Making sure we get Superior Medical Advice

Over time, I notice we either 1. implicitly trust medical professionals without pause or 2. the opposite, we’re not having it – professional advice – at all. All I want for you guys is moderation. Today, we’re gonna practice how to evaluate the medical advice we receive about our physical bodies.

We already understand that medical professionals – physicians, physical therapists, psychologists (especially), then certified strength coaches, masseuses et al. – have our best interests because they practice science. But that doesnt stop our healthy skepticism from running wild at times. I want to help you parse the lines between believing wholesale or not today with my 3 keys to look for.



We need to investigate what type of credentials I’m looking for. When I go and talk to the medical professionals about my injuries.


our care your health is first place. It’s priority. Cuz we gotta be around. You’re here to be around for your loved ones.



When you know yourself a little better, we need to qualify that by going to get second opinions.



When we listen to professionals, we end up trusting everybody wholesale or no one.



It requires practical approaches and we want to get through the pain cycle, not reinforce it all too many times.



You gotta take your eating into advice into account, your eating has to be your responsibility.


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What’s good. Thank you for joining me. I’m Johann Francis CSCS and welcome to my show, Ego Killer! – here on the show, we cover all the decisions and moves you make inside the gym so that you can literally move better outside in the real world, where it counts, where all the change that you made inside, where you learned about your limits, you can access them outside. Every time we do a show like this, I’m hoping that you guys pull a little bit of something, a little nugget of information that you could use today. This is applicable actionable information using your body out in the real world.


It is usually the case that you’re sent to people like me because you talk to a medical professional and that medical professional under no uncertain terms, kicked game to you, telling you that you need to lose weight. You need to get on some type of therapeutic prescription, or you need to cut back on all of that fatty stuff. Get the pork outta your life, right? Make a return to the green life. We need to eat a little bit more holistically. Like our ancestors ate. All of this advice means that you guys come to see coaches and trainers like myself. And that is because medical professionals have a disproportionate amount of advice to offer you. And me. Oftentimes what happens is the advice that we get, we take it wholesale and we forget to practice evaluating and qualifying that advice. After all the medical degree on the wall, whether it’s Eastern medicine or chiropractics, or if it’s physical therapy is enough, but is it, is it really enough?


We need to talk a little bit more about this. We need to investigate what type of credentials I’m looking for. When I go and talk to the medical professionals about my injuries, about my illness and about my general health inside the gym, like this, I’m gonna meet up with you. All right. And again, it’s because maybe one of the medical professionals I was talking about told you to come in and see people like me. And so here’s where we gotta tackle them issues. We gotta figure out, you know, why is your neck, your back, my neck and my back hurt, right? Why do, why do your bones rattle? Why is your neck knocked loose? Whatever it might be. We discover and work through all the Mo all the pathology of illness right here. Oftentimes the gym, in my opinion, is the best place under the qualified auspices of someone who knows is the best place to learn about your eating.


I wanna accent that. It is under the auspices of somebody who knows their business. All right, not old boy over there that you know, is just coincidentally doing this for the next five weeks to look really shredded cuz here or she is trying to be beach muscle. You know, for the summer, that person might know a lot about your eating temporarily. We’re out here eating for health, all right, the medical professionals we need to evaluate and we need to discover a better means because we know that oftentimes medical professionals whether it’s a medical doctor, a chiropractor, they have our general health at the forefront of their mind, but there is so much more gray area, right? There’s timing, there’s work schedules, there’s insurance and fiduciary responsibilities that prevent us from getting access to care. It’s insurance status, it’s work status, all this stuff. And so does that mean that your care is actually second place?


