Our thinking about how we get sick is completely wrong. You can’t “catch” disease. You can’t “catch” cancer or heart disease, insomnia or depression. Our medical system is based on the idea that diseases just show up, like an unwanted visitor. That it’s unpredictable or just because it runs in the family.
This may have seemed true 150 years ago when Louis Pasteur came up with the germ theory of disease and felt that there were germs out there and some people, by a stroke of bad luck, just “caught” them. There was not much you could do except hope that the germ (or disease) didn’t show up on your doorstep. Then we found a drug for the bug in antibiotics–and low and behold–modern medicine could finally do something about disease.
In the 70 years since the discovery of antibiotics, we’ve been on a relentless search for a drug for every bug, a pill for every ill. The problem is, this completely ignores the real cause of disease.
The only way to get to the root of disease is to understand how your personal environment (your eating habits, stress, exercise, radiation, trauma and toxins in food, air and water) interacts with your genes to determine your state of health or disease. So what you can do?
Your genes are fixed. You can’t change them. That is called your genotype. But you can change which genes get turned on or off, and how that affects your physiology, by changing those things that effect and trigger your genes actions of expression.
Your environment interacting with your genes creates who you are at this moment–your phenotype. And that, you can change! Every environmental input, from diet to toxins to stress, all determine the healthiness of your body. It is like preparing healthy soil for plants. To have vibrant growth you must mix the right amount of organic matter, the right pH balance, the right amount of nutrients, water, light and air as well as safe guard it from harmful chemicals and organisms.
Our bodies are the same way. We need to have healthy soil in order to be healthy. In fact, Louis Pasteur on his deathbed realized this. It’s the terrain, not the germ that is the most important determinant of health. This explains why giving zinc to malnourished children in the third world can reduce death from infections by over 75 percent. It doesn’t stop exposure to bugs, but zinc boosts immunity, helping the children stay healthy.
So by believing in this “germ theory” of disease, medicine has ignored one of the most important scientific ideas of the last century, that our health is determined by the interaction of our genes and our environment.
In their article “Diet, Lifestyle and Longevity – The Next Steps?” in the September 2004 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), two leading Harvard epidemiologists, Rimm and Stampfer agree. They tell us that the benefits of studying and addressing fundamental dietary, lifestyle and environmental factors is more effective and economically sound than trying to find the latest drug or surgical treatment for chronic diseases.
As a society, the United States spends billions upon billions on chronic disease treatments and interventions for risk factors. Although these are useful and important, a fraction of that investment to promote healthful lifestyles for individuals at all ages would yield greater benefit.
Simply looking at what we put in and around our bodies every day would be more effective and much less expensive. Since the leading causes of death are heart disease (597,000 deaths per year) and cancer (574,000 deaths), followed by things like respiratory diseases, alcohol, toxins, car accidents, sexual behaviors, and the use of illicit drugs, we have volumes of proven empirical data that all of these have major contributions from personal lifestyle decisions, then that is where we should put our efforts as individuals and as a society.
We certainly can not continue to just treat the symptoms of these with drugs to suppress them or just surgically remove body parts as they fail to function because of them. I can understand that the information I will provide will seem a bit overwhelming, but you can understand it. Once you do, it will completely change your perception of the role of food and nutrients as well as your the impact of your lifestyle choices have in your physical and mental health forever.
This background knowledge will help you take full advantage of the Balance Protocol. If you know what is happening in the body, why it goes wrong, and how to fix it, you are much more likely to incorporate changes in your diet, behavior, and habits in the long run.
After all, It’s my goal and life’s passion to Educate, Motivate, and Inspire, YOU to do just that!
The Balance Protocol is a one of a kind clinical method to:
Educate You on the true root causes of disease,
Motivate You to take solid corrective actions in your life
Inspire You to reach the highest levels of wellbeing
It utilizes a science-based systems biology called Functional Medicine to provide a systematic approach to navigate You through the often complex puzzle of regaining your health and resolving chronic disease.
The Balance Protocol empowers You with a step-by-step process to discover how You can uncover the root causes of what is keeping you from a life of abundant health and vitality. Then apply simple, yet transformational actions in your lifestyle, your eating, and the environment you live in.
The central theme to the BP is the fact that each and every one of us is unique. Both in our genetic code as well as all the things that we live in and around. I call these your environmental inputs.
Let me say this, as well all know there is a tremendous amount of noise and confusion out there about what is healthy, whats not healthy. Everyone telling you what is “good”, “bad”. And stuff like that.
Here is the trouble and challenge. So many are correct and so many are very incorrect.
