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Chicago area Paleohackers: Do you know a good doctor who is paleo friendly and knowledgable?

Asked on July 09, 2015
Created January 20, 2011 at 7:40 PM

I like my current physician, but he leans toward conventional wisdom too much. It's a bit hard to have a long conversation with him about the paleo diet because he's so busy all of the time. It's time for me to find another doctor. I'm looking for someone in the city of Chicago or a nearby suburb. Someone downtown would be great. I've checked Jimmy Moore's list, but there's only one doctor listed in Des Plaines, which isn't too far away from me. However, I would like to get some more names and opinions. Thank you!

829f8e29e21516004cb5059dbd00ce50

(45)

on October 23, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Yay! Thanks for posting.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on February 03, 2012
at 10:56 PM

Bhvesh Patel. I do not know where he is now but I know he is in Chitown.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on August 10, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Thanks, Eric S. I'll look into these.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on February 13, 2011
at 09:08 PM

Ha, I saw that site come along and immediately searched for a doctor near my zip code :( I too will be keeping my fingers crossed.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on February 10, 2011
at 03:48 PM

I'm going to check the site periodically and keep my fingers crossed!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 09, 2011
at 08:33 PM

I don't have a home BP monitor, my MIL does, but I can usually tell when mine is not doing well. I am 2 months off meds and doing great!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 09, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Yeah, darn, I was hoping there would be some Chicago docs. My parents are still looking for one.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 26, 2011
at 07:26 PM

@Kent Cowgill: I'm still in the city. We're in Rogers Park near the lake.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on January 26, 2011
at 02:04 AM

@Travis: Far north - but still in the city? Or north suburbs? I'm in NW Chicago (Jefferson Park). @WCC Paul: Heh, same here for the most part. @sherpamelissa: do you have a home BP monitor?

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 24, 2011
at 02:33 AM

@sherpamelissa: Yes, there has to be a doctor somewhere in Chicago that's paleo friendly! I'm on the far north side of the city, but would be interested in meeting up with folks for dinner sometime.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 21, 2011
at 02:06 PM

I'm sad you got no response Travis! We are such a major metropolitan area, there HAS to be some forward thinking doctors. While we are all kind of in one place, is anyone interested in a dinner meetup somewhere? Or are we all too widespread?

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on January 20, 2011
at 10:04 PM

@Melissa: Wait, we can't just solve all our problems with the internet? Haha. I might actually recommend the new Taubes book if I go see this doctor anytime soon. May as well plant the seed ...

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on January 20, 2011
at 10:03 PM

@Melissa: Wait, we can't just solve all our problems with the internet? Haha. I might actually recommend the new Taubes book if I go see this doctor anytime soon. May was well plant the seed ...

D628a7339e8567f7246fc0cf652acacf

(639)

on January 20, 2011
at 09:55 PM

I haven't had any cause to go to the doctor since switching to paleo so I don't know what my doctor thinks of it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 20, 2011
at 09:29 PM

Ha, Paul. Stop going to the doctor is an awesome solution, except I have to watch my high blood pressure. There are smart doctors out there, we just have to find them!

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on January 20, 2011
at 09:09 PM

Yeah, sorry guys, I don't have any names of doctors either. My solution was just to stop going to the doctor. But I'm also one of those people who thinks the whole cholesterol issue is total BS. Though I understand there are plenty of other reasons (and really good ones) to go to a doctor, and it would be nice to find one sympathetic to paleo. I guess I'll run into this problem eventually ... I was thinking of having some tests run on various blood things just out of curiosity. And then when I get the results I'll just sit through the lecture and nod, then walk out the door.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on January 20, 2011
at 08:43 PM

And as far as I know, there's just a handful of us Chicagoans :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 20, 2011
at 08:02 PM

Me too, my doctor was very concerned when I told her I cut out wheat. :( I checked out Jimmy Moore's list too, but I'm extremely south suburbs, so most of the doctors were a bit far.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on January 20, 2011
at 07:52 PM

I'll be watching for good answers here too - I didn't care for my last physician at all, and that was before I started paleo/primal. He's what prompted me to find a better solution for my cholesterol and why his advice didn't work!

