I believe in life before death!
I want my life to be read like a good story—a story that is eventful. I want my life to be so much more than just survival. I will not feel cheated on my deathbed and think, Is this all there is?I would hope you feel the same. I would also like to be the author of my own story. This is the exact opposite of being a victim, who must live a live authored by others.
Through more than twenty years of health-related education, both formal and separate studies, and close to 100,000 patient consultations, I have come to understand how essential quality of life is. I would like to be a healthy and vital version of myself with a robust physique and condition, prepared to meet the challenges of today. I wish the same for my family, friends, patients, and for you. I want to use my skills and knowledge to help more people achieve these wishes and desires and to obtain the lives they deserve. Hopefully, you are one of them.
I was raised in a traditional family. While I was living at home with my family in the ’70s and ’80s, we followed the national recommendations. If someone had asked me twenty years ago about our way of life, I would without hesitation have said that my family had a healthy lifestyle. We were vaccinated. We were quickly taken to the doctor if anyone was feeling ill. The threshold for taking prescribed medications or over-the-counter medications was low.
Our diet was based on the traditional nationally sponsored food pyramid, with lots of carbohydrates and starches but little fats. Margarine was preferred in favor of real butter. “Light” products were common. For breakfast, I had cereals (for example, Corn Flakes) with pasteurized and homogenized cow’s milk, often accompanied by a glass of milk. After my workouts, I often drank more than half a liter of cow’s milk. We believed cow’s milk was supposed to be important for our bone health. All fruits were healthy, and I could have as much as I wanted, anytime. I also remember I was very fond of eggs. Family friends of ours ran a hen farm. We bought lots of eggs from them—until the national recommendations advised us it was bad for our cholesterol level and could lead to heart attack, stroke, and clotted blood vessels. Once in my lifetime, I have had cavities. It was taken for granted that all four of my cavities were filled with amalgam. To keep my teeth healthy, I took fluor tablets every night after brushing my teeth with toothpaste filled with fluor. I thought the fluor tablets tasted nice.
Overall, my family did not question any of the national recommendations but, rather, followed them conscientiously.
I have had lots of health-related “aha” experiences on my health-related journey over the last twenty-five years. I had my first experiences when I studied philosophy and psychology during the ’90s. I found it interesting to hear about the different views about who we are, the perennial questions, and especially about the mind- body relationship. I had never paid any conscious attention to these questions before. At the time, I started to realize that perhaps the truth I had been presented my whole life was not true at all.
My journey went on, first through studies in physical therapy and later in chiropractic and separate studies. I often asked myself,Why has no one told me this before? Often I have felt cheated, not by my parents, who conscientiously followed the national recommendations, but by the national recommendations themselves.
As a chiropractor I often meet people who come to me as a last resort. They say they have tried “everything.” Of course, the get happy if I can help them, but often I find them frustrated and irritated at the same time. They say the same thing I used to say, “Why has no one told me that chiropractic could help for this particular problem?”
No one likes to be fooled or left out.
There are two simple steps to achieve well-being:
- You have to find out what is good for you and what is bad for you.
- You have to do what is good for you and avoid what is bad for you.
Why do so many fail if it is so easy? There are two major reasons:
- You do not have the right information.
- You have the right information, but you are in denial.
Through this book, I will elaborate thoroughly on these aspects.