Great email from a newly minted Paleo MD. He was enthusiastic about having it published.
I’ve been looking for local people with similar points of view around my area and stumbled on your blog a few months ago. I had no idea you were in the San Jose area. I’m an Emergency Physician who works in San Jose. I’ve been a paleo convert for 4 months and my entire family is eating that way. I plan on living disease-free and this, to my best knowledge is the only way to do it. Life is quite different now that I know better than to trust conventional medical theories to treat patients. When I see patients now I run down their medication lists and quickly stop statins and antacids (proton pump inhibitors, Zantac etc.) and any other useless medication that they’ve been on for years and never questioned. You’d be amazed how many women are on statins (never been shown to help them) and people over 65 (again, useless). Those medications that they really can’t stop (type I DM on insulin) I counsel them about dietary changes. The look on their faces when I tell them to eat saturated fat and more meat is priceless.
The nice thing about the hospital where I work is that we do not accept honorarium from pharmaceutical companies and even more importantly: They aren’t allowed on our property to solicit MD’s. I get the greatest reward when I call many of these patients on follow up and find out that they’re doing better – especially when they lose the grains from their diet. That still doesn’t stop stupidity at our institution though. I recently had a 35 year-old male admitted with angina (90% involvement of LAD and ended up with 2 stents… sigh). I told him to increase saturated fat and protein afterwards. The note afterwards was from his angry primary doctor who wrote ("ER MD told him to eat more fat and protein. Consulted nutritionist on advising patient to go on low-fat ADA cardiac diet"). I almost punched the computer screen.
Anyways. If you’re ever in need of emergency care in the area, there is a Paleo-friendly Emergency Physician around!
I’m going to put him in touch with some of the other paleo-friendly docs via email. Maybe they can get some sort of network going. Things are looking up.