Amrit asks: How is it possible that Gastroenterologists almost never associate food intake with GI health or are sensitive to these issues? I just went looking for a new Gastro, told him I was on the SCD, and he gave me these probiotics with sugar and other processed ingredients and chemicals.
Answer: Amrit, what a great question!
Because doctors are not trained in the science of clinical nutrition, natural remedies and herbal supplements. According to recent NY Times article by Dr. Chen, most MD’s have little or no knowledge of nutrition in relation to good health.
Why is that you may ask?
Because doctors training revolves around drugs, surgeries and other medical procedures. Currently only 25% of US Medical schools offer the bare minimum of 25 hours of nutrition education to medical students. And these 25 hours are optional. Students can take it or not. So, most doctors have no clue about good nutrition, natural supplements or dietary modifications. That is why your GI gave you probiotics with sugar and chemicals.
Reference: NY Times article
Please compare that with my training as a Clinical Nutritionist and a Registered Dietitian:
- a minimum of 4-year B.S. degree in clinical nutrition and dietetics
- Advanced 2- year M.S. degree in human nutrition
- 6-months clinical full time internship in food science and human nutrition (up to 1,460 hours total)
- accreditation from a governing body (CDR) requiring additional 75 hours to maintain license and registration
- Advanced certification in First Line Therapy, which requires intensive training for healthcare practitioners on how to reverse chronic illness through lifestyle medicine and appropriate nutritional supplementation.
So, when inquiring about dietary modifications and supplements for various GI disorders look for a nutritionist or a doctor with above qualifications.