Congressional Caucus Learns About Nutrition
April 5, 2010
WASHINGTON – The Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus held a lunch briefing on Capitol Hill March 24 titled “Functional Medicine: Frontline Against Chronic Disease.” Mark Hyman, M.D., discussed a personalized approach to medicine that considers the entire body system rather than treating symptoms. Dietary supplements, and Hyman covered several case studies in which his patients experienced excellent results.
The event was co-organized by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and the Natural Products Association (NPA) as part of a series of lunch briefings. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), co-chair of the Dietary Supplement Caucus, opened the briefing, and Rep. Bob Bishop (R-Utah), a caucus member, also spoke. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) attended the briefing, as did more than 60 others including congressional staffers, members of the press and industry members.
“The irony is that current health care system will pay for expensive medical treatments, but it won’t pay for dietary supplements to keep our bodies healthy,” Hyman said. “As a nation, we are overfed but undernourished. Dietary supplements play an important role in functional and preventive medicine.”
Hyman is medical director at The UltraWellness Center, as well as an author and speaker.