Doctor Reveals How To Be “The CEO Of Your Own Health.”

Doctor Reveals How To Be “The CEO Of Your Own Health.”

“Right now you have to be the CEO of your own health, you have no choice. There is a supermarket of options, which is one of the problems.”

Dr. Daniel Lord, DC

Physical Medicine Lead for Facebook Health Center

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“​Counting my positive health-care experiences while working in the corporate world, could be summed up on one hand and one finger.”

I have had chronic back spasms all my life. If I had a flare while working in the corporate world, I had one choice, to get time off to go to visit a medical professional. This was always stressful and left me more willing to “grin and bear it” than actually jump through hoops to get help. Then came the journey along the yellow brick road…towards relief. I would go to see my doctor who would tell me to go see a specialist. That specialist would recommend physical therapist. The physical therapist would suggest a chiropractor…
All these options suck up time, cost money and create stress. I never knew who was right and who I should listen to, and in the end I just tried them all and hoped for the best.

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS MEETS CORPORATE CULTURE


At our current moment and place in corporate culture timeline, we are only just starting to appreciate the interconnectedness of health and happiness with productivity and loyalty. There are some early adopters like Facebook, who see the health and wellness of their employees as a key to productivity and loyalty. “There are people there [at Facebook] that say: We don’t want to leave for different companies simply because of having this health center here because it’s so comprehensive.” explains Dr. Daniel Lord DC, who is the physical medicine lead at the Facebook Health Center.

Dr. Lord describes his team, “We have two chiropractors, three physical therapists, an acupuncturist and so our team is going to double because we’re actually building a bigger center so I will have even more of each. And that team reports to me and we will work right alongside with primary care so there are four MDs, about eight nurses. There is a behavioral health person, two now, therapists. Also a nutritionist is on staff and so we are one big team.”

THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM


The number one issue Dr. Lord sees at Facebook is back pain, “It’s not surprising, they are a bunch of tech professionals that are highly, highly motivated, type A high-performing, very passionate about what they do, people.” He explains, ” back pain is the number one issue because people work at computers and they sit for long periods of time, they are stationary.” “I went over to Africa with a team of doctors and therapists and we were serving some underserved communities and we were providing them with healthcare. And one of the things that I thought was really interesting is that they didn’t have any lower back pain there and we [the developed nations] have a horrible lower back pain problem. They are doing manual labor and we are just sitting at desks so how do they have no back pain?” observes Dr. Lord. “They move correctly. They drive all the force throughout the day through their hips which is correct.”

 

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THE SUPERMARKET OF OPTIONS


One of the problems with our current health care system, explains Dr. Lord, “…right now you have to be the CEO of your own health, you have no choice. There is a supermarket of options which is one of the problems.” He goes on to describe a recent market study by Dr. Scott Halderman reviewed on Spine-Health.com discussing the current predicament of patients seeking care for back pain. Dr. Lord explains, “[The] conclusion was that there is definitely effective treatments for back pain but it’s hard because there is a supermarket out there. You could get a massage, you could go to the chiropractor, you could get acupuncture, you could take pain meds, you could take supplements, you could go to a trainer, you can go to an orthopedist,… And on and on and on.”

Dr. Lord sympathizes with the problems a patient has in trying to decide which provider to go to. How do you manage the pain? How do you prevent the back pain from reoccurring? “Those are questions that I am trying to deal with and I’m trying to educate people on because at the end of the day a lot of these things are businesses. People who are selling you something, they have the hammer and you are the nail and so everything is going to sound good if they try and pitch you on it.”

BEING THE CEO OF YOU OWN HEALTH


As health care consumers, Dr. Lord believes firmly in the idea of being the CEO of your own health. He defines that as not only having a good doctor to talk with, about your health issues with, but also educating yourself.
 

 
He goes on to explain his approach with patients at the Facebook Health Center, “We’re going to coach them not just okay, you need to have good posture but actually the strategies behind it; what you can do with Micro-Breaks, what you can do with positioning on your chair, different strategies of moving at your desk to really making sure that they move and which it helps them heal faster and it prevents it from coming back.”

“…When we educate people to prevent back pain, we are teaching them how to move through their hips and that’s the number one thing. It doesn’t matter why your back hurts, somehow the structures in your back got stressed.”
 

