Ep. 30 - Medical Gaslighting and How to Advocate for Yourself



Episode 30

According to recent studies, 55% reported worsened symptoms after a doctor didn’t respond to their concerns; with another 28% saying they experienced a health emergency because of it. Medical gaslighting is the practice in which medical professionals downplay or dismiss a patient’s symptoms, which can lead to delayed diagnosis or worsening of health conditions. It’s particularly prevalent in chronic illnesses, specifically autoimmune diseases.  

In this episode, Nicole discusses the concept of medical gaslighting and the importance of self-advocacy. Nicole explains the negative impacts of gaslighting on physical and mental health, as well as how patients can self advocate their symptoms to get their voice and concerns heard.

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Episode Timestamps


Understanding medical gaslighting


Impact of medical gaslighting on patients


The importance of self advocacy


Nicole’s top tips for improving your self advocacy skills

“The impact of medical gaslighting on patients extends far beyond the realm of physical health. It permeates into the psychological wellbeing and trust in the healthcare system as a whole.”


Essential learnings from this episode…

The common signs of medical gaslighting

The physical and mental health effects medical gaslighting can have on patients

Nicole’s top tips for advocating for yourself and your symptoms

What medical gaslighting can lead to, including medical avoidance and lack of trust in medical professionals

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Hey there, I´m Nicole


Functional Medicine Practitioner
Registered Nutritional Therapist BANT CNHC
Registered Nutritionist BANT
Podcast Host – The Goode Health Podcast
Media Contributor – Women’s Health, Marie Claire, Thrive Global
Tatler Approved Nutritionist
Founder of The Goode Health Clinic – WINNER Best Functional Medicine Clinic UK 2023 

Nicole is one of the UK’s leading voices on immune health and optimal health, a specialist in autoimmune diseases, further specialised into thyroid, brain and fatigue conditions and optimising health for ambitious high achiever’s. Providing bespoke, personalised functional medicine programmes for clients worldwide.

Nicole has partnerships with worldwide global leaders in functional medicine including practitioner only supplement companies, testing laboratories (inc. from USA), to assess health, discover underlying imbalances and root causes of sub optimal health. In doing so Nicole works with clients on their own personal health history, root causes and genetics to achieve long lasting, effective results, providing optimal health status.