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Dear Tutti Fruttis,

I would love to know what you think about this:

After much deliberation, I have decided to embark on a new adventure.

In Panama, and most other countries, it seems to me that a majority of people are hesitant to accept health advice coming from non-medical doctors. People who do listen to natural health coaches and 'gurus' are people who have heard about these topics and are curious—perhaps a fringe minority at the moment. At least this has been my experience so far.

I recently matriculated for the Doctor of Medicine program at a university in Panama. I am currently attending the preparatory course and have already come into discussions with two teachers about the fruit lifestyle (both stopped their lectures to question me about fruitarianism). One of them (a Biology professor and MD) agreed with me that it made sense and that it is an extremely healthy lifestyle (but not for her). The other (Chemistry professor) kept bringing up unfounded arguments to defend his paradigm. Fellow students seem to be fascinated by fruitarianism (and my daily 4-liter smoothies! ;).

I intend for the MD degree to serve as a vehicle for the fruitarian message of health and vitality. I intend to help catalyze systemic change from within the medical establishment toward the prevention of disease and promotion of health rather than the suppression of symptoms through drugs. I long to become a shining beacon of health and vitality to help inspire everyone I meet.

It will take 5 years to get the degree and 2 years of internship to be able to practice medicine legally.

What do you think about this? Do you think it's crazy or cool? I've certainly enjoyed the ride thus far! =D

Much love,
George


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Comment by Peachtree on August 22, 2013 at 11:11pm

I think if this is something you are truly compassionate for then you should follow your heart. By ALL means. Its nice to see someone willing to obtain knowledge the way you currently are and is willing to spread it in the responsible ways you seep to want to. Bravo! :)

Comment by TravellingMed-Student Fruitarian on August 22, 2013 at 10:17pm
Yay! I'm also doing my MD too! We should keep in touch.
Comment by Jenuine1 on March 16, 2013 at 1:05am

George-probably staying in the states. Though, if the winds take me tropical, hell yeah, i'll be on a one way flight riding those winds...

Comment by Gia on March 15, 2013 at 12:36pm

 I think it is great. It is a worthwhile education.  Good for you.  If you can afford it and have the time go for it.

Comment by George Schwartz on March 15, 2013 at 6:59am

@Jenuine — I know Dr. Robert Morse is an ND and he seems to be quite knowledgeable and helps a lot of people. Are you planning on staying in the states or moving somewhere tropical?

@Lucky Lu — Thanks so much, Lu! I agree with you, I will have to repeat to myself the Natural Hygiene principles like a mantra =) Being able to "practice medicine" is one of the main reasons for my leaning toward MD. I want to be able to improve the lives of as many people as possible. 

Comment by Lucky Lu on March 15, 2013 at 6:39am

I think you will bring a much needed perspective to allopathic medicine!!  Just don't let allopathy brainwash you into thinking drugs are always necessary.  What you learn at UNH will be much more valuable for your future patients; but, un fortunately, only MDs / DOs can actually practice medicine.  I am really excited for you!!  Please keep us updated!!

Comment by Jenuine1 on March 15, 2013 at 5:48am

I'm actually embarking on a similar path; I have the option of matriculating into an MD or DC school, but tbh I think I might actually go ND. It's extremely in line with natural values, and I've even met multiple Raw Vegan (even HCRV) naturopathic physicians in my experiences shadowing. The only problem is that my state does't allow licensure so I would have to practice somewhere else in the future.  Not that I'm upset about it, because being a vegan, let alone fruitarian in Cleveland is not only difficult, but pretty much unaccepted. 

Comment by George Schwartz on March 15, 2013 at 3:38am

I'm want to do UNH's program parallel to the MD to help me not lose focus =)

Comment by George Schwartz on March 15, 2013 at 3:36am

Hey Sunshine, I have read the Life Science course, yes. I'm also doing the HD/PhD program at the University of Natural Health in Natural Health and Healing.

Comment by George Schwartz on March 15, 2013 at 2:44am

Thanks everyone for your love and support!

Hey Ben, great post! Thanks for your time and consideration. Originally I intended of choosing chiropractic as well, but there is no Chiropractic school here in Panama. On the other hand, Panama is ranked 3rd amongst Latin-American countries for Medicine. It is true that I will have to learn and memorize stuff that I disagree with, but I think this could perhaps help me understand and treat patients who are already being medicated in a safer way. Do you think this makes sense, or it's unnecessary? Perhaps I also secretly desire to create waves within medical school. ;)

If at any point medical school gets to be too much against my values, I would probably not continue. Who knows! I'll go by feel. 

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