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“Lay down face up, and extend your right arm above you”, the Holistic Healthcare provider told me.

He takes my hand and turns it so my palm is parallel to my body, as I lie on the comfortable table.

“I’m going to push your arm forward [towards my feet], I want you to resist my push.”

He is pushing on my arm, up by my wrist, with his right hand.  With his left hand, he proceeds to gently press on different spots on my body, from my head all the way down to my thighs.  With each press on a spot, he pushes on my extended arm.

Sometimes I can resist his push completely. No problem. He’s only pushing my arm with 2 fingers. Come on now, what’s so difficult?

But other times, I can’t resist at all. WTF? I realize I’m a 195 lb. weakling [back when I started on this journey, not now]. But really? Two fingers?

“What are you doing?” I ask, with a definite “what kind of magic is this” tone in my voice.

“I’m checking every organ in your body, verifying each is functioning properly” he says.

Wow!! That sounds amazing (and a bit unbelievable).  “You can do that?” I think to myself.

Arm Muscle Testing Applied Kinesiology

Arm Muscle Testing
Applied Kinesiology

 

Dr. George Goodheart, DC (a Doctor of Chiropractic) is credited with having discovered:

the dysfunction of a muscle could often times be related to an imbalance in the classic chiropractic protocols of neurolymphatic, neurovascular, and muscle origin and insertion reflexes.

In English, that says, a weak muscle can be a good indicator that something else in your body is not functioning properly.  He discovered this in 1964, more than 50 years ago!  Why am I just hearing about it now?

This process of testing muscle strength while stressing organs (pressing on the right spots), he named Applied Kinesiology.  It is also referred to as muscle testing.

According to the definition, any major muscle can be used. The most common are the arm and leg.  With leg muscle testing, I have been told, while laying on my back, to hold one leg out about 30 degrees while the practitioner pushes on my leg towards center.  Again I need to resist her push.

Another muscle test often used, introduces a slightly new topic: Bi-Digital O-Ring Testing, or B.D.O.R.T. (pronounced B-DORT). The person being tested makes a circle with their thumb and a finger, either the index or middle finger.  The practitioner, using very little force, will now attempt to pull those fingers apart.

Bi-Digital O-Ring Testing (B.D.O.R.T.)

Bi-Digital O-Ring Testing (B.D.O.R.T.)

Notice that the practitioner is using both of his hands attempting to move your two fingers.  Therefore, he will often tell you the spots on your own body to press, which you can do with your other hand. Alternatively a 3rd person can be involved.  The assistant can either touch you with one hand and make the O-Ring for you with their other hand, or they can be the one to press the spots on your body.

Check out this video, regarding a Holistic Healthcare modality called QRA, for a demonstration of BDORT.

BDORT is basically another muscle test, but with some heightened sensitivities.  It has been proven to be highly reliable and accurate.

These testing techniques require 2 people to be involved – the person being tested, and the practitioner doing the testing.  There is a variant of BDORT which can be used for self-testing (read about it, about 2/3 down this web page).

All of these techniques are used for testing the functionality of various parts of the human body.  They are also used to determine, what supplements are good or not good for that body.  Note that this testing answers yes or no, good or not good, for the specific human body being tested.  The results are specific for that person, at the point in time when the testing is done.

In addition to testing if a supplement is beneficial, the same test is used to determine exactly how much of that supplement is needed.  Since the body answers Yes/No questions, the questions “take 1/day?”, “2/day”, etc. is used to determine quantity.

In addition to all of the testing techniques already discussed, there are several others that I have used.  One involves the length of my legs changing as a positive or negative response to a question. Not only has this been done to me, but I have watched my practitioner do this testing on my son. I personally saw his legs change as much as a 1/4-inch.  I realize this one sounds crazy, yet it works.

There is also the lean or sway test.  Simply stand with your feet slightly apart and ask yourself a Yes or No question.  Your body will naturally lean forward for Yes and lean backward for No.  Start with questions you know the answer to, like “My name is {fill-in your name}” for a Yes, and “My name is {fill-in some other name}” for a No.  After some practice, you might want to use this test before purchasing products at the health food store.