No, no, no, no, no. Your care your health is first place. It’s priority. Cuz we gotta be around. You’re here to be around for your loved ones. Me for mine. And so we gotta be around, we need a means or kind of a matrix to start evaluating the medical professionals, the chiropractors, the physical therapists professionals that teach us about our bodies. All right. So that’s what we’re gonna get into a little bit today. Okay. Some people rely a little bit too much on that information. I’m sorry, but you do, you take everything with not a grain of salt, but the whole bucket instead, instead, what you ought to do is evaluate get second, third opinions. All right. And I know myself, I’m pretty guilty of not getting those opinions oftentimes. But it is probably amongst our own interest to take our role in the scientific process.


Scientific process is about evidence repeating that evidence and having it checked well, you being diagnosed with some medical conditions is part of that process. And then, you know, that goes along with you knowing your body better, better than anyone else. Okay. Let me put it to you like this. If I ask you to do a back squad in the gym, you know, you might spread your feet a little bit too wide, for whatever reason you like spreading your feet wider than normal. And I might look at you and be like, your feet are a little wide, but I’m gonna check myself. I’m gonna check myself and quality coaches are gonna check their self because guess what? You know your body better than I do. Even though we’ve been working together for a year, two years, multiple years, I might know 90% of the way you move.


You know that plus sum because you were in your body, your whole life, you know how your body responded under certain stressors at some time, same thing goes when we’re talking about it at the molecular or super molecular level, you know your body better than everybody else. And so when someone tells you like, Hey man, miss, you got this diagnosis and it feels a little wrong. When you know yourself a little better, we need to qualify that by going to get second opinions, but listen, physicians, practitioners of medicine, they’re there to kind of help you. We also wanna remember however that a lot of the time we’re gonna get immediate preventative relief from our practitioners. That is important. All right. Excuse me. From our, from our doctors, that is very important, but there are our alternatives, not all the time. And it’s always within your power to get second or third opinions. Whenever you feel like, you know your body a little better.


For me personally, I’ve been told that I’ve had a, you know, a trick shoulder or knee because of the way that I’ve trained my whole life. Having been super body aware. Most of my athletic life, I can almost trace back the exact time under tension or exact exercise that I was doing when I injured myself. And it’s not just me. It’s anyone that’s real athletic can do this. So someone’s looking at me from an outside. They’re like, oh, you look like you, you know, you trip slipped on a banana peel. I’m like, no, no, no, no. I was actually trying to deadlift four 50. And that’s why my, you know, I got this little trick hip going on. It’s important to be collaborative, but also to know about your body and how you move. All right. So that’s the first thing. I’m gonna go over a few of these because listen, it’s like this.


When we listen to professionals, we end up trusting everybody wholesale or no one, if I trust no’s advice, if they’re physicians, if they’re care, if they’re doctors, if I don’t trust any doctor, you, your only means of remedy comes by way of what do you call? It comes by way of ritual. And as time tested as rituals may be, there is no hundred percent correlative evidentiary practice that’s gonna do you well. And like I said before, we need you around. So you could go ahead and you know, you could go ahead and up your intake of cranberries and you know, and greens, cuz that’s gonna help you get through because that’s the remedy that you got handed down. That’s great. But on top of that, we need to understand remedies are fine, but not in a vacuum. This in accordance with medical professional advice is always gonna be the key.


And so your old route that you rub on a forearm and all that, that’s beautiful, but let’s make sure we’re adding to it. I used to train a number of people that were a mix of, you’d be surprised. I used to train a particular couple and one of them used to, he used to be from the old school. His family was Spanish and whenever you get kind of sick or feel like, you know, Ooh, I got a little, I got my itchy, I got a little itchy throat here. I’m gonna start eating more bananas because of the, of the plantains, because my family ate Plantin whenever, you know, he would be that guy. However, my man also had a master’s degree.


And so whenever he would go off on that tangent, I would just kind of listen, ready to in tone, maybe see a doctor about this and do your thing. But luckily for me, like I mentioned, my man was also very educated. So whenever he’d be over here talking about, oh, I’m about to go, you know, light an Ince and a Sage and you know, walk around like Kyrie Irving or something. He would also catch himself and be like, yeah. And then I started, you know, you know, throwing back the antibiotics or whatever. And so it’s good to stick with your remedies. They help, we know placebos. If it is a placebo, oftentimes is super therapeutic and non pernicious, even more so and under very certain circumstances. Now that’s the first case. Now, if you end up trusting everybody, well, you gotta have a lot of money to go around and spend money.


