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    Ok, here's my story. I am 39 now, but 7 years ago I had an infected aortic valve which was permanently damaged. The following year I had open heart surgery to replace the valve with an artificial one. Because of the risk of clotting, I have to take Coumadin for the rest of my life which requires monthly monitoring. Otherwise, I am in excellent health. I am 5'9", 165 pounds, exercise regularly. I started PB in the beginning of March 2010. I went to have my monitoring done on Monday, and I mentioned my new diet on PB, and that I eat a lot of eggs. She told my cardiologist, who had her staff call me to tell me to stop with the eggs, or only eat the whites. My suggestion was to test my cholesterol to see if there has been any change. I hope there's not. Anyway, she is not happy with me. Anyone have issues with their doctors yet? What did you do?

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    Test your cholesterol and laugh at the doctor when your ratios come back fantastic?
    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

    Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


    Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

    My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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    • #3
      I hope so Griff. I was skeptical about PB, but read enough to give it a shot. I like how I feel, but obviously I have to take extra care of myself since I have a heart issue. It's just a valve problem and not so much a heart problem such as heart disease. But still, I don't want to create a new problem by changing my diet. I know you have had success, so I hope the results are similar with me. My total cholesterol the last few years has been around 165. I am sure she will test me, so let's hope it's not much different.

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      • #4
        My PCP asked me to stop drinking raw milk (I'm pregnant) and not take more than 1000IU of Vitamin D. I still drink raw milk (from a licensed farm) and take 5000IU of Vitamin D.

        Have you checked Dr.William Davis' Blog (Heart Scan Blog) - he's a cardiologist who recommends a paleo-like diet for his patients. Most of his patients are people with plaque who have it reversed after following his program and your condition maybe different from most of his patients but I'm sure you can find information regarding your condition on his other site - Track your plaque. Good luck.

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        • #5
          Use this as ammo in your argument: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)

          Best of luck!
          Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

          Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


          Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

          My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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          • #6
            I'll try. She's a great doctor, and just wants the best for me. But I know she has that CW mentality, and she has to abide by standard of medicine as it is today. My best bet is to agree to periodic testing, which is not a bad thing, and hope that my numbers are good. I am eating strictly PB, no processed foods, no grains, just meat, fat and veggies. I love it, and I really don't want to change it since I feel so good.

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            • #7
              good luck with your test!
              "The first wealth is health."
              - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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              • #8
                Originally posted by john_e_turner_ii View Post
                she has that CW mentality, and she has to abide by standard of medicine as it is today.
                But she doesn't. Have to abide by the standard of today's medicine, I mean. My doctor is quickly coming around to PB (of course he's also a DO in addition to an MD, so he's more willing to use non-pharma treatments). You could convince your doctor to ride the crest of this wave of real science and really follow her Hippocratic Oath, instead of following along behind the Big Pharma train. The Eades have been doing this for over thirty years - get her their books, too.
                Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

                Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


                Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

                My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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                • #9
                  Now as much as I love PB we also need to take in consideration this lady is a Doctor who is trained in delaing with this. Lets see what the results are before throwing someone who is far smarter and has worked a lot longer at her particular craft then we have. I work with Docs on a regular basis and know despite the fact most have a God complex they are genuinely smart people who have your best interest at heart. No pun intended...well maybe a little.

                  I'm pretty healthy myself at 5'11.7869 and 183 lbs and I am really focused on the PB lifestyle but the ultimate determining factor is what my blood results show when I go in for my next wellness exam in June.

                  So have them test the blood and go from there. CW isn't always right but it isn't always wrong either and besides 99% of people haven't had a valve replaced.
                  Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                  Mary Pickford

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                  • #10
                    Very true AppalachianMatt. I respect my doctor. She got me through a very hard time when I had my heart surgery. It was scary. I think if I my bloodwork comes back at a reasonable level, she will be willing to let me continue as is unless something changes for the worse.

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                    • #11
                      Good train of thought. Again I love this lifestyle but when it comes to something as serious as this you have to take a step back and look at things from the bigger picture aspect. Once you get the results and hopefully they come back the way you want them to be then tell her more about the PB. If they don't then please inform us as well.

                      If its good news whicih hopefully it will be then what better way to promote this lifestyle than by having a CD support it.
                      Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                      Mary Pickford

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                      • #12
                        Griff I understand the difference with DOs and MDs. They ahve vastly different approaches to medicine and I definitely respect DOs but a lot of DOs go into that type of medicine b/c they didn't match with a MD program. There are a lot that go into DO programs b/c they look at medicine from a different apporach but not every MD is in Big Pharma's pocket. Also you have to think about even though Big Pharma has done a lot to harm us and pad their bottom lines there are a lot of good drugs that save a lot of people that would be dead and gone by now if their drugs weren't available.

                        I prefer to not take drugs but if it came down to it I would. Not every problem can be solved by eating and working out. A lot can be prevented but with the vast number of people we have on our planet and the fact we do keep so many alive that would have naturally died out we have a lot of genetic conditions, abnormalities, etc that have to be taken care of.
                        Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it. If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'Failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

                        Mary Pickford

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                        • #13
                          john_e_turner_ii

                          What's her beef with eggs? I also respect most doctors in general and am no where near qualified to assess your medical situation, but I'd have to question her on this one... she doesn't think that food cholesterol gives you higher blood cholesterol, does she? Judging by the "egg whites only" comment, I'm guessing she does.

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                          • #14
                            My doctor went off in a rage when I told her I was eating low carb even though my blood results were better than the last time they were checked. She is a good doctor as well but I think Doctors are human too and can get in ruts of what they think about stuff. When you are trained a certain way and have been following a certain dogma for a long time you can't see things right away. I think my doctor will come around and may be able to help her other patients as well with new knowledge that I will force her to look at.

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                            • #15
                              Yes, my doctor is worried about the eggs due to the cholesterol.

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