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Natural Health Doctor Prescribes Outdoor Exercise

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

Want more consistent exercise for your natural health?

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

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

Hunting whitetail deer is natural health exercise
doctor prescribes outdoor sports

 

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

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

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Wisconsin Wellness Secret #3 -Glide the Anvil

Posted by admin February - 13 - 2012 - Monday Comments Off

Wisconsin has endless wellness opportunities. Another one of my favorites is what I call “Glide the Anvil”. This has been my favorite exercise, and a part of my holistic lifestyle for more than 30 years.

And just what “anvil” am I referring to? It’s the pristine 12 mile long Anvil Trail system in the Chequamegon/Nicolet National Forest on Hwy 70 just East of Eagle River, WI.  And just how am I gliding? Well, most of the time I’m gliding, but sometimes falling as I enjoy that beautiful trail on my cross-country skis.

Constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps CCC workers in the early 1930’s, this is one of the oldest and most popular cross-country ski trails in the Eagle River area. Trails are groomed for traditional style-skiing as well as ski-skating. Several loops are available over varied terrain from easy to difficult. It’s one of the top ranked cross-country trails nationally. The system has been expanded and was made part of the National Recreational Trail System in 1978. The Anvil Trail system is adjacent to Anvil Lake Campground and also connects with the Nicolet North Trail system and to the Franklin Lake Campground via a connector trail. The Anvil is also excellent for hiking and mountain biking in summer and fall. It is also a designated watchable wildlife area, especially for Woodland Warblers, Fishers, White-tailed Deer, and Wolves.  A trail map is available at the trail-head.

Be sure and pace yourself as even the green (easiest) loop has some challenging hills. And be sure to make a pit-stop at the charming yet rustic log warming shelter at the South end complete with wood-burning fireplace. Have your camera ready, stand outside the shelter with your arm extended and hold a piece of bread or some bird seed. Shortly you’ll have “bird-in-hand” as Veery, Pine Siskin, Evening Grosbeak, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Nashville Warbler, Black-Throated Blue Warbler, and Yellow-Bellied Flycatchers may come roosting. It’s a bird-watcher’s paradise. Rumor has it the CCC workers started this Avian restaurant!

If the spectacular scenery of old-growth forest, crystal clean air, deafening silence, well marked and expertly groomed trails are not enough of a thrill, consider the Devils Run segment (marked in black appropriately). But use caution and better yet, a helmet as the trees will be only 4 feet from your head as you scream down that roller-coaster type terrain.

You’ll likely have the munchies so make a stop at Grass Roots Health Foods, located about half-way between the trail and Eagle River at 3440 Hwy 70 East (open 6 days a week year round 10 AM to 6 PM). And contact the owner Dave for snow conditions – PHONE: (715) 479 6299, EMAIL: grassrts@newnorth.net.

For other details like lodging, contact The Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-359-6315.

Enjoy it,

Dr Tom Potisk AKA The Down to Earth Doctor

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Read Wisconsin Wellness Secret #1 – Paddle Milwaukee.

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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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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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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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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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Gardening is not work.

Posted by admin May - 11 - 2010 - Tuesday Comments Off

Gardening is not work unless you let it be. To those of you with soil under your finger nails, I applaud! LOL.

Dr Potisk picks rhubarb
Dr Potisk picks rhubarb

Dr Potisk picks rhubarb

I just harvested a big bag full of beautiful rhubarb and that took all of 5 minutes. How much time did it take me to plant it? None, it comes up automatically year after year.

Yesterday I picked a big bag of delicious asparagus and that took all of 3 minutes. How much time did it take me to plant it? None, it also comes up automatically.

I could go on and on about my apples, pears, raspberries, blackberries. etc. Okay, okay, I’ll admit there are some weeds to yank occasionally, but that’s not work either, in fact it’s how I vent my frustrations from putting up with some of you skeptics! LOL. Yank!

So where’s the work? Hoeing the soil? That’s not work it’s exercise and you’re supposed to get exercise everyday anyway so why not do exercise that will produce something you can eat.

And the benefits? Incalculable! I wish somebody would do a research study on the benefits of gardening. But it’s hard to measure satisfaction. Maybe someone should calculate the sizes of smiles to the amount of dirt under finger nails – I bet there’s a correlation. LOL.

Now I know you can buy satisfactionquite reasonably especially in peak season. And some of the stuff at the farmer’s markets are pretty darn good quality, but the only way to be truly sure it’s grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers is to grow it yourself.

Dr Potisk planting peas

Notice in the above picture some of the shortcuts I take like raised beds (less bending) and landscape fabric covering the soil (less or no weeding). I’m using my knoggin more than my muscles.

All this fun, satisfaction, and health benefits are the reason why I could not resist placing gardening in my book Whole Health Healing – the Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. Gardening is a must for optimum wellness.

