Health Mastery Course in Hong Kong in English
Learn how to prevent and manage health problems
This personalized and informal 1-to-1 course is designed to help you take control of your health and well-being. Our discussions will be tailored to your specific health needs and concerns, as well as those of your family and friends if you want to talk about them.
You'll gain a deeper understanding of your body's needs, how to interpret medical jargon and test results, and how to approach common long-term health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, cancer, dementia, and arthritis.
Our goal is to prepare you to become less dependent on medical institutions and take charge of your own health. We'll work together to develop a personalized plan that includes healthy lifestyle changes, how to prepare for meeting a doctor, what questions to ask, what tests you can ask them to perform, and how to think about their suggestions for taking medicine and undergoing medical procedures.
Understanding Medical Test Reports and Using Health Trackers
If you have medical test reports, such as blood tests, and want to understand them, we can go through them together. It's not easy to understand these reports because you need to know which tests are relevant and which ones are useless. For example, they often measure your fasting glucose level or your HgA1C but not your insulin level. High insulin level is a much earlier predictor of diabetes than the glucose level since your insulin starts to increase years before your blood sugar indicates prediabetes.
It's also important to understand the difference between the normal range and the optimal range of test results. Many people believe that if they are in the normal range, then everything is okay. However, experts don't always agree on what reference range reports should provide.
An acquaintance of mine had a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) level 3.43 mIU/L, which is well within the normal range, so the doctor was satisfied with the result. However, she went to another doctor and after a through examination and testing they found that she has Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease. She was smart enough to understand that in the previous place they did not have updated medical knowledge.
Reports often don't mention that there is an optimal range, which is much smaller than the normal range. For example, a blood sugar level of 5.6 mmol/L may be considered normal, but an optimal level may be closer to 4.4 mmol/L The normal range sometimes includes 95% of tested people, including many unhealthy ones with the tested disease.
We'll also discuss new personal digital medical technologies like smartwatches, Bluetooth blood pressure monitors, and more. You will learn how to gain useful information from them, make decisions based on analyzed data, and present data more effectively to your health care provider during your next consultation.
For example, my Fitbit watch and Omron blood pressure monitor sometimes indicated that I have an irregular heartbeat, specifically Atrial Fibrillation. I showed this information on my smartphone to the doctor who could make a better decision since during a 6-hour ECG test in the hospital I did not have palpitation and irregular beats because they happen only occasionally and not in conditions like in a hospital but when I feel hot or exercise intensively. So it's possible that in a hospital my problem would never show up.
All of this is about creating, understanding, requesting, and analyzing medical data so that you can make necessary decisions and changes rather than passively following doctors' orders.
Topics that can come up during the health course
During our one-on-one discussions, we'll cover a range of topics, including understanding your body, nutrition and diet, exercise and movement, sleep and rest, stress management and mindfulness, emotional well-being, and long-term health conditions.
We'll also cover how to reduce toxins in our body and environment. This includes understanding nutritional information on food package labels, identifying and avoiding toxins in food such as artificial sweeteners, preservatives, flavorings, food coloring, emulsifiers, seed oils, hormones, antibiotics, animal hormones, and trans fats.
We'll discuss the potential dangers of personal hygiene products such as deodorants, perfumes, makeup, toothpaste, hair dye, skin moisturizers, and lipsticks.
We'll learn how to minimize exposure to environmental toxins, including microplastics, air and water pollution, and secondhand smoke. We'll discuss the many chemicals we use in our households like washing detergents, sprays, insect killers, furniture polishers, and air fresheners. We can look into how electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) impact with our brains and bodies.
We'll understand the impact of biological chemicals such as hormones and how they can become toxic in certain situations.
Furthermore, we'll discuss how to protect, feed, and take care of our microbiome so it can take care of us.
Examples of How My Clients Have Changed Since Taking the Course
Some clients have made significant changes in their lives since taking the course. One client came to a lesson with a butterfly mark on her face and felt unwell. I suggested that she see a doctor because it could be lupus, and it turned out that she did have lupus.
Another student started going out for runs twice a week; she didn't do this before. She feels much better and can run longer distances even though she didn't lose weight. Prior to the course, she lacked the motivation to start exercising regularly, but now she has been able to incorporate it into her busy routine.
Another person who was overweight started to change her diet and move towards eating only twice a day. She reduced processed food and some carbohydrates. As a result, she has more energy, and her asthma occurs much less often.
A secondary school student sometimes felt dizzy when he suddenly stood up and he just accepted this for years. I explained that he might have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) which partially can be caused by depleted B vitamins caused by eating too much empty processed carbs like bread, biscuits, sugar, chocolate, spaghetti etc. He immediately cut back these foods and within a few weeks his problem almost totally disappeared.
These changes show how my clients are taking control of their health and making positive changes in their lives. They are allocating more time and attention to their health, becoming more aware of what's going on in their bodies and their environment, and shifting their values from feeling good in the present to feeling good, healthy, and energetic in the future. They understand that everything in the body and the environment is interconnected and that everything is much more complex than they thought. They are learning that there are usually no simple solutions and that they need to change multiple aspects of their habits to improve their health.
Please note that I am not a doctor or medical professional. However, I am an enthusiastic individual who is passionate about improving my lifestyle and reducing the health problems that come up again and again. Since 2013, I have learned a lot by collecting data, watching YouTube videos, experimenting with different approaches to health and wellness.
I have had my own health problems and through this journey have learned how to communicate with doctors, ask relevant questions, and provide them with my own observation and measurements. My mission is to help others take control of their health by sharing what I have learned and helping them make informed decisions about their health.
My Health Philosophy
My health philosophy is that if we treat our bodies nicely by providing them with all the necessary nutrition, vitamins, and minerals while avoiding poisoning and toxification with unhealthy food and habits, our bodies can handle most of life's challenges. Of course, there are factors such as genetics that we cannot control, but we can do a lot to help our bodies. Ultimately, we are the ones responsible for our own health – not the doctors, the health care system or the pills and supplements.
While doctors and medical professionals can provide useful information and general knowledge, it is up to us to manage our own health. We must use all available tools to make informed decisions regarding long-term degenerative diseases and health problems.
Western medicine is excellent for solving urgent short-term problems but for long-term life management, we must take responsibility. We should find time to learn about the newest science available by going online to find information because every day new information comes up, and we must stay updated.
Most health and disease issues are very controversial such as what food to eat or what causes different diseases and how to cure or manage them. However, through my own experiences and research, I have learned that there are things we can do to improve our health and well-being. My mission is to share this knowledge with others and help them take control of their health by making informed decisions and taking actions.