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When it comes to the important subject of nutrition, what kind of knowledge do licensed medical doctors really have? According to a survey published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, most medical institutions place very little emphasis on nutrition, nature, and the body's innate healing abilities. Some patients ask their doctor questions about nutrition only to receive confusing, biased, and fearful advice. What does this void of practical health knowledge say about contemporary medical doctors? They are looked up to for life-saving advice, but they often lead patients astray.
Doctors who dismiss the healing aspects of nutrient absorption and utilization are quick to schedule unnecessary tests and prescribe synthetic formulas concocted by the price-gouging pharmaceutical industry. Sometimes patients pressure doctors to intervene this way. Sometimes doctors feel pressured by drug company salespeople to prescribe the latest side-effect ridden pill. To make matters worse, the physician's education is controlled by the drug companies.
" The other big pressure on doctors is the fear of lawsuits resulting from NOT doing all of these extensive, expensive tests. So much of modern medicine is driven by a combination of fear and greed. Fear of missing a diagnosis or of a lawsuit, and greed for all of the money that comes from the pills that are so widely taken today. That fear is making us all sicker. "
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Medical schools only offer an average of 23.9 hours of nutrition education, survey finds
While most medical schools require some form of nutrition education, the amount taught is minuscule compared to the dominant, systematic, interventionist philosophies taught at the institutions. There is very little emphasis on nutrition, and it's making doctors out to be spineless and ignorant pill pushers. Of the 106 medical schools surveyed in the study, students only received an average of 23.9 contact hours of nutrition instruction. Shockingly, only 32 of 106 medical schools in the survey offered a separate nutrition course. An overwhelming majority of instructors (88 percent) spoke out on the need for additional nutrition instruction at their schools.
" If this statistic isn’t sobering, it’s hard to imagine what could be! How is it that doctors could possibly think about nutrition as part of their daily practice when they have so very little training in the subject? In order to get more out of preventative care, doctors need more training. Right now they aren’t getting that training, so it leaves the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of patients to search out nutritional support and preventative care. "
Physicians quick to overlook nutrition's role in healing while prescribing dangerous drugs and mutilating surgery
As nutrition is betrayed at medical schools, doctors become dangerous vessels of misinformation when they graduate and start seeing patients. Instead of prompting women to have their breasts removed, doctors could instead encourage women to accept fearless emotions and a diet of nutrient-packed super foods that protect cells and keep genes from self-destructing.
Instead of turning a patient's depression into a dependency on SSRI drugs, the doctor could lead the struggling person toward correcting potential nutrient deficiencies in their body. How might an increased intake of magnesium, zinc, vitamin D, and essential omega fatty acids improve the person's state of mind? What if helping the patient was about helping the person identify the negative feelings pent up in their heart and finding ways to initiate new thoughts and new emotions to create a liberating outlook on life?
" The connection between how we feel emotionally and how we feel physically is becoming more and more understood as medicine progresses forward and becomes more open. Where once we sent people away to recuperate after having a nervous breakdown, now we send them off with a pack of high-powered drugs and tell them to get back to work. We’re seeing again and again that this kind of treatment isn’t working. Mental health and physical health are deeply intertwined, and both need to be treated responsibly in order for us maintain wellness and happiness. "
Likewise, a child thrust into a daily school environment of walls, assimilation, compliance, and suppression of creativity does not need the drug Ritalin for erratic behavior. The child needs a new interactive environment and perhaps some Vitamin D from the sun outside.
" This process starts young. Kids today spend hours inside dark classrooms being forced to sit perfectly still. Then they go on to eat highly processed cafeteria food that’s devoid of nutrients and full of preservatives. We start getting sick in grade school! "
Poison control data shows NO deaths from nutritional supplements and healing herbs
Why are the natural solutions vilified by the masses in the medical system, the school system, and the workplace environment? The U.S. National Poison Data System reported in early 2015 that 2.2 million poisonings were recorded by 55 American Association of Poison Control Centers and absolutely zero of those poisonings were from nutritional supplements, herbal products, amino acids, or minerals.
" The statistic here is vitally important - ABSOLUTELY ZERO. How is that even possible with as many warnings as we see on nutritional supplements? Easy - money. Big Pharma has deep pockets that hold a great deal of sway over the information that gets out through the government and through the media. "
Prescription drugs kill 128,000 annually
The real danger is the pharmaceutical industry, which masquerades as science-based medicine. In fact, properly prescribed pharmaceuticals are directly responsible for at least 128,000 deaths annually and an additional 2.74 million serious adverse reactions each year. Nevertheless, there is a growing disdain toward nutritional products, herbs, and super foods among medical professionals. Patients who are coerced into taking drugs for cholesterol, diabetes, or blood pressure, for example, are being kept away from the holistic, nutritional protocols that make these health issues obsolete.
" The things that we think are saving us are really killing us. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies tell us that we need pills in order to be healthy, but what we’re really getting is just a gateway into more and more pills. Even worse, medical errors and just the poison of these medications is killing us. Nearly a half million people per year are killed or seriously injured through medications! And that’s not even counting the thousands that become dependent upon these drugs. Something has got to change. Fighting disease with nutritional supplements and preventative medicine is the answer. "
1 in 5 pharmaceuticals cause serious reactions, leading to 1.9 million hospitalizations each year
As nutrition is labeled ""alternative"", the only ""medicine"" that is approved by the U.S. government is pharmaceuticals, even though one out of every five pharmaceuticals cause a serious reaction in people. Pharmaceuticals also cause a shocking 1.9 million hospitalizations each year, which could all be avoided.
Dr. Donald Light, a professor for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine, says that the problem starts with the medical doctors' education. Not only is there a lack of nutrition education, but published medical literature has also become nothing more than a marketing tool employed by the powerful pharmaceutical industry. By the time the information makes it to physicians, it has been corrupted because pharmaceutical companies can hire their own team of writers, editors, and statisticians to promote the pills and gloss over their problems.
In medical literature, the true science of nature is suppressed while pharmaceuticals are taught as holy doctrine. Doctors become subservient to the biased knowledge they are fed. Nutritional supplements and healing herbs are balked at while deadly pharmaceuticals are lifted on a pedestal.
" Doctors aren’t the bad guys, but they are being taught bad things by the bad guys. Big Pharma is making millions of dollars off of the suffering of Americans. What we can do today is to learn more about what’s going on and to make personal lifestyle changes. Nutritional supplements are not the enemy - no matter what the team of media spin artists who promote medications might say. In fact, nutritional supplements are far safer than pharmaceuticals! The kill ZERO people every year, instead of the millions killed by pharmaceuticals. Plus nutritional supplements actually get to the root of the problems instead of just covering them up. "
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" It’s important to realize that doctors aren’t the enemy here, even if they do lead us astray. The goal of doctors and of natural health advocates is the same - improving health. That being said, it’s still essential to do your own research and to look at the broader picture of health instead of following the lead of a single doctor. Broad knowledge is key! "