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What’s The Episode About?

In this episode, I’ll be sharing with you how to choose the right medical provider so you can get the right treatment that will actually leave you feeling better and healed from exactly what ails you. 

Finding the right medical provider in our very challenging medical system can be a daunting task, but the right providers are there, and by the end of this episode, I’ll have shared how you can identify them. 

Key Points Discussed:

  • Our broken and challenging medical system (00:55)
  • The repercussions of rubber stamp treatments (01:48)
  • Finding a provider with the right passion (03:50)
  • Providers’ zeal unwillingly traded for frustration and fatigue (05:40)
  • Getting the right provider with the right lens (08:36)
  • The long exposure will leave you feeling better (11:34)

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When Was It Published?

July 10, 2019


Episode Transcript

Disclaimer:    The Transcript Is Auto Generated And May Contain Spelling And Grammar Errors


00:00          In today’s episode of The Optimal CEO Podcast, I’ll be sharing with you how to choose the right medical provider when you’ve been told everything is normal. So stay tuned to find out how. I’m Dr. Brian Brown and I’d like to personally welcome you to today’s podcast episode. Thank you for joining me


00:20          Here at The Optimal CEO Podcast, we help CEO entrepreneurs who love taking ownership of their wellness journey, because they know it’s their most prized investment, and when their state of wellness is at its peak, their income soars. We want to help relieve CEO entrepreneurs from the pressure of unnecessary health exposure, so they can be highly focused on growing their business, and physically optimize for the journey, so they can enjoy getting there.


00:55          So, choosing the right medical provider, and you may think that that sounds kind of elementary, but the bottom line is, it’s not. It’s actually a little bit more difficult than it sounds, especially if you’re one of those people that’s been to several different medical providers, or maybe even just one medical provider, but been told that everything is normal. And then when you compare notes with your friends, they’ve had the same experience, so you just kinda feel hopeless and you’d give up. The bottom line is, today we’re going to be talking about how to find the right medical provider and this atmosphere of a very challenging medical system. So let’s face it, the fact is our medical system is broken. A lot of times we’re relegated to rubber stamp treatment and it never really turns out well. It actually has disastrous effects. For example, a person has insulin resistance, they feel bad.


01:48          They have brain fog, they have aches and pains, and it could be caught 10, 15, 20 years ahead of time, but instead, because they’re… most medical providers are caught in this insurance billing loop, they’re not able to order tests. They should order to be able to detect these things early for the simple fact that insurance companies won’t pay for those tests until the person actually has a problem with their fasting blood sugar. That’s an issue, because the bottom line is, when you start having problems with your fasting blood sugar, you’ve been having problems with insulin resistance for 10, 15, 20 years. Another thing is untreated thyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s that lead to low energy, sad mood, anxiety, no motivation, constipation, feeling cold all the time. Yet the only thing that most medical providers look at is TSH, which is thyroid stimulating hormone. In reality, they need to recheck and at least six, seven, eight different thyroid markers, and if thyroid is left untreated or is poorly treated, poorly managed, it could cause increased cholesterol issues, lipid problems, and the person ends up on a staten medication, when in reality, all they needed was a thyroid medication.


03:04          Or worse yet they become depressed because their thyroid isn’t treated well, and they end up on an antidepressant, and they could have avoided the antidepressant altogether. The other thing is bone density. Bone density scans tell you what your bone density actually looks like three years ago. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s not for the right here and right now. There is a test, however, that will tell you that, and that it’s just… it’s readily available. It’s about 30, $35, and that particular test can tell you what’s going on with your bone density right now. The problem is the FDA hasn’t approved that particular test for the diagnosis of Osteopenia or Osteoporosis, but it does give us a good indicator of what’s going on right now with the amount of calcium that you’re losing from your bone.


03:50          So when it comes to choosing your medical provider, what’s the right way of looking at it? Well, first of all, you need to know there’s hope. Know, don’t throw in the towel just yet. Yeah, there are a lot of traditionally trained medical providers. I’m traditionally trained. I just went back and got more training and there are more and more of us out there practicing. So don’t give up hope. Don’t throw in the towel. You’ll be able to find somebody after you’ve listened to this podcast episode. But I want to tell you exactly what you should be looking for. So when it comes to choosing the right provider, you need to have a provider that has the right passion. What do I mean by that? Well, I’m going to give you an example. Through this entire podcast episode of my trip to Africa that we’re, I took a photo safari.


