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Dr. Tom Potisk, one of America’s top natural health practitioners, provides information and tips to help you make wiser healthcare decisions, save money and time, and become healthier. This book frees you from depending on conventional medical care alone. Dr. Potisk’s extensive training and experience, combined with his easy-to-implement instructions in this book are revolutionizing healthcare worldwide.

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Natural Health Doctor Prescribes Outdoor Exercise

Posted by admin February - 1 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Want more consistent exercise for your natural health?

The primary reason why people give up on exercise is boredom. I advocate fun and exciting outdoor activities like biking, hiking, canoeing, fishing, and hunting. Not only are these great exercise, and a wonderful component of natural health, but the fresh air and sunshine provide added benefit.

Many of you have asked for more stories of my outdoor adventures. Here is the brief and true description about one of my hunting outings in Wisconsin.

Hunting whitetail deer is natural health exercise
doctor prescribes outdoor sports

 

Pre-season scouting revealed only a track or two and no scrapes, rubbings, nor trail cam pictures to drool over. The gun-deer season had been a depressing lack of sightings. The last drive on the last day felt like walking through wet concrete. But then it happened; first I saw a tree branch wiggle– just the wind I thought. I heard a twig snap – nah just a squirrel, I sniveled.  Next I heard rustling of leaves – dang turkeys! But my pulse quickened and my body tensed as I noticed the brown body of a deer, the flicking white tail, and a tall 11 point rack of glory.  Trouble was it all happened in a flash with the deer leaping full stride directly at me just 25 yards away!  I quickly pulled up the 12 gauge, saw brown in the sights and let the slug fly right between the eyes for a humane harvest. 

As a natural health doctor and author for 30 years, I prescribe outdoor exercise as a vital component of wellness. Hunting wild game humanely provides a wonder source of organic meat.

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Exercise: No Pain, Yes Gain

Posted by admin September - 8 - 2010 - Wednesday Comments Off

Exercise. The word has a negative feel to it, don’t you think? I bet the first words that come to mind are pain, work, and no thanks! LOL.

It doesn’t have to! And it won’t once you learn the truth.

Dr Tom Potisk on the Nicolet Wheel-away Bike Marathon

The truth is that most if not all of the exercise gadgets you see advertised, and all the costly routines that are offered, may do some good but are not really necessary and certainly not permanent. Those good looking people in the ads are actors, who nearly starve themselves! LOL.

I’d advise you to not even start any of those unless you start on your own with what I’m about to tell you.

There are really only three reasons why most people are discouraged from starting and then continuing with exercise.

First, many people assume that if there is no pain there is no gain. That is not true! There is plenty of benefit from simply taking a walk, a bike ride, or a light aerobic class. I’ve always been amazed at the improvements in people’s health when they start even the simplest of exercise. They key is to keep it consistent. Get a routine going, even if it’s walking, and you’ll see a drop in blood pressure, more balanced blood sugar, feel more energy, and even become more alert in a short time. And yes, don’t worry, your excess weight will come off later!

Secondly, it’s easy to get bored with the same routines. The key to keeping it up for a lifetime is to have several options to chose from, mix it up regularly, and then make it fun! That’s why I recommend seeking your physical activity outdoors whenever possible because there are more options, and it’s generally more fun. Have you considered snow shoeing, cross country skiing, canoeing, rollerblading, rock climbing, etc? Are you fearful of those choices? I can assure you that you need to be more fearful of the problems that result from inactivity like higher incidences of stroke, heart disease and cancer.You’ve been fearful for the wrong reasons! LOL.

Dr Tom Potisk waterskiing

There are risks with any kind of physical activity/exercise. I wrote a report called The 5 Most Dangerous Exercises You Need to Avoid, and you can get it for free as a download on the right side of this web site. You’ll also find that and many other wonderful tips for optimum health in my book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. You can order it securely by clicking HERE.

Lastly, what is your real motivation for exercise? I bring this up because most people have the wrong motivation, and that’s why many fail. If you exercise because you want to look better, lose weight, be more attractive to the opposite sex, etc. – these are selfish reasons and they’re not necessarily bad. But there is a much better reason, it’s a concept that I’ve observed never fails, and is the secret to obtaining life-long results – do it for God. Yep, don’t exercise for yourself, do it because you’ve been gifted with a physical body to house your spirit! This is a biblical concept that can be read in 1st Corinthians 6;19,20. It essentially says that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Get your mind around that concept and then optimum care of your body gets a whole lot easier and more of a priority.

