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Doctors Have Little Nutrition Education

By | October 18th, 2015 | Modified - March 2nd, 2019
Doctors Have Little Nutrition Education
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Most deaths and disability in the United States stem from eating a Western diet that is poor in nutrition.[1][2] Since poor nutrition is responsible for most deaths in the U.S., it would seem like a good idea to teach doctors about good nutrition so they could inform their patients.

Doing anything less would seem like the industry was more concerned about treating the results of poor nutrition rather than keeping people from getting sick. Though the evidence is irrefutable that poor nutrition leads to the most deaths in the U.S., physicians still receive very little nutrition education at all levels of medical training.[3]

A whole food plant-based diet has been scientifically proven to reduce heart disease which is the number one killer in the U.S. and to protect against diabetes, cancer, and a host of other chronic diseases.

Medical schools still only provide on average 20 hours of nutrition education over 4 years, and most of the education is rudimentary and is taught during the beginning of the education process as basic sciences courses.[3]

In 1982, 37% of medical schools taught a course in nutrition. In 2010, the number dropped to 27% of medical schools.[4] Since most doctors have a very little understanding of nutrition, they actually play a part in maintaining the status quo of a steady line of patients into medical facilities.

What doctors are taught to do is to prescribe medicine and to cut you open. That is their business.

Take control of your life by adopting a well-rounded whole food plant-based diet. You can find out more information about the best plant foods to consume from this nutritional guide based on the Dr Sebi food list.

Sources:
[1] C Lenders, K Gorman, H Milch, A Decker, N Harvey, L Stanfield, A Lim-Miller, J Salge-Blake, L Judd, S Levine. A novel nutrition medicine education model: the Boston University experience. Adv Nutr. 2013 Jan 1;4(1):1-7.
[2] CJ Murray, C Atkinson, K Bhalla, G Birbeck, R Burstein, D Chou, R Dellavalle, G Danaei, M Ezzati, A Fahimi, et al. The state of US health, 1990-2010: burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors. JAMA. 2013 Aug 14;310(6):591-608.
[3] S Devries, JE Dalen, DM Eisenberg, V Maizes, D Ornish, A Prasad, V Sierpina, AT Weil, W Willett. A deficiency of nutrition education in medical training. Am J Med. 2014 Sep;127(9):804-6.
[4] PM Kris-Etherton, SR Akabas, CW Bales, B Bistrian, L Braun, MS Edwards, C Laur, CM Lenders, MD Levy, CA Palmer, CA Pratt, S Ray, CL Rock, E Saltzman, DL Seidner, L Van Horn. The need to advance nutrition education in the training of health care professionals and recommended research to evaluate implementation and effectiveness. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 May;99(5 Suppl):1153S-66S.

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About Author:

Aqiyl Aniys is the author of the books Alkaline Herbal Medicine, Alkaline Plant Based Diet and the children's book, Faith and Justice eat an Alkaline Plant Based Diet." He received a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University, a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and studied social work. He enjoys boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging, and his alkaline plant-based diet supports all that he does. Learn more about transitioning to an alkaline vegan diet using the Dr. Sebi nutritional guide.

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