New UArizona Med Students Use Food to Fight Illness in Cancer Patients

A growing culinary medicine program at the University of Arizona trains doctors to prescribe the right meals as medicine. Created by Farshad (Dr. Shad) Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH, director of Public Health, Prevention and Health Promotion at the college, the goal is to produce a new kind of doctor where nutrition is no longer just a specialty, but it's as integral as taking a patient's pulse. "We're redesigning medical education at the core to blend in nutrition, which is basically a partnership between chefs and medical scientists," said Dr. Marvasti, who points out the number one risk factor for premature disease and death for the past 20 years is related to a person's diet.

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