.Human medical training model52018 ANNUAL REPORTCHANGING MEDICINE. SAVING LIVES.2018 ANNUAL REPORT6

Publishing GroundbreakingPlant-Based ResearchA plant-based diet is the best prescription for heart health, diabetes prevention andreversal, and weight loss, as demonstrated by the Physicians Committee’s clinicalresearch department, led by Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D., in several groundbreakingnutrition studies and reviews published in 2018.Studies in Nutrients and Nutrition and Diabetes lookedat the Physicians Committee’s clinical trial that askedoverweight participants to begin a plant-based diet or tomaintain their current diets. The study found that a plantbased diet prevents and reverses diabetes and promotesweight loss. A scientific review published in ClinicalA Physicians Committee review in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases found that a plant-Nutrition came to the same conclusions.based diet reduces the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 40 percent and opensA Physicians Committee study published in the Journal ofHana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D.blocked arteries in up to 91 percent of patients, among other heart health benefits. Athe Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that patients with diabetes, who are undermeta-analysis co-authored by Dr. Kahleova and published in the same journal found thatreasonably good control with medications, significantly improve their blood sugar controlplant protein, fiber, nuts, and plant sterols lower cholesterol and improve blood pressure.and lose weight effectively when they begin a plant-based Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D., also co-authored two articles in theJournal of the American College of Cardiology, one on the benefits of a plant-based dietfor heart failure and one looking at controversial diets that do not promote heart health.From left: Rosendo Flores, Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D., Susan Levin, M.S., R.D.72018 ANNUAL REPORTPHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE2018 ANNUAL REPORT8

Banning Cosmetics Tested on AnimalsNo animal should be harmed for the next shampooscent or eyeshadow color. That’s why the PhysiciansCommittee and its members fought strongopposition from the cosmetics industry to passthe California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, whichoutlaws the sale of cosmetics in California thathave been tested on animals or contain ingredientsthat have been tested on animals. The PhysiciansCommittee’s bill, which was introduced by Sen.Cathleen Galgiani, is the first law of its kind in theUnited States.“I’m proud of California lawmakers for movingscience, industry, and ethics forward today,” saidFrom left: Elizabeth Baker, Esq., Physicians Committee, actor Kristin Bauer van Straten, Betsy Wason, Physicians CommitteeSen. Galgiani. “Cruelty-free cosmetics are good forThe bill’s success came thanks to the supportbusiness, safe for humans, and don’t harm animals.”of thousands of Physicians Committee membere-mails to California legislators; dozens of visitsto the California State Capitol from PhysiciansCommittee scientists, celebrity supporters,and other experts; the support of cruelty-freecosmetics companies including Lush and JohnPaul Mitchell Systems; and an ad blitz on socialmedia, radio, and newspapers.Because the new law includes exemptions forsome required testing, the Physicians Committeecontinues to work on eliminating animal testingfor all products and chemicals. Compared withanimal tests, human-relevant methods are notonly a more compassionate choice, but theyalso provide more reliable information on howhumans will react to cosmetics’ ANNUAL REPORTCHANGING MEDICINE. SAVING LIVES.From left: Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., Physicians Committee, retiredNBA star John Salley, Elizabeth Baker, Esq.2018 ANNUAL REPORT10

