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Healthy Family Vacations

Posted by admin July - 7 - 2010 - Wednesday 1 COMMENT

Healthy family vacations can be possible.

And the kids won’t complain any more so than they do on a standard family vacation. LOL.

Dr Tom Potisk and his family on the White River State Trail

Yes, yes they will still ask “Are we there yet?”, and “Can I watch TV there?”, and “When are we going home?” Get used to it; they’re kids!

But the goal of a healthy, holistic vacation is maintaining some control over nutrition, learning or experiencing something new, and having some fun physical activity every day. And don’t forget, some ice cream is okay! LOL.

The standard family vacations tend to be toxic, boring, inactive, lazy, and unhealthy overeating disasters. Those can bring out the monster in a kid.

Sure, I understand that Mom and Dad need and deserve a break from the grind of their regular routine. God help them! But a bit of pre-planning, and laying down of specific demands can make the whole experience much healthier. Likely, everybody will come back in as good if not better shape than before the break.

Don't forget that kids love fishing!

For example, I’d recommend a trip to the library shortly before the vacation, and demand that each kid pick out a few worthwhile books for the car or plane, and for the dreaded days of poor weather. And make rules that limit electronic gaming time, perhaps only in the car, or no more than one-hour daily and only after physical activity; better yet, leave the electronics at home!

Avoid or minimize media exposure. You’ll find you didn’t miss much except more bad news! LOL.

Bring along a healthy snack bag containing some fresh fruit like bananas, apples, nuts, trail mix, etc.

Lay down the law before the trip, explaining that although you all may likely partake in some lax eating habits, something green needs to be consumed with lunch and dinner. No, it can’t be just green M&Ms or green pop! LOL.

Try hard to maintain the simple eating rule I advocate – having a big salad every day, perhaps making it one of your meals by adding some quality protein. I write more about this in my new book Whole Health Healing-The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. You can buy it by clicking here.

As for activities, go ahead and sleep later, nap in a lounge chair, lay on the beach, float in the pool, and thoroughly let go of any mental and physical tension you’ve all been harboring; but then get up and explore. Make a little adventure everyday by looking for unique characteristics in your area – a hike, a bike ride, a canoe ride, visit something historical or artistic, anything that stimulates your right brain function. This right brain stimulation is known to be vitally important for thorough relaxation.

I’m known as The “Down-to-Earth” Doctor because of my personal holistic lifestyle and practical, easy-going teaching abilities, and I just love adventures like exploring trails and rally cool, unique areas. I recently took my family on a bike trail near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (45 minutes southwest of Milwaukee). The trail is called The White River State Trail. The beautiful trail, on an old railroad line, runs eleven miles between Spring Valley Road (near Burlington) and Elkhorn along the Racine and Walworth county lines. It passes through the darling, historic villages of Springfield and Lyons. Be sure and stop at the original train depot, now The Pedal and Cup Coffee Shop in Springfield; good food, drink, and people there!

Ask your hosts, hotel desk clerk, or local visitor center about highlights to see in your area. Do an internet search for local bike trails, canoe trails, historical relics, and geographical wonders. On behalf of your kid’s sanity, limit the museums to one per trip! LOL.

My family and I recently visited The Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Hayward, Wisconsin – neat place!

My son Andy at The Freshwater Fishing Hall of fame

So the goal is to not only come back rested, but to come back resisted, mentally stimulated, energized, stronger, educated, enthused, at peace, and in awe of God’s creation.

Your last words should be “That was the best trip since….” and “I haven’t felt better in…”

How will your next vacation be better than ever?

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

For the general public: http://www.wholehealthhealing.com.

Specifically for doctors: http://www.reclaimthejoy.com.

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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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It took 60 Minutes to become a Chiropractor

Posted by admin March - 15 - 2010 - Monday Comments Off

My transformation stared in 1980.

It was a brisk fall evening, and I was sitting at my kitchen table studying Organic Chemistry.  I was in my second year of College, attending the University of WI- Milwaukee, following a pre-med program.  In the next room, the TV was playing and here is what I heard that changed my life “Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick. Are you having problems with your health? Are you frustrated after seeing medical doctor upon medical doctor, perhaps having spent thousands, and still not gotten an answer to your health problems? Well, let me introduce you to the new doctor on the block, one that uses no drugs, no surgery, is less costly, and has many satisfied and loyal customers. These doctors use nothing but their own two hands – these are Chiropractors, and their following is rapidly growing. This is Morley Shafer, and I’ll tell you more on this episode of 60 Minutes when we come back.”

And then a drug commercial came on! (Just kidding about that part.)

But that caught my attention enough to walk away from the Organic Chemistry book (happily) and sit down in front of the TV. I had never seen nor heard the word chiropractor before that.