Last time, when we discussed Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal Supplements, we ended our conversation with the question “How the F… Am I Supposed to Know Which One to Take?”  Now you know how – test before you buy.

Next time we will begin to look at the dimensions of the human body, what the first dimension is, and basic maintenance in that dimension.

If you have personal experience with these and other Holistic Healthcare testing techniques, please tell us about it in the comment section below.


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Paul Levin is the father of two, now grown children, in Tampa, Florida. At age 33 his first baby was born – a beautiful baby girl, Jessica. Two years later his 2nd child, a healthy strong boy, Daniel. Paul worked most of his carrier as a computer engineer, including through the horrific events that happened to his daughter. At every opportunity, Paul shares the experiences that lead him to learn first hand, of the benefits of holistic healthcare.

That event began a journey that would profoundly affect my life. Now that my kids are grown and I have time to give back, its time I share some of the things I’ve learned (and continue to learn), in hopes of having a profound affect on your life. ~ Paul

Paul is available to speak with your group and at your convention. For contact information, more blog posts and other information about Paul, visit his web site, at IDeserveToBeWell.com.

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Vitamins and minerals – the first stop on our journey into the world of Holistic Healthcare.

I can hear every reader yelling back at me,

“Vitamins, minerals – I already take those!”

So did I.

My favorite was FLINTSONES Complete Chewables.

But what was I popping in my mouth, and what happened when I did?

Most vitamin products on the market today, contain synthetic and isolated vitamins.  These are vitamins produced in a laboratory. Mad Scientist ChemistSynthetics come from mixing chemicals together to make the vitamin. Isolated vitamins use chemicals to extract the vitamin molecules from whole foods.

Can my body use these synthetic and isolated vitamins?  In most cases, the sad answer is “With much less efficiency” or a flat out “No!”

In nature, vitamins come packaged with other vitamins, enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants and trace mineral activators required by our bodies, in order to recognize and make use of the vitamin.  Without that whole package, the body may:

  • ignore the isolated vitamin and simply dispose of it, making for expensive urine;
  • store it for future use, until the required other components are available to process it (Excess clutter in the storage compartment can lead to trouble); or
  • take the required components from your body, in order to process the isolated vitamin (Rob Peter to pay Paul).

This is a lot like getting a brand new iPhone 6 with no battery and no charger. Yes it is an iPhone 6, but without those other things, it’s kinda worthless. You might stick it in a draw until you can get a battery and charger; you might throw it away; or you might steal the battery and charger from the twit who gave you this useless gift.

It’s that last choice that makes this isolated vitamin really dangerous.  Your body knows what minerals and enzymes it needs to process the nice new shiny vitamin you just gave it.  So it takes what it needs from the rest of your body, leading to mineral deficiencies, and associated dis-eases.

There are many documented cases of vitamin toxicity (poisoning) caused by isolated and synthetic vitamins.  “In one experiment, synthetic vitamin B (thiamine) was shown to render 100% of a group of pigs sterile!”

Wow, that certainly gives me reason to pause before popping the next multivitamin capsule.

Ok, I got it; I’ll stop eating vitamins.

Wrong decision. Our bodies need vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids, and more, in order to function. According to Dr. Joel D. Wallach, we require 60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 amino acids and 2-3 essential fatty acids, every day. (See the YouTube video – Best of Dead Doctors Don’t Lie.)

So what is a person to do? The only solution to this dilemma is to eat whole foods.  That way the body is receiving the full natural vitamin with all of its required companions.

I’m picking up another bag of fresh spinach at the Supermarket, today.  It’ll make me big and strong. (And healthy?) Just look what it does for Popeye.Popeye with Spinach

Yes organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables is definitely the direction to go in.

But sadly its insufficient, at least for the USA, today. We’ve known for almost 100 years that our soil is nutrient impoverished, and no longer provides plant foods with the mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health.Person Stuck in Maze

Isn’t this frustrating?  It seems there’s a brick wall at every turn.Brick Wall

There is an answer.Exit Maze

The answer lies in naturally occurring, full-spectrum, whole food extracts.  Food extracts can take the form of herbal supplements. These supplements  can be obtained by taking a nutrient-rich plant [from another location anywhere in the world], and removing the water and fiber, in a chemical-free vacuum process. This process captures the entire vitamin complex, intact, thus retaining its functional and nutritional value.

