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100: Dr Aseem Malhotra – Advocating for Public Health to Be About Health and Truth, Not Profits

August 11, 2022

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100: Dr Aseem Malhotra - Advocating for Public Health to Be About Health and Truth, Not Profits

Dr Aseem Malhotra

 Dr Aseem Malhotra is an NHS trained Consultant Cardiologist, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and President of The Public Health Collaboration. He is a world renowned expert in the prevention, diagnosis and management of heart disease. He is honorary council member to the Metabolic Psychiatry Clinic at Stanford University school of medicine California. He is a founding member of Action on Sugar and was the lead campaigner highlighting the harm caused by excess sugar consumption in the United Kingdom, particularly its role in type 2 diabetes and obesity. 

In 2015 he helped coordinate the Choosing Wisely campaign by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges as lead author in a BMJ paper to highlight the risks of overuse of medical treatments. In the same year he became the youngest member to be appointed to the board of trustees of UK health think tank, The King’s Fund that advises government on health policy.

Aseem is a frequent expert commentator in print and broadcast media and he has written scores of articles for a number of publications including the BMJ, British Journal of Sports Medicine, BMJ Open Heart, JAMA Internal Medicine, Prescriber, The Pharmaceutical Journal, European Scientist, The Guardian and Observer, BBC online, Huffington Post, The Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and the Washington Post. He is international guest editor of the journal of evidence-based healthcare.

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 both in the UK and internationally. He is a pioneer of the lifestyle medicine movement in the UK and has had feature articles written about him in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and Healthcare Leader. In 2018 he was ranked by software company Onalytica as the number 1 doctor in the world influencing obesity thinking.

In 2016 he was named in the Sunday Times Debrett’s list as one of the most influential people in science and medicine in the UK in a list that included Professor Stephen Hawking. His total Altmetric score (measure of impact and reach) of his medical journal publications since 2013 is over 10,000 making it one of the highest in the World for a clinical doctor during this period. His first book co-authored with Donal O’ Neill, The Pioppi Diet, has become an international best seller. His second book, the 21 day immunity plan is a Sunday Times best seller. His recently published third book A Statin Free Life is already a best seller.

Award winning American Science Journalist Gary Taubes describes Aseem as someone who has “probably done more in the UK to inject sanity in to nutrition science and the pharmaceutical industry debate than any human being alive”

Sir Richard Thompson, Past President of the Royal College of Physicians and former personal physician to her majesty The Queen said “Dr Aseem Malhotra is changing the face of medicine and his revolutionary book the Pioppi Diet should be read by everyone”


Dr Aseem’s Top Tips

  1. Eat real food.
  2. Spend more time with people who increase your sense of wellbeing – Minimise your time on social media.
  3. Try and do something everyday, which gives back to the community.

Dr Aseem’s Books

The Pioppi Diet – Dr Aseem Malhotra

21 Immunity Plan – Dr Aseem Malhotra

A Statin-Free Life: A revolutionary life plan for tackling heart disease – without the use of statins  Dr Aseem Malhotra

Resources Mentioned

Sunday Times expose Public Health England “Dirty Tricks” 

You will need to start a free trial or have a Sunday Times subscription to read the whole article.

It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet

A Malhotra, T Noakes , S Phinney

Public Health Collaboration – Charity

Dr Aseem has done many interviews on YouTube search Aseem Malhotra

BMJ Paper – Choosing Wisely in the UK: the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ initiative to reduce the harms of too much medicine

The NNT – Numbers Needed To Treat

Gerd Gigerenzer – Quote

This has been taken down by WHO but you can see it on Dr Assem’s webpage


Quotes by Dr Aseem Malhotra

“Making the injustice, visible”

“That’s really the core of my character to try and relieve human suffering”

“The food industry have scientist that are funded by them”

“The upstream issue is the battle we have got in health and health care is one of truth versus money.

“Big Food, Big Pharma and Cigarette industries committing fraud is a cost of business

“There is misperception about the ability of modern medicine to improve our health and our lives”

“It has been estimated that severe loneliness is the equivalent of smoking 20 cigarettes a day

“Sex is sexy

“We’ve got this massive problem of over prescription

“Fear can be very debilitating for people

“People have more power than they realise

“People need to keep hope for a better future

“Don’t underestimate the power of your speech and the power of truth and to make a difference

“Staying silent when the world is burning around you and not acting when you should act makes us part of the problem and we need to be part of the solution.


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