Thursday, July 26

CrossFit posted this article from the Washington Post the other day and I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. Especially those of you in the medical or nutrition field. 

The article is called Your doctor may not be the best source of nutrition advice

The premise of the article is that medical doctors in America don't receive enough nutrition education in school and the training that follows.

I've obviously never been to medical school, so I can't speak to this first hand, but the information in the article is interesting. And, I think it's valuable to know when you are talking to your physician. 

We study nutrition all the time, and we give advice to many of you. I am sure there are doctors out there that are studying and researching nutrition as well. And there are registered dietitians and nutritionists that have gone to school to study this stuff. So, there are lots of resources out there, but do you know how much nutrition education your doctor has?

"In a 2015 survey of 121 four-year medical schools, Kohlmeier and colleagues found that 71 percent did not require at least 25 hours of nutrition education and that fewer than 20 percent required a nutrition course — fewer even than 15 years before."

Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" and I wish all of us took this to heart, especially doctors. It would definitely be nice to know that my doctor asks about my nutrition before prescribing a drug. 

With 50-80 percent of chronic diseases being partly related to nutrition, I can only hope our doctors continue to improve their nutrition education. 

On the flip side, I've also heard many doctors say that they don't prescribe nutrition changes many times because no one listens or makes any changes. So that's on us.

I'll leave you with one last quote from Thomas Jefferson, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his or her patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease”

Workout for Thursday, July 26
Back Squat
Building Up to a Heavy Set of 10

8 min AMRAP
Hand Release Push Ups
Wall Balls (30# to 10' / 20# to 9')

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