Making Plant-Based Mealsthe Law in Hospitals2018 saw a major step forward for thehealthfulness of hospital food. Patients inCalifornia hospitals will now be able to choose ahealthful plant-based option at every meal thanksto a bill sponsored by the Physicians Committeethat passed in the California State Legislaturein August. Senate Bill 1138 requires licensedCalifornia health care facilities to make veganmeals available to all patients. The bill has similarprovisions for prisons.Stopping Hospitals from Serving Fast FoodMakeHospitalsHealthy.orgResearch shows that people who eat cheeseburgers, milkshakes,and other meaty, cheesy fast food just once a week increase theirrisk of dying from heart disease by 20 percent. That’s why thePhysicians Committee is working to get unhealthy fast food out ofhospitals, including Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, which confirmed“Whether to protect animals, our climate, or our health,those of us who choose to eat a vegan diet can celebratetoday with Gov. Brown’s signing of SB 1138.”– Sen. Nancy Skinner, author of SB 1138, in Becker’s Hospital Reviewin 2018 that its McDonald’s is closed. The announcement followedbillboards and testimony by Physicians Committee memberBandana Chawla, M.D., before the hospital’s board of trustees.Bandana Chawla,“Your cardiologist says you need to lower your fat intake, yoursodium, your cholesterol. And then on the way out the hospital dooryou can grab a Big Mac. Burger joints do not belong in hospitals.”– Leslie Rudloff, Esq., Physicians Committee director of legal affairs,in The Houston Chronicle112018 ANNUAL REPORTPHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE2018 ANNUAL REPORT12

Ending Animal Use inAdvanced Medical TrainingSeven emergency medicine residency programs ended animal use in2018 thanks to the Physicians Committee and its members urging theprograms to switch to simulation.Health/Ohio Health, Einstein Healthcare Network, Michigan StateUniversity College of Human Medicine, Naval Medical Center in SanDiego, the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, andWestern Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.emergency medicine programs acrossThe Physicians Committee continues to work to end animal use in all emergencymedicine programs and other areas of advanced medical training. A survey conductedby the Physicians Committee’s John Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., and Ryan Merkley publishedin Alternatives to Laboratory Animals, found that 84 percent of respondents want theirdoctor to be trained on simulators instead of live animals.The programs include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, DoctorsNow, 95 percent of surveyedCenter: Kerry Foley, M.D.Physicians Committee’s work to end the use ofanimals in education generously supported byKerry Foley, M.D., a Physicians Committee member andemergency medicine physician, led a demonstrationin July that urged Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolisto use modern methods in its emergency medicineresidency training. The medical center later decidedto end all animal use. She also delivered a petition with72,000 signatures. In September, she led a demonstrationthe United States and Canada trainat Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville,residents without using animals.where she delivered a petition with 53,453 signatures.Billboards and bus bench ads also called on the Universityof Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Mo., and“A nonprofit physicians group that advocates for alternatives to animalresearch is touting a victory in its efforts to modernize graduate medicaleducation at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga.”University of Toledo Medical Center in Ohio to end theuse of live animals for emergency medicine– “Group Celebrates End to Animal Use in Chattanooga Emergency Medical Training,”in the Chattanooga Times Free Press132018 ANNUAL REPORTCHANGING MEDICINE. SAVING LIVES.2018 ANNUAL REPORT14

Breaking Up with BaconDropping Hot Dogs from Children’s MenusTV, radio, newspaper, and bus shelter adsin Washington, D.C., in September warnedthat “Bacon Can Bite You Back!” and urgedBacon, sausage, hot dogs, and other processed meats are one of the reasons colorectalresidents in areas with high rates of colorectalcancer rates are on the rise in young people. Physicians Committee members are workingcancer to #BreakUpWithBacon to preventto change that. Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapoliscolon cancer. The World Health Organizationand Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington removedhas classified bacon and other processedhot dogs from patient menus in 2018 after themeat as “carcinogenic to humans.” ThePhysicians Committee put up billboards and wrote tocolorectal cancer rate for African-Americansthe hospitals’ CEOs, notifying them of the Americanin Washington is nearly triple that for whites.Medical Association’s resolution that calls on hospitals toeliminate processed meat. In November, billboards alsoBreakUpWithBacon.orgcalled on Boston Children’s Hospital to remove hot dogs.Santa Barbara Unified School District in Californiabecame the first school district in the United States to“The message is, ‘Bacon is the new tobacco.’”–Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C.,in The Washington Postremove processed meat from menus. The PhysiciansCommittee worked with the school district on the policy,which launched in“Hospitals are here to treat people and cure them from illness. Itmakes no sense for them to be promoting unhealthy lifestyles.”– Physicians Committee member Margaret Peppercorn, M.D.,in The Boston Globe152018 ANNUAL REPORTPHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE2018 ANNUAL REPORT16

