I was born in a small country town. My grandparents were very healthy. They belonged to a religion called the Mennonites, which, how I explain it, is not quite Amish. They were farmers, before they moved to Arizona from Nebraska. They ate healthily, took vitamins, walked, had no TV. But for some reason, that made no impact on my dad or on me either, for the first half of my life. Drinking, partying, smoking and all the things that seem to go hand in hand with that.
I specifically remember sitting in a car with my dad ( I must have been about 10) when we drove past a guy jogging on the side of the road. He was really fit and muscular. As we drove past him, my dad said with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, ” He’s going to have to die just like the rest of us”. Even at my young age, with no education, I knew that the guy jogging had a greater chance of living a longer, healthier life with the odds of him dying in his sleep at 105, rather than at 65 after 10 years of pain, medication, oxygen tanks, and discomfort. Which is how my father died.
I haven’t always been following what I preach. When I left home and joined the military at 18, I discovered drinking, smoking and partying. I learned how to have a good time with the boys, and I was pretty good at it. I was a fireman, and I loved it. I loved helping people in need. But I became frustrated in my role, because as a fireman I was always there when the problem had gotten too big. When something went wrong, and sometimes it was too late to fix it. I wanted to be part of the solution and so when I left the military I chose the health care field becoming a chiropractor, to continue providing a service to people.
I want to be healthy and strong for my family, to lead a good example for my girls. I want to encourage my family to be healthy and strong, so we can be healthy and happy for a long time together. I have been amazed by the improvement in health our family has seen since changing to a whole food diet and am passionate about spreading the wellness message to as many people as I can to ensure they live long lives being optimally healthy too.