A little bit about me:
I am a board certified family physician. 10 years ago I left my group to go solo, and have spent that time enjoying the freedom to learn about whatever I thought would help my patients. 4 years ago I started offering a low carb diet program and realized that everything I learned about diet in medical school was wrong. I’ve always believed in looking at the behavior of our ancestors as a key to our good health, and one day a patient introduced me to “paleo”. They told me I should look into this, as I was advocating it already! From there I learned about primal, cross fit, grass fed beef and those shoes with the toes.
Besides being a physician, I am also a business owner, mother of 2 teenagers, musician, and crafter/knitter. I know what it means to be busy, but I also have learned how to optimize my family’s diet and lifestyle within those constraints. I use my personal experience and resources to help my patients move closer to an ideal lifestyle.
I see many young patients who are following paleo/primal lifestyles. They are basically healthy, and if they continue doing paleo/primal, should stay healthy. Older patients who may already have damage may need both lifestyle changes and conventional medical treatment. I believe everyone can benefit by an improvement in diet, and advocate that first and foremost. I spend a lot of time with my patients explaining why an ancient lifestyle will benefit them and how to go about doing it in this modern hectic world.
I do advanced testing with Berkeley and Cleveland Heart Labs along with CIMT’s to see how their lifestyle changes are affecting their overall health. I have seen some remarkable improvements in patient’s risks just by changing their diet to a low inflammatory primal/paleo diet. I have also accidentally cured several patients of their irritable bowel syndrome by removing grains from their diet, and now routinely recommend that as a treatment. Ditto (although not as completely) with fibromyalgia and arthritis.
Many of my patients are not quite ready to accept a paleo/primal lifestyle, but over time I have been able to convince most them that it is to their benefit. They see how much better they feel and how their numbers improve, which keeps them on track. I also have medical students that regularly rotate through my office who are learning about this and will be more open to this as they go out into practice on their own, thus insuring that the movement will expand.
Jasmine Moghissi, MD
Telephone: (703) 281-5560
9401 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031