Friday, 21 March 2014

Another hospital food rant

When you are a cancer survivor people come to you for advice. It's flattering. Even thought I concocted my own survival system and I believe that because of that I'm still here,  I don't want to take responsibility for other people. I want them to do their own research and come up with their own pathway.

Apart from anything else, it illegal for me to recommend anything thanks to the 1939 Cancer Act.  Thank goodness for Canceractive - a most wonderful respository of information.  And if you're one of those who has taken photos without make-up and want to make a donation to a cancer charity, why not donate to  Canceractive instead?.

You can imagine my distress when a couple of days ago I received an email from someone whose daughter is fighting cancer. He asked me for suggestions for beneficial foods he could cook (on a tiny stove in the hospital car park!) to supplement the nutrient-deficient diet served by by the NHS. He wrote:

"I am ..... amazed/distraught at the brick wall that the NHS seem to have whenever you mention diet, or food. All emphasis is on bulking up to keep weight up, as opposed to quality of food. "just keep on eating, whatever that is." Mention diet and they all (from consultant, to specialist and nurses and dinner staff /dieticians) go into a collective shut-down, completely 'out-talking' anything you try to say or ask about!"

What is the matter with our health service staff? Why won't they consider diet, nutrients, supplements and the like? Their stance is illogical. 

Rant over.

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