Doctors are Patients Stuck in the “Diet Matters” Gap, Too

One case of many: Infectious disease physician Saray Stancic, MD, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was a third-year resident in 1995.  Over the next seven years, her disease progressed as she relied on some dozen drugs to manage her symptoms and pharmaceutical side effects, she walked with a cane or walker, faced a difficult prognosis, and was wracked with pain, fatigue, and hopelessness. 

But in 2003, an article about the relationship between diet and MS – with a photo of blueberries – crossed her desk.  It piqued her interest.  Dr. Stancic started digging through scientific literature and found plenty of research exploring the relationship between diet and chronic disease, wondering the whole time why she hadn’t learned about this in medical school

Excited by what she’d found, Dr. Stancic brought the idea of following a whole-food, plant-based diet to her doctor; her doctor said she was foolish to think that food would be of any help.  But she pressed ahead and proved differently.  Today, Dr. Stancic’s deficits have abated, she is active, able, and full of energy, and seven years after her “aha” moment, she ran a marathon. Dr. Stancic practices in New Jersey.   Read her full story here.   

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