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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

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**Advocacy Campaigns:**

– PCRM releases annual report ranking healthfulness of hospital food
– Encourages hospitals to replace fast food with healthier options
– Placed billboards promoting chickpeas near Chick-fil-A locations
– Urged Grady Memorial Hospital to go #FastFoodFree
– Resulted in McDonald’s closure at Grady Memorial Hospital

**Dietary Guidelines and Advocacy:**

– PCRM worked to keep cholesterol warnings in guidelines
– Filed lawsuit against dropping limits on dietary cholesterol
– Guidelines recommended minimal dietary cholesterol intake
– Lawsuit against USDA and HHS for promoting unhealthy foods
– Lawsuit dismissed by federal judge in February 2023
– 2015-2020 guidelines recommend limiting saturated fats and cholesterol
– The guidelines emphasize reducing sugar consumption
– Dietary patterns should include a variety of nutrient-dense foods
– Recommendations aim to address public health concerns like obesity
– The guidelines are based on scientific research and expert input

**Animal Rights Advocacy:**

– PCRM urged end to heart failure experiments on dogs
– Review article stated animal-based research not proportional to success
– Actor Lily Tomlin joined PCRM in urging experiment end
– Placed billboards telling story of dog deaths in experiments
– Advocated for humane research practices
– PCRM efforts led to end of live animal use in medical training
– Demonstrated and placed billboards to push for change
– Johns Hopkins University and University of Tennessee ended live animal use
– Maryland bill introduced to end live animal labs
– Success in advocating for humane training methods

**Chemical Testing and Reform:**

– PCRM urged reform of Toxic Substances Control Act
– Supported passage of Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act
– Law requires reduction of animal testing and human-relevant methods
– Advocated for use of non-animal testing methods
– Pushed for safer and more ethical chemical testing practices

**Fast Food Industry and Health Concerns:**

– Fast-food chains like McDonald’s are criticized for high-fat fare
– Health professionals push for healthier options in fast-food establishments
– Concerns about the impact of fast food on public health are raised
– Campaigns target fast-food chains to improve menu offerings
– Public awareness about the health risks associated with fast food is increasing

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a non-profit research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. According to Charity Navigator, the organization works for "compassionate and effective medical practice, research, and health promotion."

FounderNeal D. Barnard
FocusTo promote non-animal methods in research and education (opposition to animal testing) and a plant-based diet for disease prevention
  • Washington, D.C.
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