That is means there is 50 whole weeks of amazing stories of recovery from chronic disease after adopting a low fat, whole food, plant-based diet!!
This week I was so happy to have Dr Shireen Kassam on the show.
Shireen is a Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital, London with a specialist interest in the treatment of patients with lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system). She is also passionate about promoting plant-based nutrition for the
prevention and reversal of chronic diseases and for maintaining optimal health after treatment for cancer.
She qualified as a medical doctor in 2000, initially training in general medicine, and gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP; 2003). She then specialised in Haematology and achieved Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath;
2008). During training, she took time out to undertake a PhD (University of London, 2011). Her research investigated the role of selenium, an essential micronutrient, in sensitising cancer cells to
chemotherapy. She was able to show that supra-nutritional doses of selenium could enhance the action of chemotherapy in the laboratory. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers in the field of lymphoma.
Shireen discovered the power of nutrition for the prevention and treatment of disease in 2013 and since then has been following a whole food plant-based diet. She has immersed herself in the science of nutrition and health, reading scientific papers and books, attending nutrition conferences and completing recognised continuing professional development activities to keep up to date in the field. She has completed the eCornell certification in plant-based nutrition.
With her medical and scientific training, Shireen is uniquely placed to interpret nutritional data and incorporate the latest findings into daily medical practice.
Shireen founded Plant-based health professionals UK in 2017. Since then she has been appointed as Visiting Professor of Plant-Based Nutrition at Winchester University with the aim of producing high quality educational material and courses. She is also a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Vegan Society.
During our chat we talked about the role of a plant-based diet in disease prevention and on reversing many of todays chronic lifestyle diseases.
I recently heard a Joe Rogan interview where guest Jordon Peterson professed his love for the carnivore diet (I was told by a friend to listen to this interview and needless to say, I felt a wide array of emotions about Mr Peterson promoting this way of eating to such a massive audience…) So of course I picked Dr Kassam’s brain in relation to this ‘diet’ (the carnivore diet is where people consume zero fruits and vegetables and exist on a meat only diet). Dr Kassam really helped to debunk the myths surrounding this diet to anyone who may have considered (don’t) giving this a go.
Dr Kassam also shared a some light on Iron and Iron absorption on both a meat eating diet and a plant-based diet, and went into depths about the factors contributing to the development of most of today’s lifestyle diseases including Heart Disease and many forms of Cancer.
You can find more from Dr Kassam at: plantbasedhealthprofessionalsuk
And at: www.pbhp.uk
Thanks so much Shireen for coming on the show and thank you all so much for listening and supporting this podcast.
If you have any questions about this episode please leave a comment in the show notes and myself or Dr Kassam will do our best to get back to you asap.
Have a wonderful week,