Is a new generation of doctors going to prescribe vegetables instead of drugs?

healthy foodIs a new generation of doctors going to prescribe vegetables instead of drugs?

Allopathy was founded on the idea of treating symptoms and using pharmacological substances to relieve those symptoms.  Occasionally, the profession will solve or cure a problem but the management of symptoms using medications has always been a mainstay of the profession.

A new generation of doctors is trying to break the mold, since many of the diseases including obesity are linked to nutrition, especially in the American diet which is volume rich, but often lacking in foods that are truly good for us.  The result is that many of us have vitamin deficiencies and symptom complexes that reflect those deficiency.

Most of the health problems people have including blood pressure, have had the symptoms managed, yet the problems do not go away without the constant consumption of a drug.   Some newer doctors are rethinking the Allopathic paradigm and trying to help people by having them eat right and eliminate many of the deficiencies they have in their diet.

The thought process is that in other areas of the world, where there are fewer diseases, and much lower consumption of drugs, by eating better and more nutritious foods, the patients improve, and do not require expensive and sometimes dangerous drugs to eliminate symptoms that really are expressions of the needs of our bodies not being met.

Check out this interesting article on this new generation of doctors

Coming soon to a doctor”™s office near you: Prescriptions for vegetables

By Cara Rosenbloom August 4

Eating well can help prevent chronic conditions including heart disease, diabetes and obesity. So why aren”™t more doctors prescribing broccoli and flaxseed?

Despite the wealth of research linking nutritious diets to disease prevention, the importance of food receives little attention in most physicians”™ practices. But a shift is slowly happening, doctors say. More are recognizing the link between food and health and are advancing their nutrition knowledge to provide better patient care.

Nutrition education in medical school
The National Academies of Science recommend a minimum of 25 hours of nutrition education for medical students, but a 2015 study showed that 71 percent of medical schools failed to meet that goal. Despite this lack of formal nutrition education, doctors remain a trusted source of nutrition information for patients. But just 14 percent of physicians say they feel adequately trained in nutrition counseling.

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