Below are a few representative synopses of key themes from the conference.....
A chord was struck by John Abele - co-founder of Boston Scientific who described the lack of collaboration in medicine - he says the word is over-used and in the medical dictionary there is no such word. John has bought the KingBridge centre and turned it into the
Building Collaborative Cultures and Leaders
Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio) advocates treating the "whole patient" who has cancer and is an advocate of chronic regimes of therapy. We saw the power of driving behavioural change for young patients to ensure compliance on longer term therapies ie. following ALL (typically striking young teenagers who strive to get back to normal living and who risk relapse with poor complicance). Video games are showing great promise to influence behaviour - preventing relapse in half of the usual 20% of patients who relapse. David Ornish - frequently on US television talks about the proven impact on our gene expression profile of healthy living and eating - supporting our ability to influence our state of health directly with our lifestyle.
You have to view the wonderful pictures of Peter Menzel and his wife Faith D'Alusio following their round the world trip to photograph families and their food. Peter describes how they will try all diets but amongst the most concerning and stomach churning was beef from the high intensive farming practices of Texas. We are not progressing but regressing....
A key theme is to eat naturally, non-processed foods and to stop eating when you are 80% full and let the food enter your body and give the right signals. The growing obesity epidemic in the world and in particular it the US is a cataclismic disaster for healthcare and future generations' well being.