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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Too Much Medicine and the Corporate Capture of Public Health

A talk by Dr Aseem Malhotra

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is delighted to invite you to a talk with Dr Aseem Malhotra on 'Too Much Medicine and the Corporate Capture of Public Health'.

This will take place on Tuesday 21st May16.15-17.30 at IPPR, 14 Buckingham Street, London WC2N 6DF. Please arrive at 16.15 for a 16.30 start, latecomers may not be admitted. 

Global health systems are under increasing strain and are forecast to collapse  in the next few years. Two factors are at the forefront of driving the ever increasing demand. The first is the escalating burden of chronic disease caused by preventable lifestyle related illnesses. The second is over treatment. Millions of people are taking drugs and undergoing tests and operations that will bring them absolutely no benefit and they don't even know it - not because we don't have the scientific evidence but because it's being sequestered from them.

Collusion between academics, politicians, respected medical institutions, charities and medical journals with industry for financial gain has resulted in an epidemic of misinformed doctors and misinformed patients with devastating consequences worldwide.

To register for this event, please follow the link below.

Dr Aseem Malhotra is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Lister Hospital in Stevenage and visiting Professor of Evidence Based Medicine, Bahiana School of Medicine and Public Health, Salvador, Brazil.

He is a founding member of Action on Sugar and has led work highlighting the harm caused by excess sugar consumption in the United Kingdom, particularly its role in type 2 diabetes and obesity. He has also been prominent in challenging mainstream advice on the role of saturated fat and cholesterol in the development of cardiovascular disease.

Aseem is a frequent expert commentator in print and broadcast media and he has written for a number of publications including the BMJ, The Guardian and Observer, BBC online, Huffington Post, The Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and the Washington Post.

In 2015 he co-ordinated the Choosing Wisely campaign by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) as lead author in a BMJ paper to highlight the risks of overuse of medical treatments.

Aseem has appeared in the Health Service Journal’s list of top 50 BME pioneers, and has won a number of awards for his work to raise awareness of diet-related illness. He is a pioneer of the lifestyle medicine movement in the UK and has been featured in the New York Times. He was also named in the Sunday Times Debrett's list in 2016 as one of the most influential people in science and medicine in the UK. His first book co-authored with Donal O' Neill, The Pioppi Diet: A 21-day lifestyle plan, published in 2017.