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Nutrition Bill Doctored in the California Senate

California Senate Bill 380 to require nutrition education for physicians was passed, but not before it was gutted.

November 16, 2011 |
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View entire hearing at http://vimeo.com/23744792

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In the hearing to decide the fate of a California bill to mandate doctors actually be taught a little something about nutrition, you can tell the author of the bill, Dr. John McDougall, is starting to get a bit frustrated at the opposition:

In the end, Republican Mark Wyland has to make a choice. Between what he knew was right, and vote yes, or his campaign contributor, the California Medical Association, and vote no: "..."

So good news it passed, but not without first being amended. It went from requiring 12 hours, to 7 hours, to just… striking the whole requirement altogether, just saying the board of medicine could set standards to include something, anything on the prevention and cure of chronic disease through diet. And then, they even took away cure, and settled on some nebulous plea for information on prevention and treatment.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Peter Mellor.

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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 and medical education, including Monday'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 and medical education, including Monday’s corresponding blog post Nutrition education in medicine: A doctor a day keeps the apples away.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/JanaNielson/ Jana Nielson

    It is frightening to me that there would even be a question about this. I can’t believe that Doctors wouldn’t be asking for this training themselves!
    I have very little faith in the Medical profession that only knows how to treat with pills. Sad.

  • http://nutritionfacts.org/members/GalaChristen/ Gala Christen

    My heart breaks for all the obese children, and all the children who’ll lose parents to heart disease, cancer, diseases largely preventable with diet. It boggles my mind all the plants and animals that will go extinct for the sake of all this misguided meat consumption.

    Thank you Dr. McDougall. I believe you’ll break through. This website is a great way to get more nutrition facts out there.

    I just wish that I could listen to these videos on my smart phone, instead of just the home computer (my experience is that the videos spend too much time buffering, and halt constantly, on the smart phone). Then I could listen to them when I have a few spare minutes in the day. Does anyone know if there’s a way to turn off the video part and just hear the sound?

    • Lawrence

      You can pause the video while it buffers and when it has completed its download you play it without it stuttering. Turning off the video is not possible and would not help. The audio is contained within the video file and the whole file needs to be downloaded, not just the audio, in order to access the audio portion. I agree with your first and second paragraphs.

  • barbarabrussels

    Disgraceful.