I was very pleased to see that a group of Doctors and allied Professionals have written to the Health Secretary and the Medical Schools Council asking that Nutrition and Lifestyle medicine be included in Medical training. The NHS is crumbling under the weight (no pun intended) of chronic disease which is largely driven by diet and lifestyle factors. The problem really started in the early 1980’s when the first dietary guidelines were published in the USA and then copied around the World. ‘Eat low fat, high carbohydrates to keep your heart healthy’ – this is what started the epidemic of obesity and chronic ill-health that we see now.
It comes as a great suprise to many people that Nutrition is not often taught to Doctors in training with some only receiving half a day on the subject and yet the general public often believe that their Doctor is the person with the best nutritional knowledge and yet many of them are still supporting the low-fat, high carbs guidelines and telling the overweight to eat less and exercise more.
Nutrition and Nutritional Medicine are now degree courses in their own right and the science behind how food and supplements can affect health outcomes and even genetic expression is having a huge impact when put into practise.
Jamie Oliver, a Chef and campaigner for healthier food, is taking a Nutritional degree so that he has more knowledge to create healthier food and recipes and to back his campaigning for better health outcomes for our younger generation.
Professionals in the media that are knowledgable can have a huge impact on the population. Dr. Rangan Chatterjee has a TV program called ‘Doctor in the House’ where he manages to reverse chronic diseases like diabetes and depression. He was on the TV talking about why Doctors need nutrition and lifestyle training – if you missed him you can catch up here
There is a Food Revolution going on and it is the opposite of the damaging advice given in the 80’s – it is
Low Carbohydrate High Fat usually abreviated to LCHF and it is proven to work. In Sweden in a Doctor who realised what was happening and did his own research started to blog about LCHF that rapidly became the most popular health blog in Switzerland. In 2013 the Swedish Government declared that low-carbohydrate was the most effective way to loose weight. According to the story from About Diet Doctor Swedes are getting healthier faster than ever. In the US the percentage of people with obesity is at 38% and going up fast whereas in Sweden the obesity percentage suddenly, just when LCHF became widely popular, stabilised at 14%.
DietDoctor.com has now become the largest LCHF site in the World.
Watch The Food Revolution Video from their site.
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A broken world
Something is badly wrong. While the prosperity of the world has never been higher, people are suffering. More and more people – the majority in the Western world – are obese or overweight, and a large proportion are on prescription drugs every day for the rest of their lives.
Every year new people add to the sad statistics. As we get ever richer as a society our health appears to decline. Why is this?
People feel guilt and shame, like if the excess weight, hunger and tiredness was their fault, a moral failing. They count their calories and attempt to eat less food and exercise more, but it’s not working. If only they had more willpower.
Diabetes type 2 – a new epidemic in the history of humankind – will soon reach 500 million people. The death toll will be immense, as will the armies of people suffering the consequences: blindness, dementia, heart disease, cancer. This new disease is considered incurable and the treatment is daily drugs to reduce the symptoms. There is no cure, expert say.
Obesity – another new epidemic soon affecting half the population – is considered almost as incurable. The only effective treatment is said to be bariatric surgery, i.e. surgically removing parts of healthy organs. An operation with a significant risk of resulting in life-long misery and sometimes even death. And a year after surgery the excess weight usually starts returning.
What’s even worse, epidemics of obesity and diabetes are the tip of the iceberg. As these problems spread across the world other diseases soon follow: heart disease, cancer, eating disorders and food addiction, high blood pressure, ADHD, depression and on and on.
Experts still trumpet eating less and exercising more to slow down the epidemics. But that’s what we’ve been saying for 30 years, while the problem has exploded. It’s not working.
These are trillion dollar industries. There’s a lot of money to be made keeping you sick. via The Purpose of Diet Doctor – Diet Doctor
It may seem impossible to change this. What can one person do? Not much. But together, using modern tools… if we have the will, we can change anything. via The Purpose of Diet Doctor – Diet Doctor
The solution to the obesity and diabetes epidemics already exists. It’s very simple:
That’s basically it. Although there are details too: if you want to lose weight effortlessly or improve your diabetes you should probably make a special effort to drastically reduce the carbohydrates, especially sugar and processed starch (like flour).
Natural fat, like butter? Eating that is fine. Red meat? That’s fine too. Calories? That’s just another, bizarre, name for food. Eating real food is perfectly fine, as long as you are hungry. Counting calories and ignoring your hunger is an eating disorder.
Exercise? That’s great for your health and well-being, but it’s never going to make you thin. You cannot outrun a bad diet.
There’s only one long-term solution that is truly effective. Eat real food, when you are hungry.
Can we afford to wait years for Doctor’s training to catch up and filter through the medical system – no. By adopting new stategies now we could save millions of £ and $ and save millions from misery and early death. Let’s embrace the technology and spread the word this way. A busy Doctor may not have time to educate his patients individually but the Diet Doctor website could be shown in the waiting room instead of adverts for flu immunisation – which everyone already knows about. Let’s take it to the next level not wait for another 20-30 years. This is very much evidenced based medicine and it needs to be out there!