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  1. Reminds me of the time I took my son with a sore throat to see the doctor. Doc was busy, so we got to see her PA instead. The PA sat in her chair and started rattling off a series of possible problems without so much as looking at my son. After awhile, I interrupted her, and said: "He's had this sore throat for 4 days, with no fever or other symptoms. Why don't we just run a swab to make sure it isn't something nasty, and put him on an antihistamine like Benedryl?" Her jaw fairly hit the floor for a second, then she repeated exactly the same thing I said and left the room. The swab c
  2. The unfortunate case here is that many US doctors are basically salesmen for the big pharmaceutical and medical corporations that stand to lose tons of money when all us sick people find out we can effectively treat ourselves through diet and nutrition. You can say that I'm jaded, or that I'm some sort of a conspiracy nut, but all the same I would challenge you to find a single person posting here who hasn't wasted at least hundreds of dollars on specious diagnostic testing and useless medications before stumbling onto the truth. There's simply no profit to be made treating for Celiac, but mil
  3. IME, the best way to deal with a psychologist is to be completely open, honest, and rational with them. It drives them NUTS!
  4. It strikes me odd that any other business would at least offer to refund their fee, but somehow that doesn't apply to doctors, (not in the USA anyway)
  5. A few of my personal favorites: (Loud, cackling laughter)... "VITAMINS!?... Vitamins don't do ANYTHING!!!" "It's an extremely sensitive and accurate blood test! It doesn't matter if you've been Gluten Free for three years..." (next visit...) "Well, the blood test came back negative. I'm putting you on omeprazole for your Acid Reflux" "Just because you don't have the symptoms of Acid Reflux doesn't mean you don't have it!" (Note: some generic omeprazole uses wheat starch as a dispersant. I found out the hard way) "Next time, I think we should start treating you for Diabetes..."
  6. There are definitely different levels of sensitivity to gluten. True story: I go to the doctor's office. The nurse/receptionist hands me a pen and clipboard, and I take a seat in the waiting room to fill out the forms. Within a minute or so, I get a nasty tin-foil taste in my mouth and my lips begin to burn. First stage of gluten exposure? Nah... Couldn't be. I'm in a DOCTOR'S OFFICE for cryin' out loud. Must be my imagination or something. I continue to fill out the forms. Then, I start to cough and gag - DEFINITELY gluten exposure, but where and how is it possible? That's when I look arou
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