04:32          I remember when I went to Africa for the first time, I went for a medical mission trip to Kenya and Tanzania and the team I was with tacked on a few days at the end for a photo safari as an amateur photographer. I was super excited. I researched to the nth degree where I was going, what kind of photo opportunities I’d have, what kind of wildlife I’d be seeing and the conditions I’d be shooting in. In my preparation. I designed everything around the fact that I was going to be going to the Masai Mara in Kenya and I’d be there during the great Willdabeast migration. Needless to say, my excitement was through the river. It was off the Richter scale and my passion for this adventure and digging in and doing the research for exactly what I needed for this trip, uh, was equally off the Richter scale. You might say, I was a bit obsessed.


05:29          It just asked my family. They’ll tell you that was probably the case. Now a medical providers should hold the same zeal and passion for their unique specialty area, but often their zeal and passion are unwillingly traded for frustration and fatigue. You see too many providers have fallen prey to declining reimbursement that leads or forces their hand and to seeing more patients per hour. Then one person can humanly handle. They also fall prey to puppet light control by insurance companies that tie their hands from practicing how they were trained. A couple of these issues with the fact that chronic illness management is the order of the day and chronic illness management is increasingly more complex to manage with us. Such short time visits in the office and you’ve got the perfect storm for provider burnout and dwindling passion. Passionate providers do exist and most of them don’t bill insurance and are able to spend extended lengths of time with their clients getting to the root cause of their issues.


06:40          They happily practice in specialty areas like functional medicine, integrated medicine, preventative aging medicine and performance enhancement medicine, and they focus more on prevention rather than sickness care. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think any specialty area or primary care discipline practice area is better than another, but I do think each specialty areas serves its own unique purpose. I mean, if you break a leg, you don’t really want a cardiologist, do you? The I, the resounding answer is no. You want an orthopedic surgeon. Remember the example that I gave in the last podcast episode about the 710 horsepower McLaren seven 20 s spider. Would you take that McLaren seven 20th spider to a corvette dealer for maintenance? Of course not. That’s absurd. You, you wouldn’t even consider it. In fact, a a corvette mechanics simply wouldn’t have the right passion for working on it and they certainly wouldn’t look at it with the right lens.


07:47          Would you take that same McLaren to a drive through mechanic if there was such a thing? Again, the answer’s a resounding no for obvious reasons. Now I know that sounds absurd. A drop through mechanic, Brian, you’re crazy. No, but that’s what we do with healthcare and ironically, so we tend to get this drop by service where we sit in the waiting room for an hour, hour and a half, and we’re seeing for five to 10 minutes by our trust and medical provider and we never really get to the root of the problems. It’s always kind of like putting a bandaid on a gushing, bleeding wound, so you’ve got to have the right provider, but that right provider has to have the right passion. Now, the right provider also needs to view things through the right lens, so the right passion, the right provider with the right passion and the right lens.


08:36          Once you’ve found that right provider with the right passion, the next step is to find one that has the right lens. Going back to my Africa photo safari, when I went to Africa, my pre-trip research let me know very quickly that I had a great 35 millimeter camera body, but my lens was way too small. You see, the vast expanses of the great riff valley require a lens that has significant zoom power. Without it, I would have been relegated to pictures that required a magnifying glass to see the details. Now, your provider is no different. If you bring your issues to the provider for inspection and they look at them with the wrong power lens, they may very well be looking at you from too great a distance, get the right provider with the right lens and they’ll have a microscopic view of your issues.


09:31          It’s that simple, so the right provider with the right passion and the right lens also needs to have the right length of time for exposure. What do I mean by that? Well, again, the next thing I learned in my Maasai Mora photography research was I needed to brush up on exposure times for those photography buffs out there, your or novice amateur photographers like me. You know that when you take a picture of a running two year old child or a running Willdabeast, actually pretty similar. Your shutter speed better be super fast in this particular incidence. You get the picture, but you sacrifice some quality on the other hand to get those amazing shots of elephants lumbering across most Amara planes or an elegantly grazing giraffe. You can slow the shutter speed way down and people will rave about the amazing quality of the pictures you take when it comes to your health and wellness.


