2015 Clinicians’ Mentoring Program: Major Expansion & Improvements – Join Us Before January 16th Tuition Increase

Posted on December 19, 2014 | Comments to this post

Dear Colleague,

Blessings and joy to you and yours in this sacred season. It’s been a truly wonderful second year for the Clinicians’ Mentoring Program. Members’ practices have grown in size, results and ease. Their confidence and success with nutrition, herbal therapy, lab testing and lifestyle counseling have greatly increased. Click here to read Member comments. and for complete Program details, and click here for comments from colleagues.

This Program is the joyful fulfillment of a decade-long desire to go to depth with a small, committed group of clinicians who have a burning desire to improve their patient care and practice success with natural medicine. I love my busy seminar schedule, and often feel that I have so much more to share than is possible in a one- or two-day event.

heather lahdenperaThrough Michael Gaeta’s Mentoring Program, I have a wider knowledge base regarding possible herbs and supplements to use for more effective treatment.  My patient outcomes have improved with my increased knowledge and confidence and my practice has grown as a result. I am very grateful that I am able to learn from Michael Gaeta.  I highly recommend him, and hope others may learn from this excellent teacher.” – Heather Lahdenpera, LAc, MPT, MTOM, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)

As we head into the third year of the Mentoring Program, I’ve gathered comments and requests from graduates and current members, and am excited to announce the release of a significantly expanded Program for 2015. It will be even better, with considerably more engagement, one-on-one training and a private Members’ retreat. But to provide that high level of engagement and personal attention on our small group calls twice each month, we are going to limit registration to just 12 new members. I am deeply thankful to those who are currently participating, and am pleased to extend all the benefits of the new Program to them at the current tuition.

The big additions to the 2015 Mentoring Program are monthly, focused one-on-one training calls with me (normally $1,800 over a year), a private Colorado retreat in August ($1,500 value), and the release of several new seminar training recordings (estimated $500 value). NCCAOM-certified practitioners will also receive 30 PDAs as members of the Program ($750 value).

We will continue with group teleconference trainings (two per month), our private website (with over 325 case studies, training recordings and more), many free seminars (live and by teleconference) throughout the year, and a Mentoring Buddy for peer support.

brenda sahlin“I do not have the words to express how knowledgeable, intuitive and giving Michael Gaeta is. I am just grateful that I have the opportunity to learn from him, right now, when my patients need me the most. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” – Brenda Sahlin, DC, Ocean, NJ

With all of these wonderful additions to the Program, designed to improve your patient care and practice success, tuition for new members will increase after January 15th, 2015. However, if you reserve your place in the Program by then, you can enjoy the greatly improved 2015 Program at the 2014 tuition. Starting January 16th, tuition for the one-year Program will be one payment of $4,500, or $450 per month. Tuition through January 15th: one payment of $3,500, or $350 per month. Click here to register.

A single payment of just $350 by January 15th will reserve your place. If you are not yet ready to start your Mentoring Year right away, reserve your place by 1/15/15, and choose your start date, which can be as late as July 1st.

Michael Forman“If you want to integrate nutrition into your practice and need to step up your level of understanding and practical application with your patients, I cannot not think of any way better than Dr. Michael Gaeta’s Mentoring Program. I highly recommend it. Michael, I thank you and more importantly, my patients thank you for the loving and invaluable education you have given me. I will always be grateful.” – Michael Forman, DOM, Miami, FL

The Mentoring Program is for those clinicians who would like to receive mentoring with me for a year, and keep up-to-date with all of my teachings. It is the most personal, in-depth way I have to fulfill my purpose, which is to create a world of vital, resilient people who make a difference through positive contribution, and help patients stay out of the medical system. If I can make one practice better, then I am helping thousands of people, including patients I’ll likely never meet.

lisa rhodes cropped“Thank you, Michael. I don’t know how you get all you get done, but I am sure glad you do and that I am learning from the best.” Lisa Rhodes, Naturopath, ACN

I invite all health professionals who would consider joining us in the 2015 Mentoring Program to call me directly at 303-442-2525, or email michael@gaetacommunications.com at your earliest convenience. I am happy to do our Practice Assessment, answer your questions, offer ways to “sample” what it’s like to participate, and see if it is indeed a good fit for you.

charlotte richer 8-14 cropped“Since I’ve started working with you, adding nutritional protocols with my acupuncture treatments, my weekly income has increased by $625 (that’s $30,000 a year)! In addition, my patients feel better quicker, so I’ve been getting more referrals, and have my patients coming back on a monthly or quarterly basis to re-evaluate their nutritional protocol as well. So not only have you helped me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, you’ve helped me financially! My practice has now quadrupled since joining your Mentoring Program 14 months ago. It’s fantastic.” – Charlotte Richer LAc, MSTCM, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM)

Also feel free to contact Corinne Conry, LAc, Director of Client Services, Clinicians’ Mentoring Program, at corinne@gaetacommunications.com

In closing, to express my appreciation for your interest in my teachings, I invite you to join the 2015 Mentoring Program at the 2014 tuition, before the increase on January 16th.  Click here to register.

Thank you for all that you do to change lives for the better.

Blessings and peace to you,
MG Signature Michael Only



Michael Gaeta, DAc, MS, CDN, Dipl Ac & ABT (NCCAOM), LMT

Boulder, Colorado

19 December 2014




The Initial Phone Call: Welcoming a New Patient

Posted on June 11, 2014 | Comments to this post

By Michael Gaeta DAc, MS, CDN, LAc, Dipl Ac & ABT (NCCAOM)


One of the most important moments in your practice is the initial phone call. As an old business maxim states, “You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.”

When I started practice, the phone was not a high priority. I quickly discovered that being unprepared for an initial phone call sabotages potential appointments. In the 24 years since, I’ve developed several key steps to a good introductory call.

First, give a warm greeting and ask how you can help. Next, determine the source of referral. Then, give a clear description of your services and how those services will benefit them, and ask whether they have any questions. Finally, offer to schedule an appointment.


The following transcript of a successful first phone call demonstrates this process:

Michael: Good morning, Gaeta Acupuncture & Nutrition, this is Michael. How may I help you?

Caller: Hi, my name is Julia. I found your website, and I’m a little curious about acupuncture.  I’m having some issues I’d like to treat and was hoping you could give me some information.

M: Of course. Julia. How did you find our website?

J: I Googled “acupuncture” in my zip code, and came up with your name.


Always ask for the source of referral. That’s called “tracking marketing.” It’s when we learn how people find us, and discover which marketing strategies are working.

Now you establish credibility. A smooth, concise description of who you are, what you do and why you do it, is essential.


