The Time I Fired My Doctor (And Important Private Consulting Changes)

Pic of Doctor

Pic of Doctor

It was 2007.  My Doctor looked up from my chart and lowered his voice… “I’m sorry, I don’t know what to tell you.  Don’t eat gluten.  There’s nothing else you can do when you have this autoimmune disease.  You’re going to be sick.”


The next Doctor?


The next Doctor?

He was the first to admit, “I don’t know what to do, let’s keep doing tests and see what shows up.”

But eventually… he was fired too.

That’s when I got desperate and started consulting with Functional and Integrative practitioners over the phone.  I was so fed up that I was willing to pay practitioners hundreds of dollars an hour to talk to me on the phone, because I believed there must be someone out there that ‘gets it’.  I was skeptical the entire time… but it worked.  These people didn’t shrug their shoulders at me.  They didn’t tell me there was nothing they could do.  They actually helped me get better.  They understood my chronic illness.

They got reliable tests done.  They killed parasites.  They fixed my hormones.  They tweaked my diet.

And for the first time, I had hope I could get healthy…

That’s why Steve and I created SCD Lifestyle 5 years ago; to give you hope.  The hope we didn’t have when we were sick.  The hope that you can get better and that others like you are getting better.  You’re not alone.  There is something you can do about it.

At SCD Lifestyle, everything we do starts with our core question: “If we could go back in time and help ourselves 7 years ago, what would we do? What did we need?  How could we get better faster?”

It’s from that place that we wrote our book and created our meal plans.  It’s also why we completed the Functional Medicine Mentorship with Dr. Kalish so we could understand this more deeply.

At this point, I feel we’ve succeeded in answering our core question in some ways and failed in others.

For example: I remember when we were sick, sometimes the life-changing practitioners we were working with got so overbooked there was a 3-month waiting list.  I’ll never forget Steve and I complaining about how frustrating it was not being able to book an appointment with the people we needed most.

It was something we hated… and something we never wanted for our private clients.

But here we are.  It’s been such a gift to help over 400 private 1-on-1 clients in the last 16 months.  To see people’s lives completely change.  To see the impact it has on their families.  To see people with hope again.

But right now we’re booked up solid and our returning clients have to wait 3-months to get an appointment.

On the one hand it’s a gift and something we’re grateful for.  On the other hand, it’s completely unacceptable because it’s that same frustrating situation we were in years ago as clients.

So again, we’re asking the core question: “If we could go back in time and help ourselves 7 years ago, what would we do?”

The answer is simple…

We’re closing our consulting practice (for right now)

The decision was difficult, but it’s the right one to make for our current clients.

We’re closing our consulting practice to so the ability to serve our current clients is acceptable for us. 

But there’s another, more important part to the core question.  Yes, the right thing to do at this point is to close our practice right now.  But a big reason we got healthy is we finally found people who could help us.  If those practitioners had closed their practice back then… we might still be sick, who knows?

This is also unacceptable for us.

There’s a limit to our ability to help people 1-on-1.  Both in the time we have available, and also because we’re not Doctor’s, so there’s only so much we can do in a consulting role.  Yet, there’s so many more people like us that need help from skilled practitioners.  For example: if we brought in 5 Licensed Functional Medicine Practitioners who share our beliefs and they help 400 clients a year for the next two years, that’s 4,000 lives we can change.

That’s why we’re on a mission to hire Licensed Functional Medicine Practitioners ASAP 

We’re going to bring in the best Licensed Functional Medicine Practitioners as quickly as we can find them.  Our goal is to find people that were trained by Dr. Kalish and know our work to create the best experience possible for our community.  It’s what we would have wanted 7 years ago.  With these new hand-picked practitioners on-board, we’ll be able to open the doors again to serve you with the best licensed practitioners out there.

The sooner we can find the BEST practitioners out there and bring them on-board, the sooner we can open the doors again.

What to do next:

1) If you’re currently a private client with us, please be patient as the returning appointment wait time improves over the coming weeks.

2) If you’d like to become a new client, please know we’re bringing in the best practitioners we can as quickly as possible and at that time, we will re-open the doors so you can book a case review with them.  Please sign up for the waiting list to be notified as soon as they’re accepting new clients:

–> New Client Waiting List Sign Up

Please know that you are the fuel that keeps us going.  You are the inspiration.  Hearing your stories of transformation and empowerment is what fills us up.  Thank you for being a part of this awesome community.

In good health,

– Jordan

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