Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Physicians and Nutrition

Monday, 23 July 2012 09:39 AM Current | Bio | Archive

You would think that medical schools would provide future doctors with the knowledge they need to properly guide their patients in making good food choices. But the truth is very different.

When I was in medical school, there was little or no mention of diet anywhere in the curriculum. In fact, I don’t recall any instruction about how food affects the body.

In fact, the only dietary information medical students are exposed to is the standard American Diabetes Association (ADA) diets. Unfortunately, these diets are a disaster for patients, as they recommend refined carbohydrates, avoiding or limiting good sources of protein, the use of artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and aspartame, avoiding good sources of fat, and other nonsensical directives.

Over the last 60 years, Americans have followed the advice of the ADA. We have eaten less fat, increased our consumption of carbohydrates, and used artificial sweeteners.

What has been the consequence of following the ADA’s advice? We are the most obese people on the planet, and we have more diabetes and insulin resistance than ever before. It is clear that the ADA’s dietary advice has been a disaster for the people of this country.

Sadly, most doctors know little or nothing about which foods promote health and which foods promote illness. Medical doctors are so poorly trained in nutrition that it may be impossible for them to make reasonable dietary recommendations.
It is best to educate yourself and come to your own conclusions.

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