M: Julia, we are a wholistic health care center. We offer natural therapies and natural medicine to help people with specific health problems, and help healthy people maintain their health. As you saw on the website, we offer acupuncture, bodywork therapy, clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, and other therapies to do that.


By the end of the general description, the caller has gotten the big picture. She is being treated with patience and respect, knows what you’re about. Now you can move on and answer her specific questions.


M:  Acupuncture is a part of Chinese medicine, which helps to restore and maintain health, helping the body to heal itself. It also promotes a sense of well-being and inner peace, mentally and emotionally.

J: That sounds perfect.

M: Did you have any specific concerns, or areas that you wanted to address or improve?

J: Specifically, I’m having problems sleeping, I’m stressed all the time, I’ve got tension in my neck, and I’m really wanting to redirect my life. I’m interested in the bigger picture of health, starting with my trouble sleeping and stress, and eventually leading to positive life change… I don’t know if I’m asking too much, but I wanted you know a bit about my background. I think I am interested in making an appointment. What do you think?

M: Thanks for that.  We have successfully helped many people with similar concerns over the past 24 years. We have a good track record helping people sleep better, reduce stress, and make positive life changes.  You can feel confident that you will get the help you’re seeking here.


Ask for “concerns or areas,” because there isn’t always a problem to fix. This critical question helps to determine whether or not you should treat them, and lets you speak of past successes. Next, repeat her goals to show that you are listening. Finally, express confidence that you can help. Do not guarantee outcomes; just let them know that you expect they will get what they came for at your practice.

The last step with Julia, my favorite closing question, will be “Do you have any other questions?” By taking my time and expressing genuine interest, you offer a positive example of the level of concern that they can expect in all aspects of your practice.

Encourage the caller to ask questions, until they feel comfortable enough to book an appointment. To ensure that you are equipped to answer them, create a phone script with clear, concise answers to frequently asked questions.


M: If you have more questions I’d be glad to answer them. If you’re ready to make an appointment I can do that for you.

J: Ok. Who will I be seeing when I come in?

M: You’ll be seeing Anthony. He’s excellent, and has been with us for ten years. You’ll be in very good hands.

J: Okay, do you have anything open for this Friday?

M: Yes, we have an opening at 3.

J: That’s perfect.  

M: Great. As you may have noticed on our website, the initial visit is $200, and follow-up visits are $100. At the bottom of the Appointments page, you’ll see a link called “New Patient Forms,” which you can download and fill out before you come in. It also explains what you should bring in with you on your first visit. Any other questions, Julia?

J: No, I think that does it. Thanks.

M: You are most welcome. I look forward to seeing you on the 31st at 3. Have a great week.


A lot happens in the closing part of the call. First, check to see if she has any other questions. Next, always ask for the appointment when someone calls you. You are not being pushy; they called you. Ask for time of day preference, go right to a specific time (not, “I’m wide open”), then review fees. No one should come in without knowing your fees ahead of time. Direct her to the new client forms on your website. Ask your closing question about any more questions, then repeat the appointment time and give a warm close.


Follow these steps, and you will impress your new callers with your care and professionalism, and grow your practice well.


Michael Gaeta, DAc, MS, CDN is a visionary educator, clinician, radio show host and writer in the field of natural healthcare. He offers trainings, patient care and learning programs to create a world of resilient, vital people who make a difference through positive contribution. A successful practitioner of 24 years’ experience, he works each year with thousands of clinicians who want to improve their patient care and practice success. www.michaelgaeta.com.


Vaccine Myth #7: Vaccines Eliminated Many Epidemics and Saved Millions of Lives

Posted on April 14, 2014 | Comments to this post

By Michael Gaeta DAc, MS, CDN, LAc, Dipl Ac & ABT (NCCAOM)


An Unearned Reputation of Goodness

“There was a continuous decline [in disease]…from 1937 onward. [Whooping cough/pertussis] vaccination, beginning on a small scale in some places around 1948 and on a national scale in 1957, did not affect the rate of decline if it be assumed that one attack usually confers immunity, as in most major communicable diseases of childhood…With this pattern well-established before 1957, there is no evidence that vaccination played a major role in the decline in incidence and mortality in the trend of events.”

– Gordon T Stewart, MD, Emeritus Professor of Public Health, University of Glasgow. Consultant Physician, National Health Service (Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine), Emeritus Fellow, Infectious Disease Society of America

There is no credible evidence that any vaccine has prevented any disease in anyone at any time. All of the epidemics for which drug companies created vaccines were well into their decline or gone before the vaccine was introduced on a mass scale. The real reasons for the decline of the epidemics of smallpox, measles, polio, etc. were improvements in hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, working conditions and clean water delivery. The vaccines came in well after the fact. Then the vaccine makers/conventional medicine wrongly took credit for it. See the book Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History, by Suzanne Humphries, MD for details (www.dissolvingillusions.com).

Here are two telling and powerful excerpts from this excellent book:

“With so many changes occurring due to massive public health initiatives, the dreadful living situation that existed for multitudes dramatically improved by the mid-1800s. Sanitary infrastructure, understanding of hygiene, vastly improved nutrition, labor laws, advances in science, and many other factors coalesced to create a radical shift. Children who were once dying from diarrhea and common infectious diseases were living and thriving in greater numbers within the span of several decades. The Western world had transitioned from squalor and suffering to what we recognize as our modern world.”

“Unfortunately, the flawed belief that vaccines and other medical advances were responsible for this amazing decline has dictated how infectious diseases are treated today. Instead of an emphasis on hygiene, nutrition, appropriate vitamin supplementation, immune system support, and natural remedies, the emphasis is always on costly antibiotics, vaccinations, and other medical procedures. These choices have not been without consequences, as they fight the germs instead of supporting the life force.”

Here’s a graphic, drawn from US government statistics, revealing how the vaccinated diseases were on their way out before the related vaccine was available on a mass scale (Thanks to the research team at www.healthsentinel.com)

Vaccine Chart

So the next time you hear the tired and baseless phrase “vaccine-preventable disease,” you will know that the speaker does not actually understand what they are speaking of, and is merely parroting the fear- and guilt-producing propaganda used to coerce people into accepting these dangerous and useless poisons.

