[PHNUTR-L] NEW ADA Reform Yahoo Group Listserve
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Tue Dec 9 15:31:44 PST 2008
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Colleagues, please reply to Mark Rifkin at:
Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN
Preventive Nutrition Services
preventive_nutrition at verizon.net
NEW ADA Reform Yahoo Group Listserve
Subsequent to many passionate discussions regarding various ADA
policies, I've started a new Yahoo Group "ADA Reform". It's been
suggested, correctly, that simply complaining to ADA is not an effective
solution for change. Alternative policies should be developed,
discussed, agreed-upon and formally submitted to ADA leadership. We can
also conduct our own teleconferences and develop a website for this
purpose as well.
Possible issues include
1) shifting policy on GMOs
2) establishing suitable standards for corporate sponsorships
3) improving nutrition and sustainability profiles of food & beverages
served at ADA/affiliate/DPG-sponsored events
4) shifting education & training priorities to promote private practice
and/or community settings
5) shifting policy on issues such as restaurant food labeling and retail
labeling issues away from protecting corporate interests/waiting for
irrefutable evidence of benefit and toward protecting and informing the
6) ensuring consistent stringency of standards of evidence for MNT to
ensure that non-traditional theories receive the same (and not more
intense) level of review
7) ensuring that all CEU hours receive the same level of credit (1 hour
of work = 1 credit), regardless of topic
This is only a partial issue list. I'm sure numerous other issues will
also come to be included.
1) To start, I'm sending this to individuals as well as the NE and VN
DPG listserves. Future invitations will also be sent to other
listserves periodically. Feel free to fwd to other listserves, and
refer other individuals as well.
2) Everyone need not participate in or agree on each and every
proposal. I understand we are not a monolithic group. Professional
disagreement is encouraged. If you disagree, speak up, but please have
alternatives too. Feel free to vote "no" if you think it best. We will
attempt to establish as much consensus as possible, and vote on the best
4) This is intended to be a serious effort at ADA reform, but please do
not announce draft proposals to others beyond the list.
5) Of course, the goal is not to burden you with further emails---I'm
sure you all get more than enough. So hopefully, we can be not only
effective, but also efficient. We will discuss one issue at a time.
Once we decide on a specific issue to discuss, please respond as
promptly and efficiently (fewer words are better!) as possible.
6) The first vote will be on which issue to discuss first. Feel free to
choose from my list, or suggest your own. After one week, the issue
getting the most votes becomes the first topic. We can use the same (or
different?) voting period for subsequent issues.
7) We'll need to decide on how long to discuss each issue before
voting. We'll also need to decide on suitable timing and format for
submission to ADA. Once we come to an agreement on an issue, each
person voting yes will be encouraged to sign on in writing for the
formal submission to ADA. Right now, we number 64 voices. Speaking in
unison for reform is powerful, and the time for reform is now.
Thanks in advance for your courage and your participation.
-- Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN Preventive Nutrition Services Baltimore, MD
410-764-8343 Focusing on plant-based diets and prudent supplementation
for lifestyle enhancement, chronic disease prevention and therapy
Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD
"Ask the Parkinson Dietitian" http://www.parkinson.org/
"Eat well, stay well with Parkinson's disease"
"Parkinson's disease: Guidelines for Medical Nutrition Therapy"
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