Get to know diabetes and obesity practitioner Dr. Mary C. Vernon
If you are livin' la vida low-carb and/or have Type 2 diabetes, then there is a doctor that you should be abundantly aware of for the tremendous contributions she is making for the cause of health in the United States today. She is Dr. Mary C. Vernon and she has a private medical practice in her hometown of Lawrence, Kansas.
I previously shared with you my podcast interview with Dr. Vernon a couple of weeks ago as well as an interview at my blog last year to introduce you to this remarkable doctor who is actively using the low-carb nutritional approach as an effective means for controlling her patients' blood sugars as well as their weight.
She is on the frontlines of the debate over how to best treat Type 2 diabetes as the co-author of the book Atkins Diabetes Revolution and has been going around touting the Duke University study that found dramatic improvements in diabetics who went on the Atkins diet to treat their disease. Dr. Vernon is constantly at odds with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) who insist people with diabetes should eat all the carbs they want as long as they take their medicine. But Dr. Vernon says carbohydrate restriction is the key, not medicine.
After meeting Dr. Vernon in person twice over the past couple of years, I can tell you there is nobody more devoted to seeing people get healthy the low-carb way than she is. Educating her patients and helping them see real results just through changes in their diet is what helps motivate her to keep doing what she's doing. She even is willing to answer questions from people across the country and around the world through her informative "Ask Dr. Vernon" blog.
Because of all that she has done to change how people view the low-carbohydrate nutritional approach as a viable alternative to the low-fat diet, I named Dr. Vernon among my Top 10 Movers & Shakers of 2006. Additionally, her work got national recognition when it was highlighted in this outstanding column by Adam Campbell in Men's Health magazine in November 2006.
Because of all the added attention being given to Dr. Vernon over the past year for her work to change the dynamics of how to best treat diabetes and obesity, she has been getting more and more attention from the diabetic media, including CNBC's dLife.
If you are ready to be inspired and reinvigorated about why you are livin' la vida low-carb, whether you have diabetes or not, then check out this brief 4-minute clip of Dr. Vernon during her recent appearance on dLife:
WOW! Can we clone you, Dr. Vernon? :)
While it would be nice to have access to doctors who are as committed to their obese and diabetic patients as Dr. Vernon is wherever you live, that is sadly not the case. But as the current president and a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP), she assures me that there are others out there who are just as passionate as she is about livin' la vida low-carb.
Click here to locate a bariatric physician in your area and ask them if they are open to using a low-carbohydrate approach to treating obesity and diabetes. If they say YES, then you've found a doctor who can help tailor an effective strategy for helping you.
THANK YOU, Dr. Vernon, for being a shining example of what a doctor is supposed to be like with their patients--empathetic, caring, willing to listen, and knowledgeable about what really works. You are a real hero and on behalf of my readers here at the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog, I salute you today. God bless the work you are doing!
Let's party in Dr. Vernon's name with a porterhouse, shall we?