My doctor MISSES ME!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

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every inch of his office – what channel the waiting room TV would be on at all times of the day – which magazines were out of date, which pictures needed dusting and straightening – I am sure you can relate.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.

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    emoticon Great job on the lifestyle changes and improved health!!
    2962 days ago
    Wow! I am so shocked at his response to you, even though I really shouldn't be. I know a lot of doctors think like that. I guess I just thought that most would affirm you in your choices and celebrate with you. I'm celebrating with you!! Those are awesome lifestyle changes with awesome results!
    2962 days ago
    Hopefully your doctor will do some research and keep up with the latest scientific evidence that you are eating a healthy diet and living a healthy lifestyle. The proof is in the pudding to to speak and you have plenty of pudding. You ARE the evidence that this way of life works. I am seldom sick now too after I got off the horrible diet I was on before.
    2962 days ago
    Congratulations for taking control of your Diet and reaping the benefits!

    As for the "evidence" that this type of food plan works... really? We're watching our nation's health decline as a result of processed foods (you know the details of the whys and whats) and patented genetically engineered food sources, and we wonder what the cause is? A body needs clean whole foods - what's so new about that concept?

    The more I hear and see, the more I'm convinced the evidence is right there as plain as the noses on our faces.
    2962 days ago
    Congrats to you for taking your health into your own hands. Good healthy nutritious food is the best medicine. I am so happy for you.
    2962 days ago
    That is sooooo awesome! If only everyone would take control of those areas in their life that they were able to. Congratulations for you. Keep up the good work! emoticon You know your body better!!!!

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  • SPIRIT42013
    Yep, and I bet he misses your co-pay too, god bless him! I heard on TV today that doctors usually receive about 2.5 hours of nutrition training in medical school. Perhaps we give them more credit than they deserve. Go for it, keep going, and don't look back!! emoticon
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  • SPIRIT42013
    Yep, and I bet he misses your co-pay too, god bless him! I heard on TV today that doctors usually receive about 2.5 hours of nutrition training in medical school. Perhaps we give them more credit than they deserve. Go for it, keep going, and don't look back!! emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD2403740
    You are listening to your body and it is telling you it much prefers your new life style. Well done, emoticon
    2963 days ago
    Great for you...and sad that he couldn't say that to you as well. I am a FIRM believer that we are what we healthy and we will be healthy (granted there are some things our bodies just do..diabetes etc get the drift:))
    To be honest with his attitude if you do have to go back, try the new medical center, maybe there you will find a Dr that encourages what you are doing and gives you more alternative natural things to resolve any issues you may have rather than pills etc. emoticon
    2963 days ago
    It's a shame he didn't congratulate you for all the healthy things you're doing for your body. Exercise included!

    Sometimes I wonder if some of these dr.s didn't miss the classes on common sense!

    I say, "Good for you! No more contributing to Barry's retirement fund!"

    Keep the Spark!
    2963 days ago
    It is unfortunate that so many doctors refuse to be pleased when a client finds an eating plan that works for them if it is not exactly that they would have recommended. Especially since most general practitioners have such little nutritional training themselves. I am excited for you and your health lifestyle!
    2963 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6576689
    Wow..I cannot even imagine why any doctor would say that eating whole, healthy food, sans grains and dairy, is a FAD diet!! He certainly cannot deny the the amazing results you are having healthwise! What a difference for you! Congratulations on your successes and for reducing so many of the illnesses that you battled every year!
    2963 days ago

    Firstly, obviously, awesome about zero meds and it was a funny story about GP thinking you'd gone creeping...

    This is what happened with my BELOVED (massive crush on him for 20 years) gastro-intestinal specialist!

    When I said how much better I'd been once I was diagnosed Celiac (from GP) and gotten off all grains, working on getting off legumes...

    He slumped. He shook his head. "I hate to see people wasting their time and putting their health at risk with these diets. If people only knew how little nutrition has to do with health." BTW I had not named "a diet."


    That. Is. Insane.

    I won't ever see him again. I didn't argue or anything but he said, "I guess I'll never see you again" sadly.

    Will I never see you again because "we disagree" or because subconsciously you know that my CONDITION will be better?

    I've trusted this man with GENERAL ANAESTHESIA and SURGERY on my body but he doesn't believe our DIET has anything to do with health (or so little)?

