RE: must... not... kill...
Posted Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 2:04 PM
Mollyhorn - Where did these so called registered dietitians get their degree?
Not sure, Marcia... it was a lecture given by the "Disordered Eating Awareness Professional Network," but they all seemed fairly legit. Most had recently read the book Health Food Junkies by Dr. Steven Bratman, and were meeting to discuss orthorexia as the new eating disorder.
They even made a big point about how many people will hang up a shingle and call themselves nutritionists (which I agree with – there are a lot of quacks out there calling themselves nutritionists), without actually having any training or education.
But they kept talking about how "the internet is full of misinformation," and "you know, your clients will read something on the internet and come in the next day and ask about it."
While it may be true that there is misinformation on the internet, there is also a lot of good, accurate, reliable information! These college-educated, registered dietitians seem to have gotten stuck in their 1985-issue textbooks, unable to learn anything new. They loaded their potatoes with butter, cheese and sour cream and talked about saturated fat, HFCS and sugar as being perfectly acceptable in any person's diet (and not even in moderation), and yet claimed that their [obviously outdated] knowledge was superior to anything available online.
And these are the people who are supposed to be teaching us what to eat. It's no wonder that diabetics don't get better. That people suffer two, three, or four heart attacks. That dementia and strokes are on the rise.
I sound like a self-righteous jerk saying that, but please don't misunderstand me... I don't fault the people of our nation. I place fault with the system, our government and the food lobbyists, all of whom have fed us misinformation and outright lies for the last 50-100 years. We've had no choice but to believe the information we were given. It's only since we've gotten accessibility to the internet that we've been able to educate ourselves and improve our health.
I get really incensed over this issue because there is so much ill health and disease out there and it's not our fault. We've been lied to. I'm so new to all of this, I get overwhelmed sometimes, hence this long, rambling post.