Symposium on Cost-Effective Natural Methods to Address Leading Causes of Death and Chronic Diseases

Washington, DC – As the nation continues to wrestle with skyrocketing health care costs, the NATURAL HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE is presenting a symposium to examine Cost-Effective Natural Methods to Address Leading Causes of Death and Chronic Diseases. The symposium will take place at the 95th Annual American Oil Chemists Society Meeting, 9 AM to Noon, Tuesday, May 11, 2004 Cincinnati, Ohio.

Leading scientists will present nutritional and metabolic strategies to address the most common causes of death in the US. These approaches, including fats/oils, proteins, optimal nutrition, and additional dietary supplements, provide many keys to better health and at a lower cost than many other treatments.

It is no secret that the United States is experiencing rapidly increasing healthcare costs that adversely affect the economy. As the national health crisis grows, it is critical to research and promote effective, more affordable solutions. This symposium, the first of its kind, will introduce results of new research on the efficacy of optimal nutrition in preventing or improving preventable conditions directly related to the leading causes of death, where the greatest healthcare burden lies.

Some of these causes are:

  • Heart and cardiovascular diseases. This condition affects over 61 million Americans, with strokes accounting for nearly 40% of all deaths according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Treatment costs exceed $300 billion a year and can be prevented by providing the public and the nation's decision makers with key policy and lifestyle findings.
  • Cancer. This disease is the second leading cause of death. There is a 44% chance of developing cancer in one's lifetime, and 50% of all people who develop cancer will die from it. Diet, weight control, and avoiding specific toxins have proven to decrease the chances of developing cancer by 30-40% (American Institute for Cancer Research).
  • Diabetes. Although diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death, it affects more and more Americans and can lead to many complications and thus is an important underlying cause of death in many cases. Type 2 diabetes, the most common type affecting 90-95% of people with diabetes, is linked to dietary intake, obesity and physical inactivity. Millions more have metabolic syndrome, and are likely to eventually develop diabetes.

The Natural Health Research Institute gathers information about, and promotes research on, complementary alternative natural health methods. The NHRI is addressing the challenge of distributing this information by partnering with the American Oil Chemists Society through this Symposium. The Symposium will promote and increase understanding of new nutrition-based solutions to help create better health for all.

Further information on this symposium and registration for the AOCS Meeting available at:

The Natural Health Research Institute presentations will take place at Cincinnati on May 11 at the AOCS Symposium.

Research to be presented in the Technical Program includes:

Update on Omega-3 Fatty Acids for the Primary and Secondary Management of Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Bruce Holub, University of Guelph, Department of Biology and Nutritional Sciences, Canada.

Apoptosis of Breast Cancer Cell Lines in Presence of Aqueous Garlic Extracts. Dr. Goswala Sivam, Bastyr University, USA.

Bioflavonoids in the Management of Asthma and Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Ronald Watson, Professor of Public Health and Nutritional Sciences,University of Arizona Medical, Public Health and Agriculture Schools, USA.

Aging, Exercise, and Phytochemicals. Dr. Li Li Ji, Department of Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin, USA.

Perinatal supplementation of Long-Chain Fatty Acids as a Strategy to PreventHypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Coronary Heart Disease in Adult Life. Dr. Undurti Das, EFA Sciences LLC, USA

Malnutrition, Inflammation and Arteriosclerosis in End State Renal Disease. Dr. Leo Martis, Baxter Healthcare, USA

Chromium and Insulin Resistance. Dr Vijaya Juturu, Nutrition 21, USA

Abstracts of these presentations are available at

Now Foods, Inc. is the sponsor of this symposium. The company’s founder and president, Elwood Richard, is a long-time member of the American Oil Chemists Society. “We hope that additional conferences can be held in the future on this important approach to creating a healthier nation.” Richard said.

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