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.

Wisconsin Wellness Secret- Whitetail Deer Hunting for Food, Fun and Fitness

Posted by admin October - 18 - 2011 - Tuesday Comments Off

Wellness opportunities in Wisconsin are abundant.

Autumn brings cooler temperatures, brilliant foliage coloration, and the annual Whitetail Deer harvest, a Wisconsin tradition since the earliest days of statehood. Gone are the days of remote deer camps occupied by inebriated, careless and filthy hunters who stumbled through the woods after late night card games played under the light of kerosene lamps dimmed by cigar smoke.

Today it’s a healthy pursuit;  a challenge,  met by safety conscious hunters of both genders with an ethical goal of humanely controlling the deer population, filling the freezer, enjoying the outdoors, and embracing the group dynamics of teaming up with family and friends. I’ve enjoyed the sport for 35 years and know that modern deer hunters are environmentally conscious and appreciative of these gifts.

Dr Tom Potisk and family

The meat is truly quality. Deer meat, called venison, is organic and totes high protein, low fat, essential oils and minerals that are lacking in the conventional supermarket meat processed from animals that are often raised never seeing the natural light of day. Healthy succulent steaks for grilling are obtained from plump deer tenderloins. Tasty roasts in slow-cookers with vegetables like potatoes, onions, celery and carrots will cause hunger pangs with a lift of the lid. And don’t forget the wonderful, lean ground venison as a wise choice for chili and spaghetti. My mouth is watering right now; how about you?

The hunt can be a fitness lover’s dream. It usually involves much walking and carrying of a heavy firearm, often while swathed in heavy clothing and big boots. The terrain can be taxing due to Wisconsin’s beautiful but frequently hilly landscape. It all adds up to a thorough fitness workout, and I have not even mentioned the additional muscles used if a deer is harvested – it must be dragged out!

Wisconsin is known as one of the top states for Whitetails. The deer population has lately been at record or near record levels since counting began nearly a century ago. And the safety record of hunting is also at an all time high, thanks to new hunter-safety certification requirements for licensing.

Often the hunt is pursued as a group, each sharing stories from past outings that can bring either laughter or sadness about the big one that got away. In just a few weeks you’ll see our state’s countryside dotted with blaze-orange coated and capped hunters, some with dreams of a trophy buck or a hearty meal, some just seeking the solitude of the forest, but all gaining memories that will last a lifetime.

Dr Tom Potisk and son Mike with 11 point Whitetail.

Let’s cherish and make good use of this Wisconsin wellness secret.

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Wisconsin Deer hunting rules, regulations, licensing requirements, and even places to hunt can be obtained at the WI Department of Natural resources website   www.dnr.wi.gov

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May God bless you and your family with whole health,

Dr Tom Potisk

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Milwaukee Area Motivational Holistic Health Speaker at Conferences and Conventions

Posted by admin October - 16 - 2011 - Sunday Comments Off

Milwaukee area Holistic health speakers like myself teach wellness and prevention. My unique topic is called After God, Humor is the Best Medicine. I combine concepts of natural and holistic health with funny pictures and stories gathered from my 25 years as a busy holistic family doctor and chiropractor. I’m known as a motivational speaker about alternative medicine. I also present corporate workplace wellness programs.

I use about a dozen funny pictures. Here is one I like to show:

I especially like to speak and present my programs at Christian conferences and conventions. I most recently did so at the CEO Fearless Faith Workshop  (http://ceo-ministries.org/) near Milwaukee Wisconsin. Public speaking is one of the ways I enjoy helping people.

Many people call me The Down to Earth Doctor because of my ability to teach in an easy-to-understand and practical manner. So I strive to share information about health and wellness that my audience and their families can put to use immediately with little or no cost.

Ultimately, my goal is to empower people to take more personal responsibility for their wellbeing, so they can be less dependent on the high cost and risk of the conventional health care system (it’s really a sickness care system).

The best doctor is really the one inside of us, the one we’re blessed with by God. Our bodies  have an incredible self healing ability. They key to real optimum health is to give our inner doctor what it needs to do it’s job.   It’s quite simple once one learns how. It’s the “how” that I teach.

Here is one more of the funny pictures I enjoy sharing as a wellness speaker:

If you desire me as a speaker, contact me at tpotisk@aol.com or call 262-835-1767.

May God bless you and your family with whole health,

Dr Tom PotiskAuthor of Whole Health Healing: The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages, Wellness Wins: A Simple guide to a Happier, Healthier Life and Reclaim the Joy of Practice: An Advanced Guide for Advancing Doctors

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Back to School Activities, Ideas, and Health Tips for Children

Posted by admin September - 2 - 2011 - Friday Comments Off

Back to school time brings lots of emotions.

For students is usually excitement and nervousness.

Dr Tom Potisk 4th grade

For parents it’s relief. LOL!

My 3 teenagers started school this week , and my wife and I are celebrating. Yay!