Seriously though, the fact is there is a virtual avalanche of health information out there. Some from highly educated clinicians, some from archived research that so many just don’t know is there. And so much online from bloggers and self proclaimed experts and coaches.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe a very simple and eloquent fact…The truth is the truth no matter where it comes from. So, someone does not have to be a doctor to know certain health truths. Matter of fact, the vast majority of doctors don’t know what is nor how to help patients truly have a powerful state of vitality.This is because they are not trains nor wired to do so. They practice a medical model that is what I call the name it blame it tame it game.
So that brings us to the other sources you get exposed to. Virtual online prattlings.
Again, don’t get me wrong. There are great sources of information online for health topics.
BUT and this is a big BUT,what is missing is the knowledge of WHAT and HOW applies to YOU!
Here is an example….
There are all kinds of auto parts, fuel, modifications, tires, and all that stuff for cars. Right?
Well though those things exist and are high tech and performance based, Do all of them apply to your car? See my point?
So although there are tons of diets and how to’s out there. We all know that we have tried stuff and it just didn’t pan out. We read or were told something and we try it and BAM…a big fat flop.
We then do the temporary give up and say….ahhh…all that junk is junk. Well, until we feel down on ourselves, think we are too fat and have to finally do something. So what do we do? Look for and try some other weight loss or health trick or what is popular today….as “bio hack”
This cycle is all to common and is and of itself the problem. People are told all kinds of things to do, however….They are not taught how to decipher the code that is YOU.
The vast majority of information out there forgets to embrace that fact that we all have quite powerful difference of self. So for you to get to your highest level of well being your key is to learn the process to find and determine that which is best for you!
This is why my program is called the Balance Protocol.
Its the framework to lead you through the process of discovering what is optimal for you.
No one can tell you how to live your life. You have to take that journey of discovery and the Balance Protocol will guide you to find the way.
You can get educated, you can get motivated, you can get inspired…Yet, you have to do it.
Often when I teach the Balance Protocol to people they remark on how simple and obvious this seems. Why didn’t anyone explain it like that before?
Well, there is a very large spectrum of actual reasons, but sufficed to say, the good news is that it matters not. When you apply the Balance Protocol into your life you will naturally come to an understanding of why.
You will come to know that the answer to why is that rarely does anyone in the health field think of individuals as individuals. They just give the same exact advice to each and every person.
All that has changed now with the Balance Protocol.
I knew when I developed this system that it was going to be simple to understand, easy to live with yet be powerfully life changing.
Let me share with you the principles of the Balance Protocol…
Biochemical Individuality Based on Genetic and Environmental Uniqueness
According to Balance Protocol perspective, it recognizes that each person is a unique individual with a singular genetic structure, a unique life story and set of influences that make up their environment which they live.
The purpose of the Balance Protocol is to elicit and bring understanding to your own uniqueness.
Your lives journey and experiences are the context to understand the complex processes where environment merges with your genetic inheritance.
We have come to understand that our DNA does set boundaries on individual performance.
However, as the deterministic model of genetics breaks down, research has demonstrated a certain plasticity or flexibility to genetic induction not appreciated earlier.
Important to living the Balance Protocol is the idea that lifestyle translates into quantifiable effects on health through the energetics of our biochemistry and genetics.
These effects can lead to disease or they can produce health.
As we more fully understand the web-like inner relationships between environment and genetic responses, we can develop individual programs that reliably reflect the unique needs of the individual.
Dynamic Balance Between Internal and External Factors
Important in the application of the Balance Protocol is the idea that lifestyle translates into quantifiable effects on health and disease through the energetics of our biochemistry and genetics.
Different activities as well as emotions; such as eating, exercising or not exercising, joy, pain, and love are integral to inducing the dynamic mix of chemical reactions inside the body lead to the sum of experiences that our patients identify as their lives.
This combination of environments effects both gene expression and the bodies biochemistry on a daily basis. It is what gives rise to symptoms of what we call aging and disease.
The conventional medical model has done an outstanding job at hood winking the population
Has convinced them that they are just the product of what is in their family history. Think about it.
If you have a chronic disease and go seek care for it, how likely are you to get the good ol token answer “its genetic”?
Did the doctor test your genetics?
Or did they have you check some box or fill out an intake form that asked you about your family history? Most likely you are the victim of the name it, blame it, claim it, tame it game.
People go to seek care….they fill out the family history part of intake forms and that specialist who sees you for 7.6 minutes goes right for the easy out. Boom. Its in the family. What a cop out.
