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Posted by: san j, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 12:50am
I just started with a new "primary care physician".
A Big Shot MD with the highest credentials/honors, repeatedly deemed "in the top 1%" in his specialty by a national magazine that rates the Top 1000 US doctors, etc.

He gave 2.5 hours to our first appointment - mostly in his office, but also, of course, a physical exam.

I thought you guys'd be interested to know that this scion of The Institution, in his mid 60s, stands out from his colleagues:

1. He made darn sure I knew about probiotics, because of the killer-load of the most brutal intravenous antibiotics I'd recently been on in hospital. When I told him I'd tried to obtain probiotics in the hospital, no one seemed to know what I was talking about, and he shook his head...

2. He wants me to take (his favorite brand of) cold water fish oil.

3. He's diet-oriented - prescribed (based on my health profile / history) a meat/veg/whole fruit diet, low in starches and refined sugars.

4. He was appalled that, in hospital, there had been no sound Dietician oversight of my diet, and I'd been offered some very bad foods (when I ate at all) there.

5. He has a sound and sane approach to the importance of exercise.

6. He's a nice guy - very personable, relaxed.

It's only been one visit, so we'll see how it goes hereafter (I have a follow up appointment), but I liked his "complementary" approach; I've been very ill and need a good MD.

PS. Today marks 4 weeks out of hospital.
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 1:48am; Reply: 1
This sounds like a positive start.

Wow, 4 weeks already.  Glad that you are doing well enough to get out.
Posted by: Eric, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 2:06am; Reply: 2
San J, tried to send you a private message but it says you're full?

I think this guy sounds like a good candidate for an interview.  Do you think he would mind if I asked him if he would be available/interested?  Frisco isn't unreasonably far from Boise...
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 2:40am; Reply: 3
up, up and away!!! ;D
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 3:16am; Reply: 4
Good fortune, finding a good MD!  :)
Posted by: san j, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 4:56am; Reply: 5
"Interview"? I wouldn't jump the gun -- I've only seen him the one time.
I'll follow up with him; we have a lot to slog through together, beginning my new program, tests/results, etc.

But I thought y'all'd get a kick out of a Top MD such as this one.
He even told me which equipment to use and avoid at a gym and was very specific about types of exercise I should eventually be able to engage in or resume after I recover.

I asked him where he suggested I shop for supplements, if he had a favorite store. He named a Complementary Pharmacy/Health Shop that carries all the supplements we here all like, plus the OTC standard stuff, plus the Rx's: They used to do compounding - don't know if they still do. I'm more than familiar with that place - I did some work for them when they first opened!

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It's a nice change after the hospital. ("Hospitalists" and "Intensivists" -- are y'all familiar with this newfangled system? Great for outcomes: I'm Living Proof of that! But those doctors are all "on rounds", treating "cases". Patients aren't informed what's being considered, where care is going, why procedures are being performed...At the end, the hospital spits you out, you're home, and you don't know what hit you!)

Ah, private practice and the dying breed.
But don't forget where I live: San Francisco: There are a number of Complementary Medicine types -- if only to keep up with demand.  :)
Posted by: AKArtlover, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 2:40pm; Reply: 6
Glad you found someone who is clued up!

I believe I have also been blessed with a new local physican who will be a great partner. She is an osteopath who already turned the power back on for me physically. My dural tube LOVES her. I have a sit down appointment next month. You should have seen her intake form. It took 3 hrs to fill out! and I still have to do a 3 day diet log and family health history. Guess what-- it asked blood type smack in the middle of it! The times, they are a changin' -- ;D
Posted by: Jane, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 3:05pm; Reply: 7
San j, glad to hear that you are feeling better and that you've found someone who shares your philosophy so far.  Wish there were more around like that.
Posted by: Spring, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 3:45pm; Reply: 8
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("Hospitalists" and "Intensivists" -- are y'all familiar with this newfangled system?

Oh, am I ever! And I hate it! Not all the local doctors use it though, thank goodness!! Glad you are feeling better, San J.
Posted by: Eric, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 4:42pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from san j
"Interview"? I wouldn't jump the gun...

Leave the awkward parts for me :)  Mostly I'm asking if you could provide a name and possibly clinic, so I can look him up and contact his secretary.
Posted by: san j, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 6:21pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from AKArtlover
Guess what-- it asked blood type smack in the middle of it! The times, they are a changin'

WOW! That's really awesome!  :D
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