 
Dr. Lord continues “… It’s all a part of the continuum of care. And then we are not just shoving them out the door, the other really big piece is bridging the gap from okay, I have pain, it’s gone to then now I’m going back to my normal activities and healthy lifestyle. How do you bridge that gap?”  
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CONSUMER HIGH-TECH GADGETS


Working in the high-tech sector, you would think Dr. Lord would have access to some pretty cool and expensive tools. The truth is that he is a fan of simple affordable consumer gadgets, “…some of my favorites I would like you to know that are actually useful, one is called Lumo Lift and this is really a cool piece of the technology because it not only tracks your steps which a lot of them do, it tracks your movement throughout the day, it also tracks your posture. And it’s kind of ingenious where it vibrates if you are in a bad position.”

“It’s a perfect indicator of where your posture is because it can tell if you are hunching forward or rolling your shoulders. It also coaches you so you can do coaching sessions …so if you hunch over too much it will give you a couple buzzes to remind you to sit back up so it’s kind of a cool biofeedback way to improve your posture habits.”

Some other low-tech items Dr. Lord likes to prescribe are, “The other thing that I really like to use is called Intelli-Skin. And it is not a technology… It’s just a shirt but the technology is in the materials. It’s kind of a compression shirt so it fits fairly tightly so it is comfortable for some people, not as comfortable for some other people but people who are able to wear it get really great results.”

“The Fluid Stance, it looks like a surfboard and it is kind of like a balance board, but it’s more stable than a wobble board or what you would see like in a PT area or a gym where it’s like really stable. It’s just a little unstable where you can shift your weight and move your ankles back and forth and you balance but you are not in fear of falling.”

“Another one is a floormat for workstations, it is called Topo. And it’s interesting because it has kind of a foam soft feel that you would normally think of for the mats… You can stand on the edge and like stretch your calf. You can stand on… There is a big hump in the middle that you can change your foot position and it’s all cushiony, but it kind of gets you to move around as you stand and put your feet in different positions and stretch your feet in different positions.”

 

A POSSIBLE HEALTHCARE FUTURE

Facebook, along with a select number of American corporations understand that the health and happiness of their employees and the importance of a healthy corporate culture, are all factors that positively effect their bottom line.

Regardless of what your employer does or does not offer you in the way of health care perks, it’s up to you in the end, to educate yourself with simple, evidence-based actions that can help you navigate the supermarket of medical offerings.

 

WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE?

What does your company offer you in the way of health care? Have you found good evidence-based solutions that have helped your wellness? What tools or techniques do you use to keep yourself healthy? Let us know in the Comments Section below..

“In the end, learning how to adapt your habits and environment towards prevention, is the key to a healthy outcome.”

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CONTENT NOTES

“Well I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out at Facebook the past few years. It’s definitely different relationship that you have with your patients and it definitely gives me the advantage to really focus on patient care because I don’t have to deal with the business aspects of running a clinic.” – Daniel Lord, DC.

 

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN:
  • How Facebook takes care of their employees with in-house integrated medical care that delivers a well rounded approach to caring for the individual.
  • Employees love this perk so much that many of them say that they won’t work anywhere else.
  • Daniel’s #1 common problem that he treats is back-pain because people sit and work at computers all day.
  • Daniel wants to teach his patients how they be the “CEO of their own Health.
  • Eliminating pain is important but so is preventing it from returning!
  • There is a “super-market” of choices for patients, how do you choose which solution to solve your problem?
  • Many developing countries don’t have the same back-pain problems modernized countries do, find out why.
  • Something you can do right now to help yourself: “abdominal contraction of 20% on, at all times.
  • Daniel has a short list of electronic and physical gadgets/tools that he loves and help people be healthier while they work; Lumo Lift, Posture Shirts, Fluid Stance and the Topo Anti-fatigue Mat. Listen to the podcast and learn why.

 

 

TIPS:

It’s very important for your health and wellbeing to take micro-breaks every 20 minutes , and just spend 30-60 seconds doing one or several of these exercises at your desk.



 

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Daniel’s Website and blog: Practice Posture

Facebook Health Center Team

Scott Halderman was the lead author of the Spine-Health article mentioned

Kelly Starrett, Doctor of physical therapy.
MobilityWOD is the ultimate guide to resolving pain, preventing injury, and optimizing athletic performance.

Sit Better, Live Better: Excerpt From Dr. Kelly Starrett’s Becoming A Supple Leopard

My Hands Are Tingling…

Functional sitting // Go ahead…lean back in your chair.

Foundation Training – Rapidly increase your back strength, flexibility, and balance quicker than you could ever imagine.

