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EP77 - Healthcare Innovators – Helping Ourselves Stay Well with Scott Burgess (Part 2 of 2)

Trisha’s guest this week is Scott Burgess, as part of the healthcare innovator series. His practice focuses on helping ourselves stay healthy rather than use the healthcare system. I encourage you to listen to what he has to say and consider it without judgment or figuring out how you might be able to make dramatic lifestyle changes right away. In 30 days, perhaps you can listen again and see what speaks to you. Maybe try one new thing for a while, see how it works, and then listen again. If nothing speaks to you, the benefit of this medium is that you can simply turn it off.

I think we can all agree that change needs to occur in our expensive healthcare system in the U.S. that is not producing any better patient outcomes. Clinicians are burning out, and costs are becoming close to 20% of GDP and unsustainable. The answer to the question is not clear. We can listen to how some people are making changes and see if what they have to say speaks to us. This is part 2 of a 2-part episode with Scott.

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In this episode, we talk about…

[2:49] Justification and reasoning behind health choices and decisions

As you may recall from the previous episode, Scott keeps his life and his food intake very simple. If it has a label, he won’t eat it. If it’s not useful, he won’t eat it. He always leads off with, how is this useful? Humans instinctively have the ability to justify and reason, and most people will find a way to justify and reason about anything.


[4:21] End of life care

If you look at the traditional, or what Scott calls the inserted, healthcare system, a lot of money is spent on end of life. There is a lot of fear associated with the end of life. Scott suggests watching a movie called The Goodbye to delve deeper into autosuggestion.

Earlier in our conversation, Scott told us that the three causes of death are trauma, poison, and autosuggestion. Autosuggestion is a way to insert a fear, and create predictability on behavior or pulling out information. How many times have we heard the story that a doctor will give someone X number of months to live, and they die within weeks?


[7:16] Your body is smarter than you

So with the end of life costs, Scott simply says that someone found a way to make money. He recently read The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton, stating that if you change the environment you change your life. The body is not only smarter than you think, but it’s smarter than you. That is really important for people to understand. 

Your body’s number one goal is to survive. You can wake up with gratitude because you have satisfied your organism. After that, you have two roles. You have to protect the heart and the brain at all costs. The brain, ultimately, is just a computational device that runs the system to make sure the heart is protected.

The Biology of Belief shows not only that understanding, but it also talks about how independent systems are running over due to fight or flight responses. We see this a lot right now due to what is happening with COVID.  While we call anxiety attacks mental health disorders, they really stem from deep-rooted fear where people wonder if life is not worth living. Why?  Because they believe in someone else’s story.  Your adrenals, intestinal system, and reproductive systems all will take certain hits for the body to make sure it is achieving the goal of protecting the heart and then protecting the brain. 


[9:41] Taking control of wellness

Your body needs to be alkaline and within a balanced emotional state. After a really good cry, for example, you feel so much better. You feel more in touch with yourself because you dumped everything that is going on.  This is also why we need good sleep, and why we should turn our cell phones off at certain times in order to calm down.

Scott shares that he doesn’t have a set pattern for everything, but rather ebbs and flows based on what his body needs that day.  If he feels hungry, he eats. If he feels thirsty, he drinks.  If he feels tired, he sleeps. In the morning, the brain is in beta and therefore more open to suggestion. Scott wakes up between 4:00-4:30 A.M. and engages in heavy learning in the morning. From there, he goes into his workday and works for about five hours per day. Then he will eat lunch, and then engage in exercise or movement (exercise tends to have negative connotations for certain personality types).

The biggest takeaway is that most people are not assessing how they feel throughout the day. They do things because they think they have to or because they are told to do them, and they are not thinking independently or listening to what their bodies tell them they need.

Scott’s last bite of food is at 6:00 P.M. After this time, your cortisol is coming down because of your circadian rhythm. If you eat after that time, you may have a more difficult time falling or staying asleep. The dream state actually helps your body get rid of mental waste, and your body needs to be at rest for that to happen.  

Most days, Scott is fasting between 14-16 hours so his body can process what should be there and what shouldn’t.  Water also helps with this reset, as our bodies are so dependent on water. At times, Scott will decide his body needs a 24 hour fast once every two weeks or so.  

Scott also shares that his phone is on silent by 6:00 P.M. and off by 8:00 P.M. He may watch one TV show at night, and from there he will listen to some kind of white noise. He also enjoys listening to Dr. Wayne Dyer, so he goes to bed with positive words. Scott isn’t big on affirmations, but rather he prefers positive experiences, understanding who we are, and being our authentic selves.

Rather than relying on healthcare, Scott relies on himself.  He sees healthcare as managed sick care and attempts to manage disease underneath the CPT 10 code.  He didn’t want to live that way. In his healing practice, for example, he has a client with diverticulosis.  Scott doesn’t look at the definition of diverticulosis but instead says, okay, you have inflammation to the gut. What’s really going on there? His client’s emotional system was overloaded and as they have worked to unload that, her swelling went down and she realized that what she ate was impacting how she was feeling physically.


[19:06] Illness prevention

You can’t start until you begin. If you’re beginning at day 1 taking a mile jog, you’re usually pretty sore on day two and day three because of delayed onset muscle soreness and new activity. Your body is acclimating and making sure there’s no injury. By day 30, if you’re running a mile, you’re flying through it. Realistically, your start point is day 30, not day 1. 

If people have different systems that are out of line, Scott tells them that they can’t start until they begin. He gets them through to the starting line where they don’t need him anymore. “I don’t want to be their babysitter,” he explains. “I don’t want to be their coach, frankly. I want to see them get well, and I want to see them repeat it.”

We have all been programmed to take a pill if we have a problem. From there, people turned to supplements to do it “naturally”. Scott just encourages us to drink water and ensure that we are alkaline. The common denominator in a lot of the fad diets these days is that there is usually no sugar. It’s a nice balance of fats and proteins, and letting your body break things down so they can evacuate naturally.

In our stressful lives, there is a lot of temptation to grab fast food or processed foods. People think these are providing energy or nutrition, but they really aren’t. We don’t need these kinds of food as much as we think we do, and Scott points out again that we can justify these things even though they aren’t useful to our bodies.


[24:05] How to connect with and learn more from Scott

Health 360 started off inside the healthcare market space and he is moving away from that. He will be rebranding the podcast to The Scott E. Burgess Show, and he will focus on health, wellness, and understanding how to use energy to live better. 

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