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Heal Your Gut Summit

SUBJECT: Your gut: where health starts and healing begins! Gut dysfunction can be linked to virtually every disease and can cause conditions like fatigue, depression, food sensitivities, chronic pain, allergies and more. The Heal Your Gut Summit from January 18-25, will help you understand how these conditions are by and large preventable! WHY ATTEND? Your gut is the cornerstone of true health, which is why Dr. Josh Axe, Donna Gates and Dr. Eric Zielinski have gathered together more than 30 gut health experts from around the globe to share the evidence-based tools you need to regain control of your health!

Register for FREE now at the following link:CLICK HERE

The Heal Your Gut Summit will teach you about:
  • Healing the gut to boost immunity and fight cancer
  • Losing weight by improving digestive health
  • Solutions to recover from irritable bowel syndrome
  • Balancing hormones and increasing libido
  • Reversing allergies and autoimmunity with foods and herbal remedies

Attend and listen to the following experts (over 30 in all!):
  • Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS: 5 Steps to Heal Leaky Gut
  • Leo Galland, MD: Why Allergies Could Be Signaling Bigger Problems
  • David Perlmutter, MD: Heal Your Gut by Going Grain Free
  • Ty Bollinger: Boost Immunity with Gut-Immune-Cancer Connection

Register today and you’ll get the following free gifts:
  • Expert Talk #1: 5 Steps to Heal Leaky Gut, Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS
  • Expert Talk #2: Boost Immunity with Gut-Immune-Cancer Connection, Ty Bollinger
  • Expert Talk #3: Getting to The Root Cause of Thyroid Disease, Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP
  • Expert Talk #4: Secrets to Overcome Candida & Yeast, Donna Gates, MEd, ABAAHP
The Heal Your Gut Summit is online and free from January 18-25, 2016!

Register for FREE at the following link today:CLICK HERE

I’ll see you at the summit!

More about my Gastric Bypass Surgery Part 2

The Honeymoon period...

Everything was falling into place.  I was on board following instructions and finally healing.  Weight was coming off and I was getting back into my normal routines.  Every time I would weigh it would never be enough or fast enough, but at least it was going down.  I was actually reaching my goals.  Intellectually I knew that the Gastric Bypass was just a tool; that magic answers to my life's problems and issues don't really exist...but deep inside that's what I was still hoping for.  The pre-surgery psych evaluation and preparation was a joke.  A big part because of my own beliefs and attitudes, but also in its content and because of who presented it.  At the time I was totally offended by it and rejected a big part of it.  I resented that the person giving the information had no clue whatsoever or personal experience with obesity and all that goes with it.  She was a "small thing" following a clinical outline; boilerplate that gave the surgeon the go ahead and coverage he needed.  Ugh, not happy!

In retrospect the psychological preparation is crucial for all those going through bariatric procedures; before and after!  I felt I was just changing my body, NOT my mind.  I'd just be a smaller version of me.

Things were going well until that moment I now call: "Naked In The Intersection" happened to me.  The honeymoon finally wears off, real life continues and all the stuff you've repressed, ignored and denied all your life...all the stuff you stuffed with food comes back with a vengeance...and now you DON'T HAVE FOOD as your survival technique any more...Now What !!!!

It's at this point that I think many of those that have the bariatric procedures of Gastric Bypass or Lap Band return to what is comfortable and safe and stop using the tool and regain the weight...

I am eternally grateful that I turned to all the techniques I had learned, looked inside and began another journey decoding all the triggers and reasons I had put weight on to begin with.  It's been a long journey with lots of twists, turns and backslides - but very much worth the efforts.  I learned many things that don't work and some that do.  I came at the issue from as many different perspectives as I could think of.  I love learning and will indulge that "vice" as long as I'm alive.  It's one of the things in my life that actually works well!

The recent course from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating has been a wonderful experience and helped bring all my experience together and give it strong foundation.  Great new information was learned and has helped me on my own personal journey as well as given me new things to help others.  As a Certified Eating Psychology Coach I look forward to helping others, including those that have had Gastric Bypass or Lap Band procedures, reach their goals and find that place inside that brings you peace and contentment without the constant fighting and struggle.

