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A Physician's Whole 30 Experience: What I Learned

30 days ago I began a journey that has taken me farther into myself then I knew I could go. Today it ends, and I would like to take you inside my journey and share with you how it has changed my diet, my health, and my spirit.<p><b>The Process:</b> Around 9 months ago I decided to change my diet to one based on a Paleo framework. I spent years looking at different diets and my paleo adventure has finally landed me on solid ground. I “gave up” so many foods that I felt I was doing about as much as I could …

Real Patient Follow-Up: Amazing Results Continue!

A couple of months ago I posted information on a 65 Year Old Diabetic gentleman who had adatped Paleo and I shared the results after one month of his new diet. Well, good news, he was back today two months later, and here are his updated results!<p>Over A Three Month Period:<p><b>Weight</b>: He has lost 30 Pounds<p><b>BMI</b>: 34.58 (Start), 33.23 (1 month), 30.52 (3 months)<p><b>Hemoglobin A1C</b>: Dropped from 7.36(0) to 6.57 (1) to 6.02 (3)<p><b>Liver Function Tests</b>: AST/ALT 80/68 (0), 51/39 (1), 40/34 …

Why I Do What I Do: Check This Out! (Plus a Little Advice)

I hope most of you read my last post about my high school classmate turned patient who after several years of “gentle” encouragement finally decided to go Paleo and has done great. He texted me yesterday after he read the post and told me he is going strong! He is out of town working, and is faithful to his Paleo ways.<p>I got a wonderful surprise this morning in my inbox in the form of a comment to this post. Here it is…<p><b>Thank you for “bitching” at him to change his life. You have also changed</b> …

Coffee and Gluten: My Current Take

Greetings everyone, it’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything. On the twitterverse the last few days there has been a great deal of talk about coffee and it’s apparent “danger” particularly with respects to possible gluten related sensitivity. I love coffee, and I hate to see it get a bad name. So, lets look at this a little more carefully.<p>First lets look at the source of this information. Well, the problem is, there is no real source! A chiropractor published information form “internal …

The Road to Fitness: Exciting Application of Paleo to Weight Loss Surgery Patients

Wanted to share a very interesting and exciting program I will be getting started with tomorrow. Our local bariatric surgeon Dr. Sam Bledsoe has teamed up with myself and William Albritton, a first class trainer from our local Alexandria Crossfit, to put together an 8 week “The Road to Fitness” class. Sam and William came up with the idea and asked me to come on board, but William is truly the work behind the program. Dr. Bledsoe has recruited 8 patients who have all had successful weight loss …

Real Patient Data on an Insulin Pump Patient Plus 1

I saw a lady in follow up yesterday that was a great addition to our growing list of successful “Real Patient Data” series. She is a 59 year old obese African American female with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. I’ve seen her for many years and she has really struggled controlling her diabetes. She actually ended up retiring a little early from her job over a year ago because she was finding it impossible to care for her diabetes and work at the same time. We …

The Negative Side of Paleo: Yes, There is One!

Last night I had the pleasure of participating in a lecture which served as the start of an 8 week Paleo/Crossfit challenge for 6 patients who have undergone successful bariatric surgery. To be considered a success you must lose over 50% of your weight so they have all undergone significant transformations. That said, they were all selected for this program by their surgeon because they have stopped losing weight and have not reached their goals. They came into the night with no clue what lie …

How Has My Transition to Paleo Changed My Approach To Treating the Big Three In My Patients?

It has been around a year now since I changed to a Paleo lifestyle in my own life, and I thought it would be interesting to look back on my practice and see how I think I have changed in how I approach three common problems: Hypertension or High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, and Diabetes. I can’t stress to everyone how fundamentally different a “Paleo” way of thinking is compared with what I was taught in school. Most physicians are simply not exposed to information other than the status …

Will Paleo Ever Go Mainstream?

Many people ask me what I think the future of Paleo is? Will it ever by mainstream and recommended by doctors, government, and society alike? In many ways Paleolithic Nutrition is at it’s infancy in the scientific world and although it is the oldest “diet” in human history, it’s concepts are foreign to most people around us. In order for Paleo to have any chance to become more accepted, we will have to overcome several barriers…let’s see what I think they are.<p><b>Cost</b> - There is a great deal of …

A Physician's Manifesto: In Defense of My Profession in Our World

This weekend the Ancestral Health Society had its annual symposium in Boston, MA. Unfortunately for me I was home (on call none the less!) and was forced to follow the proceedings via the Twitterverse. I also recently posted about how my change to the Paleo lifestyle has affected the way I approach three common chronic diseases: Hypertension, High Cholesterol, and Diabetes. Several comments I read from the AHS and that I received on my blog post have got me thinking, and I need to get a few …

Review of Nutrition Guide Created by Whole 9 Life for My Clinic

I’m at my office and on my desk if a nice crisp and spiral bound copy of our new Nutrition guide that was created by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig and Whole 9 Life for my clinic the Freedman Clinic of Internal Medicine. Here is the Cover…<p>Many of you may know Whole 9 as an online community for a Paleo based diet and the source of an amazing amount of easy to understand information about the science of Paleo. You are correct of course, but they are also a tremendous partner for offices like mine as …

Just What This Doctor Ordered

Just a quick note to everyone. It’s easy sometimes to get a little lost as both a physician and a blogger. Long days, long nights, all trying to get people to be healthier by making simple changes in their lives. Many do not, but the ones that do keep you putting in the hard work.<p>I came across this post from Nancy at JustStartsWithMonday about her 4 month journey with the Paleo lifestyle. I remember her post that many months back that she would have to “check into Paleo,” or something to that …

My Take on the New Diet Pills Approved by the FDA (Do You Really Need to Ask!)

