So, why aren’t more doctors talking about this? Why are hospitals still serving their patients food that is most likely just making them sicker? Two reasons. The first is education. The next time you visit your family doctor for a routine check-up, ask them how many hours of education they received for either nutrition, or nutritional therapies. I guarantee you the number of hours will surprise you. According to this report in U.S. News, the AVERAGE across all college campuses in the United States is 19.6 hours over the four years of medical school. Less than 5 hours a year! How much do you think they will learn and retain over that period of time? Not much, right?
And that’s just for the campuses that actually offer classes in these areas – a lot of them don’t. In fact, only 25% of all colleges even have nutrition in their medical degree programs. And why is it this way? Well, that brings us to the second reason that these topics aren’t being discussed in the medical industry – money. Between the food industry and the pharmaceutical industry, which one do you think invests more money in the continuing education of members of the medical industry? Yeah, you probably guessed it on your own.
Bottom line, there is not much money in telling people they need to eat better, and that the foods they are currently consuming are what is making them sick. However, there are billions to be made by keeping a patient just ‘healthy enough’ to remain a contributing member of society. Ask yourself right now, how many pills do you take each day? This includes OTC (over-the-counter) as well as prescription meds, supplements, and etc. Out of all of those pills, how many do you take because you CHOOSE to take them? And how many do you take because you feel like you NEED to take them? If you are taking even just one pill a day because you NEED to take it to help you deal with any kind of ailment, then you’re taking too many.
And, I guarantee you that the answer to WHY you’re taking them is based on one thing and one thing only – your diet. Now, do I want you to go home and throw away all those pills and just try to eat better? No. If you have a legitimate reason to take them, take them. However, I promise you that once you change your diet, the NEED to take them will diminish greatly. And that's just one of the many benefits that you will receive from instituting a plant-based diet. Here's a list of more.
There are tons of stories about people who have been able to 100% stop taking prescription medications that they had been taking for years after switching to a Plant-Based Whole Food diet. Some of them after only a few months! If you spend just a few hours watching any of the food-based documentaries on Netflix you’ll get to hear their stories. Here’s a list.
So, let’s say you decide to ‘give it a try’. That’s fine. You don’t need to do this as a permanent lifestyle. I started out just wanting to do a juice fast for 30 days. I didn’t make the 30 days, but what I learned during the time that I was on it made all the difference for me. The food documentaries I watched after, and the online research I did to verify the claims are what caused my wife and me to make it a permanent switch. Start small if you need to. Add just one vegan meal a week, then go to two, and so on. The main thing I want you to do is to educate yourself. Do the research. It’s your life. It’s your health. Aren’t you worth it?