Most people visit Las Vegas to go crazy but certainly not to improve their health, unless they were one of nearly 1,000 folks who attended the 5th Annual Health, Healing and Happiness conference at Tuscany Suites & Casino. Five years ago less than 200 people were attending the intense two-full-days seminar and the city only had a handful of vegan restaurants or dining establishments serving plant-based menus.

Times are changing and the message that we are basically eating ourselves into our graves is beginning to resonate. Three doctors: Joel Fuhrman, Alan Goldhamer and John McDougall perpetuate empowering attendees to create their personal path to greater health and were compelling speakers. Each is an author and first-hand believer of reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods.

If listening to the doctors doesn’t drive home the message you are what you eat, then each year hearing someone tell their gripping real life story can make you a believer. This year Milan Ross, who is 6’4”, told his riveting story about being trapped in his morbidly obese body for 18 years and weighing 518 pounds at his heaviest. His turning point was when he was turned away due to his size and couldn’t ride an attraction with his son at an amusement park. It was a crushing moment knowing he was trapped in a body that was eating him alive. The audience at the Tuscany met another man who lost 240 pounds and is totally fit now after he adopted a plant-based diet. He’s now an author. Check out his website www.forksoverknives.

The Health, Healing & Happiness conference is now the largest event in Nevada for nutrition and natural solutions for the whole body, mind and spirit. Additional speakers included eight renowned vegan chefs and experts on superfoods and other natural healing modalities with presentations on nutrition, fitness, and emotional balancing as well as yoga and fitness classes. There is also Holistic Marketplace.

The meeting’s producer is Ina Mohan, president of Belsandia.com, which is a guide to a healthy, cruelty-free and sustainable lifestyle that promotes and informs about the benefits of a plant-based diet for human health, the environment, and animal welfare. Mohan’s mission is to empower people to take control of their own health and their life. Her personal story was also life changing. Now just imagine, she has an actual health movement coming out of Sin City.