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Got A Diet?

Chef Jemichel comments on "Doctors Don't Know Diets" plus regarding a version of the "Mediterranean Diet".

Date:   5/12/2014 12:08:08 AM   ( 7 y ) ... viewed 1205 times

October 6, 2019 - Nutrition Education in US Medical Schools -

"To quantify the number of required hours of nutrition education at U.S. medical schools(i) and the types of courses in which the instruction was offered, and to compare these results with results from previous surveys. 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(ii). 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. 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. The amount of nutrition education that medical students receive continues to be inadequate.[1](iii)

Our study shows that nutrition education continues to be very limited in most medical schools, a situation that casts doubt on the readiness of future physicians to effectively counsel their patients about appropriate nutrition. How did we determine that the current amount of nutrition education is 'inadequate?' There are two major recommendations in the literature about this topic. One is the 1985 National Academy of Sciences report that suggests 25 hours of nutrition instruction as a minimum, and the other is the 1989 American Society of Clinical Nutrition recommendation that 37 to 44 hours be dedicated to nutrition instruction during medical school. By either standard, medical schools are falling far short of providing adequate training."[3]


Inspired to locate this abstract from a YouTube video.[2]

(i) This requirement deserves to be identified, analyzed and commented on.
(ii) Likewise - this survey deserves to be identified, analyzed and commented on.
(iii) Given the above analysis this writer/researcher admittedly anticipates that he'd find "the amount of nutrition education that medical students receive" is even more inadequate then the above survey indicates. This is because the predominant mindset in Western Medicine is only to suppress symptoms and not fully identify the actual root cause of disease - let alone truly understanding how extensive the medical perspective on disease essentially is blind to any root cause if they are not of physical origin. Consequently that removes the possibility of identifying psycho-emotional shock-conflicts as is commonly identified throughout the several non-medical "new medicine" approaches to healing by way of resolving the shock-conflict as the root cause.

Also sent an inquiry to the National Academy of Sciences regarding their charter issued by Congress under PoUS Lincoln.[4] This blog-writer.researcher anticipates having "fun" examining that! If it is an "Act of Congress" then it more than likely must be limited to federal property.

May 12, 2014 -

The following offers an additional point that can be added under the previous blog title of "Got A Real Doctor":

that "Doctors Don't Know Diets" a point which is very well stated by Jon Barron in his article (linked below).

I just posted this comment at Jon's site.:
The main cautionary regarding following a medical doctors dietary advice is a first step (and this article certainly displays why). Further steps need to be taken for an individual to be more fully informed regarding their best dietary choices.

Interesting to hear that there are versions of the "Mediterranean Diet". It seems (with a few exceptions) that Jon's version could possibly be likened to the dietary fundamentals presented in "Nourishing Traditions" (which he makes no mention of at all in this article). One exception is the recommended "Low consumption of unfermented soy products such as tofu and soy milk". [May 13th - In reviewing what I wrote here I don't think the Mediterranean peoples included soy products in their local diets!] More information is needed to substantiate a few more of his recommendations such as the notion that "Whey is ... extremely high in allergens". That idea deserves a complete article fully discussing this as well as the recommended "Low consumption of organic, raw dairy products".

I suppose that my weekly consumption of four gallons of raw goat milk clabber would not be considered "low consumption" and yet I have never felt more well-nourished and physically comfortable than ever before!

Diet is firstly an individual matter. There is no universal diet. [Neither is there a universal "Mediterranean Diet" or only two or three versions of that.] The idea of such is not supported by traditional wisdom. I'm glad that Jon's diet works for him however it can not be expected to work for everyone. It is not a diet I would necessarily recommend.

The most well-documented dietary findings for a wide variety of truly healthy peoples remains to be "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" by Weston A. Price. Why is that book not referenced here?

The article is:

For a more true-to-life account of the so called "Mediterranean Diet" see: "The Mediterranean Diet: Pasta or Pastrami?" -
Written by Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig:

I was further inspired to return to this blog by way of:
"3 Myths about the Mediterranean Diet" which referenced:
"Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well" which I just learned about here:


[1] Article in Academic medicine: journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 85(9):1537-42 · September 2010
DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181eab71b · Source: PubMed:

[2] "ASK Cancer Wisdom: Why Do Doctors Know Nothing About Nutrition?":

[3] "Nutrition Education in U.S. Medical Schools: Latest Update of a National Survey":

[4] (PoUS) - "President of the United States" refers explicitly to the CEO of the Municipal United States Government.
Anything done by "the United States" that is not specifically a "delegated power" entrusted to it, does not in any way apply to Americans.:

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