Age Management Medicine, Dr Kelli Cobb, School Of Medicine discussed on Nourish Your Health at every age
This podcast series will focus on how people of all ages may achieve optimal health and wellness. Our guest. Today is Dr Kelli Cobb. A board certified internal medicine physician and owner of Nourish Med spa in Lafayette Louisiana. Board eligible and geriatrics. Doctor COBB is certified in age management medicine and has extensive experience in treating women's health issues. Her career in medicine has been driven by her interest in the complexities that influence mind body and health a graduate of the School of Medicine. Dr Cobb holds degrees from the University of Texas in Psychology Humanities and Communications Dr Cobb Kelly. Welcome to nourish your health. Thank you yes your background fascinates me and I do want to say. This is our first episode of Nourish. Your health at every age in honestly couldn't think of a better gas to have one because you not only bring health and wellness to people. But it's a holistic approach which I think more and more people are understanding that. That's the key to good health. So if you would tell us your background. I know you're from Lafayette. Can you tell us about your background? Absolutely I grew up here and graduated from as tm in about nineteen eighty. Eight and Back then I was just occasion girl. You know eating Having Fried Fish on Saturdays and hush puppies and homemade ice cream so I grew up. You know surrounded by all the Great Cajun Food and Does Rodney and you know the the culture that we we enjoy And during that time I was exposed to You know illness in my own family So it definitely I think kind of triggered that initial Interest and Set off kind of that that Discovery Process what what happens to people. You know all of a sudden My Grandmother Developed Alzheimer's and So that was really you know hard to watch and And other family members having other illnesses but that one really stuck out to me and really started my quest to kind of understand how the mind and body are connected right and your father was yeah. It's my job. Is this decision. Yeah he was a kind of a pioneer Of sorts in our area. I think he was orthopedist. And always try to develop new techniques. Very open to new techniques. my grandmother was a nurse Since she was an army nurse She was from Oklahoma and so is around All of her health and wisdom she was very much involved in And I guess offering and teaching me a different way of message. We had a greenhouse. She was always telling me. What seven vegetables did you eat today? You know so. It was a total different side His family right. Yeah so you. Did you know you were going to go to med? School does majoring in psychology humanities and communications now I probably not Just took the cat. Yeah I I'm a lifelong learner. I Love I love school. I love learning I was always very interested in science and found found fast but I was very interested in writing and humanities and all the things that influence a person's I guess development and identity and how they interface with the world So that was a big passion As I was going through college just exploring all the different things that influence identity So I studied philosophy in history and economics and all kinds of things Austin was a fabulous place to learn. It was Full of new ideas and at least for me growing growing up here There was a lot of emphasis on healthy eating mayor. A lot of emphasis on alternative type of treatments so I was Very much turned on by what was going on there. I did a lot of neurology. Research probably driven by my interest in In urological disease so I did get exposed to How the brain was very involved in In the body's health right so then you return to Louisiana and went to school. Lsu Medical School in New Orleans. What was that like? Oh it was one of the best times of my life I really enjoyed The intersection of everything going on there. At the time the music the food the science Patients were fabulous. I learned so much from taking care of the people down there and they were so generous with their. You know sharing their illness and what was going on with them. So I think it was a little bit of a shock to my system at the time Of how how ill that was. Probably my real exposure to real serious illness and how community is so important to both the contribution and the origin of the illness but also the solution And how we can turn around health for people with the right Multidisciplinary approach you know. It's it's not just the doctor that's important It's everyone in that person's environment to that makes a difference so as you were training I I remember the charity. Hospital system is that that's how you absolutely day still like that. We don't call it that but you really seeing people. That didn't have much in the way of resources. And probably had very serious by your. We were definitely exposed to you. Know very ill people and You know we had to Integrate their where they were. You have to meet the patient where they are where. What is your understanding of their illness? And what are they capable of doing when they leave the hospital It was definitely an eye opener for me. How much community matters to health? I know you've shared with me that you partner with your patients and as I'm listening to your words thinking about you as a younger physician training Did you know that she wanted to go into internal medicine? Did you feel a connection with that or has this been a journey for you? Yeah I think I I like the idea of being a detective and I think that's why internal medicine Always Kinda stayed my passion. I'm interested in so many other things but that to me is where I