Journey to 100 Session 1: The Opportunity – Dr. Sachin Patel [Functional Forum]

Journey to 100 Session 1: The Opportunity –  Dr. Sachin Patel [Functional Forum]

So thank you. This is quite the honor and thank you for being here
for this special moment. I want to remind you of something that I think is gonna
take your breath away and I hope it does. And that is, today you
will take 23,000 breaths. Your heart will beat 100,000 times. You will coordinate the
function of 70 trillion cells simultaneously, performing
one septillion functions at the exact same time of
every moment of your life. You are in a constant state
of dying and being reborn every moment of your life. Today, billions of cells will die and quietly replace themselves,
whether you like it or not. Whether you have gratitude
for that process or not. You are amazing. There’s nothing more incredible than you. There’s nothing more capable than you. Your cells, all 60 to 70,
to 100 trillion of them are the highest faculty
of the entire universe. You are the entire collection
of all the intelligence in the stars into small space right now. You’re amazing. You’re a living earth. There is nothing inside of you that isn’t found on this planet. You are animated Earth. It’s important that we remember this when we’re thinking about longevity and we’re thinking about congruency and we’re thinking about living a life of purpose and passion. You are Earth, and if we can remember that, then we can have an amazing
and extraordinary life. Most importantly, you are
the doctor of the future. The doctor of the future
isn’t us practitioners, getting more degrees,
advancing technology. You already possess the
most advanced technology that’s ever existed. So it’s our obligation now,
to teach you how to use it. The word doctor in Latin
actually means teacher, so it’s our namesake to
educate our communities and to allow them to live
a meaningful long life. My name is Sahin Patel
and I’m a proud founder of the The Living Proof Institute. I’m also most proudly a father, so I’ve got a reason to live to 100. I’ve got a reason to promote longevity and promote happiness, because I have a son, I have a future generation to
look after and take care of. My journey started as a physician and a few years ago I realized that the magnitude of the problem is not something that us
practitioners can solve. It’s gonna be solved by
technology, empowering patients to take action and take
care of their health. We don’t need more doctors. There will never be enough
of us to take care of people who don’t know how to
take care of themselves. So the real solution comes from putting power back into your hands, giving the public the
power so they can take the best care of themselves as possible. Leonardo da Vinci said that “simplicity is a sign of sophistication.” And I can’t think of
anything more sophisticated than the human body, which means that there shouldn’t
be anything more simple to take care of. One of the things that I
noticed from Michelle’s talk is the simplicity of the centenarians. They had a very simple life. So it doesn’t take much to live long. It takes simplicity to live long. So we’re gonna talk
about key concepts today when it comes to empowering patients. We’re gonna talk about
patient-empowered care. The three concepts I’m gonna
have time to discuss today are co-creation, cell function, and community and you’re gonna see community
come up in everyone’s talk because this is the thing that
is significantly important. No matter how many degrees or training a practitioner has, ultimately you, the patient,
determine the outcome. Everyone kind of agree with that? So what happens in
medicine and in healthcare when patients undergo a trial
of care with a practitioner, and if the patient doesn’t get better, the practitioner will start
questioning their education and what they’ll do is they’ll start going to more
training, more seminars, more conferences because they’re
trying to fix the patient. I did that for the
first half of my career. I tried to fix everybody
that walked into my office. And then I realized that
nothing can fix them better than they can fix themselves. So then I started teaching them how they could fix themselves. The value of any doctor’s appointment is actually determined by what happens when the patient actually
leaves the office. I train practitioners all around the world to implement this model of
care into their practices. And I have to constantly remind them that the value of your
appointment is zero dollars if your patient takes zero action. The value of what you
have to offer is infinite if your patient takes
action for a lifetime and teaches family members
and community members how to take action as well, or inspires them to take action. So the value of what we bring to the table is actually determined
by you, the patient. So listen to your doctors okay? When it comes to healing and
repairing and regenerating, one of the things that
we have to keep in mind is that we have to start with the cells. Cells are the smallest unit of life. Now the beautiful thing about cells is they all function relatively the same. So, the cells in your brain the cells in your heart might carry out different
functions externally but internally their
function remains the same, which means if we focus on
getting the cells healthy through the right signaling,
through the right nutrition, through the right environments, we create global change. We’re gonna talk more
