“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
In the last 20 year of practicing medicine I have evolved from “doctor of the past” to a “doctor of the future”. You see, when I first started practicing neurology, I believed that most symptoms and medical conditions could be fixed, or at least, symptomatically improved with some type of medication. I believed that my ‘job’ as a physician was just to find the “best” medicine for those symptoms. Through the years, however, I have come to realize that we (physicians) do not hold ALL the answers. Instead, I believe that sometimes the best medicine is not a pill that I can give, but a healthy life style that you choose for yourself.
A little about me, and why there has been a shift in my thinking. I am practicing neurologist with a subspecialty in Headache Medicine. I am also a wife, a mother of two wonderful young daughters. I have always struggled with depression and migraine headaches. Exercise has always been my escape and my way of reducing the stress of my busy neurology practice. After having my kids, however, my regular workouts were put on hold and my depression worsened. I could have started medications: this is what I would have told my patients to do. But, instead, I chose a more natural approach of improving my nutrition and restarting just 30 minutes of exercise a day. It was amazing how much better I started to feel, both physically and emotionally. My depression and also my migraines improved, despite having the same stressful life. As an added bonus, I am now in the best shape of my life, despite being in my late 40’s.
This was a real eye opener to me. I personally discovered the power that exercise and proper nutrition had on my body and my brain. This has since become my passion: doing research and teaching others the powers of exercise, clean eating, and nutrition. These healthy choices cannot only improve our body but also have the power to improve our brain. We, indeed, have the power to change our body and our mind. You just have to be willing to do it to take control of your own brain health!