If living on a plant based diet is so healthy, then why isn’t your doctor talking to you about it? That is a common question (or sentiment) among omnivores when hearing about the benefits of a plant based diet. The truth is, most doctors simply don’t have the training and knowledge of using food as medicine (I wrote about this subject in a previous post); so they can’t really discuss a plant based diet as a prescription to better health, let alone as a means to reverse many common diseases/ailments. Moreover, their practice doesn’t make any money by prescribing vegetables to patients, but they do make money by prescribing drugs – “band-aids” that simply mask symptoms, instead of actually treating the causes of sickness and disease.
Here is a great interview with Dr. Michael Greger that perfectly explains this conundrum:
Pretty interesting stuff right?! This really helps explain what is going on in the health care industry, and why none of our doctors are talking about plant based diets as a means to healthier living.
And if that wasn’t enough for you, then check out this next video with Dr. Neal Barnard discussing the same issue:
I hope the information discussed in these two videos answers the question as to why doctors don’t discuss vegan/plant based diets as a means to health. I sometimes get asked, [or teased] the question of “if being vegan or plant based is so healthy, then why wouldn’t my doctor be telling me about this”? Well, this is exactly why I am sharing this information here; I hope this helps to better understand what is really going on here. And I don’t want people to be deterred from trying a plant based diet simply because “their doctor isn’t talking about it, or recommending it.” Do your own research about a plant based diet (and always check the source)…the learning never stops!
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Thank you for this post! I’ve recently been talking to others about this because I always hear “nahhhhh, i’ll listen to my doctor and eat the chicken he suggest. he’s a professional”. so many doctors just don’t know because they were never taught!
Exactly, the doctors simply aren’t trained to use food as medicine, plus there is no money in that. The documentary “What The Health” does a pretty good job at explaining this issue. Thanks for the support!