When I first began my practice, weight loss was the most difficult condition for me to treat. The obvious solution of “eat less and move more” that I’d been taught at university didn’t work for many of my patients. I saw their frustration and knew I had to help. My personal experience of being at risk of weight gain gave me the empathy to take on the challenge.
Sometimes I disappoint my patients. There are times when patients come to me because they want to use natural medicine to heal themselves and I have to be honest and tell them it just isn’t going to work. This is especially prevalent in my Caribbean patient population. They recall a great-auntie that had a bush tea that could cure anything. It’s a big letdown when I refer them back to their doctor for pills or surgery.
The political movement “Black Lives Matter” has been trying to highlight the differences in the way Black people are treated by law enforcement. In my day to day work I see a different racial disparity, one of health. Concerns that are unique to Black people are not as well researched or treated. Nowhere is this more obvious to me than Black females and their hormonal health. Years of painful periods culminate in hysterectomies all too often. The underlying cause of hormonal imbalance is not well addressed and rarely named. Estrogen dominance is the problem and it affects Black women in record numbers unbeknownst to them.
For the past two years I’ve had a steady stream of patients choose me to help them on their weight loss journey. It’s an honour and a lot of fun for me to watch someone transform their body and many times their nutrition, health and overall outlook on life.
First things first – answer these questions to know if you’re bloated.
Do you frequently have to undo your pants after eating?
Do you feel like you gain weight throughout the course of a day?
In family and friend relationships, not being heard is frustrating and hurtful. In a medical setting it can be life threatening. This week a number of patients found their way to my office because they felt that they weren’t being treated with respect in our public health care system. They had concerns about their body, energy, appearance that were being written off as minor. One patient actually had Lyme disease for years but was improperly diagnosed leading to a life threatening bout of depression. I never want any of my patients to suffer without getting the care they deserve. Here’s what to do when you have a problem that’s falling on a physician’s deaf ears.
Patients lie to me sometimes. I don’t take it personally. They lie because the truth hurts to admit out loud. I get it. There are lots of things that are hard to say out loud. I have things that hurt my feelings too when I talk about them.
“Just because I’m 50, doesn’t mean I can’t be sexy!”
RS – Evolve Metabolism Patient
Four-day work weeks are great. Having Friday off is amazing. No one talks about the week after a long weekend. It’s rough. Most of my patients were not feeling their best. Everyone seemed to need a little pep talk. If you felt like you were dragging too, do these things to perk yourself right up again.
I’m a recovering commitment-phobe. Social plans, boyfriends, health care providers – if it required a solid commitment I was wary.
Choosing a ND is a commitment. You are spending time, money and effort to feel better.