Why I Do Not Go To The Doctor
My daughter recently went to her doctor for a checkup because she isn’t losing weight. She believes she could be insulin resistant, aka Type 2 diabetes, which is a lifestyle disease that has affected four generations in our family.
When the doctor her asked if I was being treated for diabetes, my daughter said that I would rather die than take medication! The doctor asked her why and my daughter said that I believed some conspiracy theory where doctors prescribe medicine and patients continue to get sick.
Well, that’s only partially true. I think most doctors believe they are helping their patients, but if the patient takes the medication and doesn’t improve their lifestyle (diet, exercise, rest, less stress), they will continue to get sick.
With this post, I hope to set the record straight, to separate the truths from the myths.
The truth is, I see doctors every day! Here is a list of doctors I visit often via amazing algorithms:
- Dr. Eric Berg — “I’m not FAT. I have lots of POTENTIAL ENERGY!”
You should lose weight so you can be healthier, because obesity is a health risk causing heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and stroke. Right? No, you have fat because some area of your body is unhealthy. Heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, stroke AND obesity are symptoms of the same thing — an unhealthy body. Somehow obesity has been assigned as a primary cause or a disease, when in reality it is an effect or result of something else.
- Dr. Neal Bernard — “Rather than using people as recipients of prescriptions, let’s instead work with people as partners to put the best fuel in their bodies.”
- Dr. T. Colin Campbell — My hero! I took his plant-based nutrition certificate course and attended the launch of his documentary, Plant Pure Nation. What Dr. Campbell has contributed in his 50 years of scientific study and went through to share his findings deserves a Nobel Peace Prize! He is a humble man with high integrity, so I’m sure it doesn’t matter to him, but I hope he gets immortalized for his ground-breaking work in cancer research and leading the plant-based movement.
- Dr. Jaimela Dulaney — “You can’t outrun or out exercise poor nutrition.”
- Dr. Sten Eckberg — “Type 2 diabetics don’t have a lack of insulin. They have too much. The solution is not to increase the action of insulin to lower blood sugar it is to reduce the dietary sugar and carbohydrates that raise blood sugar in the first place.”
- Dr. Bernard Esselstyn — “As a physician, I am embarrassed by my profession’s lack of interest in healthier lifestyles. We need to change the way we approach chronic disease.”
- Dr. Joel Fuhrman — “The most important thing to remember about food labels is that you should avoid foods that have labels.”
- Dr. Alan Goldhammer — “The goal is to get healthier a little bit faster than you’re getting older and sicker. If you succeed, you’re able to sustain health. If you fail, you’ll see inevitable consequences all around you.”
- Dr. Michael Greger — “I continue to be amazed by our bodies’ ability for self-repair. Our bodies want to be healthy, if we would just let them. That’s what these new research articles are showing: Even after years of beating yourself up with a horrible diet, your body can reverse the damage, open back up the arteries, even reverse the progression of some cancers. Amazing! So it’s never too late to start exercising, never too late to stop smoking and never too late to start eating healthier.”
- Dr. Mark Hyman — “The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital.” Since March 1st, I have been following his PEGAN DIET, along with Katie Couric. I’m down 9 lbs. and feeling good.
- Dr. Michael Klapper — “If I could deliver one message to the researchers who are looking for the cause of diabetes, and the cause of clogged arteries, and the cause of high blood pressure, and the cause of obesity, I would tell them the answer is in three words. It’s the food!”
- Dr. Caroline Leaf — “If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”
- Dr. Doug Lisle — “Keep in mind that getting control of any addictive-type problem nearly always requires multiple efforts. If at first you don’t fully succeed, keep trying and keep learning; remember, most cigarette smokers finally quit on the eighth serious attempt.”
- Dr. Alan Mandell — “Millions of people are deficient in Vitamin D and don’t know it until sickness strikes… Get on vitamin D, that can be the difference between happiness and depression.”
- Dr. John McDougall — “Day by day, you’ll be making your best effort at creating better health. And day by day, you’ll find yourself looking better, weighing less, and feeling more energy and confidence. It doesn’t happen without effort. But that’s what makes it great. You earn the right to be healthier, happier, more vital, beautiful, and alive. Enjoy it. You deserve to look and feel great.”
- Dr. Robert Morse — “People don’t want to change their diets. I get that. But if you don’t want to change your diet, enjoy your suffering. Man just hasn’t come to understand how vital his diet is.”
Several of these doctors have their own podcasts or YouTube videos that I make a part of my daily routine to listen to or watch. They work tirelessly to help us figure out the root cause of symptoms that most ‘traditional’ doctors treat with medication.
I have been to many traditional doctors. Most had no clue how to help other than medicate me with metformin, blood pressure meds, water pills, etc.
I want to find out why I have autoimmune issues, fatigue, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, not medicate these symptoms that will continue to get worse. That is why I don’t go to a doctor’s office unless I want to get blood tests or if I have an acute medical emergency.
My goal is to reverse disease, achieve optimal health, and have abundant energy. How can I do that if I am just medicating my symptoms? I have to stop doing what is making me sick (eating processed foods and sugar, especially HFCS, sedentary lifestyle — hello fellow writers) and start doing what will help me heal, which the doctors listed above graciously and consistently share.
I am grateful for technology that enables bold doctors and scientists to share truths in an effort to help us heal. I learn more every day that helps me understand how food, exercise, rest, and stress affects my body. I believe this information is paves the path to healing and optimal health.
One of my mentors, Dr. John C. Maxwell, has a great quote about changing ingrained habits and lifestyle choices:
People change when they hurt enough that they have to change, learn enough that they want to change, receive enough that they are able to change.
When it comes to my health, Dr. Maxwell’s adage applies. Being overweight and unhealthy has hurt me in many ways. It has negatively affected my self-esteem, romantic relationship, and quality of life.
I wish it was something I could take a pill to fix, but I know the truth, healing starts with the next bite of food, with the information I feed my mind, and with every movement of my body.
So, instead of going to a traditional doctor for a quick fix, I will continue to learn and get support from holistic doctors who have helped thousands of patients heal themselves using modern research and ancient wisdom:
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
If you have autoimmune issues or lifestyle diseases, I highly recommend you check out the doctors listed above. What you learn will be life changing!
Not sure where to start? I recommend NutritionFacts.org, which is Dr. Greger’s not-for-profit website that helps us understand science-based reports, studies, and information. They also have an App where you can track your daily requirements of health-promoting foods.