Brad Jacobs, MD, MPH, ABIHM

Why I was laughed at in medical school (and why it didn’t bother me)

There will always be naysayers in one’s life. Dr. Brad Jacobs implores us to fight passed those people if we feel that something else can be done.

The Interview

There is not a single course that looked at lifestyle, self-care, or natural healing systems in my medical training — and I went to a pretty good medical school. You’d think they were cutting edge and they would be forward thinking about that.

I remember one time I finally had to gumption to raise my hand during one particular class and ask them about the concept of Chi. I had been doing martial arts for about two decades and I’ve experienced it multiple times, and I know it’s real. And I was laughed at, not only by the medical students but the faculty completely dismissed the concept that it was even a potential for a reality.

At that point, it made me really realize and be quite sad about the reality of what everyone’s world view was, which was; if I can’t understand it and it’s not able to be studied, it doesn’t exist. And not only that, but we’re going to have the arrogance to say it’s not even real and we’re going ridicule you for even bringing it up. Thankfully I sort of had the wisdom to know that was going to be the response, so I didn’t feel victimized. If anything, I felt sad for the system.

It’s real important to, on a daily basis, to find your sense of self and come back to your center place so that you can align your compass. Even if you don’t know where your compass is going, just to drop in yourself on a daily basis allows you to anchor and allows you to have the grounding that you need to then find your path. You have these instant moments where you know, “this is not a good fit and that is.” That allows you to start following your dreams even if they’re not fully realized yet or well articulated.

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