Plant-based Nutrition in Clinical Practice

Dr Shireen Kassam, Dr Zahra Kassam, Lisa Simon RD

As a key component of Lifestyle Medicine, nutrition is increasingly an important focus for all healthcare practitioners. Despite the incorporation of nutrition interventions into evidence-based guidelines, there remains confusion amongst the public and health professionals as to the optimal dietary approach that will promote overall health and address specific chronic conditions. Evidence has accumulated that a predominantly or exclusively whole food, plant-based diet is one of the best ways to address both individual and planetary health.

In Plant-Based Nutrition in Clinical Practice a team of specialist authors, edited by two hospital doctors and a registered dietitian, curate the current knowledge base, making the strongest case for a diet that embraces whole, unprocessed fruit, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts and seeds to provide all our daily macro- and micro-nutrients. Taking both a holistic and a systems-based approach, the book presents the uses, benefits and practical application of a plant-based diet to support patient care, disease prevention and management.

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Introduction; Anxiety; Breathing ; Chemo-brain; Colostomy, ostomy, ileostomy and yoga with a stoma; Cramps; Digestive problems including constipation; Eye problems – dry or watery eyes; Fatigue; Grief; Hot flushes; Immunity and infections; Joint pain; Lymphoedema (swelling); Menopause; Nausea; Osteoporosis ; Peripheral neuropathy; Referred pain; Scar tissue; Underarm pain – Cording; Weakness in muscles  – building strength; Zzzzzzzz (Sleep and insomnia); Glossary

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Dr Shireen Kassam is a Consultant Haematologist, Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician and Visiting Professor of Plant-Based Nutrition. She is founder of Plant-Based Health Professionals UK, a community interest company that provides education on healthy plant-based diets, and co-founder of a lifestyle medicine service, Plant Based Health Online. Her first book, Eating Plant-Based: Scientific Answers to Your Nutrition Questions, co-authored with her sister Zahra, was published in January 2022.

Dr Zahra Kassam is a Radiation Oncologist, Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician, and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She co-founded Plant-Based Canada to promote plant-based whole food nutrition that is sustainable, healthy, and supports the wellbeing of the planet and all its inhabitants. Her first book, Eating Plant-Based: Scientific Answers to Your Nutrition Questions, co-authored with her sister Shireen, was published in January 2022.

Lisa Simon is a Registered Dietitian with a wide range of clinical experience. She splits her time working in the NHS as dietetic lead in child and adolescent mental health, and working at the CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered healthcare service, Plant Based Health Online, running individual and group consultations and delivering educational webinars. Lisa has written a clinical update on diet and fertility for the British Dietetic Association, and is currently writing her first book The Plant-Based Dietitian’s Guide to Fertility: From Pre-Conception to Healthy Birth, due to be published in 2023.

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