Masters of Health Magazine January 2017 - Page 32


by Lady Carla Davis, NC, ND, MPH

Specializing in Nutrition

Over the years, consumers have been bombarded with health information and diets of all kinds.  Real science has been subverted by “corporate science” or “scientism.”  All too often, each new book, study, report, or diet contradicts the previous one, leaving most people totally confused.

Nutrition is the basis for healing with every kind of therapy, yet every aspect of it has been either hijacked or sabotaged by big pharma and the giant food corporations through regulation and globalization.  Practitioners and professionals in the medical, dietetic, health, and fitness industries are often proclaimed to be “nutrition experts.”  While some of them have impressive credentials, their actual education and knowledge in clinical nutrition or biochemistry is often very limited.  Most medical schools provide very little, if any, education in nutrition.  Also, as a deterrent, clinical nutrition programs are not readily available for students unless they first complete other extensive medical programs.  To make matters worse, an aggressive campaign by government agencies with unlimited funds and in collusion with the American Dietetics Association (ADA) virtually regulated Nutrition Consultants in the US out of business. 

The ADA receives approx. 10% of its funding from food corporations, including Abbott Nutrition, CoroWise, General Mills, Kellogg's, Mars, McNeil Nutritionals, Pepsico, SOYJOY, Truvia, and Unilever.  In addition, the ADA lists Aramark, The CocaCola Company, The National Dairy Council, and the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition as partners.  Thus, dieticians are trained to promote and dispense processed foods produced by their sponsors, many of which are unhealthy.  

Marion Nestle Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, has written: "Respected ADA colleagues: as long as your organization partners with makers of food and beverage products, its opinions about diet and health will never be believed independent (translation: based on science not politics) and neither will yours. Consider the ADA's Nutrition Fact Sheets, for example, each with its very own corporate sponsor (scroll down to the lower right hand corner of the second page to see who paid for the Facts).  Is the goal of ADA really the same as the goal of the sponsors - to sell the sponsor's food products?  Is this a good way to get important scientific messages to the public?  ADA members: how about doing something about this!"[3]

The suppression of nutrition goes way back.  From 1924 to 1964, Dr. Morris Fishbein ran the AMA. Even though he had a medical degree, he never treated a patient in his life. Throughout his 40 year reign, he used coercion, money, and the power of the AMA to maintain control and suppress and crush natural cures for cancer. (Natural News). In the 1930s, the American Medical Assoc. (AMA) attempted to prohibit its members from working for the then-primitive health maintenance organizations that sprung up during the Great Depression, which violated the Sherman Antitrust Act and resulted in a conviction ultimately affirmed by the US Supreme Court.[4]  The AMA's vehement campaign against Medicare in the 1950s and 1960s included the Operation Coffee Cup supported by Ronald Reagan.  Unfortunately, what occurs in the US is often replicated elsewhere.

“Profession and Monopoly” A study of Medicine in the US and UK by Jeffrey L. Berlant (Univ. of California Pr 1975), criticizes the AMA for limiting the supply of physicians and inflating the cost of medical care in the US.  It also claims that physician supply is kept low by the AMA to ensure high pay for practising physicians.  It states that the number, curriculum and size of medical schools are restricted by state