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Medical education not covering basics of nutrition

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Of course, it's the industry's interest that the mass keeps eating crap. Patients develop life long conditions that are roughly manageable. Jackpot ! That makes them visit doctors often and get prescribed huge amounts of drugs.

Devries advised. “And if they can’t help,

It's not if. It's the case. The article is right. They don't know more about exercising or psychology.

request a referral to a skilled professional who can.”

As if they knew those pros. Let's hope they can help with the flu or give a referral for cancer screening.

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In the hospital the other day, the doc wanted me to take some medicine, but he said I should eat something first. So I went to the canteen. I couldn't believe it! Coke! Diet Coke! In fact a wide selection of fizzy sugar water. Anemic looking white bread sandwiches. Cakes with sugar icing. The only vegetables in sight had been stewed to within an inch of their lives. And the TV blaring out rubbish about what particular snake oil stops those "aches and pains" because it contains, wait for it, "vitamins!"

The patients are being duped because they know nothing about nutrition either. And this should be a vital part of any school curriculum for boys or girls. The girl at the counter at the shop in the hospital thought I was some kind of loony and saw nothing wrong with sugary sodas and starchy snacks. There has to be a whole education programme, not just for medical people but for all, from children to adults. Food quality gets worse and worse.

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It's not just the doctors and other medical staff who don't recognize the role of good food/nutrition plays in a patient's recovery. Certainly here in Australia hospital food is a nightmare, often stodgy, half-cooked and tasteless, seemingly taking its inspiration from the worst of Anglo cooking from the last century. That's because hospital administrations operate more with an eye on their finances than on patient health when it comes to providing food services.

As for GPs, in a busy clinic with just a few minutes per patient, even for those who come in specifically for a nutrition problem (e.g help with obesity) there just isn't time for a meaningful discussion about dietary solutions to the problem. Referral to a nutritionist would be the answer.

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I don't know much about discussing diets with Japanese doctors, but I once spoke to a nutritionist in Japan about the lack of proper food labeling in Japan (lots of stuff doesn't seem to adequately mention the exact amounts of sugar). She basically told me that "if something tastes sweet, then there's probably sugar in there". Her answer baffled me and I began to wonder about the state of Japan's general knowledge of nutrition. I must admit they've done a surprisingly good job with keeping their people generally healthy so far with their eating habits.

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I suffer with gout or tsufu and need to take pills daily to reduce the uric acid levels. When I visit the doctor he also discusses my diet.

This week spend time in hospital for a biopsy. Soon after arriving a nurse came and asked questions about food and allergies. Diary products ok. I had an evening meal which I was really in need of since I hadn't eaten anything for 24 hours. It was well prepared and tasty even if not at restaurant standards. I also had breakfast before leaving. I was happy with it.

The traditional Japanese diet has opposed to the fast food western one is part of the reason people live long lives. Younger people are dying before their parents from eating the fast foods.

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The post does not mention Japan. There are less obese people but I think the numbers have increased over the last two decades. When I read my UK papers I am shocked to see so many photos of obese people especially younger one and especially young women with legs the size of tree trunks.

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