Dr. William Li, President and Medical Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation, discussed how bioactives in foods positively impact the body’s health defense systems to fight disease

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Angiogenesis Foundation announced today its President and Medical Director Dr. William Li gave a keynote address at Sentara Healthcare’s Nutrition as Medicine Conference held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, this week. The conference featured world-renowned medical experts who discussed the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Along with Dr. Li, other leading dietary health experts such as Drs. Dean Ornish, T. Colin Campbell, Neal Barnard, and Caldwell Esselstyn talked about the mounting scientific evidence on how plant-based foods can help improve health outcomes.

“We know that 80 percent of all chronic diseases can be prevented with diet and lifestyle interventions ­– and this includes 40 percent of all cancer,” said Dr. William Li. “It’s more important now than ever before that people are getting plant-based bioactives into their diets to activate the body’s powerful health defense systems. There is strong scientific evidence supporting the benefits of more than 200 health-activating foods. The key is understanding how the body responds to the foods we eat.”

“The response we got to this event was truly overwhelming, with people traveling from far and wide to attend. In the end, 1,000 people turned out to listen to some of the world’s most pioneering doctors talk about the science behind food as medicine,” said Dr. Gunadhar Panigrahi, Operational Medical Director for Sentara Ornish Lifestyle Medicine. “Dr. William Li’s research into the science of how the body heals itself and mesmerizing presentation about the effect that certain foods can have on disease made a big impact on our audience.”

In his address, Dr. Li talked about how people can take control of their life by choosing the right foods, in the right amounts each day, to activate the body’s key defense systems: angiogenesis, regeneration, microbiome, DNA protection, and immunity.

The science of how nutrition impacts our health defense systems is a key pillar of the Angiogenesis Foundation’s new global initiative called HealthXpedition™, announced by Dr. Li in April 2018 at the Vatican’s Unite to Cure conference. The HealthXpedition™ builds upon data presented in Dr. Li’s popular TED Talk.

The Angiogenesis Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) scientific organization that drives innovations in health promotion, disease prevention, and disease treatment through research, education, and advocacy. For more than a decade, the Foundation has conducted innovative research on disease prevention. To learn more about the Angiogenesis Foundation visit www.angio.org. To learn more about Dr. William and his upcoming book Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How the Body Can Heal Itself, visit www.drwilliamli.com.

More About Dr. William Li

Dr. William Li is a renowned doctor, scientist, and angiogenesis expert. His groundbreaking work has impacted more than 70 diseases including cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart disease, and obesity. Dr. Li’s wildly popular TED Talk “Can we eat to starve cancer?” has garnered more than 11 million views. A guest expert on The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, and MSNBC, Dr. Li has also been featured in USA Today, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and O Magazine. Dr. Li founded Eat to Beat Cancer, a community of 60,000 people passionate about using diet to fight cancer. Dr. Li has held faculty appointments at Harvard and Tufts University. Dr. Li’s new book Eat to Beat Disease will be released March 19, 2019.