Get Healthy The Natural Way

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.

Reclaim The Joy Of Practice - An Advanced Guide For Advancing Doctors.

Doctors face more responsibilities than ever before. The demands of licensing boards, insurance companies, patients and even new technologies easily draws doctors away from their role as loving, caring healers. This book leads doctors on a journey of joy, capturing all the benefits that can and should come with being a doctor. Your patients will appreciate the improved you.

Vacations: 6 Secrets to Make Yours Extraordinary

Posted by admin July - 9 - 2011 - Saturday Comments Off

Sorry about my lag in blog posts. I was on another extraordinary vacation.

Here I'm in Budapest enjoying the local public spa.

You might wonder why a health and wellness specialist and author like me is writing about vacations? You’ll be pleased to find out that I recognize and prescribe vacations as a vital component of wellness. (And the crowds went wild LOL!)

I’m not kidding. During my 25 years as a busy holistic family doctor near Milwaukee, Wisconsin I observed the necessity for more people to have more rest, especially in the form of vacations. Many illnesses are caused at least in part by stress, or an over-burdened lifestyle.

With my boys and Dog on the Deerskin River in Wisconsin

Now before you begin planning to lead a sedentary lifestyle on the couch for the rest of your life, know that it is equally important to do meaningful fulfilling work that you are passionate about, and dedicate yourself to it. But still, regularly disconnecting with vacations needs to be sprinkled in for rejuvenation of body, mind, and spirit.

So here are several of my suggestions that can make your vacation extraordinary.

#1) I’ve noticed that if people take vacations regularly, then the lazy, non-stimulating type of vacations get boring fast. So go places and do things that are educational, exciting, and adventurous.  For example, I once rented a motor home in Rome, Italy and criss-crossed the country.

Here I'm overlooking a Lake in the Alps.

#2) You don’t want to come home being 5 pounds heavier, so partake in some physical activity each day. Whenever I go somewhere I’m always on the lookout for places to canoe, hike, and bike.

Hiking in Bohemia

#3) Another necessity to keep your physique in check is to control your eating. By all means sample the local cuisine,  but keep some self control such as being sure to eat a big salad everyday just as I consistently recommend. If you travel overseas you’ll notice how particularly healthier the food choices tend to be, especially breakfast. For example, when I was in Poland I was served radishes for breakfast. In France, I ordered an omelet and it came with a salad. Try it and I bet you’ll like it.

#4) Go with the mindset that no matter what happens it will be a great trip. Make the best of whatever the situation. Bad weather, travel delays, and getting lost are to be expected. You can’t lose with an attitude like that. My wife and I were robbed by a taxi driver in Istanbul and we still laugh about it.

With my wife hiking the Lycean trail on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.

#5) Learn some of the local history. Every location has fascinating stories associated with it and they will provide considerable depth to your visit. Do a bit of research before you go, buy a guidebook, or ask the locals. My wife and I delight in taking guided walking tours of the major cities we visit. Most of them have been free.

#6) Take at least some risk. Some of my most memorable experiences came from dropping my guard a little. For instance, I was once driving across Montana and saw an interesting looking side road. I decided to take it even though I had no idea where it went. Within a few miles I stumbled upon the fascinating  site of Custer’s last stand. That was really cool.

There are endless places to go that will provide a lifetime of stimulating adventures.

My colleagues teasingly call me a “vacation expert” because of the many fabulous trips I’ve logged. So I wrote an article for doctors called How to Take More Vacations Without Disrupting Your Practice. The article is available for free on my other website specifically for doctors – http://www.reclaimthejoy.com.

I’m Dr Tom Potisk wishing you Happy Trails!

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Best Travel Insurance: Make It fun!

Posted by admin August - 10 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off

The best travel insurance is deciding to have fun no matter what!

It’s really an attitude, a decision.

Dr Tom Potisk like to sail in Eagle River, Wisconsin

Why Do I write on this subject? Because resting, especially on a good vacation is vital for optimum wellness. And things can easily go wrong on vacation or travel, so I don’t want it to mess up your needed and well deserved rest.

Sure, perhaps having coverage in case you need to cancel due to illness,  injury, or family emergency may be a good idea; but what if the weather turns sour? Will you turn sour also? LOL!

What if the place you booked does not meet your expectations? What if your luggage gets lost? What if…….. Well, the possibilities are endless. In fact, you can probably count on something going wrong. I once had Montezuma’s revenge so bad during a trip to Belize that I could not stand up straight due to abdominal cramping. Ouch! And yuck!

Dr Tom Potisk visting an orphanage in Belize

But I still had a great time anyway! I did not even let Montezuma stop me. LOL.

So it’s all about your mindset. You  plan where you’re going, how you’ll get there, where you’ll stay, and what you’ll see; how about planning to have fun no matter what? I once was bumped from an overbooked plane on my way to the Amazon and that messed up my plans royally. Don’t ever fly on Bolivian Airlines! LOL! But the trip was a blast once I got there.

Dr Tom Potisk holding an alligator in the Amazon.

I believe God is ultimately in control of everything, including the things that seem to go wrong and frustrate us; but God also gave us the gift of self determination. So use it and decide that no matter what, your travels will be fantastic! Keep a good book handy for the  travel delays. Save the museums for rainy days.

And how about adding some adventure to your vacations? You can sit around at home; don’t do it on vacation! Check out the local  history, the unique natural characteristics of the region. Try to get off the beaten path at least once in a while. I love searching out natural public hot springs – fantastic! (Yes, I always wear my swimming suit! LOL!)

Dr Tom Potisk likes natural hot springs

And don’t be a slug when you travel. Check out the opportunities for biking, hiking, canoeing, etc.  I love to water ski and do most of it on the Eagle Chain of 28 Lakes in Wisconsin. Keep up the goal of getting daily exercise, even when you are away on a trip, as I recommend in my new book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. You can order the book by clicking HERE.

Dr Tom Potisk waterskiing

Are you taking a long plane flight? Many people suffer from stiff necks, jet lag, swollen legs and back pain. Don’t let it happen to you! Follow my instructions in this 1 minute  video:

Airplane flights can be comfortable.

Dr Tom Potisk hiking in Bohemia

The next time you travel, make having fun part of the plan. That’s the best insurance you can get!

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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?

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

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