In this episode I spoke with Shireen & Leila who are both Plant Based Health Professionals about the importance of a whole food plant based diet for human health and planetary health.
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Shireen Kassam MBBS, FRCPATH, PHD, DipIBLMShireen 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 and in 2019 she became certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Physician by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. 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.
Leila Dehghan, MD, MSc (Nutr), AfN
Leila is a doctor turned plant-based nutritionist and personal trainer. She received her medical degree from the University of Vienna and worked as a doctor in the UK before quitting because of her severe migraines. Her personal experience overcoming health challenges through diet shifted her professional interests to focusing on the power of nutrition. After earning eCornell’s Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate and transitioning to a whole food plant-based diet herself, she decided to obtain a master’s degree in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition from the University College of London. As a registered associate nutritionist with a deep understanding of the relationship between diet and health, Dr. Dehghan helps others optimise their well-being, manage their weight, and prevent or recover from lifestyle diseases. You can contact her via her public Facebook page or email: email@example.com. Leila is happy to travel anywhere in the UK if travel expenses are covered. Her areas of interest include: sports nutrition, all aspects of a plant-based nutrition, habit coaching for better health.
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