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The UK will be holding its first plant-based nutrition conference next year.
The event will take place in London on March 23.
It is hosted by Plant-based Health Professionals, a group overseen by Dr Shireen Kassam (Consultant Haematologist) and Dr Tom Hubbard (GP), who ‘share a passion for promoting health and well-being through the use of plant-based nutrition and other healthful lifestyle interventions, such as physical activity and meditation’.
According to a spokesperson: “The current medical curriculum devotes very little time to teaching students and qualified doctors about the role of nutrition in promoting health and well-being and in disease prevention.
“Instead, the focus is on treating established diseases with pharmaceutical agents and invasive procedures.”
The organization says that the scientific literature provides strong evidence that up to 80 percent of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some of the commonest cancers could be prevented or reduced through life-style interventions, including the adoption of a plant-based diet.
The spokesperson adds: “In addition, the UK model of healthcare places too little emphasis on prevention, rather managing diseases once they have occurred.
“Although this has led to a number of remarkable medical and technological advances, it is time to shift the emphasis towards reducing the burden of disease thus allowing resources to be used for those most in need whilst empowering individuals to take control of their own health. “
Organizers say the reason for this conference is to ‘provide a platform for the education of healthcare professionals and other interested groups in the area of plant-based nutrition’, in order for them to share this knowledge with patients, friends and family members.
This is the first of a series of conferences planned in the UK and Ireland.
The programme will cover the latest scientific evidence supporting plant-based nutrition in areas including, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and post-menopausal health.
Tickets for the eventcan be purchased here