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77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

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on August 09, 2011
at 02:04 AM

Here is a list from the Chicago chapter of the Weston Price Foundation:

http://wapfchicago.com/health-practitioners/

It looks like Joseph Grasso is closest to a traditional general practitioner, as he is a DO who accepts insurance. Grasso is in Schaumberg, which isn't far for those who live in Chicago proper and own a car.

Pasted here is a list for Illinois from the WAPF website:

Aurora/Naperville Area: Jonathan Truhlar, DC (630) 499-9420, info@elanwellness.com Central Illinois: Kate Potter (309) 362-2117, potter_kate@hotmail.com Chicago: Mindi Anderson (773) 756-5900, mindiesther@comcast.net, www.wapfchicago.com Dixon: Vicki McConnell (815) 288-2556, vlmc@grics.net East Central: Deborah Chisholm (515) 339-2595, Deborah.chiz@gmail.com Northern Dupage County: Kathryne Pirtle & Olive Kaiser (630) 543-5938, kathypirtle@sbcglobal.net Northwest Suburbs Cook County: Renee Renz (847) 255-5962, wapfnwchicagosuburbs@gmail.com Northwest Suburbs Lake County: Linda DeFever (847) 526-6452, ocfever01@yahoo.com Oak Park: Gina Orlando (708) 524-9103, gorlandoma@aol.com Rockford/Freeport area: Dale & Eileen Kelsey (815) 239-1466 or (815) 239-1832

Hope that helps. Also, fwiw, I have no personal experience with any of these practitioners.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on August 10, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Thanks, Eric S. I'll look into these.

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95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on February 09, 2011
at 08:02 PM

I just found out about the Paleo Physicians Network through Robb Wolf's site. There are no doctors close to Chicago listed yet, but perhaps this will yield some leads in the near future!

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on February 10, 2011
at 03:48 PM

I'm going to check the site periodically and keep my fingers crossed!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 09, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Yeah, darn, I was hoping there would be some Chicago docs. My parents are still looking for one.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on February 13, 2011
at 09:08 PM

Ha, I saw that site come along and immediately searched for a doctor near my zip code :( I too will be keeping my fingers crossed.

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920d8c48b6f68d756da55c9ef42d1a38

on April 09, 2013
at 04:20 PM

Hi all! I am also a Paleo/Primal-friendly doc. My practice is the Northwestern Memorial Physician's Group and I work out of the new Lakeview location (@ Belmont and Southport).

Here's a link to my Primaldocs.com website info:

http://primaldocs.com/listing/leslie-ramirez/

After practicing traditional medicine for twenty years, I finally started introducing Paleo to many of my patients. So far it has been absolutely awe-inspiring to watch them transform their health and their lives.

Warm regards, Leslie Ramirez, MD

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on October 19, 2012
at 02:19 AM

I am a board certified family physician in Oak Park, IL, just west of the Chicago city limits. I am a practicing Paleo adherent, and I work with Paleo, primal and low-carb patients. I would be happy to see anyone who is looking for a Paleo-friendly primary care physician. I also see children and provide prenatal care.

My Paleo Physicians Network listing is here:

http://paleophysiciansnetwork.com/doctors/IL/Oak+Park/cheryl-chastine-md

I realize this thread is old, but I wanted to make sure my information was here!

829f8e29e21516004cb5059dbd00ce50

(45)

on October 23, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Yay! Thanks for posting.

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D13db3c36e8c981d14988bd25a889de4

on February 03, 2012
at 04:00 PM

Here's an obvious answer!

Dr. Mercola has offices in South Barrington on Rt. 72. He wrote a book about a no-grain diet. www.mercola.com

(disclaimer: Lots of people have strong opinions about Dr. Mercola. I mentioned him because he is a) in the Chicago area and b) paleo friendly.)

Dr. Grasso's wife is my dentist, Dr. Lina Garcia. Their offices are in South Barrington off of Rt. 72, across from Goebberts). They are very nice people.

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