RLMI News and Events

AARP and RLMI Host a Winter 2021 Immunity Series

RLMI and AARP host a FREE interactive national online event. This six part series discusses the immune system and features video presentations and live Q&A with Dr. Ted Barnett and other featured experts on Lifestyle Medicine and immunity. This program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from November 16 to December 9 from 5-5:45 pm EST. This program is not recorded.

Registration info::

Tues., November 23: Sleep Habits and the Importance of Sleep

    Register: https://aarp.cvent.com/SupportingImmunitySleep1123

Tues., November 30: Avoiding Toxins

    Register: https://aarp.cvent.com/SupportingImmunityAvoidingToxins1130

Thurs., December 2: Managing Stress

    Register: https://aarp.cvent.com/SupportingImmunityStress1202

Thurs., December 9: Relationships, Purpose and Joy

Register: https://aarp.cvent.com/SupportingImmunityRelationships1209

To participate in more events like this one, visit our Calendar of Events.

Caldwell Esselstyn, MD: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

As part of the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Lecture Series and Rochester Area Vegan Society, on November 14, 2021, Caldwell Esselstyn, MD presented to a virtual) audience on How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.

Esselstyn is a Cleveland Clinic physician and surgeon who has authored several books and papers and is a global leader in the prevention and reversal of heart disease. He is also an Olympic Gold Medalist

Watch the presentation here on Youtube.

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Lifestyle Medicine Grand Rounds with John McDougall, MD

On November 16, 2021, esteemed Dr. John McDougall served as guest panelist on the RLMI and IHA sponsored Lifestyle Medicine Grand Rounds. We had an engaging discussion about a patient with elevated cholesterol and A1c3b – a biomarker for Diabetes, and the benefits of employing the tenets of lifestyle medicine in addressing chronic conditions.

Case presenter was IHA’s Dr. Melissa Sundermann. Other panelists included IHA’s Dr. Bob Breakey, Rochester Regional’s Dr. Kerry Graff and Plant-Based Teleheath’s Dr. Kim Scheuer.

RLMI’s Dr. Ted Barnett served as Moderator and RLMI and URMC’s Dr. Susan Friedman as Case Coordinator.

50 registrants attended, with several countries represented.

This series offers CME credits for Medical Clinicians.

Watch here on Youtube.

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Lifestyle Medicine Grand Rounds with Endocrinology guest panelist Laticia Valle, MD

On October 5, 2021, RLMI and IHA presented the second in a series of Lifestyle Medicine Grand Rounds.

The case was presented by Robert Breakey, MD.

The Case Coordinator was Susan Friedman, MD, MPH.

The event was moderated by Ted Barnett, MD, FACLM

Guest panelist was Laticia Valle, MD.
The other panelists were Alberto Nacif, MD and Melissa Sundermann, DO.

Watch here on Youtube.

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Inaugural Lifestyle Medicine Grand Rounds with Michael Klaper, MD

On September 21, 2021, RLMI and IHA launched their joint inaugural meeting of the Lifestyle Medicine Grand Rounds. We had an engaging discussion about a patient with stable angina and coronary artery disease, and the benefits of lifestyle medicine in addressing root causes of disease.

Michael Klaper, MD was the featured guest panelist, along with Dr. Melissa Sundermann, Dr. Ted Barnett (Moderator), Dr. Susan Friedman (Case Coordinator), and Dr. Bob Breakey.

More than 60 registrants attended, with the following countries represented:

US, England, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Argentina, Australia.

Watch here on Youtube.

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Wondering What a 15-Day Jumpstart is All About?

For anyone who is looking for information about how the RLMI 15-Day Jumpstart is run (1st half) or to hear from participants who have gone through the RLMI Jumpstart (2nd half), watch the recorded video from RLMI’s September 29, 2021 Jumpstart Info Session.

Results from RLMI’s 15-Day Jumpstart have been astounding!

Want to learn more? Visit the Jumpstart program on our website.

Ted Barnett is featured on (Un)Common Medicine podcast with Dr. Grace

We hear often that a plant-based diet can improve our health and help prevent, and even reverse disease, yet where do you start?

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute’s Dr. Ted Barnett, MD aka Dr. Veggie has created the 15-day Jumpstart Program, based on decades of science, and producing incredible clinical outcomes that have been consistently improving people’s health for years.  And who better to learn from than a doctor who, along with his wife and 3 children,  has been living an exclusively plant-based life since 1991.

Not every plant-based food is healthy, and knowing how to navigate through the change from current habits and choices to more beneficial ones can be overwhelming, and let’s be real – quite daunting.  That is why Dr. Barnett has designed this program to give people the science behind the choices, and more importantly, easy actionable steps to transition into a body-optimizing plant based lifestyle.

Dr. Barnett, MD was featured on Dr. Grace’s (Un)Common Medicine podcast on September 30, 2021.

Listen to the podcast here.

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Milton Mills, MD presents on the MicroBiome

As part of the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Lecture Series and Rochester Area Vegan Society, on September 26, 2021, Milton Mills, MD presented to a live (and virtual) audience on the Microbiome in Rochester, NY.

Mills is a physician who has worked with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to redress racial inequities in dietary recommendations. Dr. Mills is an intensivist (critical care/ICU) physician, actively practicing in the Washington, DC area. He speaks on a wide variety of topics, including the microbiome, the connection between diet and cancer, human anatomical adaptation to plant-based diet, and what the Bible has to say about diet, as well as connections between the civil rights movement and veganism. Note: This event was Zoom-recorded live in a park pavilion using 3 phone hotspots, without any WiFi available. We apologize for the intermittent outages.

Watch the presentation here on Youtube.

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Dr. Ted Barnett is featured on Chef AJ

Chef AJ introduces Dr. Barnett, an Interventional Radiologist, partner with Borg and Ide Imaging in Rochester, NY, and founder of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute to her live audience. World renowned Chef AJ spends an hour with Dr. Barnett discussing his background, lifestyle medicine, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute’s15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Jumpstart, WFPB nutrition and culture change.

Vegan since 1991, Dr. Barnett and his wife Carol are the proud parents of three adult children who are incredibly healthy lifelong veganangelists.

In 2017, he became one of the first 204 physicians board-certified in Lifestyle Medicine after passing the inaugural examination in that specialty.

In March 2020, adapting to the new realities of the current pandemic, Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute began delivering its monthly 15-Day Whole-Food Plant-Based Jumpstart using Zoom. The program has now reached over 1000 people in over 35 states, 3 Canadian provinces, and the United Kingdom.

As documented in a recent publication in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, the 15-Day Jumpstart has shown dramatic results in improving most of the chronic conditions afflicting citizens of the industrialized world, including type 2 diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and hypertension. This is especially important in the current pandemic, as those conditions are associated with significantly worse outcomes for those infected with COVID-19.

Dr. Barnett is dedicated to transforming the health care system using the principles of Lifestyle Medicine and Plant-Based Nutrition. What is lifestyle Medicine? Lifestyle Medicine uses evidence-based lifestyle interventions to prevent, arrest, and reverse disease. The six basic pillars of Lifestyle Medicine are 1) Whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern, 2) Regular physical activity, 3) Restorative sleep, 4) Stress management, 5) Avoidance of risky substances, and 6) Positive social connection. We at RLMI have added 3 more pillars, Enjoying Nature, Finding Purpose, and Finding Joy which are represented by added spokes on our wellness wheel.

This interview was held live on August 29, 2021

Watch the Interview here on YouTube.

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Dr. Ted Barnett on Chef AJ Live via YouTube Aug 2021