How To Hire A Vegan-Friendly Doctor

How To Hire A Vegan-Friendly Doctor

All of the symptoms my husband and I experienced when we switched to a plant-based diet were positive symptoms such as healthy weight loss, increased vibrancy, leaner body composition, more clarity in thinking, etc.   I completely reversed my recurring Candida disease  meaning I never experienced another Candida overgrowth again since learning the true cause of Candida.  I also learned to avoid constipation after switching to a plant-based diet.  My skin cleared up. My husband  benefited even more, knowing he was finally in control of his cardiovascular health and no longer had to fear heart attacks,  because a healthy vegan diet effectively prevents them. We knew going into the plant-based diet that it was the right thing to do all the way around  and we knew how to do it in wellness, because we had read enough to know how to eat healthy.

But sometimes people experience unwanted symptoms when changing diets. One of the biggest challenges in making changes in one’s diet is our tendency to assume the dietary change caused new symptoms.  It is possible that changing one’s diet can cause a sort of detox effect including temporary unwanted symptoms. It’s possible that the symptom was there before and the person is just now noticing it,  and it’s possible there is no causality between dietary change and the symptoms in question. It’ is also possible that a person is eating too much junk food whether vegan or non-vegan and not enough healthy plant-based nutrition from whole organic fresh foods including some raw (not cooked) fruits, vegetables and leafy greens. Eating  too much of any kind of junk food will certainly cause adverse symptoms.  People  debate about what is junk food; hopefully we can all agree fried food is junk food, pastries and candy bars are junk food. Soda pop is junk, etc. Oil is junk food.  Please note that corn chips are almost always fried and thus are junk food. Caffeine is junk. etc.

Regardless of whether a person experiences adverse symptoms or not  during the transition to plant-based nutrition, it is essential to hire a vegan doctor or at least a vegan-friendly doctor to consult and support you along the way.

How To Hire A Vegan-Friendly Doctor

1.) Allocate 2 hours of time in your calendar.

2.) Google family doctors, general practitioners, or internal medicine doctors, etc. in your chosen area.

3.) Have a notepad and pen ready. Call each office and ask each receptionist “Is the physician vegan-friendly, that is accepting of a plant-based diet?”  If you need to explain it further, you might clarify by saying something such as “In other words, does the doctor push for a diet that includes animal protein or does the doctor accept and even support a plant-based diet?”

4.) Ask the receptionist to ask the doctor and then call you back.

Many many doctors push for the latest meat-based diet. Currently it’s the Paleo diet.  If you are trying to switch to a plant-based diet, avoid these people!  Many of them will proselytize and argue with you and not support your switch to plant-based living.

In addition to finding a local doctor who is supportive of plant-based nutrition, it helps to meet with local like-minded people through social networks such as MeetUp and to read literature and listen to talks provided by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).  Sign up to PCRM and to your nearest plant-based support group.   Then find a vegan-friendly doctor, and you got this!

 

 


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