can. Maybe make the most impact You know most of us have our own journey with wellness in with illness and when I went to residency That's when I started having my own health issues and of course running into walls like okay. Well there's nothing wrong with you. There's nothing wrong with you. And that's when I found a doctor lamb. He is a pioneer common functional mess in Age Management Medicine. And that's when I started exploring. Well what's really going on behind the scenes? What's what are the root causes of of what was going on? And that was My intro to kind of studying functional medicine. Every year residency at emory was very intense. It was very much about same a continuation of the neurons experience. A lot of people We had two floors of HIV. We're doing very seriously ill. Yes yeah But at the same time There was a lot of public health influence there and a lot of influence on Trying to make a difference in their lives as well So that was kind of when I started exploring the functional medicine world and looking beyond what you know what we were just learning to be like what else. There's gotTa be more to the story. How do you define functional medicine? Could you explain what that is I guess to me it's just kind of root cause medicine If you think about allopathic medicine or you know the medicine that were trained and we're looking at The End Organ Disease Right. So we're studying diabetes. Were studying Stroke we're standing corner or diseases or end Oregon diseases and a times. That's especially in training when we're dealing with very ill people. That's what we're working on. We're working let's reverse this illness. Let's treat these emergencies. Let's get this person You know back on track Functional Medicine is more before you get to that in Oregon illness. What are the imbalance is going on? In a person's energy systems or hormones Their nutrition their psychological issues There's that's kind of. I guess if you look you think of as a tree. The leaves are going to be the end organ. Diagnosis the imbalances are going to be kind of what's going on in the trunk. And then the route which is also kind of the psychosocial influences So you know I think when I approach patients. I'm thinking about the whole. Obviously I'm always thinking about what's the most serious thing. That's what I want to focus on first and get that addressed but at the same time And that's why to me. The relationship is so important because when you get to know the person you really get to understand how they're able to communicate what their what their symptoms are. It's very difficult for a person to walk into a room. They're meeting ME FOR THE FIRST TIME. And they've gotta just barrel and be like okay so it does take a little while to You know I call it autonomy. It's that gap between with a person's trying to say in in language you know that's a very interesting part of medicine because I'm waiting for the patient. Tell me what's what's wrong. Yeah All of medicine especially functional MRI infamous is a lot about listening and a lot about learning about the patient And trying to get out of them. What's what's wrong So it's kind of that detective work and I think looking at it from an Having a as a partner and also about all of the influences really opens up the conversation And I think it helps the patient really open up access to what's wrong with them or maybe a better vocabulary to help the the doctor the practitioner Access you know their inner world Because you can't do it for us. We can present to you but you can't. You can't make our choices. We have to write off and and what maybe some more positive choices that would lead to better health. Yeah enjoy educating people about you know you. What did they enjoy in? How can we modify what they're doing I obviously if there's a danger situation we're going to focus on that right away and get that taken care of But there's so many Especially in our community. I think we've really were opening up all of the other Healing Modalities That are available to people. It's amazing to me Over the course of my life to see the the changes in an understanding of week we can take control of our health not in all cases but I mean in many cases and one of the things that motivated me to do. This podcast was the experience I had in life similar to you where my parents were both diabetic and they experienced just horrific Problems my dad was a double amputee. Lost both legs I don't know that it could have been prevented in the long haul but I know he didn't make choices to monitor his health and by the time things went wrong they really went wrong fast. And My mother had similar things with congestive heart failure and kidney failure and to stand by and watch that it just it was frightening and I know now it was just choices. They made throughout their lives. You know just everyday choices right right. I think it's so important to Teach people as early as we can about the choices in a ballot the options and about Especially about nutrition and what that does Both positive and negative to The organs I spent a lot of time with my patients talking about gut health and Gut Restoration and helping them understand about sugar and the impact. That sugar has Nobody wants to hear. I thought so You know we got eighty twenty rule. Try To be good. Eighty percent of the time But there's been so much Improvement I think in the market in terms of what's available people now that they're definitely opening up to other options and I think with our community you know it's got to be a community effort because we're so social and I think as as people start helping each other and and Learning together then it becomes more fun and then.