about this in a moment. One thing for you to also remember is that your cells don’t make mistakes. We like to think that and when we think our cells make mistakes we change the internal
dialogue that we have. When we blame our genetics,
when we blame our body, we change that internal messaging. But when we realize that our
cells are we put them in, in an intelligent way, we start changing that internal voice and we feel empowered to take action. I can change the function
of your cells instantly. If I asked you to come up onto this stage right now unprepared, the function of every cell in your body would change instantly. You’d go into fight or flight immediately. Disease never occurs in isolation but more importantly,
neither does healing. Which means that, if somebody
has an illness in one organ, the same bloody goes
everywhere, doesn’t it? It’s impossible to develop
a disease in isolation. It might manifest and be
measured in one system because that’s where the
symptoms might start, but the same blood that’s
destroying somebody’s liver is probably destroying every organ and system in their body at varying rates. Every organ has a different capacity to tolerate inefficiencies. The cool thing about this is that when we put somebody into a healing state, the same blood goes everywhere as well, which means that
everything starts healing. In our current medical model, what we’ll do is we’ll
hyper-focus on one organ or one system, ignore everything else, so we might put somebody
on a statin medication to lower their cholesterol at
the expense of their kidneys or at the expense of their liver or at the expense of their
neurological system and brain because we’re so myopically focused. We have to remember the
same blood goes everywhere, so if we get the blood
to be a healing elixir, it heals and regenerates
every part of the body. Make sense? Now we have this idea that
disease happens by mistake or happens by accident and disease is actually what I refer to as intelligent adaptation. Your body adapts to whatever
circumstance you put it under and it’s a well coordinated
and intelligent system that’s functioning in a
highly intellectual manner. I’m gonna talk quickly about a concept called autonomic pairing. And I ask this in every room because I think I coined the term, has anyone heard this term before? Okay. I’m gonna take credit for it then. So autonomic pairing is simply this. Imagine you’re sitting
at your dinner table. The function that you’re
trying to carry out is digestion, correct? But imagine you had the
chemistry and physiology and the heart rate and the blood flow of somebody who was running a marathon. Your physiology is not
paired with the task. Does that make sense? So this is called autonomic pairing. If we’re going to digest our meal, we want the internal
systems to be sending blood and sending function to optimize
the digestion of that meal. When we have a mismatch between what we want our body to do and what we’re telling our body to do, then we have a problem. One of the most important
systems in our body, quick physiology lesson for all of you, is the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system
is currently regulating virtually every function in your body. Your heart rate, your blood
rate, your blood flow, where that blood is going, how many breaths you’re taking per minute, how much digestion is taking place. Where function is going in the body is being determined
automatically for you right now. This is happening passively for you. It happens for you your entire life. Like a baby doesn’t have
to think about breathing. Breathing takes care of itself. So 95% of the function
of our nervous system is to take care of this ongoing process. When we’re in a state of fight or flight, which is what happens when
we’re under acute stress, our body sends blood to
different parts of the system. When we’re under stress we don’t send blood to
the digestive system. We send it to the arms and legs in preparation to run away. This is why many people
who eat under stress will develop chronic digestive distress because they’re not sending blood flow where they want to send function. So many people will
live on this high stress sympathetic side of the fence, which creates destruction in
the body in order for survival. What we need to do is get on
the opposite side of this fence into the parasympathetic
side of the fence. The parasympathetic side of our body is what controls, lowers
our blood pressure, lowers our heart rate, sends blood flow to the digestive system, so if we’re going to digest a meal, we need to be in a parasympathetic state. A simple way to get into
a parasympathetic state is to do some deep breathing. This is why deep breathing is part of every ancient form of medicine. Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Yoga,
is all about your breath. Another thing that helps stimulate the parasympathetic system
is chanting and humming because it creates a mechanical vibration of your vagus nerve. Your vagus nerve controls
this entire system. So deep breathing, chanting, humming are things that you can do instantly that will get you into
a parasympathetic state. Deep breathing especially
before you eat a meal is very important. Sometimes you don’t even have
to change what you’re eating if you change how you’re eating. Even a healthy meal will
remain improperly digested if we don’t send blood
