Hello, everyone. Welcome to the blog for the Functional Yoga Medicine Show. Today’s episode is number 63, and we’ll discuss how to incorporate Modernized Functional Medicine Into Your Health and Wellness Practice because here’s the thing: There are numerous podcasts available worldwide.
East And West Holistic vs Conventional Medicine
Functional Medicine is promoted by a slew of major businesses and big names. I’m not sure how well the general public understands Functional Medicine, but as someone who was enthralled by it when I first discovered it, perhaps over a decade ago, I’m well aware of the potential for misunderstanding between practitioners and patients.
Now, at the time, I was ecstatic because it was a credible source of information for me because it was important to me that it came from credentialed providers, which is from Dr. Jeffrey Bland and all the founders of the Institute of Functional Medicine, Mark Hyman, Amy Myers, and everyone else who is getting big on the internet with their e-commerce supplement business.
Then along came Dr. Oz with all of his hypes, and a lot of pharmacists and other practitioners began to promote this idea of the union of east and west holistic vs conventional medicine to create functional medicine as of today.
Set Your Inner Posture
So, let me tell you why I feel that way, and I’ll tell you about the problems I faced while completing the program. I believe we name it AFMCP because were instructed initially. I thought it was about putting functional medicine principles into practice and it was a year of practice.
That’s where you receive an overview, I attend a workshop or training through the Institute of Functional Medicine. And the idea is that you should be able to apply some of what you’ve learned throughout the course of the week, which is fantastic.
There’s an immune system evaluation, a cardio-metabolic, a detox, and endocrinology, which includes hormones, women’s health, and etc. After the week-long program, there are a variety of subspecialties to choose from.
It will take longer. And those sub-specialties are three-day courses that are available all over the world. For the sake of convenience, I selected to visit those in the United States.
And I got into coaching because I realized that no matter how many degrees I have, or how many letters behind my name, how much theory I know if I can’t get my patients to go from point A to point B, which is healed, I’m not making any difference in the lives of the people I serve.
I started asking a lot of questions after the fact since I was so enthusiastic about this program. To become fully board-certified, it took me around seven years. Doing case studies, submitting case studies, sitting for the boards, and ultimately passing the boards was a tough practice process.
After then, you must maintain a particular level of membership each year to remain a member of the AFMCP.
But this was all I knew at the time. And I realized, and I began to consider, “OK, how might I have improved that experience?” Because here’s the thing: as practitioners, we didn’t appreciate it, I didn’t enjoy it either.
Sitting in a room full of people like sardines in a can, and then being moved to be sold, like supplements, tests, and all types of everything else in between and platforms, digital, and etc.
Not only did I feel like I was being taken advantage of, but my head was also being blown away with so much information.
Consider what would happen if I said, “OK, listen, I’m going to teach you all I know.” Then I get a hose and connect it to the hose. Then I turned on the water really, hard, all the way to the maximum capacity. Then I began spilling out all of the water I had inside.
When I direct that water hose at you at the end of the weekend, you’ll be drenched, but you’ll have consumed and retained none of the knowledge inside.
That’s how I feel, and it’s how most practitioners feel, even though we’re professionals in holistic medicine. Their experience of teaching or learning was nothing short of toxic since you can’t retain information that way.
And, as members of the Institute of Functional Medicine, we do have access to the information on our portals for the rest of our lives.
But I just felt like there is so much information, What does your mind do when there’s so much information? It simply becomes overloaded and eventually paralyzed.
Element: Compassion and Empathy
It makes no difference. I had a hard time recalling the facts I required and remembering everything I needed to remember, but the difficulty was that my motivation and time for practice and other activities were both limited.
Once you’ve gotten into the Institute of Functional Medicine, the digital platforms, and then you’re sold a coaching academy to get coached or have your staff go for this certification, which costs around $7,000. There are also internet channels to consider. As I previously stated, practice management tools, coaching, and business coaching are all optional.
It’s not about the content, but the displays are now attempting to sell you all of this other stuff. And it became too repetitive and overwhelming. As a result, in the program that I need my practice as a nurse to have a master’s, my entire viewpoint and became acceptable.
The first element is compassion and empathy, as well as trusting their intuition rather than theoretical knowledge, and truly transforming lives by being the dammit, by showing them what’s possible rather than telling people what to do. Because behavioral transformation is a multi-layered process.
Trusting the Process
There’s more to it than meets the eye. We can’t just give them a diet and expect them to stick to it, which is why I believe as a client or not a client, but as a practitioner, there’s a gap in our ability to impact lives.
Because we’re not as adept at coaching someone through whatever they need to break through mental barriers or limiting beliefs they hold to question things, to see them, or see their lives a different way.
Then there’s the reveal. What is preventing them, from obtaining whatever it is? What they so desperately desire but do not possess?
And that’s the difference between knowing the difference between being the person you need to be in order to achieve your goals versus being busy.
