Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
Out of the 116 medical schools in America, 68 have no requirement for nutrition classes. The remaining schools require just an average of two credits, basically one course, about nutrition. -John La Puma, M.D.
We know that just a few doctors standing up on important issues related to diet and nutrition isn’t enough. This is the Doctor’s Food Project - a network of doctors who all make a pledge to join forces, share research, and to help our patients get beyond the propaganda and smoke and mirrors put up by irresponsible members of the food and beverage industry.
When Dr. John Yudkin outlined some of the key scientific issues surrounding added sugar in the human diet in his 1972 book Pure, White and Deadly, he questioned whether there was any causal link at all between fat and heart disease. After all, he said, we had been eating substances like butter for centuries, while sugar, had, up until the 1850s, been something of a rare treat for most people. "If only a small fraction of what we know about the effects of sugar were to be revealed in relation to any other material used as a food additive," he wrote, "that material would promptly be banned." Dr. Yudkin’s work and his words were prophetic - the food industry was successful in undermining and discrediting his work, and decades went by while millions suffered and died from diet related disease associate with excess sugar consumption.
This time around, there are thousands of doctors leading the charge, and we want you to be among them. There are initiatives at many hospitals to make changes that improve the nutritional landscape. Food can be an essential aspect of medicine.
Click here to join our network of doctors. And, please let us know about your efforts.