The majority of doctors and health professionals have not had any significant nutrition training. Despite diet playing a central role in many of the key illnesses and conditions that harm and kill our citizens, only 29 percent of U.S. medical schools offer med students the recommended 25 hours of nutrition education.1 On average, U.S. medical schools offer only 19.6 hours of nutrition education across four years of medical school.’2
A 2016 study in the International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health assessed the basic nutritional knowledge of fourth-year medical/osteopathic school graduates entering a pediatric residency program and found that on average, the incoming interns answered only 52 percent of the 18 questions correctly.3
But then take a look at the physicians who specialize in this area. Dr. Angie Sadeghi, a gastroenterologist, describes dairy as ‘poison for the gut’.4 Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a physician and former Olympian, says ‘we can eliminate chronic illness if we can get people to eat a wholefood plant-based nutrition.’5 Neal Barnard MD says, ‘A plant-based diet is a powerful tool for preventing, managing, and even reversing type 2 diabetes.’6
These – and many more – highly specialized health experts are advocating a wholefood plant-based diet for a wide range of illnesses and conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension and some cancers.
Take a look at what they have to say in the Get Healthy section of our site.