A Teacher, a Manager, and a Doctor Walk Into a Bar . . .

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If you think over the course of your life, what are some of the qualities your favorite teachers had in common? As you grew up and progressed into the working world, did those same traits translate to your favorite managers and mentors?

 

Perhaps some were relentlessly demanding and knew how to get you into good form. Others may have been abstract thinkers who encouraged you to dream big and reach for the sky. Maybe one perceived your “shortcomings” as more of an edge, showing you how to cultivate and use them to your advantage. Another may have seen something in you that you never knew you had, helping you recognize an untapped strength and bolster your confidence. Maybe one was just a great listener, checked up on you during a bad day, or gave you a hug and some words of encouragement when you really needed it.

 

Whatever these characteristics were, undoubtedly their influences in your life shaped you into the person you are today. They provided you with an experience and knowledge base that propelled you into your days with a sense of power, control, and decision-making ability you previously didn’t have. As a result, it helped you feel as though you can take on whatever was brought to your plate – in a word, empowerment.

 

Now, how many of you would say that when in the midst of a puzzling health crisis, or being diagnosed with a serious condition, your doctor has ever made you feel empowered? Not quite as easy to say, right?

 

Conversely, when patients are told they will be living with a chronic disease, an overwhelming sense of powerlessness is experienced. Having to face stifling lifestyle changes, treatments, and the idea of living in discomfort instead of relief, patients feel as though they lose complete control. Instead of an individual acting in the world, they are resigned to feeling acted upon.

 

Personally, I feel this is a growing issue in our society and healthcare system, and remedying this could very well be the best medicine a practitioner can provide to and instill in their patients, for both a healthier clientele and prosperous career.

 

In fact, one of the clauses in the modern Hippocratic Oath states, “I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or chemist’s drug.”

 

It sometimes feels as though this notion has been lost in today’s traditional healthcare system.

 

However, when lucky enough to experience a practitioner, whether it be a psychologist, medical doctor, massage therapist, or even a physical trainer, who provides you with knowledge, a toolbox, and some positive reinforcement, many individuals feel they can perpetually help themselves and navigate a seemingly impossible circumstance. Instead of being told what they can no longer control, they are given hope by understanding what they can control and do to get better and improve their quality of life.

 

Health education is key. If people learned how their body works and how simple it is to make changes in their diet and lifestyle, there is no reason why a large majority of us couldn’t live healthfully into our later years and ameliorate current disease states. Even at the most basic level, nutritional education and empowerment helps to reverse Type II Diabetes, improve one’s behavioral and cognitive issues, and smooth out hormonal issues that contribute to infertility, acne, and weight gain.

 

A research study evaluating the significance of patient empowerment selected elderly individuals to participate in a holistic interactive process in which nurses and these ill patients established a caring relationship. This involved active listening and presence, positive and non-judgmental responsiveness, and mutual knowledge not only of the patients’ medical conditions, but also of their lives as a whole. In one patient, it was revealed that “developing conscious awareness of her own patterns and strengths empowered her to better mobilize personal resources for everyday living; that is, for being healthy.”1

 

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Personally, I have experienced both ends of the spectrum. In my first post, I discussed the wild twists, turns, and challenges of having a health problem that does not fit into an easy diagnosis code. I have been to brilliant doctors at some of the best hospitals that would just read off of lab work without even looking me in the eye, never asking what may have been going on in my life prior to experiencing symptoms. Or, some would repeatedly write scripts for anti-depressants because “they seem to work for everything these days.”

 

On the other hand, I would have a casual conversation with a doctor that wasn’t even treating me, who would inform me of the importance of good sleep, or the avoidance of toxins in food, or provide a book recommendation on the link between stress and autoimmune issues – all of which would drive me to research and feel that I could absolutely help myself get better, easily.

 

The information is out there, folks. You just need to find the right person to open your eyes.

 

This is certainly what I plan to do after I graduate. I’m starting out now by trying to reach audiences that wouldn’t necessarily have access to the kind of information that will educate and empower them to take charge of their health – and as a result, their career and life. Knowledge is power. In this case, it’s empowerment.

To find out more, please contact me or read about my corporate wellness offerings here.

 

Have a great weekend!!

 

Research used:

  1. McWilliam, C.L.; Stewart, M.; Brown, J.B.; McNair, S.; Desai, K.; Patterson, L.; Del Maestro, N.; Pittman, B.J. Creating Empowering Meaning: an interactive process of promoting health with chronically ill older Canadians. Health Promotion International, 1997, 12, 111-123.
  2. Aujoulat, I.; d’Hoore, W.; Deccache, A. Patient Empowerment in theory and practice: Polysemy or cacophony? Patient Education and Counseling, 2007, 66, 13-20.

T Minus 3 Hours – Evolution of Medicine Summit Launch

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Happy Monday, ceiling fans!

 

The event I wrote about in this previous post has finally arrived!

Be sure to tune in online at 6:30 pm EST for the launch, or anytime this week. If you’re going to be attending at ABC Home, I’ll see you there!

For any latecomers, you can still register anytime this week via this link –> here.

In case you miss it, I’ll be writing a post about my experience at the Summit sometime over the next few weeks.

Have a great night!

 

UPDATE: Purchase EvoMed package (videos, recordings, transcripts) for your own permanent possession here!

 

Hot Event! Evolution of Medicine Summit

 

New Yorkers, listen up!

Or any health-minded individuals with an internet connection, for that matter.

 

If you are interested in the progression of Medicine and how the field is beginning to naturally gravitate towards a functional and holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment, there’s an event taking place next month you need to check out:

It’s called the Evolution of Medicine Summit and it is taking place from September 8th through the 15th. It is the world’s largest medical conference, completely free online, featuring 40 trusted world leaders in health.

The event uniquely features separate tracks for Doctors/Practitioners versus Regular consumers, so there are varied levels of content based upon one’s own knowledge and interest. There’s something for everyone.

While everything is launching and being filmed at ABC Home in Flatiron, everything is available 24/7 online to check out from September 8th through the 15th — at no cost.

 

Even better, after the event is over and done, these thought leaders’ presentations and talks will be available for download (video, audio, or transcripts) for your personal possession. This is great for:

a)    Continual Education for Practitioners wanting to keep abreast of the latest treatments

b)    Students looking to learn more outside of the classroom, or

c)    Individuals who have an affinity for the latest and most advanced approaches in health

Plus, the recordings will make for a more interesting subway listen than our beloved peddler renditions of “Under the Boardwalk” (Those 4-5-6 riders know who I’m talking about).

 

It’s all here for you.

 

If you’re interested in hearing more, you can message me via my contact form.

Or, if you already want to register to have free online access to the event, just click here — It will redirect you to a registration page. No strings. You’re welcome!

 

Noteworthy Speakers

Dr. Mark Hyman

Dr. Deepak Chopra

Dr. David Perlmutter

Dr. Frank Lipman

Dr. David Katz

Dr. Steve Cowan

 

Topics for Consumers

Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s Health

Nutrition

Causes of Disease

Reversing Chronic & Autoimmune Disease

Mind-Body Medicine

Digital Health

 

Topics for Health Professionals

Reversing Chronic Disease

Understanding the Causes of Chronic Disease

Digital Health

Business Model Innovation (Group Visits, Telemedicine, etc.)

Community Health

 

Spread the word. I’ll be there. Happy Monday everybody. Have a great day!

 

UPDATE: Purchase EvoMed package (videos, recordings, transcripts) for your own permanent possession here!