My paleo journey has at once liberated me, and also made me feel helpless to all the worlds health problems. It all comes down to getting people to listen. Not just to stop and hear. But to truly listen and think. Consider. Reflect.
My personal physician was not aware of paleo, evolutionary medicine and diet, until I started telling him what I was doing to explain my significant weight loss. He was supportive if not convinced. He sees so many patients on a daily basis. If it was me, it would drive me literally crazy to not be able to help all the people coming in with diabetes, heart disease, and auto-immune diseases. I came across an article a few weeks ago on a new resource I love – PaleolithicMD.com In typical PaleoCoder fashion though, I didn’t get around to reading it until today.
In this article titled “How Has My Transition to Paleo Changed My Approach To Treating the Big Three In My Patients?“, Dr. Ernie Garcia discusses how his practice has changed in recent years with his adoption of a paleo lifestyle. “My Paleo journey began as a personal one. I did it to feel better, get fitter, and live longer. The more I researched the science behind it, the more it was obvious to me that it should be a tremendous treatment for diabetes.” Dr. Garcia discusses his Big Three conditions his patients present; Hypertension (HTN), Cholesterol, and Diabetes. All three of these problems react well to a paleo dietary change. It’s interesting to hear his reasoning as to how he approaches fixing each of these problems. A Paleo lifestyle change is first… “If we can do that with a Paleo lifestyle, awesome! This is ALWAYS my first choice.” What was a bit of a wake up call to me was his frank discussion on hypertension and medication and his continued aggressive approach. I have seen significant improvement in my blood pressure as I lost weight and improved my health. So much so, that I really had full intentions of getting off all medication. Now, I am resolved to that not necessarilly ever happening. Sure it’s more managable and doses may be much less. But the seriousness of the condition and its direct correspondence death leave me willing to be pragmatic.
He has a very strong argument for treatment of diabetes. “Blood pressure high?…I can bring it down no problem! Cholesterol up?…just take this medicine and you’ll look great on paper in 6 weeks! Diabetes on the other hand is no where near as simple”Blood pressure high?…I can bring it down no problem! Cholesterol up?…just take this medicine and you’ll look great on paper in 6 weeks! Diabetes on the other hand is no where near as simple.” He makes it perfectly clear to his patients that “in my opinion, their best chance for long term sugar control and limiting the meds they will need to use is to adapt an 85-90% Paleolithic lifestyle.”
Dr. Garcia struggles with the weight of trying to help everyone he sees as well. “I’ll admit, it really bums me out when people won’t give it a try. I practically beg for patient’s to try it for 30 days because I know they won’t go back.” Dr. Garcia claims a 100% success rate for those patients who go the full 30 days. I earnestly ask anyone not familiar with paleo and the long list of diseases our society now battles, to please read Dr. Garcia’s article and blog. Inform yourself.
30 days is all it takes to find out how your body reacts to the foods in your diet. Anyone can do this for 30 days. If after reading this, you are interested in trying it out, here are a couple 30 day plans to make it simple to get started.