I Quit

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After nine years in my current position I quit. It has been a good and instructive and valuable time, but it no longer works. It’s not efficient enough.

I just resigned – despite the fact that I like my job, my colleagues and my work place. There’s something more important to do that requires and deserves total focus. I’m not talking about quitting the blog or the Diet Doctor venture, but my job as a family physician.

Nine Years in One Place

I’ve worked at Health Center Gripen in Karlstad, Sweden, since the spring of 2006, including a few scattered years of specialist training at the Central Hospital in the same city. In 2010, I completed that training and became a specialist in family medicine. I have since then worked part time at the Health Center Gripen and the rest of the time with the blog and the Diet Doctor company.

At Gripen I’ve tried to focus on what I’m passionate about: monitoring and assisting patients with metabolic problems such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. This has been quite successful and I’ve felt great support and understanding from colleagues and managers. I have nothing to complain about from them. I’ve even received special treatment: an opportunity to devote some of my work time specifically for this type of patient. I’m very grateful for everything that these patients have taught me.

The problem is that even at a large health center it’s difficult to exclusively handle what you yourself are most interested in or do best. More or less inevitably you have to put half of your time – or more – on other things. At best, other health problems, at worst, piles of paperwork with no tangible value. A thousand things that someone else could easily do as well as I, or better.

It may seem like a luxury problem to have but it doesn’t work for me anymore. The world’s problems with obesity and diabetes are enormous and growing. There are equally enormous opportunities to halt and reverse the trend. With the help of my colleagues in Team Diet Doctor and our contacts around the world – for example in Cape Town the other week – a picture is emerging for a role we can play in that development. The role requires a total focus and hard, smart work. More focus than ever.

A doctor at a clinic can make big difference for a few hundred patients each year. That’s fantastic. But if it comes at the cost of not having time to make a similar difference for many times more people – perhaps ultimately millions of people – it’s not OK. Therefore, I could unfortunately only choose to resign.

Towards the Future

This is a time-out from my career as a practicing physician. This is the end of the beginning.

The goal is to return – in a different and much more effective way – to part-time work with patients. Work that may make a difference for many, many more who need it. If our plans pan out, something really exciting will take us here at Diet Doctor to a new level. As soon as possible, tentatively next year. And we have another piece of big news that’s coming up much sooner, probably next month.

You’ll hear more about the plans here at the blog when the time comes. Meanwhile our work here continues more focused than ever. We are now four people – including myself – working full time with all our efforts, and two working part time.

We are growing faster than ever. So does our ability to work together to make a difference in the world.

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  1. nancy
    I have worked as a registered nurse nurse in ICUs and ERs (in the US) for the past 39 years. People have gotten so huge we require bariatric stretchers, ambulances, lobby chairs, wheelchairs, scales. Also, all sorts of lifts and slides and still staff are injured every shift. From what I have observed over the years, most illnesses are caused by what we eat and overeat. Then, the medications used to treat these problems lead to all sorts of other health concerns.

    I am convinced this weight causes a mental illness. I am 5'5" and weigh about 125lbs and I'm 62 y/o. People turn around in their bariatric wheelchairs and scold me because I can't push them faster. They are angry with their providers because they have to take ever increasing amts of medications and their blood sugar, blood pressure or lab values are still dangerous. They take no responsibility and most provider will not point this out because of the silly surveys that are sent out . So many opt for battery operated scooters.
    This attitude borders on psychotic, it's so out of touch with reality.

    And I must say, I also blame the dietitians and the heart healthy diets for some of this.

    In case anyone is interested, I always loved bedside nursing and didn't care for administrative jobs. Now I wonder if I didn't make a mistake.

    It's an awful, overwhelming situation and it has to be turned around. God bless you, Dr Andreas, you and your family.

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  2. Dr. Jason Fung
    Congratulations, Andreas on a bold and exciting move. Your blog has been highly instrumental in transforming my own knowledge of nutrition and thousands others, too. You are shining a light into the dark corners of our health care systems failures. Lead the way, my friend. Lead the way

    Dr Jason Fung

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  1. Leila bessada
    Congratulation to you for following your own path. Thank you very much for all
    the information and inspiration.
    From a long time follower and great admirer in Toronto Canada
  2. Darag Rennie
    That's big new Andreas and I appreciate it can be a gut wrenching choice:)! I left medicine in 1979 to, in my mind, help people live healthier lives rather than treat disease. I came back around to diet and appreciating how much we had been misled, when my own body starting packing up.

