Monday, 11 January 2016
Dietitians risk becoming dinosaurs!
From Marika Sboros a person with her finger on the pulse. Eddie
Apologies to the Bard’s Hamlet, but something’s really rotten in the state of dietetics. Not just in South Africa, worldwide dietitians are turning into nutrition dinosaurs.
Not all dietitians have passed their sell-by date, of course. Just ones who slavishly follow unscientific conventional nutrition “wisdom” and official dietary guidelines; the “cuddly dietitians wrapped in the cosy embrace” of food and pharmaceutical industry fat cats, as UK health writer Jerome Burne succinctly puts it.
In SA, dietitians’ representative body, the Association for Dietetics in SA (ADSA), is regularly pilloried for accepting sponsorship from food companies. ADSA just as regularly claims its sponsors have no influence at all on advice its members disseminate. As if they say that often enough it becomes truth. As if getting the fox to guard nutrition’s henhouse is not toxic and stupid, but deadly.
I tweeted this week that dietitians risk becoming dinosaurs; doctors in SA and internationally responded saying they are bypassing dietitians. Clearly, more doctors are adhering to the Hippocratic injunction to “let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”. Dietitians would be wise to follow suit."