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Healthy Debate: Carnivores VS Vegans

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Have you ever wondered why some people are pro-plant-based nutrition while others seem to be doing so well on a predominantly animal-based diet? We brought in Australian experts to debate this exact topic!

Carnivores VS Vegans was the inaugural event of ACNEM’s new online event series Healthy Debate: where evidence meets curiosity for the health of every body. These dynamic and lively online events are designed for medical and health practitioners, as well as patients who are interested in empowering themselves to understand more about health and wellbeing.

This event was in the form of a literal debate – the art of debating goes back centuries and is a way for those holding opposing views to discuss controversial issues and present evidence-based perspectives. It is a fun and engaging way to further our knowledge on a topic.

Co-hosted by ACNEM Board Members Dr Shamistra Barathan and Martin Gillespie, our first Healthy Debate featured two perspectives that couldn’t sit further at the end of the diet spectrum from each other. It was an epic ‘battle’ of information!

Each team member had 7 minutes to pitch their argument, and after both sides presented their perspectives, the audience got to vote on which team made the most compelling argument.

Register now to receive the on-demand video and see who won this controversial debate! 

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9th, November 2021

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Dr Anthony Chaffee

Neurosurgical Registrar 

Dr Chaffee is an American medical doctor specializing in Neurosurgery who over a span of 20 years has researched the optimal nutritional habits for athletic performance and health.  It is his assertion that most of the so-called chronic diseases we treat as doctors these days are actually caused by the ...

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Natalie E. West

DCht IICT Clinical Psychotherapist 

Natalie is a Clinical Psychotherapist, Self-Image Specialist, International Speaker and Columnist. Natalie is sought-after facilitator and speaker on the Self Image, Mind – Food Behaviours, Natalie’s work has taken her to stages in the UK, Canada, USA, NZ and here in Australia.  Natalie loves to use the knowledge she has ...

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Dr Pran Yoganathan

MBChB. (Otago), FRACP 

Dr Pran Yoganathan is a Gastroenterologist and Gastrointestinal endoscopist based in Sydney. He aims to empower his patients to embark on a journey of self-healing using the philosophy of “let food be thy medicine”. Dr Yoganathan graduated in medicine from the University of Otago in New Zealand. His training in ...

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Dr Jason Hawrelak


Join Dr Hawrelak in discussion on the latest research finding surrounding the microbiome and aging. Discover how to restore microbiome diversity as we age and discuss the changing needs through life progression. If you are wanting to increase your clinical knowledge on pre and probiotics and herbal medicine’s capacity to modify the GIT microbiota, then this presentation is a must.

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Dr Leila Masson


Dr Leila Masson is a Sydney based specialist paediatrician and author of “Children’s Health A-Z” a parent’s guide to natural therapies for common childhood ailments. She specialises in nutritional and environmental medicine for children’s health issues, including allergies, asthma, behavior problems, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. She sees patients at ...

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Dr Jason Kaplan


Dr Jason Kaplan is a cardiac imaging specialist and preventative cardiologist who studied Medicine at UNSW and graduated with Honours in 1999, completing his Internal Medicine Training at St George and Prince of Wales hospitals and Adult Cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Dr Kaplan has done additional training ...

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ACNEM Healthy Debate - Carnivore VS Vegan recording - Non-member
On-demand recording of the Healthy Debate: Carnivores VS Vegans held on 9th November.
$ 49.50
ACNEM Healthy Debate - Carnivore VS Vegan recording - Member
On-demand recording of the Healthy Debate: Carnivores VS Vegans held on 9th November.
$ 39.60

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