In the NEM Practitioner Series Dr Shamistra Barathan, Integrative GP and ACNEM Vice President, speaks with medical and health specialists who are practicing nutritional and environmental medicine, to get their personal insights and learn how their approach is transforming lives.
In this interview, Dr Barathan speaks with Dr Pran Yoganathan, a gastroenterologist and Gastrointestinal endoscopist based in Sydney who aims to empower his patients to embark on a journey of self-healing using the philosophy of “let food be thy medicine”.
The discussion covers a range of topics including:
- Pran’s journey into nutrition as a gastroenterologist
- How he fell out of love with the profession because of a lack of results, and felt deep sense of guilt and unhappiness
- Treating Diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) through dietary management (low carbohydrate, high protein diets)
- The challenges of working with patients on the dietary management approach
- The evidence behind red meat being categorized as a carcinogen
- Does Pran practice what he preaches and how does he stay motivated?
Dr Pran Yoganthan, MBChB. (Otago), FRACP
Dr Yoganathan graduated in medicine from the University of Otago in New Zealand. His training in internal medicine was undertaken in the Westmead Public Hospital. His Advanced training in Gastroenterology was completed in major teaching hospitals in Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physician (FRACP) and a member of Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA). He has accredited expertise in Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Colonoscopy as certified by the Conjoint Committee for the recognition of training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Dr Yoganathan has a strong interest in the field of human nutrition. He practices an approach to healthcare that assesses the lifestyle of the patient to see how it impacts on their gastrointestinal and metabolic health. Dr Yoganathan believes that the current day nutritional guidelines may not be based on perfect evidence and he passionately strives to provide the most up to date literature in healthcare and science to provide “Evidence-Based Medicine”.
“The human body itself is an amazing bit of kit. The environment around us is broken and we put it down to the individual’s genetics or their system being broken, but that couldn’t be further from the truth… I think the environment around us is broken, and once you correct the environment, the body responds fairly rapidly.”
To learn more about NEM check out ACNEM’s Foundations of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine course.