Med Fit was started as a personal triathlon coaching business by Ironman triathlete, Jerald Cook, MD. Other consulting services, such as providing second opinions and expert opinions became more of the business until these expert services consumed most of Med Fit's activity. In 2018 Dr. Cook decided opened his office in San Diego to again focus on improving the health of individuals through healthy living. He is using a Functional Medicine approach, in collaboration with the Primary Care Provider, to optimize health, recover from chronic illness and disability, and improve a person's wellbeing. He also uses this approach for the Ironman and other endurance athletes he coaches.
Functional Medicine is not alternative medicine. It utilizes the science of Western Medicine, but focuses on a biological systems approach rather than the traditional reductionist perspective. Instead of focusing on a single disease, functional medicine requires time and personal investment in getting to know the patient to address the whole person. We believe the most important thing a doctor can do is listen. The current trend for healthcare in our country has shifted away the doctor-patient relationship to decision makers that never see the patient. This is done under that guise of increasing access to care, reducing the cost of healthcare, and providing evidence based medicine. Here, decisions about your health and wellness are yours. We encourage you to still utilize your health insurance for your primary care needs and we can fill in the gaps that are left by the limits in the healthcare system. Each patient is respected as a unique individual. Together, as partners, we address the root causes of disease in order to heal your mind, body, and spirit rather than treat disease. Our treatment focus is on improved nutrition, sleep, exercise and movement, rest and recovery, and social connectedness. Before giving up hope that there is a doctor who cares to help you, contact us.
Jerald Cook, MD, FACOEM
Jerald Cook, MD is a physician in the US Navy. He served 13 years in the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program, onboard fast attack submarines, before commissioning into the Navy Nurse Corps. He then transferred to the Navy Medical Corps and went to medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. Following medical school, he completed an internship in Psychiatry at Naval Medical Center San Diego, and then residency training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of California at Irvine. He also obtained his MS in Environmental Toxicology from the UC Irvine, School of Medicine. He is dual board certified in the specialties of Occupational Medicine, and in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He routinely examines and treats workers with musculoskeletal injuries and those with potential exposures to chemicals, infectious diseases, physical hazards and occupational stress. His work includes routine work site inspections and ones following incidents requiring investigations. He is an expert in disability and making decisions regarding difficult return to work and fitness for work assessments for injured and impaired workers.
Dr. Cook is an avid athlete, having completed 10 Ironman triathlons and over 100 marathons. He is a Certified Ironman Coach, and has utilized his passion and knowledge of human physical performance in bringing injured workers back to baseline functioning and beyond.
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