Holistic health focuses on your whole being.
It is wellness based as opposed to disease based. It sees the body as an eco system that interacts with the environment that you inhabit. You are a host to the microbes just as the Earth is our host.
“Wind surged across the frozen wastes. Our bodies moved restlessly, we could not feed them enough. Dusk upon us, we crept across the ghetto of boulders, our headlamps sometimes eerie, then like rockets in the fog.
Total darkness ambushed us short of our destination. The hours wore on. The moraine wore us down. My eyes were riveted to the rising scythe of a moon. In that instant I figured out what was killing me. It wasn't the quick blow of an ax, but the slow torment of the rack: each day I was weaker, each hour a little more sick. With every night that passed I shuffled a bit nearer to death.
I made life-and-death decisions like I was choosing between two brands” Mark Twight, Kiss Or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber
As a mountain athlete who got paid to “exercise", sure I knew a thing or two about strength and fitness. But what nobody told me was performance stresses, sleep deprivation and looking at food merely as calories were wrecking my body.
It was so bad that I couldn’t go without sugary food for more than half an hour before I’d get hangry again. I thought the solution was more frequent feeding. More calories. And more training. Push through it.
But my joints ached and experienced sharp pain whenever I tried to push harder. I was dealing with one injury after another. Years of abusing my body finally caught up on me. I wasn’t sleeping well. I was sluggish and lethargic during the day and the cycle often repeat itself. My libido was all time low.
Pain meds, alcohol and sleeping pills didn’t help. Nothing worked. I was deteriorating and I wasn’t myself. My quality of life suffered greatly and I took no pleasure in anything. It affected me not only physically but also my psychology. I was a hot mess and I didn’t know what to do…
That was when it dawned on me that I wasn’t healthy. Fit does not equal healthy. It went against everything I was taught! My faith in allopathic medicine was wearing thin and I turned to my Eastern roots driven by desperation. That was when I discovered a whole new world of holistic medicine.
Treating the body as an intelligent, integral system and giving it what it needs to thrive rather than treating symptoms with synthetic hormonal and signal disruptions.
The ensuing result from changing my diet and lifestyle was immediate. But it would be weeks before my metabolic health improves. Years later, I am feeling as fit and as healthy as I’ve ever been.
I continued to work on myself. I poured through books and took many courses on yet more subjects (psychology, nutritions, biochemistry, fitness coaching, mental health, etc), collaborating with likeminded doctors and scientists, coached for feedback and being mentored by great coaches.
Using the same dedication of my youth that seen me through the arduous and long process of becoming a mountain pro, plus the nous and decades of experience working with people, culminating in the Human Potential Coach certification (accredited by the International Coaching Federation).
This practice is the summation of the many iterations of my professional career and personal growth.
Following my passion, this is how I can play my part in making this world a better place, one person at a time.
The foundations to holistic health include:
Anti-fragile immune systems, healthy brain, body awareness, active lifestyle (movements), high quality sleep, adequate sunlight, clean air and water, real and clean food, supplements, a network of support (friends and family), and a meaningful life.
Based on the findings, your knowledge of your body and your health goals: we get started on the lifestyle changes and self-care, tracking one variable at a time, using a scientific approach to eliminate what don’t serve you and instill new healthy habits.
I am with you every step of the way, cheering you on and keeping you accountable.
"Health is being in harmony with the world view. It is an intuitive perception of the universe and all its inhabitants as being of one fabric.
Health is maintaining communication with the plants and animals and minerals and stars. It is knowing death and life and seeing no difference. It is blending and melding, seeking solitude and companionship to understand one's many selves...
Health is seeking out all of the experiences of Creation and turning them over and over, feeling their texture and multiple meanings. Health is expanding beyond one's singular state of consciousness to experience the ripples and waves of the Universe.” Dr. Jeanne Achterberg's definition of holistic health.
The fabric of modern civilization and culture has divided reality into pieces. We look at the tree(s) but missed the forest. The big picture, the beauty that surrounds us and the wholeness that makes sense of it all.
Modern science has confirmed the existence of a mysterious membrane embedded in the Universe that communicates information across vast distances instantly.
Physicists call this interconnectedness, “quantum entanglement.” Click here for an excellent book on biocentrism.
Animism believes that all things and elements - animate and inanimate, possess a spirit that connects them to each other. Historians believe that it is foundational to all human spirituality, being as old a belief and spiritual practice as human kind itself.
It existed in ancient and modern civilizations and cultures across hemispheres all through the ages: further reaching than any religions ever were in their peaks
Einstein came to the same realization as the Buddha, "A human being is a part of the whole called by us 'the Universe' a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest, a kind of optical illusion of consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Having spent so much time in the consciousness altering environment that is the natural world largely free of human influences and the restrictions of modern society; the heart has learned to realign itself to once again be a part of the interconnectedness that is life.
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” Gautama Buddha
“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.”
“The greatest medicine of all is teaching people how not to need it.”
In some cases I may recommend more tests and/or working in tandem with other complimentary health care practitioners to achieve best results.
Complementary therapies and services including but not limited to Upgrade Labs, chiropractic care, acupuncture, homeopathy, massage therapy, Chinese medicine, psychedelic-assisted therapy, Western medications, and surgical procedures.