Over the years, I have had a very close relationship with my doctor – heck…. we were meeting at least once a week to deal with all my ailments – diabetes, blood pressure, anaemia, severe menstrual and infertility problems, asthma, constant chest infections, bronchitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis (gosh – if it ended in ‘itis’ I had it at some time!!)
I was hospitalised a couple of times each winter with asthma and pneumonia.
Needless to say, my doc and I became close friends – I knew every inch of his office – what channel the waiting room TV would be on at all times of the day – which magazines were out of date, which pictures needed dusting and straightening – I am sure you can relate.
Over the past couple of years I have gradually cleaned up my act – health wise – eating clean, exercising every day, sleeping better, reducing the stress in my life, relaxation classes, yoga, etc.
During 2012, I have only been to the doc twice – for my six monthly blood work for my diabetes and for referrals to the breast screening clinic for my annual checkup since I have a family history of breast cancer – all preventative related issues – not once have I been because I have been sick (touch wood) – I don’t want to tempt fate and brag too much here. I haven’t even had a sniffle this winter!!!
I was out for my early morning walk yesterday morning and walking towards me was no one other than Barry, my friendly local GP.
We exchanged the pleasantries and then he said something that threw me for a loop.
“I have missed seeing you and our little chats. I know you will be honest with me, so I was wondering what it is really like??”
“what is what like?”
“ You know, the new medical centre…”
“What medical centre?”
“The new one that opened up at the roundabout on the main road…”
Suddenly, the penny dropped in my mind – he thought that he hadn’t seen me cause I had changed to go to the new medical centre.
I laughed and told him that I hadn’t even been there – I haven’t been to any medical centre cause I haven’t been ill in the last year. (In the cause of full disclosure – I have been to the emergency department of the hospital in the middle of the night with a migraine headache for an injection.)
I explained about the changes I had made to my lifestyle and how my blood work has improved to the levels where I am now completely medication free. I said that I was following a dairy-free, grain-free diet and I felt that my new lifestyle was responsible for the health changes that made the medication unnecessary.
His next comment shocked me……. “I don’t think that it from your fad diet, I really can’t recommend it - I have to practice evidence based medicine, and there isn’t any evidence to show that it works!!!”
Huh? What? Aren’t I my own evidence – for more than twenty years I followed conventional medical wisdom – took the pills and potions and my health steadily declined – however, since I took the control back, my health is the best it has been ….
………. surely that is enough evidence for me!!
I am happy that my diet is providing my body with the construction materials that it needs to fight the many ailments that it has dealt with in the past. Certainly the fake foods that I existed on before – the fast foods, burgers, doughnuts, cakes, hot chips, sausage rolls, pies etc - didn’t provide the nutrition that I needed.
My body loves my current regime of lean meats, fish, eggs, vegetables, nuts and fruit – and it is giving me the energy and positivity to keep going.
Hopefully, my doc will just have to keep missing me......
Have a great week.