Here was my review after being unable to convince my new and soon to be old doctor to give me any of the following tests (Insulin, Glucagon, NMR lipidprofile, LP_a, APOB100/APOA1 ratio, CAC score, or Kraft Test). Apparently the only thing I need is an A1C and standard lipid profile in her opinion. My family thinks (and I can often be brutally honest) my comment about obesity was overboard (yes, I stole it from Dr. Barry), but I would not go to a hair dresser with a crazy stupid haircut, a tailor who’s clothes don’t fit, so why would I listen to a doctor who looks very unhealthy… Was this too much? - rate my post from 1 (I am a total complete @ss) to 10 (way too nice) :).
Had my first, and last appointment with Dr. Ali who took over from my previous family physician in Kanata. Staff seemed friendly enough and we started a little late for the appointment, but not too bad. Unfortunately Dr. Ali was a complete wipeout. As someone wise once suggested, never take health advice from someone who is obese and or overtly unhealthy looking themselves. Putting appearances aside, I asked some questions up to five times consecutively including pointing out that she was not answering my questions to get answers. In the end she did not have an answer to the first such question, but the fact that she did not listen to the question itself is the real problem. This happened again in our conversation. In the second case she never did answer the question which was - has your suggested treatment every helped anyone get better/cured? While I never did get an answer if she ever helped even one patient with her suggested treatment, her immediate response was that it “was not about curing the patient”. Seriously, that was her response to my question. Personally, I would rather visit health care professional who actually want to help their patients, not one who follows a rote script regardless of the patient or their results. I pushed a few times repeating the question - has your suggested treatment ever actually cured/helped anyone, including again, pointing out that she was evading the question and not answering but I never could get an answer. Assuming the lack of answer was because her plan has not helped anyone, again, why would I take her advice if she knows it does not work? I pressed a little more in our conversation evoking medical terminology and trying to open a discussion. She would make noises in response, but not once did she continue the conversation, point out a misunderstanding on my part or show any evidence for her line of thinking. Overall I would say she showed a lack of understanding of basic nutrition, basic health parameters, medical terms/tests or knowledge of how to interpret the results. I have already dropped her as a doctor (had my first appointment an hour ago) and will await for the province to find me a new doctor or go without a doctor rather than waste my time with this one.
In Ontario Canada, you cannot order your own medical tests. They MUST be requested by a physician. You cannot (easily) find your own physician and the process often takes months to years. It took my daughter almost 2 years to find a new one with many many phone calls and attempts. This is going to be a pain to get in to see a new doctor, and even then there is no guarantee that I can find a doctor who knows anything about diet or health outside of a prescription. I will keep trying I guess.