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Primary Care Physician in San Francisco Penninsula or South Bay

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 18, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Anybody know of of Primary Care Physician who is Paleo (or close) near Palo Alto, California, where I live and work? I want to go for my annual physical and would like to find a good physician around here.

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on July 07, 2012
at 03:33 AM

He also isn't taking new clients

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on November 29, 2011
at 07:40 PM

He doesn't take insurance. He can provide a form if you're able to get your insurance to reimburse you, and that's not likely knowing insurance companies. I got extensive blood tests from my regular doctor and , besides the teeth-pulling process of doing it, they were just as expensive as Chris' out-of-pocket charge for a case review, and is a better smattering of tests for paleo folk.

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on May 31, 2011
at 01:19 AM

Yes, in Calif, TCM practitioners are considered PCPs. He may, or may not, choose to accept insurance.

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on May 17, 2011
at 12:27 AM

He's not a Physician but am not sure about insurance. I doubt it very much.

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on May 10, 2011
at 05:07 AM

in my experience cowan isnt paleo, and is very aloof about certain conditions. im not going to bash him by explaining further, because he probably helps a lot of people and his book really is pretty amazing, but he definitely chooses his reality that might not be yours.

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on April 18, 2011
at 11:43 PM

I *may* go to see Dr. Cowan. Again, I don't know if he takes insurance. If need be, I can go to San Francisco (where Dr. Cowan is) but would prefer somebody down here on the Peninsula or South Bay. I don't know if Krisser could be considered a Primary Physician and Berkeley is even farther than San Francisco for me.

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on April 18, 2011
at 11:39 PM

Yes, but I don't think he counts as a Primary Care Doctor, does he? I want to use my insurance.

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5786a8dbc9f3c6e1b7ec5b46079562ae

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on May 31, 2011
at 01:37 AM

I found out about paleo from Dr. Lorenzato in Foster City, at Mariner Medical Center. He also advocates the Mediterranean diet but at least he's supportive of paleo.

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on July 06, 2012
at 04:22 AM

Check out Paul Abramson MD at My Doctor Medical Group: http://mydoctorsf.com. He's Paleo-friendly and has even presented data from his own personal Paleo experiments at a Quantified Self meetup. He's here in San Francisco, and is "out of network" for insurance, but had a biller who submitted claims after the fact for me.

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on August 23, 2011
at 09:27 AM

BTW, it's Chris Kresser (with an e).

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on April 18, 2011
at 11:24 PM

My friend has reported good experiences with Dr. Thomas Cowan in San Francisco. He's more Weston Pricey than pure Paleo, but from talking to her I don't think he'd disagree with most aspects of most "paleo" diets.

And yes, Dexter beat me to it, I was going to suggest Chris Krisser as well. But he's a doctor of Chinese medicine. He's low on the woo factor actually and explains Chinese medicine from a scientific perspective. So you'd have to be comfortable going to a Chinese medicine doc instead of an MD/DO or what have you. But given what most physicians know about nutrition, I'd see Dr. Krisser.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 18, 2011
at 11:43 PM

I *may* go to see Dr. Cowan. Again, I don't know if he takes insurance. If need be, I can go to San Francisco (where Dr. Cowan is) but would prefer somebody down here on the Peninsula or South Bay. I don't know if Krisser could be considered a Primary Physician and Berkeley is even farther than San Francisco for me.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on May 10, 2011
at 05:07 AM

in my experience cowan isnt paleo, and is very aloof about certain conditions. im not going to bash him by explaining further, because he probably helps a lot of people and his book really is pretty amazing, but he definitely chooses his reality that might not be yours.

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06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on April 18, 2011
at 11:21 PM

Chris Krisser at http://thehealthyskeptic.org/ is in Berkeley. He is definitely paleo.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 18, 2011
at 11:39 PM

Yes, but I don't think he counts as a Primary Care Doctor, does he? I want to use my insurance.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on May 17, 2011
at 12:27 AM

He's not a Physician but am not sure about insurance. I doubt it very much.

Medium avatar

(4878)

on May 31, 2011
at 01:19 AM

Yes, in Calif, TCM practitioners are considered PCPs. He may, or may not, choose to accept insurance.

59d367d77f4082717bade07508624db8

(1198)

on November 29, 2011
at 07:40 PM

He doesn't take insurance. He can provide a form if you're able to get your insurance to reimburse you, and that's not likely knowing insurance companies. I got extensive blood tests from my regular doctor and , besides the teeth-pulling process of doing it, they were just as expensive as Chris' out-of-pocket charge for a case review, and is a better smattering of tests for paleo folk.

19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on July 07, 2012
at 03:33 AM

He also isn't taking new clients

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