About Diet and Nutrition
The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.
Some say Thomas Edison never wrote or said this famous quote. Regardless, I think the quote is accurate. Functional diet and nutrition, functional medicine, lifestyle medicine and epigenetics are all relatively new terms of the present century that speak to the importance of healthy lifestyle practices, mainly food, exercise, and stress management.
Because diet and nutrition are what’s killing us, and they are what can bring us back to life.
Diet and Nutrition: My Experience as a Hospital Nurse
As some of you may know, I spent my last three years in ER-Trauma, as a nurse. Needless to say that I’ve seen sick people.
I’ve seen severe trauma cases, and I applaud the trauma emergency docs and surgeons who are indeed saving lives and working miracles, all with God’s help.
However, when it came to lifestyle diseases, there’s still a lot that can be done.
Obese patients would come into ER with acute pancreatitis, and would almost always leave for the floor without lifestyle health advice to prevent the recurrence of pancreatitis. And most of the patients didn’t know that a recurrent pancreatitis disease does increase the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
So as one individual, working for the promotion of health and prevention in ER, it was ineffective. I always felt like I didn’t have enough time to guide people towards making healthier eating and lifestyle choices.
I quickly realized that it wasn’t the proper setting, nor the appropriate timing; that those people coming in the Emergency room needed healthy living advice BEFORE actually presenting in ER. My interventions as a health coach could have a more significant impact in the community, or at least not during a health crisis as this is probably the time when people are too scared for their health to process any health information.
Why Is It So Hard to Get Nutrition Advice From Conventional Medicine?
Sadly, almost two centuries later, most conventional medicine practicing doctors are still not futurist enough to at least involve diet and nutrition in their disease prevention and treatment algorithm.
Yet, everything points towards nutrition! So why aren’t physician instructing people to get more active, eating healthier and reducing their stress levels?
This, my friend, is an excellent question. And I wouldn’t be able to answer it in one single post. But I can sum it up by saying that procedures and treatments fuel the health services of our countries. For example, a doctor who gives good prevention advice to a 50 years old man who’s at risk of heart attacks may get some money; usually not a whole lot of money. But a surgeon who does a triple bypass on that 50 years old man who’s had a heart attack will make loads more money. And the doctor who will prescribe the blood pressure and anticoagulant medications will also make money.
And I mean, they’ve got things to pay too, right? They studied hard and had med school bills, a mortgage, children expenses and what not. So of course, they need to make money. So this is not entirely their fault: it’s just how the system is built.
Positive Notes on Diet and Nutrition…
On the brighter side:
- More and more people are getting involved in their health.
- More and more people are saying: ENOUGH with the all those meds!
So the power is to the people. People who decide to get answers for their health; who want a better quality of life; who’d like to be healthy to see their children or grandchildren grow up. So there’s hope. There’s an awful lot of promise.
And if the doctors don’t want to change their model, it’s ok. We’ll be the futurists, you and I. Just regular people. We will find the information from good sources, from naturopathic or lifestyle/functional medicine doctors who are more in tune with what we have to say, and with what our body needs. And we’ll make it work.