Major health organizations provide
nutritional guidelines for physicians and other health care providers.
Clinicians are strongly encouraged to recommend balanced, healthful
diets, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole
grains, and may wish to consult the specific dietary guidelines
available from PCRM (www.pcrm.org),
the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (www.nhlbi.nih.gov),
or the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org).
Physicians and other health care practitioners who prescribe low-carbohydrate
diets may be putting themselves at legal risk if their patients
develop complications associated with those diets.
Consumers who believe that a high-protein diet contributed
to their health problems may have legal recourse. In general, medical
malpractice occurs when a physician breaches her or his duty to
provide appropriate medical care and that breach results in harm
to the patient. A determination that a person acted negligently
would be made on the basis of state laws and the facts in the individual
case. For more information about potential liability or legal recourse,
please see a licensed attorney.