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Postby dlr2424 » August 1st, 2005, 6:13 pm

Jan...........EXCELLANT REPLY........ :goldstar: :goldstar: :goldstar: :clap: :clap: :clap: .

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whoa Nelly!

Postby oregonrose » August 1st, 2005, 6:40 pm

Way to go Nelly! You hit a nerve there I think! You should be so proud of yourself for telling her what you think. You are sooooo right. I did Medifast 15 years ago and lost 40 lbs and kept it all off till I got pregnant 3 years later and became a "stay at home mom" with no structure in my life! I take full responsibility for the weight I gained and I am taking responsibility for getting rid of it now. Oprah lost weight but didnt keep it off because she didnt change her mind set and lifestyle. period. and she readily admits it. fortunately my family doctor used to run the "Optifast" clinic at the local hospital so I am pretty sure he will support me. I am looking forward to getting on the scale next time I go in. usually I just say "No Thankyou" when the assistant askes me to weigh-- they dont know what to do when you refuse and they dont want a confrontation so they give up. I love being over 40-- I have so much more "hutzpah" (sp?) and dont let myself get pushed around. HA!
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Postby sprgrammy » August 1st, 2005, 7:34 pm

All I can say is AMEN!!! to everything you said to that gyn.

YOU!!! my dear are awesome.

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Postby myfavred » December 11th, 2005, 2:18 pm

Hi Everyone :wave:

I kind of liked reading these responses about Physicians. I am planning to be a Physician some day (God Willing) and I will remember all that and will try not to repeat the mistakes. Also because I am doing MF myself it probably will motivate me to tell my patients about it. Another thing is that most family practitioners will support MF while others (OB/Gyn for example) will have no idea. So if you go and talk to your family practitioners about it they will be very happy to help you out.
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Postby lan » December 11th, 2005, 3:15 pm

Way to go, Nelly and all of you that have spoken up for yourself!

I, on the other hand have discovered by accident a caring physician. My old doctor had moved, and I did not have a physician. I had a heart problem (atrial fibrulation) about a month after I started this program in May and ended up in the emergency room and being hospitalized. Before I left the hospital, I showed the Dr. exactly what I was doing. I showed him the boxes and let him see the ratio of carbs to protein to fat. He saw the sodium potassium balance, etc. He told me that he thought it would be good for me to continue. He saw no problem. Since then, I have lost 60 pounds and the amount of medicine has been reduced twice. I now take 1/4 the dosage of one medicine, 1/2 of the dosage of the second medicine, and on the blood thinner, I am down from 5 grains to 3. My motivation is to keep on losing until I can be off all meds.

My point is this, choose another doctor who is more openminded about this great program we use, and choose one that will review the studies before slamming you like your doctor did.

Let this resolve of dealing with people and issues like these make each of us stronger!

That's it; Keep on keepin' on!

Best of luck to all of you.

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Postby JCatz » December 13th, 2005, 4:20 am

Wow, this was a great string to bring back to life! It is quite interesting what different doctors takes are on weight loss.

As far as Medifast goes, it's the only way to go according to my doctor! As a matter of fact he does not condone any other kind of diet including Gastric Bipass!!! So many people are going that wrought these days and why have to go through all that pain and agony when there is a product out there that really works???

My doctors office actually sets people up on the Medifast system but his prices are a bit higher than ordering from Nancy and Unca. Plus even though he's a doctor, you don't get this great forum to chat on and share ideas.

So, there are some out there that have seen the light so to speak. I guess you just have to find one that is willing to support your efforts and truely understands.
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Postby Diana » March 12th, 2006, 6:35 pm

There are so many prejudices alive and kicking in our world. It never ceases to amaze me that people will speak out about all of them -- racism, sexism, age-ism, religion-ism -- EXCEPT size-ism!!

And the assumptions people make -- we're lazy, undisciplined, (and my favorite) unintelligent. One principal I worked with had never known an obese person in his life. It took about 2 years for him to figure out that I was just as intelligent and, in some cases, much more capable than he.

On the other hand, I discovered I held prejudices about/against "beautiful" people I don't know -- specifically, they're critical, hypocritical, and narrowminded. I attended a bypass surgery support group with my husband and ran into several thin, beautiful ladies. My immediate reaction was,"What the **** are they doing here?!?" It was only during the introduction I discovered they'd lost an average of 200 lbs each. It was the first time I'd considered there are people "out there" who understand or are at least compassionate whether it's through firsthand experience or not.

The truth is, I have thin people in my family who don't. They want us who are larger to do SOMETHING about being large, but NOT THAT (insert anything outside of their own lifestyle).

I am another lucky one to have found a wonderfully supportive nurse practitioner. If she doesn't know something, she admits it and calls/emails someone. I emailed her about starting MF, she said she didn't know the program, but the health educator responded favorably before promising to look into it further. She gave me her blessing, after running a battery of tests, and I promise to keep her posted.

When my husband was 460 lbs and told his doctor he wanted the gastric bypass surgery, the doctor literally asked, in front of me, if I had put him up to it. "Did she hold a gun to your head or something?" He told us we would both die if we had the surgery. (I asked him what's the difference, Mike was going to die in about 8 years anyway if he didn't lose weight AND informed him I was NOT considering the surgery, my only purpose there was to support my husband and HIS decision.) 150 lbs later, he's no longer my husband's doctor.