And exploring more of the Bible may likely lead to your salvation!I hope so.

So, it’s easy than you’ve thought isn’t it? Sorry for taking away your excuses – but remember I do it because I love you. LOL. When can you start?

By the way, have you seen my other popular blog sites?

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Best Fitness Equipment for Weight Loss

Posted by admin July - 22 - 2010 - Thursday Comments Off

Best fitness equipment for weight loss? It’s you and all your bones, joints, muscles, and any part of you involved with movement. Especially your brain. Yep, your brain. LOL.


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Emily and Mike, strong healthy kids

I say your brain is likely the most important of all because even before you begin any exercise or fitness routine, you must change your brain first. By that I mean your first challenge is to get your thinking correct. There are a few important things you must understand first.

If you are having a deja-vu type experience right now – yes you have heard me or read my material before about this ‘change your brain first’  routine. I say and write the same thing when it comes to altering your eating habits for weight loss, you must change your………….. Okay, okay, I’ll stop, but only if you agree. LOL

I’m adamant about this because the vast majority of people that begin an exercise or fitness program quit within a few weeks or even days. They’ve wasted their time, and maybe money if they paid for some program or equipment, because they didn’t change their………….    Sorry, I almost wrote it again! LOL.

So don’t even start anything until you understand and accept these basic concepts: (My new book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible For All Ages contains a chapter called Exercises That Really Work and Those to Avoid. You can buy the book by clicking here.

1) Exercise and fitness routines need to be life-long. That’s right, forever and ever, as long as you live. You are struggling with your weight now, because you likely have not been active enough in the past. Yesterday I went rollerblading with my son. The day before that I went bike riding with my daughter. The day before that I swam. And today I’m going to rollerblade again. And the day after that I’m going for another bike ride. Get my point? Seek to partake in at least 30 minutes physical activity everyday and settle for no less than 3 times per week. Make it mandatory – a priority. If you ever stop, you will quickly loose the benefits you’ve worked so hard for.Yes it’s that important. Get angry about it if you have to! But sorry no, the anger does not count towards the………… LOL.

2) Exercise needs to be fun.  The most common reason most people stop the routine they start is boredom. If it’s not fun, it won’t get done! Take a look at rummage sales, flea markets, and garage sales and you’ll see loads of exercise equipment, much of it barely used. You may likely have some stuff you got suckered into that is collecting dust in your attic or basement. Now if you’ve got a routine going with some equipment and you’re enjoying it and keeping it up – congratulations! But that usually is not the case for most others. The rest of us are mere mortals. LOL.

Exercise needs to be fun!

3) Exercise needs to be varied. Yep, it’s that boredom factor again. I advocate having several fun physical activities you can choose from. I even change mine with the seasons because I prefer outdoor activities. In the winter I downhill ski, cross country ski, ice skate, etc. Another benefit of varying your activity is that it works different parts of your body. For example, I’m amazed how rollerblading tightens up my laterals (sides) compared to how swimming and running tightens up my front and back.

4) It does not have to be grueling or painful. Not at all! Even light activities like walking have noticeable benefits. There are no doubt more benefits if you push yourself a bit more, but you don’t have to go overboard. And if you do increase you pace or level of exertion, do it gradually. I believe that if you are uncomfortable in any significant way after exercising – you’ve gone at it too hard.

5) Do it for God not self. Honor God with your body. This is a biblical concept from 1st Corinthians. If you exercise or eat properly because you want to look better, feel better, and impress others, that’s not all bad although selfish. But the entire idea of caring for one’s body works and lasts significantly better when you accept that your body is a gift from God. That’s a more honorable reason to be caring for it optimally. I wrote an article about this you can read by clicking here.

Yes, there are some exercises that are more dangerous than others. You can read my free report called The Five Most Dangerous Exercises You Need to Avoid by getting it from the opt-in box on the right side of this website.

Got it now? If you do you are ready to proceed and succeed. Can I say it one last time please? Your brain has changed first!

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My holistic lifestyle includes gardening, rollerblading, and… ice cream!

Posted by admin June - 24 - 2010 - Thursday Comments Off

Yeah, you read that correctly – ice cream. LOL. And here is some more good news; you should have some ice cream too!

Dr Tom Potisk next to his Sugar Snap Peas.

It’s all about balance. It really is. I’ve watched many people attempt and then fail to improve their health by going on radical diets, become vegetarians, start difficult exercise routines, follow some fanatical health guru, and try to live like Gandhi, when all they really needed was to find balance. And have some ice-cream! LOL.