You have to have your insurance gotta be right. You gotta have the platinum platinum plus plan. You gotta go ahead and have, you know, all of these, you have to be right with your money. Your money has to be on point, correct? In order for you to get all this medical advice, do you got the money for that? How’s your wallet stack looking if you’re good and you want to go ahead and spend that on professional after professional and maybe not really hammer down what’s going on. You don’t want a border on hypochondria, but this is where we go. All right. So that’s, if you trust everyone, trust no one or trust everyone. Well, you gotta be in the middle somewhere. In fact, let me run it back. Let me, let me walk it back a little bit. What about addiction? Right. Getting over addiction requires practice.


It requires identifying triggers. It requires practical approaches, practical, practicing things on a daily. Okay. Not necessarily treatment after treatment after treatment, which of course puts a huge hole in your wallet. <Affirmative> we want to get through the pain cycle, not reinforce it all too many times. I’ll train with you guys and we’re going to see chiropractors without getting to preachy about the nature of qualifying qu chiropractors. As doctors are seeing them in the same light and scope. I will say this. All right. Orthopedic surgeons or excuse me, orthopedists. And you know, physical therapists, both called doctors. I probably go with them first. All right. I’d probably go with them first. However, a lot of us do see our chiropractors cuz it feels good. And you get an audible kind of response and confirmation that healing has happened or at very least a return to norm normalcy.


That pop sounds good. Doesn’t it? It feels good. It feels good to be bent up into a pretzel. And it’s just cathartic. There’s something about that, right? <Laugh> there’s something about that where it feels good. So remember however that we’re trying to jump out of the pain cycle. When we qualify our medical professionals, medical professionals are there to get us out of the, of the pain cycle of the pain cycle. Something happened. I’m in pain. I relive the experience. I’m in pain. I try to cure the pain. It fades away. I’m back in pain. That’s the cycle. Instead it’s something happened pain. Re-Injury cure it back to pain, go back to the treatment, little pain, go back to treatment. And eventually <laugh> no pain. If that makes sense. All right. If that makes sense. So that’s, that’s the idea that we want to be on is getting out, breaking that pain cycle.


And when we oftentimes link up with the chiropractors, look might be cool. Might listen to the same music you do might listen to school. Boy, Q and you guys are in agreement on that, right? You got your fist in the air. That’s great. But we wanna remember that great professionals are there so that we never see you again. Not never, never, never, never like, you know, Christmas cards are great <laugh> but I’m under the complete IM where that you’re not gonna see me again. And I’m okay with that. You know why? Cuz we got somewhere and I got you out of the cycle even more. So if I’m a medical professional, if I have a doctorate, I’m hoping that our time is very limited, not indefinite. And so that to me is always a red flag is like, oh, you’re going again for that.


Aren’t we treating that and getting better? Well, here’s how we do that. We repair soft tissue damage with gonna take two weeks of doing all the following. All right. So if you have, you know, you pull the, the neck, you’ve got your neck hurt, right? You messed up your your shoulders, you got these soft tissue damage and you go to see your, your physical therapist. And then you wanna start getting back into something or your physical therapist doesn’t really explain. You know, we just kind of sent you out in the world. You’re like, what am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to start lifting? Am I supposed to stay off it? And I’m getting real low because I’m not really working out. I feel bad. Okay. That was a mouthful. Here’s what you need to remember when you’re repairing from injury is spend about two to three weeks in isometric moves.


