In 2016, my husband and I read an article suggesting that increasing avocado consumption could cure cancer. We’re both doctors, and we knew the article wasn’t true. Around the same time, many patients were coming to me to fact-check dodgy health information they encountered on social media. This was when I knew there was a real need for solid, reliable healthcare knowledge coming from a qualified source.
When I started posting on The Wholesome Doctor website and Instagram, I focussed on bite-sized building blocks to help people make important lifestyle changes. I try to inject a little humour and personality in these posts, because that’s who I am. It’s an important part of this project – reminding people that healthcare can be fun.
This approach is similar to how I treat my patients in the real world: I try to empower them to take charge of their health. I want people to know that they have full control over their risk of chronic diseases and cancer, their mental health and more. I’m just here to provide them with the building blocks to do it.