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Healthier Doctors

July 20, 2009

Have you noticed that many doctors are not walking examples of health? It’s very odd. They’re the ones giving us advice on how to eat well and take care of our bodies, but many of them seem to be overweight themselves. This New York Times article addresses this very issue.

It brings up a very interesting point: Doctors who are struggling with their own weight might have an advantage of personal experience from the patient’s perspective. The patient might put more trust in the doctor if they’re going through the same thing. We’ve all had our own health issues. Would you be more inclined to seek advice from someone who is suffering from the same symptoms, or someone who has gone through it but has successfully healed him or herself?

At Integrative Nutrition we teach our students to walk the talk. We first give you the tools and knowledge to improve your own health so you can go out there and share with others how you healed yourself and give your clients tools to improve the foods they eat and lifestyle choices.

Oftentimes students choose to work with people who suffer from their old health concerns. Clients feel like the health counselor can relate and see that they in fact are practicing what they preach.

It doesn’t always go this smoothly. Sometimes it’s hard to give, give, give and take care of yourself. Have you every struggled with this? When this happens it’s often best to take a step back and reevaluate what is out of balance in your life.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.