• Dr. Thomas Griffith

Lack of Nutrition Education in Med School

Updated: Jun 5, 2019

Every medical conference (hosted by a conventional medical institution that is) that I have ever attended, has offered the poorest quality nutritional choices when meals are served. Even the diabetes conferences have included sugary baked goods and deserts even with breakfast.

Lack of Nutrition Education in Med School

JAMA Article may bring change

Here's a quote from a JAMA article I came across dated April 9th 2019, regarding nutrition and medical school. The link to the article has been posted at the bottom of this blog.

"In randomized clinical trials, dietary interventions have proven to both prevent and manage important diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. For example, compared with control groups, a Mediterranean-style diet was shown to reduce recurrent cardiovascular events by 72% (absolute difference, 2.83 events per year). In individuals with elevated fasting blood glucose, a combination of dietary changes and physical activity reduced the risk of developing diabetes by 58% (absolute difference, 6.2 cases per 100 person-years), compared with a 31% reduction in individuals receiving Metformin (absolute difference, 3.2 cases per 100 person-years). However, the substantial body of evidence that supports the benefits of nutritional interventions has not adequately translated into action in medical training or practice."

THANK YOU JAMA for this article, hope it brings change.

Positive Lifestyle Changes May Manifest Positive Health Changes

As a naturopath at a conventional conference, I've always felt that I alone noticed the sad irony, but this is an irony that pervades the practice of conventional medicine. Despite the evidence that physician efforts should be emphasizing prevention through lifestyle and diet, these objectives are almost always merely given lip service. Insurance companies barely reimburse physicians for doing nutritional counseling, hassling them endlessly and taking payment back if physicians try to bill for the time it actually takes to educate about these things adequately.

It's no wonder patients make little effort towards achieving them and it's no wonder physicians doubt they really work and so they are dismissive about their potential to increase health overall.

MDs don't receive any credible education about nutrition so it's built into the very fabric of our medical system. Promoting health is not profitable for anyone except farmers, fitness gyms and your cardiologist, who makes exponentially more money cutting you open then talking to you.

Believe me when I tell you I have seen miraculous turnabouts of the most severe diseases when patients dedicate themselves to strictly adhering to high quality diets and exercise over sustained periods of time. In our practice we strive to support our patients in manifesting positive change in these regards and we see the results.

These patient results are what makes practice worthwhile and gratifying. Although preventing a heart attack is not perceived as even slightly as heroic as treating one, I'll keep up the good fight, one bite at a time. Now if I could only find a decent salad at medical conference....

JAMA ARTICLE - Nutrition in Education for Docs


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