“It is pathetic and ludicrous to say we ever vanquished smallpox with vaccines, when only 10% of the population was ever vaccinated.” Glen Dettman, PhD, Pathologist, winner of the Australian Medal of Merit for outstanding scientific research

“The decline of disease is due to improved living conditions: Cleaner water. Advanced sewage systems. Nutrition. Fresher food. A decrease in poverty. Germs may be everywhere, but when you are healthy, you don’t contract the diseases as easily.”Former NIH Scientist and Vaccine Developer

“Up to 90% of the total decline in the death rate of children between 1860-1965 because of whooping cough, scarlet fever, diptheria, and measles occurred before the introduction of immunisations and antibiotics.” – Archie Kalokerinos, MD

Financial Conflicts of Interest

Why the savage attacks on those who intelligently and rationally question the safety and effectiveness of vaccines? Well, as the saying goes, if you get between a hungry dog and its food, even if it’s your dog, you’re going to get bitten. And if it’s a huge and overfed dog (like a drug company), bitten hard. Vaccines worldwide are an estimated $50 billion/year industry. The drug industry, with its obedient slaves in government and media, has made vaccines the unquestionable Sacred Cow of modern drug-based medicine. Big Pharma has brought its brilliant and unexcelled powers of manipulation and control—of the government, medical journals, mainstream media, national Institutes, associations, research, legislation—and its usual servants—CDC and FDA, to bear in expanding the number, global reach and coerced enforcement of vaccine programs. The good news is that the savagery of the attacks on those who question the ever-expanding, seemingly-above-scrutiny vaccine machine, mean that more people are asking questions, challenging assumptions, and waking up to the vaccine myths.

“Vaccines are the last defense of modern medicine. Vaccines are the ultimate justification for the overall “brilliance” of modern medicine.” Former NIH Scientist and Vaccine Developer

Why do so many pediatricians rudely and arrogantly criticize parents for questioning, delaying or declining vaccines? Perhaps because, unlike any other medical specialty, most of a pediatrician’s practice income, (80-90%, according to a wholistic pediatrician who attended one of my seminars), comes from the product sales and service fees related to vaccines. Pediatricians are the degreed sales force for the vaccine machine. In 1982, the cost of fully vaccinating a child in a private pediatric practice was $80. In 2013 it was $2,300. In an age of declining insurance reimbursements for medical care and an ever-expanding vaccination schedule, defending the vaccine machine is a matter of practice survival for most conventional pediatricians. The good news is that most pediatricians who have the professionalism to graciously respect parental choice regarding vaccines, without coercion, have busy practices full of families who are sick of the offensive medical pontificating from most of their colleagues.

“For a paediatrician to attack what has become the “bread and butter” of paediatric practice is equivalent to a priest denying the infallibility of the pope.” Robert Mendelsohn, MD, who was one of America’s greatest pediatricians, and author of the book How to Raise a Healthy Child…In Spite of Your Doctor, essential reading for all parents

“I found that the whole vaccine business was indeed a gigantic hoax. Most doctors are convinced that they are useful, but if you look at the proper statistics and study the instances of these diseases you will realize that this is not so.” – Archie Kalokerinos, MD

An example of the medical mafia’s brilliant coercion is the terrible bill that now threatens to become law here in Colorado, the infamous HB1288. This legislated and incremental erosion of health freedom will force all parents who wish to exercise the philosophical exemption to vaccination to watch an “educational” video of one-sided, pro-vaccine propaganda, or endure the same live, from a physician, usually a pediatrician. It also requires schools to disclose, on request, their vaccination rates. This ups the guilt-producing pressure on schools and parents who have been lied to, that vaccination somehow protects other kids and the immune-compromised. As is common with all things vaccine, the opposite is true. Herd immunity only applies to naturally-acquired infections, not vaccines, and microbial shedding (e.g. pertussis vaccine) may increase risk of infection in those in proximity to the vaccinated. See the previous article for more.

Action Steps

So what to do?

1. Fear not. As a wise teacher once said, “Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid.” Since vaccines do much more harm than good, enormous amounts of fear (and guilt) is needed to sell them. Remember that non-medical people who defend vaccines are people too, and probably have the same interest you and I do—what’s best for the children. Start from a place of oneness, not separation and confrontation. We can disagree agreeably.

2. Read anything not sourced from the mainstream media or medicine, which distributes a tightly-scripted collection of lies, designed to promote the greatest evil of modern medicine. The books mentioned above, plus Dr Tim O’Shea’s brilliant Vaccination Is Not Immunization, is a great start. To learn what’s happening in your state to advance the clear agenda of unlimited forced vaccinations for everyone, and what to do about it, go to www.nvicadvocacy.org.

3. Please join me on Saturday May 3rd from 9:30-12:30, for a public vaccine presentation via internet livestream. Live Q & A through website chat. Tickets are low-cost, and free for state or federal legislators and staff. If anyone has a connection, the legislator can contact me directly at admin@gaetacommunications.com for a free ticket. We will also be honored by the presence of Theresa Wrangham, Executive Director of the excellent National Vaccine Information Center (www.nvic.org), who will also make a presentation with Q & A. Visit https://thevaccinemyths.eventbrite.com for more and to register. There will be an optional Saturday afternoon clinical training from 1.30-5pm, for health professionals, on immune support. Additional training for natural health professionals on Cancer Support and Prevention, on Sunday May 4th, from 9.30am-5pm. Visit (http://cancersupport.eventbrite.com) for more.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

About the Author

Michael Gaeta, DAc, MS, CDN is a visionary educator, clinician and writer in the field of natural healthcare. Michael works with thousands of natural health professionals who want to improve their patient care and practice success, through his one-year mentoring program, live seminars and webinars, and distance learning programs. He loves to debunk popular myths regarding food quality (critical), vaccines (bad), cholesterol (good), antioxidant supplements (bad), and chronic illness (preventable). More at michaelgaeta.com.




The Vaccine Myths, Part Two

Posted on March 30, 2014 | Comments to this post

By Michael Gaeta DAc, MS, CDN, LAc, Dipl Ac & ABT (NCCAOM)


Vaccines are “Unavoidably unsafe,” according to the Supreme Court of the United States (Russell Bruesewitz et al v. Wyeth et al. No. 09-152.). Vaccines are also ineffective and unnecessary. Vaccines are about profit, not health, and are the greatest evil of modern medicine. Adding up all of the independent, credible science, not the junk vaccine science bought by the drug companies, the intelligent, courageous and healthily skeptical person will unavoidably conclude that vaccines do much more harm than good. This series explains why.


“There is no evidence whatsoever of the ability of vaccines to prevent any diseases. To the contrary, there is a great wealth of evidence that they cause serious side effects.” – Dr Viera Scheibner, after a review of thousands of vaccine studies . More here.