Rx for the Best Quick Fix for Your Health

Prescription for the Best Quick Fix for Your Health
By Michael Finkelstein, MD
Excerpt from - Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness
William Morrow Paperbacks
Slow Medicine “prescribes” a series of questions that help optimize wellness at the core, regardless of ailment.  Here are some examples:
·       Do you take walks, garden, or have other regular contact with nature?
·       Are creative activities a part of your work or leisure time?
·       Do you confide in or speak openly with one or more close friends?
·       Are you grateful for the blessings in your life?
·       Do you observe a day of rest completely away from work, dedicated to nurturing yourself and your family?
This information was published in the Townsend Letter magazine January 2015 Issue #378.  It is a great reminder for all of us that the best things that we can do for our health are easy doable changes.  The challenge is to incorporate them regularly in our daily lives…

I really enjoyed reading that article and am going to add some of those bullet points to my daily routine.  Hope you all enjoyed it as well.  I'll add a link below in case you'd like to print a PDF file for yourself.

More about my Gastric Bypass History Part 1

Greetings Everyone,

I wanted to add a little more detail about myself and my own journey with Gastric Bypass surgery; what led up to it and where I am at now.

It was some time in 2000 that I remember stepping out of the shower and seeing myself in the mirror.  All of a sudden I saw myself as I really was.  I was horrified.  How could this have happened to me.  I was suddenly, overnight it seemed, 100 pounds heavier than I was the last time I looked.  Disbelief, Anger, Instant Self Loathing, and many other negative emotions hit me as I was standing there dripping.  How could this be!

Unless you've ever been in a situation like this, you'll never get it.  I had learned as a child to turn off painful things.  Four years of sexual abuse had created a protective mechanism to hide from pain and uncomfortable things.  I had literally been in a blinding fog for several years.  Eating my way through stress and surviving moment to moment reacting without thinking at a very deep level.  How could I have functioned in my job and been outwardly reasonably successful I'll never know.  Why it happened that moment I don't know either, but right then I knew I had to do something.  I hated myself.  I hurt.  My health was spiraling downward and I just knew in the depths of my being that I was literally dieing.

From that moment on I began working towards finding a way to get Gastric Bypass surgery (Lap Band wasn't even offered then).  At the time I felt surgery was my only hope and option; I was 365 pounds and growing!  People Magazine and other media had been reporting on Carnie Wilson and her recent Gastric Bypass surgery and I felt that was my only hope.  As I mentioned on my About Me page I finally was able to make the surgery happen.  It was financial disaster topped with physical trauma.  Insurance didn't cover it at that time and I used all available financial resources (which was almost impossible to do...when your self worth is in the dumpster you don't want to impoverish your family because you're a fat pig with no will power) to get the surgery.  The doctor stapled a part of the surgery to something that shouldn't have been stapled and in the days after I twisted my torso and tore it loose.  I began leaking bile and digestive fluids into my abdomen.  I went totally septic.  I was incoherent with fever and crashing and Kathy, my wife,  had to rush me back to the Emergency Room and right into another surgery.  The doctors zippered me open from the sternum down to my belly button and cleaned out all the sepsis.  I spent 11 days in intensive care and Kathy sat by my side almost 24/7.  She has quite an opinion on those days and it was her diligence that kept me from dieing 3 different times from medical personnel not doing what they should...One time they told her to tell me good by that I was on my way out with complete kidney failure and other organ systems were shutting down.  She grabbed my ears and shook me yelling at me to fight...and darn it if I didn't.  I came out of it and finally was able to come home with a nasogastric tube down my nose into my stomach for another 2 months...I had nothing by mouth except for a sip of water to swallow pills and some ice chips that whole time.  The Thrush (Candida Albicans fungus) on my tongue was so bad my tongue would crack and bleed whenever I moved it...Boy am I glad all that is behind me, but it has been an important part of my journey.  I learned so many things from that experience and I can honestly say that even though it was a very hard I have been able to grow and become a better and stronger person from the experiences.  Even with that rough start I began losing weight.  The euphoria of the "honeymoon" period had begun.


Greetings Friends!  It's been quite a year or so.  I haven't been active with the blog and posting while I was dealing with lots of life challenges and family matters, as well as completing the Eating Psychology Coaching program from the Institute of Eating Psychology.  Things are settling down and I hope to get back in the saddle and be able to keep things current and provide a bunch of information that will help all of us.  Please keep tuned in and give me lots of feedback so I can direct the blogs in a direction that benefits everyone the most.  Best to you all, Michael
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