How evidence-based medicine biases physicians against nutrition

Med Hypotheses. 2013 Dec;81(6):1116-9. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2013.10.016. Epub 2013 Oct 30.


Medical students in the United States are taught little about nutrition and dietetics. Worse yet, their training biases them against the studies that show the power of dietary approaches to managing disease. The current approach to evidence-based medicine encourages physicians to ignore any information that does not come from a double-blind, randomized controlled trial. Yet human beings cannot be blinded to a dietary intervention. As a result, physicians are biased toward drug treatments and against dietary interventions for the management of chronic disease.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / methods*
  • Humans
  • Nutritional Sciences / education*
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Western World