Yesterday, I received the monthly Chapter Leader newsletter from the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), a not for profit, nutrition education foundation based out of Washington D.C.
I’ve been a Chapter Leader for the WAPF since 2002 and the amount of information I have learned over that time from the 400+ Chapter Leaders around the world which I have had the opportunity to share with others in my community personally and through this blog has been tremendous!
Yesterday’s newsletter had a particularly interesting section about finding a quality healthcare provider for yourself and your family.
I’ve blogged before on how to determine if your dentist is truly holistic but have not tackled how to pick a doctor. Picking the right doctor is a very important decision as the wrong person guiding your medical choices has the ability to upend all the good you are doing sourcing and preparing nutrient dense foods for your family with bad advice, toxic therapies or discouragement of your efforts in the home.
The importance of finding a practitioner that is as closely aligned with your dietary and medical philosophy as possible cannot be overstated!
The guidelines provided by the Weston A. Price Foundation were so pithy and spot-on that I thought I would share them with all of you. A big thank you to Lisa, WAPF Chapter Leader of Eugene, Oregon for crafting the wording of these guidelines.
For a list of practitioners who make the “Best” or “Good” categories where you live, contact your local WAPF Chapter Leader for his/her resources list.
Is Your Healthcare Practitioner “Best”, “Good” or “Avoid”?
Below are the categories with which to classify your healthcare practitioner. What to do if yours falls under the “Avoid” category but you need to keep seeing this doctor due to health insurance reasons?
In that case, go to that doctor only for routine tests, checkups etc, but go to a doctor in the “Best” or “Good” categories for interpretation of these results only if necessary. Also, make a mental note that whatever a doctor in the “Avoid” category may say to you should be taken with a grain of salt as this information is not based from a traditional dietary or holistic healing perspective.
Practitioners who are knowledgeable about and use Weston A. Price Foundation dietary principles in their practice, and who are also highly skilled and effective at working with the body’s natural healing abilities.
Practitioners who do not use Weston A. Price Foundation dietary principles in their practice, but are nevertheless effective at working with the body’s natural healing abilities, and supportive of your dietary and lifestyle choices.
Practitioners who push low-fat diets, USDA food pyramid, reduced-sodium diets, vaccines, mercury fillings, root canals, flouride, routine antibiotics, or toxic drugs and treatments, and those who argue with or belittle their patients over their personal dietary or lifestyle choices.
If you have a great doctor that fits in the “Best” or “Good” categories, please post name, location and phone number if you are comfortable with that to share with other readers who live in the same area.
Do you have additional criteria for determining who is worthy of your medical trust? Please share your tips in the comments section.
If you have the means and are grateful as I am, to the Weston A. Price Foundation for the stellar nutrition advice it provides to the public free from any corporate influence or monetary support, consider a donation to help realize the dream of an independent research lab dedicated to the study of nutrient dense, traditional foods. Any donation size will help the WAPF reach its goal.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist