Are nutritionists and dieticians sleeping with the enemy?

AND_Corporate_Sponsorship_ReportI often talk about how our health care system, and our food system (Big Pharma and Big Food), are Enemies #1 and #2 we have to ward against, if we want to protect our health. Once I wrote about attending a women’s retreat where a nutritionist taught a class and told mothers that their #1 nutrition goal should be to get their kids to drink as much milk as possible–if kids balk, just add Nestle Quik, she counseled.

Here, Kiera Butler went to the national convention of dietitians and nutritionists, and what she experienced there will shock you.

It sounds like the entire event was paid for and the content controlled by Big Food—McDonald’s, Hershey, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Dominos, SaraLee, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Corn Refiners’ Association, and more. Some of the classes Kiera attended pitched to nutritionists that there’s nothing wrong with hybridized grains’ gluten (“gluten-free” is just a fad!), that GMO foods are wonderful and sustainable, and that there’s nothing worse about corn syrup than other sweeteners. Kiera’s conclusion:

circling the drain“Our national nutrition experts are in bed with Big Food. And we wonder why we’re fat.”

If we allow these industries to provide our food, making unthinking choices and telling ourselves that tomorrow we’ll do better, we’ll find ourselves in the grips of the other industry (Big Pharma). And pretty soon, we’re circling the drain.

Some of the ways we opt out of these industries? Supporting whole, unprocessed foods by buying them and learning how to use them and making them staples of our diet; staying out of the drive-thru; gardening and keeping heirloom seeds; educating our children and others by teaching classes and doing demos in our homes, churches, and communities; sharing green smoothies; learning to make cultured raw whole foods; thinking of a big salad as a main dish; eating more plants daily and choosing the green foods wherever you’re eating.


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  1. Robyn, I love your posts! I have your “12 Steps to Whole Foods” as well as “The Green Smoothies Diet.” I am a young mother with four little kids. My two year old daughter has trouble walking. After getting a blood test and an x-ray we were told that her bones are not in good shape and that she has a deficiency in calcium and Vitamin D. They gave us some supplements and the doctor told us to “make sure she drinks her milk!” I told my husband that I refuse to give her milk and that there are other sources of calcium. The more I read about milk, the more I am convinced that it is not good for the human body (I’m sure it’s ideal for a calf’s body)!I have since been looking up what plant sources are out there that are not only high in calcium but in other minerals like potassium and magnesium. I give her a green smoothie twice a day that has greens (kale, spinach, broccoli) and plan on going to a nearby field to get some dandelion greens. I soaked chia seeds in some rice milk (added some stevia and cocoa nibs) overnight and that was part of her breakfast. As for the vitamin D, my goal is to get her outside for at least an hour a day. I have cut all meat and milk out of our diet. I am so grateful for your books and the knowledge that you have shared with us.

  2. Medical people only know what they are taught! That includes Doctors. Finally doctors are not satisfied and learning on their own and finding out truth, contrary to what they were taught. Those doctors that are open minded are learning and leading. Those that are not open minded will go down with the ship.

  3. Hi! Reading this post I’m reminded of an article I recently read in my towns local paper. The article was written by a dietician who had just finished her internship. She was giving her professional advice. This dietician didn’t mention leafy greens. Not even once. Sad.

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