This blog came out of my 5-year journey to recovery, not from drugs and alcohol, but rather over a decade of inactivity and poor dining choices between the ages of 45 to 55 that led me to believe, "I'm just getting old." My left hip hurt so badly that I couldn't even sleep on my side on a Tempur-Pedic mattress, which had me convinced it was an old skiing injury that would surely require a hip replacement like my friend Randy, while my lower back pain had me grabbing onto the nightstand and bathroom counter just to stand up straight after a poor night's sleep.
Recently divorced and back in the dating pool, like most men I started with joining a gym, thinking it was just a matter of pumping some iron and hitting the treadmill to get back in shape, while not having a clue as to what was going on inside my body causing my current condition. A blood test revealed I had high cholesterol and low testosterone, and of course my doctor's only solution was Lipitor and testosterone injections, because that's what happens as you get older.
Luckily I've always been opposed to medications, even down to aspirin or Ibuprofen, so I turned to the Internet for answers where I found countless individuals I would eventually like to personally thank. After hundreds of hours of research, at the age of 61 I'm in better shape than I was 43 years ago when I graduated high school, all simply due to proper diet and exercise. And by diet I don't mean counting calories or following the latest fads, but rather eating single ingredient foods you can source from nature if we didn't have grocery stores. And by exercise I don't mean lifting weights at the gym or running for hours on a treadmill, that do nothing for flexibility and mobility, while creating muscle and skeletal imbalances that set you up for injury.
The reality is I've made my greatest progress in the last year where I finally feel I've got everything "dialed in", which is why I wanted to not only share my experience, but build a community of support for others on the same journey. The actual mechanics of what I'm doing are simple and inexpensive by any measure, let alone when compared to the emotionally and financially costly alternative of being old, in pain and part of the medical industrial complex. The most difficult part is making the choice to do it, no different than deciding to become drug and alcohol free.
Thank you so much for being part of this community and I'll be creating plenty of ways that you can become more involved as this site develops. I look forward to your comments and feedback on both this website as well as the social media accounts and YouTube channel I'll be developing. Given a recent visitor from Europe pointed out that nearly every commercial and billboard here in the US is an attorney hoping to sue someone, I have the following disclaimer...
The entire contents of this website are based upon my opinions unless otherwise noted, while individual articles referenced are based upon the opinions of the respective authors. The information is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience I've gained over the past 5 years and continue to gain as I learn from others. I encourage everyone to make their own health care decisions based upon their own research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.