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    My internist preached the low fat, high carb mantra even though he knows I don't listen to him. He knows I lost weight and achieved a healthy BMI by following Atkins, which for me was very primal since I was never able to eat many carbs w/io gaining. So I've been eating fat, protein and veggies as the basis of my diet for nearly 2 years now with occasional dairy, nuts & berries.

    Spoke to a specialist today who I see 2x a year. He told me that in their practice they are now recommending a more paleo kind of eating plan to their patients. How I love to hear a doctor talk like this!! Maybe there is hope!
    Starting Weight: 197.5
    Current Weight: 123
    Far healthier!

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    How lucky for you. I recently moved and am in a quandry about finding new doctors...donwe hide the paleo diet from them?

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    • #3
      Idea: Let's all go back to college and become Nutritional Specialists!
      --Trish (Bork)
      TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
      http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
      FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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      • #4
        I love my doc. He actually asks my opinion on current events and politics, which I am ALWAYS happy to discuss. I told him all about MDA and he was very receptive. Haven't seen him in a while, but I will be talking to him soon about switching my birth control method. When I see him, I'll ask if he's checked out MDA or any other resources. Here's Hoping!

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        • #5
          Love my doc, too, but not sure how she'll receive PB when I see her next month. She's been very supportive of my weight loss by traditional means, and thinks it's funny that I sell chocolate for Dove as a hobby (reformed diabetic & all)

          I know I'm her star patient (she's even said I'm her poster child). So if PB helps me reverse my T2 diabetes completely, I think it will speak volumes in the minds of her other clients.
          --Trish (Bork)
          TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
          http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
          FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post

            I know I'm her star patient (she's even said I'm her poster child). So if PB helps me reverse my T2 diabetes completely, I think it will speak volumes in the minds of her other clients.
            Have you read Dr. bernsteins book?

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            • #7
              The doc I spoke of also said that he feels the whole area of nutrition will change because of people like us and the ability to share with each other over the internet. It is his opinion that the powers that be will bend to public opinion when we create a large enough group insisting on good info and who are not buying sugar, HFCS, etc.
              Starting Weight: 197.5
              Current Weight: 123
              Far healthier!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by janie View Post
                The doc I spoke of also said that he feels the whole area of nutrition will change because of people like us and the ability to share with each other over the internet. It is his opinion that the powers that be will bend to public opinion when we create a large enough group insisting on good info and who are not buying sugar, HFCS, etc.
                Just look at the gluten-free market. It's pretty much been exploding, and even General Mills and Betty Crocker are paying attention.
                Most people don't realize how much energy it takes for me to pretend to be normal.

                If I wanted to listen to an asshole, I'd fart.

                Twibble's Twibbly Wibbly

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                • #9
                  I had a chance to explain the paleo diet to my endocrinologist, when he told me that he had to lower my thyroid medication dosage. Yay! He asked me how it was that I was losing weight, and had never heard of the paleo diet.
                  Start weight: 250 - 06/2009
                  Current weight: 199
                  Goal: 145

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                  • #10
                    We have to be our own advocates and let our doctors know what our individual position is regard diet, etc. Otherwise, we get dumped into the category of "usual business" no blame to the docs; for they are also dealing with people who don't want change, even if, like my doc, they are enlightened about low carb/paleo eating.
                    This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                    Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                    Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Digby View Post
                      We have to be our own advocates and let our doctors know what our individual position is regard diet, etc. Otherwise, we get dumped into the category of "usual business" no blame to the docs; for they are also dealing with people who don't want change, even if, like my doc, they are enlightened about low carb/paleo eating.
                      SO SO TRUE. My internist, who still mumbles his low cholesterol mantra, is amazed at my weight loss. Finally he said he "couldn't argue with success". I was just determined after much reading to follow what made sense to me and not listen to the "experts".
                      Starting Weight: 197.5
                      Current Weight: 123
                      Far healthier!

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                      • #12
                        I think it's important that we not hide what we are doing from our doctors, even if it might make for pleasant friction-free appointments. One doesn't have to get angry or aggressive, but I think we should let them know about our eating and lifestyle habits.

                        If we are doing well, we should tell the doctors how we are eating and exercising and sleeping, for the sake of general medical knowledge and for their other patients who are struggling, just IN CASE a doctor might take notice and stop issuing dangerous conventional mythology. And if we're not doing well, our doctors might (heavens! the mind boggles!) be able to notice something we should try to change.

                        If the blood work comes back fabulous, and then we say we're doing paleo eating, and especially if this happens several times with several patients, within a short time frame, we might change medical orthodoxy for the better, thereby threatening the sales of Lipitor, which would be greatly to the benefit of hapless patients everywhere.

                        Pleasant appointments are not why one goes to a doctor anyway.

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