Increase Nutritional Training for Medical Professionals

Increase Nutritional Training for Medical Professionals

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Ailixa Chaves started this petition to National Board of Medical Examiners and

At present, "Despite the connection between poor diet and many preventable diseases, only about one-fifth of American medical schools require students to take a nutrition course...most medical schools in the United States teach less than 25 hours of nutrition over four years. The fact that less than 20 percent of medical schools have a single required course in nutrition, it’s a scandal. It’s outrageous. It’s obscene.'" (Source https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/doctors-nutrition-education/

"Roughly 60–80% of schools are teaching far less nutrition than is recommended" (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2430660/#:~:text=On%20average%2C%20students%20received%2023.9,nutrition%20instruction%20at%20their%20institutions 

If you want to watch a good documentary that lays all the information out, please watch "What the Health" on Netflix. Oh and it's also on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPD1oIKnnjs This documentary talks about how diet effects everything, how these meat industries own several organizations that supposedly promote "healthy" eating (such as the American Cancer Association), and even how all the pollutants and waste from meat farms affect minority communities (such as the spike in cancer and asthma in those communities near those plants). 

"...unhealthy lifestyles are contributing to the spread of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease."
(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662288/

"Healthful plant‐based diets, diets higher in nutrient‐dense plant foods and lower in refined carbohydrates and animal foods, are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease mortality and all‐cause mortality..."
(Source: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/JAHA.119.012865

I come from a family that is at high risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, tendon issues, and nerve issues. My grandfather had a pace maker installed when he was in his seventies. My father was diagnosed with stage 2 diabetes at the age of fifty-nine. But he had signs and symptoms dating back decades, back to when he was forty-five. My mother is adopted but she has extensive nerve pain (which first appeared when she was twenty-three) that has been undiagnosed for decades now. I personally have severe tendon issues that required surgery to fix (specifically de quervain syndrome). I was 19, almost 20, when I was first diagnosed with my tendon issues. I also am a fall risk due to weakness in my ankles. Yeah, my genetic history isn't great. And that's why this is important to me.

Never once have I been told that diet can do all the preventive work that pills can. Never once had my father been told that chicken is just as bad cholesterol wise as red meat (Source: https://www.fooddive.com/news/poultry-may-be-just-as-bad-for-cholesterol-as-red-meat-study-says/556217/#:~:text=Chicken%20may%20be%20just%20as,when%20it%20comes%20to%20cholesterol.&text=The%20study%20found%20consuming%20large,same%20amount%20of%20plant%20protein

Never once had my mother been told that dairy products can cause nerve issues, tendon issues, and cancer (https://www.pcrm.org/good-nutrition/nutrition-information/health-concerns-about-dairy#:~:text=Milk%20and%20other%20dairy%20products,%2C%20ovarian%2C%20and%20prostate%20cancers and https://www.forksoverknives.com/wellness/7-ways-milk-and-dairy-products-are-making-you-sick/

I only found out about how fatty foods (such as dairy and meat) are THE leading cause of diabetes (since it prevents absorption of sugar) because I took an anthropology course in college (https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20060808/fatty-meal-affects-arteries 

Our medical professionals need to be thoroughly educated in how diet helps prevent a great majority of disease. The right diet can reverse decades long damage from eating meat and dairy products. It can also help prevent genetic issues like heart disease and diabetes from forming. It should not be on the patients to look through secondary sources to get VITAL information on how to better their health. That's not how it's supposed to work.

This NEEDS to be changed. A doctor should be able to tell a patient suffering from diabetes, heart disease, etc that they can get better if their diet changes. And that doesn't involve taking horse sized pills that create even more issues that need pills to reduce another pills side effects.

I looked for a clear-cut answer to how much nutrition training IS needed for a doctor. But I couldn't find one. And I'm not an expert in this field. So...

I WANT this to be a topic that The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), is OPENLY discussing. The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is a operation which sets state recognized examinations for medical students. If they advocate for increased nutritional courses in medical school, then that can be a stepping stone to medical schools increasing needed nutritional courses that are then required for degree completion. And that is a vital stepping stone to doctors understanding where and how diet can play a roll in some of the most serious and life-threatening diseases.

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