I’m a proponent of rewarding kids for good grades. Dangling a carrot for good performance is an activity congruent with real life. I give them cash for each A they obtain on their report card. When I reminded them of that recently, they immediately started calculating how many good grades they need to get an Ipad. That’s a good warm-up for mathematics.

They were not so happy when I reminded them of a few after school rules. Like no TV  or computer games until their homework is done. And their chores have to be finished. And they have to exercise first. Wow, I seem like a meanie don’t I. But I mean well – it’s called tough love; a good idea.  I highly recommend it for all parents.

Let’s not forget about kids health. I recently gave a radio interview on WENG with the topic “How to Sickness Proof Your Child for Back to School Time.  The key is all about building stronger immunity. My family and I have enjoyed having medical bills at or near zero year after year (about 16!) Pretty phenomenal. I believe any family can decrease their health care. medical, hospital, and insurance expenses using my whole health healing lifestyle recommendations. In fact, I wrote the book on it.

We do a lot of things to maintain that superior wellness level. You can learn our secrets by reading my previous posts.

But here is an important, inexpensive, and simple one – give the kids garlic. Garlic is a wonderful immune boosting food. It’s anti-viral. Use lots of it in your cooking. Better yet, pickle some cloves by dropping them into your pickle and olive jars. let them soak in the brine for at least 2 weeks. Them give the kids one at least weekly, more if they get some symptoms. Kids love it. That make for  great natural and holistic health.

And you’ll love the savings!

May God bless you and your family with whole health,

Dr Tom Potisk – Author of Whole Health Healing: The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages, Wellness Wins: A Simple guide to a Happier, Healthier Life and Reclaim the Joy of Practice: An Advanced Guide for Advancing Doctors

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Asparagus Time: Lessons About Life

Posted by admin May - 5 - 2011 - Thursday Comments Off

Asparagus time?

Sorry for my strange excitement about asparagus, but I always look forward to picking and eating the first fresh batch from my garden. I just picked some today! It’s usually the first green vegetable available every spring. And if you can get it fresh, like picking it yourself from your own garden, it is absolutely fantastic. It’s even good raw!

I’m big on gardening by the way. I even recommend it in my book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible For All Ages. Gardening does amazingly good things for your overall health and wellness.

Asparagus growing is a great analogy for most things in life, like relationships, careers, faith, and prosperity. In case you haven’t noticed, all the great things in life take time – it’s a lesson in patience.

Asparagus as an analogy for life? LOL. Yep you read it correctly. That’s why they call me the “down to earth” doctor.

For example, many people tell me they would like to grow their own asparagus, but they lose their enthusiasm when they learn that it takes a couple of years from the time you plant until the time you can pick. And worse yet, if you plant and lose your patience, picking too early, then your asparagus won’t come back.

Even more like the realities of life, there are a few particulars. You must plant in good soil, and not just anywhere with good soil but in a sunny spot. And this sunny spot with good soil must be well drained – not in a low spot. Whew, it’s getting complicated isn’t it? Oh wait, don’t forget that there are going to be weeds, lots of weeds that you have to keep up with!

So, there is a procedure, and rules, and a way to do it, and it takes time. Welcome to reality! This is about the way the world works when you want something good.

Sorry to depress you but this story gets brighter if you read on. LOL.

But in the end, the efforts in growing asparagus are all worth it. You’ll know what I mean if and when you ever take your first bite of just picked asparagus. Mmmm, mmmmm!

Now, there is an option; you can just go out and buy it. Most grocery stores carry asparagus, and at this time of year, spring, it’s very reasonably priced.  Not a bad alternative to growing it yourself, eh? I can’t argue, even that store bought asparagus has it’s benefits for your health and can be quite tasty. Enjoy it!

Sorry to steal some of your asparagus joy, but the reality is that the store bought, corporate grown stuff may likely contain potentially harmful toxic residues from the insecticide and herbicide applications. And the nutritional content is lacking compared to the home grown or organically grown variety because the soil it was grown in is likely mineral depleted. Don’t forget I said “sorry”. The lesson here is that taking shortcuts, taking the path of least resistance, has it’s consequences. (You might argue that you’ll wash it thoroughly. Sorry again, washing is always a good idea, but the toxins are known to be in the flesh also.

So there you have it – lessons in life from asparagus. The lessons being that good things take time and effort but it’s usually worth the bother, and that if you lose your patience acting too quickly you may not have another chance, and that you can take short cuts but there is usually a price to pay for it.

And then there is the issue of faith. Yep, you must have faith that your efforts will produce, and that also is an important component for life.

No, this is not a dream. LOL.

Now, I’m going to cook my favorite asparagus recipe: 2 scrambeled eggs mixed with chopped asparagus (1/2 inch pieces) and topped with grated Swiss cheese. This must be what heaven is like! Thanks God.

What lessons have you learned by observing the world around you?

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4 Steps to Optimum Health, Naturally

Posted by admin April - 3 - 2011 - Sunday Comments Off

Women’s health and wellness can be complicated.