Now imagine that someone actually looked at your full life history and then combined that story with understanding of what is going on in your environment now, what is going on in your mind set now. Its critical for us all to come to embrace that we have a dynamic balance between our outside and inside factors
Web-like Connections of Physiological Factors
Fundamental to Balance Protocol is a profound awareness of web-like interactions among all systems of the body.
One of the biggest mistakes that is prevalent today is thinking that parts of our body are independent from each other. Think for a minute.
Why on earth do we treat disease with just organ specific approaches?
Why is it logical to to treat allergies with drugs that block allergy reactions?
Why treat fatigue with stimulants?
Why treat immune dysfunction with immune suppressants?
Its beyond me as to think that we have allowed those who give medical care to dish out this approach and allow it to be the entrenched world view. We have even allowed health care to become a huge battery of specialists. You have a doctor for each separate organ system of the body. And rarely do any of them talk to each other. Our system is for you do be the proverbial ping pong ball.
The things that predispose each of us to possible dysfunction due to our genetic susceptibilities, we call these “Antecedents”.
However, sometimes a force of change such as allergens, microbes, chemical exposure, drugs, endotoxins, and emotional stress are strong enough to create a dysfunctional response. These forces are referred to as “Triggers”.
The patient’s response to a trigger consists of complex, web-like effects on the biologic system through various inflammatory responses known as “Mediators”.
The Balance Protocol provides a turn-key approach to work through diagnosis and treatment protocols that you can incorporate to assess the unique risk factors present by virtue of your DNA interacting with your lifestyle, diet, environment, and thoughts.
Patient Centered versus Disease Centered
The individual—not the so called disease—is the target of resolution.
Its sad to admit that we are in a state of affairs where the focus on the uniqueness of the individual has been all but lost.
Because disease and disease management has become such huge business and the amount of people who are not healthy is so overwhelming the medical market has been forced to respond with a quick lock down type of approach.
The Balance Protocol views disease not as an enemy (not even as an independent reality) in which to grapple, but as a manifestation of the breakdown of mechanisms that maintain control, resilience, and balance.
Dysfunction and disease are rarely organ-specific. Rather, they are an altered systemic physiological malfunction that requires an integrated model of therapeutic intervention.
The Balance Protocol focuses on the interaction between the person and his or her internal and external environment and the processes that can go awry in this relationship.
Health As a Positive Vitality, Not Absence of Disease
Today, medicine is at a crossroads. Although medicine has successfully contributed to the development of the science of acute disease diagnosis and treatment during the past four decades, it has not been as successful in promoting healthy aging or preventing chronic disease.
If fact, it has failed and continues to fail miserably at chronic disease.
The majority of us want to live a life full of energy and continue to be active regardless of our age.
This means health must be viewed as a positive vitality and certainly not be defined by simply not having to manage a diagnosis.
The challenge is that as we live at the speed of life in the world we do today, stresses that we could have once accommodated, now exceed our resilience, which results in health crises. The key is to fortify ourselves with the power of knowledge and apply our choices in such a way that gives us an full set of armor to our life.
Here I am going to share with you my life’s work and passion. Where I pour my heart and soul.
That is to cut through all the noise and confusion that plagues the info-space. To bridge the gap between medicine, scientific research and You. Applied through my powerful method called the Balance Protocol, which is a systemized approach to all things related to wellbeing.
So this is my mission….to EDUCATE, MOTIVATE, and INSPIRE you.
Here we will explore the cutting edge of medicine, and all that I have learned from over 2 decades and countless thousand of patient encounters. Most importantly, I will be empowering you with how we apply these to our lives. Here is what will set me apart from the rest.
I am going to teach you to apply HOW and WHY medicine, NOT ….WHAT medicine.
So many just give information but do not take time to explain how and why to the patient. You simply get to be apart of the Name it, Blame it, Claim it, Tame it game. This is why your visits with the vast majority of doctors is only 7.6 minutes. In todays health care model we see this to be all too true.
We can all recognize our system is broken.
So here is your chance to effectually OPT OUT of all that non-sense. You can learn to correct and prevent the VAST majority of what is at the root cause of your lack of wellbeing. And for those who want to take their current level of good health to the highest levels of wellbeing, well this is most certainly the place you will learn to do just that!
I have been practicing my fields now for over 20 years and for the last 10 years I have traveled and taught 100’s of other doctors around the country in fields of Functional Medicine, nutrition in clinical practice and exercise physiology.
Now MOST important is I am a certified human being! A person just like You. A country boy at heart and who’s life story is probably like the vast majority of you. Grew up in a NC. Parents were divorced when I was 5. Mom was from Tennessee. Dad was from W. Virginia. So got country living from both sides. We didn’t have much. We always gardened, canned. Again influence of my mother and her condition caused me to know that Conventional Medicines approach to chronic disease was wrong. My mothers diabetes story.
