Most Doctors Know Nothing About Nutrition
Most premature deaths in the United States could be prevented, and they are related to the food we eat.
Our diet is the leading cause of premature death and the leading cause of disability. So it must, of course, also be what is thought the most in medical school, one should think?
Unfortunately, this is not the case. According to the latest nationwide study, only 25% of the US medical faculties offer just a single course in nutrition; it's 37% less than 30 years ago.
The majority of people sees doctors as very credible sources for information about nutrition, But 6 out of 7 doctors in the study felt they were inadequately trained to advise patients on their diet.
A study found that people on the street sometimes know more about diet than their doctors. Doctors really should know more about nutrition than their patients, but it isn't necessarily the case.
For that reason, the state of California decided that all doctors should have at least 12 hours of education in nutrition over the next four years.
It may surprise you that the California Medical Association and other medical organizations protested very loudly against this. Because of these protests, the 12 hours were reduced to 7 and finally to a big fat zero.
However, there is a course mandatory for doctors in California, and it's a 12-hour course in pain management and treatment of terminally ill people.
It clearly shows that all resources in the health sector are used on people who are already sick, and none on disease prevention. (one doctor a day keep the apples away)
Let Your Food be Your Medicine
Back in 1903, Thomas A Edison made a prediction, “future doctors will not prescribe medication but will tell patients how to take care of their health through diet and disease prevention.”
Unfortunately, you don't have to see a lot of pharmaceutical advertisements on TV to realize that Edison's predictions have not come true. More than a trillion dollars a year is spent on prescription drugs and the United States stands for one-third of this market
A study of many thousand doctor visits demonstrated that the time general practitioners spend on talking about nutrition is about ten seconds.
Many assume that our deaths are programmed in our genes. High blood pressure in your fifties, heart attacks in your sixties, maybe cancer in your seventies, but it's scientifically proven that a maximum of 10-20% of the risk is genetically conditioned.
The incidence of fatal diseases such as heart disease and the most prevalent cancers varies up to 100 times in different population groups around the world.
When people move from low-risk to high-risk countries, their disease rate rises to the new ambient level. Other diets are equal to new diseases.
The truth is that just four simple healthy lifestyle factors can have significant beneficial effects in terms of preventing chronic disease.
Do not smoke, exercise half an hour a day, eat a diet with a higher content of fruits, vegetables, and less meat. These four factors alone can eliminate 78% of the risk of chronic disease.
A study of healthy behaviors and survival measured the content of vitamin C in the blood of the participants.
The concentration of vitamin-c in the blood was considered a useful biomarker for the consumption of plant foods and was used as an expression of a healthy diet.
The results turned out to be as expected — the lower mortality rate among those who had the healthiest habits, corresponded to being 14 years younger. Imagine being able to put the clock back 14 years, not with pills or medication, but only by eating and living a bit healthier.
Be Healthy and Live Long
Let's talk a little more about aging. What happens when we age is that our cells divide and one half dies, and the other half is a fresh copy of the old one. But our cells have an expiration code called telomeres.
Telomeres are extensions at the end of all chromosomes, and they become shorter each time the cell divide. When they reach a critical length, the genetic clock stop and the cell dies.
Can a healthy lifestyle postpone the expiration date for our cells? The answer is a big yes.
A study partially financed by the U. S Department of Defence demonstrated that three months on a diet consisting of plant-based wholefood and other healthy lifestyle changes were able to strengthen telomerase activity significantly.
After five years, they did a follow-up study where the length of the participants ‘ telomeres was measured.
Among the participants who had not changed their lifestyle, the telomeres were, as expected, shorter.
But in the group with a healthy lifestyle, the telomeres were not shorter; here they were even longer. Further studies showed that it was primarily one element of the healthy lifestyle that made the big difference in the length of the telomeres, and it was the plant-based diet.
More or less exercise didn't make any difference on the telomerase.
If you want to give yourself the best chances for a healthy and long life, you may need to adjust the ingredients for your meals a little. (or a lot)
It turns out that the diet has an even greater influence on our health than we have assumed until now.
If your meals consist mainly of plant-based wholefood, you've minimized the risk of getting chronic diseases.
If you want to know what latest research says about nutrition, then go to NutritionFacts.org
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