Brainwashed: The Mainstreaming of Nutritional Mythology
1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Most physicians have neither the time nor the training to properly vet the dietary guidelines they are expected to dispense to patients as clinical advice. Therefore, many are unaware that mainstream nutrition policies are grounded largely in the biased, untested hypotheses of nutrition epidemiology—a deeply flawed, anti scientific methodology which continues to be used by our most trusted and prestigious institutions and organizations. This presentation scrutinizes the science behind what are arguably the three most influential nutrition documents in the world: The U.S. Dietary Guidelines, The World Health Organization’s 2015 report on meat and cancer, and the 2019 EAT-Lancet report. It will be posited that the recommendations put forth in these publications is antiscientific and endangers public health.
Dr Ede received her B.A. in Biology from Carleton College in Minnesota, then spent seven years as a research assistant in the fields of biochemistry, wound healing, and diabetes before going on to earn an M.D. from the University of Vermont College Of Medicine.
Dr Ede then completed her residency in general adult psychiatry at Harvard’s Cambridge Hospital in 2002 and was a staff psychopharmacologist at Harvard University Health Services from 2007 to 2013. In 2013 she left Harvard to become the psychiatrist for Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she provides nutrition consults as well as psychiatric services to Smith students.
Dr Ede was the first and only psychiatrist at Harvard University Health Services to offer nutrition consultation as an alternative to medication management to students, faculty and staff. Her areas of expertise include ketogenic and pre-agricultural diets, food sensitivity syndromes, and college mental health. She explores food’s powerful effects on brain chemistry, hormonal balance and metabolism.
– To understand the flaws in studies suggesting that plant-based diets are healthiest for humans and that meat is unhealthy.
– To increase confidence and competence in the delivery of clinical nutrition counseling.
– To focus their patients on nutritional strategies with the greatest potential to improve their health status, which currently means educating them about the risks of processed foods and unsupplemented plant-based diets, and focusing on dietary strategies that control blood glucose and insulin levels.
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The individuals involved in course planning have no relevant financial or non-financial disclosures to report related to the planning or presentation of this course.