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Work Alongside Medical Professionals_Final

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>> Hi, in this lecture, we're going to discuss something that's super important to your success as a Health Coach who specializes in hormone health, how to work alongside medical professionals while staying within the boundaries of your scope of practice. We explained scope of practice in the Health Coach Training Program. This refers to the collection of things you can do as a Health Coach under your title and training. As the foundation for how you practice, this topic is worth revisiting. So to keep you on track in this course and out of any future legal trouble, we'll discuss three major points regarding what a Health Coach can and cannot do when working with clients to balance their hormones. We'll start off by taking a look at how hormonal issues are conventionally treated in the field of medicine. By familiarizing yourself with a landscape of the medical field as it relates to hormone health, you'll develop a better understanding of who to refer your clients to and how to partner with medical professionals. Traditionally, when a person is suspected of having a condition involving a hormone imbalance, their primary doctor will refer them to an endocrinologist. An endocrinologist is a physician who's been trained to specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions and diseases related to the endocrine system. You can think of the endocrine system as a network of glands in the body that produce and transmit hormones. Endocrinologists work to restore hormonal balance for their patients. In this course, you'll be trained to pick up on the signs and signals of different hormone imbalances and conditions. Your function here is to help narrow in on what may be going on with your client, but any actual evaluation and testing must be done by a doctor. We'll talk more about this in just a few minutes. When you suspect something is up with your client's hormones, always send them to an endocrinologist to get formally evaluated and tested before proceeding to form a plan of action with them. If a client doesn't already have an endocrinologist, their particular insurance plan may require them to first visit their primary care physician for a referral or it may not, it's up to your client to look into the details and requirements of their plan. You may also wish to work alongside and refer your clients to functional medicine practitioners, particularly ones who specialize in endocrinology. Doctors of functional medicine are awesome because they really take into account the whole body, not just the endocrine system, and they search for the root cause of our problem so they can completely eradicate it. In the garden of health, they dig up the weeds rather than mow the lawn. Depending on where you live, it may be easier to find an endocrinologist than a doctor of functional medicine. Conduct a search online to put together a list of endocrinologists and functional medicine practitioners in your area. Reach out to see if and which types of health insurances they accept, if they are accepting new patients and how far out the way typically is to schedule an initial appointment to be seen by that doctor. Keep this information along with their contact information handy so you can refer clients with ease when necessary. Now I want to stop here to make an important point. Don't be afraid to refer your clients to see doctors. A doctor is not going to steal your clients or your job. The path to hormone health is a collaborative process between coach, client, and medical professionals. You would be remiss to avoid sending your clients to a doctor for diagnostic testing because you're afraid of losing their business. Now only is this unlikely, it's legally and ethically negligent. There's a symbiotic relationship to be had between doctors and Health Coaches. Doctors are starting to see the value in preventative care, their patients are getting sicker and sicker and they simply don't have the time to work on preventative care or to spend time with their sick patients to formulate individualized care plans. If you've ever needed to go to a doctor's office, you know what it's like. You sit and wait for a really long time and then when you finally get a chance to see the doctor, he or she is in and out before you've had time to really discuss your health concerns with them. Endocrinologists, like any other medical doctor, are busy. Your role as a coach perfectly complements them. Their job is to evaluate, diagnose, and recommend the treatment plan. Your job is to take the time to listen to client concerns, explain things in layman's terms, collaboratively develop goals, and recommend lifestyle shifts, and natural remedies that will support their treatment plan. Can you see how this partnership creates a comprehensive holistic healing protocol for your clients? Now that you have an understanding of who to partner with and how, let's focus in on the work that you do and talk a bit about scope of practice. There are three major points we'd like you to walk away from this lecture with in regards the boundaries of your practice. One, titles are protected and are to be respected. An endocrinologist has completed four years of college followed by four years of medical school and several years of residency. This is a protected title and rightfully so, they've earned it. Never mislead the public or your clients to believe that you are an endocrinologist, functional medicine practitioner, or any other healthcare professional besides a Health Coach, unless of course, you are one. You can say that you are