Finding an MD that appreciates plant-based nutrition


A daunting task in a system based on treating symptoms; not causes

Embed jpg survey u rUpdated 3-10-16. We now have an MD Help page on this site. It is listed in the banner atop every page.

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I often hear from people who find it frustrating to deal with physicians who are uninformed when it comes to promoting health with plant-based nutrition. Just this week, I received this note:

Hello Mr. Hicks, I was wondering where I could find a whole foods, plant-based-diet-prescribing doctor like in the movie Forks over Knives.

I have never liked taking medicine and I have never liked the idea of only treating the symptoms.  I also have never been interested in eating meat.  I just stopped drinking milk in the past two weeks.  I have been told I am in excellent health but I don’t feel like I am.  I would appreciate any information you could share with me and look forward to your e-mail.

My response. Dear Friend, I understand your frustration and want you to know that you’re not alone. With more people switching to plant-based eating, there will be more physicians in the future to help guide us. But for now, we must seek them out on our own.

Dr. Michael Klaper

Many people who are striving to take charge of their health with a whole foods, plant-based diet will occasionally need the counsel of a medical doctor. They may need guidance when it comes to adjusting/eliminating their medications or they may need help with things like food allergies, digestive issues, cancer screening, autoimmune disorders and a host of other medical issues.

Unfortunately, the medical doctors of today didn’t learn much, if anything, about nutrition in medical school and are not aware that up to 80% of our costs of health care are driven by our food choices. Since the majority of doctors still believe that you “need” to eat some animal protein to be healthy, they will not be able to properly counsel you as you make the shift to a whole foods, plant-based diet. MD Help page

Another writer asks about fish oil for dry eye:

Dear Mr. Hicks, I have been on a plant based diet for 3 1/2 months now.  I took your survey and came out on top. YEA! The main reason I switched was to improve my cardiovascular system and thus hopefully prevent diabetes and Alzheimers. Since the switch I have continued to learn about so many other benefits for myself and the world.

However, after a recent visit to my eye doctor, he recommended that I take fish oil for dry eye prevention. I told him that I was following a plant based diet so he consulted a fellow eye professional’s advice that is also a nutritionist. I also asked if hemp oil would achieve the same result.

Their conclusion was that a high grade fish oil would be the best choice. Not cod fish oil, but one with a 6/1 ratio of EPA/DHA.  They stated that consistent high grade hemp oil was hard to find, so that would not be recommended. I have been taking Minami Nutrition MOREPA supercritical omega-3 fish oil 800 mg once a day.

Do you have any additional information on dry eye prevention? Thanks, Kathy

My response. Updated 2-19-13. We now have an MD Help page on this site. It is listed in the banner atop every page of the site.

Many people who are striving to take charge of their health with a whole foods, plant-based diet will occasionally need the counsel of a medical doctor. They may need guidance when it comes to adjusting/eliminating their medications or they may need help with things like food allergies, digestive issues, cancer screening, autoimmune disorders and a host of other medical issues.

Unfortunately, the medical doctors of today didn’t learn much, if anything, about nutrition in medical school and are not aware that up to 80% of our costs of health care are driven by our food choices. Since the majority of doctors still believe that you “need” to eat some animal protein to be healthy, they will not be able to properly counsel you as you make the shift to a whole foods, plant-based diet.

MD Help. Since this blog was first published, I added an MD Help tab (where you can schedule telephone consultations with a “plant-savvy” medical doctor). That tab appears under the top banner on every page of this site.

One final idea. You might try submitting a “question” to Dr. Michael Greger on his website at nutritionfacts.org. Just now, I searched for information on fish oil and dry eye on his site but found none at the present. But if you send in a question, there is a good chance he’ll get to it eventually. He is a wealth of information. I hope this helps. Best, J. Morris Hicks

Now that we’ve taken over the management of our own health, these two 4Leaf-ers don’t visit physicians very often.

Closing personal story. The longer we eat a near optimal diet, the less frequent are our visits to primary care physicians. That’s because “vibrant health” doesn’t need much supervision.

Recently my son (38) visited a dermatologist for a little something on his face and went through the routine checklist with the receptionist before seeing the doctor. She asked if he still had the same primary care physician, Dr. Meade. He replied “yes.” She then said, “No you don’t—because he retired two years ago.”

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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6 Responses to Finding an MD that appreciates plant-based nutrition

  1. Donny says:

    Hello Dr. Hicks,

    I’ve been seeking out a family/primary care physician with plant-based nutrition experience/knowledge and have had great difficulty finding one. I live in Dallas, TX. Any recommendations?

    Thanks!

  2. marie says:

    hi I am trying to find a plant based dietician in the new York area that accepts Aetna or pomco health insurance and am unable to get any straight forward results from the internet.

  3. Kathy Koppers says:

    Thank you for you responses. I will post my question to Dr. Michael Greger and give Dr. Klapler a call. I will share any feedback that I receive. Best to you all, Kathy

  4. Finding a plant-based doctor can be difficult! I am a Naturopathic Physician, ND and practice lifestyle and plant-based nutritional medicine. However, I’m unique in my professional community as well – as there are not many plant-based Naturopathic Doctors! We’ve got to get more doctors trained (MDs, DC, DO, and NDs) and onboard – there is a demand for this service!

  5. Jim,

    Finding a doctor comparable to John McDougall is an impossible task.

    In NYC, I found one doctor who is vegan and has completed the Campbell nutrition course.

    I have had two visits thus far but I have not formed any opinion as yet to her medical practice.

    She is young and at least is slender and probably eats plant based.

    Carrie Bowler, DO

    cbowler@onemedical.com

    One Medical Group
    30 Broad Street, 45 Floor
    New York NY 10004

    212-530-0630
    212-867-4353 (fax)

    http://www.onemedical.com

    Sal Liggieri

  6. Bill K. says:

    J.

    My first doctor stopped practicing after he had a heart attach and my current doctor is getting overweight. If they would only listen, I think that I would be a bigger help to them than they are to me. I say this as I have not had any weight or health issues in over 7 years since switching to a low fat raw vegan diet.

    Regarding dry eyes, It was not clear to me whether Kathy currently has an issue with her eyes being dry or if she was trying to prevent a future problem premptively. I have had the problem in that past and found that it was not so much what I added to my diet as it was what I removed. I stopped using spices like pepper and salt and also garlic and onion which can cause your body to become dehydrated. The main reason for this is that when something irritating enters the body, the bodies first reation is to try and delute the irritant so that it is less potent. It uses whatever water is available in your body for this purpose. Thus liquid that is used for moistening your mouth or your eyes is diverted to holding the irritant in delution. This is also why in some cases people can carry 10-20 pounds of excess water weight around and not even realize it. At which point the body gains the necessary energy and lympth capacity to remove these irratants then they will be purged. When I first went of the LFRV diet I lost 20 pounds in 3 weeks which was mostly this excess water because my body now had the energy to get rid of it. Another thing that I have found helpful for a couple of reasons is coconut oil. I take a very small (1/2 teaspoon) amount each day and it has helped eliminate my dry skin and also enhanced my memory. Supposedly it can also help in cases of dementia and elzheimers but I have not seen any direct scientific proof yet on that. The name coconut oil can be a little deciving in that below 76 deg. F it is a solid. It is sold in most health food stores in a small jar. For those who still cook their food it can also be used as a somewhat healthy cooking oil.

    Have an excellent day!!

    Bill

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