By Marika Sboros
If nutrition science proves anything these days, it is that Karl Marx was right. Religion is the “opium of the people”. It is a reason that bad dietary advice has spread globally, says Australian orthopaedic surgeon Dr Gary Fettke.
It’s why nutrition guidelines are increasingly “plant-based” as some doctors and dietitians now call it. That distances them from overtly religious associations with vegetarian diets. That’s despite robust evidence on health risks of plant-based diets, says Fettke.
Fettke was a keynote speaker at the CrossFit Health Conference in Madison, Wisconsin on August 2, 2017. The title of his talk: The Central Role of Nutrition in Our Health, Education, Economics, Politics, Environment and Beliefs.
In the first of a two-part series, Fettke raises a taboo in nutrition science: Big Religion. He also shines a light on its right arm: medical evangelism.