As a little girl I somehow knew I would, one day, grow up to be a physician like my grandfather. I’d follow my “papa-ji” around his village clinic in rural India. He spoke few words, but enveloped people in his caring. Sick patients, even entire families, would show up on his doorstep, or he’d trek to their farms with his stethoscope and wide-open heart.
Papa-ji cared about each patient as an individual and part of a whole. Community was his currency and caring was his way. It must be in my genes. Thirty years later, as a young neurologist in Southern California, I learned to listen and give patients a resting place, a safety net of care. Mine was also a local tribe, at first. Then people came from other states, other countries and the Dr. Oz show.
As Seth Godin eloquently explains in his book Tribes, “Tribes used to be local. Geography used to be important. A tribe might be everyone in a certain village.”
Godin highlights a key difference between my grandfather’s village and mine, “The Internet eliminates geography.” While the web can make us islands, it can also expand our villages and our minds. We now have more tribes — distinct, influential and bound by ideas instead of maps. People who might never meet face to face but know each other’s hearts.
The Prime Club is born of an unstoppable idea waiting to happen, a need yearning to be filled, a people demanding a better medicine. Our tribe harnesses ancient wisdom and modern knowledge. We deliver it through compassion. Just as I did in my community clinic, we listen to your story, get to know who you are. We don’t see you as a statistic or diagnosis, but a whole person.
Desire unites us: we want to shed pounds, sleep better, banish migraines and feel the zest of life carry us through our day. We want radiant health and optimal weight as a vehicle to live our fullest self and give our greatest gifts to our families and communities. We must start with ourselves to feed our tribe and fuel our movement…