California Medical Association Tries to Kill Nutrition Bill

California Medical Association Tries to Kill Nutrition Bill
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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 about nutrition.

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Though enthusiastically supported by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, of which I’m a proud member, both 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 seven hours of nutrition training anytime in the next four 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:

Senator Mark Wyland: “This bill is going to be tough for me, and I probably, frankly, regrettably, am going to have to take the view of the CMA and Family Physicians because I agree, and let’s get real. They’re right! We know they’re right! I’d like to see maybe a different approach. Rather than hear it, and I don’t dispute what this young one has said, but rather than hear, ‘Oh gee, it’s woven in the curriculum,’ I’m somewhat skeptical. It affects diabetes. I have a mother that’s got diabetes. We all know that diabetes 2, type 2, is mostly controlled by lifestyle. And so, it just seems to me, in the panoply of things, this ought to be one. And I say all this, and yet, I don’t think I can vote for it today, because I really just don’t think this is quite the right way to do it. But we all know this. There isn’t a person here who doesn’t know this. So I’m sorry to get so energized, but I know people personally who are affected by it, you know? Both my parents were affected by it. We know that. So I, I hate the fact that I, that I, I can’t support it today, but if this, if this doesn’t get out, you’ll work on me. This, it’s just, you know, if, if you, if you rank the importance of things, you’ve got, I just don’t believe you don’t think this is pretty darn important.”

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Though enthusiastically supported by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, of which I’m a proud member, both 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 seven hours of nutrition training anytime in the next four 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:

Senator Mark Wyland: “This bill is going to be tough for me, and I probably, frankly, regrettably, am going to have to take the view of the CMA and Family Physicians because I agree, and let’s get real. They’re right! We know they’re right! I’d like to see maybe a different approach. Rather than hear it, and I don’t dispute what this young one has said, but rather than hear, ‘Oh gee, it’s woven in the curriculum,’ I’m somewhat skeptical. It affects diabetes. I have a mother that’s got diabetes. We all know that diabetes 2, type 2, is mostly controlled by lifestyle. And so, it just seems to me, in the panoply of things, this ought to be one. And I say all this, and yet, I don’t think I can vote for it today, because I really just don’t think this is quite the right way to do it. But we all know this. There isn’t a person here who doesn’t know this. So I’m sorry to get so energized, but I know people personally who are affected by it, you know? Both my parents were affected by it. We know that. So I, I hate the fact that I, that I, I can’t support it today, but if this, if this doesn’t get out, you’ll work on me. This, it’s just, you know, if, if you, if you rank the importance of things, you’ve got, I just don’t believe you don’t think this is pretty darn important.”

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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Doctor's Note

Be sure to check out my other videos on the medical profession, including my corresponding blog post: Nutrition Education in Medicine: a Doctor a Day Keeps the Apples Away.

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  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

    1. 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. :)

  5. 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.

  6. I admit, MDs know hardly anything about nutrition. But in 1969, our Nutritionist was delayed in arriving (by 3 months) at the University of Miami (FL) Child Development Center. Thus as the Fellow of Developmental Pediatrics, I was tasked to be the “Acting Nutritionist”. Spent long hours poring over the patients’ submitted dietary diaries, calculating their phenylalanine ( etc etc) intake. But after I joined the USAF as a General/Developmental Pediatrician, I was so grateful for that 3 month experience as it gave me an advantage in treating obesity, ismall for age, diabetes, etc & even the more common request: ” I want my child to be the smartest & healthiest kid in the world!”

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