By Valerie Driscoll, Lead Coach and Coaching Program Developer for Apollo Health
Bumps grow ever smooth,
When someone at the bottom
Has shown me the way.
Although the wonderful Customer Service Team at Apollo Health does most of the heavy lifting, as one of the lead coaches and a group facilitator, I will occasionally have a call with a PreCODE or ReCODE member struggling with one or more areas of the B7. The struggle is the knowledge required to make the next best step forward in the protocol and how to implement it into one’s life.
To many of those with whom I speak, I suggest enlisting the help of a coach along with one of our education or support groups where it seems appropriate. As coaching is still a young and often misunderstood field, a reply might include the following: Why do I need a coach? What will a coach do for me? Is a coach worth the cost?
My answer is always that coaching is an investment rather than a cost. I recently went skiing. I took a lesson, as I have done on almost every ski trip for the last 50 years. I do it because, with her expertise and skills, an instructor can make a few adjustments, and I will be a better skier. I will gain more confidence, tackle harder terrain, be safer, and not work as hard to get down the mountain. It never fails to improve my experience.
It is the same with coaches, who are often called “guides on the side.” As such, we help our clients maximize their results and or effort ratio.
Dr. Bredesen and the medical team consider a coach to be a vitally important part of reversing or preventing cognitive decline, especially in the case of a ReCODE member whose journey is both more complex and urgent. This is why each participant in the current study underway has a ReCODE 2.0 Certified Coach as a member of their team.
Here is just some of what we do:
● Coaches help clients break bad habits and replace them with healthier ones, like conquering the “just say no” foods, getting to bed on time, figuring out how to remember to take supplements, or teaching clients to meditate.
● As our coach training includes almost all of the practitioner-training educational material, coaches can help clients to understand all of the intricacies a practitioner may not have time to explain during a visit, such as why the timing of supplements is so vital during detox or why stress is affecting glucose levels.
● Coaches not only know the protocol but also the member portal and app. The portal is a wealth of information, yet so few members use it to its fullest potential or realize how much is at their fingertips. We help a client get the most out of this important investment, saving valuable time and much confusion.
● Coaches can be a liaison to a practitioner, delivering details and insight that a practitioner may not have the time to notice. A coach can also help a patient to be more informed and ask better questions, helping you to optimize the precious time spent with a practitioner. Some coaches’ services may include sending detailed notes to a practitioner to keep them up to date.
● A coach will remind a client that this work is hard and to be easy and kind to oneself, whether in the role of member or caregiver. Then, when it feels overwhelming, we can assure you that it is doable and worth the effort; we have seen the Bredesen Protocol in action over time with various clients, and we know that it works.
As you can see, a ReCODE 2.0 Coach can be an educator, motivator, synthesizer, translator, creative problem solver, listener, advocate, and even a cheerleader. However, If I had to pick one word, it would be seeker, for I see my colleagues as endless seekers. Many of them sought a non-mainstream manner of healing their own health issues and wound up here, doing this important work and seeking to prove naysayers wrong.
We have many trained ReCODE 2.0 Certified Coaches who would love to help you maximize your efforts with the Bredesen Protocol. You can find a coach that best fits your particular needs by using our coach locator tool here or by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Unlike many practitioners, almost all coaches work online, so wherever you are, there is a coach to help you.