Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
You need a masters and tons of O-Chem to be a real dietitian (once again, nutritionists can be anybody and are unlicensed) and still have to keep taking tests and classes your whole career.
You don’t see people getting masters degrees to feed their children or their families. What about before there were masters degree’s available? How did we humans manage to feed ourselves and our animals? That is a rhetorical question.
I do think those in the health care professional field that make a career out of assisting other humans with specific diets in hospitals should have rigorous and complete training in order to treat patients. But I still don't think it as near as hard to feed ourselves or our pets as some would like the masses to believe.
Actually, the health rate in the US has seen much better days; the average life expectancy of Americans today is slipping as was recently published. It isn't for lack of dieticians, masters degree's, doctor's, nurses, reading materials, or nutritionists either.
American typical nutrition and health are not working at present, even with all of our knowledge; our lifespan keeps declining despite all our diets and health care professionals.
Nutrition is such a huge topic; and I will agree 100% that no one really knows for sure what is what, studies have been done, yes, yet professionals vary greatly in opinion, as you have already stated. One doctor and/or nutritionist can say one thing and have some research to back it up; another can say another thing and support their claim in some way or form as well.
People all around the world eat different diets, some with more health and longevity than others (which is the real goal for food and a proper diet, long healthy lives) for instance, Japan and Italy.
Personally, common sense appeals to me most, natural foods like veggies, whole grains, and fresh fruit are probably better than eating man made plastic, refined, trans fatty acids, genetically altered, and fried foods. As an athlete, I actually felt better when I ate leaner whole foods and didn’t consume soda. I could tell a huge difference.
Same approach IMO for dogs and cats. Just a common sense guess on my part aided by study of the printed text and observation in my own animals over the years. Common sense and a look at nature and history provides me with enough information to make my decision to feed better foods and work with vets that stay up to date on animal nutrition, instead of mindlessly recommending a food they get perks on when they sell. My vet recommends the higher quality foods. My vet helped teached me about animal health and holistic approaches for some cases.
At present the food industry is not regulated, as we recently found out for certain in the recalls. http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.ph...foodregulation
Regulation is often voluntary and industry based.
I know a dog that died in that recall, was confirmed by the vet after death.
There were also hundreds more...