Plant-based health professionals UK (PBHP UK) was conceived in October 2017 at London Vegfest in a chance meeting between myself (Shireen Kassam) and Tom Hubbard, a GP based in Ireland. We realised we had a shared passion for promoting plant-based nutrition for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease but were yet to find a way to share this message with the wider medical community. So, we decided there and then to start an organisation and that we would launch by holding the first medical conference in the UK to focus on plant-based nutrition.
So, 2018 started off with planning and organising the conference. It led us to meet a number of inspiring health professionals already promoting plant-based nutrition in their own areas of practice. Without much effort at all, a whole programme of speakers was conceived. Initial worries about tickets sales soon disappeared when, through facebook advertising alone, the conference sold out 5 weeks before the date resulting in a long waiting list. The conference took place on March 23rd 2018 at King’s College Hospital, London and was a great success. It brought together health professionals and members of the general public who shared the same vision of harnessing the power of plant-based nutrition to prevent and reverse chronic disease. For many the conference validated their own diet choices. For others it gave them the confidence to go back into clinical practice and share this knowledge with patients and clients knowing there was genuine support in the UK.
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Shireen Kassam, MBBS, FRCPATH, PHD (Founder and Director Plant-based health Professional, UK) 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.