This Doctor Doesn't Want You to Rely on Him (and He Has a Great Reason Why)
Is going to see the doctor really good for your health? Or, should we be seeking other people to help us heal? The correct answer is the latter. I recognize this is a weird thing to hear from a doctor. And it’s imperative to note, I have no disrespect for the empathetic, caring, and compassionate people who share my profession. But in my experience, I’ve determined the best advice I can give to patients is: Don’t rely on your doctor alone.
The scary truth is that half of all U.S. adults have an expensive-to-treat chronic disease like cancer, diabetes or heart disease, which account for 86 percent of all healthcare spending, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). While not every chronic disease is preventable, the CDC estimates that eliminating the three biggest risk factors – poor diet, smoking and inactivity – would prevent 80 percent of stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes and 40 percent of all cancer.
If the CDC’s claims are true and an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure, then health coaching has the potential to save the modern world.
by Marissa Vicario, Best-selling Author, Award-winning Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach, Women’s Health & Lifestyle Expert, Corporate Wellness Speaker
Will Health Coaching Save the Modern World?
The Health Coach Demystified
It’s likely you know a health coach. And by definition, “Health coaching, also referred to as wellness coaching, is a process that facilitates healthy, sustainable behavior change by challenging a client to listen to their inner wisdom, identify their values, and transform their goals into action.”
This nouveau category of health professional can truly have a role in better health for all. Especially if trained at programs within credible universities such as Duke and Arizona State (with existing nutrition, even medical departments).
OBJECTIVE: To describe the evolution, training, and results of an emerging allied health profession skilled in eliciting sustainable health-related behavior change and charged with improving patient engagement.
METHOD: Through techniques sourced from humanistic and positive psychology, solution-focused and mindfulness-based therapies, and leadership coaching, Integrative Health Coaching (IHC) provides a mechanism to empower patients through various stages of learning and change. IHC also provides a method for the creation and implementation of forward-focused personalized health plans.
Integrative Health Coaching: A Model for Shifting the Paradigm Toward Patient-Centricity and Meeting New National Prevention Goals
Integrative Health Coaching: An Organizational Case Study
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe integrative health (IH) coaching as developed in three different interventions offered through a major medical center, as a step toward further defining the field of health coaching.
CONCLUSIONS: The underpinnings of IH coaching are distinct from the medical model, and the process is distinct from health education, executive coaching, and psychotherapy. Integrative health coaching fits well with the assumptions of integrative medicine and has a role in supporting behavior change.