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Brenda Davis, RD

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Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. As a prolific nutrition and health writer, she has co-authored 10 books with over a million copies in print in 13 languages. Her most recent works include The Kick Diabetes Cookbook (2018), Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition (2014) and Becoming Vegan: Express Edition (2013). She has also authored numerous professional and lay articles. Brenda is the lead clinical nutrition specialist for the diabetes intervention project in the Marshall Islands, and recently completed a lifestyle intervention demonstration program in Lithuania. She is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and in 2007 was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.

Lectures for the 2019 Cruise

Lecture: Plant-Based Diets and Disease: Current State of the Evidence
Approximately 70% of North Americans will die as a result of a diet and lifestyle-induced disease. Yet, an estimated 90% of type 2 diabetes, 80-90% of heart disease and 40-70% of cancers are considered entirely preventable. This presentation examines the strength of the link between diet and disease, and explores current evidence as it relates to plant-based diets. Do plant-based diets afford significant protection against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases? Are plant-based diets effective therapeutic tools for people who already have these diseases? Join Brenda Davis, RD for a thought-provoking update on plant-based diets and disease.

Lecture: Designing an Optimal Plant-Based Diet
Has your doctor ever given you a prescription for healthy eating? Research shows that an optimal diet can dramatically reduce your risk of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and it can serve as a powerful treatment option. In this presentation, you’ll learn about the dietary components most strongly linked to these diseases, and the dietary components that provide the greatest protection. You’ll discover practical ways to construct a diet that is truly optimal for human health.

Lecture: Cutting Edge Plant-Based Nutrition: Separating Myth from Fact
There is no question that plant-based diets are best for human health, but is there is considerable controversy about the finer details of such diets. Can people eating plants get enough high quality protein from plants? How much protein do people need at various stages of the lifecycle? Don’t people who forgo meat end up anemic? Isn’t fish necessary for long-chain omega-3 fatty acids? How can we get enough calcium without dairy products? Doesn't the lack of B12 in plant foods prove that people need meat? In this presentation, Brenda provides practical, evidence-based answers to many of the most pressing questions about plant-based eating.

Lecture: Deconstructing the Paleo Diet
The paleo diet is currently viewed by many as the answer to our health crisis. The basic premise is that the diet humans ate in pre-agricultural, Paleolithic times is the diet that is best suited for human health. Gone are the fast foods like cheeseburgers and milkshakes, the processed foods like crackers and cheese whiz, and the sweet desserts like donuts and banana cream pie. At the same time, foods generally perceived as healthful, like legumes and whole grains are also eliminated. There is no question that the Paleo crowd has gotten many things right. But is it possible that they have also gotten some things wrong? In this presentation, Brenda Davis, RD examines the claims of the paleo movement - the pluses, minuses, and the broader implications of this dietary trend.

Lecture: Defeating Diabetes: Lessons from the Marshall Islands
In this presentation, you will be touched by the amazing story of the Marshallese people and their battle with a nation-wide diabetes epidemic. The Marshallese experience among the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the world, approximately 31% of adults being affected. Brenda Davis, RD, served as the lead clinical nutrition specialist in a lifestyle intervention research project in the Marshall Islands in 2006, and she continues to work with the Marshall Islands Ministry of Health in an effort to reverse the current diabetes epidemic. To be effective at a community level, current efforts are focused on government policies, school health curriculums, hospital food services, church programs, community groups, stores, restaurants and grass-roots community action.

Lecture: Raw Food Diets: Concepts and Controversies
Raw food diets have been touted as being the most effective diets, therapeutically, and the “cleanest” of all plant-based diets. Do raw food enthusiasts enjoy advantages over other plant-based eaters? Are the claims commonly made about raw food diets true or false? Are plant enzymes necessary for human health? Are cooked foods toxic? Does internal production of vitamin B12 supply our needs? Are sprouts superfoods? Should legume sprouts be avoided? Do raw food diets reverse chronic disease? Brenda Davis, co-author of Becoming Raw, explores each of these issues and provides science-based answers to long-standing controversies.

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