M.D.’s nutritional knowledge. A review.

Dr. Michael Greger brings us two informative videos today. For more, visit his great website at http://www.nutritionfacts.org

In our book, we addressed the dilemma of the physician in today’s society. In a world where up to 80% of our diseases are food-driven, we would expect that our doctors would be well-versed in helping us learn to eat the right foods for promoting health and avoiding disease.

But, through no fault of their own — after spending a small fortune on their education — they find themselves trapped in a system that provides no incentives for promoting health. They were trained to to treat symptoms of disease — not prevention or curing of disease. Today’s post features two short videos by Dr. Greger regarding the training of our nation’s medical doctors in nutritional science.

The above video reported that only 25% of our med schools teach ANY courses in nutrition. And personally, I would like to see what those courses are — and if they are truly designed to promote health; or if they’re just another “system-endorsed” recitation of the USDA dietary guidelines. My guess is the latter.

In whichever case, Dr. Greger employs the next short video to assess how well our M.D.’s are using what little nutritional knowledge they do have in the counseling of their patients.

It turns out that the discussion of food rarely takes more than a minute or so in most sessions with physicians; if in fact it is even mentioned at all. A 90-year-old friend of mine told me recently that no physician had ever counseled him a single time on the topic of nutrition or what he should be eating.

Now, for your week-end viewing pleasure, I have once again provided two very important movies. Just in case you haven’t seem them yet, just get yourself some popcorn, click on the links below, and watch these great world-changing documentaries with your family. Both of these films are about 1.5 hours and they will both leave you feeling differently about the role of the human race on our precious planet.

After watching the second movie, you may even have a different feeling about man's use of the horse.

HOME — a great 2009 film; a powerful eye-opener

“Earthlings” — A documentary that we all NEED to see

If you like what you see here, you may wish to join our periodic mailing list. Also, for help in your own quest to take charge of your health, you might find some useful information at our 4-Leaf page.

And if you like what 4-Leaf eating is doing for you and your family, you might enjoy visiting our new “4-Leaf Gear” store. From the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day.

J. Morris Hicks, author and activist. Working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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1 Response to M.D.’s nutritional knowledge. A review.

  1. Jim — Your posts are continually providing POWERFUL life-changing motivation and education. How do we get more that ~300 persons getting your daily blogs??

    Today’s entry needs to get to the medical professionals.

    Dr. Greger’s newest website provides all the videos free at
    To help people be more successful on plant-based nutrition, you can point them to Dr. McDougall’s “Elimination Diet.” I did that today, with some cut and paste:


    I’ll provide a few of the recent posts there to you via an email attachment.

    Now can I go to the gym?? K.

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