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I heard somewhere this comment (which I'm probably paraphrasing)

The irony in America is that we have a food industry that does not concern itself with health, and a health industry that does not consider food.

The second have of that statement probably should be amended to read something like this

a health industry that considers food only in terms of losing weight, not in terms of eating well.

When I tried to talk to my doctor about healthy eating, all I gt from him was the standard speech on consuming fewer calories and paying attention to the FDA's recommendation of the food groups.

When I responded with comments about GMOs and gut inflammation and how much better I feel now that I'm eating homegrown and organically produced food, he looked at me over the top of his glasses and said, "That's fine." Dismissive.

Don't get me wrong. He's a good doctor and has taken good care of me over the years, but, like most MDs, had about 12 hours of nutrition training in a 10-year education, and is tired of suggesting to patients that they eat right and exercise--and having his advice ignored.

And, like most doctors, he thinks of medicines first when there's a problem, turning a cold shoulder to the simple fact that we are what we eat, and the closer we can come to the root cause of a problem (and righting it by eating properly), the better the outcome, if medical intervention is ultimately necessary.

The outcome is that I see my doctor regularly for annual physical and blood tests, and I undertake research on my own for how to eat well. He and I will never see eye-to-eye on this, but I wouldn't change doctors for anything.

And I exercise, even with my heart problem and bum knee. Up to 25 minutes, nearly back to what it was before the cold/flu! Yay, me!

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