Caution: not all herbal supplements were created equal. Its very sad to say, some do not even meet the definition given above.

I only want to consider those supplements that are nutrient-rich and chemical-free. Of those, not every one is the right one to take, at the current time.

This feels like a cliffhanger.  I hear people Yelling from the Rooftops — “How the F… Am I Supposed to Know Which One to Take?”

I’m so glad you asked. Next time we’ll answer that question.

With knowledge comes responsibility.  Do you and your kids keep popping those synthetic vitamins, that you have on the kitchen counter?


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Paul Levin is the father of two, now grown children, in Tampa, Florida. At age 33 his first baby was born – a beautiful baby girl, Jessica. Two years later his 2nd child, a healthy strong boy, Daniel. Paul worked most of his carrier as a computer engineer, including through the horrific events that happened to his daughter. At every opportunity, Paul shares the experiences that lead him to learn first hand, of the benefits of holistic healthcare.

That event began a journey that would profoundly affect my life. Now that my kids are grown and I have time to give back, its time I share some of the things I’ve learned (and continue to learn), in hopes of having a profound affect on your life. ~ Paul

Paul is available to speak with your group and at your convention. For contact information, more blog posts and other information about Paul, visit his web site, at IDeserveToBeWell.com.

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Before I was exposed to the vast world of Holistic Healthcare, the only help I knew of, for when I was sick, was to see the General Practitioner, M.D.  I knew that more complex problems would be referred to a Specialist M.D.  If things really got dicey, I’d be sent to a hospital.

Sent To HospitalI knew about vitamins, a few minerals, and had even been a long time patient of chiropractors.  I had once gotten a deep tissue massage. And I had never seen an acupuncturist, but wanted to.

I had no idea the world of amazing discovery I was stepping into.

A Journey

But before we start that journey, let’s get an idea of where we’re headed — the mind blowing (and life altering) world of Holistic Healthcare.

Holistic [Healthcare] … focuses on how the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements of a person are interconnected to maintain health. When one part is not working well, it is believed to affect the whole person. Holistic approaches focus on the whole person rather than just on the illness or part of the body that is not healthy.

I couldn’t have said that better myself. Thank you American Cancer Society, for letting me borrow it.

This definition reveals the primary difference between Holistic Healthcare and Conventional Western medicine.  The later focuses on the illness or part of the body that is not healthy.  This is mainly referring to the symptoms the patient experiences.  Said another way, Conventional medicine treats symptoms.

By contrast, Holistic Healthcare seeks to discover and correct the underlying cause, which lead to those symptoms.

The second major focus of Holistic Healthcare, which in my opinion is much more important is: Holistic Healthcare focuses on assisting the individual in becoming and staying healthy.  We will look at how that is accomplished when we look at various Holistic Healthcare modalities.

But first, why do I call it “Holistic Healthcare”?

Holistic Healthcare goes by several names. Some of the more common are:  alternative medicine, complementary medicine,  functional medicine, and holistic medicine.  The first two names contrast Holistic Healthcare with conventional medicine.

The phrase “conventional medicine” refers to allopathic medicine – the medicine typically provided by the M.D.

allopathy: the method of treating disease by the use of agents [drugs] that produce effects different from those of the disease treated.

Regarding the name “alternative medicine”, I agree with Julian Whitaker, MD, when he said, “I dislike the term ‘alternative medicine’ because virtually everything in conventional medicine was at one time alternative.”

Functional medicine is a collection of scientific fields of study, that focus on the function of parts of the body and the function of the body as a whole.  It seeks to ensure that every component of the body is functioning properly.  This is definitely a major component of Holistic Healthcare.

Car BreakoutWhy do I prefer the name Holistic Healthcare instead of the name “holistic medicine”?  One of the definitions for “medicine” is,

a compound or preparation used for the treatment or prevention of disease, esp. a drug or drugs taken by mouth:

Together with the above definitions, I would say that (to a large degree) “medicine” is the use of drugs to counteract (mask, hide) symptoms.

drug bottlesNote that by my definition, medicine is not used to cure nor aid in health and well being.

