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    Theresa VelaTheresa
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    Just wondering how many folks who get disenchanted with traditional medicine have ever returned to their old doctors after getting a significant improvement in their health following a true grain free diet? I have heard many a story on this forum and on facebook of people who have made vast improvements in their health. Have also noticed most say they would NEVER return to this or that doctor.  I also wonder how many folks continue to visit the traditional doctor and not mention they are following a gluten free diet for fear of ridicule. I know of a couple of folks who have done this and allowed to let the doctor to believe the benefit in their health was due to the medications they were prescribing when in fact they were only taking the medicine at half the dose prescribed! I think we can all play a part in informing and educating the traditionally trained medical professional if we speak up! Does that last doctor that thought you were a “train wreck”, “basket case”, or “incurable” think you're probably dead by now? No matter how badly you were treated or how much resentment you feel for traditional medicine if you are one of those who is benefitting from living gluten free please visit, call, send a note (with picture) to your old doctor. Maybe if we flood their offices with success stories of their most difficult cases their interest will be piqued. Maybe if we all do this around the same time it will give them something to talk about in the lunchroom! I still want to believe these folks went into the field of medicine because they truly wanted to help the hurting. I'm sure there are a few exceptions but I do so want to believe most are true and sincere in their interest in the healing arts.?

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    Lori Quandtfarmwife67
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    I wondered what my Doctor was going to say and she was actually very happy about everything.  She said they don't know everything there is to know about what we eat and how it effects us. She told me to keep doing what I am doing. I had told them (husband and wife team), that my functional medicine Doctor told me I have candida and they told me they do not believe in candida, but the diet is very healthy so keep following it since I'm doing so well. I figured I don't care what we call it, just glad I'm doing better. They also asked many questions about how hard it is to follow and change from the SAD. I was very upbeat and explained about my internet support. I agree we all need to go to our Doctors and tell them everything we are doing so they pay attention! I think we can teach them too!

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    Theresa VelaTheresa
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    Lori, that is wonderful! Hopefully this will be the case in more and more offices. I am very interested in the other replies we may get on this thread. I work in a Dr's office. If a patient asks my boss he usually just says that he doesn't believe there is “that big” a connection with diet and arthritis with the exception of gout but adds if they would like to try a particular diet it “probably wouldn't hurt”. He does know about my going gluten free last year and has seen the difference in me and my health but has not asked me much about it other than if I am “really feeling that different” and if so I should continue as it “seems to work for you”.  Unfortunately I am unable to share much of my story other than I am gluten free due to stomach issues when inevetably patients ask about my weight loss. One of our patients wispered in my ear that she had been gluten free for almost 2 yrs but had been afraid to say anything for fear the doctor would think her “crazy”. This is one of the folks I referred to in the original post that was only taking half the medication (anti-inflammatory) prescribed! Another is a post I saw on one of the many facebook pages I follow. I recognized the name as a patient we had seen in the distant past that never got very good results with anything we tried and eventually left in a huff promising never to return. If this is the same person it sounds like she is doing tons better! This got me to thinking and wondering.

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    Ariella WellsAriella6
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    i have been vocal with my dr and with drs i have had to work with for my children in regards to diet and health.  If i am not my own and their advocate who will be.  Some were open and some were not but at least i tried.

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