Here is my family's pile of rollerblades. We love it!

Now I’m a believer and proponent that all things are gifts from God, like alcohol, guns, drugs, money, sex, and even ice cream. And that any trouble associated with these gifts is from abuse of them, not the thing itself.

“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil….” – 1st Timothy 6:10. (Notice the “love of” part).

So, if you’re going to partake in some of these gifts, make sure you also partake in and use your gift of self-control. Yep, that’s a gift also. In fact that’s a wonderful balance – ice cream and self control! LOL.

We’re talking about choices here.

For example, in regards to weight management and obesity, I notice that people with those problems usually are choosing the large size portions, the all-you-can-eat buffets, and they like to get the “super-size” options when they go out to eat. “Better value” they commonly say. But if you choose the “super size” portions, you become a “super size” person – too big. Click here to read an article I wrote called Weight Loss Solution: Change Your Brain.

I like coffee and coffee shops; I get a lot of work done there on my laptop. I found myself choosing the largest size coffee they had, mostly because it costs less per sip that way. So, I finally took some control of the situation and switched to the small size, drinking it slower, taking the time to really appreciate the taste. Not surprisingly, I found that by doing so, I was just as satisfied, perhaps even more so because I saved some money.

Be wary of savvy servers who tell you “For only 40 cents more you can have the larger size!” I suspect they are part of a covert government or medical industry scheme to keep us American’s overweight. LOL.

Be wise to it all. The price we pay for living in a free capitalistic society is the ease of overindulgence. Set a personal rule for yourself – small sizes only!

Complicated concept isn’t it? If you choose the big items you become big. If you choose the small items you become and stay small. LOL.

In my book Whole Health Healing- The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible For All Ages, I dedicated an entire to chapter to this concept. The chapter is called: Enjoying Eating-And Doing it in Ways That are Good For You, Without Going Hungry. You can buy the book by clicking here.

So live a holistic lifestyle. Exercise regularly, eat smaller portions of wholesome foods, grow a garden of fresh veggies, hug your family, pay a compliment to somebody, read something positive, and have some ice cream – the small size. LOL.

What can you choose that would be smaller than what you’ve been choosing?

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Healthy People Live Overseas

Posted by admin June - 14 - 2010 - Monday Comments Off

Healthy people are more likely to be found outside the USA. Sick thought eh? No pun intended. LOL.

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Here I am enjoying the sunshine in Tuscany, Italy

But it’s true. Check the list produced by the World Health Organization and you’ll find that the USA ranks poorly in overall health compared to many other countries, even though we have more doctors, the best technology and the highest costs by far. We are ranked as number 39 – you can read more about it and see the list here. The area I live in/near, Milwaukee, Wisconsin is ranked one of the unhealthiest in the USA!

Now before any of you readers write to me and suggest I move away, I want to explain that I still like it here, that the good ole USA is still the best place to live, and that I’m just trying to help us all get and stay healthier. I believe that can happen if we learn at least a little by observing and learning from other, healthier cultures. Can I stay, please? LOL.

For example, I just returned from a wonderful trip to Italy, visiting Rome and then Tuscany. My wife and I  enjoy what we call “adventure vacations” meaning we travel on our own, getting off the beaten path when possible, do something very active like hiking or biking, and try to come back home having learned something from the experience and the real culture. If this all fails we can always count on coming back poorer! LOL.

Tuscany is a beautiful place.
Tuscany is a beautiful place.

Being the author of the book Whole Health Healing-The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages, I can’t help but focus my attention on the health of each culture I visit. This gives me a good excuse to eat every thing in sight – strictly business right? LOL. You can order the book by clicking here.

Italian people are generally healthier than us in the USA; especially Italian people who live in Tuscany. Tuscany is about 1-2 hours northwest of Rome and is quite rural. It’s also extremely beautiful. In fact my wife and I agree that it is one of the loveliest places we’ve ever visited.

Sorry, for those of you that think it’s all genetic – that’s long ago been dis-proven. It’s really about lifestyle choices.

So what did I observe there about the lifestyles of these healthier people? Plenty! For one thing they generally eat fresher vegetables and fruits there. They mostly do their grocery shopping in small markets that have much locally grown produce. Many of these rural people are prolific gardeners growing much of their own produce.

They use a tremendous amount of extra-virgin olive oil. When I ate at restaurants, the waiter always started out by bringing fresh bread (the bread had little or no salt in the dough) but there was no butter to be seen. Instead they put olive oil on their bread. Of course, olive oil is known to have better quality fats than butter. When I ordered salad, there was no dressing to be found other than olive oil and vinegar. There are olive trees growing practically everywhere you look.