In Part One, we began to explore the facts. Facts that the mainstream media—from Newsweek and Time, to Forbes and Bloomberg News, to Anderson Cooper and your local news program—ever obedient to its largest advertiser, the drug industry, will never publish. Let’s look at more referenced reasons why to keep your family and community safe by avoiding these useless poisons.


“There is a great deal of evidence to prove that immunization of children does more harm than good.” – J Anthony Morris, MD, Former Chief, Section on Respiratory Viruses, Division of Biologic Standards, National Institutes of Health


Vaccine Myth #6: Vaccines are Immunizations that Protect You from Infections

Vaccines affect only one part, the less-important part, of the immune system, which we call humoral, acquired, or antibody-mediated immunity. Acquired immunity is the B-Team, which acts as a backup for your innate or cellular immunity, the A-Team which protects you and me from dozens of potential infections every day. The only way your immune system learns and remembers how to protect your body from a pathogen is through natural exposure through the normal epithelial routes of exposure (your skin, lungs or gut). Germs are not the cause of disease in any case. They are instead the evidence of a diseased body tissue or weakened immune function.


“If I could live my life over again, I would devote it to proving that germs seek their natural habitat—diseased tissue—rather than being the cause of the diseased tissue; e.g., mosquitoes seek the stagnant water, but do not cause the pool to become stagnant.” – Rudolph Virchow, MD, “The Father of Modern Pathology”


Injecting altered pathogens directly into the sacred bloodstream cannot possibly provide lasting immunity, or protect anyone else. With vaccines, the immune system learns nothing. The most they can do is to temporarily increase antibody production to something similar, but not the same, as the actual pathogen. And the longest-lasting vaccine provides alleged “protection” for at most ten years. This nicely discredits the “herd immunity” myth, because the vast majority of Americans have had no vaccine protection for decades, without the return of epidemics. More here. For those with the courage to read the truth, I recommend the excellent book Vaccination is not Immunization, by Dr Tim O’Shea. Link for more: Innate Immunity. Also listen to my radio show interview with Dr O’Shea here.


“Bacteria do not cause disease, and therefore serums and vaccines can neither prevent nor cure disease.” – Antoine Bechamp, MD, French chemist and biologist. Bechamp acknowledged that the unprovable germ theory of disease (that germs cause disease) was the “greatest scientific silliness of the age.”


The only evidence of vaccine action or benefit is that they can stimulate antibody production to an altered or dead version of that pathogen. So your government, under the control of the drug companies, mandates endless new vaccines (at best) on the basis of a positive antibody titer, not that the vaccine actually prevents disease (and then ridiculously calls it “proof of immunity”). Vaccines have not been adequately tested for long-term safety (especially in combination with each other), or effectiveness. Antibody titers are completely irrelevant in predicting immunity to disease. For example, the presence of measles antibodies (a positive titer) post-vaccination does not mean that you are safe, and the absence of measles antibodies (a negative titer) does not mean that you are susceptible. Again, vaccination is not immunization.


I was speaking in Montana a few months after they had an “outbreak” of pertussis. A concerned doctor called a state public health nurse and asked how many of the 22 confirmed cases were fully vaccinated. She replied that all of them were fully vaccinated, indicating 0% effectiveness of the vaccines. The doctor then asked why the state was recommending that everyone have a pertussis booster shot. She replied, “Because the vaccine prevents pertussis.” This is an example of the typical, non-thinking, don’t-bother-me-with-the-facts pro-vaccine mindset.


The pertussis, or whooping cough, vaccine is one of the greatest vaccine failures of our time. And yes, there have been many vaccine failures over history of vaccines, which, of course, you will never hear about if you rely on mainstream news. The pertussis vaccine, bundled together in the dangerous DPT/DTaP shot (it’s the P or aP), has been unassailably confirmed, by published research, to be completely ineffective at preventing pertussis. The February 2014 issue of the rabidly pro-vaccine Scientific American magazine admits, “Recent studies have shown that immunity from the [pertussis] vaccine wanes relatively quickly. In 2012, for instance, a New England Journal of Medicine study determined that children’s odds of catching pertussis rose by 42% each year after receiving the final dose of DTap…” Even worse, the vaccinated may infect others, as reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. So not only will the pertussis vaccine not protect you, it may put others at risk. This is the exact opposite of the drug-company-scripted public health propaganda, that vaccines protect you and others. Pertussis is at its highest incidence in decades, over 42,000 per year, despite (or likely because of) a CDC-confirmed 95.1% vaccination rate with DTaP. More here.


“The greatest threat of childhood diseases lies in the dangerous and ineffectual efforts made to prevent them through mass immunization… There is no convincing scientific evidence that mass inoculations can be credited with eliminating any childhood disease.” – Robert Mendelsohn, MD, Pediatrician, and author of the book How to Raise a Healthy Child…In Spite of Your Doctor, an indispensable must-read for all parents


Nearly every person who has developed pertussis has been fully vaccinated, and may show a positive antibody titer. Whooping cough itself is a non-life-threatening, self-limiting disease, like nearly every other vaccinated condition. And the pertussis vaccine (found in the DPT, or DTaP) is one of the most dangerous vaccines in history. James Strain, MD, past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (the degreed sales force of the vaccine machine), said, “Our main concern is with the pertussis vaccine. One in 3,000 doses causes permanent injury to a child.” Since each child is expected to receive six doses of DPT/DTaP vaccine, we are causing permanent injury (aka lifelong brain damage) to one of 500 US children. With 4-5 million babies born each year in the US, we are causing permanent brain damage in 8-10,000 kids each year, wasting their lives and endlessly burdening their families, community and national economy, with a drug that has absolutely no benefit.


“I wouldn’t even give that to my dog.” – Gordon Millichap, MD, eminent pediatrician neurologist from Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, referring to the DPT vaccine on the NBC-TV Program, “DPT: Vaccine Roulette,“


I am amazed at how few of my fellow Americans have the courage to think for themselves and challenge the Vaccine Assumptions (that they are safe, effective and necessary). Most people, tragically, believe whatever their government or the Big Pharma-controlled medical establishment tells them to believe.


My purpose is to help create a world of vital, resilient people who are fulfilled because they make a difference through positive contribution, and who stay out of the medical system. Our disease-care system is the number one cause of death in the nation, killing at least one million Americans each year (Source). Since children are our future, we are collectively sacrificing our future through the widespread use of these untested, unproven and ineffective poisons. For example, at the current rate of increase of autism (currently 1 in 35-50), 1 in 2 American children will be autistic by 2025, likely due to vaccines. If you care about our collective future, take a stand for healthcare freedom of choice and informed consent, and help our children thrive.


