It only matters what works for you.

They must, I’m certain. Even my seLf-professed curmudgeon of a naturopath in Colorado had a perfectly lovely fiance who I knew professionally. They had a real life that would pass for normal. So he almost certainly had friends. Doctors are people too, right?

So how is it that the western medical profession as a generalized whole is not becoming more aware of the prevalence of food issues? Do they think we’re lying? Confused? Undereducated? I wish I knew so we rabble-rousers knew which direction to point our putative rabble in.

Today I went to a lovely networking lunch to promote my day job. I had a great time meeting fun and interesting people. After the ‘official’ parts were over I stayed to chat with a few people and, as it so very often does when I’m present, the topic of food allergies came up. Funny that, I know. The woman across from me has been gluten free (more or less) for just a few months after being diagnosed by her chiropractor. I was also diagnosed by my chiropractor, but that’s a story for a different post. The woman next to me told a story of a personal friend who had nearly died of a stroke caused by the cumulative side effects of undiagnosed celiac. Another woman joined our conversation when she heard ‘celiac’ because her mother has it and she herself was ‘in denial’.

Four random ladies in Virginia who gathered for completely unrelated reasons all have a personal story about celiac. That came up in more or less random conversation.

And that was the second allergy conversation I had at that luncheon. The first one popped up because two of us had to be sure that our meals had been prepared gluten free. Two of us at a table of five.

I grant that I may notice that this comes up more often around me because I care, so I notice when the topic comes up. Turns out that the conversation also comes up in my husband’s male dominated IT oriented work place. How do you provide a treat for clients when one of their staff has a food intolerance? One of his co workers shares my primary allergies, soy, gluten, and dairy, so he hooked us up so I could tell her about dairy free ice cream.

My point here is, these conversations are happening all the time.

Why aren’t MDs hearing them?

Why aren’t MDs LISTENING?

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Comments on: "Do doctors have friends?" (8)

  1. Great post and I’ve thought of that often.

  2. Yes, that’s a good point, isn’t it! It’s one thing to say they weren’t educated about it. It’s another to wonder what rock they are living under all this time later!

    • Exactly. If chiropractors all over the country are diagnosing this regularly, why aren’t MDs at least exploring the idea? I know it is hard to make people change their diet, and it is probably true that many people wouldn’t change if they were told to, but there are still many of us who WOULD if only we had any idea. They know people won’t go on weightloss diets but that doesn’t stop them from prescribing them.

  3. So, my husband is a physician and I have Celiac’s. We have a GF/DF house because my husband prefers to eat that way also and we are WAY healthier because of it. But you gals should do some research on DO’s or Doctor of Osteopathy. Not all physicians are MD’s some have gone to school to learn manipulation, what chiropractors do, and also have gone to medical school.

    • Summercaitlyn-
      Thank you for taking the time for a helpful post. I’m sure my words must frustrate you since you are married to an amazing person who gets it. My last physician of record was an Osteopath. She did the very best she could and was always supportive if I came up with a path to try, but she did not have the knowledge or training to actually help me. I’m very sure she *wanted* to, but didn’t know how.
      Since relocating I have interviewed 2 potential physicians, both of whom were very uncomfortable with helping me outside the ‘box’ of their knowledge. I’m still searching, because I know the wonderful forward thinking ones are out there, but ones that participate in my insurance and are also forward thinking continue to elude me.

  4. IME, pediatricians and pediatric specialists are VERY attuned to food allergies and sensitivities. They probably weren’t when we were growing up, but now, with 1/88 of their patients on the autism spectrum (which frquently presents with food difficulties), things have changed. of course, i live within 90 minute drive of 5 medical schools, so that may have something to do with it. perhaps you should look for a family physician who actually treats kids, especially one who Is well-regarded in the autism community.

    • That is excellent news Tara! Even if it can’t help us, if we can prevent the long term damage in kids we’ll finally get ahead of the problem! I do think your proximity to good schools and connection to the autistic community makes a difference to your experience. I still talk to a lot of parents of asthmatic children who have never been counseled to do a dairy free trial. But if new docs are coming out of schools with better training, then there is hope.

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