If I could do anything as a health activist, I would change the curriculum offered in medical schools to provide students with the following foundation:
- The study of what we eat and how it affects our bodies should not be relegated to an area of study or a required single-term class; it should be the foundation upon which everything else is learned. It makes absolute zero sense for a patient to receive care and treatment from one specialist for one problem and another specialist for another problem when addressing the patient’s food allergies and/or sensitivities will solve both problems. No. Sense. Whatsoever. Human bodies are intricate organic machines with many parts reliant on one another. In addition, all the different parts are wholly reliant on a single source for sustenance and maintenance: food.
Bodies Are Unique
- The principal that every single person’s body is unique and some patients may know more about their body than their primary care physician should permeate across everything medical students learn. Treatments that work for some people do not work for others. As I have spent the past three years researching natural ways to manage Multiple Sclerosis, I learned that there is not one single nutrition plan that works for everyone with MS. Some do great eating gluten, and some don’t. Some do great eating red meat, and some don’t. Doctors need to work with their patients and trust that the patient may know more about their body. Which leads me to…
- This is a must for the doctor and patient relationship to be successful. It is also a must for doctors specializing in different fields to collaborate with each other to best help improve a patient’s health. The modern-day à la carte system does not benefit the patient and can prolong or worsen their condition.
An education built on nutrition, the principal that each patient’s body is unique and should be treated as such, and that teaches doctors to collaborate with one another and their patients would really go a long way toward overhauling our medical system. I strongly believe improving our medical system has to start with formal education.
Patients are educating themselves using the vast resource that is the Internet. In our virtual communities, regardless the illness or disease, we collaborate with each other and learn that our bodies are unique and how they may be affected by nutrition. Perhaps it isn’t until enough doctors become patients that the curriculum taught in non-alternative medical schools will be overhauled.
Disclaimer: Having never been a medical student, I most certainly don’t know the intricate details of the curriculum currently offered to students at non-alternative medical schools. I know a good amount of people working in the health industry—hospital owners, nurses, doctors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, patients, etc.—and feel as though I have a generic enough understanding of the education provided at these schools to propose an overhaul. What I think I know could be incorrect and I welcome any dialog that may clarify my understanding.