Why You Should Choose a Doctor Over a Health Coach

This video describes the differences between health coaches and doctors. It states that health coaches cannot diagnose a condition, provide comprehensive care, or prescribe medication like doctors can. It also explains that doctors have more resources and experience to provide evidence-based care, making them more reliable and trustworthy than health coaches.


  • A health coach is someone who wants you to get healthy, but they do not have the qualifications or credentials of a doctor.
  • A doctor can diagnose conditions and give comprehensive care that includes medication, referrals to specialists, and evidence-based treatment.
  • Health coaches do not have the same training or experience as doctors nor are they required to uphold confidentiality standards like doctors must.
  • It is important for people with health concerns to see a real doctor in order for their best interests and safety be taken into account when it comes to treatments and advice given about their condition(s).


So every time I jump on TikTok or Instagram, I’m seeing all these posts about people who are health coaches. What the heck is that? I never realized there is something out there called a health coach. I, I’m just kind of curious as to what qualifications you need to be a health coach. So what is a health coach? Do they help out with what’s going on?

Should you see them instead of an actual doctor? When this video today only give you nine reasons on why you should not see a health coach and see a doctor like me to get you taken care of. Guys, let’s talk about poop. How do y’all, Dr. Islam here, aka your Pooh guru, try to give you the best tips and tricks so you can live your best life from the top all the way down to the box you’ve covered already.

Don’t forget to smash down like button my experience. Subscribe. And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel where I can give you the best tips and tricks for your health from a real doctor so you can get the best information going straight to your inbox. All right, so what exactly is the health coach? Okay, here’s what I came up with.

A health coach is someone who wants you to get healthy, okay? I literally have no idea what this is. I tried to look up qualifications for this and I could not find anyone who could tell me exactly what you have to be to be qualified to be a health coach. I know if you wanna be a sports coach, all right, you may mayest some credentials for a doctor, okay? You need to go to med school for a physical therapist, all right? You need to go to PT school. But for health coach, apparently all you have to do is get on TikTok and Instagram, call yourself a health coach, take people’s money and then just spout out advice. Ah, so frustrating to me. No, I understand.

Most people are just not happy with the healthcare system. They wanna try and find a different means to get them feeling better. I’m all about getting you feeling better, but don’t go over nine reasons why you should not see a health coach and see a doctor instead. Number one, only a doctor can diagnose you with a condition. I am sorry. It doesn’t matter how many things you read on the internet.

A health coach cannot diagnose you with a condition. They cannot say you have Crohn’s, you have hypertension, you have diabetes, you have ibs. A doctor can only do that for you and they can actually give you exactly what’s going on. Number two, a doctor can give you a more comprehensive care about what’s going on. A health coach baby will talk about exercise, nutrition and then may be it. Well, guess what? You may need more than that. You may need exercise, you may need nutrition. You need me, you may need physical therapy, speech therapy. You may need to see neurologist. You actually may need medical therapy. Oh, I know the shocking of that. But a health coach to basically just give you maybe advice on nutrition and, maybe, I dunno, stress or whatever, they cannot give you the comprehensive care that a physician can do. Number three, a doctor can’t prescribe medication. I know you may not be the person who wants to be on medication, but if you have to be, that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s nothing wrong with taking medication. It is fine.

Some people need medications To to get them going. It is perfectly fine. Some people have the condition in which medical therapy is what we have. We’re in 2022. We have great technology that’s out there and we have technology to help you. A health coach cannot give you medication. In fact, that may take you off medications you should be on. I’ve seen this so often in my practice where I’ve had patients who need to be on a medication who stopped it because of a health coach and actually almost died.

Number four, you actually may need a referral to a specialist. A health coach can’t do that for you. They think they know what’s going on. Me as a doctor, I may say, okay, I know my field. I know what I’m good at. I’m gonna send you to see a urologist. I wanna have you see a gastroenterologist. I wanna have you see a neurologist because I know what I’m good at.

But I’ve also slated all of medicine. I know what other fields do. A health coach has no idea. They may have gone something on the internet somehow. They’re the experts. They have no idea what they’re talking about, nor do they know their limits and who they need to send you to. Number five, us as doctors, we have more training and experience.

Now, our health coach may have some sort of certification where you go for a couple months. Ah, you get a cert. I don’t know. You get a certificate for doctors. You have four years of undergrad, four years of med school, at least three years of training on top of that, maybe you have a fellowship on top of that, it’s at least 14 years of expert knowledge where we know exactly what’s going on. We’ve seen things. We’ve seen different diseases. We know it ha how it acts out on people. A health coach, maybe they took a, took an online course from somebody and now they’re these experts. They have no idea. Number six to a doctor is required to uphold confidentiality standards.

We have what’s called hipaa, which is a federal law that prevents me from talking about your care to anyone else except for who you give permission or who’s actually involved in your care. So whatever you tell me is in the privacy between me and you. And this is important because I need my patients to be honest and open so I can get them feeling better.

A health coach does. I have that same criteria that we have as doctors and we hold this oath to be extremely important to us. In fact, we have oaths that we take through medical school to make sure it reinforces this idea of us doing what’s best for our patient in a confidential manner. Number seven, your doctor can order accurate tests. I cannot tell you the number of people who come to my clinic order these crazy tests by these health coaches in which no one has any idea how to interpret them.

And people ordering these tests left and right. It’s like a thousand dollars workup that you don’t need, at least us in the medical field. We can do our tests, we can do it in a limited fashion. We can make sure it’s covered by your insurance. We can make sure that you don’t have to pay for it out of pocket. And most importantly, we can make sure it’s the right thing for you. And it makes sense. Number eight, doctors have a lot of resources with them. We have all of our colleagues, all these societies, all the journals, all the experts who we can call to, To find out the information that we need to make sure we do the right thing for you.

And number nine, us as doctors and physicians are trained in evidence-based care. We want to give you care this based on evidence. We’re gonna have the research behind it. Wanna make sure we do the right thing for you. It has evidence behind it as well. Now, sometimes we’ll deviate from that, but we do that knowing that we’re kind of stringing a little bit across, you know, a different way. But we’ll let you know that. But also it’s still based on some evidence. We’re not making up some hokey pokey things that are going on out there. A health coach doesn’t have that same criteria to have an evidence-based approach that gets you feeling better. So when it comes to your health, I’m gonna be dead serious here.

It’s vitally important for you to go to a doctor. Do they health coach Your life may be in danger and you need to make sure you do the right thing for you and your loved ones. Here’s my call to ask to you. If you’re having any issues, I want you to go see a doctor for sure. See someone in the healthcare field.

Don’t try and go, don’t try and see a health coach who may not have your best interests, may not know what’s going on, maybe talking about some things that don’t make any sense and could be putting your life or your loved ones in danger. Guys, and thank you for watching. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to smash that light button, like share and subscribe. And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel when you get great tips and tricks like you’re learning in today’s video. Thank you for watching. Don’t forget, let’s talk about poop. Thanks everyone.