Nutrition education mandate introduced for doctors

Nutrition education mandate introduced for doctors

September 13, 2019 0 By Ewald Bahringer


“Nutrition Education Mandate
Introduced for Doctors” Doctors think they know nutrition, but studies show that
most of them really don’t. The majority overstate
their actual knowledge. So, what’s the solution? Obviously, more nutrition training
in medical school, but what about for all the docs running around now? “…[A]ttendance at lifestyle modification
and chronic disease management workshops could form an essential component
of continuing education for both medical and nursing professionals.” Doctors have to get continuing
medical education credit anyway; why not mandate a few hours for nutrition? Good idea, said one of my
favorite medical mentors, Dr. John A. McDougall, who drafted a bill
in California to “require physicians and surgeons to complete,
by December 31, 2016, a mandatory continuing education
course in the subject of nutrition and life style behavior for the
treatment of chronic diseases.” (Dr. John McDougall) “I’ve been in the business of medicine
since 1968, so, about 44 years. My son just graduated from
medical school two years ago, and he can’t remember
a course on nutrition. But you’re going to hear from other
interested parties that we don’t need to have a law that mandates
that doctors get an education on something basic like nutrition,
because doctors already take care of this. That’s plain and simple not true. And not only is this a
travesty for the patient; it’s insulting to the doctor,
not to be able to deliver this kind of a powerful tool for their patients, to teach them about the
cause of dietary diseases. And based on the scientific literature, if you correct what’s making
people sick, they get well. So, as doctors, we’re missing a real
opportunity, and it’s not going to be fixed unless somebody
does something about it. And that is, to mandate basic
education on human nutrition. Thank you.”