It’s been years since I saw a “proper” doctor. I’ve been to the 24 hour clinic if I had some minor ailment or whatever, but it’s been a while. The last time I was seen was maybe three years ago and that was when I was told I was suffering form high cholesterol. Needless to say, it’s been far too long so I started researching doctors in my area.
I think the biggest thing for me was to make sure the doctor aligned with my lifestyle and nutritional goals. The fact that I found one on lil ole Cape Cod is amazing. It did take a bit of “googling” to get there though and researching the background of a good portion of the Cape’s medical field I was a bit dismayed. I dug a bit further, on a national level, and was even more bothered.
Did you know that a doctor in this country is only required to do 25 hours as far as learning about nutrition?
Taken from the article – Nutrition Education in U.S. Medical Schools: Latest Update of a National Survey
Purpose: To quantify the number of required hours of nutrition education at U.S. medical schools and the types of courses in which the instruction was offered, and to compare these results with results from previous surveys.
Method: The authors distributed to all 127 accredited U.S. medical schools (that were matriculating students at the time of this study) a two-page online survey devised by the Nutrition in Medicine Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From August 2008 through July 2009, the authors asked their contacts, most of whom were nutrition educators, to report the nutrition contact hours that were required for their medical students and whether those actual hours of nutrition education occurred in a designated nutrition course, within another course, or during clinical rotations.
Results: Respondents from 109 (86%) of the targeted medical schools completed some part of the survey. Most schools (103/109) required some form of nutrition education. Of the 105 schools answering questions about courses and contact hours, only 26 (25%) required a dedicated nutrition course; in 2004, 32 (30%) of 106 schools did. Overall, medical students received 19.6 contact hours of nutrition instruction during their medical school careers (range: 0–70 hours); the average in 2004 was 22.3 hours. Only 28 (27%) of the 105 schools met the minimum 25 required hours set by the National Academy of Sciences; in 2004, 40 (38%) of 104 schools did so.
Conclusions: The amount of nutrition education that medical students receive continues to be inadequate.
Those results are horrifying!
So, needless to say, it was quite important to me to try and find a healthcare provider that had my best interest at heart and was willing to find solutions on a nutritional level, first. I am no doctor, and I agree some issues need to be treated with medicines, but the fact of the matter is that nutrition is the core of many issues that cause most ailments. Why not treat those ailments with food, good food at that?
I am lucky to have found a plant based doctor, one that believes exactly the things that I do. One thing that would be great is to find a database that lists all doctors in this field. That way people could spend less time googling, and more time getting treated and healthy.