N4T Investigators: What your doctor may not tell you
Updated: May 18
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HAVE AT LEAST ONE PREVENTABLE... DIET-RELATED AILMENT, INCLUDING HEART DISEASE, TYPE 2 DIABETES, AND OBESITY. MANY CHRONIC DISEASES CAN BE REVERSED OR EVEN CURED
THROUGH DIET AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES. BUT AS NEWS 4 TUCSON INVESTIGATOR MATTHEW SCHWARTZ REPORTS.... MOST MEDICAL SCHOOLS DON'T PROVIDE ENOUGH NUTRITION TRAINING.
THIS IS STEVE NATH WHEN HE WEIGHED 370 POUNDS. THIS IS STEVE AFTER LOSING 130 POUNDS IN 18 MONTHS. THE 56-YEAR-OLD BENSON RESIDENT SAYS IF HE HADN'T CHANGED HIS DIET AND
EXERCISED, HE'D BE DEAD BY NOW DUE TO MULTIPLE HEALTH PROBLEMS. COPD, Type-2 diabetes, heart issues, kidney issues, high blood pressure that had been uncontrolled on
a multitude of meds. BEFORE NATH FOUND ORO VALLEY FAMILY PHYSICIAN TED CRAWFORD, HE HAD SEEN SIX DOCTORS. THEY PUT H ON 18 MEDICATIONS. And how many of them talked to you
about nutrition? Nobody talked to me about nutrition. It was always, 'take this, take this, take this.' I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, I had type-2 diabetes.
FORTY-SIX-YEAR- OLD JASON WALDEN SAW FOUR DOCTORS PREVIOUSLY. What did they tell you about what you were eating, nutrition? No one ever mentioned anything about it.
SEVERAL DOCTORS HAVE TOLD THE NEWS 4 TUCSON INVESTIGATORS THE LACK OF NUTRITION TRAINING AT MANY MEDICAL SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE IS A "TRAVESTY." STUDENTS LEARN A LOT ABOUT
PRESCRIBING PILLS... ABOUT TREATMENT AND PERFORMING SURGERIES. How many hours of nutrition training did you receive in medical school? We probably had 15 hours I'd say,
total, during our entire curriculum. I received 30 minutes of nutritional training when I was a medical student in the late 80's. The fact that we ignore these
lifestyle behaviors and don't address them at all, I think to me is borderline malpractice. DR. SARAY STANCIC PRACTICES LIFESTYLE MEDICINE.
THE NEW JERSEY-BASED PHYSICIAN IS FEATURED IN A NEW DOCUMENTARY CALLED "CODE BLUE." THE FILM CALLS MEDICAL SCHOOL CURRICULA, "ANTIQUATED." And we have the
knowledge and understanding today to prevent 480,000 deaths. And extraordinarily, we don't speak to this. THE CONGRESSIONALLY- MANDATED MINIMUM FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL
NUTRITION TRAINING IS 25 HOURS OVER FOUR YEARS. A STUDY BY THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA'S NUTRITION RESEARCH INSTITUTE SHOWED THAT 71 PERCENT OF MED SCHOOLS DO NOT
MEET THAT MINIMUM. Over 80 percent of all our chronic medical problems are caused by our lifestyle and primarily our poor diet. We don't get training in that field so
we're not taught to promote that lifestyle. Why historically has there been so little nutrition training in medical schools? It was just that it wasn't felt to be a
major determinant of health at the time. DR. SEAN ELLIOTT IS THE ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR CURRICULAR AFFAIRS AT UA'S MEDICAL SCHOOL. HE SAYS SCIENCE HAS EVOLVED AS HAS
DOCTORS' UNDERSTANDING OF THE FACTORS THAT IMPACT ON DISEASE. Fast forward now, in 2019, that understanding has increased significantly. But people and colleges are still
navigating how best to teach nutrition. ELLIOTT SAYS THERE'S BEEN A CONCERTED EFFORT AT UA TO INCREASE NUTRITION TRAINING AND THAT ITS MEDICAL STUDENTS NOW
RECEIVE AT LEAST 40 HOURS. All health care providers have got to embrace the concept of holistic health. Nutrition, physical, emotional, spiritual. However you find
that. STEVE AND JASON ARE DOING WELL SINCE SWITCHING TO A WHOLE-FOOD PLANT-BASED DIET.
It's made a world of difference to hundreds of patients that I've seen.
What's your advice for patients? What should they ask their doctors? 'Doctor, what should I eat? I mean, what's the best way I should eat?' DR. CRAWFORD WORKS AT
NORTHWEST ALLIED PHYSICIANS BUT IS SPEAKING FOR HIMSELF.
REGARDING LIFESTYLE CHANGES HE ALSO SAID, "IT IS SAD THAT PHYSICIANS ARE NOT OFFERING THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL WE CAN GIVE PATIENTS TO ACTUALLY REVERSE THEIR CHRONIC MEDICAL
ISSUES. NONE OF THEIR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS CAN DO THAT." INVESTIGATING FOR YOU, MATTHEW SCHWARTZ, NEWS 4 TUCS
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