Archive for March 2008

Cell Phone Telemarketing

March 24, 2008

A friend passed this one, thought I’d share it. I tested and it worked as advertised. Now I hope it actually works and stops telemarketers from calling my cell phone.

I am sure many of you hate receiving junk mail
or being bothered with unsolicited telephone calls.

Cell phone numbers go public tomorrow
All cell phone numbers are being released
to telemarketing companies tomorrow
and you will start to receive sale calls.


To prevent this,
call the following number from your cell phone:


It is the National DO NOT CALL list.
It will only takes a minute of your time.
It blocks your number for five (5) years.
You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked.
You cannot call from a different phone number.
It takes about 20 seconds.

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Another “Duh” research study

March 24, 2008

Here’s the headline for this article: “Elderly Improve with Exercise, Too”


But what’s shocking isn’t that exercise also improves the elderly, but that anyone would think the assertion tenuous enough to merit study. Well, at least some folks are starting to wake up to the critical importance of movement. And I will say, there is value in this study in that I get a number of new clients who are over 70 who say to me “can I really positively change my posture at my age?”

YES! You are NEVER too old to move, you are NEVER too old to be better and healthier and stronger tomorrow than you were today. Improve your diet, improve your thought patterns, and improve and increase your motion. You WILL turn back the functional clock.

Here’s the study:

Elderly Improve With Exercise, Too:

A video on health that you need to watch

March 23, 2008

This is a youtube video that I think is important enough to watch that I am posting it here.

Now, first, a word. It’s put together by the folks at It think that site has a lot of good information, but I don’t take everything Mercola says as gospel and I do disagree with him on some things. Me posting this video here is not intended to be an endorsement of the book shown at the end or of Dr Mercola or his website and services. That said, neither am I saying you should not read his works. I think he is right far more than he is wrong, and if Americans in general followed his advice I think most people’s health would dramatically improve.

This video makes some pretty damning (and near as I can tell, accurate) statements about the state of “health” care in this country. There is no question in my mind that our health care system is being hijacked by Big Pharma and that many people are grossly overmedicated and that many physicians are far too quick to pull out the prescription pad instead of trying to help educate their patients on how to genuinely fix their problems and not just chemically mask them. However, only a fool would assert that all prescription medications are evil. Yes, medical mistakes, drug side effects, etc…, kill many people. They also save lives. Mine is one of them. There have been two times in my life where I would’ve died without prescription medications. One was when a case of pneumonia went misdiagnosed (yes, a medical error) for so long that I needed to stay several days in the hospital on IV antibiotics to get it under control. On another, I contracted a drug-resistant staph infection on my left knee. Had I waited another day to go to the hospital I would’ve lost my leg and possibly died. I was in the hospital on IV antibiotics for 5 days, and on them at home through home health care for another 3 weeks before the infection was finally controlled. The pneumonia was about 15 years ago, the staph infection maybe 8. Yes, I’ve changed some lifestyle habits such that the odds of me having such issues in the future are markedly less, but I am still grateful for the high quality of care I received from many medical professionals, and I am grateful for the drugs that kept me alive.

So, as in all things, balance, right? I’m not anti-doctor, anti-pill, anti-surgery. Some of my best friends are physicians! Sorry, I just had to say that. It’s true, but still…..

My philosophy is pretty simple. I’m glad we have physicians who have gone through extraordinary training and sacrifice to be able to practice their craft. I’m grateful for the research that has yielded the drugs and surgical procedures that have genuinely helped so many. But yes, these tools are FAR overused. People, stop treating symptoms. Improve your diet, stop putting toxic things in and on your bodies, start putting healthful things in, and get moving! Then use the medical system as the way it should be used, as a tool to help when healthy lifestyle choices are not enough.

So with all that said, watch this video. It’s about 5 minutes long. You’ll be glad you did.

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You have got to be kidding me

March 22, 2008

Ok, I try, I REALLY try. But sometimes, it’s hard to be patient. The mainstream medical and research community tends to be somewhat conservative in how they view health issues, and they tend to place a very high value on studies, especially double-blind placebo-controlled ones. I heard a very prominent physician in the health and fitness community once described in this way: “If you tell him the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, his response will be ‘show me the study’.” Now, I’m not dismissing the value of studies. Far from it. Information rigorously obtained and properly analyzed is ALWAYS a good thing. But you can take it too far and waste money and time when you could be taking action. You don’t need a study to tell you the sun rises in the east. You need eyes and a sense of direction, or maybe a compass if you lack the latter.

