Monday, August 06, 2012
by: Tony Isaacs
[NaturalNews] Proper nutrition is vital for maintaining good health and warding off illness. Nutrition can also play a pivotal role in healing illness of all kinds, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer – the three leading illnesses which cause deaths. It is thus shocking that our doctors – whom most people turn to for advice on diet and nutrition – receive little to no training on the subjects in medical schools.
Doctors’ woeful lack of training about nutrition
If you “just asked your doctor” how many hours of training they received in medical school on diet and nutrition and they replied honestly, many of them would tell you “none at all.” Most of the rest would say they received no more than a couple of hours training.
In the mid 1980s, a landmark report by the National Academy of Sciences highlighted the lack of adequate nutrition education in medical schools and the writers recommended a minimum of 25 hours of nutrition instruction. 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 fail to meet the minimum recommended 25 hours of instruction.
The North Carolina researchers found only about a quarter of 100 schools surveyed offered the recommended 25 hours of instruction. In addition, four schools offered nutrition optionally, and one school offered nothing at all. Only a quarter of the schools had even a single course dedicated to nutrition.
“Nutrition is really a core component of modern medical practice,” said Kelly M. Adams, the lead author and a registered dietitian who is a research associate in the department of nutrition at the university.