I recently was the featured speaker at a wonderful Women’s group  in Greendale, WI called A Woman’s Journey. My topic was 4 Steps to Optimum Health, Naturally.

It was a lovely meeting of bright and intelligent women. Since it was all women, I was able to share a secret about getting control of men. This produced a lot of laughs! I made them all promise to never repeat the secret because I could get in a lot of trouble if men found out. LOL! If you would like to know you’ll have to hire me as a speaker.

I then proceeded to the 4 tips using my custom made  PowerPoint presentation. Here they are:

#1: Do it for God. Yep God. Surprising isn’t it? I base my advice on Biblical scripture such as 1st Corinthians 6:19,20 – Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. And Romans 12:1 -Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

My point is that it’s both an honor and a higher calling for all of us to take optimum care of our bodies. And that God has gifted each and every one of us with incredible self healing abilities. Dr Albert Schweitzer, the famous missionary doctor and Nobel prize winner had this to say about it “Each patient carries his own doctor within him. We are at our best when we give the doctor that resides within each patient the chance to go to work.” Don’t disregard this valuable gift!

#2 Eat more wholesome foods. This does not mean you’ll have to eat bird seed! A few simple changes go along way. Examples include choosing whole grains over white/processed wheat, increasing one’s intake of fruits and vegetables, seeking fresher more organically grown produce, and even striving to eat more slowly. I advise eating a big salad every day, perhaps even making a meal out of it by adding some quality protein to it like walnuts, oily fish, beans, or lean meat. I offer my signature recipe for The Healing Salad as a free download on the right side of this web site.

#3 Get more physical. I advise striving for at least one-half hour of fun physical activity every day. And mix it up with a variety of activities so you use different muscle groups. The primary reason people stop exercising is boredom so that’s another reason to have several choices. There are some exercises that are dangerous, so I offer a free report on the right side of this website called The 5 Most Dangerous Exercises. Learn these and avoid them. My new book called Whole Health Healing: The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness bible for All Ages contains even more details about exercise including pictures illustrating The Healing Stretch. You can order my book securely by clicking HERE.

#4 Structural alignment.  I call this “the missing link” in health care. It’s overlooked by most patients and doctors. I’m referring to the vital importance of the alignment of one’s bones and joints, particularly the joints of the spine.  This is crucial because mis-alignment of the spine causes irritation and pinching of the nervous system, the master communication system of the body. Optimum health is dependent upon a free flowing nervous system. Chiropractors are the experts in this field. Every one needs a Doctor of Chiropractic on their health care team. To assist you, I offer a free report on the right side of this website called How to Check Yourself and Your Family for Spinal Structural Mis-alignments.  It’s easy to check when you learn how.

So the ladies loved it, especially when I shared stories about my experiences as a holistic family doctor for over 25 years. I’ve helped people from a few days old up to 103. These days I’m a full time advocate of the benefits of holistic living.

I enjoy teaching people easy to implement, practical changes in lifestyle and behavior so they can be less dependent on the over-priced, higher risk conventional medical system. Let me know if you need a good speaker. Maybe I’ll reveal that secret about men to your group!

I have just a few speaking opportunities available this year. You can contact me at 262-835-1767 or by email at tpotisk@aol.com

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Ice Fishing Adventure

Posted by admin March - 2 - 2011 - Wednesday Comments Off

Ice fishing is a blast!

In case you have not heard the classic ice fishing joke, here it is:

“I went ice fishing yesterday.”

“Really? Did you catch anything?”

“Yes, a cold!” Har har!

Truthfully it can be cold while ice fishing, but if the sun is shining and the wind is not too strong, and you are bundled with so much clothing that you can barely raise your arms, then it can be quite comfortable.

So my son Mike and I decided to drive about 5 hours to Northern Wisconsin and fish on the Eagle Chain of Lakes. The Eagle Chain is a beautiful and remarkable body of water. It’s known to be the largest chain of navigable lakes in the world – 28! We fished on the the one called Duck Lake.

We used a device called a “tip-up”. It’s essentially a 1 foot long piece of wood with a metal rod perpendicular. There is a spool of line on one end and a flag on the other. Essentially when a fish bites your bait/hook, it then pulls the line, turning the spool which then raises the flag which then raises your heart rate and blood pressure as you run to the tip-up cheering and yelling “fish-on!”

Here is a 43 second video of my son catching a Northern Pike:Ice Fishing Adventure

We used small minnows for bait called Golden Shiners.

The fish we caught were called Northern Pike. The smallest was about 16 inches and the biggest was about 27 inches. These are considered respectable, good-eating sizes. They do grow as big as 50 inches and 35 pounds if you’re lucky enough to catch one and survive the extreme cardiac trauma you’ll get from the excitement of pulling one of those monsters in!

We did have a huge fish hooked for awhile. We pulled on the line and battled it for several minutes. But unfortunately it swam into the weeds and eventually the line broke. It was huge!!!! Praise God I survived.

