I am probably your biggest fan. About half of the new patients to my clinic know I am a strong proponent of The Paleo Diet before they get here and about one third have either read or have just purchased your book. It truly is the best tool I have to help my patients. Two quick stories if I may?
- 42 y/o female RN, 192 lbs on 3 inhalers/day, has a handicapped sticker for her asthma and needed it, seen in Nov 2001. No changes in meds except to go on Paleo Diet per your lectures at Boulder. In Aug 2002, she knocked on my door one night and asked to come in to tell me “what had been happening to her.” “I weigh 138 lbs now and I’ve weighed that since April.” “I’m down to one inhaler once a day and to tell you the truth I really don’t think I need it I’m just afraid not to.” “I started riding my bike about 3 months ago and now I ride from 20 to 40 miles at a time, I’m not real fast but I can just keep going.” “I’m going on a 500-mile bike ride through Tennessee and Kentucky with some friends and I wondered if you had any advice.” I laughed and said, “Yes, drink a lot of water and wear reflective clothing.” She came in Nov for her annual exam and said she could not get anyone to go with her so she went by herself and rode 404 miles, but after riding in the rain for the last three days she checked the forecast and it looked like another week of it so she rented a car and drove to the airport and flew home. Great story!
- Next is a 43 y/o 5’8″ 224 lb male pack-and-a-half-a-day smoker on blood pressure meds for three years brought in by his wife complaining of blurry vision. I noticed he had lost 9 lbs. since I last saw him and his blood pressure was 170/ 100. I also noticed his neck was smaller since I last saw him – more than you would expect with a 9 lb wt. loss, something I’ve seen with new onset diabetes. I asked him if he had been getting up a lot in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. He said “Yes, how did you know?” I checked a blood sugar on him and it was 611. I increased his blood pressure med and told him about diabetes. I started him on Avandia for diabetes and told him to read The Paleo Diet. Well, he didn’t read it but his wife did and she became the food Nazi. She took away his lunch money and brought him lunch. At the two week follow up visit he had lost about 3 lbs more and was complaining about no salt and no potatoes but his bp was fine and his blood glucose was 254. I gave him some more samples and a script and told him to come back in 8 wks. At follow up he had lost about 4 lbs and his blood glucose was 79 and bp was 112/72, so I praised them both for their good work. The wife then said almost apologetically, “Dr. Sebring, I’m sorry but we just couldn’t afford the prescription you gave us. He hasn’t taken any pills at all in three weeks.” He weighs 178 lbs now and he is of course no longer diabetic or hypertensive and you couldn’t get him off the diet. I just wanted to let you know some of the good you have done.
Lane Sebring M.D.