In our current traditional healthcare delivery model, despite years of medical training, expertise and best intentions, most doctors have to cram all their knowledge, know how and desire to connect with their patients into a 7 minute visit. You can imagine it's hard to cover all the bases in such a short amount of time.
I was recently asked to contribute to a well known publication regarding my top tips for women over 40. Because I have stepped away from the traditional model, spending time with my clients is top priority for me as it really allows us to dive deep into their concerns and come up with a powerful plan of action.
As both a physician and as a patient whose had my share of health issues over the last few years, I've found that these 6 things are key to optimizing health and happiness.....
Erect fences and build bridges: Most of us have gotten really good at putting others’ needs, wants and desires before our own often leaving us feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and even worse.. Resentful. You’ve paid your dues, now it’s your turn. Set your boundaries without apologies and respect them so that others respect them too. Creating boundaries actually frees up your energy, mentally and physically, so that you have the time and bandwidth to connect to the things and people you love on a consistent basis.
When in doubt, check it out: As we get older signs and symptoms may “pop” up on our skin and in our bodies. While not every symptom requires immediate attention, if something is lingering longer than it typically would or a lesion or lump is growing, changing, itching or bleeding, make an appointment with your medical doctor to have it formally evaluated. The only way to manage a problem is to acknowledge and address it.
Don’t accept the status quo: Just because social media is popularizing the latest fad or trend as “the best way”, or you’re being told that, “it happens when you get older”, doesn’t make it true and certainly doesn’t make it true for you. Tuning into your body and being mindful of how it responds to your diet, lifestyle and environmental exposures including the quality of your air, water and level of EMFs is the only truth that matters for optimizing your health.
Party in your birthday suit: Skin cancer is the most common cancer WORLDWIDE. In the United States there are more new cases of skin cancer each year than ALL other cancers combined. So what can you do about it? Get naked and “party” in your birthday suit every.single.month. Check your suit for any “uninvited guests” like new spots that stand out from all of your others, or existing spots that have grown, changed or are consistently itching or bleeding. Simply by checking your skin you have the ability to save your own life.You can learn how "party" by downloading a free copy of my book, "The Skin Whisperer."
Be your own health hero: Your doctor can provide you with recommendations, guidelines and evidence-based treatment recommendations, but at the end of the day in order to get the outcome you desire, you have to be willing to invest the time, energy and resources into getting the results you desire. Set yourself up for success and get intentional about your goals and take one action every day to help achieve them.
Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion: Your body. Your life. Your decision. Depending on the complexity of the problem and your doctor’s area of expertise, insights and treatment recommendations can vary, so don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion so you can feel comfortable and confident in the final decision you make for your health.