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Doctors Tell U.K Government Going Vegan Can Reduce Severity Of COVID-19

'Going vegan is one of the simplest, cheapest things Britons can do to slash the risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19'


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A group of clinical experts has told the U.K government going vegan can reduce the severity of COVID-19.

15 top doctors have written an open letter to the government. It advises that a plant-based diet is an effective way of fighting health issues such as obesity, T2 diabetes, and heart disease. These are all major risk factors for COVID-19.

The letter has been signed by experts such as Emanuel Goldman, Dr. Shireen Kassam, and Professor Richard Kock.  

‘Obesity crisis’

 “The Government is set to ban junk food adverts before 9 pm and end buy-one-get-one-free promotions,” the letter reads.

“These are positive steps. But, the Government’s health strategy roundly fails to mention possibly the single biggest thing as Britons we can do to tackle the obesity crisis.  

“Going vegan is one of the simplest, cheapest things Britons can do to slash the risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19. Now more than ever before it’s time to embrace the benefits of a plant-based diet before it’s too late.”

‘Severe COVID-19’

The clinicians are also backing the #slashtheriskcampaign – created by vegan charity Viva!.

The campaign will see billboards across the country ‘making clear the stark health benefits of a plant-based diet.’.

Juliet Gellatley is the director of Viva!. In a statement sent to PBN, she said: “Today some of Britain and America’s top clinicians are delivering a very clear message.  

“A healthy vegan diet can help you lose weight, reverse Type 2 diabetes and protect heart health, reducing your risk of severe Covid-19.” 

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Elsje Massyn
Elsje Massyn
1 year ago

This is excellent news!! I love it when Plant-Based-Vegan doctors stand up for the right thing. Hope more and more doctors will join as this is the answer to all diseases.

Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
1 year ago
Reply to  Elsje Massyn

“Dream on”. With a family history of association with naturopathy going back to the late 1800s I can assure you there is much that can be achieved by dietary reform ( not necessarily plant based ) but it still has limitations. So called plant based doctors aren’t standing up for the “right thing” they are promoting what they think is the right thing, ie. a highly personalised agenda.

1 year ago

This is great, but can you hyperlink to the letter in the article? I’ve tried googling and can’t find any verification of this.

1 year ago

“Doctors Tell U.K Government Going Vegan PLANT-BASED Can Reduce Severity Of COVID-19″

There. I fixed it.

There is a massive difference between eating a plant-based diet and being vegan. Only one aspect of veganism is relevant in this context, and that’s the diet is free of animal ‘products’. All the other aspects of veganism are irrelevant in the environmental context (expect animals used in fashion but this still doesn’t compare to animal ag). Veganism is 100% about rejecting all use of non-human animals for human purposes, like using them as experimental subjects for the products we purchase (bath, body, medicines, etc.), as clothing (leather, silk. wool, fur, etc.), as entertainment (zoos, circuses, racing, fighting, film, etc.), the pet trade (kitten & puppy mills, exotic pet trade, etc.) and more. These have no real environmental context. It hurts the animal liberation movement when veganism is portrayed as a diet and this publication should be more responsible with its use of the word.

What we’re talking about here is going plant-based for our planet. Using this term would be more appealing to the general public anyway, seeing as so many people are clueless about what veganism is really about and they have a negative knee-jerk reaction to hearing the v-word.

Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
1 year ago

This is little more than a cynical use of others misfortunes to promote their own personal agenda.
No proof that a healthy non-vegan is any more liable to complications from Covid-19 than a vegan.

1 year ago

These vegans from long ago mention here that although they catch common infections these infections affect them much less severely than in most people;


Joe Blundell
Joe Blundell
1 year ago

I posted videos explaining why this is the case back in May 10’th 2020. Yes, I’m over half a year ahead of cutting edge medical research “you should see how much more advanced my astrophysics knowledge is” I digress. Type into youtube the words

“Mammalian Protein Consumption as a risk factor for COVID 19 Susceptibility”

You will learn the “why” of the meat & dairy consumption danger, in relation to covid, and most autoimmune disease, P.S. YOU, yes you, are allergic to mammalian protein, check out my videos to learn more.

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