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For Bulimics and Anorexics, A Doctor Who Thinks Outside the Box, Part One

By Mary Sornberger
 
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During this interview I’ll be speaking with a medical doctor who has been thinking outside the box for over 20 years. Dr. Robert McLean is a graduate of Howard University’s College of Medicine with an undergraduate degree majoring in Physics from Dartmouth College.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he has been practicing complimentary and alternative medicine for the past twenty years and has formed The Preventive Medical Center in Newport News VA.

I like to think I was fated to meet Dr. McLean. You see I had an appointment with a completely inside-the-box internist who I’d been seeing, but fortunately for me, he had a conference to attend. Dr. McLean saw his patients that day. I was so sick my husband had to drive me to my appointment. When I explained my symptoms, Dr. McLean asked me if I took any vitamins. And my husband laughed and said, “Doctor, you’re speaking her language.”

Well as it turned out, we both spoke the same language. Although Dr. McLean spoke it with the authority of a traditionally trained doctor who actually knew the science behind the supplements that I intuitively believed in. But this doctor is not opposed to prescribing a drug if he feels you need one. Dr. McLean has been my doctor ever since that day over fourteen years ago.

Now for the interview:
Sornberger: How long have you been interested in preventative medicine?
Dr. Mclean: I have been an advocate of health promotion & disease prevention since I began practicing medicine in the 1980s. However, it was not until I set up my own practice in 1998 that I was able to more fully put it in to practice.

Sornberger: What special nutritional training have you had?
Dr. McLean: Since the time allotted in medical school to areas such as nutrition is very minimal, most physicians who practice complementary and alternative medicine have had to acquire their expertise through self study.

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