T. Colin Campbell knows a hell of a lot about plant based nutrition. And, luckily for all of us, he doesn’t have any interest in keeping that knowledge to himself. In fact, at the moment he is all the rage. While most vegans have known of his groundbreaking work for years, due to his book, The China Study, this year he definitely hit the mainstream with his message about the heath benefits of plants and the harms of animal-based food. He has a hit movie featuring him, Forks Over Knives, which has been receiving some outstanding reviews, he’s been credited by Bill Clinton for getting him to go (“essentially”) vegan, and he’s been seen on TV shows ranging from Dr. Oz to Real Time with Bill Maher .
While all of these appearances have informed many, many people about the basics of plant-based eating, let’s face it — the information offered in these formats is only the tip of the iceberg. For those whose appetites for knowledge about the health benefits of plant-based eating have been whetted by these glimpses into Dr. Campbell’s work, the T. Colin Campbell Foundation and eCornell, the web-based professional development arm of Cornell University, are offering a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition. The certificate can be earned after completion of three courses, Nutrition Fundamentals, Diseases of Affluence and Principles in Practice.
Many of us working on these issues might find this program valuable just to really get us up to speed on all the health arguments supporting a vegan diet. But one of the really great things about this certificate program is that it is geared not only toward the general public but toward medical professionals as well. In fact, the course is eligible for 19 Continuing Medical Education Credits. So you know how you are always hearing how doctors have only an hour of nutrition education in medical school? While, unfortunately, that’s too often true, this course can introduce doctors and other medical professionals to all the information about the links between diet and disease that they didn’t learn in medical school. So make sure to suggest it to your doctor, and the other medical professionals in your life. It could save their life, and could help them save a lot of other lives, both human and animal, as well.