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Patient's Obesity Diagnosis May Depend On Doctor's Weight, Study Suggests

Patient's Obesity Diagnosis May Depend On Doctor's Weight, Study Suggests

Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 15:48:02 in Healthy Living

“This is a very interesting study and a sad indictment of where we're at really. In my profession of nutritional therapist, you absolutely must live the healthy message, be it, look and be inspiring in every way, every day or you simply don't get any clients. And yet we have fat doctors ?!?! Where obesity is known to significantly increase both the risk and severity of just about all the of the most devestating ailments out there: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's etc. And the vast majority of these "healthare professionals" themselves afflicted by excess weight apparently won't even allude to the known and serious healtcare implications of carrying such excess weight to the patients in their paid care? I may be biased but why would anyone with a choice continue to patronise a "healer" that themselves continues to be overweight? What ever happened to "Healer, heal thyself ... "”
Opinion Stew

Opinion Stew

Commented May 21, 2013 at 19:14:28 in Healthy Living

“Seems like in your haste to "big up" your new profession, you may have missed my point: basically it's the "experts" that has everybody fat and sick ... They still teaching you guys about the dangers of saturated fats, the equality of all calories, the cholesterol theory of heart disease, the primacy of carbs and grains in a "balanced diet" etc.?”

JanessaKaye on May 23, 2013 at 11:46:22

“Actually, no they're not teaching us that. And no one's knowledge or understanding may be complete, but I was making that point that if someone wants to receive nutrition advice from someone who is familiar with the current research being published in peer-reviewed journals, an RD is an individual who has devoted years to learning about how the body works and how to feed it- and is continuing to learn and grow in their understanding because it is their job to do so.”
Opinion Stew

Opinion Stew

Commented May 9, 2013 at 11:00:43 in Healthy Living

“Few would argue with the main point Dr. Katz makes: that not all opinions are equally informed, in nutrition as with any other field. However, the difficulty begins thereafter in trying to determine who really might be an "expert" in nutrition and thus worthy of respectful attention. The track record of the "nutritional establishment" (scientists of various ilk; doctors, public health administrators) since the "science" of nutrition emerged between the Wars has been absolutely abysmal. Unlike the multiple examples Katz offers in other scientific fields, nutritional science has distinguished itself by being very seriously wrong on just about all the things that matter to human health (cholesterol; animal foods; fats generally; sugar etc.) with the resultant epidemics in obesity and diabetes in particular the direct result.

My own view is that it is precisely this quite unique failure of "experts" in nutrition that explains this emergence of grass-roots health activism and kitchen sink nutrition gurus. The public are slowly tumbling to the fact that the enthroned "emperor of medical expertise" ain't wearing a stitch ... So for now, we will have to all have to endure this symphonic din in the media about all things nutritional. Eventually undergraduate Medicine degree courses might offer a little more than the typical 1 lecture in 6 years about the importance of food in human health. Till then, the fittest "bro-scientists" and "Mary who's dropped 3 dress sizes in 2 months" will inevitably hog the limelight.”

JanessaKaye on May 21, 2013 at 18:34:15

“MD's may only be required to have "the typical 1 lecture in 6 years," but individuals who become Registered Dietitians (RD's) take much more that (for example, I just received my BS in Nutrition) before completing an 6-mo to 1-yr long internship to become qualified to give nutrition counseling or medical nutrition therapy. The science of nutrition is a developing and growing field, and if anyone is an expert it would be the RD's that use the same recognized evidenced-based process in their work as do MD's and other scientific disciplines.”
New Cure for Chronic Disease Discovered

New Cure for Chronic Disease Discovered

Commented Jan 31, 2012 at 12:26:06 in Healthy Living

“Congratulations Dr. Mark! Really heartening to see that the more thoughtful folk working in this business are beginning to arrive at the same conclusions: that managing disease with pharmaceutials has more or less already proven itself a failed endeavour and that community based wellness programmes based on solid functional medicine principles and evidence-based nutritional intervention is pretty much the only way forward. So what does that mean in practice? Well it's about combining the various bits and pieces regular folk need to begin to successfully make changes in how they shop, cook and feed themselves and their families. It's about combining good quality real information with peer support, with practical and tasty recipes and providing information on and access to select quality supplements where indicated. Certainly there are challenges: the greatest difficulties are misinformation and fear and the fact that generally, to date, nutrtional therapetuic interventions (my own profession) remain the preserve of the upper middle classes whose health is often already not that bad! Our own little enterpise based in Ireland, SmartEaters.org is endeavouring to work is just the ways you outline. As I say, it's encouraging to know that committed opinion leaders like yourself are championning a move in this direction, towards the democratisation of real health. Thank you!”