Here’s another reason why Nicole doesn’t want to see an endocrinologist for help with type-1 diabetes:
“Your blood sugars are very good,” he might admit, looking at her 5.0% A1C. “How do you get them so low? What did you have for breakfast?”
“Three eggs. Grated full-fat cheese. Three tablespoons of clarified butter. One tablespoon of fish oil. All baked in a frittata with spinach and a little onion.”
“Don’t move!”the doctor says picking up the phone and punching 9-1-1. “An ambulance will be here shortly.”
It’s obviously preferable to have a doctor who understands that sugar, not fat, cause cardiovascular problems. That’s why, after firing Nicole’s endrocrinologist in 2013, we sought out a doctor educated in carbohydrate-restricted diets for normalizing blood sugar levels.
Here are the three websites we used to find a doctor who would support Nicole’s insulin and dietary protocol. Many of these listings, however, include non-medical doctors such as naturopaths and chiropractors. I’ve heard rumor that some naturopaths, in certain countries, can or will soon be able to prescribe insulin. Otherwise, weed through for MDs if you need some slow-acting insulin prescriptions:
- Paleo Physicians Network (PPN): This website offers an extensive list of clinics that focus on “paleo nutrition, sleep patterns, socialization, and exercise which is consistent with the processes which formed the H. Sapien genome.” Paleo nutrition normally refers to a grain-free, low-carb diet.
- Jimmy Moore’s List of Low-Carb Doctors: Here Jimmy Moore, of podcast fame, is compiling a “list of all the low-carb doctors across the United States and around the world.” This site probably has more listings for doctors who can write prescription. “Especially if you are diabetic,”writes Moore, “…you will want to find a low-carb doctor who will educate you and monitor your progress by keeping your drug intake at the proper level.”
- Bulletproof Doctors: Here, “bulletproof executive” Dave Asprey has compiled a list of doctors who support a high-fat, low-carb diet. These docs have a reputation for skiping the sugar cubes, instead adding grass-fed butter to their morning coffee.
If none of these sites lists a doctor in your area, you could put a reminder on your calendar to check back in six months. After all, it’s not just for your benefit, but your doctor’s. Your doctor’s benefit? Let me explain…
“Oh,” Nicole might say to that endocrinologist calling 911 about her high-fat diet. “I forgot to mention, I also cover the frittata with sour cream.”
About 85g of fat for breakfast. At this point, the doctor has a heart attack himself.
- You can read about our recent difficulties finding a new doctor for Nicole: Medical Speed Bump: The Trouble with Getting Insulin Prescribed on a Low-Carb Diet
- Next post, I have some big news to share about a new protocol Nicole (and I) have been testing that has provides immediate relief (and long-term healing) of gastroparesis, insomnia and other diabetic complications.
- Do you really need a low-carb doc? While it’s nice, all we relied on was Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution. The insulin protocol in chapters 18 and 19, combined with a low-carb diet, reduced Nicole’s A1C like mathematics.