Image for post
Image for post

The science in 2020 supporting plant-based nutrition has been overwhelming. Sadly, the global community have not taken enough action to change our broken food system. It was a tough job, but here are my top evidence-based papers.


Image for post
Image for post

I was diagnosed with Juvenile Inflammatory Arthritis (JIA) when I was 12 years old so I’ve had well over 20 years of learning to live with and manage this condition. I struggled through my teenage years and the early part of my university education trying endless NSAIDs with lots of courses of oral steroids thrown in as well. As a child my mum took me to see so many different people, desperate to try and find me help and relief. We tried physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, saw an osteopath, a homeopath and several different rheumatologists; some of these things made a little…


Image for post
Image for post

Exciting news in! My husband and I are going to be part of the BBC programme, ‘Trust me, I’m a Doctor’! This was early spring in 2017.

In that trial, all participants were allocated to one of three groups with consumption of different fats; butter, olive oil or coconut oil. Straws were drawn and I was allocated 50g of butter to be ingested every day for four weeks and my husband was given olive oil (50mls per day for 4 weeks). Although I had been told previously at every visit to the GP that I was pre-diabetic, it made no…


Image for post
Image for post

Highly successful Industry marketing has convinced many that coconut oil is a ‘health food’. This well conducted meta-analysis of 16 studies confirms this not to be true. Coconut oil consistently leads to an increase in blood LDL-cholesterol. It is unlikely, given current knowledge, that the corresponding rise in HDL-cholesterol will counteract the adverse effects of the raised LDL. Shockingly, the effects were worse than for palm oil.

This meta-analysis found that compared with nontropical oils, coconut oil significantly increased total cholesterol by 14.69 mg/dL, increased LDL-cholesterol by 10.47 mg/dL , and increased HDL-cholesterol by 4.00 mg/dL. Based on these changes…


Image for post
Image for post

As a Personal Trainer and Whole-Food Plant-Based Lifestyle Advocate, I am dedicated to helping my clients lead vibrant, resilient and active lives as they age through a combination of plant-based eating and exercise.

But it wasn’t always like that for me.

Growing up, my family ate meat with dinner every night. While my mom was healthy and lived to the age of 97, my dad died at the age of 79. He was morbidly obese, took insulin for type II diabetes and had numerous heart attacks and bypass surgeries. In his later years, he suffered from severe neuropathy to the…


Image for post
Image for post

This week I cover our very own publication on psoriatic arthritis. In addition, the impact of a vegan diet on NAFLD, vitamin D and cancer risk, impact of egg and cholesterol intake and more about diet and planetary health.


Image for post
Image for post

This week I cover the eagerly awaited Mediterranean versus vegan diet study, coffee and prostate cancer, supplements for cardiovascular disease, vegan diets for children and more controversy from the PURE study.


Image for post
Image for post

The only side effects were clearing up my eczema and curing irritable bowel syndrome

‘Where do you get your calcium?’ is one of the questions I am nearly always asked when I tell people I’m vegan. Most people assume we have to eat meat and dairy to get sufficient calcium in our diets and if we don’t, we are more at risk of fractures and developing bone disease. I myself was concerned when I decided to make the transition from being vegetarian to vegan a few years after I had been diagnosed with osteoporosis. It was rather unnerving to stop eating dairy and went against everything my osteoporosis nurse advised me.

My journey to…


Image for post
Image for post

This week more evidence to support choosing plant protein over animal sources, the importance of keeping blood cholesterol levels low, foods that support patients with MS and prevent stroke and the urgent need to transition to a plant-based food system.


Image for post
Image for post

This week I re-confirm the benefits and safety of soya consumption. I also cover the impact of diet on Parkinson’s disease, alcohol and cancer and highlight the ‘ghastly future’ awaited should we not address the climate and ecological crises.

Shireen Kassam

Consultant Haematologist and Lifestyle Medicine Physician. Founder and Director of Plant-based health professionals UK.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store