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Proper Nutrition Not in the Curriculum for Most Conventional Doctors

(Health Secrets) Without proper nutrition, we are left defenseless in the world. With proper nutrition we can maintain good health, slow aging, and dodge disease. If we already have a disease, proper nutrition plays a huge role in healing, and it can turn around the big three killers — heart disease, diabetes and cancer. When you stop to think about the power of proper nutrition, it is mindboggling to realize that our doctors, on whom most people rely for advice on diet, received virtually no training on proper nutrition in medical school or anywhere else in their training.

Doctor’s lack of training in proper nutrition is stunning

Have you ever asked your doctor how many hours of training in proper nutrition or diet he or she received in medical school? Try it some time if you dare! But don’t be too surprised if the answer is something like “hummm, pretty much none at all”. If they can actually recall having any training, it would be no more than a couple of hours.

In the mid 1980s, a landmark report by the National Academy of Sciences highlighted the lack of adequate nutrition education in medical schools. The writers of the report recommended a minimum of 25 hours of instruction in nutrition. Two and a half decades later, a 2010 study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that the vast majority of medical schools still failed to meet that minimum recommended 25 hours of instruction.

The researchers from University of North Carolina found only about a quarter of 100 schools surveyed offered the recommended minimum of 25 hours of instruction. In addition, four schools offered nutrition optionally, and one school offered absolutely no instruction in nutrition at all. Only a quarter of the schools had even one course dedicated to proper nutrition.

Yet according to Kelly M. Adams, the lead author and a registered dietitian who is a research associate in the department of nutrition at the university, “Nutrition is really a core component of modern medical practice.”

Marcelle Pick, an OB/GYN NP, agrees: “Most medical schools fail in nutritional instruction. Doctors tend to underestimate the importance of nutrition in general. No wonder: most doctors receive a mere few hours’ nutritional training in med school, and lack adequate time to keep up on the latest research. Their practice is based on disease screening, not prevention, with an emphasis on drug therapies, not nutrition.”

Dr. Pick added, “Such doctors naturally think that nutritional supplements have little therapeutic value.”

Solmaz Amirnazmi, MD, also agrees: “We as physicians do not receive adequate training in nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices, and disease prevention in general while in medical school or in residency.”

Ray D. Strand, MD, author of Death By Prescription, highlighted the lack of education about nutrition when he reported: “In medical school I had not received any significant instruction on the subject. I was not alone. Only approximately six percent of the graduating physicians in the United States have any training in nutrition.”

According to Dr. Stand, doctors spend their time being taught about prescription drugs and surgery as treatment for diseases.

Pharmaceutical companies and AMA set the curriculum

The largest source of funding for medical schools comes from drug companies, and the curriculum of a medical school is set by the American Medical Association (AMA). Is it any surprise that doctors are taught to treat patients primarily with drugs and surgery?

When you consider the power of proper nutrition, it is clear that doctors’ inability to give informed nutrition advice surely dooms millions to early graves due to illnesses and diseases which might have been prevented or healed. It is a national health tragedy which begs to be corrected.

Here are a couple of quotes to think about:

“Good nutrition will prevent 95 percent of all disease.” – Linus Pauling, two time Nobel Laureate

“Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pots if you can cure your patient with food.” – Hippocrates, the father of medicine whom the Hippocratic Oath for doctors is named after.

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