Welcome to Northwoods!
My personal Mission Statement is: As a man among men I provide safety and healing to myself and those around me. I discovered that mission in 2004 while attending the New Warrior Training weekend sponsored by the Mankind Project. It was life changing for me to say the least. Truly a major event in my life's journey and I've been endeavoring to live my mission ever since. This vision and purpose is reflected and is woven throughout my practice.
I began a life's vocation of Natural Healing when I was 13 years old. My father was becoming sicker even though he was seeing two different medical doctors in North Hollywood, California. I took it upon myself to go to the local college library and look up the medications they had given him for gout and hypertension. I found that they were contraindicated and should not have been given together; That is what was making him feel worse than before. He let me suggest some herbal remedies I had researched and he went off his prescriptions. He got better and so the journey began... I took my first body work training in Southern California in the late 70's and began pursuing education in Psychology as well as Natural Healing. After a detour to take care of family financial matters, in Law Enforcement of all things, I went back to school and got my Oregon Massage License in 1998 and have pursued Bodywork and Natural Healing methods ever since. I have given Natural Weight Loss a special focus.
On a more personal note I spent the majority of my life morbidly obese. I began gaining weight at 5 years old after surviving several years of sexual assault from a 24 year old cousin. Fairly typical of those types of events I blanked out and "buried" my trauma in fat and food. I began healing in my 30's and ended up having Gastric By-Pass surgery in 2001. I had gotten up to 360 pounds with all the pain, suffering and sicknesses that entails. There were complications with the surgery and I nearly died...I spent 11 days in the Intensive Care Unit and then another 2 months with a GI tube in my nose. A rough start, but one I needed at that point in my life. I dropped 120 pounds and started feeling better. I did more physical and emotional healing (like I mentioned in the first paragraph above) and was able to change my eating habits/addictions working with a modified Blood Type Diet and many other natural approaches. Through homeopathy, nutrition and supplements I became much healthier and was able to quit taking 90% of all the prescriptions I had been on for years. I lost another 30 pounds. In the following years I have used Homeopathic and other Natural Weight Loss approaches to lose the last of my weight. Finally, no "diets", just permanent Healthy Life Changes! I am more healthy and stable at half the man I used to be and loving it. Life's journey and growth will continue as long as I'm alive but I can finally rejoice in how far I've come ( and not cringe at being a hypocrite regarding my knowledge and belief regarding health) rather than be depressed with how far I have yet to go.
I am happy to say, actually proud, that I have completed the Eating Psychology Coaching course from the Institute of Psychology of Eating and am continuing this journey called life with even greater tools and abilities to help both myself and others. I have an insatiable love of learning and look forward to a lifetime of pursuing more knowledge to continue on my life's path with just a little more skill and success.
This is me in 1998 before beginning my health and weight loss journey.
Me after The New Warrior Training in 2004.
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