The Purjes Foundation

Press Release – May 9, 2018

Dan Purjes' foundation funds ground-breaking scientific journal

Examining the effects of nutrition and lifestyle on disease reversal.

(Salt Lake City, Utah) ‐‐The Purjes Foundation, and Dan Purjes and Edna Purjes have provided initial seed funding and support to The Plantrician Project to launch the first and only medical journal dedicated to disease reversal.

The new International Journal of Disease Reversal & Prevention will publish peer-reviewed, scientific articles on the ability of plant-based, whole foods nutrition to prevent and actually reverse chronic disease.

“There have been several scientific studies and numerous cases of disease reversal through lifestyle modification. More and more such studies are being done and reported,” explains Dan Purjes. “However, to date, these have been published in scattered medical journals of low impact, and they have not gotten the attention they deserve.”

Now, the International Journal of Disease Reversal & Prevention (the “Journal”) will serve as the central repository for scientific research documenting the effects of nutrition to arrest and reverse chronic lifestyle-related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and many other chronic diseases.

Dr. Kim Williams, the Chief of Cardiology at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, will serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Dr. Williams was the past President of the American College of Cardiology and editor-in-chief of its acclaimed medical journal, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, commonly called JACC.

Dr. Laurie Marbas will be the Managing Editor of the Journal, responsible for its day-to-day operations. Dr. Marbas is board certified in family medicine and lifestyle medicine, has an MBA in health organization management, and was a major in the US Air Force. Dr. Marbas has many years of experience engaging patients to improve their health with nutrition and lifestyle interventions.

The Journal will be built on a dynamic digital platform, engineered to disseminate information effectively to clinicians, scientists, and thought leaders globally.

A companion publication, called Disease Reversal Digest, will provide the scientific research published in the Journal, but in layman’s terms. It is aimed for the general public and media. The Disease Reversal Digest will also be available online.


The Purjes Foundation is a private charitable trust established by Dan and Edna Purjes. Its mission is to educate people about how they can reverse and prevent chronic diseases through a whole foods, plant‐based diet. The Foundation achieves its mission by funding documentary films, clinical trials, medical journals and other health-related projects.

The Plantrician Project is a non-profit organization with 30,000 physicians and healthcare professionals with a strong interest in plant-based nutrition. The Plantrician Project provides them with education and materials they can disseminate to their patients about the healthful benefits of plant-based nutrition.

Media Contact:
Mary Vitullo
The Purjes Foundation