In this week’s blog, I’d like to talk to you about the key missing ingredient that is keeping you from providing your patients with the results they desire. I just want to say that as a patient, I recently had a lot of realizations. It’s not so much about the patient-practitioner relationship as it is about being human.

I think we split our profession with a lot of odds and sheds and musts because we’re so dictated by laws and regulations since we live in a litigious environment. We’re always thinking about the legality of things. I feel like when we do that, we lose sight of who’s truly in front of us.

A Reminder

I’ll sort of tell my personal narrative of realizing and comprehending my doctor throughout that meeting. As well as certain things that really triggered me to the point where it will never leave my mind. It did hurt me and also made me realize a lot of things as a patient. I truly believe that if you are dealing with a patient like me. One who is in a dire situation with autoimmunity or any other physiological or chronic illness issues. We have the obligation to serve our patients as best we can.

I just want to make sure that you are practitioners who think outside the box of what we’re taught in school. I think we get so much didactic information of theory, physiology and research-based scientific data driven evidence. We lose sight of what humans go through because of that spectrum of feelings that we’ve experienced.

Being human is something that we must comprehend, especially when we confront challenges. An example is the health crisis that some of our patients are experiencing. It may be merely a piece of the puzzle, but keep in mind that this is a larger component for your patients. The biggest gift you can offer them is to know your boundaries, to accept that, and to truly direct your patient in the way that you need to.

The Failure of the Medical System

A part of what I see is a lot of referrals going out because we’re all specialists in one or more fields. Within the traditional medical setting, even in health and wellness, many physicians are increasingly open to nutrition. Particularly in the realm of functional medicine. Many physicians with no didactic or nutritional experience are now paying attention to nutrition since food is medicine and people seek holistic solutions. It’s not enough for us to provide these sorts of interventions, recommendations, or prescriptions for an hour a week.

In the case of functional medicine, 90 minutes over a three-month period. If you’re a conventional integrative or non-integrative medical doctor, it’s only 15 minutes. That is what the insurance covers. As a result, you’re severely constrained in your capacity to establish rapport and direct them where they need to go. To be fair, many physicians lack basic nutrition understanding. Even for those who have, nutritional science is a relatively young, new science. As a result, many people are perplexed about it.

Embrace Everything

I’ve been researching nutrition since the 1990s. I earned my master’s degree in nutrition and studied a variety of nutrition theories and concepts. Let me tell you about a pendulum swing. Back in the 1990s, fat-free was the way to go. It’s all about the full fat now. So folks on keto are eating bacon and think it’s fine.

Then there’s the plant-based movement, which includes many vegans but isn’t vegan. When it comes to processed foods, veganism has a lot more processing. In order to replace what they’re lacking in their protein sources. What do you suppose that’s made of? Even if it’s made of pea protein or other plant-based proteins, it’s still excessively processed.

I want you to know that it’s not just about one way or the other, you have to embrace everything.

The Best Ingredient

Today, I just want to tune in to you and ask you, have you ever felt like your expertise is really limiting your ability to help your patients get real results? whatever your profession is, you must understand that there is an overlap of these different modalities in a human life.

We have to move and we have to have functional mobility. However, we can’t promote functional mobility if we don’t have appropriate diet. We get sick if we go too long without appropriate nutrients.

So now we need a doctor and we need to figure out how all of this fits together. The solution isn’t so much about your skill as it is about truly stepping outside of your specialization.

To think about what genuinely is human wellness and prevention and health and longevity, where does that secretly reside? We all need a good dose of movement, as well as a healthy mindset, stress management, and a healthy lifestyle. What are you going to do to make sure you’re doing everything?

I believe the best thing you can do is truly teach folks how to live their lives. It’s similar to lifestyle medicine in terms of longevity and health. 

Be An Example of A Good Ingredient

Personal trainers, physical therapists, doctors, dietitians, and other professionals must collaborate in order for the patient’s day-to-day life to make sense. Don’t think about your patients as much as you do yourself; you, too, require an appropriate diet.

Do you know what proper nutrition entails? Do you truly believe you have an appropriate diet, yet you’re still moving on a daily basis? If you’re not moving, how do you expect your patients to follow your advice? Do you look and feel the part, do you feel healthy? Do you know what it’s like to be unwell without understanding these things and using them in your own life? It’s very difficult to teach that and expect your patients to follow, especially in today’s climate with social media. We have to provide a good example for what is achievable.

It All Begins With You

I simply want to delegate that burden to you. I just want you to understand that when a patient is acutely ill, we’re trying to figure out the cause. This may be the way to go, but it’s up to one practitioner to truly help patients who are already overwhelmed and struggling. What happens in the conventional is that they feel off, and they go to the physician, or whoever to try to figure it out.