    I don't know if this is on your agenda but one area I'd like to see better covered in the LCHF community is how to apply it if you have familial hypercholesterolaemia. I've come across two people recently who's triglycerides shot up over 2 instead of coming down under 1 as they usually do.

    There are enough of those folk out there that I believe we are doing people a disservice by not addressing this possibility as part of the introduction to LCHF.

    Love your blog and your work and I'd love to see if this is in your agenda too:)

  3. Stella Baker
    This is the most fantastic and exciting news. I know that you are going to make a monumental difference in the world. Your blog has already transformed my own life and I recommend others to visit as often as I can. I have watched you in action via the Internet and I have read your fantastic book.
    I am more than sure that the decision you have now made is absolutely the right one.
    We need inspirational people to change things - especially to change all the heartbreaking misinformation about nutrition that has plagued the world for decades. You are one of those inspirational people, Andreas.
    I am more than excited to hear what your news is going to be next month.
    You have found your true calling and I couldn't be more thrilled for you.
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  5. Peter O'Leary
    Good luck and best wishes on your move forward.
  6. Casey
    Best of luck in your new adventure. I am so thankful for all the information you provide, and look forward to good things to come.
  7. Steve M
    Good for you! Good luck!
  8. Kaye Bonato
    Congratulations Andreas.....looking forward to what comes next. You have helped me so much in my efforts to get into Ketogenises....and I'm there now, having bought a blood monitor to keep a careful check on what was going on in my blood. My own doctor here in Australia is on board with what I'm trying to achieve to relieve my T2 Diabetes and that's going very well.

    Good luck with your future, we are all cheering from the sidelines.

    Regards
    Kaye

  9. Domas
    Best wishes Andreas. I am glad you are in a position to made changes that will reach more people. Thanks for all you've done for LCHF and we'll be cheering you on from the sidelines.
  10. Stas'
    Congratulations Dr Andreas on your new direction. Many more people will benefit from your input.
    I was heading down the same path as many other people and then I was introduced to Banting by some South African friends and my life was changed. It wasn't hard. In fact it was quite easy, just common sense really.
    Exciting things to come.
    Best regards
  11. Judy Barnes Baker
    Good luck, Dr. Eenfeldt! I look forward to hearing your news.
  12. Molly
    Congratulations on such a bold move ! It takes great courage to make changes like the one you're undergoing.

    I spend a lot of time on the Internet - I used to be a Reference Librarian :) - and yours is the site I recommend to people to learn about LCHF.

    May I respectfully make three suggestions ? I don't know how they will fit in with your new plans....

    1) Hire a Virtual (or Real Life) Assistant to handle emails. I noticed someone complaining that you don't answer them. I know of a number of bloggers who have one or two people who's jobs it is to filter and answer email.

    2) Write a book ! This is what got Atkin's message out. Its a pain to do, but again, there are writers who can help you.

    3) Make an online course. Again, its work to start, but it can sit on your website as an educational tool and generates passive income while providing a more in-depth guide to starting and maintaining the LCHF diet. Maybe a forum to go with it.....

    All the best from Australia !

  13. Prof Steve
    Thanks for your wisdom. You might want to look at the brain research about why and how error resists correction . . . those false beliefs just don't go away after a brain hears a truth. Alas, after a few minutes the correction vanishes and the error is clutched even more intensely. Only through building a whole new track of narrative and context will a dead-wrong conviction be supplanted. Again, thanks.
  14. Susie Foletta
    Hi Andreas.....wonderful and exciting news!! I have been a fairly avid follower of the LCHF protocol over the last year, having seen it work health miracles for a dear friend. Now, my husband has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and although I have attempted to keep him on a Ketogenic diet for this last year, he is a bit'sloppy' when not around me!! Now, suddenly all that has changed in his mind! So, at least altering his diet won't, mostly, be a big undertaking. He will miss his wine for a while, though... Our naturopath is well-focussed on this approach to cancer treatment, so we are moving right along! Can't wait to hear what you have in store for all your devoted followers, Andreas...... All the very best of luck with it all.
    Regards
    Susie
  15. andrew
    The paperwork that the medic fills will eventually end in a database.
    This grunt work is what enables us to do long term research and see how something affects large numbers of people over long periods of time.