Mike is now 11 years old and loves the outdoor sports like fishing and hunting just like I do.  What I enjoy most these days is watching him get excited when one of those flags goes up!

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Aging: I’m 50 today, now what?

Posted by admin January - 21 - 2011 - Friday Comments Off

Aging can be difficult if you let it. Thank God I’m still young enough to make decisions.

Dr Tom Potisk age 7

Prior to today I was taking advantage of saying I was 40 something, and conveniently shaving off the last digit. That worked for 9 years. ;)

But life marches on. Isn’t it interesting how some of us fight to keep control of so many things, and actually succeed with most, but the one thing that keeps going without our control is time? God ultimately wins with that.

Dr Tom Potisk age 14

But in a way, we do have some control on time and aging – accept it and perhaps even find some humor in it. Here are a few things I’m laughing about today:

You know you’re getting older when…

Everything that works hurts, and what doesn’t hurt doesn’t work.

You feel like the morning after, and you haven’t been anywhere.

Your little black book only contains names ending in M.D.

Your children are beginning to look middle-aged.

Your mind makes contracts your body can’t keep.

You look forward to a dull evening.

Your knees buckle and your belt won’t.

Your back goes out more than you do.

You sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay there.

You know all the answers, but nobody asks the questions.

So, today as I’m turning fifty, you won’t get any advice from me about health or wellness. My book Whole Health Healing: The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages can tell you those things. Today, I’m too busy trying to laugh. Here are a few pictures of me in my younger days. Don’t laugh too hard! :)

By the way, I don’t feel a day over 49.

Dr Tom Potisk age 1 month

Dr Tom Potisk age 17

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Hugh Hefner Envy: 4 Tips for a Youthful Exuberance.

Posted by admin December - 29 - 2010 - Wednesday Comments Off

Hugh Hefner is the envy of anybody aging. Hugh is 80 something.

I like that “something part.” I learned that from an elderly patient of mine. When I asked her age she said “I am 80 something.” with a big grin, ”It’s not necessary to count the second digit.” LOL!

By the way, I am 40 something. I feel better saying my age that way especially since I’m only able to say that for a few more weeks.

I’m told I look good for my age. I’m lean, fit, and active. All my parts are still working well; just like Hugh. I’ll casually neglect to comment about my hair. LOL!

So how do some people maintain their youthful exuberance? God is ultimately in control of what happens to each of us, but he also gifted us with the ability to make choices.

Having been a holistic family doctor for over 25 years, working face to face with thousands of senior citizens, I have a few observations and suggestions about youthfulness.

1)Check Your Posture. It is an often overlooked component of beauty, health and youthfulness. Look closely at those who catch your eye and you’ll notice those people have good posture.   From a side view you’ll notice that their head lies directly above their torso, and that an imaginary straight line can be drawn from their ear to their shoulder, to their hip, and then to their ankle. From a front or back view you’ll notice levelness of their ears, shoulders, and hips. It all has a lot to do with spinal balance.

Be sure and get the free report I offer on the right side of this web site called: How to Check Yourself and Your Family for Spinal Structural misalignment. Learn how to sit, lay and stand properly.

Good posture is important for health because of the structure/function relationship. I’m referring to the alignment of your bones and joints. I bet you haven’t heard about how structural balance has an effect on your health. This structure/function relationship is what I call “The missing link” in health care. This is true particularly of spinal alignment.

Stress and trauma cause the vertebrae to misalign and this in turn irritates or impinges the delicate spinal nerves and spinal chord (this is called subluxation). The nervous system controls and coordinates all body systems including immunity. Chiropractors specialize in locating and correcting subluxations. Find a chiropractor and get checked regularly. How often? Once per week optimally and once per month minimally. Yes, this is the best way to improve your posture and your health.

2) Think Young. Our minds are a lot like computers. Garbage in equals garbage out. If you keep exposing yourself to frequent negative media for example, you’ll think, talk, and act negative. In case you have not noticed, most of the information in the media is negative. So I suggest limiting your exposure. Listen to the news or read the newspaper once a day maximum. And be very selective with other things that influence your mind like television shows, magazines, books, the internet, and even some people.  Seek out uplifting, educational, inspiring, and positive input.

3) Eat Young Food. Reminds me of the adage “You are what you eat.” So eat fresher produce and preferably organically or home grown. The vitamin and mineral content is superior not to mention the taste. Aim to eat a big salad every day. Another free report I offer is the recipe for The Healing Salad. Fantastic! Fresh vegetables contain high levels of anti-oxidants, compounds known to nullify a common destroyer of youth – free radicals.

4) Love more. Yes expressing love is a key component of youthfulness. This is much more than just sex. It’s about love for your spouse, children, neighbors, and even your enemies. Actions speak louder than words here. Sharing your God given talents to help your fellow man, besides being a higher calling for all of us, works wonders to strengthen your immunity, cardio-vascular system, and mental capacities.

So, if you envy Hugh Hefner and want to maintain a youthful exuberance, the above lifestyle choices can help you do that.