Kickstarting Health with a Vegan DietMore than 600,000 people have already participated in the Physicians Committee’s21-Day Vegan Kickstart Program in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and a special Englishlanguage program featuring Indian recipes and ingredients. In October 2018, thePhysicians Committee launched its new-and-improved 21-Day Vegan Kickstart websiteand mobile app for iPhone and Android in both Englishand Spanish. The free online program features 21 daysof recipes with step-by-step photos, meal plans, andtips from Physicians Committee nutrition experts NealBarnard, M.D., Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., and Jill Eckart,C.H.H.C., as well as Aurora Leon, M.D., Joaquin Carral,M.D., and Tracye McQuirter, M.P.H., public healthPartnering with U.S. Mayorsto ‘Beet’ Heart Diseasenutritionist and author of Ageless Vegan.Dr. Barnard also published The Vegan Starter Kitin 2018. The easy-to-read book is inspired by thePhysicians Committee’s Vegetarian Starter Kit, the go-The Physicians Committee brought vegan diets to St. Louis, Mo., in April and RaleighDurham, N.C., in October. The multiday community programs featured lectures, fitnessclasses, cooking demonstrations, and screenings of the documentary Forks Over guide to starting a vegan diet for more than 25 years.21DayKickstart.orgPhysicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D., also gave lectures at local hospitals.In North Carolina, the mayors of Cary, Durham, and Raleigh proclaimed Oct. 27 KickstartYour Health Day.KickstartYourHealth.orgThe Future ofMedicine is Here#PlantBasedRxKICKSTARTYOURHEALTH.ORGMembers of the Kickstart Your Health Triangle team included Parul Kharod, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., and Jonathan Sheline, M.D., M.S.172018 ANNUAL REPORTCHANGING MEDICINE. SAVING LIVES.2018 ANNUAL REPORT18

The EPA also announced a new policy in April to beginimmediately accepting three alternative tests for the skinsensitization test (an allergy test) on animals, which causesredness, swelling, inflammation, scaling, and ulcers. ThePhysicians Committee worked closely with the EPA to bringabout this policy change, which will save thousands of animalsevery year from this painful test.The Physicians Committee also worked with the EPA to developnonanimal methods to replace animal tests used to assess achemical’s capacity to disrupt the endocrine system, whichPushing the Governmentto End Animal Testingregulates all hormonal activity in the body.In February 2018, the Physicians Committee and the InstitutePhysicians Committee toxicologistEsther Haugabrooks, Ph.D., trainsscientists on nonanimal test methods.for In Vitro Sciences trained EPA regulators in nonanimal testsfor eye and skin irritation, skin sensitization, and respiratory toxicity. Over the lastThe Physicians Committee played a critical role inyear, Physicians Committee staff has trained more than 500 scientists on how to usenew federal policies published in 2018, which will helpalternative test methods.eliminate toxicity tests on animals and replace themwith human-relevant methods such as organs-on-a-chip.In January, the National Institutes of Health released “AStrategic Roadmap for Establishing New Approaches toEvaluate the Safety of Chemicals and Medical Productsin the United States.” The plan outlines the steps that16 federal agencies will take to fund and develop new nonanimal methods, modifyregulations to replace current animal testing requirements, and train staff toxicologiststo accept nonanimal methods. The roadmap highlights the Physicians Committee’scomments and contributions as essential.The Environmental Protection Agency published its “StrategicPlan to Reduce the Use of Vertebrate Animals in Chemical Testing”in June. The plan was required under the Frank R. LautenbergChemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which the PhysiciansCommittee helped pass. At the EPA’s request, Kristie Sullivan,M.P.H., vice president of research policy for the PhysiciansCommittee, provided recommendations that were incorporatedKristie Sullivan, M.P.H.into the final plan.192018 ANNUAL REPORTPHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE2018 ANNUAL REPORT20