I’m sure many of you have seen that two new “Diet” pills were recently approved by the FDA. Once I saw this, I braced myself for the inevitable flood of people coming to my office asking to be prescribed the latest quick fix; and as expected, I was not disappointed. I’ve had at least 10 people over the last month ask for one of the new pills, and I thought this would be a great topic to discuss in this setting. I’ve mentioned in prior posts that in my 15 years of training and private practice I …

A Real "Genesis Experience": 6 WLS Patients and How Paleo Changed Their Lives

Well Hurricane Issac came our way and thankfully we were spared any significant weather. Many folks south of us are still struggling, and I ask for everyone to pray for their safety and a quick resolution to the chaos that has come into their lives. On top of the hurricane, much has been going on…where to begin…<p>Several months ago two of my friends and I decided to try something new. All three of us follow a Paleo lifestyle, participate in CrossFit (each on very different levels as William is …

Restless Leg Syndrome: Is Your Diet Related?

As an everyday part of my sleep practice, I often see patients who complain of problems falling asleep due to symptoms in their legs when they get in bed. It can be anything from “restlessness” to “deep pain” in the legs, but almost always follows a typical pattern. What these patients suffer from is called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), and it is more common than you may think. Lets learn a little about it, and investigate whether or not diet can either lead to, or relieve the symptoms of this …

I'm Baaaaaaaack! Well, sort of...

Greetings everyone! Ernie here, AKA the PaleolithicMD. You guys may notice some changes to the blog page, and I wanted to explain. First of all, I will once again start posting to this page starting TODAY! I’d like to explain my absence a bit, and also share my plans for the future.<p>My love of Paleo, and my following of the Paleo lifestyle has not changed a bit since I last posted. In fact, in the last year I have opened a local gym with two friends grounded strongly on the concepts of Paleo …

Another Paleo Success Story!

I recently opened a gym in the town where I live with two other like minded friends. (The Genesis Experience). In the short amount of time we have been open we have already seen some amazing results in our clients. All clients are taught the ins and outs of the Paleo Lifestyle, and also lead in fun group exercise sessions focused on functional based movements. I wanted to share with ya’ll a recent post on the gym’s blog about one of our members…<p><i>“This month, our featured member is an Oncologist</i> …

A Simple Answer to a Complex Question

People ask me all the time for “evidence” that the Paleo diet helps prevent chronic disease, and I have come to look at this two ways. There are certainly scientific studies for and against this lifestyle, each with their own inherent biases. So lets look at this very practically.<p>1) Look around you. Look at America, look at the world. Look at the rate of obesity and diabetes, look at the rates of childhood obesity and diabetes. Look at what we eat in America, how our diet has evolved over time …

Disaster Preparedness Series - Shutting Off Utilities in Case of Emergency

You do NOT have to be a prepper to know certain things, and this YouTube video reviews one of the most important tasks any homeowner should know how to accomplish. Learn how to shut off the utilities to your house in case of emergency. If there is some sort of emergency you need to know how! Examples?<p>If there is an earthquake and natural gas lines are compromised, it is a real possibility that your home could be subject to secondary explosions or fires. Shutting that gas off keeps your home …

Real Patient Results - The Accidental Paleo and a Priority Check

Greetings everyone. I saw a patient yesterday that I have seen for quite some time, and I noticed right away reviewing her chart before going in the room that she had lost 19 pounds since her last visit 4 months ago. When I went in to see her I asked how she was, and she said she felt great. Turns out she had gone to see a nutritionist and was following her advice. Also, she was trying to walk more, but not too succesful with that endeavour. I asked her what the nutritionist had recommended, …

Why Paleo Works - The Myth of the Essential Carbohydrate!

What happens if you don’t eat bread, or milk, or pasta…wil you die? ;)<p>Is there such thing as an essential carbohydrate? Well, no there isn’t! Your body can’t make fat, and it can’t make protein, but your liver can make sugar via a process called gluconeogenesis. Odd chain fatty-acids can be converted into glucose and that process can be your friend!<p>Your body is designed to utilize glucose in the blood as “fast energy” and once it runs out, it tasks the liver into producing more glucose through …

Where Are YOUR Priorities? - How the Choices We Make Affect Our Health Long Term

One of the things I hear most often about changing to a Paleo Lifestyle is that it simply costs too much. A few months back when my family and I were on a trip to the Ouachita Mountains along the Oklahoma/Arkansas border we stopped for supplies at a Wal-Mart (certainly no Trader Joe’s in sight in those parts!) As I was checking out the cashier looked at what I had and said “man you eat healthy…this stuff is way to expensive for me and my family!”. What did I have? Meat and Veggies (and I admit, …

What is Paleo Truly Guilty Of? - Carb Addiction and the Industry That Supports It

When people are passionate about things, they tend to get very defensive. Question someone’s child, and they are bound to get upset in a hurry. I certainly do! So why is it people get so defensive when you start explaining the Paleo diet to them?<p>Today I saw a lady at my office. Fairly typical middle-aged, over weight female with poorly controlled diabetes. She recently started on an insulin…

What is Paleo Truly Guilty Of? – Carb Addiction and the Industry That Supports It

When people are passionate about things, they tend to get very defensive. Question someone’s child, and they are bound to get upset in a hurry. I …

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