to the digestive system when we’re trying to have that meal. So before you change, I’m not even telling
you to change your diet, just take a few deep breaths, relax, pair your nervous system with the task that
you’re trying to perform. This will change your life. I wish I had more time to talk about it but I’ll have to move on. Where we send flow is
where we send function so if I’m gonna help you
digest your meal better I need to send blood to
the digestive system. If I’m going to help you run faster I need to send blood
to the arms and longs, if I’m going to help
you think more clearly, I need to send blood to
the prefrontal cortex. So where we send blood is
where we send function. Okay? Another big contributor to
longevity and really happiness, I think the primary thing that we all want isn’t to live to 100 and be miserable, that would be torture wouldn’t it? We want to be happy. So the primary aim should not
be longevity in my opinion, the primary aim should be happiness, which results in waking
up to a life worth living. So, community is very powerful and we use community in our
practice quite extensively and in a variety of ways. This is actually a mala making workshop that we held in a community
center close to our office and it was meditative. We had a meditation session and everyone built their own malas and said intentions into them. We do cooking workshops where
we have a group of people come and we do batch cooking. We do nature walks, so we have groups of patients come and we do grounding exercises outside and we take them on a nature walk. We have essential oil workshops where we teach people
how to make their own personal care products so that they don’t have to
go and buy them at the store. So this creates community bonding and it creates culture and it creates a platform
for people to become their own best doctors. So I’m almost running this
medical school if you will, because I’m training my
patients how not to need me. But here’s the thing, there are so many sick people that we’ll never run
out of people to help. We’ll never, in my lifetime, run out of people that need help, in terms of getting healthy. So, the power of community
is quite important and other ways that we can use technology, and my community is
watching this right now, we’re streaming it live to them, is through technology like Facebook. Most of you probably
have a Facebook account and if you don’t, you should, because you can join
my community for free. And so we’ve got about 1500 members that contribute almost on a daily basis. I read content to the group, I do a weekly live Facebook Q & A so people can tune in and they can ask me whatever question they want. It allows me to leverage
my time very effectively and patients feel that connection because they can’t always
come in and see you but if you have open office hours online then they can always jump in if they have a quick question for you. So there’s lots of ways that
we can leverage technology and keep people out of our practices. We can answer their
questions very very nicely using social media as well. In my opinion, an
effective healthcare system is one that actually
liberates you from it. We live in Canada where people
think healthcare is free, where we have super exorbitant taxes and that’s where the majority
of that funding comes from is from our taxes. But I think a good healthcare system is one that you actually don’t need. It’s one that your children don’t need. My son is seven, he’s
never been to the doctor. And there’s a formula for that. And that’s exactly what we teach people because that helps all of us. I want to keep everyone’s kids out of doctor’s offices if possible. I want to keep your parents out of the doctor’s office if possible. I want to keep you out of the
doctor’s office if possible. That’s the aim of this whole movement. It’s actually not more healthcare, it’s more self-care, because the more health care interventions we provide somebody, the shorter their lifespan becomes. We need doctors to act as
coaches versus interventionists. And here’s the thing with coaching. Think about somebody like Michael Jordan or a famous athlete. That person had to want to
win to be coached to win. He had to love the game
that he participated in. So you have to love your
life to want to live a life, to be 100 and to be coached to be 100. So it starts there, it
starts with happiness. We could have all these
tools and all the resources that everyone talks about today, but you have to dig deep down inside and figure out what makes you happy because that’s what’s going to help you live a long, productive life. So the future of healthcare is partnered, community driven, self-care and until we can get to that point, I think that there is a
lot of work ahead of us but I just took a picture
of a group of people that’s gonna live to 100
plus, so I’m excited. What you guys do with this information, I think it’s going to be transformative and this really an amazing venue and I’m really honored
and happy to be here and I wish you all a long and happy life. Thank you. (audience clapping)

Danny Hutson

2 thoughts on “Journey to 100 Session 1: The Opportunity – Dr. Sachin Patel [Functional Forum]

  1. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, Dr. Patel. I am most grateful and joined your Facebook group today. Looking forward to learning and growing. Excited to change my life.

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