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California Medical Association Tries to Kill Nutrition Bill

California State Senator Mark Wyland struggles between his conscience and his campaign contributor in deciding whether or not to vote for a bill that would require physicians to learn nutrition.

November 15, 2011 |
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View entire hearing at http://vimeo.com/23744792

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Though enthusiastically supported by both the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, of which I’m a proud member, the California Medical Association and the California Academy of Family Physicians came out opposed, and testified against, a California bill this year that would require physicians to become educated on the subject of nutrition, or at least get 7 hours of nutrition training anytime in the next 4 years.

One of the members of the committee in which the bill was stuck felt the need to side with the California Medical Association against the bill, perhaps because his number one campaign contributor was, the California Medical Association, but as the hearing went on you could tell he was struggling with his conscience: <...>

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out all the videos on the medical profession, including yesterday's corresponding blog post Nutrition education in medicine: A doctor a day keeps the apples away.

Please be sure to check out my associated blog posts: Health Food Store Advice: Often Worthless or Worst and Watermelon For Erectile Dysfunction.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/mgreger/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out all the videos on the medical profession, including yesterday’s corresponding blog post Nutrition education in medicine: A doctor a day keeps the apples away.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/gfortcher/ gfortcher

    It is not so surprising that the medical industry and their contribution recipients are opposed, but is there any support from the nutritional community and the groups trying to combat various medical diseases caused by poor nutritional lifestyles? Who holds the most weight here? How does the everyday man get his voice heard in a situation like this?

  • Lawrence

    Posting comments is frustrating. I typed a comment and then needed to login. Found the login link hidden under the gear wheel bottom right. Logged in and lost my comment! Suggest the Login be more visible and even if it is not one should not lose one’s comment just because they logged in.

  • Lawrence

    I can see the video was posted 15th November 2011, but when did this really happen? Some time frame would be useful. Thank you for your good work in reporting about good nutrition.

  • barbarabrussels

    Wow, this makes me sad.

  • bobluhrs

    I don’t know if people will listen to doctors on nutrition, because we have one right here being ignored while offering lifesaving advice, fully backed, reliable in the extreme, for free. I post Dr Greger’s info in the form of a quiz on Facebook fairly often. People play the quiz like “which food has the highest antioxidant value per dollar?” and they guess, but not sure if anyone actually takes any constructive action out of it. It may take incentives that punish the wrong conduct and reward the right in order to make any changes in this area. Or so it would seem. A study is needed!!

    • Tommasina

      Well bobluhrs, I’m sure it’s meaningful for your Facebook friends to learn the information you’re sharing! That’s a great idea to engage people by asking them quiz-style questions. And the site is here for whenever people decide that they want to start making more healthful life choices. :)

  • bobluhrs

    one more thing…You’d think doctors wouldn’t need to be required to study 7 hours of nutrition, would you? What is wrong with them they cannot simply do this without the government mandating it? I know a local MD who is up on things nutritional….all by himself. Let’s get the ones who DO know, into some sort of local good guy list, and then see how business shapes up for the rest.