Since 2019, the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund has been a sponsor of The Exam Room podcast of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The Physicians Committee’s mission statement is “saving and improving human and animal lives through plant-based diets and ethical and effective scientific research” — and if you follow this podcast, the life you save and improve could be your own.
This week’s newest Live Q&A episode with host Chuck Carroll and Physicians Committee President Dr. Neal Barnard — Blood Pressure – DASH vs. Mediterranean Diet — is especially important. Hypertension, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, has reached alarming prevalence — 1.28 billion adults worldwide, according to the World Health Organization; and nearly 120 million adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And yet, say Chuck and Dr. Barnard, hypertension is readily controllable in a number of ways including healthy diet choices.
Another recent Exam Room episode I’m proud to highlight is Live from New York! – A Night of Heart Health. This video features Chuck and Dr. Barnard in conversation with Dr. Robert Ostfeld, Director of Preventive Cardiology at Montefiore Health System; Dr. Michelle McMacken, Executive Director of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals; and Rip Esselstyn, founder of PLANTSTRONG.
I was honored to participate in the Live from New York! episode taping in July — the second of three Exam Room shows held before a live audience, to celebrate over 15 million global downloads of the podcast. The first of these events was Live in LA, taped in March. The third, Live in DC, is coming up November 7 and is still open for ticketing.