The 60 Minutes show went on with interviews of Chiropractors and their patients extolling the benefits of the hands- only treatment, and explaining the principles behind chiropractic. The concept, that the body is essentially self healing unless some type of interference blocks it, made a lot of sense. They called the concept “vitalistic” and it seemed to make more sense than the traditional “mechanistic” (mostly cover symptoms with drugs) concept that I was being taught in pre-med.

In vitalistic thinking, the belief is that there is a God given inborn intelligence that controls, coordinates, and enlivens the human body. This holistic healthcare approach is to detect and then reduce or remove the interference that blocks or impedes the vital force.

Heck, at that age (22) I thought it was  only cute girls that in-livened me!

This fresh, new, and logical approach to health really caused a stir inside me, so the next day after the organic chemistry exam, off I went to the college library to look up chiropractic. It took me awhile to find the correct spelling. Ha-ha.

Unfortunately, all I found were 4 books, and they were all critical of the profession and science of chiropractic, just like the medical doctors that were interviewed at the end of the 60 Minutes segment on chiropractic.

Being blessed with a wonderful gift of discernment, I kept searching and found some amazing facts like: chiropractors were licensed in all 50 states, their training totaled more classroom hours than the standard medical training, their malpractice insurance rates reflected the lower risk than medical care for the same condition, and most importantly patients generally loved their chiropractors.

Upon expressing my new interest to my pre-med colleagues I was laughed at and shunned.  Upon expressing my new interest to my grandmother, I was encouraged, and introduced to a friend of hers, who had been a chiropractor for 30 years, Dr. Henry Zastrow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Thank God for family!

The rest is a long love story, with chiropractic, holistic health and a natural lifestyle.

Dr. Tom treated many children with holistic methods like chiropractic

I can’t wait to share the rest with you!

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Healthy families and gardens: both are worthwhile

Posted by admin March - 3 - 2010 - Wednesday 2 COMMENTS

Healthy families and gardens? What do they have in common?

I’m a gardener. It comes natural to me, and I’ve gotten better at it through the years from experience.

I tell others that they should garden also. They all seem to have excuses.

Dr. Tom’s garden

“What’s so hard about having a tomato in a pot on your porch?” I ask. Yes, even that is gardening. Take it a step farther and hoe up a 3 X 5 foot patch of soil and sprinkle a $1.49 packet of lettuce seeds.

“But the weeds!” they exclaim.

Ah yes, the weeds. It’s hard for me to cover for the weed problem. Weeds are what stop people from gardening on larger scales than any other excuse.

“To bad we can’t learn to eat weeds” I once heard my father say.

Well, I do know that you can eat young dandelion weeds. I tried them once or twice; they are tolerable but a little bitter.

But don’t pick them where dogs are roaming! LOL.

God’s got some purpose for weeds, I guess. Just like he’s got some purpose for mosquitoes.  Some reasons we may never know.

Life is a lot like gardening isn’t it? Life is full of a lot of weeds. There are certain things we want, certain accomplishments we strive for, but then the weeds come.

For example, my wife and I wanted kids, we got them, but then the weeds showed up. Weeds like the diapers, and the homework problem, and the sibling rivalry problem, and well, lets face it there are a lot of unpleasantries that come with the joy and blessing of having kids.

But we keep battling the weeds and don’t give up.

People should do the same with kids as with our gardens – don’t give up. The benefits eventually make it all worthwhile. And we get a little smarter about dealing with the weeds each season.

In my garden for example, at first I started just pulling them. The next season I hoed them when they started to sprout. The next season I put mulch between the vegetables to keep the weeds from sprouting. The season after that, I covered the whole garden with landscape fabric and cut small holes just big enough to sneak the vegetables in.

With my kids, I got a bit smarter each year also. One of my kids is reluctant to finish his homework. So, first we restricted his playtime to 1 hour after school. Then we learned to take away his computer games until all homework is complete. Finally, we learned that the homework has to start the moment he gets home.

Andy, Mike, and Emily

Another example is the candy addiction my kids developed. The candy seemed to be dropping from the sky. If it wasn’t coming from Valentines Day, then it was Easter, then it was the 4th of July parade candy, then it was Grandma, then it was the birthday parties, and on and on. Now, I’m one who believes it’s ok to have candy in moderation, but it’s excessive in our culture. So at first I started saying no, then I had to ration it out, then I hid it in the house, and now I have it hidden in the garage.

I hope my kids don’t read this. LOL.

So the weeds never really end, we just get smarter dealing with them.

How are you dealing with your weeds?

By the way, have you seen my 2 other web/blog sites?

For the general public – http://www.wholehealthhealing.com.

Specifically for doctors – http://www.reclaimthejoy.com.

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