Today is May 11 and already my peas are 3 inches high, onions 6 inches, spinach 2 inches, and lettuce 1 inch high. Around the end of the month I’ll plant tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, pumpkins, lemon cucumbers, regular cucumbers, and zucchini. Then about the only thing close to work is watering. Watering is really hard you know – holding a hose and spraying water –oooooooh! LOL.

So lets get going gang. No excuses! Pick a sunny area. Dig out the grass. Dump a bag of mulch and a bag of manure on there and dig it in. Then buy your plants and plug them in. That’s it. No yard you say? What about pots I ask?

The way I type (with 2 fingers) it took me longer to peck out the above sentences than it will for you to start a garden. LOL.

What do you grow? And if not, why?

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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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Wellness prescription: have more fun

Posted by admin March - 17 - 2010 - Wednesday Comments Off

Motorcycles, natural hot springs, sushi, and chiropractic philosophy, wowee, what a weekend!!

I just returned from a few days in Costa Mesa CA (near LA). I attended CalJam, a chiropractic philosophy/music convention, with my friend Ed Petty from PM&A – a practice management/consulting firm.

Philosophy you’re wondering? Oh yeah, we’re deeply sophisticated! LOL

The event was refreshingly different because of the focus on chiropractic’s unique philosophy combined with music. The man behind the liveliness of it all is Dr. Billy Demoss and his fun-loving personality really shows in the event. Check out my video of BJ Palmer resurrected http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im7Z-1ufHU4. In case you don’t know, BJ Palmer (1882-1961) is the developer of the chiropractic profession. His father DD Palmer (1845-1913) discovered chiropractic in 1895. We chiropractors are proud of our heritage and enjoy toying with the eccentricities of BJ.


owes it's beginnings to Bj palmer

Of course, I had to give Ed a lesson about why I’m called the “down-to-earth” doctor (www.thedowntoearthdoctor.com), a big part of it is going on adventures, so I took him on a high desert hike to a natural hot spring called Deep Creek Spring in the San Bernadino mountains above LA. Yes, those are my feet in the picture. Ed reciprocated by guiding me on a motorcycle tour the previous day – I drove my first Harley and now I’m hooked! Thanks Ed.

Oh yeah, and somewhere between all the fun, we went to classes, just like college days. And then we ate sushi, because everybody does in LA!

As I listened to many of the great speakers like Dr Dan Murphy, Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, etc. I became even more grateful for the 25 years of tremendous success I’ve had in chiropractic. “Best profession in the world!” is what I told a beginning chiropractic student I bumped into there. He was wondering if he made the right decision, given all the negative news circulating about the economy of practicing lately.

Be careful who you listen to!

The speakers were talented and the content inspiring, but it also became apparent to me, that the seminars of PM&A are better in the sense that they lack sales. What I mean is that most of the speakers at CalJam and many other seminars, as inspiring, informational and fun as they are to listen to, usually have a hidden agenda – they want to sell me something. That’s what’s different and one of several reasons why I stayed with PM&A as my practice management guide, and why I’m excited to now be a part of their team. The people working at PM&A are sincere about helping doctors. It’s congruent with what I know about being an exceptional doctor -the focus has to be on helping patients.

I teach a class around the country for doctors called Reclaim the Joy of Practice, based on my book of the same name (www.reclaimthejoy.com), for content, I’m always on the lookout for exceptional Doctors and their wisdom. I bumped into Dr. Gerald Clum, president of Life West Chiropractic College at CalJam. Listen to his brief message in response to my question “What is the most important thing chiropractors can do to be more successful?”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mupb_EteQCg.

If you are a doctor, I ask you – “How can you apply Dr. Clum’s message today?”

And for the rest of you – “Can you please try to make everything fun, even if it’s work or school?”

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Winter sports – great for our wellness, important for health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   And don’t forget the hot chocolate!

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Natural Health Methods -If Dick Cheney Only Knew About Them

Posted by admin March - 3 - 2010 - Wednesday 1 COMMENT

Natural health methods are not very complicated. For most of us anyway! LOL.

I’m enjoying the morning by sitting next to my dog, sipping a good cup of coffee and reading the paper.

One particular article sparks an old familiar feeling. It’s a frustrating feeling, one I’ve learned to take action on because that’s the only way I get relief. And no it’s not caused by the coffee! LOL.

The article that’s causing a stir inside me is about former vice president Dick Cheney. It says he just had his seventh heart attack. Thank goodness he survived again, I’m happy for that. What frustrates me to take action is that I’d be willing to bet that he doesn’t know about the holistic health measures that could likely help him.

I don’t know Dick Cheney other than what I’ve read about him in the news over the last few years. But I’d be willing to bet that he only seeks traditional medical care for his heart condition let alone the rest of his health. Now don’t misunderstand me, traditional medical care is the best care for acute heart attacks. It can and does save lives. But heart malfunction does not drop out of the sky. Nor do I believe it’s caused by the hand of God, even if you are a Republican (relax it’s just a joke, I don’t claim any political affiliation). There is always an underlying reason behind every health problem, and that needs to be investigated and dealt with because otherwise the same problem keeps coming back, just like his does.