Lunch time at the piazza in Sienna, Italy. Notice the olive oil and vinegar for the salad?

They drink red wine with every evening meal. I saw much less consumption of soft drinks than here.

Fried foods are a rarity, and grilled foods are common – even vegetables, also served with olive oil instead of butter.

Most portions are smaller. Boohoo! LOL.

They eat much slower. Much slower. In fact it’s darn right irritating for us Americans to visit their restaurants because a typical meal takes about 3-4 times as long to be served. We are impatient eaters and overeat as a result.

Lastly but equally important, it’s easy to see that they are far more active than most of us are.  They walk a lot.  In fact, the Italians have a wonderful custom called passegiatta in which they take a stroll every evening.

Very active indeed. I’m not kidding that I picked up an 85 year old hitchhiker! Her name was Tosca and she looked great for her age.

So there you are- lessons from my Italian adventure vacation.

Which of these observations can you incorporate into your lifestyle?

Arrividerci!

Don't forget to explore the mountains of gelato (Italian ice cream) LOL.

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Kids and exercise equals good health.

Posted by admin May - 24 - 2010 - Monday Comments Off

Kids and exercise equals natural health and wellness.


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Kids benefit from swimming

Kids need a lot of exercise and it needs to be fun. Look around my yard and you’ll see a trampoline, skate boards, basketballs, baseballs, tennis rackets, roller blades, bicycles, frisbees, and scooters. I trip over all this stuff on a regular basis. LOL.

I purposely resist buying my kids the motorized stuff because I want them to have exercise more than a thrill ride. They whine about it all the time like “But Daaaad, the neighbor has a dirt bike!” I’m a real meany!

But I urge all you parents to resist also. There are so many neat motorized toys for kids to ride on these days it’s amazing. And I’m not even concerned about kids having accidents with those – it’s quite rare. What I am concerned about is the growing problem of obesity in children. Much of that obesity is due to inactivity in children. They need more physical activity!

Television, video games, and computers are another blessing from God, but like all blessings, abuse of them leads to problems.

In my new book Whole Health Healing, I have a chapter called Raising Healthier Children. In that chapter I explain how I control my kids electronic gaming by requiring that all home work be completed, household chores be completed, and a series of exercises be completed before they get some computer or gaming time. I suspect some adults need this same control. LOL.

Having a variety of physical activities for them is crucial because the most common reason anyone quits exercise is boredom. We are blessed with a nice pond to swim in and I notice that swimming is a wonderful choice for warm summer days. Sometimes it’s hard to get the kids out of the water (and me too!) LOL.

In the right sidebar of this website, you will find an opt-in to receive a free report with more details about getting control of your child’s electronic gaming. If you’ve allowed it to get out of control you’ve got a real challenge to regain control of it. But regain control you must! This is serious stuff. The physical inactivity can lead not only to obesity but also poor posture, blood sugar imbalance, and even weak bones and joints.

I remember my parents and grandparents asking “What’s going to become of the world with all these misfit kids?”

Now I’m asking “What’s going to become of the world with all these unfit kids?”

So fill your yard with all kinds of fun, physical activity. And start using it yourself too! The activity will do you good and the time with your kids will be priceless!

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Kids need adventures

Posted by admin April - 15 - 2010 - Thursday Comments Off

Kids need adventures and so do I.

Today I was interviewed for another blog site and I was asked what kind of kid friendly vacations do I recommend? “Adventure vacations”, I replied.

My 2 boys on the deck of the reconstructed Nina ship

I’ve traveled to most parts of the US including Alaska, been to over 20 countries, and consider myself a vacation expert, in fact, I even teach that to other doctors thru my lectures and book called Reclaim the Joy of Practice – An Advanced Guide for Advancing Doctors. I teach that because I find most doctors need more rest.

In my travels, I soon learned that laying around on a cruise ship or in some hotel or on a beach is great but gets old fast. I found adventure vacations to be more rewarding. Also the whining factor from my kids, you know “Daaaaad. There’s nothing to do!” is much less or sometimes  non-existent when we are on an adventure type vacation. And I whine less also! LOL.

So, in response to the bloggers questions, I started taking inventory of all these adventures. There are dozens.

People refer to me as the “down to earth doctor” for several reasons, like my gardening, my practical teaching style, and my overall holistic lifestyle. These adventures are still another reason.

