How to stay off my operating table

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How to stay off my operating table

"Health isn't about luck — it's about intentionality. But even if you're doing and saying all the right things, you might not be any closer to your goals. I know…
September 16, 2022

How to stay off my operating table

“Health isn’t about luck — it’s about intentionality. But even if you’re doing and saying all the right things, you might not be any closer to your goals.

I know because I was there.

As a heart surgeon, I was very good at following the rules.

But I was still morbidly obese.

I followed the food pyramid to a T.

I exercised for the recommended amount of time each day.

I thought I was doing everything right. And yet, my heart was at its breaking point.

I knew there had to be something more. So in 2015, I started digging into what modern science had to say about maintaining metabolic health.

And it changed my life.”

Philip Ovadia is a cardiothoracic surgeon and author of Stay off My Operating Table: A Heart Surgeon’s Metabolic Health Guide to Lose Weight, Prevent Disease, and Feel Your Best Every Day.

He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, “How to stay off my operating table.”

This episode is sponsored by the Stanford Physician Leadership Certificate Program.

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