Healthcare, by contrast, uses natural food, to enable the body to heal itself and stay well.

fields of food growing

In future articles we will look at some of the modality groups contained in the universe of Holistic Healthcare.  We will see what they are, what they do, and why they work.

Don’t miss a single article.  Register for this site right now. More healthcare choices and better health await you.


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Paul Levin is the father of two, now grown children, in Tampa, Florida. At age 33 his first baby was born – a beautiful baby girl, Jessica. Two years later his 2nd child, a healthy strong boy, Daniel. Paul worked most of his carrier as a computer engineer, including through the horrific events that happened to his daughter. At every opportunity, Paul shares the experiences that lead him to learn first hand, of the benefits of holistic healthcare.

That event began a journey that would profoundly affect my life. Now that my kids are grown and I have time to give back, its time I share some of the things I’ve learned (and continue to learn), in hopes of having a profound affect on your life. ~ Paul

Paul is available to speak with your group and at your convention. For contact information, more blog posts and other information about Paul, visit his web site, at IDeserveToBeWell.com.

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Holistic Healthcare: The Definition of Words is Critical.

The sub-title of this post is from the 1919, Irving Berlin song, “The Near Future”.  Originally it described people who abstained from drinking alcohol during the Prohibition. Later, drunks sang it when they were in need of another drink.

Drinkers

Those drunks had no idea how accurate they were.  Since alcohol is a toxin, our bodies try to expel it with increased urination. Excessive urination removes so much water from the body, that the body becomes dehydrated.  In fact, “nobody knows how dry…” some of those guys could get.

Before diving into the pool of dehydration effects, we should first define the stages or degrees of dehydration.  These degrees are measured in terms of percentage of body weight lost.  Did you know that a 150 lb. macho man is over 112 lbs. water?  No wonder he’s soft and squishy inside.

The first point at which conventional medicine would say someone is dehydrated, is after they have lost 5-8% of their body weight in water.  For our 150 lb. guy, that’s about 8 lbs. of water. At this stage he’ll be experiencing fatigue and dizziness. Already at this point, his urine color is darker then healthy urine, and the amount of urine he passes is much less than normal.

dehydrated man

Starting at 10% lost body weight, just over 11 lbs. of water, he will be nauseous, vomiting, having heart palpitations, and all around feeling like shit. Now for the fun one – from 15-25% (too many lbs.) he’ll go into a coma, his organs will start shutting down, and he will eventually die.  Gee, he’s no fun at all.

dehydrated man, dead

But what about, before all of that?  Holistic Healthcare sees a person as dehydrated long before any of that starts.  Mild dehydration begins with as little as 1.5% water loss – just a mere 2.25 lbs., for our previously deceased guy. I can pee that out in a morning.  Our thirst sensation doesn’t appear until 1-2%, meaning our guy was dehydrated BEFORE he was thirsty.  Technically they’re about the same time, but remember, he was macho.

Your thinking, “So I’m thirsty – no big deal, right?”  Wrong!  At this low degree of dehydration, the cells in our bodies are already wondering where they’re gonna get their next drink.  One collection of cells, showing symptoms of thrust at this point is the large organ between our ears, the brain.

Two recent studies from the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory reveal that even mild dehydration can have serious adverse effects on mood, vitality and mental performance. When we are dehydrated, the oxygen carrying blood to our brains becomes thicker and thus harder to pump around the body. The decreased oxygen and fluids in the brain creates impedance for the electrical signals that originate in the brain and drive the body.

brain

This very low degree of dehydration can impair short-term memory and the recall of long-term memory. In addition, the ability to perform mental arithmetic is compromised.

Thankfully, the Holistic Healthcare fields of Kinesiology and Muscle Testing, can detect this low level of dehydration. Being tested gives you the opportunity to fix the problem, before nasty things start happening, such as the fate of our departed macho man.

Holistic Healthcare recognizes the connection between brain health (our thoughts, emotions and stresses) and our physical body’s health. If the brain is kept in this low level of dehydration for long, it will eventually take its toll on the physical body as well. Even though Holistic Healthcare can then be used to fix the physical body, why go through all that?

