The California Senate’s Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee has reportedly passed a bill (S. 380) that would permit the Medical Board of California to “set content standards for any educational activity concerning a chronic disease that includes appropriate information on the impact, prevention, and cure of the chronic disease by the application of changes in nutrition and lifestyle behavior.” The legislation would amend Section 2190 of the Business and Professions Code that deals with mandatory continuing medical education and authorize the board “to also set content standards for an educational activity concerning chronic disease, as specified.” See John McDougall Press Release, May 16, 2011.

Backed by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the bill was evidently authored by John McDougall, a physician known for emphasizing the role of diet in preventing chronic disease. McDougall currently appears in the film “Forks over Knives,” which apparently “examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called ‘diseases of affluence’ that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.”