Archive for January, 2011

Doctor admits that most MDs know nothing about nutrition, health

(NaturalNews) Most people probably assume that their doctors know everything there is to know about health because, after all, they went through many years of medical school. But according to a recent New York Times piece written by a doctor, most medical schools teach few, if any, courses in nutrition, and most students graduate and become doctors with no sense of how nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining good health.

Even though most of the chronic diseases people face are related to poor diet, medical school training focuses largely on drugs, surgical procedures and other reactionary interventions instead. In fact, some medical schools do not even teach a single course in nutrition.

Back in the mid-1980s, the National Academy of Sciences published a report about the lack of nutrition education in medical schools, and advised that such schools begin offering at least 25 hours in nutrition education to their students. But a recent study published in Academic Medicine, a Journal of the Association of American Medical College, reveals that conditions have either remained unchanged or actually gotten worse.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill found that the average number of nutrition education hours offered by most medical colleges today has actually dropped by nearly half since six years ago. Today, only 25 percent of medical schools even offer the minimum recommended number of hours in nutrition education.

“Nutrition is really a core component of modern medical practice,” emphasized Kelly M. Adams, registered dietitian at UNC and lead author of the study. “[Students] aren’t getting enough [nutrition] instruction while in medical school.”

For the past 15 years, UNC has been offering an online- and CD-ROM-based program that students can used to supplement their medical education. While the program has helped some, many medical school students still end up graduating with dismal knowledge in proper nutrition.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/h…

Healing Foods

You’ve all heard that we are what we eat.

Just read in the Natural & Medicinal Cures, Healing Foods, “We eat too much, we eat too much of the wrong things, we don’t eat enough of the right things, and we eat things in our foods like preservatives and pesticides that the body doesn’t handle well – or at least not in the quanitities we consume.”

Our ancestors consumed mostly fruits, roots, leaves, nuts and seeds, with an occasional piece of meat if someone got lucky with a club. Their only milk came from the breast, eggs were a rare treat and pototo chips and ice cream were unheard of.

The evidence is overwhelming that what we put in our mouths can either put us on the road to health or bottle us up with disease.

“Perhaps five of the ten leading causes of death in the United State are nutritionally caused,” says Neil Stone, M.D., chairman of the American Heart Association’s nutrition committee and associate professor of medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. “And as such, diseases like heart disease, cancer and stroke can often be prevented.”

In fact, scientists say that a little more attention to our diets might slash the death rates for these diseases by as much as 70 percent.

The following foods can help increase the likelihood that your heart will remain the healthy workhorse it was designed to be.  But don’t pick one food, eat it at every meal and think you’re going to prevent a heart attack.  the key, experts say, is balance.

Apricots, Beans, Carrots, Cherries, Fish, Garlic Grapefruit, Greens, Kiwi, Mangoes, Nuts, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Pineapple, Prunes, Pumpkin, Squash, Sweet potatoes, Oil(canola and olive oil my help prevent heart disease, but only when used as a substitute for other fats in the diet.)

Do you have a way to stay healthy during

Do you have a way to stay healthy during cold and flu season? Every year, more than 100,000 people in the US are hospitalized due to the flu and it’s complications.
Flu is one viral disease that usually is best treated by resting, drinking plenty of fluids and taking your nutritional supplements along with Echinacea. I just read that in one study done in Germany, liguid echinacea extract was shown to help ease the symptoms of influenza and speedy recovery. At the first signs of a cold or the sniffles, build up the immune system with the above tips.

Tired of swallowing those Horse Pills?

Why not drink your vitamins! Normally, when you ingest a daily vitamin or nutritional supplement tablet, your body must work up to four hours digesting and absorbing the vitamins and nutrients.  During this lengthy breakdown process, a percentage of the nutritive value is lost.  But because Isotonix products are powders (you mix it with the proper amount of water), none of the fillers, binders, coatings and lubricants that are common to tablet manufacturing are necesary.  As a result, the amount of time and work necessary to absorb a supplement is greatly decreased.  Normally, it’s predigested within 5-10 min.  Far cry, from up to 4 hours to be absorbed and many times they are not absorbed.  Ask the nurses in the nursing homes about undigested vitamins and calcium, they refer to them as “bed pan bullets”

Why take a Multi-vitamin!

A good quality Multi-vitamin preferably in isotonic form provides us with essential nutrients that we need to survive in a fast paced society.  Isotonic means the same pressure or tone.  Also means having the same fluid pressure as body fluids.  In other words, it’s alreay pre-digested and goes to work within 5-10 min. Make it a daily habit to take a  good quality Multi as these nutrients are required for our heart, brain, eye, bones, joints, muscle, immune system and healthy hormones.  Every day our bodies are faced with exposure to toxins  from the air we breathe, free radicals from pesticides sprayed on our food, processed foods (frozen vegetables, canned fruits, etc.) plus exposure to chemicals and the lists goes on. 

Illness, stress and lack of sleep also play havoc on our bodies.  By taking a Multi-vitamin, we are building a stronger immune system, increasing your energy and a great sense of well being.

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