    I told my mother -- who has more health issues than you can shake a stick at, due to genetic autoimmune killing off her organs (I have congenital lupus AND Celiac). Even though she will NOT (so far) stop eating grains and legumes, she was shocked. She said, "He's a pill-pusher. That's all he knows. If you're healthy, he can't give you pills."

    Mum says, "I can't be as strict as you" and she's a lot sicker. It's sad to see. She weights under 70lb (31kg) now.

    I came to "paleo" AFTER going gluten-free (obviously, with the diagnosis). I started packing ON WEIGHT (which is what happens to Celiacs or Crohn's / Colitis; healthy people tend to lose weight, sick gut people -- whether they need to lose or gain -- tend to gain because our guts are WORKING and digesting food!)

    Anyway...I wanted to share that I had a similar experience from a doctor. It's heart-breaking.
    2963 days ago
    Strange that he called it a fad diet- when you listed what you eat it is all normal, whole natural foods.
    2963 days ago
    Simply put, your new found health has kept you out of the Doctor's office and that is emoticon
    2963 days ago
    Just goes to show if we all eat healthily there will be more lonely doctors twiddling their thumbs and wondering if we've all changed practices LOL

    emoticon emoticon keep up the good work!
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  • no profile photo CD6851971
    Well Done!
    He's probably still thinking about your life changes and you've givn him fodder for consideration of his pharmaceutical based care.

    2963 days ago
    I think the difference is especially that you are eating heathily and exercising! Good for you! And I love that you are only rarely seeing your GP nowadays! Way to go Ros!
    2963 days ago
    that is great Ros, actually most of the times I see my local doctor is for the results of my blood tests or for medication. I think I have only been a few times for other problems this year, llike a cold. wow incredible when you think of it. Like you I was going most weeks to see him. Now I know why he always looks so happy when he sees me.
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    2963 days ago
    Great blog !

    You've certainly made enormous improvements to your health in 2012. Getting off your meds is huge !!

    Why did your doctor think you were on a "fad" diet ? Depending on how long he's been in practice, he's probably seen a lot of different diets come and go over the years. He might feel that your program of eliminating wheat is one of those fads.

    There is still a lot of disagreement in the medical community over whether or not a person should eliminate entire food groups. So, I don't think his comment was meant as an insult. He was just expressing his own concerns for your health.

    2963 days ago
    Pah to his rigid mind-set in the face of such powerful evidence!

    WELL DONE to you in proving him wrong, and keep on the life-changes that so obviously work for you.

    2963 days ago
    You are the proof that living healthily sans meds is what we all
    aspire to. I really admire you and what you have achieved. As
    Susie says, take your Ventolin with you. I do, especially at work.
    Fancy the doctor believing that you had moved to another surgery!
    You said you are eating dairy free - does that mean yoghurt is a
    no no as well. I am reading he books but I just can't concentrate.
    When the holidays come around, I will sit down and get stuck into it.
    Have a great week. I am down with anoher cold, and i envy how you
    have been able to go without getting sick all year.
    A testament to your lifestyle choices emoticon emoticon
    2963 days ago
    Wow, Ros, your health improved tremendously...
    Going from weekly visits to your doctor for treatments to routine checkups, that is a huge difference!

    It is amazing that your asthma improved so much!

    Per formal logic your doctor had a point when he thought there was no proof the diet alone did the change - but if he considers all the many healthy lifestyle changes you made, he has no reason to doubt the relationship between your new lifestyle and your new health status.
    Yes, you are your own evidence, and a very convincing one!
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    2963 days ago
    Wonderful article and evidence. I am diabetic too and eating healthily with regular exercise has helped me to control my diabetes better.
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  • -LINDA_S
    Ha! Look where "evidence-based" medicine has gotten us--fatter and sicker for the most part. Yes, you are indeed your own best evidence, and proving it every day! Have a great week!

    2964 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    How wonderful that you can actually teach your Doctor ...
    Ros my friend, you are doing so well ...but please never go anywere without your Ventolin ...
    Asthma is one of those deseases that can turn around and come back ...
    I have been living with it for 70 years ... and I am the best I have ever been in my whole life ..but I still take my puffer with me wherever I go ..
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