Bringing Plant-Based Nutrition to the WorldIndiaMore than 72 million people in India have adiabetes diagnosis already, and another 42Handan Yongnian No. 1 High Schoolmillion have the disease without being awareTV interviews with Dr. XuChinaof it. To help combat this epidemic, BarnardMedical Center medical director James Loomis,The Physicians Committee was recognized as one of China’s top 10 health influencers inM.D., and Physicians Committee Kickstart India2018, thanks to the work of China program specialist Jia Xu, Ph.D. The award was presentedspecialist Zeeshan Ali, Ph.D., visited 11 medicalby the Chinese social media platform Weibo in Beijing in December. The Physiciansschools across India in July and August to teachCommittee offers programs throughout China to spread the message of plant-based diets3,000 medical students and faculty how to usefor disease prevention, including lecture tours at medical schools, hospitals, and businesses.the power of a plant-based diet.The Physicians Committee also offers a free Mandarin-language21-Day Vegan Kickstart program and mobile app. The ChineseIndian actress Mallika Sherawat supported theKickstart program also has a presence on Weibo.tour with two billboards in Mumbai that“Eat Plants. End Diabetes. Go Vegan with MallikaSherawat!” and “Mumbai: Eat More Fruits andIreland to IsraelVegetables. Cut the Meat and Dairy!”21DayKickstartIndia.orgPhysicians Committee’s outreachin China generously supported byZeeshan Ali, Ph.D., and James Loomis, M.D., M.B.A.Government Medical College, ChandigarhSince 2001, the Physicians Committee’s Food for Life nutrition education and cookingclass program—designed by physicians, nurses, and registered dietitians—has broughtplant-based nutrition to communities around the world. In 2018, the Physicians Committeetrained 28 new instructors, bringing the total to 271 instructors in more than 15 Medical College, Bhopal212018 ANNUAL REPORTCHANGING MEDICINE. SAVING LIVES.2018 ANNUAL REPORT22

Combatting Animal Use inMilitary Medical TrainingPhysicians Committee billboards surrounding U.S. Army Medical Command in SanAntonio, Texas, in February, called for animals to be replaced with simulators in ArmyPictured from left: Manuel Calcagno, M.D.; Dexter Shurney, M.D.; Jamie Kane, M.D.; Stephen Lome, D.O.; Ankush Bansal, M.D.; NealBarnard, M.D.; Michael Klaper, M.D.; Rosa Kincaid, M.D.; Travis Batts, M.D.; Baxter Montgomery, M.D.; and Ashwani Garg, M.D.combat medic training. The Physicians Committee also submitted a letter to Lt. Gen.Nadja Y. West, M.D., Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. In Army combat medic trainingAddressing Racial Disparitiesin U.S. Food Policycourses, goats or pigs are stabbed and burned and have their limbs amputated with treePhysicians Committee doctor members went to Chicagostars of the television series M*A*S*H, alsoin June to testify in support of a new American Medicalsupported the campaign.Association resolution targeting racial bias in federal foodguidelines. The resolution was passed unanimously by the AMAHouse of Delegates, urging the U.S. Department of Agriculturetrimmers. Animals that survive these injuriesare killed after the training session.Jamie Farr and Mike Farrell, veterans andBetterMilitaryMedicine.orgJamie FarrMike Farrelland U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tochange federal food policies to clearly indicate that meat anddairy products are optional, rather than required. It also callsfor a change in federal law so that children can request analternative to cow’s milk without having to provide a note froma doctor or parent stating that they have a “medical condition”that requires it.“There’s a sense of immediacy and urgency with the simulators.That’s exactly how you train, you train how you fight. Withthe live animals, it’s in a completely different clinical typeenvironment. The anatomy just isn’t like a human being, and it’sjust not good training.”– Robert DeMuth, M.D., Physicians Committee member and former Army Major,CBS San Antonio232018 ANNUAL REPORTPHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE2018 ANNUAL REPORT24