Micro Breaks No.1 // The McGill Overhead Reach

Microbreak No.2 // Standing Posture Reset

Microbreak No.3 // Cracking Up With Coach Stevo

 

PRODUCTS DANIEL LOVES AND USES WITH HIS PATIENTS

https://youtu.be/o2WUfKM3f4Q

 

TAKEAWAY

There is so much great actionable content in this episode, but the big takeaway is simple; There are so many choices available to treat your ailments, aches and pains, but it all starts with you being an active, informed participant in your health journey.

We all need to be The CEOs of our own Health.

 

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3 Strategies: Quit the Gym and Be Healthier!

3 Strategies: Quit the Gym and Be Healthier!

“The problem was that I didn’t have a plan B – I either made it to the gym or I didn’t. I had no other mechanism for getting exercise.”

Paul Michaels

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I am a work-from-home Dad with three teenage kids and I never seem able to follow through on my goals of working out. So I quit the gym and in the past year I’ve lost 30lbs and walked 2,117 miles. How did I do it?


The Secrets of Eating to Lose Weight blog post outlines how you can hack your food. This blog post touches on how you can quit the gym and be healthier for it.

I am a work-from-home Dad with three teenage kids and I never seem able to follow through on my goals of working out. So I quit the gym and in the past year I’ve lost 30lbs and walked 2,117 miles. How did I do it? I am sharing my experiences at LifehackrDiet blog or you can listen to the LifehackrDiet Podcast or watch the LifehackrDiet YouTube videos, ALL FREE! In a nut shell, the LifehackrDiet utilizes technique and technology to make small changes that improve your health and overall quality of life.

Why I Quit the Gym!

When I went to the gym, I enjoyed myself, no problem. But what I found was between my work and home duties, the scheduled 90 minutes/three times a week would often and in fact, almost always get bumped off my schedule. I would say, “Ah, I don’t have time to do it today, I’ll do it tomorrow.” And then, tomorrow would come, another fire would need to be put out – you know the score. The result was my health kept taking a backseat to my other priorities.

After one year on the LifehackrDiet this is what I had walked. I had not been to the gym!

After one year on the LifehackrDiet this is what I had walked. I had not been to the gym!

The problem was that I didn’t have a plan B – I either made it to the gym or I didn’t. I had no other mechanism for getting exercise. I just felt awful, I was gaining weight, I was always uncomfortable and I had back issues. I needed to figure out something that worked for me and my lifestyle. That was the spark that lead to the LifehackrDiet origin story.

The LifehackrDiet (LHD) is a series principles and techniques (utilizing common consumer technology) that you can customize for your unique lifestyle.

LHD Principle One – Syncronicity

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No, it’s not based on the 1983 Police song of the same name, but you can add that song to your playlist! It’s looking at life and your daily activities synchronously. So instead of grocery shopping or exercise you have to think of it as grocery shopping AND exercise.  Commuting or exercise becomes commuting AND exercise and work or exercise transforms into work AND exercise. You just have to shift your thinking and look at everything that presents itself in your day as an opportunity to burn some calories, build some muscle and get closer to your goals.

 

What works for me

Here are some concrete examples of what has worked for me and might work for you. Adapt these tips for making changes to transform your life.

Grocery shopping AND exercise.

Acting synchronously on the lifehackr diet plan; burning calories while shopping.

Acting synchronously on the LifehackrDiet plan; burning calories while shopping.

This is a screen shot of the Fitbit Dashboard captured from my account. The Fitbit One is a digital pedometer that records my steps throughout the day. It syncs wirelessly over bluetooth to my iPhone and updates my progress on the Fitbit iOS app and on the website. I love this system because it simply captures my every step and gives me credit towards my daily calorie burn. A blog posting about bluetooth digital pedometers and how to use them, is coming to this blog soon.

Instead of looking at grocery shopping as a chore, look at as an opportunity to triple multi-task; shop, walk/lift and listen to music/radio/audio books or the LHD Podcast. You need one extra ingredient which is good for you and the environment; a team of strong reusable bags that will be your weights for this LifehackrDiet tip. When you go to the grocery store, instead of wasting time looking for the closest parking spot, quickly park at the furthest spot from the store entrance, I guarantee it’s available. You are welcome to be organized with a shopping list but don’t fret about forgetting something and having to walk across the store to retrieve it – it’s good for you! When you have the reusable bags packed, make them heavy so that you are getting a workout loading and unloading them. Make extra trips from your mode of transportation to your residence, lift the bags up and down as you go, bend up and down or do squats as you lift and unpack. Make the once wasted chore into a weekly workout. You will probably burn anywhere from 200-500Cal depending on your circumstances.

