Food as a Tinnitus Cure
If you’ve been around Stop the Ringing for any length of time, you probably know that I’m constantly harping on how the food we eat has a massive impact on Tinnitus. In fact, I’ve written a book on it, which you can download below, completely free. That’s how important the subject is to me.
You probably also know that I’m not a doctor, so I have no idea what’s actually taught at medical schools. But a recent story on NPR caught my attention and left both shocked and hopeful at the same time.
The Shocking Part
Did you know that nutrition is not a required part of the coursework in medical school curriculums? It’s recommended by the National Academy of Sciences, but not required.
And, in fact, only a quarter of medical schools in the US offer the 25 hours (!) of recommended nutrition training.
That’s downright disgraceful.
The Hopeful Part
On the other hand, some medical schools are stepping up to the plate, creating programs that not only teach nutrition but go so far as to send their med students straight into the kitchen for intensive, hands-on cooking classes.
Granted, it’s a very small sample of programs that are tackling this problem, but it’s a start. And the idea is surprisingly new.
Training Tomorrow’s Doctors in Nutrition
Stephen Devries is a former cardiologist who recently left his practice to lead the Gaples Institute, aimed at expanding nutrition training in medicine.
“I did a four-year, extra-intensive training program in cardiology and didn’t receive one minute of training in nutrition,” Devries says. “That’s gotta stop.”
This is not an ENT we’re talking about here, or a podiatrist. He’s a HEART doctor! If there’s one place where nutrition training is a classic no-brainer, it’s in heart health. And Devries got nothing? Not a single minute?
Until this training takes hold, it’s up to us as Tinnitus sufferers to educate ourselves in using nutrition as a Tinnitus cure. And, frankly, it has the power to be a cure for much of what ails us, Tinnitus aside.
It’s refreshing to see that medical schools are tackling the subject. But why did it have to take so long????