So that’s moves where the muscles around the injury joint are not moving. Then start to move the muscle. So I start adding back mobility. Mobility is huge. This is where you take time to stretch spending a minimum of five minutes per muscle groups. In this case, the injured area working through end ranges, right? Describing end ranges where your muscle and arms or whatever, excuse me, not your arms, but your, the injured area. Being able to describe where like that movement pattern is and reestablish that right. Take for example, it’s your elbow. You wanna make sure you can bend it so that your Palm and I’m doing this right now, it touches your shoulder. And also so that you can extend your elbow and your Palm now faces the ceiling. That’s a hu range of motion. You wanna establish that? And the end range is the point where your elbow doesn’t move anymore.


You want that to glide. So first is isometrics then movement. Then you can start to build strength at higher rep counts. That should take you about six weeks chronic back pain. It’s been proven. There’s a Dr. Chris Rainer on YouTube. I watch him a lot. He’s I love his stuff, his channel, he’s an orthopedic surgeon. And that man is really about his science and plays like big pun beats in the background too. So that’s great. And he describes most back pain as being very conditional and short term. And so we don’t actually have to look for high, intense pain relief. So the, the steps to adding mobility, isometrics movement, mobility, and strengthen six weeks when we do take our evaluation process in the moment we remember that. So when we’re evaluating medical professional advice, we remember that on our own. So physical therapist threw me back out into the real world. I don’t know if I could work out getting kind of low, not feeling it. Oh, wait, I’m on week five. I know what I need to be doing.


We need to remember. Okay. And this is my second piece of advice. We’re getting chiropractics done to us. We need to remember that we’re breaking the chains, the pain cycle. We’re breaking the pain cycle pain cycle. Gotta go away. I gotta make sure I treat the chiropractor. Like she’s got the worst halo in the world, meaning my time is limited. I’m here for a short, not a long <laugh>. Okay. And what I mean is every time you see her chiro, you’re imagining the last time you’re gonna see them. We need to introduce that. We need to introduce that because if we don’t, we end up going there for years and then we need to think about, have I improved outcome lessened the ability of the joints? Or is it the same outcome? All right, the answer should always be better or we’re doing something wrong.


You gotta take eating. This is the third piece. You gotta take your eating into advice into. You gotta take your eating into account. Your eating has to be your responsibility. The only other person that it can be is the advice under who knows their business. If you meet somebody that’s with the business of nutrition, their dietician, or they got some kind of paperwork that they can sh describe to you, show you whatever it needs to be about their nutrition and need anything. You can go ahead and trust ’em. If we’re talking about somebody, who’s written a book on nutrition, we’re talking about journalists. If we’re talking about inventors with diets, this requires another level of qualification and even more onus on you to be the purveyor of your own eating, right? So a lot of times we trust the wrong folks when it comes to nutrition.


That’s just facts. And I want you guys to take full responsibility of your own eating or vet someone, instead of just picking up something, cuz that’s serious business. That’s the thing we have to do every day. Take responsibility, eat what you can pronounce. And if you’re not a great reader, that’s even better for your eating. All right. <Laugh> and lastly, we want to talk about medical doctors. We’re we’re relieving pain, we’re relieving symptoms symptomology primarily. And so it’s okay to get a second opinion and also listen to your own body. All right. So when the war of trusting all medical professional advice or none, which is just not bright to trust none, this is not the domain of a thinking person. It is not you queen, right? <Laugh> okay.


In that case when it’s either no one or everybody, you gotta remember that there’s a middle ground and I gave you those four points, mobility, soft tissue repair. Think about ending your relationship with your chiropractor sooner than later responsibility for your own eating and remembering that it’s okay to get second opinions so that we can always trust our medical professionals to keep us upright and moving. Cuz the opposite just ain’t good enough. Okay. Have a great week. You guys, I’m gonna stop there and leave you with that. If you found some useful information that you could use today, let me know how you did use it. And if you like the episode, you can go on to apple podcasts and rate me if you do five stars, I’ll send you a free gift. I promise. Let me know how it turns out. All right. Thank you for listening. And until the next time stay up.