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I just had to post this...in part to have a whinge but also to warn anyone who may find themselves in the same situation.
So to give you a really quick background for about the last week i have not really eaten very well. I have been very busy and just get take away or whatever i could find. So i haven't been feeling great for about a week. 2 days ago my mother told me that i was looking extremely yellow so i went to the doctor. As i sat down and started telling him that i hadn't been feeling well my friend sitting beside me (more of a carnivore than a omnivore lol) yells out 'shes vegan!'. On hearing this the doctor immediately say 'just as i thought your anemic...you need to go out and eat meat...its very urgent'.
I insisted on having a blood test done to confirm this...and while taking the blood the doctor says to me 'as soon as you leave you need to go and have a some meat...seeing that your vegan i would suggest that you eat chicken'...i naturally replied 'surely you would want me to eat red meat seeing that its much higher in iron'. The doctor just looked at me and said 'just any meat will do'. All the while my friend is beside me saying 'i told you this was unhealthy'.
Anyway to cut a long story short i did not go out and have chicken. That night i get a phone call from the doctor...'i have your test results...ummm your not anemic but you do have a viral infection'. WOOOPS!
lol just though i would warn any new vegans out there!
It is scary isn't it?!? I once had a doctor tell me that I did in fact eat some cholesterol because there is cholesterol in beans! It is very disturbing to think that a medical doctor doesn't even know that cholesterol is found in animal products.
Also, when I told her I was vegan she said I need bloodwork because I would be anemic, and not enough calcium, blah blah. Well, she said she would call me with the results. She never did. Wouldn't return my phone calls. I had to go see another doctor at the clinic for my blood test results and everything was perfect, including my cholesterol level of 134! Hopefully she learned a little something that day...
One thing to keep in mind is that the average medical student only gets one course in nutrition. It may not even be a full school term either, it may just be one lecture. This is when seeking out a nutritionist, dietician, or a doctor who specializes in preventative medicine would be preferred over a general practitioner.