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Lawrence H. Kushi, Sc.D.

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Dr. Lawrence Kushi is an internationally-known nutritional and cancer epidemiologist. For more than 25 years, he has led and been involved in studies across the cancer continuum, from early life exposures to cancer outcomes. He has served on advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the World Cancer Research Fund and other organizations. He chaired the American Cancer Society’s 2012 committee on nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention. He leads the Cancer Research Network, funded by the National Cancer Institute to catalyze research in integrated health care settings. A graduate of Amherst College and the Harvard School of Public Health, he has held research and faculty positions at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Minnesota, Columbia University and Kaiser Permanente.

Lectures for the 2018 Cruise

Lecture: Diet and Cancer Prevention: Updated Guidelines and Recommendations
The most recent nutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer prevention from the American Cancer Society (ACS), published in 2012, recommend a plant-based diet that emphasizes consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables and whole grains and minimizes intake of red meat and processed meat. The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), based in the UK, made similar recommendations in their comprehensive report published in 2007 and in updates based on continuous reviews of the literature. The WCRF is currently compiling their next comprehensive report, scheduled to be released in January 2018. Meanwhile, the ACS will have convened its committee to update their recommendations. This presentation will provide a summary of the most up-to- date food and nutrition guidelines for cancer prevention – fresh off the presses at the time of the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise.

Lecture: Can Food and Lifestyle Choices Influence Outcomes after a Cancer Diagnosis?
Although there has been substantial research on whether food and nutrition can influence the prevention of cancer, there have been relatively fewer studies examining whether food and lifestyle choices can affect cancer outcomes such as progression or survival. The American Cancer Society (ACS), in its most recent statement on this topic, recognized that further work was needed, but that their guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention appear to be broadly applicable. A recent systematic review focused on breast cancer, conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund and released in 2014, suggested that there was growing evidence that a healthy body weight, physical activity, and diets containing fiber and traditional soy foods and minimizing saturated fat intake, may be beneficial. The ACS is convening a committee in 2017 to update its statement on the influence of diet and physical activity for cancer survivors, and insights into its recommendations may be available in February, 2018. Recent research examining the role of food and nutrition in cancer outcomes will be examined, in order to provide the most informed guidance in this area.

Lecture: No Fat? Avoid Carbohydrates? Is Protein Deficiency a Problem? Common Sense Answers to Common Questions
The general population receives confusing information regarding the roles of foods and nutrients in promoting health and preventing disease. There are popular perceptions that coconut oil is healthful, or that one should strive for a low-fat diet with no separated fats or oils. The Paleo perception is that carbohydrates should be minimized, while others think that avoiding animal foods may result in protein deficiency. Despite the apparent confusion, there has been substantial consistency over several decades regarding scientific views of healthful dietary patterns and food choices, driven by studies in cardiovascular disease and complemented by studies with other chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer. This presentation will provide a summary of some of the key studies and guidelines that underlie the scientific consensus, in order to provide the context for interpreting the next popular food advice.

Lecture: More Than Individual Lifestyle Choices: The Influence of Societal Factors on Health
The Holistic Holiday at Sea program emphasizes the role that personal lifestyle choices in food selection and physical activity play in health and disease. However, the ability of individuals to make healthful choices occurs in a societal context that influences the range of choices. For example, the neighborhoods people live in have distinct characteristics that influence access to healthful food choices or the opportunities for physical activity. Policies at different levels of administration, by businesses or governments, may promote or hinder health and the ability to make healthful choices. Research priorities and guideline development may themselves be influenced by corporate interests. This presentation will explore these and other factors that affect the ability of individuals to determine and make healthful lifestyle choices.

Angelica Asks: Demystifying Health Fads - A Conversation with Dr. Larry Kushi
This session will be a casual conversation and question and answer session exploring different areas in food, nutrition and health. The conversation will be led by Ms. Angelica Kushi, Holistic Holiday at Sea yoga teacher and health coach, as she discusses issues of popular interest with Dr. Larry Kushi, nutritional epidemiologist and senior researcher at the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California. In a format similar to casual podcast conversations, examples from recent research studies that address questions of interest will be provided, in the context of practical answers to puzzling questions.

Doctors Q&A Panel: Cruisin’ for Knowledge ‒ Using a Plant-Based Diet to Support Health and Avoid Risks with Drs. Michael Greger, Michael Klaper, Joel Kahn, Lawrence Kushi & Deanna Minich, hosted by Sandy Pukel
Don’t miss this motivational, inspiring and informative Q&A with plant-based diet luminaries Drs. Michael Greger, Joel Kahn, Michael Klaper, Lawrence Kushi and Deanna Minich, facilitated by cruise director Sandy Pukel. This is your chance to get all your questions answered. Whether you have been practicing a plant-based lifestyle for years or are just getting your feet wet, these experts can take you to the next level. Get the real scoop on living well, eating well and taking control of your health.

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