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I searched the forum for a similar thread (I could have sworn I saw one before), but to no avail.<br><br><br><br>
Have any of you been able to find veg-friendly doctors or general practitioners? Sure, I could go to an acupuncturist or naturopath, but we're paying for health insurance and I'd like to have a doctor who is at least supportive of the lifestyle.<br><br><br><br>
I've searched the web in hopes of a database, but didn't have much luck. I figure my only chance is to call EVERY doctor on my list (45 names) and "inquire." But even then, what do I say? "Hi. Are you nice to vegetarians, or are do you give them a hard time?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"><br><br><br><br>
Any ideas?
 
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I'm lucky that all of the doctors in my local surgery at home in the Uk are very veggie and vegan friendly- i think it is partly to do with the location (large number of alternative lifestyles) and partly due to the holistic veiw of healthcare that they take- as well as being trained medical doctors they all also hold specialist advanced training in things like homeopathy and other alternative medicines, or mental health, addiction treatment etc.<br><br><br><br>
i'm greatful that they see their job as being get to the root of an issue, and support a healthy lifestyle that avoids it and other problems from reoccuring, and that supports my general wellbeing, as aposed to putting a bandaid on the latest complaint that i've wandered in the door with (lol) and that they support an 'integrated medicine service' including the availability of acupuncture, homoeopathy, osteopathy, herbal medicine and massage on site. i was lucky to get all this when i was home... why did i leave, lol?<br><br><br><br>
anyway- back to you, lol: i'd try and find out which general practitioners (don't know what they're called in the states, probably 'family doctors?) in your area take a holistic approach to healthcare (this doesn't neccesarily mean they're jostick waving hippies, just that they don't automatically reach for the prozac and antibiotics as you walk in the door, lol).<br><br><br><br>
if they have brochures or a website for their practice, or if you can ask, i'd start by finding out what additional training and specialisms they have as well as the general MD stuff- i think people who are openminded when it comes to healthcare treatment methods, are probably more likely to be openminded about less mainstream dietary choices too -from experience i've found that that doctors who are prepared to look outside the box like this oftentimes are also prepared to educate themselves on different ways of dealing with things and be more openminded about their patients choices- dietary or otherwise.<br><br><br><br>
i've also heard it suggested that many doctors from an indian background are generally quite accepting and even educated about vegetarianism, as its very commonplace to be vegetarian in many indian cultures- so might be worth seeing if this is the case in your area too.<br><br><br><br>
and i'd not have a problem with calling and asking to speak to the doctor and asking them outright for their honest veiws on vegetarianism, and if they'd have any issues or concerns about supporting you as a veg*n patient.<br><br><br><br>
i'd rather have a short, frank discussion, and sound out my potential healthcare provider and find that they're not right for me, than find out 6 months down the line that every time i go in their door they're going to roll their eyes at me and tell me i need to eat steak and my veg*nism is the reason why i'm depressed/tired/sick/fat/ anemic/growing green earhair out of my ears/suffering from other random medical condition.<br><br><br><br>
good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
eta: i just found this from a page on vegfamily.com:<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">If at all possible, Amy Lanou, PhD, Nutrition Director at The Physicians' Committee of Responsible Medicine, suggests finding a physician who is knowledgeable about preventive medicine and vegetarian nutrition or one who is open to working with these concepts. "Keep in mind that very few doctors have had more than cursory training in nutrition. For this reason, they tend not to be able to offer useful advice in this area," says Lanou.<br><br><br><br>
She says that it is not generally necessary to share dietary information with your doctor unless the reason for the visit involves a diet-related condition (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, allergies, or failure to thrive). In that case, it is not only important to discuss diet, it is also important to ask for as much information as possible (including lab reports, exam results, etc.). Lanou then suggests patients seek the advice of a trained nutrition professional familiar with vegetarianism.</div>
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also, if you do decided to go with a naturopathic doctor, you can find one in your area using this site: <a href="http://www.naturopathic.org/" target="_blank">http://www.naturopathic.org/</a> there seem to be a wealth of them around and they are required to be licenced in your state and to meet set standards, which seems quite reassuring.
 

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Is this doctor just for general checkups etc or is there a specific problem you are going for? Also what part of the world are you in?
 

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I first have to say that hoodedclawjen had some excellent advice-- thank you! I guess I wish it was easier to find one.<br><br><br><br>
I live in Southern California.<br><br><br><br>
The doctor is just a general practitioner, for regular old checkups each year. Nothing fancy. I recovered from an ED earlier this year, so there's chances my metabolism is still jacked-up, but I haven't noticed any problems. That would be my only abnormal issue.<br><br><br><br>
While I would be fine just going to an acupuncturist, I'd hate to miss the yearly mandatory cancer screenings (for example) and end up with some serious illness. I think western and eastern medicine both have their strongpoints, and while most of us can be fine with eastern remedies for day-to-day stuff, western medicine does have advanced techniques for such serious illnesses.<br><br><br><br>
Plus, we're paying for it through my husband's insurance.<br><br><br><br>
We obtained a list of local doctors who accept our insurance, but other than calling each one and inquiring oh so humbly, I'm not sure how to tackle this. I suppose that may be the most direct way to get answers.<br><br><br><br>
Another suggestion was to compare notes with local acupuncturists or eastern medicine practitioners. I could see if they have any recommendations. There's also a new age store in town with some alternative thinkers. They may have suggestions (now that I think of it).<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the input everyone! I really appreciate it!
 
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