Action step: sign up free at nvicadvocacy.org, to find out what’s going on with vaccine choice in your state, and what to do. Support the National Vaccine Information Center at nvic.org. They are a mostly volunteer group of intelligent, rational people who question the mainstream vaccine propaganda, help people make informed decisions, and take action to preserve health freedom.


Action step #2: Join me on Saturday, May 3rd from 930am – 1230pm Mountain Time for an internet livestream seminar, open to all, on the vaccine myths. You will receive the seminar slides and resources, be able to ask questions through the internet chat (time permitting), and receive a vaccine education presentation to share with others who are not yet aware that they are being lied to about vaccine effectiveness and safety. Natural health professionals may continue on to the afternoon clinical training session on supporting healthy immunity naturally. This will likely be the only event of its kind this year. Click here for more, and to register.


If this article resonates with you and has served you in some way, then please share it widely. Thank you.


About the Author

Michael Gaeta, DAc, MS, CDN is a visionary educator, clinician and writer in the field of natural healthcare. Michael works with thousands of natural health professionals who want to improve their patient care and practice success, through his one-year mentoring program, live seminars and webinars, and distance learning programs. He loves to debunk popular myths regarding food quality (critical), vaccines (bad), cholesterol (good), antioxidant supplements (bad), and chronic illness (preventable). More at michaelgaeta.com.


Understanding Your Thyroid

Posted on February 13, 2014 | Comments to this post

By Michael Gaeta DAc, MS, CDN, LAc, Dipl Ac & ABT (NCCAOM)


Your thyroid gland, located below the Adam’s apple in the front of your throat, is a butterfly-shaped gland that weighs about 1-2 ounces. The word thyroid comes from the Greek word for “shield,” which is apt because your thyroid protects your body in many ways.

The Five Primary Functions of Your Thyroid

BMR: Your thyroid regulates your basal, or resting, metabolic (cellular activity) rate (BMR) and temperature. This is why you can measure your armpit temperature upon rising to see how your thyroid is doing.

Protein synthesis: your thyroid regulates how your body creates new proteins and tissues.

Hormone buddy: your thyroid hormones increase the sensitivity of your cells to other hormones, including certain adrenal hormones.

Calcium: your thyroid helps balance the amount of calcium in your blood and body tissues, in conjunction with its accessory gland, the parathyroid, which consists of four small glands on the back side of your thyroid.

Brain development and function: thyroid hormones are critical for brain development and function, in the fetus during pregnancy, in children, and in adults’ memory, thinking and concentration.

A Common Problem

An estimated 1 in 10 Americans (about 30 million) has some type of thyroid disorder, mostly hypo (low) thyroidism.  Thyroid problems are five to ten times more common in women. 80% of hypothyroid cases and 90% of all hyper (high) thyroid cases have an autoimmune component. This means that there are excess antibodies to thyroid cells. The autoimmune aspect is generally not the cause of the thyroid problem, but rather part of a long-term process of thyroid degeneration. This is true of most or all of the 155 or more known autoimmune conditions. Amazingly, 1 in 6 Americans has one or more autoimmune conditions, perhaps more, with the recent addition of Alzheimer’s disease to the list.

By a wide margin, the United States has more autoimmune disease per capita than any other nation on earth. There are many reasons for this. One, we are the most vaccinated population on earth. We give more than twice as many vaccines as any other country, with worse health outcomes than any other advanced nation. Worldwide, we rank 37th-50th, despite spending at least twice as much on disease management (so-called healthcare) than any other country. Vaccines are a known and well-established cause of autoimmune disease, and dozens of other diseases, while providing no credibly-proven benefit.

Second, we do not allow our citizens to know if the food they eat contains genetically modified (GMO) ingredients (also unique among all advanced nations). Most advanced nations have banned GMO. All of the others mandate labeling. GMOs have consistently been shown in credible scientific research (none of which published in the US, of course) to cause organ damage and many other diseases.

It could be accurately said that all disease eventually becomes autoimmune disease. So for 80-90% of all people with thyroid problems, the imbalance in the immune system must be addressed.  This can be done effectively with a guided program of diet, and food-and plant-based supplementation, under the guidance of a licensed health professional trained and experienced not only in natural medicine, but also in the autoimmune process and its correction.

Please join me for a live-stream seminar on February 22nd, 2014: Essential Botanicals for Clinical Practice: Focus on Women’s Health, Thyroid, Adrenal, Blood Sugar, Weight Loss, Anxiety and Depression. Attend from your computer, with live Q &A. Click here for more information, and to register: https://essentialbotanicals.eventbrite.com

Michael Gaeta is a visionary educator, clinician, radio show host and writer in the field of natural healthcare. His purpose is to create a world of resilient, vital people who make a difference through positive contribution, and stay out of the medical system. He offers live trainings, a one-year clinicians’ mentoring program, distance learning programs and patient care. A successful practitioner of 24 years’ experience, he works each year with thousands of clinicians who want to improve their patient care and practice success. www.michaelgaeta.com


Warm Wishes for the New Year

Posted on December 29, 2013 | Comments to this post

Dear Ones,

I bless and give thanks for the year gone by, for the year ahead, and for our connection and working together in these days.

At all times, and in these days especially so, there is an integrative aspect of the creative process – what is being born, coming to wholeness, integration, oneness. And there is the disintegrative aspect – that which no longer serves, which is properly passing away. Most people tend to focus on the disintegrative aspect –forms, relationships, etc. that are passing away, and lose sight of what is being born anew, which is good, beautiful, wonderful.

My intention and vision in these days is for you and I to remember the largeness of who we are, the greatness of our purpose in living, and the enormity of our power to create. It’s easy to forget all of that – to aim low, to just try to get by, survive, get along. I think we are called to something far larger, more joyous, more brilliant, more profound and powerful, in our lives just as they are, in our current circumstances.

May the year ahead be one of full Self-emergence for you and I, and for all who are willing to live from a place of limitless possibility, greatness of stature, and commitment to creative contribution.

Stay great,



“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular person made New Year resolutions, he or she would make no resolutions. Unless a person starts afresh about things, they will certainly do nothing effective.”
― G.K. Chesterton (I took the liberty of making it gender-neutral)

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
― Neil Gaiman


Mentoring Program 2013-2014

Posted on December 13, 2013 | Comments to this post

Dear Friends & Colleagues,


It’s been a truly wonderful first year of the Clinicians’ Mentoring Program. It is the joyful fulfillment of a decade-long desire to go to depth with a committed group of clinicians who have a burning desire to improve their patient care and practice success with natural medicine. I love my busy seminar schedule, and often feel that I have so much more to share than is possible in a weekend event.