Oh yeah, one more thing: behave yourself!

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Livestock: Friends and Food

Posted by admin December - 22 - 2010 - Wednesday Comments Off

Livestock: Friends and Food? Is it possible?

Yes but it’s not easy.

When my wife and I first moved to our farm about 16 years ago, we were advised that if we obtained any livestock that we intend to eat, then we should not allow them to become pets.

“Uu -huh” I said in my characteristic covertly defiant agreement. I think that means I lied.

Since then we’ve enjoyed having numerous animals around here that we’ve enjoyed both as near pets and as food.  No, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that we’ve hugged and petted these animals as we do with our cats and dog, but they have been cherished as a part of the family. Sounds a bit gruesome I know, but I’d feel guilty if we didn’t show them at least some appreciation as we raised them.

Our farm is blessed with a really nice chicken coop, so the first animals we obtained were chickens. They were given to me as a gift from a former neighbor. They are Aracauna breed, and I’m told they originated in South America. Known for laying eggs of multiple colors (teal, brown, tan and white) they are also cherished as dual-purpose chickens good for both egg production and roasting.I love the fresh eggs we collect and eat most mornings – I can really taste and see the difference! They are a wonderful benefit to health.

We were given one rooster who we were told is called Garth. We love the way Garth cockadoodles  frequently.

I hope the neighbors do too! LOL.

Then another neighbor started telling us about how his kids raise piglets every spring. Before I knew it, there were squeals coming from our lower barn, both from my kids and the cute pink piglets!

We are amazed how fast they mature, growing from 40 pound cutey-pies to 200 pound hogs in a matter of weeks. And the pork meat is delicious; much tastier and leaner than what I’ve had from the grocery store.

I built them a very strong pen with heavy metal fencing so they could have plenty of fresh air and sunshine. “They’ll never get out of there.” I said. Ha! One day we arrived home to find the big boy and girl standing in the driveway. I still can’t figure out how they escaped because there was nothing amiss about their fence or gate. So what did I do? Well one of the tricks of raising livestock is to always shake the food dish before feeding. So I opened up their gate, stepped in, shook the food dish to make it’s distinctive sound, and in they ran! Hey mothers, try that and see if it works on your kids. LOL!

Then one day I saw a young turkey for sale at a local farmer’s market. “I’ll take it” I gleefully said, picturing my family drooling at Thanksgiving as they eyed the roasted fresh home-grown bird. We named him Gobble and enjoyed watching him grow. Well, as Thanksgiving approached the kids stated asking “Dad, we won’t eat Gobble will we?” Luckily turkeys freeze well. LOL!

Then, somewhere along the line I decided to tackle one of my greatest fears – bees! Ever since I was 6 years old I’ve panicked whenever I hear something buzzing. This terror began on the day I saw and heard my sister screaming after she stepped on a honey bee with a bear foot. Even the sound of a fly put me in a panic. So a friend gave me some bee raising equipment and before I knew it, and after much anxiety, I was raising bees. Their kind of difficult to hug, but make for a very interesting hobby! Amazingly, one can obtain 20 pounds of honey from even one good hive. I’ve really enjoyed giving my fresh, organic honey away as gifts, not to mention using it as a sweetener.Have you ever tried honey in coffee? Fantastic!

So, we’ve enjoyed these animals both as near pets and food. I’m delighted to be eating this freshly harvested, organically grown food. Animals are truly a gift from God. As the author of the book Whole Health Healing: The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages, this kind of healthy, holistic lifestyle is right up my alley.

What’s next? I’m considering cattle, maybe goats, or even emu. I’ll keep you posted.

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Pet Pictures

Posted by admin November - 24 - 2010 - Wednesday Comments Off

Pets are another wonderful gift from God , ; so are all animals for that matter. They make a nice component to optimum wellness.

Below are some pictures of my family’s pets with a few fun details.

Here is our dog Lou as a puppy getting squeezed by my son Mike and daughter Emily.

Lou is a Jackaby (half Beagle, half Jack Russell Terrier) and a real sweetie-pie. She never seems to get angry no matter how much we tease her. She loves it all! She barks like crazy when someone pulls into our drive way. But I think she would lick the hand of a burglar! LOL!

Lou loves boat rides too!

Lou loves fish. She kisses them!

And Lou gets along well with our cat Rosie! Except when food is involved – Yikes! That smiling face in the background is my son Andy.

Here is a closer look at Rosie. She’s a real lady with white on all 4 feet and the tip of her tail. She acts very dainty!

I’ve often wondered if my kids spoil our pets. Ya think?

And then there is our cat TJ (held here by my daughter Emily) What a life!

Was TJ kind of cute as a kitten?

TJ and Lou get along pretty well too!

My favorite of all is Lou. She found this shelf next to my desk and made herself at home. I wonder who else I’m putting to sleep? LOL!

