Vegan Friendly Doctors
Posted by SynthVegan at 11/16/2009
So I've visited my new doctor twice now and he has insisted (both times) that my health problems are due to my vegan diet. I know with great confidence that my diet helps my condition and that eating meat/dairy would make it worse.
I decided to search the web for doctors but there doesn't seem to be too much information out there (for Chicago). The last thing I want to do is call several doctors (I will if I have to though). Does anyone have any suggestions?
Moreover, I have vegan friends who have had similar experiences. A couple of them switched doctors and found people that were willing to work with the vegan diet and not assume it was the cause of any and all health problems. One female friend of mine was anemic and so she found a female doctor who suggested a revamped vegan diet that emphasized more leafy greens (which fixed the anemia). Other doctors didn't care and told my friend, "Eat beef."
The point is, you need to find someone who is more culturally aligned and sensitive about your beliefs. That's not to say all Asian doctors will be on your side, or that all American doctors won't be, but you should probably make it clear upfront that you're vegan and you're not changing your diet. If the doctor has a problem with that, you should move on and find someone else
I think it goes to show that you really have no idea when you go see someone what their thoughts will be. I suppose word of mouth is the best resource. Short of that I will tell you an empowering piece of advice. When you see a doctor, he/she works for you. You are the customer of the medical model and you should voice your wants, needs, and yes, your expectations. Allow yourself to be in the driver's seat; though by design, they don't appreciate it. I have taken docs by surprise w that initiative, but I feel like my time is honored more, as well as my medical views and lifestyle. And what condekedar said, tell the doc upfront who you are and what you are about; if they don't respect you, you know the situation is not for you.
I never go to doctors because of this issue, and also, for their propensity to medicate every problem. This doctor just wrote up some prescription to remedy my symptoms – I will not be taking it. I don't understand why doctors will not take the time to find the cause of the problem rather than just slapping a band-aid (medication) on it. Anyway, sorry for my rant, but if anyone else has any ideas as to how to find a Vegan friendly doctor, please let me know.
if you are still Chitown...
Matthew Sorrentino, MD, FACC
University of Chicago Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 702-6924
that's the guy the comes up in Chicago. maybe he's the guy; though it looks like he's a heart doc, hopefully your ticker ain't the issue.
that one doc may be a good reference?
next time at the local HF store, see if you can find a directory, or even ask around who they see as docs, if they are a veg HF; if you get the same answer from a few folks maybe that would be a better bet. But like you said, calling the hospital is prob more informed, more so, the guy I linked at the hospital may be even more helpful!
Hope something works out and you are well!!
Chiropractic & PT
Health Nutrition Chiropractic
You are right not to compromise. I am a physician who advocates a plant-based diet. I, unfortunately, do not know anyone in the Chicago area but I am hoping that perhaps maybe one of the folks above may be able to help you in your search. If you do find one let me know as I am currently creating a database on my site to provide this information to people. :)
Best Wishes, Jenna
I am a very new vegan, and I have already decided to go hollistic when searching for a doctor. I haven't done it yet, but I will try to never use a conventional doctor again, if I can manage it. Because it will only result in prescriptions...drugs drugs drugs...I had never thought about "vegan friendly" doctors-I will look into that as well. I live near St. Louis, in Illinois, so I will look up the people that were recommended to you-thanks everyone!
I'm a One Medical Group member and we have great vegan-friendly doctors in San Francisco and New York City (Mark Berman and Carrie Bowler):
One Medical Group
595 Castro Street
SF, CA 94114
One Medical Group
30 Broad Street, 45th Fl
New York, NY 10004
So if any of you are in those cities, I would totally recommend them!
Also -- anyone know of a good vegan-friendly doctor finder?