Minerals & Nutrition > Many Doctors Just Don't Know
Nutritional Supplements to
the average doctor and you'll get a
polite; "A few extra vitamins
and minerals wont hurt you, but you
are probably wasting your money as
you get all your nutritional
requirements from your food" A
put down at best, often a lecture on
Why are doctors so sceptical?
Within a five or seven year medical degree course, doctors have openly stated
that the entire subject of diet and nutrition was only a one hour lecture.
answer is simply that much of our
medical system treats sickness as
just another mass market, sales
opportunity to sell product (drugs
when a doctor steps outside the
structure, there often just isn't
enough time available to work with
individuals in the present system.
following comments apply specifically
to New Zealand, although from the
authors experience in Australia,
things are no different there.
Wrong With The System?
Mass market medicine:
- Mass Market Medicine
- Lack of training in biochemistry and nutrition
- Poor & incomplete on-going education
- Anecdotal evidence is totally ignored
society often treats medicine as a
mass market product to fix sick
people. No concern about why they got
sick, nothing about why the
bodies own immune/ healing system
failed, nothing about preventing
sickness, although now due to the
publication of materials such as this
paper and the growth in the natural
health industry, change is occurring.
you have these symptoms... take this
drug or surgery
simple, but its not that easy. The
same apparent symptoms in two
different people can have two
different causes. And even if they
have the same cause, the best
treatment will almost always be
different for each, depending on
their lifestyle, age, diet,
nutritional status, state of mind and
a whole bunch more.
our system cant cope with that.
Doctors just don't have the time to
treat individuals - In the few
minutes they have, you just get: take
these three times a day, and come
back in two weeks. Next please.
All disease begins in the mind!
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Lack of Basic Training: For anyone who has
studied nutrition and
biochemistry, it is really scary
to think that 85% of the
"treatment" given by
doctors is simply a cocktail of
various drugs. Its hard enough
understanding the reactions and side
effects of just one powerful drug on
complex body chemistry, let alone
many. One of the greatest concerns
within the natural health industry is
that the long term effects of
continued use of drugs is totally
unknown. So aspirin may relieve a
headache, but how does it affect one
after 30 years of daily use? With
antibiotics we have seen the growth
of bacteria and viruses that are
immune to all modern antibiotics and
are devastating our hospitals..
university, medical students take
generalized courses in chemistry and
biochemistry. (at best these give an
overview, but often are just summary
versions of the full courses
your understanding is based on rote
learning of just enough to get by,
you cant possibly
"understand" the chemistry
of what's happening with drug
in medical training was at last
report to be 1 hour in a five year
program at Otago Medical School Add
to this a built in tendency to
concentrate on illness instead of
prevention, and you see why the role
of nutrition is largely ignored.
you have any doubt about the value
doctors place on nutrition, have a
look at the food served in hospitals.
According to US Government figures
about half the elderly patients in
hospitals and 2 in 5 in a nursing
home suffer from malnutrition.
is becoming so specialized that it is
impossible for the average GP to keep
up with what the biochemists are
discovering. The only updates GP's
get are almost entirely drug company
funded, either directly through sales
representatives or indirectly through
the drug company ads that support
if the drug companies don't tell them,
most doctors wont find out
Evidence is Ignored:
The standard of proof for most doctors is
the large scale matched double blind
study. A large group of matched
people is divided into three - one
gets the product being tested, (test
group) one only thinks they are
getting it (placebo) and the other
get nothing (control group) And none
of the researchers no which group
gets what (double blind)
studies costs millions of dollars.
And drug companies spend this money
because they end up with a patentable
drug they sell, get their money back
and make a profit.
cant patent naturally occurring
substances. So no one finances double
blind tests on vitamins, minerals or
food supplements. Say you had ten
clients who reported that mineral
supplements helped their arthritis;
quoting their experience is not
enough. It is dismissed as
"merely anecdotal" - best
to wait until the proper tests are
done. Which is never!
and nutrition is "too easy"
if your whole life revolves around
high tech medicine. (though now some
people are having their second and
third triple bypass, things are
in every medically acceptable study,
you have to take into account the
"placebo effect" - some
people will get better even though They
only think they are getting the
treatment. If this is not
scientific evidence that the mind has
a massive influence, then what is?...
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