Doc, how do I explain to my MD to get on board with fasting?

YOU DON’T.

They will still see you and your different approach to fasting through their allopathic lens, even if they don’t outwardly object to what you want to do. 

They can’t help it. 

Wanting them to support this approach, or any holistic or natural options, is usually an unrealistic expectation that will only frustrate you and interfere with your progress in the long run.

People think they “finally found one that thinks more like they do.” 

Too often, they were swooned by one alternative opinion or natural approach in common with their MD about diet, nutrition, medicine, or some “alternative” option, quickly realizing that the one thing they latched onto was the only thing that resembled their thinking, and in time see that it wasn’t that similar at all.

The medical paradigm is an allopathic model of diagnosing problems and treating symptoms according to the standard of care they were provided and taught. It’s all they know how to do. 

If they were not enthusiastically holistic before medicine, the chance of leaving the allopathic model to embrace a completely different and natural approach is slim to none. 

If they veer off the road they meticulously constructed for them to follow, they risk sanctions by their school, hospital, and later their medical board and legal ramifications if they fail to use the established standard of care practices or speak out against them.

The rigor of the educational process uses academics as a progressive funnel to weed out those who can not conform and follow the medical rules and path that was built for them.

So why try and change a leopard’s spots? 

What are you looking for in the standard medical system that you can’t find outside of it that would fit you and your values better? 

For most people, it is one of two things. 

One:

Insurance coverage because they don’t want to or are unwilling to pay cash for their desired services. And they pay way too much for insurance and are highly bitter that they do and want to get every cent they can out of it, but insurance doesn’t cover what you really want for your health endeavors.

Two:

The prescription pad. And if that’s the case, you don’t want a different approach. You’re right where your values for health and healing line up. 

Treatment of symptoms is the allopathic domain, regardless of how they do it. A food, herb, supplement, pill, powder, potion, or prescription all fall to their side of the fence.

In the meantime, I suggest you don’t ask for their opinion, approval, or permission for anything you have researched and are committed to trying or doing for your health. 

Instead, tell them what you will or are doing, and ask them directly how they feel they can support you in that choice.

They work for you. You are the boss. 

Any pushback, and I would find someone who does believe as I do, or at least someone who will be at least that for me. 

It’s a losing battle trying to convince or talk anyone into something they fundamentally do not understand or believe is true. 

Your doctor is helping you as a health professional, and if there is a loser in trying to get them on board with your health goals for you and your family, it can only be you if you let it be.

Hope that helped.

We can do better!

Dr. Don

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