I thought it would be fun to get some advice on what to say in a letter to a naturopath that suggested I begin eating fish and "grass fed organic meats" and up my protein as part of a regimen to cure my ECZEMA and psoriasis. I know wtf? Anyway I basically wanted to get some blood tests to see if I was sensitve/allergic to foods and in the beginning I had to go through the intake tests - some pretty stupid and hokey tests and questions and then he suggested I take a fish oil (haven't heard THAT before) and start eating fish and grass fed organic meat and up my protein to like 40% . I was like "are you cray cray? no way, I'm not doing that" and I never went back. I just want to explain why I didn't come back and while I don't owe him any explanation, I think I will provide some feedback.
It makes no sense to me that a naturopath would suggest doing harm (eating animals) when they take an oath to not do harm or to eat inflammatory foods for a condition caused by inflammation. Anyway I got the tests I wanted so I can avoid the foods that I'm sensitive to from another naturopath.
What do you think I should say? Or should I just leave it?
From my perspective, and this is just my journey, I've always thought it went like this: eliminate junk food ->begin eating more plant foods -> eat organic grass fed -> become vegetarian -> eliminate all animal foods -> become vegan and by that time ND s kind of knew a lot of information about what was good for you and such.
My journey was something like that. Elminate junk -> discover book about cleanses and buy shit ton of supps I would never use because it was too hard -> begin eating organic, wild salmon, grass fed beef, learn about acai berry and "super foods", discover algae and complete proteins in plant foods -> read green for life by Victoria Boutenko and see her live (wonder why she's still super overweight and needs a PADLOCK on her fridge?? yes she said this) but still be intrigued by her daughter's account of clarity and sons healing of diabetes (or husband) ->realize raw food is too hard (because it was gourmet - f*k dehydrating EVERYTHING and buying all the super foods and supps -> go vegetarian -> try IQS (don't poop for a week) ->try paleo, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free experiments ->discover Low FAT raw veganism....... so as you can see it's an evolution. I always thought the aim was to exist on plant foods and not f**g kill animals anymore. I never liked fishing because they either suffocated or got beat with a boat oar - how the f*k could I feel good about that? fish doesn't taste good anyway imho except smoked salmon - but it ain't worth it. So my point is, Naturopaths should be evolving, but instead they're just going sideways.
Yes, but it's all healthcare professionals. There no one profession you can go into and be guaranteed to learn "the truth." ND might be the best thing that exists now for that, but as you've seen, the dogma is so thick it gets to everyone.
I know one other ND student who is into raw and veganism and another ND who is a raw vegan, though not low fat. And that's all I know. Everyone else will tell you to take fish oil and more or less be paleo. It is disappointing, but it's really no different than society at large right now. At least there are a few of us who are in the know ;)
I still have no idea how I will practice--catering just to raw foodists and/or vegans is a limited client base. But right now all the students in my class ask me for advice when we have patients come into the teaching clinic who are vegan, so I imagine when we graduate, they'll refer all those people my way as well :) I'm pretty convinced that high carb low fat is what does humans best, but I haven't had tons of experience--I hear stories from people who claim they attempted to go vegan and it just didn't work for them and they felt sick and they felt instantly better when they ate meat. I'm not ruling it out yet that veganism isn't for everyone, but I am highly suspect of these people's claims that "veganism doesn't work for them."
Don't get too upset about the ignorance of these other people, it doesn't do you any good to be mad :) At least there's a place like 30BAD where we can come together, right?
Why do feel it's necessary to respond to this guy at all? It's not like you're going to change his mind which he's spent much time and money programming.
I actually missed this part until you bolded it out..
Well, it's good to keep vocalizing. They may not do a 180, but they may not be so confident in their advice to patients; and more accepting of veganism.