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    Does anyone know how one would go about finding a doctor that was pro-primal or at least pro paleo/real foods/saturated fat and anti-grains and sugar?

    I generally avoid doctors, doctors offices and hospitals and can count the number of times I've been to one in 37 years with less than the fingers on my hands...BUT I have a funny little lump that my DH really wants me to get checked out, so I'm in search of a doctor (in the Tacoma Washington area) who would be comfortable with my lifestyle.

    It sure would be nice if Mark or someone put together a database or searchable list...maybe there is one somewhere that I'm missing (if so PLEASE point me in that direction!).

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    Jimmy Moore has started a list of low carb friendly doctors. I guess it's more aimed at people looking for weight loss support, but it might be a good place to start - http://lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.com/

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    • #3
      I would think that if you found a naturopath or at the very least a DO instead of an MD it would be helpful.
      Meghan

      My MDA journal

      Primal Ponderings- my blog- finally added some food pron :P

      And best of all my Body Fat Makeover!!

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      • #4
        Find a naturopath and ask on the phone if he/she is open to something other than the USDA food pyramid. (My naturopath actually had that posted on her website.)

        Ninety percent of MDs will be no-go.
        "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mollymoe View Post
          Jimmy Moore has started a list of low carb friendly doctors. I guess it's more aimed at people looking for weight loss support, but it might be a good place to start - http://lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.com/
          My experience: I used his list to find an obgyn earlier this year. I mentioned to her that I used to eat low-carb, trying to be vague about it. Her response was "Oh god, I hope you don't still do that!" I sorta had a feeling she wasn't on board when I saw her ...
          Everything in moderation, including moderation.

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          • #6
            I don't know if it's just my local Crossfit or more general, but Albany Crossfit has a ton of doctors training there and eating paleo. I suggest contacting your local Crossfit affiliate and seeing if anyone there can recommend a doctor.

            PWG

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            • #7
              I can't avoid doctors because at my age (69) I need to get everything checked out! However, I say as little as possible about my lifestyle, and I've noticed that doctors only care about whether or not I smoke. I am much more interested in their medical expertise than whether or not they approve of my WOE.

              Interestingly, although I've lost a total of 175 lbs over the past few years (340-165), my primary doctor has never asked what I've done to accomplish this! My endo, however, is very interested, and although he's a great guy, I don't use terms like low carb or primal. I've told him that I've cut out all grains, dairy, sugar and artificial sweeteners, and he thinks that's just fine. He told me that he wished he could get other patients to do that.

              I find that I offer information only to doctors who ask and then I'm careful not to use any of the 'red flag' terms. Doctors who are opposed to low carb generally have their info from the media rather than from Taubes!

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              • #8
                My husband is reading Robb Wolfs book and he mentioned that there are plans to put together a list of paleo Dr.'s. I hope it happens as I would love to find one. Though the chances of getting one here are very slim.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by emmie View Post
                  Interestingly, although I've lost a total of 175 lbs over the past few years (340-165), my primary doctor has never asked what I've done to accomplish this!
                  I'm flabbergasted at this.
                  Wheat is the new tobacco. Spread the word.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by lakina View Post
                    so I'm in search of a doctor (in the Tacoma Washington area) who would be comfortable with my lifestyle.
                    The National College of Natural Medicine is in Portland, and they might be able to tell you if any of their graduates are practicing in the Tacoma area:

                    http://www.ncnm.edu/

                    My naturopath graduated from there, and he practices in Salem, OR. I believe from the discussions we've had that he would support PB.

                    Good luck.

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                    • #11
                      I love my natropathic doctor! Nothing like going to a doctors office and actually sitting down WITH my DOCTOR to discuss how I'm feeling! AND she tends to look for diet and lifestyle changes, then supplements, THEN medications when it comes to treating issues! I haven't actually discussed paleo stuff with her but the first time I saw her was when I was dealing with some crazy mood swings and depression stuff and the things she wanted me to try were eating more protein (almost exactly in line with calculations the ZONE book for my lean body mass even though she just said 'for you, eat at least this much') and supplementing with fish oil (omega 3's anyone!) and she approved of my self instituted cutting out of gluten, sugar and caffeine. So I was eating a relatively paleo diet (although I was eating some other non gluten grains) and she thought that was fine. So yeah. Look around for a natropath. (as a bonus she was about half the cost of going to the conventional clinic here in town where I barely even get to see the doctor!)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Noctiluca View Post
                        I love my natropathic doctor! Nothing like going to a doctors office and actually sitting down WITH my DOCTOR to discuss how I'm feeling! AND she tends to look for diet and lifestyle changes, then supplements, THEN medications when it comes to treating issues! I haven't actually discussed paleo stuff with her but the first time I saw her was when I was dealing with some crazy mood swings and depression stuff and the things she wanted me to try were eating more protein (almost exactly in line with calculations the ZONE book for my lean body mass even though she just said 'for you, eat at least this much') and supplementing with fish oil (omega 3's anyone!) and she approved of my self instituted cutting out of gluten, sugar and caffeine. So I was eating a relatively paleo diet (although I was eating some other non gluten grains) and she thought that was fine. So yeah. Look around for a natropath. (as a bonus she was about half the cost of going to the conventional clinic here in town where I barely even get to see the doctor!)

                        Wish there were such enlightened beings here in the UK. You go NHS - you go CW. Simples! I saw a nutritionist once, and she nearly had a heart attack when I told her I didn't do grains, sugars, starches, caffeine - and I wasn't eating 6 times a day (you should see the crappy diet plan she left me to follow!) "B....b...but...but...but your metabolism, Sarah! You're going to destroy your metabolism!" was her response when I told her I only ate when I was genuinely hungry (and that I didn't eat bread, crackers and oatcakes!)
                        La tristesse durera toujours...

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