an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, who specializes in hormone health. But it's not okay to give yourself a new title like hormone health specialist or a practitioner of endocrinology or anything along those lines. Your title does not change as a result of this course. Unless you've actually completed medical school to become an endocrinologist and you are also a Health Coach, the lines between medical practitioner and coach should never be blurred, in title nor in practice. Two, Health Coaches don't diagnose. As I mentioned earlier, if a client needs to be tested, send them to an endocrinologist. You may see a client and, for example, it can be clear as day to you that they have polycystic ovarian syndrome, judging by their Health History and your first meeting, you see she has all the signs and symptoms. As an experienced Health Coach who's worked with dozens of women with this condition, you have little doubt that it can be something else and you know what can help her, you still need to refer her for her formal diagnosis. You simply can't say, "It looks to me like you have polycystic ovarian syndrome, so I am going to suggest that we worked together to establish a natural healing protocol to help you achieve balance and relief." This sounds harmless enough but what you're doing is playing doctor, and it's legally and ethically wrong. The right thing to say here might sound something like, "From what you have been describing to me, it sounds like you may have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Only a trained medical doctor can confirm this. I can refer you to a great endocrinologist for evaluation. And from there, we can work together to establish a natural healing protocol to help you achieve balance and relief." See how this changes the game. The work that you'll do with this client will likely be just the same, but now it's just safeguarded. There are three main categories of tests that endocrinologists perform when accessing hormone balance, gland hyper-secretion which is when a gland secretes too much of a hormone, gland hypo-secretion which is when a gland secretes too little of a hormone, and testing for tumors whether cancerous or benign. Tumors in the glands can cause hormonal imbalances. Our rule of thumb is when in doubt, refer out. If you're not sure whether a certain doctor performs a certain test, you can tell your client that you'll look into it and get back to them with a referral before your next session. Three, Health Coaches don't treat or cure disease. You may have developed the perfect protocol to overcome adrenal fatigue, but no matter how good it is, you can't sell a cure to your clients. Health Coaches legally cannot claim to treat or cure disease or illness. This is another role reserved exclusively for trained medical professionals. We understand that this can quickly get confusing. As a Health Coach, you've likely helped others overcome their symptoms and heal themselves using natural interventions, they may have experienced total turnarounds in the condition of their health, you may even be living your own personal success story having experienced firsthand a total shift in your health through diet and lifestyle modification. These are the amazing reasons why you're in this field. You've come to see that you can heal the body through nutrition and lifestyle and you want to share this with others. So while you do hold the power to help your clients achieve better health, you can promote or lead them to think that you have a cure, a treatment program, or solution to heal a medical condition. To avoid any legal complications, we advise you to try to remove these words from your marketing and your conversations. You know you can't prescribe medicine or tell a client that they should get off of their medication, so a good way to explain and promote what you do is to say that you provide support to help clients find relief from their symptoms through shifts in nutrition and lifestyle. It's okay to say you know how to help clients naturally alleviate their symptoms, balance their hormones or improve the condition of their health. It's not okay to say you can cure your client from their diagnosis of Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Can you see the distinction here? So what can you legally and ethically do as a Health Coach? Let's recap. Working in conjunction with doctors, you can help your clients balance their hormones, alleviate symptoms, and improve their health by listening deeply to their concerns, explaining things in simple terms, collaboratively developing goals, and recommending lifestyle shifts and natural remedies that will support their treatment plan. It's always outside the scope of practice of a Health Coach to use a misleading title or one that's reserved for other professions to diagnose clients or claim to have a treatment or a cure from medical condition. We hope that this lecture helps you lay the ground work for a solid coaching practice and that you now have a better understanding of what's within and outside of your boundaries as a Health coach. We encourage you to develop partnerships with doctors and various health professionals to continue to spread the ripple effect in a big way. If you have any questions about your scope of practice as a Health Coach, head on over to the Facebook group page and post them there. Your group moderators are there to support and mentor you. And for more information on how to partner with doctors, be sure to check out the Partnering with Doctors handout in your Learning Center. I really enjoyed sharing this information with you, and I wish you the best of luck in your coaching practice. Bye for now.

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