Poor Diets Are Killing More Americans Than Anything Else Even in young populations across the United States, nutrition-related health conditions are prevalent.

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systematic study by a group of 125 leading researchers who call themselves the U.S. Burden of Disease Collaborators shows that diet is the leading cause of both death and disability in the United States (U.S.). Meanwhile, only 12 percent of visits to doctors’ offices include counseling about diet, according to research by the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Even in young populations, nutrition-related health conditions are highly prevalent, according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and many cancers are linked to diet and are together called non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are the highest cause of adult mortality in the U.S. and account for 70 percent of premature deaths globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Because NCDs are in large part caused by food or lifestyle choices, the WHO argues that “most premature NCD deaths are preventable.”

While more than 70 percent of both men and women in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to the U.S. NCHS, a national survey by the University of Chicago reports that 60 percent are trying to lose weight. In total, MarketData Enterprises reports that Americans spend US$ 66 billion annually on diets and diet aids.

Unfortunately, while 94 percent of physicians feel that nutrition is important, only 14 percent feel comfortable talking about it, according to the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Even among high-risk patients with CVD, diabetes, or hyperlipidemia, only 1 in 5 receive nutrition counseling.

The root of the problem lies in the way doctors are educated in American medical schools, according to Dr. David Eisenberg of the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University. “The fact that less than 20 percent of medical schools have a single required course in nutrition is a scandal,” he says. “It’s outrageous.” According to a study in the Journal of Biomedical Education, less than one-third of medical schools in the U.S. teach the recommended 25 hours of nutrition content over a student’s four years of classroom education.

Dr. Eisenberg’s solution is to train other doctors himself. Through a partnership he founded with the chefs of the Culinary Institute of America called Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives, he has taught thousands of American doctors in teaching kitchens around the country. This new class of doctors is learning to turn their backs on the reductionist ‘a pill for an ill’ approach and instead live what they preach.

Some medical schools are starting to retool, like the Tulane University School of Medicine, home to the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, and the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, in partnership with the L.A. Kitchen.

Dr. Erica Frank, the Research Chair of Preventative Medicine and Population Health at the University of British Columbia, has been working to build a body of literature that describes the connection between doctor lifestyle and patient outcomes. A decade ago, Dr. Frank surveyed more than 2000 medical students and found that the best predictor of whether they counseled their patients on healthier practices was whether they themselves incorporated those practices into their lives. She also showed that patients actually had better food habits when their doctors also did.

Increasingly, doctors are turning to culinary training to flesh out their toolkits as healthcare professionals. Food Tank interviewed Dr. Robert Graham of New York City as he was in the process of enrolling in culinary school at the Natural Gourmet Institute. “My decision to become a chef comes after years of watching patients battle ailments that could be remedied with a change of a diet,” he said. I’ve spent the past 15 years of practicing medicine witnessing the impact of poor diets on the health of people I was trying to take care of.

Collectively, efforts to combat obesity in the U.S. seem to be making progress. A report in August 2017 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health suggested that U.S. obesity trends began to level off in 2015 and 2016, after decades of constant increase.

By Michael Peñuelas / Food Tank

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Review: What’s Behind ‘Grain Brain’: Are Gluten and Carbs Wrecking Our Brains and Our Health?

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 Celiac disease is widely known to cause digestive problems. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, according to the book Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers, by David Perlmutter. The intestinal difficulties associated with celiac disease are caused by an immunological response triggered by gluten, similar to an allergic reaction but less violent. This response, which leads to inflammation in the gut, can happen elsewhere in the body, too. Inflammation is at the root of many diseases and complications, including, Perlmutter argues, brain decay. Gluten can lead to inflammation in the brain, which Perlmutter believes leads to conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

A practicing neurologist, Dr. Perlmutter’s experiences with patients, along with medical research he’s studied, have led him to piece together a theory behind brain degeneration that’s based on a foundation of gluten and high blood sugar. He also argues for the importance of cholesterol to maintaining brain health, and makes a compelling case that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are bad for the brain.

Grain Brain frequently veers from the brain to other parts of the body that Perlmutter says are damaged by gluten and carbohydrates and of the general dangers of fat avoidance. You may have heard some of these ideas elsewhere; Perlmutter is clearly aligned with the likes of Robert Lustig, a pediatrician who writes of the ills of sugar, and Gary Taubes, one of the first to demolish the idea that dietary fat and cholesterol are responsible for heart disease.

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Panera CEO learns about hunger on his food stamp diet

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I thought I knew a thing or two about hunger. I’ve met thousands of people who struggle to feed themselves and their families, visited dozens of soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and food banks, and worked closely with nonprofit organizations in trying to find new ways to end hunger.

I really thought I understood the scope of the problem.

But let me tell you something — I had no clue. My SNAP Challenge last week taught me that merely observing someone else’s plight does not hold a candle to consciously altering your habits to better understand what it might be like to live someone else’s life.

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Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us on Deadly Junk


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Food giants have used food science to train Americans for a lifetime of extra calories, pounds and health risks…From Alternet

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A line needs to be drawn and we must have admittance. Michele Bachmann is mental and her husband is a closeted gay person. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first time he or she has heard this said. What bothers me once again is they rail so much against big government yet they accept tax dollars; first for her many adopted children and for their business, the pray the gay out of you clinic. I’m living in bizarro world when it comes to them and that ilk. Also this idiot signed the marriage vow; what worthless piece of butt wipe. As usual they had to play the race card. It was so bad they had to omit what was previously there and yet again her people had to go into spin over drive. She didn’t know that was in the pledge; what…God didn’t tell you? She looking more and more presidential by the minute. This lady has some Chutzpah-WTF!

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I write this in remembrance of  Jadon Higganbothan. He was the four-year-old shot in the head because Peter Lucas Moses leader of a cult in Durham, NC thought he might be gay. This is where gay rhetoric has gotten us. I’ve read some other places that some people blame Tracy Morgan. I Blame Peter Lucas Moses and I blame the mother for allowing this to happen. This is a perfect example of religion going wrong. I’m so disturbed by this that I’m at a loss for words. WHERE’S THE OUT CRY FROM THE RIGHT, WHERE’S MENTION OF THIS STORY. I guess since a Bible believer did it they want to hide or simply stay away from it. This is why I hate religion, you had a loon who thought of himself more than he should have. The Bible or any other religious book is dangerous in the wrong hands. Goodbye little Jadon, May your blood be AVENGED!

Government has gotten crazy. Should obese kids be taken from their parents and put in foster homes. The answer is no! Is this considered neglect, yes, up to a point. I don’t think any parent wants their child to be overweight. That stigma is bad enough for that child. Proper eating is a learned behavior. The food pyramid that we were taught as kids is wrong and insufficient. I believe parents are responsible for their children but how can you be held responsible for some you don’t know. All someone has to do is go the nutritionist, yea right. America is a scab that needs to be pulled in order for it to heal. We have so much finger-pointing and not enough solutions. I guess the answer is to separate families and create more issues than we already have-WTF!

Joke of the Day-Boehner’s face isn’t red because of a tan, it’s because the Tea Party keeps bitch slapping him.

John Jones

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