Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine Hosts Hamptons Benefit With Alec Baldwin
Originally Posted: September 05, 2012
Neal Barnard, M.D., co-host Michael Schwarz, Hilaria and Alec Baldwin, party host John Bradham. (Photo: Jakes van der Watt)
Actor Alec Baldwin
joined a group of physicians at the Research Without Cruelty benefit on Saturday, August 25, 2012. The event which was held at the home of Amagansett resident John Bradham to raise awareness for compassion in medicine which is a dual cause that involves removing animals from medical research laboratories and preventing disease through plant-based diets. Guests were treated to treated to gourmet vegan hors d'oeuvres while and supported the work of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).
PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)
PCRM director of Government affairs Elizabeth Kucinich said it was like heaven finding this organization in Washington DC. She stated, "PCRM covers the most important aspects of medicine, medical research and training. The organization looks for the best ethical approach for human health outcomes".
Alec Baldwin who is involved with PCRM wrote a letter asking Congress to support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act. According to Kucinich many people do not realize chimpanzee for invasive research and theInsitiute of Medicine did a report at request of Senators and found they are not needed for medical research.
PCRM President Neal Barnard M.D., founded PCRM to get doctors behind promoting preventitive medicine especially nutrition which according to him is the most neglected part of preventitive medicine.
Dr. Barnard said, "26 million people in the US have diabetes and 80 million have pre-diabetes. The governments response is to find a new drug through animal testing which according to Dr. Barnard 70,000 animals are used per year and $500 million are spent. PCRM's approach is to focus on the cause which is largely diet and lifestyle. This causes much better results and happy animals".
Dr. Pam Popper, a member of the Physicians Steering Committee, will host a wellness presentation at East Hampton Middle School on September 13, 2012. For more information on PCRM visit: www.pcrm.org
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com