I need the names of some studies on how a WFPB diet is good for health reasons. In case we meet doctors at our vegan outreach, we have to know better to be in a position to debate. I do know that they don’t study nutrition in medical school, but a person who is not from the medical profession saying so may sound offensive. I know of the Harvard Nurses Health Study. Heard a lot about the China Study, but don’t know much about it. Anymore? Any tips on how to speak to medical fraternity during outreach? Speaking to lay people is not difficult.
The How Not to Die book is complete with all of the studies used to support the conclusions. I was a skeptic when I started and looked up many of those studies and was like, wow! This is true. The book and the Nutrition Facts website are everything needed to prove the science.
There is a great article in the Kaiser Permanente Journal that promotes plant based diets. Perm J 2013 Spring; 17(2):61-66. Kaiser is one of the largest health insurance companies in the country, so it actually saves more money when its members are healthy!
You ask for tips on how to speak to medics. If they are anything like teachers (a profession I have been both outside and inside during my adult life) many would dismiss 100% of the opinions of outsiders. You would pick this up as a smile that feels patronising or condescending.
With this type of person you are not going to influence their opinions easily but you can learn from them. Find out what diet recommendations they believe/follow themselves. Find out if any of their patients are starting to eat WFPB. You might come away with some interesting new knowledge and you will have planted the seed by being respectful and genuine.