Speak Up For Your Health

Speak Up For Your Health

A podcast empowering you to advocate for the medical care you want and need

Overcoming Weight Bias: A Clinical Psychologist’s Perspective

Is obesity a mental health issue? Is it “right” for people to take the new obesity drugs if they aren’t obese but simply want to lose weight? This episode is not a patient story, but the perspective and experience of a clinical health psychologist who specializes in eating and weight-related issues. Dr. Robyn Pashby talks about the vicious shame-blame cycle of obesity and how patients have autonomy when discussing weight with their doctor. Key Takeaways: Erase a FAULT mindset. Yes, obesity is complex…but it's not someone's fault. Shaming and blaming yourself – or others – simply makes it worse. This bias is embedded in our society, but you have control of your own mindset. Ask for consent. Robyn talked about the importance of clinicians asking permission from patients before talking to them about their weight. But, asking for consent also applies when you approach a friend, a sibling, a parent, a spouse, or even your child who is struggling with weight or body image issues. Ask their permission and be ready to accept and respect “no” as an answer. Links: More about Dr Robyn Pashby: Robyn's Instagram: @robynpashbyphd Get in touch with Archelle Email: [email protected] Instagram: Facebook:
April 2, 2024

Ozempic: Miracle Drug or Lifestyle Crutch? Joe’s Story

Doctors often talk about the medical complications associated with obesity, but it's rare to hear from patients about their experience with this condition and how hard it is to navigate through the healthcare system. In this episode, Joe shares his story about finding the right medical care (including the use of weight loss drugs) and losing over 100 pounds.  Links Survey of medical school deans and obesity education: NYT Article, "One Size Fits All…." Mediflix Documentary: Email: [email protected] Instagram: Facebook:
March 19, 2024

SUFYH: First 10 Episodes Recap (and what I learned)

Listening to guest's stories taught Archelle even more about how to advocate. Key takeaways from the first 10 episodes of Speak Up For Your Health. Links Email: [email protected] Instagram: Facebook:
March 5, 2024

Challenging Standard Birth Practices: Georgia’s Story

Is childbirth a natural event for moms to direct...or a medical situation for doctors to control? Georgia, a labor and delivery nurse, had the experience to know how she wanted to deliver her own children, but it took a few rounds of advocating before she got it.  Links: Instagram: Facebook:
February 20, 2024

The Twists, Turns & Complexities of Cancer Treatment

A new cancer diagnosis often comes with shock, fear, and then dozens of micro-decisions. They range from “Do I need a second opinion?“ to “Is there something less aggressive we can try first?” And, for some, "This isn't the treatment response we expected, now what?" Some patients weigh in on every decision; others defer to their doctors. At age 42, Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer and weighed in every step of the way. How involved would you be?  Key Takeaway: Weigh in. Weigh in with information. Know the statistics on your specific cancer. Compare data on the risks and benefits of each treatment option, including the option of doing nothing. Weigh in after knowing all the alternatives, including clinical trial alternatives. Weigh in with insight and support from a patient care community. An online community is usually the easiest way to connect with people who share your health condition.  Links:  Clinical Trials: Rebel Health: Instagram: Facebook:  
February 6, 2024

Not Afraid to Ruffle Feathers: Kris’ Story (Part 2)

Each year, 400,000 hospitalized patients experience some type of preventable harm – and this does not include the near misses that don't result in a negative event. In Part 2, Kris kept a close eye on Dave's care even though he was stable, and she didn't hesitate to ruffle some feathers when preventable harm made her lose trust.  Key Takeaway: Keep advocating throughout the entire hospital stay. While doctors, nurses, and hospital staff try really hard to get things right, oversights and mistakes happen. When necessary, escalate. Calmly but persistently ask questions, demand answers and actions. If you ruffle some feathers, it's okay.  Losing trust in the medical care being delivered is stressful for everyone. Take action to get things back on track. Sometimes the only option is to transfer to another hospital.  Links:  Instagram: Facebook:  
January 23, 2024

The Choices I Made Determined My Husbands Survival: Kris’ Story (Part 1)

Do health care "miracles" actually exist? Or, are they the result of quick action and persistent advocacy? Kris and Dave, both 53, were enjoying their favorite TV show when Dave had a sudden cardiac arrest. Kris' choices - in that moment and during the next 2 months – determined Dave's fate.  Key Takeaway: Plan, Do, Act Get CPR certified. Studies consistently show that people who live in communities with higher rates of CPR certification have higher rates of survival after out of hospital cardiac arrest. Complete an Advanced Directive before you ever need one. In fact, everyone over the age of 18 should have one because bad things can unfortunately happen at any age.  Know your loved one's medical history and the medications they're on. It could save their life.  Links:  HospitalCompare: Instagram: Facebook:    
January 9, 2024

Cut the Red Tape: Get X-Ray Results…Now!

The complexity of the healthcare system often results in miscommunication, difficulty obtaining medical records, and delays in care. Kelsey shares her frustrating experience when she had a bout of abdominal pain but finally broke through the bureaucracy to get the surgery she needed.  Key Takeaway: Escalate You have a right to all your medical records including immediate access to your test results. The 21st Century Cures Act requires that patients have immediate electronic availability to nearly all test results, medication lists, and clinical notes. Don't use an urgent care as a substitute for having a primary care physician. While urgent care clinics are great for simple problems like sore throats and urinary tract infections, establishing a relationship with a regular doctor will assure some continuity. Contracts between your health insurer and in-network providers often prohibit the provider from requiring up-front payment.  Links Instagram: Facebook:
December 26, 2023
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Speak Up For Your Health

Advocating for your health is important, but it’s not easy.

In Speak Up For Your Health, Dr. Archelle Georgiou talks with patients about how they overcame feeling intimidated by today’s complex medical system and used their voice to finally get the care they needed.

These personal stories along with Archelle’s practical tips will empower you to have a balanced (non-paternalistic) relationship with your healthcare provider.


Archelle Georgiou, MD

Archelle Georgiou, MD

Physician, author, and health journalist, Dr. Archelle Georgiou has helped thousands of people get better medical care by showing them how to advocate for themselves. In Speak Up For Your Health, Archelle interviews real patients about how they overcame feeling intimidated by today’s complex medical system and used their voice to finally get the care they needed. Listen to a new guest tell their story every 2 weeks.

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