You may recall Kathy’s spectacular success story that began with Wheat Belly, a story she shared in a two-way interview I had with her. In the spirit of the Undoctored lifestyle in which we work to free ourselves from the absurd tyranny of most medical interactions, here is an update from Kathy on her dealings with her doctor:
I had my semi-annual physical yesterday and it was interesting. My relationship with my doctor is a bit colorful, to put it mildly. She’s been trying to convince me to go on cardiac medications “just in case” for years. I do have a cardiac history and was having some very concerning symptoms pre-Wheat Belly 3 years ago (syncopal episodes, atrial flutter, palpitations, shortness of breath, severe edema just to name a few). It all cleared up from being on Wheat Belly. My lab numbers improved significantly but my cholesterol still teeters on what the doc says is borderline unhealthy (but still in the healthy range). Blood pressure a tad low but it’s been that way my entire life and has actually improved from a dangerously low level that was causing my prior issues. Very low blood pressure is just as dangerous as very high pressure.
So I brought in my list of Wheat Belly supplements and braced myself for the standard lectures and recommendations that she has to make. Doc starts making the “just in case” pill recommendations (cholesterol, calcium supplements, blood pressure meds, etc) and I just grin and say “Nope, nope, nope!” I get some eye rolling here and there from her, especially when I tell her in a very blunt fashion that I will never take any of those meds and supplements no matter what she says. I like to think that I’m her favorite non-compliant patient 😁. Ironically, she views my supplement list with suspicion, yet she wants me to go on medications with known side effects and the potential to lead to further health issues.
She always expresses surprise that I have no serious health conditions at my age. “At my age?” I’m only 55! How sad it is that it has come to be expected that once you hit your 50’s, disease is supposed to strike. I find it truly ironic that here you have someone “at my age” with nary a health condition, taking supplements, maintaining a healthy weight and healthy as a horse with labs that are improving as I age, yet she wants to put me on meds “just in case”. So I asked her, “Doc, if what I’m doing just happens to be working, why do you want to mess with that?” As always, there is no answer. She knows about the Wheat Belly way of life and even though I am always opposing most of her recommendations, I’m very upfront about it and she is very pleased overall with my health. She says that she wishes all her patients would be willing to do the work to get healthy and would love to be able to recommend the WB way of life, unfortunately 99.99% of her patients just want a pill. I find that so sad.
Advocate for your health and don’t be afraid to oppose your doctor. The pictures are of me pre-WB (taken around 8-10 years ago, I think) and this past fall, 80 pounds lighter and feeling 20 years younger at age 55.
Do you appreciate what we are up against? Kathy’s doctor is confronted with magnificent health, slenderness, and youthfulness that Kathy achieved without medication, but the doctor has no idea what to do. It’s as if there is something magical about the prescription drugs the doctor dispenses, having lost sight of her real mission: help patients be healthy.
Health achieved without medications is superior to “health” achieved with medications. Blood sugars reduced, for instance, to normal with diet and addressing the factors that influence insulin resistance (vitamin D, magnesium, iodine, omega-3 fatty acids, etc.) and are deficient due to modern lifestyles is a far better situation than blood sugars reduced with metformin and Byetta injections.
Be Undoctored and be freed of the deep ignorance of doctors and the healthcare system with health that is superior to what they would have achieved.