Celebrating Doctors and Our 7th Anniversary

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care
of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
~Thomas Edison

It all started 7 years ago.

cucumberThat was when we took the first step of our journey here at the University of California Davis Integrative Medicine Program (UCDIM).

Our original idea was straightforward: we wanted to share the message about how what we eat can greatly affect our health.

For the first couple of years, we narrowed our focus to UC Davis, educating our own physicians, students, and staff about the virtues of a 100 percent whole food, plant-based diet.

But with time, we established our blog and began to reach out to a much larger audience that included individuals across the globe who were seeking information about dietary choices to promote health and wellbeing.

We Have Come so Far and Learned so Much!

pistachiosWhen we first started out, I could never have imagined that we would have built such an active, loyal, and impassioned community.

In fact, I believe our 7th anniversary is not just our celebration but also a celebration of everyone who follows us.

That means YOU.

We could never have achieved what we have done without your energy, your commitment, and your interest.

You have been our teachers—helping us understand the challenges inherent in embracing a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle.

So the first thing I want to say is THANK YOU!

But I also wanted to share some exciting news, because we believe the best is yet to come here at UC Davis Integrative Medicine.

While we are not ready to ‘spill the beans’ quite yet, we did want you to know that we are ‘cooking up’ some really big, exciting new surprises for you this year that we are certain you are going to LOVE.

So stay tuned…

Every year on our anniversary we like to talk a little about ‘where we’ve been.’

And today, we wanted to return to our roots, which is the medical community.

As it turns out, National Doctors’ Day very fittingly falls on March 30th (our anniversary), so we thought this would be the perfect occasion to say ‘thank you’ to practicing physicians everywhere.

Why We All Should Celebrate Doctors

Since the beginning of time, doctors have played an essential role.

Here is a rundown of some of the highlights throughout the ages:

  • The Greeks introduced the concepts of medical diagnosis and ethics. The Hippocratic Oath, which was written in the 5th century BC, continues to inspire and guide physicians in the 21st century.
  • Systematized training of physicians was first set into place in medieval times.
  • During the Renaissance, medical understanding of anatomy deepened and the microscope was invented.
  • In the 19th century, the germ theory of disease led to several breakthroughs when it came to finding cures for infectious diseases. At the same time, public health measures were brought in to respond to the health challenges inherent in the rapid growth of cities.
  • At the beginning of the 20th century, many advanced research centers were opened which led to further medical discoveries. The mid 20th century was an era of new biological treatments, the most notable of those being antibiotics. Equally, advancements in chemistry, genetics and lab technology served to create the modern medical practices that are still being used today.

Dr. Rosane Oliveira and Walnut LoafHow to Celebrate National Doctors’ Day AND Our Anniversary

So it is time to celebrate.

The medical community and our anniversary.

From where we sit, the best way to do that is by whipping up an incredibly health-promoting and delicious recipe like our Walnut Loaf.

Happy Anniversary to us all, and Happy National Doctors’ Day!