Reversing Diabetes with Dr. BarnardDr. Neal Barnard’s Program for ReversingDiabetes has been helping people prevent andreverse diabetes with a plant-based diet since2007. In 2018, a new edition of the book waspublished, adding the latest evidence showingthe power of a plant-based diet to tacklediabetes. A new companion cookbook, Dr. NealBarnard’s Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes,offers 150 delicious, plant-based recipes.Stanley’s Success StoryStanley with Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D.Stanley was visiting his grandmother in the hospital when he realized it could be the lastConquering Alzheimer’s Diseasewith Human-Based Researchtime he saw her. So he asked his wife to capture the moment with a photo. But whenhe looked at the photo, he didn’t recognize himself. At 285 pounds and suffering fromtype 2 diabetes, he thought, “I’m not in the best shape of my life. This is not how I wantto go.” That’s when he made the decision to improve his health with Dr. Neal Barnard’sThe National Institutes of Health has set a goal to treat and preventProgram for Reversing Diabetes. Within three months, he had lost weight, and his A1CAlzheimer’s disease by 2025. But a staggering 99.6 percent oftest number plummeted from 6.7, which indicates diabetes, to 5.6—a totally normalAlzheimer’s disease drugs that succeed in animal experiments failvalue, indicating his diabetes was gone.when tested in humans. Physicians Committee senior specialist Ann Lam, Ph.D., hosted a congressional briefingin cooperation with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) in Septemberto emphasize the necessity of dedicated funding for human-basedAnn Lam, Ph.D.Alzheimer’s studies in NIH’s annual budget.Dr. Lam also hosted a Physicians Committee workshop on Alzheimer’sresearch at the University of California, San Diego, in November,with speakers from a dozen institutions, including the MassachusettsInstitute for Neurodegenerative Disease, the Barrow NeurologicalInstitute, and the Green Neuroscience Laboratory.Physicians Committee medical research specialist Feng-Yen Li, Ph.D.,Rep. Earl Blumenaueralso presented on the need to transition from animal experiments to human-basedresearch at the 33rd International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease in ANNUAL REPORTCHANGING MEDICINE. SAVING LIVES.2018 ANNUAL REPORT26

Supporting Native AmericanCommunities Fighting DiabetesFor the past eight years, the Physicians Committee hasTreating More than 4,000 Patientsat the Barnard Medical Centersupported the Navajo Nation’s efforts to help its residentsfight type 2 diabetes with a plant-based diet of traditionalSince 2016, the Barnard Medical Center, led byfoods. In September, Caroline Trapp, D.N.P., C.D.E.,medical director James Loomis, M.D., M.B.A., hasdirector of diabetes education and care for the Physiciansworked to help patients achieve optimal healthCommittee, organized the Food is Medicine for Diabetesthrough preventive care and plant-based nutrition. Inevent at the Navajo Nation Museum, in Window Rock, Ariz.,2018, the Barnard Medical Center treated its 4,000thin partnership with the clinical education department atpatient. It also hosted 25 health care trainees,Tséhootsooí Medical Center, reaching a total of more thanincluding medical students and dietitians from Brazil,160 clinicians and lay people.Canada, India, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Poland,Peru, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland, and the“Let’s drive diabetes off our nation,” said the president ofUnited Kingdom, who completed clinical rotationsthe Navajo Nation, Jonathan Nez, who follows a vegan diet,in the event’s opening remarks. The program’s presentersalso included April James, the food service director andand will bring their knowledge of plant-basedDr. Barnard and Navajo NationPresident Jonathan Nezdietetic technician with the Tséhootsooí Medical Center.nutrition to their practices around the world.James Loomis, M.D.BarnardMedical.orgDr. Trapp also moderated a panel of vegan success stories includingMs. James; Jenson Yazzie, who has lost 80 pounds; MargileneBarney, who works with the Navajo Nation Special DiabetesProgram and went from a size 20 to a size 12 and reversedsignificant joint pain; and Ernie Tsosie III, a comedian and Trapp, D.N.P., C.D.E.Jenson Yazzie, Margilene Barney, Ernie Tsosie III, and April James share their success stories.“The clinical rotation at the Barnard Medical Center is anincredibly valuable opportunity for medical students looking tolearn more about plant-based nutrition and the role it can havein preventative medicine. I now feel much more confident aboutaddressing nutrition with my patients and knowing how to offerthem practical advice that they can implement right away.”– Kelsea Sandefur, medical student at A. T. Still University of Health Sciences’Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri272018 ANNUAL REPORTPHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE2018 ANNUAL REPORT28

