In June I’ve met Chris Kresser in Stocholm and asked him a few questions.

Question 8: What are your newest projects?

Next question: The one thing you would like everybody to remember…

Question 7: You have a new book coming out. Tell us more what it will be about.

Question 6: Why is our health declining?

Question 5: What do you think will shape the next two decades in healthcare?

Question 4: Is there any particular case you will never forget?

Question 3: What is functional medicine really good at? Whom can it help most?

Question 2: Could you tell us maybe what’s the main difference between functional medicine and the modern allopathic medicine?

Question 1: How did you get interested in Functional Medicine?


Transcript: Interview with Chris Kresser Q8 What are your newest projects?

SANDI: It’s short of amazing all the projects you’ve put out. I don’t know where you find the time, but could you tell us more about your recent ones, the most important ones and where can we learn more about them?

CHRIS: So I’m really, right now, most passionate about training practitioners and in this approach that we’re talking about, because I realized a few years ago there’s a limit to the number of patients that I can help as an individual clinician. And even training other clinicians in a kind of one-on-one apprentice style there’s a limit to the number of people that I can train that way in my lifetime. But if I can train hundreds or even thousands of practitioners a year and they then see maybe ten thousand patients over the course of their career, then I can have an exponential impact and we can help that many more people.

So I have a program called The ADAPT framework practitioner training program, that’s been going for a couple years and that’s mostly for licensed healthcare providers like MDs or Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants or people who are working in that type of environment. And then next year I’m really excited about launching a health coach training program because I’ve come to realize that the the biggest cause of the chronic disease epidemic is environmental not genetic. So it’s diet, lifestyle, physical activity, sleep, stress management and let’s face it, doctors are not the best people to be working with with patients or clients on those things.

If even a functional medicine provider like myself, if I have a half-hour appointment with somebody and I’m doing you know testing their gut and their HPA axis and their blood chemistry and a bunch of other things and I get all those results back it’s going to take most of the appointment to go through all those results and prescribe a treatment protocol and I might have very little time at the end of that appointment to actually talk to them about their diet or their sleep and the things that we know are really hugely important to their health.

So this is where health coaches can have an enormous impact because they are ideally suited to do that kind of work with people and they’re trained and behavior change and coaching psychology. They understand the obstacles to making these kinds of changes that people face and they’re trained in how to work with those obstacles and the reality is we can quickly train a lot more health coaches in a short period of time to be able to work with people, than we can new doctors. We already have a shortage of primary care providers and that’s only predicted to get worse in the next 10 or 20 years. So I firmly believe that health coaches are going to be a big part of this solution and we absolutely need them.

But the currently available trainings, many of them are great and have a lot of positive aspects to them but I really want to train people in this framework that we’ve been talking about so far.

SANDI: Yeah I’ve gone through the the ADAPT program and I have to say it’s really good. Actually it’s amazing. It’s so well structured and you get everything you need for your practice so I would advise every functional medicine practitioner to take it. It’s really worth it.

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