Cultivate the Superior Doctor in You

by | Feb 22, 2024 | Blog Posts

What does it mean to be sick or healthy? Is it from a lab test or a diagnosis? Do you ever wonder why people keep getting cancer, struggle with mental illness, and develop chronic diseases? All the technology, tests, medical devices, and drugs don’t seem to help you grow old gracefully.


How has the healthcare system served you lately?

The United States has one of the most poorly run healthcare systems in the industrialized world. It’s fragmented, expensive and confusing. You’ve been living in a healthcare system that focuses on diseases instead of prevention.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. The ancient Chinese medical text, Huang Di Nei Jing, states:

“In the old days, the sages treated disease by preventing illness before it began, just as a good government or emperor was able to take the necessary steps to avert war. Treating an illness after it has begun is like suppressing revolt after it has broken out. If someone digs a well when thirsty or forges weapons after becoming engaged in battle, one cannot help but ask, ‘Are not these actions too late?’”

Nei Jing Su Wen, Chapter 2

You might think doctors are working on prevention by telling you to “eat this or do that,” but the healthcare system has no time to invest in prevention in a meaningful way. That’s why a doctor’s advice doesn’t usually work. There’s little in the system to support their words and well wishes for you.

It might make sense to help sick people first because they need the help now. But healthcare systems are in deep trouble because they can’t take care of the growing number of people depending on it. Something needs to change very soon or the systems will ultimately fail. The problem is that it takes a long time for a complex system to change because there is built-in resistance to keep a system alive.


Here’s the bigger question:

Does the healthcare system need to work better for you, or can you learn to cultivate yourself to be less dependent on the system?

Individuals can make changes for their health much faster than organizations are able to. You are simply the best solution to your current health situation because you stand in the front lines of your health to catch your illness before the Western medical studies see them. The key is to learn how to listen to your body and understand the patterns.

At Third Opinion MD, you have the chance to be the driver and responsible owner of your health. I founded the organization to spark a wave of change in the way we practice medicine and care for ourselves. It’s time for a healthcare evolution in you.

I intend to share tools and knowledge from over 30 years of experience in Western and Chinese medicine and Board certification in Family Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. But the real wisdom comes from my years of training and master certification in Medical Qigong. To be a Qigong master requires the willingness to surrender the quest for perfection, to work on self-cultivation, and to always have the mindset of a beginner. Cultivating your health is a process, not a destination. To this day, I consider Qigong my most valuable medical education.


The word, Qigong (Chee-gong), means the cultivation of Qi (Chee), or the power that drives behavior in things, including parts of your body to function a certain way. According to Chinese medicine, your health is restored and maintained when Qi flows through channels in your body without obstruction.

The acupuncture channels were mapped out through careful observation and documentation of patterns in human health and illness. These body maps look different from the Western anatomical maps you know because they come from different ways of seeing. By observing nature and its rhythm over time, you don’t see what Qi is. You see how Qi changes, behaves, and manifests over time. Qigong promotes the clearing of blockages and the flow of Qi so that your mind and body work in a balanced, or healthy state.

Medical Qigong represents many forms that break down into coordinated breathing, stretching, movement and mindfulness exercises to cultivate health and vitality. Each form carries the power to address specific health conditions when practiced accurately and consistently over time. But the forms, alone, can’t make an impact without the philosophy and lifestyle lessons that guide them.

Learn how to navigate the healthcare system and take charge of your health again with the Health Strategy Consult program. Study how food can be a therapeutic guide for your individual health and constitution. Discover and practice different forms of Medical Qigong. You will fall in love with the foundational knowledge of Chinese medicine that makes it one of the most elegant models of prevention. Your superior inner doctor is patiently waiting for you.


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