Preventing & Reversing Vascular Diseases

 TWO-DAY COURSE Vascular Disease

Preventing & Reversing Vascular Diseases

Evidence-Based Research

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Learn the latest-greatest rehabilitation research on how to reverse and prevent vascular diseases.



LOCATION: InterContinental, Toronto Centre, Canada

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Hans Diehl imageHans Diehl, DrHSDc, MPH, FACNfounder of the CHiP Program, best-selling author and international radio show host, president, Lifestyle Medicine Institute, Loma Linda, CAimage: Robert VogelRobert A. Vogel, MD, chief medical director, Pritikin Longevity Center, Miami, FL, named one of the best doctors in America by Good Housekeeping magazine, weight and heart consultant to the National Football League, diet consultant to the National Health Institute, professor of medicine, University of Maryland, College Park, MD



John L. Sievenpiper, BASc, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCPC, staff physician in the Division of Endocrinology, St. Michael's Hospital, scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and Knowledge Synthesis Lead of the Toronto 3D Knowledge Synthesis and Clinical Trials unit, St. Michael’s Hospital.

image: Michael Greger
Michael Greger, MDdirector of public health and animal agriculture, Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, Washington, DC, founder of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
image: R. James BarnardR. James Barnard, PhD, distinguished professor emeritus, Pritikin Longevity Center, Miami, FL, member UCLA Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, research director, Nathan Pritikin Research Foundation and Pritikin Longevity Center, author of 200+ studies focused on diet, exercise, and disease preventionimage: Elizabeth FratesElizabeth Frates, MD (Physiatrist), director of medical education at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine and professor at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Curves
image: Wayne DysingerWayne Dysinger, MD, MPHdirector of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute, chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, director, Lifestyle Medicine Track of the Family and Preventive Medicine Residency, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CAimage: Heather JavaherianHeather Javaherian, OTDassociate professor, and director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CAimage: Bob Franceschelli, MBABob Franceschelli, MBA, President, Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Program
image: Cindy BernerCindy Berner, MS, RD, LD, Director of Nutrition, Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab 


Research can demonstrate how food affects physiology in health and disease as well as how food can undermine or promote the rehabilitation process. This two-day translational course will present evidence-based strategies to effectively prevent, arrest, and reverse vascular diseases including:

  • angina pectoris (chest pain)
  • myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • intermittent claudication (leg cramping)
  • gangrene (tissue decay/death)
  • impotence (erectile dysfunction)
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • cerebral infarction (stroke)
  • senility (restricted oxygen to vital brain tissue)
  • hearing loss (restricted oxygen and nutrients to tissues)
  • visual loss (restricted oxygen and nutrients to tissues)

For rehabilitation and non-rehabilitation patients, this program may assist in prevention as well as initiate the reversal process of common vascular disease. For example, vascular disease is the number one cause of death in patients with a spinal cord injury. By providing patients with insight, knowledge, and motivation to improve their dietary lifestyle, spinal cord injury patients can modify their comorbidities such as overweight, hypertension, depression, and hypercholesterolemia.

Similarly, through intensive education and a better dietary lifestyle, stroke patients can learn to address their blood pressure to reduce recurrence risk and further deterioration.

Learning Objectives
To support the attainment of knowledge, competence, and performance, the learner should be able to achieve the following objectives:

  1. List the evidence on how food affects the physiology of health and disease.
  2. Identify means to effectively prevent, arrest, and reverse vascular diseases.
  3. Describe strategies for prevention and reduction of dietary risk factors for vascular disease.

Who Should Attend?

  • Patients and their caregivers and loved ones
  • Clinicians
  • Researchers
  • This content is relevant to all health-conscious individuals


TUE // 7 October
8:00 AM – 9:00 AMH. DiehlCirculation-Related Chronic Diseases: Emergence, Escalation, Economic Costs and Health Outcomes
9:00 AM – 10:00 AMH. DiehlChronic Diseases: Insidious, Progressive, and Deadly, Yet Reversible!
10:00 AM – 11:00 AMH. DiehlEat More, Weigh Less! Rational, Successful Weight Management Essential, Essential for Optimizing Rehabilitative Medicine
11:00 AM – 12:00 PMH. DiehlPreventing and Reversing T2 Diabetes: Of Critical Importance for Optimizing Rehabilitative Medicine
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMBreak
1:00 PM – 2:30 PMM. GregerModern Killer Diseases: The Food Connection
2:30 PM – 3:15 PMD. J. Jenkins, C. KendallFiber in Health and Disease
3:15 PM – 4:00 PMD. J. Jenkins, C. KendallLowering Lipids: The Portfolio Diet
4:00 PM – 5:00 PMH. Diehl, M. Greger, D.J. Jenkins, C. KendallPanel Discussion and Q&A
WED // 8 October
8:00 AM – 9:00 AMR. VogelAtherosclerosis: Hypoxia, Nitric Oxide and Fat
9:00 AM – 10:00 AMR. J. BarnardHyperlipidemia and Atherosclerosis: Lowering Lipids with the Pritikin Program
10:00 AM – 11:00 AME. FratesHow to Motivate Your Patients to Adopt Healthy Lifestyles:  The Key to Secondary Prevention
11:00 AM – 12:00 PMR. J. Barnard, R. Vogel, C. Berner, B. FranceschelliPart 1: The Pritikin Program and Research in Vascular Disease

  • Risk Factors in Heart Disease
  • Pritikin Research in Vascular Disease
  • The Pritikin Approach to Lifestyle Change
  • Pritikin Longevity Center and Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMR. J. Barnard, R. Vogel, C. Berner, B. FranceschelliPart 2: The Pritikin Program and Research in Vascular Disease

  • Risk Factors in Heart Disease
  • Pritikin Research in Vascular Disease
  • The Pritikin Approach to Lifestyle Change
  • Pritikin Longevity Center and Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab
1:45 PM – 2:30 PME. FratesThe Exercise Prescription: Getting Your Patients Moving
2:30 PM – 3:15 PMW. DysingerOptimizing Lifestyle Medicine Practice
3:15 PM – 4:00 PMH. JavaherianGetting Patients Back to Function
4:00 PM – 4:45 PMR. J. Barnard, R. Vogel , E. Frates, W. Dysinger, H. Diehl,  H. JavaherianPanel Discussion and Q&A
4:45 PM – 5:00 PMCourse Evaluations


  • Two days of evidence-based instruction
  • CME/CEU credits
  • Non-members receive 6-months introductory ACRM membership with a subscription to the journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


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