We began in February, and have grown quite naturally to a tribe of 16 health professionals from coast to coast, in addition to those sponsored into the program through the generous support of Standard Process West.

I am deeply thankful to those who are participating, and for the remarkable changes that are happening in their practices. It is a great joy for me to connect, engage and grow with a small group over time, doing far more work than is possible in a one- or two-day seminar. As a result, patients’ lives and these clinics are growing, changing for the better. More than one participant has reported growing to a waiting-list practice within four months of starting the Program. Read more participant comments here.

The Mentoring Program is for those clinicians who would like to receive mentoring with me for the next year, and keep up-to-date with all of my teachings. It is the most personal, in-depth way I have to fulfill my purpose, which is to create a world of vital, resilient people who make a difference through positive contribution, and stay out of the medical system. If I can make one practice better, then I am helping thousands of people, patients I’ll likely never meet.

I would invite all natural health professionals who would consider joining us in the Mentoring Program to contact us with your interest. I am happy to answer your questions, offer ways to “sample” what it’s like to participate, and see if it is indeed a good fit for you. Also, in appreciation for your choosing to receive these newsletters, I am offering you an opportunity to join or reserve a space in the Mentoring Program at the 2013 introductory cost, before an increase that will take effect on 1 January 2014.

Tuition (until 12/31/13): Just $250 per month for 12 months, or one payment of $2,500 (save $500/17%). Starting 1/1/14: $350 per month for 12 months, or one payment of $3,500 (save $700/17%). Click here to register.

A single payment of just $250 will reserve you a place. We are considering limiting the group size to 24, to ensure a high level of engagement and personal attention on our small group calls three times each month. Then you can decide when in 2014 you would like our year together to begin.

The three parts to the Program are:

1. Three live, two-hour teleconference trainings per month. On each call, I share useful ideas on the clinical or business side or practice, or personal development. Then we share success stories, you ask questions about your own health, patients, practice/business challenges, formula and protocol help, learn from other clinicians in the group, and discuss specific areas you want to work on to meet your one-year goals. You and I would also have two one-on-one calls during the year, to get and stay on track towards your one-year goals.

2. Access to the private, password-protected Mentoring Group website, www.gaetamentoring.com. This site includes over 180 case studies with protocols (new case studies posted each week), business Q & A, recordings of past teleconference trainings, over 200 clinician articles, resources and patient handouts, and community interaction with other Program members, seminar notes, my favorite quotes, and the latest schedule of events. Group members also receive discounts on all events run by Gaeta Communications.

3. A complete self-study course which includes nearly all of my clinical and business teachings over the past 18 years. The “Everything Package” has just about all of my available seminar recordings and other audio/video presentations, totaling 168 hours of content, along with the slides, notes and articles that go with each seminar. Seminar updates are posted to the mentoring website, so you stay up-to-date with my teachings.

Please call me at 303 442 2525, or email michael@gaetacommunications.com at your earliest convenience if you have any interest in joining us before the January tuition increase. Thank you for all that you do to change lives for the better.





The Three Areas of Marketing

Posted on December 3, 2013 | Comments to this post

By Jay Van Schelt and Michael Gaeta, LAc


A version of this article appeared in Acupuncture Today.


As you develop your acupuncture practice—on your own or with others—you will need to know how to get the word out about you and your Chinese medical therapies. There are three main ways of marketing your practice: external, internal and community. Understanding what they are and how they work is of great importance to your practice.


To begin, we must understand that each of these areas of marketing should be a separate but important part of your overall practice-building strategy. Acupuncturists who rely on only one area will find that they have a difficult time getting a practice started quickly.


Next, we need to know that at different stages in the development of an AOM practice, there are different ways to successfully market that practice. A clinician who opens up a new practice, and only relies on referrals for gaining new patients, will find that the process is slow-going, and often takes years. Not many people know you are there, and there is no way for them to find out about you, except through those who already know you. On the other hand, a practitioner who has a strong and steady practice, with a large number of referrals, is not well served by spending a lot of money on print advertising. They would, however, benefit through the patient retention practices of internal marketing and strong customer service.


Here is a brief overview of each of the three types of marketing. The first and most obvious is the external marketing approach. This is how you let a large number of new people know who you are and what you do. External marketing is the most expensive of the three forms of marketing, so it is important that you have a strong understanding of how this type of advertising works. Otherwise, you could invest a significant amount of money and not be in a position to get the most back from your investment. Knowing how to use this type of marketing effectively—from the start of your practice to the time when it is strong and vibrant—will help you make the most of your investment.


This approach centers on the many types of advertising you often see—newspaper ads, flyers, posters, press releases, e-mail campaigns and similar mass-marketing efforts. The external approach is directed at people who do not know about your practice and what you can do to help them.


External marketing is a time-tested way to connect with new patients. To utilize it effectively, you must understand that this type of advertising works in a particular way. It has to stand out visually in the location that you place it, while conveying a sense that your business is trustworthy and professional. It must also connect with the needs of the patient in a way that helps them to recognize that you might be able to help them meet that need.


This type of advertising works over time. Many practitioners, not understanding this, make common mistakes. Some run ads only once, and become disappointed when the phone does not ring off the hook. Others run an ad for 4-6 weeks, and see nothing that really improved their practice. Either they did not track their marketing efforts by asking all new callers how they found out about their practice, or they did no occasional follow-up ads to continue the momentum of the initial run. They did not understand that external marketing works on people slowly. An advertisement needs to be seen several times for it to connect, and at that time people may not need your services. But through consistent effort, awareness of your presence in the community is built, so when they do need you, there is a greater chance they will choose your practice to call.


The second method of connecting with patients is internal marketing. There are three important reasons for doing this type of marketing. One is to educate existing patients on the benefits of the therapies available through your practice, and to introduce new therapies you develop or add to the practice. Two, this approach helps you stay connected to your patients in a gentle way. This helps keep you in mind if they decide to use your type of services again after a break in treatment. Three, you educate your patients as to the benefits of acupuncture therapy and how it is helping them, which inspires them to continue care with you. They realize the benefit you give them, and can communicate what you are capable of to their families and friends. This works to create a natural referral network.


Internal marketing is necessary if you are going to get your acupuncture practice to a stable consistent level of business. Things like a monthly newsletter (print and/or e-mail), patient surveys, thank you cards and gift certificate programs, are all ways to create and maintain a strong relationships with existing patients. This type of marketing takes less money, but requires strong attention to details in the daily running of your practice.


