Plant-Based Pharmacology with Evelisse Capó
This week, we invited Evelisse Capó to discuss her work in pharmaceuticals and how the plant-based lifestyle changed her understanding of the field.
Evelisse Capó received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Purdue University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. While practicing clinical pharmacy, she witnessed the pain and suffering of many chronically ill patients in hospitals and long-term care institutions.
Questioning the effectiveness of the conventional approach to treating diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, she trained in Culinary Medicine and founded The Food Pharmacy (thefoodpharmacy.com)/Farmacia en La Cocina (farmaciaenlacocina.com) where she provides guidance and support to those looking to adopt a whole food plant-based lifestyle. She is a diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and a graduate of the CNS and eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate. Evelisse is the Executive Director of Spanish Programs and Culinary Content for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.
Dr. Capó is a licensed PCRM Food for Life Program Instructor and collaborated in the GEICO Workplace Nutrition Study coordinated by the Washington Center for Clinical Research. She is an active board member and speaker for the Casa Vegana de La Comunidad non-for-profit organization in Puerto Rico. Evelisse lives in Florida and shares her life with her husband, four plant-strong children, and three dogs.
How Did You Discover a Whole Food Plant-Based Way of Eating?
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I left when I was 18 going to college. I loved math and science and the health sciences. I was trying to find my journey when I went to college – that’s why I started with engineering and then shifted to pharmacy.
Then, I found my love in nutrition and culinary medicine; I am passionate about connecting with the community and just sharing the knowledge and the experience that I have gained over the years about the power of plant-based nutrition. I love what I do; I have had the chance to connect and meet so many people that have just changed the way that I see the world and myself.
What is Your Role at the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies?
I started out as an instructor for the Plant-Based Nutrition certificate. Over the years I got involved with creating content in Spanish and growing our Spanish-speaking resources and content; now, we can effectively educate Spanish-speaking communities thanks to that. I oversee the production and creation of the first Plant-Based Nutrition certificate in Spanish as well.
I also work to add and enrich the content of our culinary content so that we can really show people that eating whole food plant-based foods does not have to be complicated; it could even be delicious and fun! We merged those two initiatives and we keep ourselves very busy; there’s so much to do, but very happy to be part of the CNS family.
What Role Does Your Pharmacology Background Play in Your Plant-Based Nutrition Work?
If patients who have been on medications for their whole life for chronic issues want to make lifestyle changes, that’s going to mean coming off of some of their meds. Who best to help them do that than us? There’s definitely a place for us to help them accomplish this safely. It’s very important for people to understand they need to work with their medical providers.
Even though I work remotely from home, I virtually travel all throughout South America, the Caribbean, and the US and work with many different healthcare professionals and other experts that have been doing this for so long. Sometimes, they felt like they were just alone, doing their little thing in the community, and were unsupported.
That’s one of the reasons why this work is so important; we don’t want to reinvent the wheel. What works in one community may help close the gap in another. That’s why I think that a hub of healthcare providers can share and learn from each other.
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