The study below falls into this category for me. It’s days I read stuff like this I have two primary responses: first, did anyone actually think we really needed a study for this? And second, evidently so, so I’m glad we have this one to convince the people without enough properly firing brain cells to realize the self evidence of the premise.

Now, to what study am I referring? There’s a new one out from the University of Missouri (hey, the Show Me state in action) that says – wait for it – that not exercising can lead to poor health.

Wow. I’m gonna just wait a few seconds so you can wrap your brain around that one.


OK, we’re back.

Here’s a quote from one of the researchers:

“Previously, we thought that not exercising just wasn’t healthy, but we didn’t think that a lack of activity could cause disease. That assumption was wrong.”

Ya think?

Simply put, our bodies are built in such a way that motion is not optional. If you are not moving, you are dying. Simple as that. What I do think is cool about this is that every time I read a new study about the body, it validates something Pete Egoscue has been saying for years. Now there is a very important point here I want you all to really grasp. You HAVE to move, you have to exercise. So if you start to hurt when you move, the answer is NOT to stop moving because that path leads to disease, degeneration and death. The answer is to find out WHY you hurt when you move, fix that problem and then get moving again, pain free.

I hear over and over again things like “well I used to run, but my knees started hurting so I stopped running. And then I used to play golf but my back started hurting so I stopped that.” And slowly, over time, they cut motion out of their lives like someone clipping coupons out of the morning paper, until all that’s left is a bunch of holes. I’ll make the story personal. My father passed away back in the 80s when I was in college. My mom re-married a wonderful man named Tom several years later and they lived a very happy life together. When Tom was in his mid 70s, he was still walking regularly and playing golf several times a week. He was in pretty good shape and looked to stay that way a good while longer. Then his back started hurting and he stopped playing golf. At this point my wife and I were Egoscue clients and I told him about Egoscue and urged him to get into the San Diego clinic to fix this so he could resume playing golf. I explained Egoscue conceptually, then my wife and I offered to have one of us take him to the clinic and back while the other stayed to take care of my mom (who suffered from Parkinsons). He refused. I told my wife “he’ll be dead within 3 years”. Sure enough, his back never got better. He never again returned to the golf course, and soon it hurt to walk through the neighborhood so he stopped that. More motion going away, and now those three D’s from above closing in. 2 years later he had a serious heart attack from which he never fully recovered and less than a year after that he was dead. Now do I know for a fact that all could’ve been avoided had he gone to Egoscue? Of course not. But my instincts tell me ‘yes’. I hadn’t gone through the training yet but I could easily see major postural faults and I knew he could fix it and feel better. And I knew that if he stopped moving, he was going to accelerate the degeneration process.

So folks, move as if your life depends on it. Because it does!

Here’s the study, by the way:

Killer Stairs? Taking The Elevator Could Be Worse For Your Body:

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A client’s first visit

March 19, 2008

One of our clinic directors forwarded me this link. A client visited their clinic and wrote about it on her blog. It’s a great story that I think a lot of clients can relate to. You can read it here.

And if the client who read this happens to read this entry, I want to tell her “congratulations on taking responsibility for your own health, knowing what you do and don’t want and not settling for less.”

And now it’s time to work.

One thing I LOVED about her story is the emphasis on listening. At an Egoscue Clinic, one thing you will DEFINITELY get is someone who wants to hear what you have to say, what YOU think the problem is and what you think needs to change to resolve it. I’ve had clients sit across my desk and when I ask them “what do you want to accomplish today?”, their response is “I want you to fix me.” I just laugh. My standard response to this is “I’ve been the clinic director here for over 4 years. I haven’t fixed one person in that time and I’m not about to start with you.” Sometimes they get it and sometimes they don’t. I then say “it’s not MY job to fix you, and the very use of the word ‘fix’ implies brokenness, and I don’t think you’re broken. But what I will do is show you how to take ownership over this situation and how to start taking action to making it better. But YOU are the one who will be doing the work. I’m just going to help you figure out what work to do and help guide you down that path. It’s a journey we will be taking together, as a team.”

This woman started a journey at this clinic and she joined a TEAM that will listen to her, respond to her and work with her. She’s not alone with this anymore.

I wish her all the success she deserves and earns.

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True power and freedom

March 12, 2008

A friend from South America sent me this story. I found it moving and true and thought I would share it with you all.

And as my friend Michael signs off his emails…..


Two Sides of a Prison Wall: An Article by Alan Cohen

A young Japanese man named Shui was riding on a crowded train when a belligerent drunk made his way through the train car and began to rough up passengers. Shui had studied martial arts for many years, yet never before had he been forced into a public confrontation. Shui felt his blood begin to boil, and realized the ruffian needed to be stopped before he hurt someone badly.

