Today I am joined by my friend, Dr. Jordan Robertson! Dr. Robertson is the founder of Clarity Health Burlington, the host of the Women’s Health Unplugged Podcast and the curator of the funniest ND memes on her Instagram profile, @DrJordanND.
More than anything, however, Jordan is a critical thinker. She has a capacity to look at complex scientific issues and quickly pull out and discern what is relevant, what is evidence-based, and what we really need to know.
In our conversation, Jordan and I aim to take the elusive concept of “Let’s follow science,” and apply it to our everyday lives. Whether it’s conversations related to the pandemic, everyday headlines, or your particular health concerns, Jordan provides the framework you need in order to be able to think critically for yourself about the health information that is relevant to you vs. what you can leave by the wayside.
As a strong advocate for critical appraisal, Jordan truly goes deep in this episode and shares with us all that we need to know to really look at the evidence that is provided to us and ensure that it is applicable. We talk about women’s health, explore some of the myths that exist in the ecosystem, and how to ask the right questions to get the information that you need to improve the overall quality of your life.
[1:52] About today’s episode with Dr. Jordan Robertson.
[3:00] Welcoming Dr. Robertson to the podcast!
[3:24] More about today’s conversation with Dr. Robertson.
[4:28] Jordan shares about her career background and why she is particularly passionate and competent in this arena.
[8:57] Jordan speaks about the role of needing “to be right” plays in terms of the application of medicine at large.
[12:02] Jordan shares some of the ground rules and foundational pieces that we need to be aware of in relation to science, physiology, and the body.
[16:46] Biases at large that are informing consumer health in general that people need to be aware of.
[23:42] What we actually need to be testing with respect to women’s health and why we shouldn’t test all the things.
[31:17] What tests should we be running first? (And why this is an empowering question to ask your doctor.)
[37:30] Where individualized medicine fits into the landscape of the trial in terms of finding a middle ground.
[41:41] Dr. Jordan Robertson’s KPIs!
[47:16] Where to learn more about what Dr. Jordan Robertson is up to in this world!
[49:20] Thanking Jordan for joining the podcast!
[50:27] About next week’s solo episode.
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More About Dr. Jordan Robertson
Dr. Jordan Robertson is a Naturopathic Doctor, clinic owner, and author. Her background in critical appraisal and research led her to develop and implement courses on research in integrative medicine and nutrition at McMaster University for 10 years and has given her numerous speaking and education opportunities across Canada and the U.S.
Dr. Robertson has lectured for various groups including McMaster Medical School, The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian Fertility Show, The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the University of Waterloo Pharmacy school. She has also been a guest on multiple podcasts across North America discussing women’s health.
Dr. Robertson has a special interest in women’s health, including expertise on PMS, menopause, fertility, PCOS, and endometriosis. Dr. Robertson is the off-site Naturopathic Doctor for the McMaster Hospital Endometriosis Clinic and owns an integrative medical center, Clarity Health in Burlington Ontario. She also hosts the Women’s Health Unplugged Podcast and owns The Confident Clinician; an evidence-based education platform for integrative practitioners.
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As we have more information available to us and health becomes more democratized, our ability to understand how to listen to the information and the science that actually informs the headlines is going to become more and more critical to our success.
“People have a stance on what they think. … And information that gets presented to them that’s contrary to that — even if it’s … true — [will] have a very hard time shifting [their] mindset and belief base to even allow that information in.” — Dr. Jordan Robertson
“We’ve never given people awards for changing their mind — and really, we should.” — Dr. Jordan Robertson
“‘Don’t we care about all the answers to all the tests?’ Well, no, actually. We don’t care about all the things that can be tested. We can test lots of things that have no clinical relevance or no real meaning.” — Dr. Jordan Robertson
“When the practitioner puts themselves at the center of that individualized care, that’s when we skip steps in assessment.” — Dr. Jordan Robertson
“The part that health care is missing is: how do we individualize the solution to meet the person’s needs so that they can be successful? … I … think that’s where medicine needs to go.” — Dr. Jordan Robertson
“That’s my mission and purpose; … to create more evidence-informed practitioners and people so that they have the ability to navigate healthcare for themselves.” — Dr. Jordan Robertson