For many years I trained in numerous Marital Arts. Had love for that culture and ancient healing. Trained with several DC’s and received treatments but didn’t quite want to go that route. So the whole Integrative Medicine movement began to gain prominence in the Early 1990s. Felt a kinship to the ideals of Integrative Medicine. Knew that was the way to go.
This was because it only made sense to combine and embrace multiple disciplines and be wise enough to know that there is way more power in a bigger tool box. I choose Naturopathy as being a starting place for me. While doing that training I became aware of Functional Medicine in around 1994 while doing internship at a hospital that had a department dedicated to Integrative Medicine.
After becoming a DOM over 12 years ago, I began attending A4M and meet so many wonderful Dr. who embraced Integrative Medicine. For several years I was asked to lecture at their International Congress on topics such as Nutrition, HRT, StemCells and others.
When I lectured there, I had a very interesting phenomenon happen over and over. This was to see so many of todays Drs who were trained for many years, had been practicing their fields for decades but still had come to this epiphany that what they were doing was not working. They were under this model of disease management. Applying acute care to chronic disease. They felt that their souls were being sucked out of them.
Seeing 10 patients an hour. Each only getting yet another square white piece of paper they take to a pharmacy. This pressure of managed care had taken away the reason they became Drs in the first place. To become healers. And that meant to actually heal. NOT treat endlessly. It was like they knew they had been living in the dark ages before the scriptures were printed for the masses and their had been a complete control of information.
So they would be in these lectures taking notes feverishly. After my lectures many of them would come up to me and ask a ton of great questions. These questions all related to how could they take this new point of view and apply it in their clinical care. At the end of the week they were so pumped. So there I found myself amongst great company in Functional Medicine. I learned a tremendous amount.
After many years in clinical practice and training with amazing physicians from around the world. I fully realized the patterns of todays patient in regards to chronic disease and its care. Needless to say, my patients have been my greatest teachers. What they taught me was that thing they suffer from have solutions that are centered within them.
How they look at their diseases and where the solutions reside, rests in how we as physicians treat them through what view. So this is where the Balance Protocol came from.
The realization that there is the wonderful systems biology of Functional Medicine which see this in the patient. However, there was still need for a systemized approach. An order to things to truly get the most from FM. So the Balance Protocol was born. This is to say observed not created.
We must stop being disease centered. We must study origins of health not origins of disease. Salutogenesis NOT Pathogenesis. This is my personal crusade. To empower as many as I can with knowledge to live life with amazing vitality. See, I actually believe my patients. I listen to them. When they tell me something is wrong. We work together to find how WHY and HOW. I don’t work with WHAT.
The name of the disease makes no difference to me. I want to know what patient has this so called disease NOT what disease has the patient. I take a huge amount of time to do very similar to what I am doing now. That is to learn the story of the individual. I even go so far as to literally have my patients tell me their long live’s story and then tell it back to them. I ask them to stop and correct me when I am telling them their story back to them incorrectly. Or if I missed something. By hearing their story from someone else they often realize more about themselves and even divulge more that they forgot or didn’t realize.
This is a VERY powerful method. It is the starting point of the Balance Protocol.
Now that we both are empowered with the same story, I teach my patients a powerful system that shows that simple efforts can afford us high levels of well-being, perpetuate longevity, prevent disease and even resolve chronic illnesses.
I show them that at the end of the day…YOU…are the only person who can make…YOU…healthy.
Nothing is more fundamental to a happy, fulfilled and productive life then having and owning your own life. You simply cannot achieve that without feeding your body the right foods, actively exercising, and getting adequate rest.
The challenge is that patients like you are bombarded with so much chaos and noise from the info space. Who to believe? Not only will I provide you with information, I will teach you how to decipher and encourage you not to just simply believe me.
But where and how to research. Starting with providing you with a ton of sources and tools to do so. This is to bridge the gap between medicine, scientific research and real life. Show you how to avoid the misinformation from the blog-o-sphere. From those who, though they may be highly motivated about the information areas they talk about, so many lack grounding, formal education and first hand clinical application experience.
You see, no one can EVER find YOU and YOUR story in a book other than the one you have written.
So I encourage you to embrace being a category of one!
Do not settle for you being crammed into a box of some named disease condition. You are truly a one of kind. Both genetically and in the environment you created for yourself and live in.
In essence I will teach you HOW to fish, not just give you fish.