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Medical School Is 1st In US To Make Plant-Based Education Mandatory


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A medical school in the US has made education about plant-based nutrition mandatory on its curriculum.

To Wayne State University School of Medicine’s knowledge, it’s the first college in the country to do so.

Now, first-year medical students at the Detroit institute will spend a segment of their training learning about the benefits of plant-based diets.

Medical school backs plant-based

In a statement, the school noted that there have been advances in whole-food plant-based diets and their disease-busting capabilities.

Additionally, it highlighted the importance of recommending nutritional advice in the workplace further down the line.

Thus, an understanding of the diet is vital during training. ‘Nutrition education and plant-based nutrition is seldom included in medical curriculum’, the schools adds.

This is why it decided to launch the Rooting for Wellness course, which includes a cooking demonstration and guest speaker events.

Nutrition education

And Wayne State hopes the move can serve as a model for similar operations in other institutions.

The lack of education in medical schools is what led Dr. Michael Greger to call for all medical schools to provide better education on nutrition.

The best-selling vegan author says that in most schools, less than 20 hours is given to general nutrition training. Many students actually get ‘de-educated’, he claims.

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3 months ago

Please let this serve as an on-going effort in making this education mandatory for every physician around the globe. That is, not an elective, but a required course.

The research is obviously out there: Repeatable, reliable, valid and evidence based.

Next on the agenda … change all cafeteria and patient-centered menu items!

Thanks to Hayek Hospital, we already have a superior “model” to support patient-centered care , their families and employees.

Let’s purposefully take the initiative to follow these amazing examples.

And a big thank you to every physician supporting functional medicine who remains relentlessly dedicated to pushing this for years! Please continue the good fight and know that it does not go unnoticed!

This is proof that you’re obviously making an overdue impact!!

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