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Gaples Institute In The News

Medical Professionals Cook Their Way to Better Health

June 16, 2017

The Gaples Institute, together with co-sponsor Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, led a nutrition science/counseling/hands-on cooking course for physicians and nurses “Nutrition Science: From Populations to Plates”

50 physicians and nurses attended this continuing medical education program from throughout the region. They listened to formal presentations about the science of clinical nutrition, watched (and tasted) healthy food demos, and in a very unique program, all attendees made a multi-course, gourmet, vegan lunch under the direction of professional chefs.

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Study Finds Most Cardiologists Unable to Provide Patients with Basic Nutritional Information

June 14, 2017

A recent study with lead author Dr. Stephen Devries, Gaples Institute Executive Director, surveyed over 900 cardiologists, cardiology trainees, and other cardiology health professionals. Results were published in The American Journal of Medicine.

The study was featured in a story by Becker’s Hospital Review

Gaples Institute Nutrition/Cooking Conference Featured

November 21, 2016

WGN wanted to know more about this innovative continuing medical and nursing education conference that combined the science of nutrition-and how to make the science come alive on a plate with food demos and hands-on cooking.

Watch the featured story with the Gaples Institute and Dr. Devries, Executive Director

Dr. Devries on WGN TV

August 17, 2016

In this segment, Dr. Devries discussed:

Common Food Label Tricks: How To Sort Through the Confusion

What does “made with whole grains” actually mean?

Chicago Sun-Times Interview

July 23, 2016

Gaples Institute Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Devries, was interviewed for the Chicago Sun-Times “Sunday Sitdown.” Topics included the origin and mission of the Gaples Institute as well as achievements and future plans.

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Gaples Institute and Dr. Devries in TIME Magazine

February 11, 2016

Check out this special edition TIME publication, with the introduction written by Gaples Institute Director, Dr. Stephen Devries, entitled, “Heal Your Heart.”

The Gaples Institute is also featured in a section on how the Mind/Body relationship effects heart health.

Gaples Institute in Nationally Syndicated Tribune Article

October 7, 2015

“Diet Rules Are Forever Changing”

Does sugar in fruit have different health implications than added sugar?

A tale of unintended consequences: how can artificial sweeteners raise blood sugar levels?

Link to Article

Gaples Institute on Featured on National Public Radio

June 3, 2015

Dr. Devries was interviewed for an NPR story that discussed the the lack of physician education in nutrition and what the Gaples Institute is doing to remedy the situation:

“But few programs are eager to add these courses on their own. And that buck passing frustrates Stephen Devries.”

“I did a four-year, extra-intensive training program in cardiology and didn’t receive one minute of training in nutrition,” Devries says. “That’s gotta stop.”

“A few years ago, Devries left his cardiology practice to lead the Gaples Institute, aimed at expanding nutrition training in medicine”. 

“This summer he’s launching an online nutrition course for doctors. But he also wants to reach students. So he recently met with fellow nutrition advocates who want to add nutrition questions to medical board exams, change accreditation standards and tie medical training grants to nutrition education.”

Link to story text and audio

Medscape Presentation

June 10, 2015

The Gaples Institute was invited to make a presentation to Medscape Cardiology on the mind/heart connection, and its impact on wellbeing and cardiovascular treatment.

“The Mindful Way to a Healthier Heart”

Link to story (free registration with Medscape needed to view):

Gaples Institute on Public Television

March 1, 2015

Dr. Stephen Devries discusses rapid blood pressure improvement possible with dietary approaches. As featured on the National Public Television program, The DASH Diet with Marla Heller MS, RD has aired in stations throughout the US over the last 2 years.

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Gaples Institute Story Spotlights Women’s Heart Health

June 19, 2015

February 5, 2015

A front page story featured the work of the Gaples Institute to educate the community about simple steps that leverage powerful health benefits. The inspiring story of Anna Maria Viti-Welch, Gaples Institute Advisory Board member, is included.

Link to the Story:

Staying Healthy is Heart of the Matter

Interview with Dr. Devries on WebMD

September 6, 2014

Dr. Devries is interviewed by Web MD in an article entitled Doctors Need to Learn About Nutrition.  

Questions addressed include:

  • Are you advocating any particular type of diet?
  • Why do physicians need to learn about nutrition when there are dietitians?

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Heart-Healthy Diets Deciphered with Dr. Stephen Devries

August 18, 2014

Medscape interview available in audio and print format. Dr. Devries addresses:

  • What is Integrative Cardiology?
  • Let’s Make Nutrition as Important as Medication
  • Focus on Whole Diet, Not Nutrients
  • Physician, Health Thyself

Click for the Interview

Gaples at Google

July 28, 2014

See the talk with over 21,000 views by Dr. Devries from the Gaples Institute presented at Google in 2013 on natural approaches to heart health entitled “Human Engine Optimization”

Click to see the talk: Gaples Institute at Google

Make It Better Article Features Gaples Institute

June 29, 2014

The Gaples Institute was the focus of a feature article by Make It Better, a group dedicated to enhancing community life.

Click to Read: 3 Way to Prevent Disease and Prolong Your Life

Go Red for Women

March 15, 2013

NBC-5 Interviews the Gaples Institute on how women can recognize vague symptoms of a heart attack-and how men can help.

Video NBC-5 Interview

Gaples Institute in WSJ

January 19, 2013

New Rules for Giving Good Cholesterol a Boost

From Dr. Devries of the Gaples Institute, “Let’s pay at least as much attention to nutrition as we do [to] drugs…There’s a big focus on drugs, partly because no one is making a lot of money selling nuts.”

Gaples Institute in WSJ

Prescription for Nutrition

July 14, 2013

From this front page story in the Chicago Tribune:

“In the 32-page cardiology accreditation guidelines, “nutrition isn’t mentioned once,” said Devries, who is gathering support to lobby the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education to mandate nutrition education as part of all physician training programs.”

Link to Tribune Article

WGN TV Lunch Break

March 2, 2013

WGN Chicago Lunch Break with Dr. Devries discussing little known heart health nutrition tips and chef Ryan Hutmacher from the Centered Chef demonstrating healthy food preparation.

EECP: A Little Known Therapy for Heart Disease

March 6, 2013

“The procedure has been proved to temporarily relieve chest pain but not necessarily prevent heart attacks or save lives, said preventive cardiologist Stephen Devries, executive director of the Gaples Institute, a nonprofit that promotes integrative cardiology…Still, traditional invasive procedures, including angioplasty and stents, haven’t been shown to save lives either, unless performed in the midst of a heart attack, Devries said.”

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