Aseem is speaking to the European Parliament, at the invitation of Nathan Gill MEP for Wales and he’s invited top leaders in European Medicine to discuss “how Big Food and Big Pharma are killing millions of people.” While the title goes a bit further than I’m comfortable with, the subject matter is critically important and the Parliamentary session should be gripping viewing.
For those of you who don’t know, Aseem is an internationally renowned UK cardiologist. He’ll be arguing the case for lifestyle medicine and explaining why lawmakers need to change EU health policy. “Prescribed medications are estimated to be the third biggest killer, after heart disease and cancer. Bad Pharma sees millions taking drugs they don’t need – destroying their lives! For years public health advice across Europe has got it dangerously wrong,” he says.
I’ve gotten to know Aseem as he’s a leading figure in the UK in the campaign against sugar and revising the naive, conventional wisdom-thinking on nutrition and diet. He’ll be joined by the director of the Centre of Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford, the past President of the Royal College of Physicians and former doctor to the Queen, a internationally known professor of Diabetes, an award winning investigative medical journalist, and an eminent UK nutritionist.
The panel intends to discuss the pervasive influence of the food and beverage industry and pharmaceutical companies over medical and public health policy. “With global health systems forecast to collapse in the next few years,” says Assem, “two things are driving ever-increasing demand: The escalating burden of chronic disease, caused by entirely preventable lifestyle illnesses, and over-treatment, seeing millions taking drugs and undergoing surgeries that will provide zero benefit and as a result costing national economies billions.”
What Asseem and his co-panalists are hoping to see on Thursday is a unified show of force that can begin to undue the epidemic of medical misinformation that is causing us so much harm. I’m with them.
Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI.org). He is the author of The Case Against Sugar (2016), Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It (2011) and Good Calories, Bad ...