Rory Linehan is the blogger behind the Paleo PI. Rory has been following the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol for over 12 months in an effort to recover from undiagnosed health concerns stemming from his bout with Epstein-Barr-Virus. Rory created the Paleo PI to share his journey as well as to provide information for all those interested in learning more on using diet and lifestyle as medicine to treat health concerns. When not eating like a caveman, Rory likes to travel and has lived all over the world, from Europe to Canada to Australia. Connect with Rory at his blog, on Facebook or via Twitter.
There are a number of reasons you might consider working with a health professional. Perhaps you’ve modified your diet but are still not happy or maybe you are looking for support as you transition you and your family’s diet and lifestyles in the quest for better health. No matter what your reason, working with a health professional is a significant investment in money, time and energy. To ensure you get the results you expect, you want to make sure that you select the professional that is the best fit for you and you are adequately prepared for your work together.
Health professionals come in all forms and are not limited to any one specialty. They might be your family doctor, a naturopathic doctor, a dietitian, an acupuncturist, or even a health coach. The thread that links all health professionals together is the common objective to improve the health and well-being of their patients/clients.
I consider myself pretty well versed when it comes to working with health professionals. I have worked with a series of health professionals since deciding to troubleshoot my health over twelve months ago. I first enlisted the help of a health professional out of frustration and desperation. I had been on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol for several months in order to help resolve myriad of health concerns including rosacea, ocular rosacea, brain-fog, bloating, dry skin, mouth ulcers and abscesses. Despite following the Protocol for several months and seeing some improvement, a number of my symptoms showed no sign of improvement whatsoever. I came to the realization that diet alone wouldn’t be enough to untangle my health concerns.
I enlisted the help of my first health professional without much forethought. I was eager to improve my health and started looking for someone in my local area on the internet. Shortly thereafter I came across a holistic acupuncturist. His biography read well and despite harbouring some reservations on his qualifications I decided to take the plunge and enlist his help. It became clear to me after just a few sessions that he was just as stumped as I was on the root cause(s) of my health. As the sessions clocked by, his suggestions as to why my health was in the state it was became more and more obscure (including suggesting mercury poisoning was to blame despite my mercury levels testing within normal limits). As frustrating as it was having spent a significant amount of time and money developing a relationship with this professional, I knew it was time to move on and find somebody who was better suited to help me and my specific needs.
Over the next few months I saw a number of health professionals until at last I found a professional who thoroughly understood my health concerns and put in place a comprehensive plan to address them. From my time spent searching and working with health professionals, I have put together 5 handy tips to enlisting and maximizing the efficacy of working with a health professional.
Understand Your Own Condition
No-one, I repeat no-one is invested in your health as much as you are. If you truly want to get to the bottom of your health concerns it’s imperative that you spend time to get to understand your condition. Understanding your condition means having a sound knowledge of the science and mechanics behind it as well as your unique symptomology. Keeping a food and symptom journal is a great place to start, as is researching reputable journals, websites and blogs (for further information on journaling and research see my post on troubleshooting health concerns). Having a good knowledge of your condition will allow you to select a health professional complementary skills and qualifications. This knowledge will continue to be of benefit when working with the professional, permitting them to spend less time explaining the condition and more time tailoring a solution to your individual needs.
Referrals are Worth Their Weight in Gold
In all walks of life referrals are highly prized. When searching for a health professional this no different. A referral can come in many forms, it may be a suggestion from a friend, it could be positive reviews from their other clients or even a great write-up from a blogger or expert in the nutrition/health care community. The point is that if the heath professional offers a good service people will be speaking about it. I found my current health professional after two glowing referrals from friends within the Paleo community. Chances are you didn’t change your diet without some form of referral so why would you invest time and money in a health professional without a good referral?
Don’t Let Distance Scare You
The internet has changed the way we live. We can now connect face to face with family, friends and even professionals at the click of a button. Test kits can be sent from places as far away as Australia to the US within 24 hours. Supplements can be shipped to almost anywhere in the world. Put simply, the internet allows patients from anywhere in the world to work with the world’s leading health professionals no matter where they are located. When I first started searching for a health professional I stubbornly wanted to work with someone locally, little did I realize I was preventing myself from working with the best in the business. I’ve since worked with a number of professionals via Skype, and distance has never been an issue.
To maximize the precious time spent with your health professional, come to each session prepared. Preparation can mean a range of different things and can include completing intake forms in advance of the consult, updates on your condition, questions you may have or even just bringing a notepad and pen. Preparation for a health consult is akin to studying for an exam, the more prepared you are the more likely you are to achieve the results you desire.
An Ear for the Job
There is nothing more frustrating than speaking to someone who just isn’t listening. Or even worse, listening but choosing to ignore. It may be as simple as a supplement that is causing inflammation or a food you can’t tolerate, but if you feel that your health professional isn’t taking on board what you say and your treatment is suffering as a result of it, it’s time to move on.
Choosing to work with a health professional is a big step and has the potential to significantly alter your quality of life. Make the most out of your work together by enlisting the right professional and taking action to maximize your time together.
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Looking for a different specialty? If you don’t have the benefit of a referral, I also recommend finding a qualified physician or alternative healthcare provider to work with via: