Chances are, if you ask your doctor about a Whole Food Plant Based Diet you’ll probably get a response such as…
“Everything in moderation… ”
Or maybe even…
“You’re wasting your time, that won’t help your diabetes, but this pill will!”
But here’s the thing… Most doctors don’t have a nutritional clue. They get, on average, approximately 20 hours of nutritional training during their studies at med school. That equates to roughly 5 hours per year! Furthermore, they are not required to extend that training in order to keep their medical license.
You wouldn’t ask a butcher for advice on amputation… Why would you ask a doctor for advice on nutrition?
Now, I’ll admit, I’m generalizing and that’s not completely fair. There are some really amazing doctors out there who have jumped on the WFPB bandwagon and have gone out of their way to gain the additional education required to properly advise their patients about WFPB eating. They are but a few, and they are very hard to come by. If you happen to have a doctor like this, keep him/her, they are a once in a lifetime find!
So if a doctors job isn’t to help you stay healthy, what exactly is their job? Well, they can mend broken bones, perform open heart surgery and help you in a million other different ways. Doctors definitely have their purpose and are absolute life savers, don’t discredit them for their lack of nutritional knowledge, this is not entirely their fault.
Doctors get paid in various ways, one of which includes the amount of medications they prescribe. They are literally “sponsored” by the pharmaceutical companies to “push” their drugs on the general public, and they are compensated quite handsomely for their efforts. They are rewarded for mending, managing and medicating – they are NOT in the business of preventing and curing.
The pharmaceutical industry is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. They would lose those billions if diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer were cured. They don’t want us cured, they want us healthy, yet just sick enough that we have to rely on their products for the rest of our lives. It’s a business and like all businesses they only care about their bottom line. They only care about money. They don’t care about us.
So who do you turn to for your WFPB health and nutrition needs? While not doctor’s, there are coaches who are so passionate about your health and nutrition. Their sole focus is to help, prevent and if possible, cure. They have YEARS of nutrition training, research and ex
pertise under their belts, not just a few hours like most doctors. They WANT to see you healthy and happy again.
That’s what drives them. They have compassion and a caring you’ll almost never find with a doctor. They don’t cost an arm and a leg (unlike your doctor and all those medications). They take their time because they see you as a person, not a $
The next time you have questions about your diet related illness, DON’T ask your doctor if WFPB is right for you… Ask a WFPB coach or consultant because unlike most doctors, WFPB coaches and consultants not only have the passion and education behind them, they also have your best interests in mind.
Until next time!