For example, I recently hiked in the San Bernadino Mountains of California to a remote natural hot spring. You can read the full story here – Wellness Prescription: have More Fun.

Last spring, I hiked, biked and canoed from Vienna, Austria to Prague, Czechoslovakia.

We love hiking at Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin – lots of great trails there, and great rock climbing for all ages.

Parents love that adventures tire out kids!

About 6 years ago, I rented a motor home in Rome, Italy and spent three weeks circling the country to cool places like Pisa, Pompeii, and Venice. I was amazed that the Italians allow climbing on many of the ruins.

3 years ago, we loaded up 2 canoes with our camping gear and spent a few days inside the Sylvania Tract wilderness area in the Michigan UP.

I could go on and on. My point is that if you just want to lie around and rest, stay home and do it on your couch.

I say "let them climb!" Don't worry the cannonballs were welded together!

Ask any kid, including mine, and you’ll find out they prefer adventures over vacations, like some place they can climb, explore, and run free. And they prefer camping over hotels with hot dogs roasted on a stick over a fire. Don’t forget the marshmallows!

I guess in that way, I’m still a kid too.

How about you?

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Winter sports – great for our wellness, important for health

Posted by admin March - 9 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off

Wellness in winter? Perhaps you thought it was a time for hibernating.

      My son and I just returned from a long weekend of cross country skiing and ice fishing. The temperature was between 15-25 degrees each day and it was wonderful.

 Wonderful, some will ask? Absolutely. Don’t equate cold with bad. Cold is a range of temperature not an emotion or mood. Winter can and should be a fun filled season like any other. The key to enjoying it is to adapt and modify for the conditions. And don’t forget that you can use winter as a good excuse to enjoy some indulgences like hot chocolate. (Yes, this “down-to-earth” doctor  says it’s ok to have hot chocolate in moderation.)

     So, we spent a lot of time each day outdoors (but not just because of the hot chocolate).

   On Thursday, we first arrived to find a very “cool” accommodation. The heat was off when it should have been on. So, I got the furnace working and built a big fire in the woodstove.  Knowing it would take a few hours to warm the place up significantly, we decided to go to the local library where I could catch up on some reading and my son could get a jump on some homework. We also picked up a pizza and some salad for supper – a good nutrition compromise.

   I always insist on some type of greens with foods like pizza. I hope you do too!  That’s the holistic lifestyle in me. So often I observe people and families having pizza and nothing else, except perhaps soft drinks. This concept of making wiser food choices is one of several healthier concepts I explain in my book: Whole Health Healing –The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. In the chapter called Enjoying Eating, I explain how making just a few wiser choices go a long way in both weight management and general health. This practical way of healthier eating that I support, is one of several reasons that people label me “the down-to-earth” doctor.

   The next day, we headed off to a local lake I’ve been wanting to fish for a long time. We drilled a hole in the ice and found it to be nearly three feet thick! Great arm exercise. Soon, we caught a few bluegills and perch, but unfortunately, nothing worth keeping.

    But the sun was shining, the pureness of the sparkling white snow, and the excitement made for a wonderful outing.  Some might think or say “Burrrrr!”, but I strongly believe that type of labeling is one of many traps that contribute to obesity and overall poor health. You can escape the trap by taking the attitude that each day is a gift, especially each day’s outdoor activities, and enjoying them in any way you can even if it means bundling up.

   On Saturday, we donned our cross country skis and headed out on the lake. The wind was brisk to say the least, but it didn’t take long to feel some heat when we started moving along. I’ve been cross country skiing for nearly 35 years and never tire of it. I still have the same skis! In Chiropractic College, I remember one of the professors explaining how the cross-crawl pattern of limb movement in this type activity causes improved brain activity and stimulation. Now that’s my kind of a high! Don’t miss out on it.

      There’s a chapter in my book called Exercises That Really Work – And Those to Avoid, here I demonstrate and propose that if it isn’t fun, it won’t get done.  I watched thousands of my patients in the 25 years I practiced chiropractic that struggled with purchasing exercise equipment, joining health clubs, and the self discipline of doing calisthenics. The conclusion I arrived at is this – that kind of approach to exercise fails miserably most of the time. The solution is to participate in fun, outdoor activities regularly, your entire life, and have a variety to choose from for different seasons.

   Strive to do so each and every day, settling for no less than 3 times weekly, even if it means bundling up in the winter.  That’s another step to having a holistic lifestyle. Even better, enjoy it with somebody you love.

   And don’t forget the hot chocolate!

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