A presentation of a movie at CU Boulder last Friday, November 1 was promoted by vegan groups as far south as Denver. The video, known as “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death” is the work of famous Medical Doctor Michael Greger. Greger is a graduate of Tufts University Medical School and a world-famous writer and lecturer on nutrition. In his 55-minute video, the renowned doctor focuses on how a vegan diet can fight and prevent different kinds of cancers and other leading causes of death among Americans.
The video presentation, which was held at CU Boulder's Eaton Humanities Building at 7:00 p.m. was sponsored by the University's Vegan Justice League. A free vegan meal was offered to attendees of the movie and three CU professors were on hand afterward to answer questions about nutrition. The VJL's effort, and the meal preparation, was supported by "A Vegan Life", Denver's largest vegan social network. University students who are attending nutrition classes at CU were be offered extra credit if they attended and participated in the post-movie Q & A.
Dr. Greger is the founder of the website Nutrition Facts.org, an expert of food safety and mad cow disease and is the current Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture for Humane Society of the United States. He is a well-known supporter of vegan diets and has been vegan myself since 1990. His lectures focus on the science of the vegan diet.
Statistics from various sources show 13 of the 15 leading causes of death for Americans to be medically-related, and 12 of 13 of these causes are directly referenced in one of Greger’s 2012 death-prevention lectures. The thirteenth medical-related cause of death is influenza/pneumonia. Two non-medical causes are accidents and suicide. In a lecture given in July of 2012, Greger said all of the named medical issues can be fought, reduced or prevented by a plant-based diet.
Dr. Greger references numerous studies that support the pro-vegan claims that more and more medical doctors are supporting nowadays as preventable disease rates climb along with healthcare costs. Dr. Neal Barnard is another outspoken vegan advocate who has written numerous books on the benefits of a vegan diet. Barnard is also an activist against animal cruelty, which also motivates many who eat only plant-based foods to choose an animal-free diet.
The presentation of Greger’s video at by the Vegan Justice League was free of charge and was VJL’s monthly movie offering to students and visitors to promote vegan awareness.