Yes.Malcolm wrote: Would anyone like to add to this, or perhaps refute those comments about the health food industry?
Many health issues are correlated to nutritional insufficencies. For example Dupuytren's contracture is often correlated to low iodine.
Low iodine also correlates to skincancer, heard that anywhere? (For DC injections do sound better than invasion I must say.)
Low Magnesium: shingles, depression, anxiety, HBP, restless legs, heavy heart beat etc. Often the issue is finding the correct "treatment".
For example Niacin (vitB3) is known to reduce LDL and triglycerides more effectively than statins.
The detail often missing is what form of niacin? Niacinamide - the others will not produce the same effect.
Another aside of the story is the "magic pill" outlook. You took x years to end up with an issue and now this pill will "mask" it in minutes.
Good nutrition takes time to properly fix the issue. For example Mg supplementation takes at least 6 months. Iodine? - much longer.
The questions to your doctor are:
How much training in nutrition did they receive?
Why is it that in animal husbandry or horticulture whenever a "health" problem is experienced the first area of investigation is nutrition yet in human health it is the last.
(That has changed a little in the last few years with blood tests etc. But much of the related advice/doctor examination is nonsense.
For example MgO and CaO the usual for Ca and Mg are both poorly absorbed.
Better forms are MgCl, Ca-citrate etc etc.)
Ever heard a doctor talking about poor protein digestion as you age?
The real answer to your doctors view is that there is few medical dollars to be made from nutritional advice. For example there is no research to prove the health benefits of Vit C.
Another example: most HBP meds have at best a 35% success rate. The result for water fasting +85% . How many doctors talk about water fasting to treat HBP?
Who talks niacin for LDL instead of statins?
Some of your doctors views are based on a poor understanding of genetics in particular the developing field of epi-genetics.
Most see genetics as THE formula (the that's aging statement) that predetermines everything.
Genetics should be seen as an enormous complex switch which, dependent on what it receives, acts in what ever way it is able. That is what epi-genetics is about.
(I cannot remember the osteo advice but if that is of interest I could track that down. One caveat here, doing these health issues is not easy, need discipline organisation and patience.)
Poor nutrition = poor result as ugly and simple as that. Most under-estimate how powerful correct nutrition is. LFP.