Press Release

Eat Your Medicine: Eight Talks on Delicious Plant‐Based Nutrition & Healing

Sept 28th, 2018 | Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara 2018 Plant Food and Medicine Conference at SBCC on Oct. 27th, 2018 will host top speakers and authors on the nutritional, therapeutic and sustainability benefits of a plant‐based lifestyle. Emphasis will be on how to prepare easy and delicious plant‐based meals while maximizing their benefits to prevent and reverse chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and more. The focus on taste and ease of preparation will encourage many more people to consider plant‐based meals as their primary source of food.

This feast of wisdom and science is being held at the Santa Barbara City College, West Campus, on Saturday, October 27th from 11am to 5pm. The two keynotes and six seminars will address the following:

 How to Put “Easy & Delicious” Into Plant‐Based Meals (keynote by Celebrity Chef Melissa Costello)
 Eat What Heals You – The Power of Plant‐Based Nutrition (keynote by Jim Adams, Ph.D. USC)
 Herbs – Nature’s Super Supplements (seminar)
 Empowered Diets for Miraculous Healing (seminar)
 Cannabis 101 – The Real Deal on How Cannabis Heals You (seminar)
 Healing Plants of Santa Barbara’s Trails and Gardens (seminar)
 A Cancer Survivor’s Journey to Total Well‐Being Through Nutrition (seminar)
 Essential Oils – Awaken the Body’s Innate Healing Ability (seminar)

The expert keynotes and seminars will provide the latest evidenced‐based nutrition information. Each talk includes a Q&A session on the use of whole foods as medicine in the prevention and reduction of chronic diseases, all the while advocating for sustainable and delicious animal‐free farming.

The event organizer Jacqueline Lopez, whose life‐partner is a double‐cancer survivor, points out, “After Michael almost died last year due to treatment side‐effects, we decided to take charge of our health; we shifted our source of nourishment and healing to plants as much as we could. We dropped meat, dairy and processed food from our lifestyle. We cook most of our food with fresh ingredients and source produce from the farmers market.”
Ms. Lopez also says, “Our combined efforts to promote traditional plant knowledge and ethical harvesting helps ensure that our future generations are versed in the nutritional and healing benefits of plants.”

“Nutrition gives us greater energy, helps us fight illness, provides clarity of mind, and brings us into greater balance with the world around us. When we understand the power of nutrition, we can even help our families to achieve their optimal health potential.” Says Michael Russer, Ms. Lopez’s life partner.
Those wishing to attend any of the keynotes and seminars can reserve their seats by visiting

Plant Food and Medicine is being held at the Santa Barbara City College, West Campus, on Saturday, October 27th from 11am to 5pm. Topics to be addressed are the following:
• Food as Medicine: the science behind food’s medicinal functions
• The history of human relationship with nature – diseases cured by plants
• The future of healing, fueling, and rejuvenating one’s body
• How to heal oneself with herbs, plants and fungi

Those wishing to attend any of the lectures can reserve their seats by going to

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