MEDIA INQUIRYMay 3, 2010Elizabeth KucinichDirector of Public AffairsPhysicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste. 400Washington, DC 20016Dear Ms. Kucinich:I'm reporting about a medical claim you made during a recent interview. I’d appreciateyour answer to a quick question.A
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report, "Physicians and Celebrities: The Veg Solution," includedbrief interviews with you and your husband at the April 11 PCRM “Art of Compassion”gala in West Hollywood:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKIvfHSvEFAHere’s what you told
"You know, when you look at how you can reverse type 2 diabetes using a plant-based diet, this is a free way to control things and it's a very empowering thing for people to be following."
Your husband, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, then voiced his apparent support of yourmedical claim to
"I think the next step is for the Congress to move forward to look at prevention of disease, which inevitably leads quite quickly to food, nutrition, diet. It's alreadyhappening thanks to the work of Elizabeth and Neal Barnard at PCRM."
Last year an Illinois newspaper attributed a near-identical medical claim to CarolineTrapp MSN, your organization's Director of Diabetes Education and Care. That resultedin our December 11 report,“Is a vegan diet effective for treating type 2 diabetes? Anepistolary investigation.” We asked nurse Trapp to provide the names of any practicing board certifiedendocrinologists and any practicing diabetologists with board certification in relatedspecialties such as internal medicine who are unaffiliated with your organization thatagreed with her conclusion that “a low-fat, plant-based diet can be just as effective assome medicines in fighting type 2 diabetes.”In response, nurse Trapp didn’t provide any names of any physician specialists as werequested. Instead she sentthis 2006 articlewhose lead author is Neal Barnard MD, the1