belief systems

I am friends with a woman who was my neurologist. Although she doesn’t practice here any longer, and I had to find a different neurologist, she and I get together occasionally to have coffee and visit. I enjoy her company, her great sense of humor, and her willingness to talk science with me. During this most recent visit, she revealed that she didn’t really believe in paleo, and she’s a vegetarian. I managed NOT to insert my foot in my mouth. It is, after all, not necessary for my friends to hold the same beliefs that I do. That would be rather boring. We had a pleasant but brief discussion about Terry Wahls new book, The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, and Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers, by David Perlmutter. This served to remind me that it is not my job to convince anyone else, particularly medical professionals, about the worthiness of paleo or any other related subject like gluten sensitivity, leaky gut, dairy allergies, etc. I know how my body reacts. I do not require further convincing. I need to keep this in the forefront of my mind when I visit my new neurologist for only the second time and tell her I stopped injecting Betaseron 10 months ago…and am improving in spite of that action.

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