It's out there.
Doctor visions of the tunnel that everyone should be vegan, or be intermittent fasting, or ketosis, or a diet of extremely low fat or vegetarian or low-fat high carbohydrate – and I'm sure the list to be continued.
It's a scratcher head for me because a doctor's training should better know them.
Because for virtually every medical problem there are multiple therapies and healing details. And because doctors know that some drugs work better than others with different patients – sometimes predictable and sometimes unpredictable and that sometimes people have unwanted reactions to certain drugs that require them to test alternatives.
The diets are the same.
Whether for weight management, general health, or the treatment of specific medical conditions, some patients, sometimes clearly and sometimes not, will do better with different diets, both in terms of the effect of diet on what they are trying to do healing, but also their ability to enjoy this diet enough to maintain it in the long run.
Even so, even if there was a scientifically proven better diet for a specific issue (and for weight, just at this point, it does not exist), there will still be some for whom it fails, and some people for whom the unfavorable consequences in their lives lead to their interruption and if they happen to be on this diet because they watch or see one of those MDs who are so stuck there is only a diet to rule them all, I guess it's just unlucky.
So what drives these MDs? I think the answer varies. For some, it is possible to extend their own personal experience and success with a specific nutritional approach. For others, it may be a consequence of literal or spiritual damage. And finally, some may not have enough background to evaluate too much on their own and simply parrot an eloquently widespread dietary point of zealot (perhaps especially in the MD cases that were transformed by other MDs). But regardless of why one thing is certain, promoting a proper or better diet is not good medicine, compromises patient care, provides oxygen to the fire of fangs, serves as a catnip for publishers, the media and the public, and consolidates the idea that there are nutritionists and nutrition deities, who in turn crush the hope for improved scientific literacy related to nutrition in society.
Nutritional populism is a bad appearance regardless of the diet that is going to be promoted.
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