Now, medically trained personnel will say that they do search for underlying causes of health problems through blood tests, urine tests, blood pressure screenings and more. I truly believe most of the docs mean well. And I would bet that Dick Cheney probably has the usual sources of his heart condition as determined by medical testing like high blood pressure/and or cholesterol issues. But still, those are symptoms not sources. In other words, there may very likely be an underlying source of the cholesterol imbalance and high blood pressure.

That’s what frustrates me. That’s what I feel is my God given mission – to empower people like Dick Cheney and you – to make wiser health care decisions.

I don’t believe people are being told all the information nor are they being given all the choices concerning health care.

What sources or causes can there be in the case of a malfunctioning heart? Many, such as poor food choices, lack of exercise, a stress filled mind and even spinal structural imbalance. These are the basics of wellness that easily and commonly get left out in health care. Sure the emergency and crisis care of traditional medicine has its place. God bless them and I hope they help me some day if I need it. But there is a whole lot more to it.

Now, I’ll likely write about all those sources in the near future here in this column. I’ve already got it all covered in my book: Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages. But let me tell you now about the source of health problems called spinal structural imbalance. This is the most common, safest to treat, most easily correctable source I know of. It is the specialty of Doctor’s of Chiropractic just like me.

Keeping it simple, your nervous system controls all your body functions, including your heart. Nerve impulses travel from your brain to your heart and back again. These nerves can get pinched or at least irritated by spinal misalignment. The technical name for that is called vertebral subluxation. When those nerves to the heart are pinched or irritated, the signals get disrupted and the heart won’t function optimally. It’s a structure function relationship. I’ve observed first hand in my own practice that this can be a source of heart problems and many other conditions. The skilled hands of a chiropractor can detect these subluxations and verify them with diagnostics like x-ray or heat scans. The chiropractor can then adjust the misaligned spinal segments to improve the nerve flow. The result can be a better functioning heart.

This principle is unique to chiropractic since it’s inception in 1895, and can be applied, no, should be applied to every health problem. Better yet, go to a chiropractor regularly and get checked and adjusted for prevention. Why regularly? Because the spinal structural imbalance are caused by stress, trauma, and toxins. Who does not have one or more of those in their lives on any day?

So there is my rant. I feel better already.

If you know or see Dick Cheney, tell him this stuff so he can feel better to.

And what about your health?

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

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

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

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Kids and Chickens : natural similarities

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

Kids and chickens? What does this combination have to do with health and wellness?

Sure, I understand the value of human life, particularly your own offspring and especially when they behave. LOL. But the behaviors I observe between kids and chickens have some remarkable similarities.

Take my chickens this morning; for example, when I walked in to the coop with a plate of their favorite delicacy – food scraps like bread crusts, fat from yesterdays pork roast, and stale cereal, they came running as if they haven’t eaten in weeks.  Reminds me of my kids but replace the food scraps with French fries!

And the other day when I was out shoveling snow near the coop, I heard “bawk, baaawk, baaaaawk!” So, I ran in there thinking one of the chickens was dying. Lo and behold, one of the hens just laid an egg! She wanted the whole world to know about it. My kids squawk enthusiastically too; like when my son Mikey came home with no homework, and when my daughter Emily finally cleaned her room after a month of my nagging.

And I notice the chickens don’t share or take turns, just like my kids. Lay some food scraps down in the coop and you better stand back, you can count on a food fight.  Just like I’ve learned to never hand one of my kids a bag of potato chips. That never works unless you want to induce a Cain and Able situation. No, what must be done is to get three equal size bowls and very carefully measure out equal portions with precision. And I mean precision because they’ll be checking.

And just when you were hoping to sleep in after a previous hard day, the kids arise before you and raise a ruckus with loud cartoons, banging cereal bowls, and bickering about who gets the last orange. Yeah, the rooster does that too –“cock-a-doodle-do”, not once but more like 25 times as the sun starts its accent on the horizon.

The roosters name is Garth IV.  Yep, forth generation. We got the first Garth and his harem from 2 lovely ladies who lived together. They graciously donated them to our new farm life, but I felt bad because I noticed Garth was the only rooster they had. “Don’t worry about it.” they chuckled, “We’ve got no use for boys around here!”

Garth IV and some of his harem
Garth IV and some of his harem

Garth IV and some of his harem

So, I love our chickens just like I love my kids. We’ve got 6 hens besides Garth IV. They are fairly easy to care for. They basically need only water, food, and someone brave enough to shovel out the coop twice yearly (the manure goes right in the garden). And they reward us with these neat stories and best of all; those hens provide us 2-3 eggs each day.

Those chickens are a real blessing, just like the kids.

What blessings do you have in your life?

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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