Hippocrates of ancient Greece was not only the “Father of Medicine,” he was also a dedicated practitioner of holistic medicine. He recognized that for a body to sustain good health, a lifestyle of rest, cleanliness and good diet are needed. As thousands of years have passed and modern medicine has fractured into specialties, the benefits of holistic medicine have been dismissed as unscientific and more time is spent treating the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle than working to prevent them.
However, as the instances of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity climb, and the cost of healthcare skyrockets, clinicians are actively seeking knowledge that will help them better treat the whole patient and yield sustainable positive outcomes. From the time of Hippocrates, it has been known that a nutrient-rich, low fat diet is conducive to good health and there now exist many Continuing Medical Education programs that focus solely on nutrition and the impact diet plans, nutritional supplements, caloric intake and malnutrition can have in treatment plans. But does the discussion of Organic Foods have a place in scientific, evidence-based nutrition Continuing Medical Education programs? The short answer is, yes.
While research shows that Organic Foods may not be nutritionally superior to conventionally produced foodstuffs, foods that are labeled “USDA Organic” are certified to be produced without antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, irradiation or bioengineering. Studies have suggested that there are links between these treatments and additives and many illnesses and disorders such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD. A comprehensive, evidence-based nutrition Continuing Medical Education program that includes a discussion of Organic Foods empowers the clinician to consider the available research and make informed decisions about how best to treat the whole patient.
Nutrition and healthful living have been a long-time mission, interest and passion for the MW Institute and we recognize the value in keeping healthcare professionals up to date on the latest research and scientific breakthroughs. We have received grant support from food manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, government agencies, publishing houses, and universities to develop tailored, accredited nutrition Continuing Medical Education programs that educate healthcare practitioners on the use of evidence-based nutritional strategies in treatment plans to effect positive patient outcomes.
Contact us today if you would like to provide grant support to develop a nutrition Continuing Medical Education program that fosters the ongoing education of practitioners and can aid in the improvement of patient health and quality of life.