December 21, 2017
YOU MUST BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE! You know that right? You can’t look to someone else because you know your body better than anyone.
I love my doctor. I would depend on my doctor if I broke a bone, couldn’t figure out what was going on without bloodwork and should I need more serious discovery. However, I don’t look to my doctor to tell me how to live and she’s the first to tell me I’m right to think that way.
Sadly, most doctors in the US have a rudimentary understanding of nutrition (that’s generous). While some opted to take nutrition courses, it wasn’t required of them. Many were taught that their job was between them and disease; the patient just a bystander. They are not there to teach you health, they are there to fix you with meds, a knife or ‘let’s give it some time’. There are great ones out there, don’t get me wrong! Their education is to blame, not them personally.
“Imagine a cliff where people keep falling off and dying. Instead of erecting a warning sign at the top of the cliff telling people not to approach, modern medicine just places ambulances at the bottom” ~Denis Burkitt, MD
I will never tell you not to listen to your doc. It’s not my place, right or interest to do so. What I am here to tell you is that you must strive to go beyond what you’re told and do the groundwork of understanding how to live a healthy lifestyle. One that mirrors your own priorities and goals.