Paleo friendly doctor in Wellington, New Zealand?

Answered on August 12, 2013
Created October 30, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Can anyone recommend a paleo friendly doctor in Wellington, New Zealand? I have noticed that there are no doctors in Wellington on the Paleo Physicians Network. I don't necessarily need someone who follows/is paleo, but I would like to find a doctor who can appreciate my choices and work with me on a similar level. My current doctor gives me brochures for eating whole grains...



on October 30, 2012
at 10:54 AM

Still if your doc is giving u dumb pamphlets, its probably time to change docs. If they are really stupid, and have written notes about your deit, it might be worth not fowarding your medical notes, and just summerizing your history instead to the new doc.



on October 30, 2012
at 10:53 AM

Its especially important not to distract them with irrelevant details. Doctors will latch onto the first solution or diagnosis often, even if its not remotely related to your actual illness. For most doctors, in most circumstances, this means diet and lifestyle are worth simply not talking about, or just giving the answer they want. Especially because nutrition is something doctors know very little about. You want to "lead" your doctor, to considering the actual problem, and the actual causes.



on October 30, 2012
at 10:50 AM

Just dont mention your diet to your new doctor! Or say you eat "some meat with lots of fish, nuts, fruit and veg". If you always expect some high level of reason or intelligence, dedication, or open mindedness from your doctor, youll be very lucky not to be highly disappointed. I see doctors as walking conventional diagnostic manuals, with the some useful side features: referrals, bloodwork, scans & scripts. If your lucky they have some relevant patient/medical experience, or give the problem a few seconds extra thought. Ive seen alot of doctors. Its made me cynical.

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on August 12, 2013
at 04:32 PM

A primary care doctor will recognize and support lifestyle choices that line up with current medical science. Current medical science does not support a "paleo" lifestyle (whatever that is), because many of the principles of a "paleo" diet are not supported by accepted research. I would stay far away from any doctor who does not practice science based medicine, but instead relies on popularized fad diets.


on June 14, 2013
at 03:11 AM

have you looked at Tessa Jones? She is not 'paleo' but is an intergrative practitioner and open to alternative therapies. Does thorough testing and treats on symptoms as well as blood results. I have found her very good, but she is quite pricey. she is not particularly friendly but is to the point and direct.


on April 22, 2013
at 08:23 AM

I am a GP in Wellington and actively live, promote and encourage a Paleo lifestyle. I encourage my diabetics to go low carb Paleo. The hospital dieticians do not encourage this. They fear Hypos. The patients who understand the reasons why Paleo can work improve once they cut their carb load. If your Dr doesn't get it, just do it anyway. Just do it properly. I would highly recommend an upcoming Nutrition seminar/workshop in June. It explains Paleo / realtor in an interactive and enlightening way so that you make us you do the healthy version by a good understanding. It is being presented by bwhole9South Pacific. I attended one in Christchurch and it was outstanding. http://whole9southpacific.eventbrite.com/ and follow the event in Wellington for more info. It is all day Sunday 9 June at Sport Wellington. I will be there.


on March 26, 2013
at 06:33 PM

Hey I didn't know there was other people on here from Welly! I have the same experience with you. I have type 1 diabetes and when I tried to tell my endocrinologist and diabetes nurse at wellington hospital about my trial with the paleo diet (after begin diagnosed with Coeliacs disease) I was sent straight to the dietitian, who recommended gluten free bread, muffins, cereal etc. When I improved my control by more than 50% she didn't want to hear about how it was because of a lower carb paleo diet.


on January 15, 2013
at 12:27 AM

Dr. Richard Medlicott at Island Bay is great - not Paleo per se, but open to my 'alternative lifestyle' without being patronising or trying to 'convert' me.


on November 01, 2012
at 12:48 AM

I don't know of any paleo doctors in Welly, but I'm a paleo qualified remedial massage therapist in Welly NZ :) www.webstermassage.co.nz I know that's not the same thing but if you're in need of soft tissue therapy, you've got a fellow grok in the business! Will keep my eyes peeled and let you know if I find a paleo doctor.

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