Now that there is a burgeoning interest in nutrition among the general public, and a plethora of newspaper, magazine and website articles on the subject, one might hope and expect that the health profession is also interested.
Not so, it seems. Today, I decided to enter ‘Nutrition’ in the search box on the websites of the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Royal college of Physicians (RCP).
The GMC search came up with a large number of items related to ‘end of life care’, whereas the RCP search resulted in three items: one on metabolic medicine, one on stroke medicine and one on gastroenterology. The latter two only mention nutritional support.
So, it appears that the medical profession is really only interested in nutritional support (whatever that means), especially when the patient’s life is at an end (probably due to a lifetime of nutrient depletion).
Oh dear, oh dear!
Recently, I did question a consultant anaesthetist on the subject of nutritional support. ‘Surely, it would be better to tube feed with a smoothie of real food, like eggs, milk, fruit and vegetables’, I asked. His reply was that no one would know how to do such a thing, and that only a product from the pharmaceutical industry could be trusted!