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Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac, is a practitioner of integrative and functional medicine, the creator of one of the world’s most respected natural health sites, ChrisKresser.com, and author of the New York Times best seller, Your Personal Paleo Code. Widely known for his in-depth research uncovering myths and misconceptions in modern medicine and providing natural health solutions with proven results, his work is frequently cited in national publications such asTime and The Atlantic, on NPR and on Dr. Oz and Fox & Friends, where he has appeared as a guest. He developed the Personal Paleo Code based on over ten years of research, his own recovery from a debilitating, decade-long illness, and his clinical work with patients. Chris maintains a private practice in Berkeley, California, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
Recently, Kresser was on the Joe Rogan Experience (JRE) and discussed the concept of changing the health care system to be more preventive. He claims the current model is based on treating the symptoms rather than the root cause. He goes on to explain that the system being this way is one of the main reasons why we are seeing an escalated rate in chronic disorders, thus playing a key role in the 3.2 trillion dollars that we spent on healthcare in 2016. He believes that a large way to combat this issue is by providing patients with simple nutrition protocols, daily activity regimens, sleep protocols, and psychological practices that teach an individual how to be successful based on their own strengths. While his ideas may seem simple to us, this would be a huge overhaul to the current model.
Kresser and I both believe that the current healthcare system is the very best in many ways, such as traumatic care and surgery. We really are well ahead of our time in medical procedures. However, the model does not help those who are trying to develop a quality health and wellbeing in the present. Rather, we give a pill for this symptom which then leads to something else in which we give another pill for, and so on and so forth. We are not getting to the root cause. I am a firm believer in what we put in our body, and what we do with it directly correlate to how healthy we are. Thus, the ideas that Kresser puts forward I feel are very compelling.
If you are interested in listening to the full podcast you can go here. While there are some ideas that I disagree with, or don’t necessarily find paramount, I do agree with Kresser’s overarching view. I suggest you listen for yourself and make your own decision.