I'm a WHNP/ANP. I talk to several of my patients every day about primal/paleo, especially if they have autoimmune issues or family history of autoimmune problems. I'm thankful I don't work in a primary care setting where I would be required to prescribe statins. I work in a setting where we have to follow strict protocols but I can no longer give out the recommended dietary guidelines. I made a commitment "to do no harm," and telling my patients to eat whole grains and low fat is doing harm. I have done my research on this topic. In addition to all the standard paleo/low carb sources, my roommate is getting his PhD in nutrition at Columbia, specializing in lipids, and he sends me links to studies he comes across related to fats, nutrition, statins, etc. (One of my biggest triumphs is that he is starting to come around to the idea that low carb/high fat is health...last summer he was trying to get enrolled in a statin study, and I begged him not to jeopardize his health, and he clearly thought I was nutty...now he's following a "slow carb" diet, and is trying to get his parents off statins and carbs. I can't take credit for this though, it's all due to Tim Ferris. I hope that it will be the gateway drug to primal/paleo, since I am not a fan of Ferris's cheat days or legumes. But it's way better than the way he used to eat.)
I've been thinking about contacting some of the paleo/low carb physicians in my area to see if they could use an NP.
Il faut vivre et non pas seulement exister.