Shui stood up, blocked the fellow’s path, and the two exchanged angry words. As the men were about to square off, Shui felt a hand on his arm. He looked down and saw a frail old man. “Let me handle this,” the elder insisted.

Shui watched in amazement as the old man invited the heavy to have a seat next to him. Strangely, he acquiesced. The elder began to engage the fellow, asking him questions about his life and looking him in the eye with kindness and compassion. After a while the thug confessed that his wife had just died and he was in great pain; he had gone out and gotten drunk to numb his agony. The old man placed a comforting hand on the fellow’s shoulder, and he began to weep. Before Shui’s eyes the intruder was transformed from a villain into an innocent child.

When the train arrived at the next station, the tough guy thanked the old man and exited the car.
Shui, stunned, sat down next to the old man and asked him, “Why did you stop me?”

“You were about to meet that man’s violence with your own,” answered the old man.
“In true martial arts, if you hurt your opponent in any way, you cannot call your act a victory.”

We have all encountered people whom we feel we must protect ourselves from. Yet there is a way to keep ourselves safe without hurting others. It is the strongest way to protect our peace. Although we have been taught that we must wield pain as a weapon to keep others at a distance, it is not so. We gain all together or not at all. To wish ill upon anyone is to hurt ourselves.

I used to visit a prisoner named Ron. Years earlier, in college, Ron had a girlfriend named Jen. One night the couple had an argument, and in a fit of rage, Ron beat her up. Tragically, she died. Ron was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to many years in prison.

I met Ron when he was up for parole after nine years of incarceration. In contrast to his violent act, I found him to be a gentle soul. He was contrite about his crime and he had used his time in prison to advance his spiritual growth. Ron studied A Course in Miracles, he was active in the prison church, he was liked by the other prisoners and staff, and he had worked his way up to a responsible position managing the prison laundry. When I visited Ron, I sensed no cruelty in him and he certainly did not seem like a dangerous criminal to me.

Ron told me that he had been denied parole repeatedly because Jen’s parents had mounted a citywide campaign to keep him in jail. Each year when Ron was eligible to be released, Jen’s parents took out newspaper ads, exerted their political influence, and orchestrated a concerted community effort to “keep this killer off the streets.” Yet, looking at this man, I did not see a killer at all. I saw a basically good man who had made a heartbreaking mistake.

“So how are you dealing with Jen’s parents?” I asked Ron.

“I send them love and prayer,” he answered. “I understand that they are very angry and they must be in great pain. If I could go back and undo my act, I surely would. More than anything, I wish I could bring Jen back. But I can’t. So I am just deepening my relationship with God right where I am and trying to be a blessing to the world.”

As I left my meeting with Ron that day, I wondered who was really in prison. Ron was locked up physically, but his soul was soaring. Meanwhile, Jen’s parents were quite wealthy and enjoyed unlimited physical freedom, yet they were consumed by anger and vengeance. It seemed to me that their wrathful thoughts were creating walls more formidable than those encasing Ron.

Because we are spiritual beings at our essence, what we do with our spirit influences us more profoundly than what we do with our body. Heaven and hell are not places we go or conditions the outer world imposes on us; they are experiences we create with our thoughts and beliefs. A Course in Miracles tells us, “I am affected only by my thoughts.” Where our mind goes, there we are. The desire to hurt brings us instant pain, while the desire to heal brings us instant freedom.

If you are angry with anyone, or involved in a conflict, keep reaching for a solution that leaves everyone whole. If you feel you need to hurt someone or take something away from them to make things even, you do violence mostly to yourself. Instead of seeing them as a villain, regard them as wounded or calling for love. No one does anything mean or foolish unless they are in great pain. To try to inflict more pain only exacerbates their sense of disconnection. As you connect with your own sense of peace, you invite them to claim theirs. Only then can you say you have won.

About the Author:
Alan Cohen is the author of many popular inspirational books, including the best-selling Why Your Life Sucks and What You Can Do About It, the award-winning A Deep Breath of Life and his newest is the prosperity guide Relax into We

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More on kids and exercise

March 11, 2008

Our director of therapy, Brian Bradley, is working with this school system and we’re hoping to get a PatchFitness setup into this school soon. Here’s a video on how they are using exercise to assist in learning.

And there’s a lesson here for all of us. Do you want to feel better through your day? And perform better at school or on the job or in the home? Then get up and GET MOVING!

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