And before we go bashing gastric bypass, no one method works for everyone. The surgery was right for him; this is right for me.
Here's to our mutual success! :buddies: --Diana
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Postby ktrout » March 12th, 2006, 6:55 pm

I saw my DR in December when I was 308lbs for a sore lower back (big surprise) and he cautioned that I should look at weight loss options. To make a long story short, I saw him a couple weeks ago for my bi-annual physical. He was amazed at the weight loss and while he didn't know much about MF, he was very informed about ultra-low cal diets and as long as I was careful and stayed on plan he was OK with me staying with MF. He also scheduled a follow up for three months to check blood work and how I'm doing.

You were good to blast your DR for being so narrow-minded and cruel.

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Postby lan » March 28th, 2006, 7:06 am

Was your blood work better than it had been, K Trout?

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Tell off the doctor!

Postby Kimberly A Guest! » May 23rd, 2006, 11:53 am

Fire her! You have the right to Fire a Dr. who is not supportive. I went to the Medifast website to find a doctor in my area who believes in Medifast.

My doctor (the one I fired) gave me a copy of that "THE NEW MAYO CLINIC DIET" (the low-carb one for freakin' sakes).

When I doctor rails at me for being fat and wants me to get on the scale. I say "you first, Doc"

Medifast is alot safer and more nutritionally balanced than most diets out there.

When it comes to long-term weightloss, Weight Watchers is not so hot--average weightloss kept off after 2 years? 3 LBS.

Gee. I'd recommend it! (Not)
Plus, I'm a carb junkie. I dropped out of Weight Watchers because all the people in my meeting kept talking about how to "fit in" cake, cookies, all kinds of sugary junk and still "work the program" Just the thing for a carb junkie like me to listen to.

On my 2nd day on the program, I had to attend a Sales seminar & had to have a salad for lunch & 1/2 cup of chili (i picked out the beans and ate the rest.) I had no choice. But, I'm not considering that a "blowing" the program. I'll have my shake for dinner. (I probably could have had the beans in the chili because my doctor allows me 1 slice of light bread or 1/4 cup of beans for the 1st week since I have so much to lose.) Not on the 2nd week though.

Good for you for standing up for yourself.
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Postby GucciGoo » August 29th, 2006, 3:42 am

I just saw my ob/gyn for my 6 month post-partum visit. When I had my son on Christmas Eve 2005, I was 204 pounds. I just weighed in at 150 at the doctor's office. (YAY!) But when I told her how I lost the weight she was dead set against it. She claims that as soon as I start eating "normal" food again, I will gain all my weight back. Poo on her. I told her that I tried her version of a "healthy" diet (one where you eat!) and that I had no results. I was on WW for 2 months AND going to the gym 4x per week, and lost NADA. MF is the ONLY diet that works!
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Postby 2getskinny » November 6th, 2006, 12:12 pm

I am so proud of you for Standing your groud with this Doctor! GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!! Don't let ANYONE stand in your way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby Unca_Tim » November 6th, 2006, 12:43 pm

There are lots of "Diets" that work to get the weight off, but none that I know of that compare to Medifast for simplicity and effectiveness.

What's nice when you combine TSFL and Medifast, you continue with the process after you get the weight off to truly maintain your health.

With any "Diet", if you return to your old habits, you'll be right back where you started, or worse.
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Postby jlaman79 » December 1st, 2006, 2:58 pm

I just wanted to chime in with my experience with insensitive doctors in the past. I remember clearly when I sprained my back just bending down to fix my daughter's hair, and couldn't straighten back up again.
My hubby took me to the dr who was unconcerned with my back and though he was clearly obese himself launched into a lecture about my weight (about 260 at the time). So after he completely humiliated me and had me literally in tears, I asked him, "What do I do? I've tried Atkins and it worked for a while, but I couldn't keep it up. I've done Weight Watchers and it just doesn't work for me. What do I do? I don't want to be fat and get diabetes and heart disease!" He just looked away from me and said, "well you just need to get on a diet of about 1200 calories and exercise more. It's simple science." End of conversation.

I went to a Nurse Practioner's office one day because I had a terrible cold and it had turned into a sinus infection, she tried to prescribe me that fat blocker drug everyone was on at the time. I looked at the long list of side effects and asked her if it was really healthy and she said,
"It can't be any worse that being morbidly obese."

I was going to try it, but that stuff was expensive and my insurance wouldn't cover it.

So, here I am, doing MF and losing. Not as fast as others, but losing more than I've ever been able to lose before. I know that I am healthier and that I am not sacrificing my body to lose weight.
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Postby Lucy » December 8th, 2006, 1:17 am

Well I am not sure how I will do on these boards...all of you hold your cool so well...the very southern woman in me would have told that doctor to kiss my very large backside... :x I am blessed after 3 years of asking doctors to consider prescribing something and being dismissed I wound up with a NP who actually thinks MF is a good thing, her only caution was the obvious , lose the weight and start back at 4000 calorie days will lead you here again, no duh, so as I am on MF I will take nutrition classes , btw has any of you tracked your food intake over a week, SCARY, but hey glad to know what that Krispy Kreme is really all about, and glad to know all of you and can not wait to start.............still think that doctor should kiss backside :lol: :lol:
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