Dr. Anton Bilchik and Dr. Ronald Hurst, CORI Medical Directors
Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) -- Two of the country's foremost cancer specialists, Dr. Anton Bilchik and Dr. Ronald Hurst, medical directors of the California Oncology Research Institute (CORI), present a workshop entitled, 'Honor Your Temple: Focus Cancer,' at 6 p.m., Wed., Nov. 28, at Arise Christian Center (ACC), 6949 C La Tijera Blvd., in Los Angeles.
The complete program, sponsored by CORI, The Global Wellness Project and Arise Christian Center, begins with a living raw food reception by raw food educator Joan Jackson, a rendition by the ACC Praise & Worship Team, the presentation by CORI on Cancer: Prevention, Detection, Intervention, followed by a Q&A.
The Q&A gives attendees the opportunity to ask their most pressing medical questions to world-class cancer surgeons in an informal, non-intimidating forum.
Dr. Bilchik and Dr. Hurst will discuss cancers of the colon, breast, general oncology and cancers that disproportionately affect the African-American and Latino communities.
"In Los Angeles, we have segments of the community that are dealing with nutritional issues and lack of healthcare," says CORI Co-Founder Dr. Bilchik. "My feeling was, let's establish an organization that can help fund cancer research, but at the same time create an educational program and form alliances with churches and community leaders. We can teach the community about early detection and end the fear of discussing cancer."
Dr. Hurst has a similar view.
"CORI plans to take community outreach efforts to a larger level," says Dr. Hurst. "Presenting this information in different church based platforms and civic centers allows us to let a broad base of the community know about cancer treatment. We talk about cancers that effect both men and women. We want to calm fears about cancer. We want people to be armed with the right questions to ask their physicians."
CORI has conducted several workshops this year with a mandate to bring vital information about cancer to the doorstep of underserved African-American and Latino populations.
Good nutrition is a vital component to getting and staying healthy. Jackson, who changed her way of eating eight years ago when she became sick and an unhealthy 300 pounds, will prepare fare for the living food reception. Living foods, also known as "Raw" food, is a plant-based diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. The meals are prepared without the use of high heat, preserving the vitamins and enzymes in the food. The menu will include: Pad Thai with almonds, sunflower seed burgers, onion bread, mock tuna salad, spaghetti with marinara and parmesan, Millie's gelato and chocolate.
"I got tired of being sick," says Jackson, who is an attorney. "I had a lot of ailments. I realized I had to change my diet. In two years, I lost 150 pounds. I'm not a chef; I show people how to shift their thoughts about food. My real goal is to provide exposure to a raw food lifestyle. Most people don't know how to make the lifestyle shift. Raw food is the fountain of youth. It gives your body maximum energy which has helped people battling cancer."
CORI Executive Director Angela de Joseph agrees.
"There have been studies that show that adding more fruits and vegetables to a diet is part of a cancer prevention strategy. Anything that adds to people having a healthy immune system and exposing them to a healthier way of living, including food preparation, is essential. At this workshop, we're going to give people life changing information. We want to expand their health tool box by teaching them how to prepare food that is healthy, tasty and has a high nutritional content."
CORI, a non-profit cancer research institute, is committed to curing cancer through innovative research, early detection, novel treatments, and education through community outreach efforts.
The Global Wellness Project, a non-profit media company, is currently producing a four-part series of documentaries in response to the alarming statistics pertaining to the health issues plaguing minorities nationwide. The workshop is free and open to the public.
For more information, please call 310-883-0096.
Angela de Joseph