Bridging the Gap Between Mainstream and Holistic Health | Troy Casey, Certified Health Nut
"Why Integrity is the key to wisdom, health and everything else."
Today on BEST MEDICINE we’re speaking to a truly one-of-a-kind character, Troy Casey, AKA The Certified Health Nut.
Troy is an ex-Versace Model and Actor who rededicated his life to healing the Earth and humanity with holistic health and environmentally friendly approaches to living and organizing society.
He is a CHEK Practitioner, movement and breathwork coach, and an author of #RippedAt50.
We talk about how people in the “holistic health” and “establishment medical” communities can better co-operate for the sake of the patient.
The key principle to helping the professions unite and to helping our patients is integrity. Moral integrity, and integrity of our bio-psycho-social systems.
Speaking to Troy was fascinating to me. I was introduced to him by my Producer, who said “I have a feeling you two will get along even though you’re total opposites” and he was right!
You don’t get much more of opposites in terms of appearance. I’m a certified physician with a D.O. and I work in a hospital system in the city.
Troy is a holistic health coach with a long beard who does ice bath and breathwork meetups in the mountains.
But we’re both steadfastly dedicated to liberty, human health, environmental sustainability, and telling the truth in our content.
We’re both around the same age (mid 50s) and relate to each other in the strangest of ways.
I only spoke to the man for an hour, and after looking up some of his practices online, I sure don’t know if I could give my “Doctor’s Seal of Approval” to all of his techniques or teachings, but he’s a genuinely good man with good intentions and he’s quite entertaining as well.
I hope you enjoy this episode with Troy Casey!
ANCIENT GREEK HEALTH WISDOM
The Greeks have the concept of “Gnosis, Praxis, Telos” — to know, to do, to become.
It’s one thing to know a bunch of facts. Several holistic health practitioners AND establishment doctors can fall prey to thinking they “know” what’s best because of their countless hours of study.
But Praxis and Telos are missing. It’s not enough to know something if you can’t do it. And it’s not enough to do something if it doesn’t properly aid who you’re becoming.
If you’re terribly overweight and at risk of heart attack or diabetes, there’s no way you don’t “know” that you should lay off the cookies and cakes.
There’s no way you don’t “know” that you should try going for walks or lifting weights. But you’re not DOING it.
The Greeks would say you’re not doing it because you’re not in integrity with who you’re becoming.
Perhaps deep down you have convinced yourself you aren’t the kind of person who exercises.
Or you’d like to eat better and work out but you can’t envision how that will fit into your career and family goals.
But if you were to realize “Not only is being obese going to kill me younger, but I actually want to be able to physically play with my kids, and be able to have energy for the work projects I’m going to be undergoing” then you’d be more likely to actually DO.
Action and change only happen when you can connect knowledge and ideas to the idea of WHO you’re becoming.
That’s something the Greeks knew and it’s something many of us forgot.
But it opens the bigger question of “Who am I?”
And then if you can’t figure that one out, you have the bigger question of “How do I go about figuring out who I am if I don’t know who I am?”
The difficulty and pain behind those questions are the cause of anxiety. Anxiety is usually the thing we seek to numb with out bad habits and lack of action.
Troy Casey told me that he was living that way as an actor and model. But when he realized the answer to “Who is Troy Casey?” was “the man meant to make an impact in healing our planet and it’s people” that he was able to change his life very easily.
“Telos,” or the guiding divine purpose of life, is certainly a religious idea. It’s deep stuff, and it’s not necessarily something you’ll figure out right away.
But it’s important to think about being in moral integrity with who you were meant to be, so that in your day to day life all of your brilliance can manifest in concrete, productive actions.
So why is it that I’m likely the only doctor who has ever given you this advice? Why is someone like Troy Casey, a “holistic health quack” (by all “respectable” standards) dispensing that wisdom for free on my podcast?
Why aren’t the doctors, teachers, political leaders, etc. who get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars giving that message?
Well, there’s a simple answer, and it has to do with integrity.
MIND BODY INTEGRITY and SELLING OUT
In the medical world there is a tendency to “analyze” instead of think in systems.
If you have an infection most doctors would prescribe an antibiotic to kill the infectious bacteria.
Problem A occurs at Location B, so Prescription C is deployed.
But the body doesn’t work that way. The body is complicated, and is several systems and parts coming together to create a bio-psycho-social human being.
When we treat parts of the body, we are actually injecting variables into your body, mind, and your whole life.
Prescribing antibiotics for an infection might sound fine on paper, but what happens when you take it and the “side effect” of killing the healthy gut flora in your digestive track happens?
Then you aren’t digesting food or sleeping as well. Your hormone levels and circadian rhythm are off.
Your mental health and cognition abilities are impacted. But the infection is gone!
Thinking exclusively in reductive or analytical ways is one of the biggest flaws of our medical system.
The cure can not be worse than the disease.
The Holistic Health folks get a lot of flack from the Establishment.
People like the Certified Health Nut get called “quacks” because they prescribe preventative lifestyle fixes to problems before they arise. They try to preserve bio-psycho-social integrity.
Where the doctor gives the antibiotic to cure the infection, the holistic health coach teaches exercise, diet, sleep, hydration, mindset, self-education, gardening/cooking, breathing, and psychology to help recover and rebalance the “cured patient” who took the antibiotics who now lives with a destroyed gut flora and several resulting negative outcomes.
I respect the principles behind the work of the Holistic Health people because they’re more effective at getting people to not see me in the first place.
What good am I to a patient if I tell someone with diabetes “Well you shouldn’t eat so much sugar.”
Where was I 6 months to 6 years ago when they could have been prevented from having diabetes?
Well I was busy doing something profitable.
A patient is not profitable to the medical system until they ignore best practices and need to be “fixed” with a cure (that’s worse than the solution).
I spoke in this episode about how I, and many other doctors, have “sold out.”
And it’s true! I get paid 6 figures a year to wait until you’re already sick to give you cures that will often leave you broken in other ways.
That’s a choice every doctor makes. And many of us continue to do good work in spite of it.
We’re not bad people, at least not all of us. The system we work in has it’s incentives all messed up, and we’re caught up in it like everyone else.
But there’s a meta-point to be made here.
Once I *realized* I was participating in this system, then it was no longer the systems fault. It was something I was doing willingly. This ever so slightly put me out of moral integrity.
Moral integrity is just one part of bio-psycho-social integrity and health.
In order to give health to others, I have to be living as my best self, in every possible modality.
This is why I’m launching my new cash-only telehealth clinic, Wellspring. Here’s the quick-and-dirty details.
If you are an American, you can go to Wellspring Care and book a time to speak to a doctor (it could be me or one of my trusted colleagues). You can speak to us for $50.
The purpose of the call can be whatever you want.
If it’s to seek medical consultation in a preventative sense, to do a routine Q+A or check up, or if you are exhibiting symptoms and would like a prescription/guidance, we will see you for $50 whether you have insurance or not.
I repeat: Any American can directly speak to a doctor for $50 about anything within scope of practice regardless of insurance status. If we can’t help you then your appointment is fully refundable and we will refer you elsewhere.
I feel proud to offer this to the world. I feel back in moral integrity with my craft, and hope to aid all Americans find good health and integrity in their bio-psycho-social reality.