SHOULD DIET BE A MEDICAL INTERVENTION?
I am truly hoping this is just a rhetorical question put forth by the author!! It still amazes me the resistance mainstream medicine has against lifestyle changes and the therapeutic and preventative potential. I know the typical medical training is not there for a full understanding, but how can such a large group be clearly blind to literally an avalanche of medical literature supporting the benefits of diet and lifestyle as therapy?
I had an email discussion (argument?) with a cardiologist a few weeks back. He was so far off the mark it was scary. I just hope he’s not practicing anymore. He felt my estimate of 25% prevalence of the metabolic syndrome was way too high (it’s not) and felt that in diabetes and CVD it is probably even lower (actually, it’s 88% in CVD patients).
But, he concluded by saying that patients don’t stay with lifestyle changes anyway so why recommend them. I responded by saying that it is not his job to guess what the patient will or will not do–it is his job to explain the options to the patient. Anything short of that is malpractice by lack of informed consent.