That said, I'm not exactly the best of patients, and I've had a doctor who has wanted me to take calcium supplements for years. She is insistent. One look at me and one thing is clear: I'm well nourished. I don't think I need supplements, I think I get plenty of everything in my diet, and a close friend started taking calcium on the advise of her doctor and promptly got a kidney stone, and the literature suggests that dietary calcium is better than supplements, at least for people in some demographics . I assure my doctor that I ingest enough calcium. She's asked me what I eat, to which I've replied milk, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream. "Do you eat ice cream everyday?" Isn't that harassment? Of course I don't eat ice cream every day, but I wish I did. I surrendered, I bought a bottle of Tums and a few times a year, I eat one. This way, when I see this doc, I can say with impunity that I sometimes take Tums and this seems to stop the conversation. Maybe I'm wrong and someday I'll have brittle bones and wish I had listened and taken calcium supplements. So I have mixed feelings about whether one always needs to follow doctors' orders exactly and under what circumstances. Certainly the issue in psychiatry gets very complex if the patient is psychotic and repeatedly decides not to take medications and keeps ending up in the hospital or puts himself or others at risk.
In the meantime, my favorite flavor, for anyone who wishes to buy me ice cream, is praline pecan.