10:32          It’s no different. A provider who takes the time to get the long exposure, they’re the ones that are going to get the ultra fond picture of what’s going on with you. There’s no hyper pixelated image caused by a drive by medical visits. On the contrary, these are high resolution images obtained by spending good quality time focusing on you, the subject that can. So when you match all these things up, when the stars align and you have the right provider with the right passion that has the right lens, that gives it the right length of time for exposure to sit down and simmer on these results, these tests that have been ordered, your history that you’re telling them, they’re actually able to have enough time to be able to elicit that history will mean. What does that look like for you? What does that mean? Well, first of all, it means your herd.


11:34          It means that the person on the other end has actually listened and received what you’ve told them, the information that they’ve gleaned from laboratory results and they’re able to start compiling this beautiful picture, which we’ll be talking about in the next podcast episode. It actually of how we compiled that beautiful picture. So it simply means that you’re going to end up feeling better. That brain fog, that’s your struggle with it just is going to eventually go away. That low energy, the low libido, the low endurance, low stamina, the weight gain that you’ve been dealing with, it’s just going to kind of disappear over time. Is it going to be an overnight fix? No. I think one of the things that aggravates me most about the American culture is that we have this mentality, this magic pill mentality, and we can take one pill or two pills or three pills and accomplish everything that we need to accomplish and nothing could be further from the truth.


12:25          When it comes to the human body. It’s so complex, but in order to have that feeling where you feel like you’ve won the battle, I think it starts with the right provider. You’ve got to have the right person listening to you hear me when I say this. No medical provider out there signed up for the degree or the circumstances that they’re having to practice medicine and today, and that’s probably an overgeneralization most everybody who went to medical school or nurse practitioner school or physician’s assistant school or nursing school, whatever the case, physical therapy, school, occupational therapy, school, acupuncture, Chiropractic, it doesn’t matter. Naturopathic. They went there to help people. They went there because it recharges their batteries to actually make people feel better. And the atmosphere that we practice in today, that doesn’t get to happen very often. So I don’t blame medical providers at all.


13:18          I blame the broken system and part of the broken system was, is, was and is within their control. And part of it’s not. There are bigger systems that play from big pharmaceutical companies to insurance companies that have led to this, but the bottom line is, even though there are some people, a lot of people, a lot of medical providers who are still stuck in that Rut, there are a merging number of medical providers who do have that passion. They do view things through the right lens, and they do have the give their patients, give that picture the right time of exposure so they can know exactly what’s going on, which leaves you feeling better and winning the game. So you need to know that I am super passionate about helping CEOs, entrepreneurs, authors, and influencers perform at the top of their game so they don’t have to worry about sneaky little pitfalls in this broken healthcare system.


14:15          If you’ve been feeling bad, I’ve lost faith in the medical system and simply one of highly get the answers to how you can feel better. My inbox is always open. I’d love to hear from you so we can book a free 15-minute strategy session to explore some possible solutions to get you back on track. You can reach me by messenger on Facebook or Instagram @TheOptimalCEO. I’d like to thank you for joining me today. Please stay tuned next week where I’ll be sharing with you how to take the right picture to present your medical provider. And I’m not talking about a physical picture, I’m talking about your clinical picture and how those medical providers should be looking at that picture and developing that picture of themselves. You’re not going to want to miss it. So stay tuned. Until next time. This is Dr. Brian Brown, The Optimal CEO signing off. And I hope you have an optimal day.


15:15          Here at The Optimal CEO Podcast, we help CEO entrepreneurs who love taking ownership of their wellness journey, because they know it’s their most prized investment, and when their state of wellness is at its peak, their income soars. We want to help relieve CEO entrepreneurs from the pressure of unnecessary health exposure, so they can be highly focused on growing their business, and physically optimize for the journey, so they can enjoy getting there.

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