#FWOTM: Aanchal Bhatia, Empowering Patients to Take Control of their Own Healthcare

AanchalEvery month we feature a woman who is changing the world for the better and inspiring others to discover and develop the best within themselves. September’s Fierce Woman, Aanchal Bhatia, is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and patient advocate, whose new book teaches people how to become the CEO of their own health and use conscious living as a tool to enrich their health and lives, both holistically and naturally.

The premise for her new book, “Your Doctor is Not God”, is that one of the greatest issues within healthcare is the split between science and spirituality. Patients have entrusted their healthcare to doctors instead of actively taking the time to understand and manage their health in a comprehensive way.

Her book focuses on the power of conscious living and the power of the mind, providing simple steps to recognize and overcome the larger dependence on Western medicine. Several of the chapters explore elements of ancient healing like meditation and mindfulness, the importance of yoga, and the healing properties of ayurveda, herbs, acupuncture, and other CAM therapies to extend longevity by keeping the mind calm and the body active.

Aanchal Football Program

In addition to her groundbreaking self-help book, Aanchal has founded Texas Medical Concierge to revolutionize patient care, incorporating mental healthcare at all levels of the process. She has also facilitated a partnership with the Breathe Easy India Trust to give low-income patients access to second opinions and world-class care, regardless of price. As part of our #FierceWomenFunded project, we’re donating a portion of September’s online sales to their Football for Health program in one of Delhi’s urban slums. To learn more about the project and gain some more insights from Aanchal, continue reading our following exclusive interview with her –

“Your Doctor is Not God” is a very intriguing title; can you expand upon why you chose it.

I come from a part of the world, India, where most doctors are worshiped as Gods. Being in the healthcare business and a victim of the healthcare system, I was appalled by the egos of many doctors and the apathy of many patients . I wanted people to wake up and see the reality that doctors are mere humans and that patients have a large role to play with regards to their own health and disease.

You explore the differences between healing and curing; what elements are missing from modern medicine that lead to this discrepancy?

In my understanding, curing happens at a symptomatic level and healing happens at the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels. Ancient civilizations have left traces of this evidence. Our preoccupation with Western medicine is often at the expense of spiritual truth. While the way medicine is practiced may be different today, certain knowledge, natural laws, and truths have remained eternal – the functioning of the mind, body, and spirit is a constant that remains unchanged.

Healthcare today is focused on illness care but the WHO’s definition of health is complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of infirmity. How many doctors or hospitals focus on this true essence of health and easing disease at all levels?

How do you suggest people go about healing themselves? What three strategies do you suggest people can try?

The first step towards healing is accepting responsibility for your health and disease. Awareness is key. The more we understand our deeper self and truly become super-concious patients, the healthier or happier our lives will be. Since this is an abstract concept, you can try the three following behavioral solutions:

  1. Identify who the key people are that help you stay healthy. First, decide who is the CEO of your health. It should be you! Then think about assigning the following roles – Who is your  Chief Nutrition Officer (CNO)? Who are your Chief Psychology Officer (CPO), Chief Intellectual Officer (CIO), Chief Spirituality Officer (CSO) and Chief Fitness Officer (CFO)

  2. Maintain your medical records and history yourself, as these help you become aware and help doctors treat you better

  3. Don’t believe your doctors are infallible. Take credible second opinions and once you have gone about the healing process in a systematic way, support your doctor with the right information and communication to treat you better.

At Maxim Hygiene, we define a Fierce Woman as a “glorious female creature whose idea of beauty is hinged upon the idea that she can change the world with each choice, each moment and each breath of her life.” Who in your life is a Fierce Woman and why? 

I agree with your definition and I am on a mission to bring about change in the world of healthcare but I do not have one glorious female creature there are so many who inspire me like princess Diana , Queen Rania , Mother Teresa but the true person who was the fierce force was my grandfather Late Raj Narian Kapoor . He sparked the fire in me.

As part of the #FierceWomenFunded campaign, we’ll be donating a portion of our online sales this month to the charity of your choice, Breathe Easy India. Please explain how you intend to use the funds raised and a bit about your organization and its goals.

The Breathe Easy India Trust is India’s first not-for-profit organization focused on creating a respiratory health revolution. Our social initiatives include creating respiratory support groups and developing play-based interventions for changing social behavior.

One of our goals this year is to launch our Football for Health project for underprivileged children in Bhawanpooran, one of Delhi’s urban slums, mostly inhabited by rag pickers. The objective is to use sport as a medium to focus on the holistic development of children, ensure they remain healthy, and are aware of key issues relating to their health resulting from poor air quality.

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Help us, help Aanchal, help India breath more easy with your next purchase of Maxim Hygiene organic and natural personal care products at our online store. Just enter the following coupon code at check out and you’ll get 10% off your next order and we’ll donate 10% of the sale to Breath Easy India: AANCHAL

This offer is valid now through December 31st, 2016 at www.maximhy.com only. This is a one time offer that can not be combined with any other offers, is not valid on shipping charges, not applicable to prior or pending orders and no adjustments can be made on previous purchases. Other restrictions may apply. Feel free to use the discount as many times as you like through the end of the year so that every purchase you make to feel better about your personal care can help make a difference in someone else’s health as well!

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