Use a Letter to Open a Dialogue with Your Doctor

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Mon, 05/21/2007 - 7:16pm.

Here is a sample letter you can use to approach your doctor. Use part of it, use all of it, or just use it as a starting point to write your own letter.

Dear Dr.____________,

I have been suffering from many symptoms over the past (insert duration here). Though I have tried to treat each symptom individually, it does not adequately address the possibility of one underlying cause. I also feel I am only masking the symptoms. I seem to have a great deal of problems stemming from inflammation or possibly poor digestion. The reason for this has not been revealed, so I am relying on your considerable skills as a physician to determine what are the root problems. My symptoms include:

(List symptoms in order of priority)

I have been researching different theories that possibly connect my symptoms with the foods I eat. I ask that you seriously consider that my diet has played a tremendous role in mitigating these symptoms, and conventional medicine (such as pharmaceuticals) has proven largely - if not wholly - ineffective.

The diet I am interested in trying/am currently on is called (insert diet name), designed to lower diet-based sources of inflammation and yeast-related infections, while getting intestinal bacteria in balance. It is the only thing I have found that treats my symptoms as a whole, and not on a one by one basis.

Please consider the possibility that the source of my discomfort could be from food allergies or intolerances, poor stress response, GI / autoimmune disorders or other illnesses that have so far eluded other doctors I have seen. Perhaps even mercury toxicity.

I am more inclined to alternative therapies as opposed to conventional approaches such as prescription drugs and surgeries, which I would only choose as a last resort. I wish to continue experimenting with diet, but need your guidance on what is best for me.

I look forward to working together with you on improving my health and discovering the true cause of my symptoms.