Updated: Dec 12, 2020
When it concerns nutrition or dietary recommendations: if I am in a debate w/ a medical (MD) doctor and/or dietitian (RD) –
usually, they will say so eloquently, “Everything in moderation.”
My response: “Should an alcoholic consume alcohol moderately? If a person is overweight and/or obese…why recommend something to someone that may trigger him or her?”
The responses are farcical: “Nicholas, to compare alcohol to junk food is silly. Junk food is not addictive!”
Ohhh contrary and presumptuous of you! You should consider someone’s inability / lack of control - compelled (when around junk food & beverages: cakes, donuts, candies, sugary beverages, and etc – everyone has a weakness, so therefore, consuming whatever moderately would NOT BE recommended (unless noted).
I replied to this self-proclaimed nutrition know-it-all, “STOP giving poor advice just because it feeds into your problem – so you want to make it everyone else’s problem.”
She went off on a tangent referring to us as, “fear-mongers!”
I referred to her/him as a enabling shill!
To make life easy: I politely asked, “Please provide evidence that your recommendations are…indeed…correct and/or effective.”
90% of the time, someone will send research articles (results that are not of their own-just-to-say, “Gotcha! You’re wrong…here it is.”
Hm, I wonder who sponsored this one? Guess what, that’s not YOUR evidence, and therefore, it does not APPLY to the real world (and most certainly, not your clients and/or patients).
My response is simple: “If we sit down and talk about how something is metabolized (and works) in the body...I may consider certain points.”
Again, because this deals w/ nutrition biochemistry – very few want to even entertain such a subject – even self-proclaimed experts astray…it is much easier to send snip bits from www.nutritioncaremanual.org.
As an example: with one stroke of the brush – fructose is the same as glucose…really, I can prove differently. Same thing w/ nutrition/dietary recommendations, the term: moderation – we must be careful w/ what we label as an addiction. If that’s the case, we should be careful w/ what we recommend moderately (to those w/ low inhibitions in the first place).
Additionally, what we call: food / beverages - it can be engineered in such a way, and therefore, the term moderation may not apply to everyone.
I’ll be bold enough to say, what we call food…if you want to call it that anymore – it is engineered in such a way to be chemically additive. Even if the food or whatever is NOT engineered in such a way – just on its own…it can trigger someone; some people may prefer certain stuff and/or foods/beverages - (stuff that should NOT be encouraged…moderately…especially if it can lead to one’s detriment.