My point with all this besides making you say “awwww”, is that optimum health and wellness has more to do with just the absence of symptoms. We are all more than just physical beings. Don’t forget to nurture your mental, emotional, and spiritual sides also. Love a pet today; it’s a natural!

Next time, I’ll share pictures of our farm animals – chickens, pigs, turkeys.

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Humor and Health: Doctor Jokes That Are Sick!

Posted by admin November - 7 - 2010 - Sunday Comments Off

Humor and laughter in health care? Well some would say that our current health care system is a joke! Har, har!

But seriously, we all need to laugh more. It’s a vital component of optimum wellness, and it’s been lacking. No wonder so many people are ill.

My engagement picture

Humor and Laughter Therapy are not new. Way back in the 1300s Henri de Mondeville, Professor of surgery advised. “Let the surgeon take care to regulate the whole regimen of the patient’s life for joy and happiness, allowing his relatives and special friends to cheer him, and by having someone tell him jokes”.

I learned a lot about humor from my patients during my 25 years as a holistic family doctor. I included several funny stories in my book Whole Health Healing: The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. Thanks to those of you who made me laugh all those years. I needed you! For example, one day a patient told me she had just gotten cataract surgery. “Can you see better now?” I enquired. She looked up at me, squinted her eyes and said sheepishly “Well, I can see your grey hair now.” Yeah, thanks for your humor gang!

My son Mike keeps me laughing!

Even the Bible says that “ a merry heart doeth good…” and “ ….a cheerful look brings joy to the heart and good news gives health to the bones”. I suspect God has a sense of humor; I get that feeling every time I get out of the shower and see myself in a full length mirror. LOL!

And let’s not forget the most powerful figure in the land, the king. He could choose who he had around him. He could choose his soldiers, his court, his family, but who did he choose to have closest to him? The jester. The person who made him chuckle.

It’s not too late to rediscover some humor.

Here is a good one: A husband was reclining and drinking beer while watching television. Suddenly, after watching something about Living Wills he hollered out to his wife “Hey honey, I want you to know that I don’t want to end up like a vegetable, given fluids and reliant on some kind of machine!” So his wife pulled the plug on his TV, threw away all of his beer and showed him the website http://www.thedowntoearthdoctor.com/!

“Laughter is the most inexpensive and the most effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine”. -Bertrand Russell.

Laughter is good medicine:

  • Five minutes of good belly laughing is equal to twenty minutes of jogging
  • Humor is a great diffuser of stressful moments
  • It is a cardiac and respiratory exercise, increasing heart rate, blood pressure and respiration, short term, and then lowering them dramatically.
  • Raises metabolic rate
  • Increases oxygen consumption by lowering amount of residual air in lungs
  • reduces level of water vapour and carbon dioxide in lungs, thereby reducing risk of pulmonary infection
  • Relaxes muscles (even those not involved in laughing)
  • excellent exercise for facial, thoracic, abdominal and other muscles
  • twenty seconds of laughter can double the heart rate for three to five minutes, which is equivalent to three minutes of strenuous rowing.

Here is another of my favorites: An elderly man and wife go to see a doctor. She is accompanying him because of his difficulty hearing. The doctor completes his interview of the gentleman and states “I want to order some tests. I need a urine sample, a stool sample, and a semen sample.” The man looks at his wife and asks “What did he say honey?” She frowns, leans over to him and shouts “Just give him your underwear!”

So, let’s look for the humorous side in everything whenever possible, including health. Start every morning by reading the comics in your local paper.

What funny stuff can you come up with today?

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Firewood – Lessons About Life

Posted by admin September - 27 - 2010 - Monday Comments Off

It’s firewood time! No it’s not just  fall or late summer, or even back to school time. It’s firewood time, and there are some life lessons here.

Firewood time is when I, and perhaps anyone else who is brave enough to admit it, scrambles to put up a big pile of firewood to be used for winter warming. This should have been done months ago! LOL.

From left to right Andy, myself and Mike

But every year I get it done just barely in time to let it dry out and season enough to burn well. And then I say “I’ll never wait till the last minute again!” Ha!

I guess that’s the first lesson one can glean from firewood or at least the way I wait till the last minute to get mine ready – procrastination is a part of life. Most of us do our best work when under pressure. I suspect we should cherish pressure. LOL.

That seasoning part is a lesson also. You see, firewood does not burn well unless it’s totally dry. If you cut up a live tree, the wood is full of sap (moisture) and that can take weeks if not months to dry out properly. So we call it seasoned when it’s become dry enough to burn. Hmmmm, I suspect this is a lesson in patience. I wonder what else I should have patience with? Plenty!

And then there is the cutting of the firewood with the chain saw. It helps to sharpen the saw blade first. Every year I start cutting and wonder why these dang logs are so hard to cut! After struggling for hours I finally come to realize that I forgot to sharpen the blade. Duhhh!!! So I then go to the garage, sharpen the blade, and then voila! Sharpening the blade makes all the difference. I guess proper preparation is another lesson here. And better yet, do the preparation first!! LOL.