    Good luck forward and may you touch the life of billions!

  16. Susan
    Congratulations, Andreas!
    I just found your blog two weeks ago, and I was terrified to see your "I quit" message. But when I read that you are going to reach more people, I could only cheer.
    Generally speaking, doctors in the US don't ask what their patients eat. I'm sure there must be some, but I can't find one to save my life (literally).
    I hope your plans include educating the doctors, as well as the patients. Meanwhile, please let us know if we can schedule an electronic consultation with you when we can't find help locally.
    Good luck in your new ventures!!
  17. Linda
    Best of luck - sounds exciting! Looking forward to what's next!
  18. Gary in S.E. Asia
    I am envious of you sir, to be in a position to do what you want, not do what you can to survive. I wish you the very best and thank you so much for what you do and for sharing it.
  19. Eugene Kruger
    Right on Andreas! Just don't stop now - the entire world needs the LCHF way!
  20. robert lipp
    Big step. With the rapidly increasing awareness in many countries of lchf your timing may be good. Congratulations from cape town.
  21. Nan
    Congratulations on making a major, life-changing decision. I did the same over two decades ago, and it was a good and important change of direction.

    You have chosen a vital work, in obesity medicine, which needs all the brain power available to fight back against the established money-driven machine of big Ag that is controlling western food and diet practices.

    http://www.sugaraholics.com

  22. Jamie Hayes
    Andreas,
    Congratulations. As Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet... "To thine own self be true" (Polonious giving advice to his son Laertes upon his departure).
    Hopefully, one day you'll connect with us down under in the low carb world in Australia.
    Keep writing. I'm sure you'll make a bigger difference now.
    http://www.lowcarbdownunder.com.au/
  23. Michael
    Diet Doctor,

    I was wondering if you could comment on the importance of dietary fibre in LCHF way of eating. My understanding is that LCHF is not a free ticket to throw common sense out the window, however, many followers on social media go to great lengths to share recipes for low carb cookies, breads and sweets. This strikes me as missing the whole point: not to trick yourself into thinking you are eating regular cookies etc, however, to reset your tastes away from sweets and towards the taste of real foods, as nature intended, such as garden grown vegatables, unprocessed meats, eggs, nuts, berries and water. Correct me if I am wrong, but dietary fibre plays a very important role in our digestive health. This important component of our diet helps to signal satiety and helps to reduce the amount of insulin released, two very important functions to fight obesity and metabolic syndrome.

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  24. Zepp
    Im not Andreas.. but I think you got it right.. for the moste!

    Its rather that our digestive system is used to have some fibers.. frome real food, real food as veggies/tubers thats not to much processed.

    And we its used to animal foíbers too.. or rather eat the whole animal whit its cartilage and everything.

    Its good for bowel movments and we got creatuers in our guts thats specialised to eat this and it provide food for our gut linings and even provide some short chain fats to blood.. thats affect our healt.

    The major concern is to not eat to much processed food.

    Eat your food as it was intendent to eat.. not this higly processed prepacked food.

    The thing is.. that one have a dificulity to by this in ordanary supermarkets.

    Take a few generation steps back and use only real food and cook it by your self.

    And then.. you need to have a car and take hours to buy it frome farmers directly.

  25. Pentti Raaste M.D.
    Congratulations.
    I have allready visited your blog for some years. I have a link from my website to your blog.
    I am working also after the same principles. Lets hope for the big change to come.
  26. Sascha
    you've helped many people....
    no matter which road you travel, you'll do well

    i am glad you are at peace with this decision and keep up the excellent advice you give.....
    i think...unfettered, you will go on to to bigger and better ways to help those of us who are having a hard time

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