If nothing else is apparent in our society today, it is the complete disconnect between the medical establishment and individuals whom they treat. Doctors, who get little or no training on nutrition, don’t see the relationship between nutrition and health, except to blame the patient for a poor diet. Meanwhile, the medical establishment talks out of both sides of their own mouth at once.
Here are two blatant examples:
1. http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/statins/statins-and-diabetes/#more-4789 This month, an observational study in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that among women participating in the Women’s Health Initiative Study had a 48% greater risk of developing diabetes if they were on a statin drug—any statin drug!* Couple that with the fact that there is NO scientific evidence that statins benefit women at all, you would think that the medical establishment would stop prescribing statins for women in particular immediately and tell women already on statins to taper off** . But no, that’s not what they do. They decided it needs “further study”, and recommend only that people who take statins should be aware of the symptoms of diabetes so that WHEN (!) they develop diabetes they can get to their doctors sooner to treat it.
*In the world of statistical analysis, this does not mean that 48% more women developed diabetes. It boils down to the fact that almost 10% more women developed diabetes on statins, still an alarming rate!
**I am not a doctor and I am not giving you any medical advice about whether or not YOU should be on statins. Think and research for yourself. IF you are on statins and make the personal decision to stop taking them, do NOT stop them abruptly as that can cause serious health consequences.
2. When trigylcerides are high, doctors sometimes prescribe a pharmaceutical Omega 3 fatty acid called Lovaza. Lovaza is glorified fish oil. Fish oil supplements can be very effective in lowering triglycerides. But there are plenty of sources of Omega 3 in healthy dietary fats like Olive oil, pastured whole dairy and eggs, pastured meat, and wild caught cold water fish. So what does the medical establishment recommend when you have elevated triglycerides and you’re prescribed Lovaza?
From From the PubMed Website about Lovaza at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000414/.
“What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Eat a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet, which includes cottage cheese, fat-free milk, fish, vegetables, poultry, and egg whites. Use monounsaturated oils such as olive, peanut, and canola oils or polyunsaturated oils such as corn, safflower, soy, sunflower, cottonseed, and soybean oils. Avoid foods with excess fat in them such as meat (especially liver and fatty meat), egg yolks, whole milk, cream, butter, shortening, pastries, cakes, cookies, gravy, peanut butter, chocolate, olives, potato chips, coconut, cheese (other than cottage cheese), coconut oil, palm oil, and fried foods.”
In other words, the medical establishment is telling you to eat Omega 6’s (Poly unsaturated oils and seed and nut oils) and NOT eat any of the very best dietary sources of Omega 3’s. Huh????
(I’m not trying to say that shortenings, pastries, cakes, cookies, gravy, and potato chips are good for you, but they have mixed them in with healthy Omega 3 sources—they don’t seem to understand the difference!).
Ideally you want to minimize Omega 6’s and increase Omega 3’s in the diet to deal with elevated triglycerides. You should do everything possible to MINIMIZE added Omega 6’s in your diet (you get them anyway, for instance, olive oil has both Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils).
Dietary Omega 3 is the way our bodies were designed to get it, not from some pharmaceutical product. Some people need to supplement if they are not getting enough Omega 3’s from their diets, but the medical establishment wants you to eliminate dietary sources of Omega 3’s and get them only from the pharmaceutical source???? What kind of sense is there in that?????
BTW, you can buy fish oil supplements from Costco, Trader Joe’s and other sources relatively cheaply. Lovaza is a very expensive source.
When your doctor prescribes statins or lovaza, it’s important to ask WHY and analyze for yourself whether dietary changes that you can easily make yourself might make more sense for YOU. Don’t expect your doctor to understand the dietary connection or to endorse your efforts. They are taught ONLY the conventional wisdom of low fat, low calorie, high carb, they believe it’s the only thing that works, and they also know in their bones that almost NO patient can follow it successfully in the long term. So they think that diet doesn’t work.