When it comes to becoming the person you need to be, sometimes you need to trust the process. It can sometimes be as simple as envisioning yourself as the person you want to be.
However, many of my patients, including you, the practitioners, are unsure of what’s feasible. You’re conditioned to the extent that your past dictates.
This means if you grew up in a family. That constrained you, or if you have some age-old belief systems or restricting beliefs that hold you back.
Such as “I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Money is scarce.” Money is the source of all evil accomplishments.
This includes all that you contribute to the table. You must begin to condition or seriously question. These are the things that I believe as scientists and empirically-based practitioners like you and me. We never have any doubts.
Knowledge & Skills Gained
I want you to know that. As functional medicine becomes more popular, getting to the fundamental cause of sickness is the model. While there’s a lot of truth to this statement.
It’s complicated like a fire hose hydrant when we get super wet but retain nothing. And it’s over compartmentalized or specialized. To the point where if we fail or are unable to put the puzzle pieces back together, we have no idea what the problem is.
I want you to understand that the SGIB model and really contemporary functional medicine portion. Its three pillars are only one of the four fundamental parts that you’ll master within the program. Since it’s not just about functional medicine.
You’ll need timeless wisdom, transformational psychology, and coaching tools, in addition to being an expert in business expertise. Which is under in the functional medicine or modernized functional medicine approaches.
IDD is separated into three central body functions that we absolutely require and that unquestionably lead to disease. And the stress-brain relationship, which includes. The hypo pituitary, adrenal axis, hypopituitary, thyroid oxides, and every endocrinological hormone, are examined in this context.
We got connected to gut permeability, which is your interrogate nervous system, autonomic nervous system, and digestive system. However, if you don’t address the stress that precedes intestinal permeability, you won’t get the full picture.
So the stressed brain comes first, followed by the gut-brain and the enteric nervous system. Lastly, there is also an immunological brain.
Dig Deeper with Perspective
I also delve into the field of psycho-neuro-immunology. Psycho is more about the mental stakes. Whereas neurological is more about the biological, neurological, electrical impulses and synopses. And everything else that can be measured using EEG and CT scans of the brain and its activity and nerves.
Then there’s immunology. Where the entire nervous system. Via gut permeability in the GSGIB model opens up tight junctions in the gut to allow toxins in, resulting in an inflammatory reaction.
The Immunological triggers will be the results of allowing the immune system to thrive. When the immune system becomes overworked and confused, it begins to target its own tissues. And that’s why I tie it all together when you have a full-blown autoimmune disorder. Stress brain, but brain immune brain, to repeat.
These are the three pillars of modernized functional medicine in terms of how it functions physiologically. And what the dysfunction patterns are by B, we do discuss epigenomics micro, but dysbiosis and microbiome. And all the supplements and diets that might be warranted at certain stages and dysfunctions.
So what key indicators to look for, what labs to test, and what diets are best. As well as some specific interventions, supplemental interventions, such as addressing some parasites in your gut to address CBO. As well as hydrochloric acid deficit or hypochlorhydria. Which includes giving them betaine tablets, sometimes Romulan or pancreatic enzymes, and other supplements.
These are all things that you should consider, but I will not give any exact information about the program. You need to go deeper and see the whole picture or pattern to obtain the biggest transformation that you wanted.
To Transform Your Life, Start Changing Your Thoughts
They’re all befuddled. A large number of functional medicine practitioners are perplexed. Some of them have good outcomes for a certain number or percentage of patients. If they’re being completely honest, they’ll tell you that nothing else happens at the next level.
Until the patient is fully participating. And a large number of them are dissatisfied. Many of them are stressed out. But a lot of them also overwhelms.
Many of them are dealing with Imposter Syndrome, as well as not good enough circumstances. Confidence issues from continually chasing the latest fad, and anything else that their patients inquire about. And that’s why I created Functional Yoga Medicine. Because I wanted my practitioners to look me in the eyes, be attentive to my needs.
And treat me like a human being. Empower me from within, and ultimately bring me out of my victim mindset.
If someone had done that 21 years ago, I would not only have avoided a failed marriage. But I would also be a very different person today. In any case, this is why I have this podcast, this program, and everything else I offer through my business.
I wish there were more practitioners like you who cared enough to take it to the next level. and say, “You know what, this is the missing piece.”
And I need to bring it all together. I do want to make a difference in the lives of the people I serve. I aspired to be a powerful health mentor, not a powerless health technician that taught us in school. The time has come to make a shift and start being the change we want to see in the world.
This is how you may implement modernized Functional Medicine in your own health and wellness practice. To give your company what it needs to prosper. By utilizing the alkaline approach, as well as modernizing functional medicine in a simple but effective way.
By transforming their perspective and truly empowering your patients from disempowered victims to self-empowered healers. That they need to be, you may save both money and time.
That your function as a trusted mentor is now crystal evident to them. Rather than you trying to perfect them, which is a flawed method in and of itself.
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