Scott Stoll, MD, understands the power of Believing You Can.
Which is a good thing, because he's made his life mission a task that would seem daunting to most: to transform the healthcare industry into one that actually practices health care rather than disease management and mitigation.
Scott is, among many other things, co-founder of The Plantrician Project, which has a vision statement so beautiful that I'm stealing it wholesale from their website:
“A nation—and world—in which the vast majority of physicians and healthcare professionals have experienced the dietary paradigm shift, enthusiastically embracing the health-protecting power of plant-based nutrition; in turn, effectively promoting patient and client adoption of a predominantly whole food, plant-based (WFPB) lifestyle.
“The result: Sustainability of human health and the healthcare system, while producing meaningful progress toward the big picture of global sustainability.”
The Plantrician Project conferences are now legendary in the plant-based and lifestyle medicine worlds, introducing hundreds of physicians to the New Science of Wellness and bringing together cutting edge innovators of practice models that can replace the old “ill and pill” paradigm while leading to healthier patients and happier practitioners.
Scott tested his theory of positive intention when he tried out for the US Bobsled team never having been on a bobsled before. He made the team and participated in the 1994 Winter Olympics. (Sadly, he doesn't have a Jamaican accent…)
When he became a physician, he quickly discovered that his medical toolbox didn't address the root causes of his patients' diseases. Rather than shrug his shoulders and simply resign himself to the daily grind of prescribed pills and procedures, Scott got curious about the underlying dynamics that were eroding the joy and juice from their lives.
When he discovered plant-based nutrition from his wife, he abandoned his meat and milk (which he had been taught were necessary for Olympic-sized muscles), and saw the astounding improvement in his own health and experience of life. After that, it was off to the races with his patients.
The profound transformations they underwent were all the proof Scott needed that he was on to something, and the medical world needed to learn about it.
In our conversation, we covered Scott's evolving medical understanding, and how his mission has unfolded, and what's in the works. We discussed:
- what patients mean when they say, “I'm falling apart”
- Atkins to Zone focus solely on weight loss, not health
- chronic illness causes social, economic, and interpersonal problems
- observing Joel Fuhrman's practice and seeing patients actually get better
- how doctors inadvertently cause their patients to lose hope
- why it's critical for doctors to speak with belief, conviction, and hope
- teaching patients to change lifelong habits
- the big teaching mistake: information is enough
- the importance of creating and sustaining community
- developing health immersions for Whole Foods Market
- Tom Dunnam's vision of a medical education and practice revolution
- growing the Plantrician Project
- plant-based medicine as a disruptive technology
- insurance companies that make more money from disease than wellness
- Milan Ross's transformative immersion – releasing an emotional burden first, 300 pounds second
- partnering with the Rodale Institute to put the plant-based plate at the center of global healing and regenerative agriculture
- why everyone should “grow something”
- and much more…
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