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ScreenMe was created by Dr Golnoush Golshirazi and Dr Lukasz Ciszewski, two friends who met as PhD students. Golnoush has struggled throughout her life with endometriosis, hormonal imbalance and chronic disease which significantly affected her quality of life. She was left with little direction or help and her quality of life was suffering.
Seeing how much this was affecting his friend, Lukasz suggested that they turn to science for help, and being scientists with access to a university library they were perfectly placed to do exactly that! After many hours of research the pair began to piece together the nutrition and lifestyle changes that led to Golnoush managing her symptoms, addressing the underlying causes and returning to the quality of life she still enjoys today.
Despite many medical investigations, appointments and a diagnosis that took 10 years little medical intervention was offered. At the same time, both Golnoush and Lukasz were experiencing the heartbreak of preventable disease in their wider families.
Lukasz’s mother was told that she would need daily medication for life as a consequence of type 2 diabetes, while Golnoush’s father struggled with cardiovascular disease. In fact, he suffered a stroke. It was only after his two hour surgery that he was told the stroke could have been prevented by diet – but of course by then it was too late!
The final piece of the puzzle was when Lukasz and Golnoush pieced together the research that sheds light on the impacts of todays lifestyle and diet on individuals reproductive health and the consequence of that on their fertility and on the health of the future generation. It became very obvious that the country is facing an epidemic of preventable disease, and that these conditions have a huge impact on people’s lives. Unfortunately the healthcare system is so focused on diagnosing and treating illness that very little is done to prevent conditions or address the indirect causes of symptoms and conditions.