The International College of Applied Kinesiology has a site you can use, to find a trained kinesiologist near you.  Testing for cellular dehydration is an important part of Holistic Healthcare.  Get tested today.

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Paul Levin is the father of two, now grown children, in Tampa, Florida. At age 33 his first baby was born – a beautiful baby girl, Jessica. Two years later his 2nd child, a healthy strong boy, Daniel. Paul worked most of his carrier as a computer engineer, including through the horrific events that happened to his daughter. At every opportunity, Paul shares the experiences that lead him to learn first hand, of the benefits of holistic healthcare.

That event began a journey that would profoundly affect my life. Now that my kids are grown and I have time to give back, its time I share some of the things I’ve learned (and continue to learn), in hopes of having a profound affect on your life. ~ Paul

Paul is available to speak with your group and at your convention. For contact information, more blog posts and other information about Paul, visit his web site, at IDeserveToBeWell.com.

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Dehydration, It’s More Than You Think

Be happy, and proud, when your pee has a healthy color.
When it doesn’t, fix it!

You’re thinking, “Break out a color wheel every time I pee, are you kidding me?”

It’s a whole lot easier than that.  But first, why care at all?

The color of urine is an early indicator into the health of the body.  I hadn’t been paying attention for a while, and when I did, I noticed mine was a little off.  Today I have a sore throat, which I might have prevented.

The main purpose of urine is to remove toxins from the body.  A toxin can be anything that not only has no nutritional or other value, but actually causes harm or costs the body energy and resources to get rid of or store.

Hum, sounds like some relatives.

The darker the color of pee, the more toxins it contains.  That may sound like a good thing, but it’s not.  Urine contains only a percentage of the toxins present.  Enough to make the urine anything darker than straw yellow indicates a lot of toxins are still in the body.

Many foods and drugs can change the color of urine.  When I had mononucleosis in college, I was taking a drug that turned my pee bright green.  Riboflavin (vitamin B12) can turn pee fluorescent yellow.  Both are very fun at parties.

Minor dehydration can also cause urine to be a darker shade of yellow. I refuse to mention advanced dehydration. You’re never gonna let it get that far.

Right now, I am only talking about shades of yellow.  If your urine crosses into orange, brown, pink, or rainbow pastels, see a healthcare professional right away.

Check your pee

There is a very simple solution for dark urine.  Drink more water.  Not soda, not coffee, not even juice – Water – clear, clean, refreshing Water.  If you must, add a squeeze of lemon, lime or orange for flavoring.

I was recently asked by a friend to look at the Japanese Water Therapy.  It claims to cure everything from headaches to stinky feet.  I found conflicting “how-to” details (see 1 and 2) but the core concept is simple – drink more water, first thing every morning. Doing so hydrates the body, all the way down to the cells, thereby flushing out toxins. It’s like flushing the coolant system in your car (yeah, you’re supposed to do that).

When I was in college, I learned a sure fire cure/prevention for a hangover. Upon waking up, drink at least 25 ounces of water and go back to bed, for at least an hour.  Why does this work?  It dilutes the alcohol in the blood stream and enables the kidneys to pee out the toxin.  It also hydrates the brain.

So the next time (and every time) you pee, sneak a peak.  No one will notice.  If it’s darker than it should be, down another bottle of water.  You’ll be happy you did.


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Paul Levin is the father of two, now grown children, in Tampa, Florida. At age 33 his first baby was born – a beautiful baby girl, Jessica. Two years later his 2nd child, a healthy strong boy, Daniel. Paul worked most of his carrier as a computer engineer, including through the horrific events that happened to his daughter. At every opportunity, Paul shares the experiences that lead him to learn first hand, of the benefits of holistic healthcare.

That event began a journey that would profoundly affect my life. Now that my kids are grown and I have time to give back, its time I share some of the things I’ve learned (and continue to learn), in hopes of having a profound affect on your life. ~ Paul

Paul is available to speak with your group and at your convention. For contact information, more blog posts and other information about Paul, visit his web site, at IDeserveToBeWell.com.

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“The Yellow Mississippi”
by I. P. Daily – Part 2
What a lovely shade of yellow.