The Elephant in the Room

By December 3, 2014 No Comments


There’s an elephant in the room, specifically, the primary care physicians office. It has been there for a long time, taking up space, but not being acknowledged. So what is the elephant? 

Your chronic disease. 


Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, many types of arthritis and autoimmune disease–all of these diseases can be halted with powerful changes to your lifestyle. 

The food we eat transforms into one of two things: food is either a medicine that helps us live better, or it is a poison that perpetuates the existence of  disease. 

I once gave a talk on reversing diabetes to newly diagnosed military veterans. I started the talk out by asking for a show of hands: how many people had been told by a healthcare provider that their disease could be reversed? No one raised their hand. I was shocked.

Why isn’t this being discussed, every day, in every office? 

There has emerged a vicious feedback loop in medicine. Many physicians tell their patients to “change their lifestyle” in order to stay off of medicines; most doctors do not see patients follow through, and so medicines are started. Because of this, some doctors stop telling their patients that it can be reversed; they just don’t see it that often, and so it starts to seem like it’s impossible. Doctors do not tell their patients, and so patients do not make the necessary changes to reverse their disease. This perpetuates the loop. Doctors don’t see it happen, so patients aren’t told; patients don’t do it, so doctors don’t mention it or believe it is possible. 

There is really no one to blame here. Physicians are able to spend far less time with their patients than they would like, they have to choose carefully how they spend their time. Patients need a lot of support when going through major lifestyle changes, no one can do it alone. 

My mission is to break the loop by intervening on both ends: getting the word out to physicians that a program exists to support patients while they change their lifestyle, and letting sufferers of chronic disease know that simple solutions with incredible results are available. 

There is immense hope here. And empowerment. For everyone. It is not too late.