However, every expert sees in their domain and then assumes that the problem is within their domain and attempts to solve it in that manner. As a result, the patient is left to connect the nutritional piece with the physical medicine piece, with their underlying diagnosis, and with the physician. Your referring out is causing mayhem and confusion in the patient.

As a practitioner, you can understand why they are unable to comply. But when you look at your own life, you realize what roles you play as a mom, a spouse, or a father, as a practitioner, as a business owner, or anything; all of these things are the same.

Be An Effective Ingredient to Your Patients Healing Journey

I have a history of this, and it was the most agonizing experience I’ve ever had. The only thing the doctor could do for me was perform a colonoscopy and prescribe antibiotics. She didn’t have much to say about diet to avoid whatever it is because they don’t really understand it. This one didn’t have the resources to recommend me to a nutritionist.

But what if I went to the nutritionist? Nutritionists are under the supervision of physicians. As a result, they must work inside the medical system’s bureaucracy. As a result, if they lack functional medicine training, they will not look elsewhere. They’ll just give you a diet, a diet that is absolutely devoid of the person’s culture, preferences, and lifestyle, and expects you to stick to a certain way of eating. That is extremely difficult for the patient to accept. So you really need to comprehend bits and parts of it.

I’m not expecting you to be an expert on diverticulitis, for example, but you must understand what’s healthy for your body as a human being. I’m talking about health concepts, like what keeps a body healthy and having longevity, it’s all about stress management. It’s all about being joyful and content, finding joy and thankfulness no matter what, but also realizing that there are hurdles in life and how we can weave through and dance with them.

The Lacking Coaching Ingredient

Whether you’re a physical therapist or a chiropractor, you want patients to comply with the exercises. You work as a dietician and you want them to follow the nutrition guidelines. You want them to be self-sufficient. So it’s not all your fault. However, as practitioners, we frequently miss the mark.

I used to feel this way for a long time because I lacked the coaching skill to move people from one state to another, where they could be motivated and inspired to assist themselves. Do things change for them once that switch is flipped, and I want that for them, I want that for you. I want you to understand what that feels like because diet alone may not solve the problem. 

Be Aware

When you talk about energy, the Autonomic nerve system in the spine gets locked when you flex forward. This person may attend a yoga class expecting the best outcomes.

However, if you can coach them through the foundations of getting unstuck and getting them into the mindset of gently rotating their spine back the counter force to have a counter effective effect because spinal gentle rotation can stimulate both the ascending and descending colons to move the bowel, as well as to stimulate the autonomic nervous system, specifically the vagus nerve.

These are all things that we should all be aware of as practitioners, whether you’re a yoga instructor, a nutritionist, or a doctor, because everyone struggles with these challenges. That is why you must be well-versed in practical matters. I want you to be well-equipped to comprehend how everything fits together.

Movement and Nutrition Attitude

We’re all complex human beings, and everything comes together rather than picking things apart, looking deeper, and going down our own rabbit holes, which doesn’t actually benefit the patients. For example, I take my dog for a walk every day since they won’t make a bowel movement unless I do. I know many of your patients are constipated when they attend yoga class, and I’m asking you for proof or a prescription once more. There’s a lot of cleansing that needs to happen, but the liver gets lazy, the kidneys get lazy, and everything in central Oregon slows down when you don’t move.

As a result, it’s simple things like that, you can direct them. What I mean is movement and nutrition attitude. We also have spirituality and emotions that guide every aspect of our behavior. So start looking at your patients as a whole and make sure you can connect all the missing pieces so you can truly guide them through where they are and why they should be where they want to be a mess. That pulls them in, and your patients experience an identity transformation and genuine desire.

Let’s face it, will bring them where they need to go. We can follow instructions for a while, but it becomes tedious. Then, we get into our own old self ways and those habits are really hard to break. We need to recognize that not only for us, for our patients as well. 

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And guess what? More clinical results, more patients means more revenue for you. You don’t have to struggle with hours and hours of digging into a rabbit hole, trying to figure out the details of it. Because I’ve discovered through 22 years of clinical practice, as well as living with auto-immunity and dealing with my own health, that it’s not so much in the details as it is in general lifestyle that patients can support what you’re doing. So the relationship you build with your patients must be holistic and truly collaborative.

There is no better way to accomplish this than for you to comprehend the essence and the true, true empowering source, which is your capacity to guide your patients through and look at them as a whole, putting all the broken pieces of the puzzle together. So they feel complete again, and having those lasting results where patients can actually transition to be the best version of themselves is the most uplifting part of your professional career. 

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Thank you for taking the time to read this blog! I’ll see you all again next week!