What 's been really interesting to see over the years is the layperson's reliance on medical professionals for nutritional guidance when American Medical training specifically aims to make its graduates ignorant about nutritional interventions. This has been a growing problem which the American Medical Association itself is increasingly acknowledging: https://www.cardiovascularbusiness.com/topics/lipids-metabolic/doctors-ignorance-nutrition-affecting-patients?fbclid=IwAR2c1pclNVulzTy1st6nZL9yE1U9PsTuJ4gMp3UqCiVsc08V44Xo1qUEd4o
There have now been multiple papers in JAMA, The New England Medical Journal, The British Medical Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, and many other reputable and authoritative bodies in science and medicine on this subject. The summary is that the most elite of medical schools spend a maximum of 18 hours on nutritional education. STOP. Ponder that. That isn't 18 CREDIT HOURS. That's 18 hours. And this number is still pretty giving, because the inclusion criteria is anything related to dietary guidelines. So, basically, out of all the years of medical training, that amounts to 2-3 days of class work concerning nutrition. Moreover, 61% of study respondents reported "no training in the area" of nutrition. None. Think about that. Eighteen hours at max, YEARS AGO. Zero hours at minimum.
This isn't an indictment on any one individual. Medical doctors are brilliant. In their areas of expertise, they are to be revered, and their opinions and guidance considered well. But, as Neal D. Barnard, MD (adjunct associate professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) said, contemporary treatments include drugs and amputation for Type II diabetics when it's now established scientific fact that diet is the cure.
Since a vast majority of clinicians were never trained on this, they don't even know it. And that's just one simple and very sad example within diabetes treatment. I've discovered as bad or worse treatment plans for individuals with autoimmune, chronic diseases, hormonal imbalances, and inflammatory conditions. Nutrition isn't necessarily the CURE for all of them. But there are established strategies within diet which ought to be included in a treatment plan. Perhaps in some cases this would mean ONLY nutritional strategy. But in all cases, better dietary advice would improve outcomes.
At least that's what the foremost authorities on medicine are saying about themselves.
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