Sunday, November 19, 2017

Nutrition... who knows what?

I've read many books on nutrition over the years. That doesn't make me an expert, but I have often found that I seem to know more about good nutrition than those in the medical field who treat me. I don't know how many times I've gone to the doctor seeking help with losing weight.  Most times, I've come away with the usual recommendation of going on a calorie-restricted diet.  Well, research shows that those don't work, and that they cause your body to hold on to the extra pounds defiantly because it thinks you're trying to starve it.  

So, I've often wondered why doctors keep pushing this archaic view of nutrition. I have suspected that they didn't take many, if any, classes in nutrition when going through medical school.

I was right.  In Michael Greger MD's book How Not To Die,  he states, "According to the most recent national survey, only a quarter of medical schools offer a single course in nutrition.." and he goes on to say, "... six out of seven graduating doctors surveyed felt physicians were inadequately trained to counsel patients about their diets."  

So, there you have it.  We may feel we are on our own in this. Don't despair... look for a good nutritionist in your area.  Great help to be had from them.

And about doctors...  Since most diseases -- cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc -- are caused in part by our dietary habits, it would seem like a great idea if doctors would study nutrition and apply it in their practices. It could make a huge difference.

Great book:  To Die or Not To Die, by Michael Greger, MD also his website is very educational in the area of nutrition... here's a link... Nutrition Facts


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