The third method of connecting with new and old patients alike is community marketing. This approach consists of being active within your local community. Many times you can gain new patients and get into corporate settings by being involved with local civic and business groups. This approach combines the education aspect of internal marketing with print marketing tools to get the word out that you are there and can help with many health concerns and wellness care. This approach takes the most time and energy, but can be highly effective in both the startup practice and the well-established one.


These three areas are essential parts of your practice building and patient retention systems. Use them well—on a strong foundation of spiritual practice and character development—and your practice will thrive.


About the Authors

Jay Van Schelt has over 20 years experience in business and the healing arts. A 6th Degree Black Belt and Master Instructor in the martial arts, he serves on the Board of the T’ai Chi for Health Association. He has created several self-help programs, and leads retreats and seminars around the country for improving wellness and business performance. He founded the InnerChi Mind/Body Institute in Avon, CT and is the creator of the Growth Manager Success System. Jay may be reached at 860 678 1769, and growthmanager.org.


Michael Gaeta holds New York State licenses in acupuncture, nutrition and massage therapy. He founded the Hands-On Health Wholistic Center, a successful group practice with three offices in the New York area, in 1990. Michael is president of the Acupuncture Society of New York, and presents his Love, Serve and Succeed seminar on life and business success nationally, as well as lecturing on nutrition, medical ethics, herbal therapy and Chinese medicine. He may be reached at 718 847 7278, and gaetaseminars.com.


The Yin and Yang of Practice Building

Posted on November 12, 2013 | Comments to this post

By Michael Gaeta, DAc, MS, CDN


“Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.”

— Benjamin Franklin


Practitioners of Asian medicine are familiar with the concept of Yin and Yang—the   fundamental concept on which the medicine is based. Yang and Yin are the two poles of life—heaven and earth, light and darkness, invisible and visible. The blending of these forces gives rise to all that is manifest (Qi). Yin and Yang are differentiations of the One, and the parents of all creation. The principle of Yin and Yang is at work in all of life, from the smallest atom to the largest galaxy. Let us explore how it applies to building and sustaining a successful healthcare practice.


The Yang aspect of practice management can be described as dynamic energy. It is the active, “go out there and make it happen” energy which fuels the passion and enthusiasm necessary for any successful venture. Nearly all practice management and success seminars focus almost entirely on this area. Steven Covey, in his book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, refers to this as the realm of technique—specific sales, marketing and “relationship building” methods for business success. Countless books have been written on this subject. A few of them are excellent; they detail the nuts of bolts of how to “put yourself out there” in an intelligent and effective way. Related to a healthcare practice, these are excellent expressions of the Yang aspect of practice management. They include public speaking, writing articles, promotional literature, print advertising, direct mail, health fairs and expos, and networking. These external methods and techniques are useful parts of a successful approach to growing a strong practice.


The Yin aspect of practice management can be thought of as magnetic energy. As Steven Covey points out in Seven Habits, technique without authentic presence is shallow and superficial, and leads to a flash-in-the-pan business. Three of his seven habits (think win-win, seek first to understand, synergize) are technique-based, and three are “character habits” (be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first) that cultivate integrity and personal power. Since Yin is magnetic, receptive energy, it would be useful to look at how magnets work.


A magnet does not reach out and grab metallic objects to itself. It draws to itself that which is responsive to its particular creative field. There is a perfect and specific design to that what is attracted to a magnet. A mass of iron filings—the most malleable and responsive of all substances drawn to a magnet—arrange themselves in a beautiful geometric pattern. This occurs without any conscious effort on the part of the magnet. The magnet does not advertise, “Iron filings wanted,” or say to the filings, “You move over there. You move over here.” It does not network with groups of different metals in order to cultivate relationships with iron. It simply is itself, naturally expressing its true nature. Then, without effort or struggle, all that resonates with the magnet—all that rightly belongs in close proximity to it—is drawn to it.


All people will come to him who keeps to the One,

For there lie rest and happiness and peace.”

— Lao Tzu: Dao De Jing, Chapter Thirty-Five


So it is in life, and in a healthcare practice. As a practitioner grows, matures, and becomes more in touch with and expressive of his or her true nature, all the patients that could receive help from them are naturally drawn close. And those who are for the moment unresponsive—unable to receive that which the practitioner offers—are naturally repelled, like two magnets of the same polarity. Even more, it is Life, not the practitioner or their marketing consultant, that beautifully orchestrates this, according to Life’s perfect design.


 “One can have no greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”

— Leonardo DaVinci


The practical “how” of cultivating magnetic Yin energy relates to daily spiritual practice. It is essential for a healthcare practitioner to have a daily spiritual practice. It is not for the author or anyone else to say what that should look like, but it is for each individual to seek and find what works for them. It can be part of a religious context, or outside of a religious context. The important thing is to find a spiritual path or practice which most deeply resonates with the highest truth you know. Elements of spiritual practice common to most traditions include meditation, prayer, journaling, inspirational reading, and joining with like-minded people regularly. For practitioners interested in working with people at a level deeper than taking symptoms away with a technique, this is fundamental. A practitioner can only reach someone to the depth they have gone in themselves. If you want to do deep work, be deep. The deepening process is what is referred to here as daily spiritual practice.


“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.”

— Phillip Brooks


People come to you not because of what you do, but because of who you are. This is a generalization, because some people will call and come in after seeing your ad, flyer or business card. But what will inspire them to come more than once or twice is your presence, and the connection they feel with you, which is the basis of the therapeutic relationship. Become someone people want to be in the presence of. It is not something which can be manufactured or put on. It is being true to the highest truth you know in each moment. As you continue to refine your expression—your thoughts, words and actions—to more accurately reveal the truth of who you are at your core—your true nature–then your work will deepen, your practice will thrive, and your life will know greater peace and fulfillment.


“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.”

— Henry Ford


Business is not about business, in the usual sense of money and profit. It’s about people. Success in business entirely depends on cultivating healthy, positive, loving long-term relationships with people. Building and sustaining a successful practice combines the Yang, dynamic energy of outer action, with the Yin, or magnetic energy of inner development.


“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

— Albert Einstein


Fibromyalgia: A Wholistic Perspective

Posted on October 4, 2013 | Comments to this post

By Michael Gaeta, DAc, MS, CDN


For years, Helen suffered badly from chronic pain, stiffness, fatigue and depression. She didn’t sleep well, was overweight, and couldn’t exercise because her muscles became painful and tired with just a little exertion. She wasn’t happy with what her doctors offered, which was little more than drugs for her symptoms, without “giving me any real answers other than to take the drugs for the rest of my life.” In desperation, she sought acupuncture and nutritional care, coming to our clinic on the advice of a friend who we had helped with asthma and diabetes. With a combination of compassionate listening, acupuncture, Amma therapy (Asian bodywork therapy), dietary improvements, whole-food supplements and herbal medicine, Helen felt “like a new person” within nine weeks of beginning care. She had much less pain, slept well most nights, lost 10 pounds, had more energy and could walk several blocks without much fatigue or pain. And she was drug-free, much to her delight. Improvements gradually increased over the next few months of care, until she was ready for a maintenance/wellness schedule of monthly visits. On one of these visits, Helen shared, with tears in her eyes, that “I feel like myself again.”

