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Posted on September 17, 2010 by Integrative Nutrition

Medical school is one of the most demanding training programs a person can go through.  Years of study and residency prepare future physicians for their role in health care.  Doctors become trained and well-equipped to diagnose illness and prescribe medication. Each year, millions of Americans walk out of their physician's office with a list of new prescriptions to control cholesterol, high blood pressure and other symptoms of chronic diseases..  

However these common symptoms could be the result of poor diet and lack of good nutrition.  Quite often taking pills could be avoided if patients were given a prescription for the right foods.

A recent article in the New York Times sheds light on an issue that is prevalent among the medical community.  Lack of nutrition education leaves doctors with little to say when patients ask for advice around food and diet.  

At Integrative Nutrition we believe in that wellness education is the way to not only treat, but prevent illness.  When a lifestyle includes a balanced diet of whole nutritious foods, a fulfilling career, healthy relationships and exercise, many sick visits to the doctor can be avoided.

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."

~Thomas A. Edison

Do you feel that physicians need more education around proper nutrition?  

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      Denise Richardson wrote Sep 17, 2010
    • NO! My doctor is such the health nut, and I call him that meaning its a good thing. he is so into good health and nutrition. He’s always telling me about losing weight, to just push away from the table and change my eating habits and exercise that is the best way to lose and keep the weight off its a lifetsyle change. He is a cyclist and a marathon runner, I love my doctor for his honest opinions.happy



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      Rose Nino wrote Sep 17, 2010
    • You are so blessed Neicy. Sounds like a great doctor. I on the other hand never once recall any of my dr’s asking me what it is that I was eating or what kind of nutrition I was putting into my body. They never even asked if I ate fruits and veggies, how much fiber I was getting, etc. But you can bet I had a prescription for everything wrong with me. It started with one, and the side effect of that one, spiraled to other health issues, and so on and so on. Then again, it’s been 5 yrs since I’ve seen a doctor for any health issue. So maybe things are changing. I’m definitely not opposed to meds or surgery (Lord know’s they have probably saved my life at one time or another) but I just don’t like that meds are giving for every and anything. Okay, I’ve put my 2 cents in. LOL! estatic



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 17, 2010
    • Neicy’s doc is ahead of the times; it’s true that their nutrition training covers a very small portion of medical school. But they can make up for what they lack in information by working with registered dietitions and other clinical nutririon experts to help their patients. I have an acquaintance who holds a Phd in human nutrition - the woman is brilliant. I took a year’s worth of her college classes and learned so much even after nutrition had been a lifelong interest of mine.



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      Rose Nino wrote Sep 17, 2010
    • That is awesome Cynthia. I’m blessed to have many in my line of work. It helps to have their knowledge and expertise. heartestatic



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