Doctor Appointment: Who’s Giving Who the Advice?

I had an appointment with my rheumatologist last week.  She was surprised and pleased at how much my RA has improved over the past several (spring and summer) months.  Enbrel is the only medication I am using at the present.  It feels wonderful to finally be improving.

I explained to my doctor about the Elimination Diet I’ve been trying.  She encouraged me but didn’t really have any advice to give.

Lately I’ve been researching how the pH level in your body can affect diseases such as cancer and arthritis.  Apparently, diseases thrive in an acidic environment (its fascinating information—more to come later).   I told my rheumatologist about my findings and asked for her thoughts and opinions.

She told me there is not medical evidence to back this up.  She reads the medical journals that come out, and pH has not been mentioned.  She said, “I wish I could tell you more,” but she just didn’t know.

Why not?  Isn’t this important?  I got out of her that, although there is not medical evidence, she is of the opinion that the acidity of your body does, in fact, affect rheumatoid arthritis.

She said, “These are good questions.  Good for you” for thinking about these things and looking for solutions.

She congratulated me.

She encouraged me.

She told me she believes these things do affect RA.

Yet she told me there is no medical evidence to back it up.

She told me she wished she knew more.

She told me she doesn’t know much about that.

Why?  It just doesn’t add up.  Why won’t the medical community research diet and natural healing?  I understand the politics, the pharmaceutical companies, the money. . .

But why won’t they take it upon themselves to research things that will help their fellowmen?  To better the lives of those around them?

Has money and greed really snuffed out charity and compassion.  I certainly hope not.

On a lighter note, my rheumatologist also asked me about my shoes.  (Are they comfortable?, supportive?, where I got them).  She said she wants to go get the same ones.

I felt like I was the one giving out all the advice today!