I do quite a bit of nutritional counseling with those patients that are serious about making positive changes in their diet. Especially those interested in "the best diet for chronic back pain." Not everyone is ready to include food in their spinal health program. That's OK, we never want to force anything, so we just give special attention to the folks that are ready to learn.
Science, and my own personal and clinical experience, have convinced me that a diet centered around plant foods is what's best for us. And, the thing is...this is far removed from the way most Americans eat. Many of the patients I consult with think they are eating well if they remove the skin from their chicken and eat fish a few times a week. In addition, even though the research suggest otherwise, the majority still believe that we need milk and dairy products for calcium and strong bones, just like the dairy industry advertising has taught us.