So then, after the logs are cut, then they need to be split. The splitting is totally necessary because they won’t fit in the wood stove whole, and they dry out faster. Splitting holds another life lesson – don’t go against the grain! Yes, every piece of wood has a grain pattern. You can see the grain quite clearly. Try to split against the grain and you’ve got a battle on your hands. But split along the grain and you succeed easily. Success. Aha! Perhaps we should all strive to look for the grain, the easier way to do something, before we take a whack at anything! It hurts when I take a whack at a log going against the grain. I wonder what pains we could avoid in our lives if we first take the time to look things over before we ……

Work with the grain not against it.

It would normally take me about 2-3 weeks of working a few hours a day to obtain a large enough pile of firewood for my heating needs. But then God blessed me with some special helpers called kids.  My two boys are now old enough to be a tremendous help to me. I cut, Andy splits, and Mike stacks. Now we get the job done in about 1 week. Another lesson – teamwork!

But the best lesson of all will come on a screaming cold winter evening, when the sky is clear and  stars are bright, and the wind is howling from the north.  I’ll realize that all the hard work of cutting, splitting and stacking was worthwhile as I feel the warmth of the fire on my toes.

Warm Toes = Gratefulness

It’s a lesson of gratefulness.

What are you grateful about?

I suspect my dog is grateful too!

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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?

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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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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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Diets and Holistic Health

Posted by admin July - 19 - 2010 - Monday Comments Off

Diets and holistic health don’t mix together. Pun intended. LOL

The Healing Trail Mix

Not when diets are defined in the traditional sense of following a specific eating plan to lose weight.

Sure, following any of the hundreds of plans that have been promoted in the last few decades may result in some weight loss, but the benefits typically don’t last. Even a diet of eating just cookies works short term. If you’re going to waste your time, you may as well do it by eating cookies! LOL.

The average American keeps getting heavier, especially children, and the new miracle diets keep coming, and the average American keeps getting heavier, especially children, and …….

I suspect you get my point.

But wait, I have this diet that works and I offer a guarantee and……. Gotcha!

Sorry, there are no simple, miracle solutions/plans. There never was any and there never will be. Boohooo!

I am happy to report that what does work for weight management, always has and always will work, is this: careful food selections, self control, occasional splurging (yahoo!), acceptance of how God made you,  and eating slower, smaller more numerous meals.

Why don’t you see this type eating advice advertised  on TV or in magazines anywhere? Because nobody make any money when you do it. Surprise!

In fact, many people will make less money when you follow a healthy holistic eating lifestyle, namely doctors because you will likely be ill less often.

Please become aware that the media and it’s advertisers are becoming increasingly talented at getting and keeping our attention, particularly when it comes to our physical appearances. They place pictures of beautiful people with gleaming muscles (they are oiled), rippling six packs (they are airbrushed or do dozens of sit-ups immediately before the picture is taken),  or worse yet the people are taking steroid type drugs to enhance their physiques.  These “models” are not representative of we typical humans. You and I need to be wise to this. Even though we enjoy looking.

Also, be wary of some of the food products, their claims, and what’s in them.

The top 10 deceiving “healthy” foods that lead to weight gain and other health problems:

1) margarine, because it lacks the  essential oils necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system.

2) artificial sweeteners, because they contribute to inflammation

3) soy, because it can mimics the hormone estrogen

4) most granola bars, because they contain excess sugar

5) most dehydrated fruits, because they have added sugar

6) most juices, because they lack pulp and contain excess added sugars

7) whole grain products, because many people have hidden gluten allergies

8) commercially grown apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, and imported grapes because they are the top 5 most chemically treated produce and contain toxins.

9) all orange juice, because it is  well known to increase inflammation

10) commercially raised chicken because it’s likely raised indoors, given antibiotics and probably hormones for faster growth

So scrap the diet plans and get the mind set that weight management involves lifelong “good” eating habits like this:

Weight Loss and Eating Tips

♦ Eat smaller quantities and more often

♦ Eat fresher foods

♦ Eat organic grown varieties

♦ Eat slower

♦ Don’t drink more than a few sips while eating

♦ Start a garden

♦ Eat more variety

♦ Add more fresh herbs and spices

-an excerpt from my new book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. You can buy the book by clicking here.

Simplistic isn’t it? Better yet it’s neither difficult or expensive. Now you know how I came to be labeled The “Down-to-Earth” Doctor.

The trick, if there is such a thing about weight management, is to change your thinking first. Click on the link to read my article: Weight Loss Solution: Change Your Brain.

http://www.wholehealthhealing.com/?p=162

Now I’m confident you and your size will be okay! Next time, I’ll write about another vital component of weight management – physical activity. So tune in again.

What can you change to better manage your weight?

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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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Drinks: healthy and fun

Posted by admin June - 7 - 2010 - Monday Comments Off

Drinks can be healthy and fun.

Do you know about my Healing Martini recipe? LOL.

The Healing Martini - isn't she gorgeous?

