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2/1/20 1:29 P

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I totally agree with @MLAN613 - if your doc won’t give you a referral along with names, dump the doc. All docs are NOT created equal. When I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism, once my TSH levels were ‘in range’ my doc declared it managed and would not adjust the meds, even though my symptoms had not abated. Found a new doc who immediately referred me to an endocrinologist, and in 6 weeks I was symptom free.

Similar problem 3.5 years ago. My bloodwork showed high cholesterol, and my 30 something doc insisted I needed to start taking statins. After she explained side effects such as very hard on liver and joint problems, I asked shouldn’t I try exercise and diet first? She pooh poohed that and said I may have a family history of heart problems (I don’t).

Dumped that that doc, found an awesome 70 ish doc who looks about 30 who pushes good eating and exercise and lives that way herself, she does not push pills. I started losing weight and my cholesterol dropped to very good levels without the drugs.

Even if you can’t find a nutrition doctor, you can find a pcp with professional and personal beliefs in the power of eating properly who can help guide you to foods which are good for your specific conditions.

Good luck!



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MLAN613 Posts: 23,980
2/1/20 7:55 A

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@RUSTY_WOODS makes a good point. If your doctor isn't helping you get to an appropriate specialist, which in this case is a Registered Dietitian, whom I personally consider to be a nutrition "doctor", it's time to find a new doctor.

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RUSTY_WOODS Posts: 1,011
2/1/20 12:35 A

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Your doctor should be referring you to a dietitian, since they aren't capable of doing what you need. Therefore, they should also be supplying the name, address, and contact info, for SEVERAL you can see in your local area.

Demand a referral, and have THEM find you the dietitians. Any decent doctor should have referrals ready for situations like this. If they won't work with you, find a better doctor.



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MLAN613 Posts: 23,980
1/22/20 6:36 A

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I thought I would share the link to the company I am using for my nutrition classes. I trust that's okay. It is based here in Minnesota and they have podcasts and recipes available at no cost. They also offer classes, including some online ones with which there is a fee.

I am doing the 12 week weight class. I just had my first class last Thursday and their line of thought is similar to SP. Basically, they support a balanced approach and eating real food.

www.weightandwellness.com/classes/

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MLAN613 Posts: 23,980
1/21/20 6:37 A

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As someone who works for another large, national healthcare company, you spoke with someone who appears to not want to do their job. A customer service rep should be able to help you find an area provider. It could be that the person you were speaking with wasn't in that department or was having a bad day or whatever.

Try the website that Coach Merle shared to see if you can locate a local Registered Dietitian or licensed nutritionist. If you need help, don't be afraid to call BCBS again they are the experts in their company. We aren't. :-)

And I do completely empathize with your plight. My insurance company, which is part of the same company I work for, doesn't cover nutrition counseling unless you're diabetic. I think that is fairly standard, which is too bad because a lot of issue could be greatly improved or avoided if people ate properly. That, ultimately, would save the insurance companies a lot of money.

Personally, I paid for a 12 week nutrition course through a local dietitian and it includes 2 personal nutrition counseling sessions. I know a lot about nutrition, for which I thank SP but have some issues around food due to historical dieting horrors. I am hoping to gain some ideas on what I can tweek. I started last week and am already trying a couple of ideas. I hope you can find something that works.



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1/20/20 10:08 P

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Crazy that BCBS nor your doctor can tell you who to go to for that. Have you tried using their website and doing a doctor search there to see if you can find someone that way? www.bcbs.com/find-a-doctor

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1/20/20 3:59 P

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I am not an expert on this but I just did a search in my insurance (not BCBS) under
"Find Care". When I searched for "nutrition", I got a list of mostly RD's but there were 2 MDs on the list who listed their specialty as "Nutrition Services". Both were board certified. For my insurance, the 2 drs are listed under Specialists. Hope this helps.

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1/20/20 3:27 P

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My Blue Cross plan does NOT cover a nutritionist unless I am diabetic...which, I am not. However, BCBS told me that because of ObamaCare, I am "entitled" to X many hours of nutrition counseling with an actual DOCTOR. So, no nutritionist/dietician, etc. I asked BCBS who participates with them for this coverage. They couldn't tell me. They have NO idea. I have Celiac disease while trying to get to a healthy weight...well, we all know gluten-free breads, pastas are FAR from "healthy". At the same time, I am a kidney stone factory and that means I have to limit proteins, calcium, and sodium. The only thing left for me to eat is the LAWN outside!! I swear! I have no idea what I am supposed to do with the combo of dietary requirements due to medical conditions. Is anyone familiar with this provision on ObamaCare and knows WHO provides this? My PCP (primary) sure doesn't do it and he has no idea who would. Thanks in advance!

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