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), literally “muscle and connective tissue pain,” is a chronic multisystem disease of widespread musculoskeletal pain for at least three months, fatigue, poor sleep, headache, morning stiffness, digestive complaints, depression and/or anxiety.1 Many of those with FMS also have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), lupus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).2 The requirement of 11 or more out of 18 tender points for a diagnosis of FMS was abandoned by the American College of Rheumatology, in favor of a greater emphasis on patient symptoms.3

Estimates are that 6-9 million Americans (2-3%) suffer from this condition.1, 4 It is seven times more common in women than in men, especially those middle-aged.

FMS is often thought of as being of an unknown cause, though altered (excessive) pain sensitivity and peripheral nerve damage seem to be part of the pattern. FMS is now considered part of what is called “central sensitivity syndrome” (CSS), which also includes CFS, IBS, jaw tension and pain (TMJ), chemical sensitivity and chronic bladder irritation (interstitial cystitis, or IC).5, 6 Interestingly, “There is no evidence of abnormalities in muscle and tendon.”7

From a wholistic perspective, the endocrine, or hormonal, system plays a large part in FMS, as does chemical toxicity, early childhood trauma, emotional crises and shock, and nutritional deficiencies.7 Specifically, low thyroid, adrenal fatigue, weakened immunity, impaired circulation, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, liver toxicity and/or low-level chronic infections play a role in the cause or source of the FMS pattern.

As is typical, conventional medicine focuses primarily on drugs to manage the symptoms of FMS, without much emphasis on improving nutritional status, endocrine function, or detoxification. The primary drugs used are antidepressants, especially amitriptyline, though only pregabalin (Lyrica®), duloxetine (Cymbalta®) and milnacipran (Savella®) are FDA-approved for FMS. The other drugs commonly used are pain relievers (e.g. tramadol) and lidocaine injections. This drugs-for-symptoms approach is part of why we in the US have 5% of the world population, and consume 40-50% of the world’s pharmaceutical drugs.

What we can say is that, like its sister, CFS, FMS is a pattern of depletion and toxicity. Toxins (chemicals that cause harm if not eliminated), emotional trauma, vaccines (which have little or no benefit, do not prevent infections, did not eliminate any epidemics and are quite dangerous 8, 9), and nutritional deficiencies lead to a state of overall devitalization and weakened immunity. Other factors such as allergies, an unhealthy intestinal environment (dysbiosis), blood sugar imbalance and autoimmunity play a role in many with FMS.

Lifestyle factors are a significant part of the healing process. Exercise, very small at first then gradually increasing duration and intensity, improves circulation and muscle strength. Regular sleep patterns, with a steady schedule, dark and quiet bedroom (or ear plugs and eye mask), and a consistent routine leading to sleep, are essential. Life-centered counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy and support groups can provide real assistance, to the extent that they compassionately help the FMS patient face underlying issues and trauma, encourage a sense of personal power, responsibility and potential, face and let go of the past, and shift identity from illness to wholeness.

Whole-foods diet and whole-food supplements are critical, for providing restorative nutrition for repair, detoxification and resilience. The whole foods diet emphasizes food quality in the context of the human, or omnivore, diet. Local, preferably organic, foods which provide healthy protein, fats and vegetables form the basis of the diet for supporting FMS and others to heal, and prevent future illness. Avoiding the commonly-eaten evils of refined flour, sugar, genetically-modified and pasteurized foods is key. Some of the worst foods include pasteurized and homogenized dairy, white flour, wheat, (high-fructose) corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, most soy foods, and sugary foods such as soda, candy and pastries.

What works is to mostly eat the ideal diet, of simple, natural, organic, locally-produced foods from family farms. Such foods that support your health include vegetables, seasonal fruits, grass-fed beef, pastured poultry, eggs, raw grass-fed dairy products, coconut oil, olive oil, lacto-fermented foods, sea salt, raw nuts and seeds, wild fish and buckwheat.10

Is it important to avoid synthetic vitamins, which are man-made isolated chemicals which act as drugs, not foods. Some of the worst of these are the synthetic antioxidant supplements, which include beta-carotene, alpha tocopherol, alpha lipoic acid and ascorbic acid. Intravenous vitamins and chelation are also synthetic, drug-like interventions which cannot provide a nutritional or restorative effect, since only foods and plants are nutritional to the human body. If it’s not a food or plant, or a supplement concentrate of those, it’s a drug.

As the brilliant scholar, philosopher and mystic Rudolf Steiner wrote, “For every human illness, somewhere in the world there exists a plant which is the cure. I believe that there is a healing potential locked inside plants which is integral with their evolution, just as it is part of human evolution to learn to tap this wonderful gift of Nature.” Steiner was the remarkable creator of Waldorf education, anthroposophic medicine and biodynamic farming.11

The first and best supplements available are those made by Standard Process (SP), formulas which have the greatest body of accumulated clinical experience and success over 84 years, based on foods organically-grown at their own farm in southeastern Wisconsin. SP also distributes Mediherb herbal formulas, the finest and most therapeutically-relevant Western herbs in the world.

Guided, personalized protocols which I have found helpful include purification, gut flora restoration, leaky gut healing, endocrine support, immune enhancement and toxic metal detoxification.

If you would like a live or phone consultation on the appropriate use of these formulas to support well-being, vitality and resilience, click here. As one of the top speakers and trainers for SP nationally, I have a great depth of understanding and experience in the intelligent and effective application of these formulas.

If you or someone you know has FMS, have hope. There is much that you can do, supported by caring practitioners, to heal and recover. And you can stay or become drug-free in the process. Remember—nature first, drugs last.

Take the Next Step

Learn more at my upcoming live seminar October 13th, 2013 on fibromyalgia—its causes, and how to support healing and repair using diet, exercise, whole-food supplements and botanical medicine. Join us live at CSTCM in Denver, or by live internet stream from your home or office. Second topic that day is Digestive Health. For the live CEU event in Denver, click here. For the live stream (8 places left at a 50% discount – only $50 for the full day), click here.



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