I’m not kidding! To compliment my new book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible For All Ages, I invented several “Healing” recipes like The Healing Salad, The Healing Soup, The Healing Muffin, The Healing Cookie, etc. and now I’m delighted to present – The Healing Martini.

I can almost hear the applause coming from around the world. LOL. Your welcome!

Listen, what less would you expect from me, the “down to earth” doctor? Being a practical and creative guy, I experimented with several common foods and drinks, modifying them with healthier ingredients.

Why are these recipes healing? Healing demands specific nutrients for cellular rebuilding, balanced body chemistry and optimum organ function. These recipes contain ingredients that foster/enhance healing. Are you feeling better already? LOL.

Now before any of you anti-alcohol readers write me any hate mail let me explain. I’m not advocating alcohol consumption. If one has a problem with alcohol they should avoid this. But my position is that, like all things, alcohol is a gift from God. And like all things, abuse is the problem, not the thing itself. So enjoy all things in moderation. This recipe by the way is quite weak in the alcohol content.

So here it is – the recipe for The Healing Martini: (drum roll please!) LOL.

The Healing Martini

One shot unsweetened cranberry juice (I used Northland brand).

One shot cherry ale (I used a New Glarus Brewery brand called Wisconsin Belgian Red).

One shot unsweetened coconut water ( I used Naked brand, don’t get any ideas! LOL).

A small dash of stevia (stevia is a natural sweetener).

A lemon garnish twist.

What makes this drink healing? The cranberry juice is a natural anti-bacterial. The coconut water contains essential oils helpful to the cardiovascular and nervous system functions. Cherries are known to be anti-inflammatory. The ale is a low alcohol alternative to the standard high alcohol typical martini. The stevia is a natural sweetener and produces no glycemic response ( does not raise insulin levels).

You can watch me mix this drink in my own kitchen on a 2 minute youtube video here:

http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_annotate?v=761eLTMkHLk

Do you have any healthy, healing type recipes you can share. If so, please post them here. Eventually I’ll be adding these to my book.

Cheers!

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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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Relaxation: Don’t fight it

Posted by admin May - 4 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off

Relaxation comes naturally, if you let it.

I observe how my animals relax and learn a lot from them.

Pork Chop and Quiigley take a nap

I find some people are confused about relaxation. For example, some people will say “I’m going to relax and watch TV” or “I’m relaxing with a good book”. This is only partially relaxing. Remember that we are physical, mental, and spiritual. Watching TV and reading a book may relax the physical but the mental and spiritual are left out. This is quite a problem in our current era. All the media and electronics are wonderful advancements but they are stealing our mental and spiritual relaxation.

Recently, a very popular Pastor was interviewed as he was nearing the final chapter of his life. This world renowned Pastor was asked “Now that you can look back and reflect on your extraordinary life, what would you have done differently that you believe would have allowed you to accomplish even more?” His answer was profound. He said “I would spend a lot of time just sitting in a quiet private spot and just listen to God.” Wow!

So the solution to more relaxation is partly elimination (No, not a bowel movement. LOL). By elimination I mean getting away from and eliminating the distractions that interfere with our relaxation. The mind and spirit need as much rest if not more than or physical selves. TV, radio, internet, cell phones, and even background noise all interfere with our ability to really relax deeply.

This concept of real relaxation is so important that I placed instructions about how to attain it in my book Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible For All Ages.

Now if you have not done a true, deep mind and or spiritual relaxation before, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. You will likely discover an aspect of yourself that you will really like – inner peace. That attainment of inner peace is severely lacking in our American society compared to other cultures – especially eastern cultures.

Start by setting a time to be alone, in a quiet place for at least 30 minutes. This runs so counter to the norm in our society that if someone sees you or learns of your plans they may likely suspect that something is wrong with you. Just laugh it off and tell them that what’s wrong is that you haven’t been doing this enough.

Next, after getting in this quiet solitary place, lay or sit comfortably, pray for inner peace, and then just listen to the things around you. You may hear birds, cars, planes and may likely notice sounds you had not been paying attention to – that is a good start. If it’s a totally quiet place you may likely hear your self breathing or even your own heartbeat – this too is good.

The greatest battle you will have is fighting the thoughts of all the things you think you need to be doing that will initially be popping into your mind. It may take days or weeks to master clearing your mind, but each time you work at it you will get a little closer and you will notice 2 amazing things happen: 1) you will feel more refreshed and energetic afterward, 2) you will find it easier to recall and reclaim that feeling of inner peace in tense situations throughout your day.

You’ll also likely notice health benefits like less musculoskeletal pains, lower blood pressure, and even stronger immunity. Best of all – it’s free. Warning, it’s also addictive! Some addictions are good. LOL

Some people wonder “Why doesn’t God tell me what I should do?” When you get in this totally relaxed state, you may find out God was talking all along – you just did not take the time to hear. This is spiritual relaxation, letting go and letting God.

Do you think it would do you good to really relax?

My dog Lou relaxing

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