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Commuting AND exercising.

Acting synchronously on the lifehackr diet plan; burning calories while commuting.

Acting synchronously on the LifehackrDiet plan; burning calories while commuting.

Fitbit Dashboard. Total for day; 19,264 or 8.83 miles or 2,969Cal.

We all have our unique commutes to work so there is no boiler plate plan for getting the most out of it. Commuting usually involves some walking and lots of sitting or standing in a moving tin can. If you look closely enough you will find lots to hack. If you take the subway or a bus to work, consider walking a stop (or a few) on either end of your route.

If you drive or car-pool get out or park somewhere further away from your final destination, walk the difference. Hack parking by driving to the top floor of the parking lot (regardless of whether or not there are free spots along the way) and either take the stairs or (with caution) walk down/up the actual parking level ramps from and to your vehicle. Clearly riding a bike is an obvious way of burning calories while commuting but cycling the whole way to work/home might not be practical for everyone. If that is the case is there a compromise where you can cycle part of the way and then take public transportation to finish the commute? Think creatively about your daily journey and find ways in which you can hack it so that you are healthier beacuse of it. Taking even the simplest of these suggestions could add a 1,700Cal burn to your workweek which will make a huge dent in your weight loss.
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Working (at a computer) AND exercising.

Acting synchronously on the lifehackr diet plan; burning calories while working.

Acting synchronously on the lifehackr diet plan; burning calories while working.

Fitbit Dashboard. Total for day; 19,728 steps or 9.05 miles or 2,828 Kcal.

I purchased a very simple walking treadmill for less than $250 and scoured my local craigslist offerings for a specific Ikea Fredrik Standing Desk. I combined the two and for less than $350 I have a wonderful work space that allows me to walk while I work. I do all kinds of things on the computer from photo retouching, video editing, emailing, writing (I am walking as I write this) with absolutely no difficulty. It takes about 3 mins to get used to the feeling and in under a day you won’t even realize you are walking while working. I walk at about 1.0 – 2.0 mph and I take regular breaks where I am standing and working. My working days are shorter than the average (due to team Michaels’ duties) but I can get 5 miles in without difficulty. That’s just under 200Cal an hour which doesn’t sound like much but when you walk 5 miles that’s about 500Cal a day or 2,500Cal a week for free! To lose a pound of fat you need to burn 3,500Cal, using the treadmill desk you are 70% of the way there.
Blast through those calories with a walking desk using the Ikea Fredrik Standing Desk. Learn more at http://lifehackrdiet.com

Blast through those calories with a walking desk DIY with Ikea Fredrik Standing Desk.

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Now Do You Believe Me?

After six months on the LifehackrDiet I had lost 30lbs doing and eating what I normally did with a few small changes.

After six months on the LifehackrDiet I had lost 30lbs doing and eating what I normally did with a few small changes.

When I say “Quit the Gym and Be Healthier” you can now see why. Although I would love to go to the gym and when I can, I do. The way to make a real difference for your health is by utilizing every waking minute as an opportunity for exercise.

Everyone can do this. Be imaginative and come up with ways to make everyday chores an opportunity for improving your health.

Thanks for Reading!

The way to make a real difference for your health is by utilizing every waking minute as an opportunity for exercise.

Does your gym workout consistently get cut from your schedule? Paul Michaels your host is a 50-year-old work-from-home-father of three teenagers, who finally gave up on the idea of going to the gym and in its place figured out how to live synchronously…

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How your host, Paul Michaels lost 30lbs and walked 1000 miles in 6 months.
  • What doesn’t work, not having a plan “B”
  • LifehackrDiet Principle One; Syncronicity.
  • How to transform grocery shopping into a workout.
  • We all have commutes to work, here’s how you hack it.
  • Working at your computer can be a workout too!
  • Utilizing every waking moment for exercise…

PLUS MORE on how you can make small meaningful changes to your activities….

 

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

TAKE AWAY
Although I would love to go to the gym and when I can, I do. The way to make a real difference for your health is by utilizing every waking minute as an opportunity for exercise. Everyone can do this. Be imaginative and come up with ways to make everyday chores an opportunity for improving your health.

 

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