Building a Healthy India: Free Six-City Lecture Tour on Plant-Based Disease Prevention

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NEWS RELEASE June 15, 2015
Building a Healthy India: Free Six-City Lecture Tour on Plant-Based Disease Prevention

WASHINGTON—On June 25, doctors will embark on a two-week-long lecture tour of India to spread the message of disease prevention through plant-based nutrition. The tour will visit Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. Sponsored by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, all events are free and open to the public.

Members of the public who want to lose weight, lower cholesterol or blood pressure, manage diabetes, and improve overall health will benefit from the educational lectures. Audience members will also have the opportunity to try delicious, health-promoting food samples.

Zeeshan Ali, Ph.D., Kickstart India program specialist for the Physicians Committee, will lead all six lectures. Pramod Tripathi, M.B.B.S., founder of India’s Freedom from Diabetes Clinic, will join the lectures in Delhi and Chennai. Nandita Shah, L.C.E.H., founder and director of the nonprofit SHARAN—a natural health organization that strives for a diabetes-free India—will join the tour in Mumbai and Delhi.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to spread the power of plant-based nutrition across India. With chronic disease rates skyrocketing throughout the country, I feel it is my duty to help other people of Indian origin learn how to prevent and manage these diseases through the foods they eat,” says Dr. Ali.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, more than 65 million people in India have been diagnosed with diabetes. With 71 million more thought to be prediabetic, India faces a serious public health crisis if nothing changes. Noncommunicable chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, now account for 53 percent of all deaths in India. In Mumbai alone, about 80 people die each day from heart attacks.

Having worked closely with thousands of patients throughout the country, Dr. Tripathi and Dr. Shah have seen the power of food to transform India’s health. By teaching his patients about plant-based diets, Dr. Tripathi has helped more than 50,000 people lose weight, reduce the need for diabetes medications, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

“The best way to keep the body healthy is to work with it rather than against it. Anyone can learn to prevent and reverse diseases just by attending one of the seminars and then practicing what they learnt for at least one month,” says Dr. Shah, who has inspired countless Indians through her Peas vs. Pills talks, cooking classes, and residential programs.

The popularity of plant-based nutrition continues to rise in India, with a growing number of actors, musicians, athletes, and politicians raving about the benefits of their vegan diets. Bollywood actor Aamir Khan uses a plant-based diet for disease prevention, while actress Alia Bhatt has recently traded in meat for greens and fruit.

“Rice, lentils, and vegetables are staples of the traditional Indian diet. As Western foods have made their way into our culture, chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity have followed. It’s time to tap back into the power of traditional foods to heal India,” adds Dr. Ali.

WHO: Zeeshan Ali, Ph.D., Kickstart India program specialist for the Physicians Committee, will lead all six lectures. Pramod Tripathi, M.B.B.S., founder of India’s Freedom from Diabetes Clinic, will join the lectures in Delhi and Chennai. Nandita Shah, L.C.E.H., founder and director of the nonprofit SHARAN—an organization that focuses on natural health and building a diabetes-free India—will join the tour in Mumbai and Chennai.

WHEN/WHERE:

  • Bhopal: Thursday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sagar Institute of Pharmacy and Technology (SIPTec) Near International Airport, Jaipur Road, Gandhinagar, Bhopal, 462036
  • Hyderabad: Friday, June 26, 5 to7 p.m. at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Minister Road, Block 3, 14th floor, Secunderabad, 500003
  • Bangalore: Monday, June 29, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Manipal Health Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. 98 Rustum Bagh, HAL Airport Road, Bangalore, 560017
  • Mumbai: Wednesday, July 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at ADAPT (formerly The Spastics Society of India), K.C. Marg, Next to Rang Sharda Hotel Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (West) Mumbai, 400050
  • Chennai: Thursday, July 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Andhra Social & Cultural Association, No.2 Vijayaraghava Road T’Nagar, Chennai, 600017
  • New Delhi: Monday, July 6, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Delhi University Women's Association, 7, Chhatra Marg, University of Delhi, Delhi, 110007

CONTACT: Please contact Zeeshan Ali at zali@pcrm.org for questions.

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Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research and medical training.