The third edition of the Physicians Committee’s Nutrition Guide for Clinicians debutedas a free app on Google Play and the Apple Store in March and was downloaded morethan 24,000 times in 2018. A web-based version of the guide was launched at the sametime. The comprehensive medical reference manual provides clinicians with the latestevidence-based information on nutrition’s role in prevention andtreatment. The app covers nearly 100 diseases and conditions andincludes risk factors, diagnoses, and typical treatments, includingtips for discussing dietary changes with patients.In 2018, the Physicians Committee’s site launched Plant-Based 101—a six-partonline continuing education series designed forhealth care professionals. Nearly 1,500 usersearned CME on the site’s 25 courses in 2018.Teaching Physicians Good NutritionNutritionGuide.PCRM.organd NutritionCME.orgHundreds of doctors gathered at the White House in August with an importantmessage that could improve Americans’ health, lower health care costs, and protect theenvironment: “Go Vegan!”The doctors were among the 1,000 health care professionals who participated in thePhysicians Committee’s sold-out International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine onAug. 10 and 11, where they heard the latest research on nutrition and chronic diseasesand learned how to prescribe a plant-based dietary intervention to their patients. Theconference also offered networking opportunities for health care providers to meet withlikeminded professionals, a group exercise session, and healthful plant-based meals.The conference was co-hosted by the Physicians Committee and the George WashingtonUniversity School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Conference presentations areavailable for continuing medical education credit on ANNUAL REPORTCHANGING MEDICINE. SAVING LIVES.2018 ANNUAL REPORT30

Fighting the Meat Industry’s InfluencePhysicians Committee doctor members filed a legal complaint in March to stop the TexasBeef Council from publishing false and misleading health claims about beef products.Despite clear scientific evidence linking red meat to an increased risk for heart disease,the Texas Beef Council has launched a brochure claiming that beefis a safe choice for patients with high cholesterol and other cardiacconditions. The Council distributes the brochures to Texas physicians.“The Texas Beef Council is using fake science to convince people to dosomething that will harm them so that the beef producers in Texas makeReaching Millions in The Exam Roommore money,” Physicians Committee director of academic affairs JohnPippin, M.D., a Texas cardiologist, told the San Antonio Express-News.John Pippin, M.D.Texas Beef Council brochure coverMore than 1 million people have already listened to the Physicians Committee’s TheExam Room podcast hosted by Chuck “The Weight Loss Champion” Carroll, whomaintains his 265-pound weight loss with a plant-based diet.Topics on the weekly podcast, which launched in January 2018,range from the Vegan Superfoods to the Dangers of Dairy.Carroll also interviews patients sharing success stories, celebritiesincluding Maggie Q and Kristin Bauer van Straten, and plantbased physicians such as Barnard Medical Center medical directorJames Loomis, M.D., M.B.A., and Physicians Committee directorof clinical research Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D.The Physicians Committee also continues to reach tens of millionsthrough its completely revamped and mobile-friendly website,which launched in October 2018, and social media channelsincluding Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and“The U.S. Department of Agriculture said last week that theaverage consumer will eat 222.2 pounds of red meat and poultryin 2018. For the health of Americans and the environment, let’shope that this prediction proves false.”– Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D.,in The Hill312018 ANNUAL REPORTPHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE2018 ANNUAL REPORT32

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