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VegMed 2018: Scientific congress on plant-based nutrition as medicine

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VegMed Logo, screenshotInternational medical research regularly confirms: Vegetarian and vegan nutrition is an effective component in the treatment and prevention of many chronic diseases. VegMed Scientific Congress in Berlin from 20 to 22 April 2018 offers interested parties the opportunity to inform themselves about the current status of scientific research.

More and more people are switching to a plant-based diet in order to eat healthily. Under the motto "Plant-based nutrition as medicine - paradigm shift in health care" ProVeg (formerly Vegetarierbund Deutschland) and the entire VegMed team invite to Europe's largest scientific congress on vegetarian and vegan nutrition at Freie Universität Berlin. World-wide outstanding experts present their latest results from evidence-based medical research at first hand.

The public day on 22 April is open to all visitors. There, the scientists present their research in a way that is understandable to the general public. VegMed 2018 is being organised by a consortium of the Charité University Outpatient Clinic for Naturopathy at Immanuel Hospital Berlin, the Reformhaus Fachakademie Foundation and ProVeg (formerly Vegetarierbund Deutschland).

Among them: Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Michalsen, Chief Physician of the Department of Naturopathy, Immanuel Hospital Berlin, and holder of the endowed professorship for clinical naturopathy at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
With his bestseller "Healing with the power of nature" Prof. Dr. Michalsen considers a passionate plea for a new medicine. His latest scientific findings make him ask the question: Is a nutritional concept consisting of intermittent fasting and plant-based nutrition a key to a long life?

Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, Professor of Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., founder and president of the Medical Committee for Responsible Medicine and bestselling author.
 Neal Barnard has played a major role in the American Medical Association's decision last June to make plant-based nutrition an integral part of hospital catering in the USA. In his new book "The Cheese Trap" he reveals the latest scientific facts about "addictive" cheese.
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Arens-Azevedo, President of the German Nutrition Society (DGE).
 Prof. Dr. Arens-Azevedo, President of the national reference institution for nutritional science, stands for a critical, factual-scientific perspective on plant-based forms of nutrition. It presents the current situation of communal catering in the field of vegan nutrition.

Congress programme now online

Highlights also include lectures and workshops on plant-based nutrition in connection with diabetes, sports, pregnancy, breastfeeding and childhood. It is also discussed which role so-called self-tracking apps, online games (gamification) and health coaching can play for a successful change in diet. The complete programme is now available on the VegMed website at "The congress offers not only health professionals and students, but also interested laymen the unique opportunity to receive the latest scientifically verified findings on plant-based nutrition from the internationally most renowned scientific experts in a generally comprehensible form," says Prof. Dr. Andreas Michalsen.

Audience day and online live stream

On Friday and Saturday, VegMed will provide medical experts with expert and detailed knowledge on the benefits and risks of plant-based diets in lectures and workshops. The public day on Sunday is open to all visitors, tickets can be booked separately. Another new feature is the possibility to participate in the congress via online live stream. This year's main topics are metabolic, bone and muscle health and prevention. Practical workshops, scientific poster presentations and an interactive supporting programme from yoga to mind-body medicine round off the congress.




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