In case some of you might be wondering what I’ve been occupied with as of late, I decided I would post a quick, long overdue update here for you. No audio this time, sorry.
Some of you may be well aware that I spend an enormous amount of my personal time in my own way attempting to provide help for those in need, whether through direct support or indirectly through producing educational materials, all for which I ask nothing in return (I’ll make for an exceptional business tycoon, I promise you!).
But, like we all do, I will eventually have to generate a long-term sustainable income hopefully while getting to do what I enjoy most. So I’m now devoting the rest of my life to creating the most successful multi-level marketing company on the face of this earth where only I at the very tip-top of the pyramid will rake in mass profit. I’ll name this company after myself and it’ll be all about me-me-me. Photoshop-enhanced photos of my face will be plastered all over every page of our 100-page website as well as on all products. We’ll sell the most epic high-protein-high-carbohydrate-high-fat all-in-one cheaply-made but high-priced super shakes that should satisfy everyone while we rip ’em off good, guaranteed!
I can already envision my multi-million dollar bigger-than-Mercola’s mansion perked out with a dozen luxurious cars, 4 private jets parked in the back, 50 bedrooms, 1 toilet with a golden seat, an indoor artificial beach, 10 swimming pools… you all know the drill… I mean, I really need all that stuff, I really do, any person does, because I learned that from television and there has never been a better teacher to show me what true success in life is (a dozen cars, bro!). Life is about being part of the 1% circle of the earth’s population that justify owning 46% of the earth’s total wealth, leaving over half the world’s population in a hole they can’t get out of. Heck I’m gonna be part of a 0.2% circle of ultra wealthy people pampered with tax cuts (they certainly needed the financial help) and, might I also add, that apparently just 100 members of our elite group could end world poverty four times over but obviously have better things to do. Yeah… I’m gonna feel so good about myself upon joining the ranks amongst these prestigious, well-accomplished magnates!
All right; sufficient comic relief for the day, let’s move on.
Setting Up a Business… Or Two
On a more serious note I’ve been preoccupied in the process of establishing two health consulting businesses simultaneously. A European-centric operation along with an excellent partner—with a goal of opening a clinic—and an entirely separate small business run on a web-based platform of which I’ll command myself.
As part of the European operation, we’re preparing seminars the first of which is planned to be held in Auvergne (Vichy), France.
As you become involved in creating a business from scratch, it can really surprise you how many different essential and nice-to-have elements go into establishing a ready operation. These range from spying on your big and small competitors (we should really learn to work together more…) in the field you work in for inspiration to studying relevant laws and regulations, making policies and disclaimers (getting lawyer attention as needed), coming up with a company name, getting a logo made, registering the business, opening an appropriate bank account, creating and designing a website, creating a client back-end, writing material for the website, printing business cards, setting up a billing/e-commerce and phone + e-mail system, deciding on social media presence and newsletter services, defining your target demographic, attracting your target demographic, piecing together client intake and consent forms, setting up an easy way for clients to fill out the forms electronically, devising a sustainable work schedule, determining fees, and oh the list could go on. And I haven’t even mentioned the actual services or products you’d be providing.
Sounds overwhelming, you think? It’s actually not that difficult if you have the general vision and idea of your approach and brand in place before you begin; it can be quite fun. In my case the greatest challenge is deciding on how much I will charge for my time… charging people money for something we all deserve to know how to do for free, that is, how to achieve and preserve our personal wellbeing. But in our labor-for-income market-economy paradigm, your options are few if you don’t somehow participate in this system as is.
Another personal challenge is avoiding having to succumb to the use of corny, emotionally manipulative marketing gimmicks to generate demand. However, should there be no reasonable alternative, you just have to turn these things to your advantage while knowing and being firm in that your core intentions are positive, honorable and for the greater good. So, uhm…
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…I’ve been practicing my marketing strategies, you see? I also value my time, charging give or take $165 per second at regular fee schedule.
Anyway, the name of my small, personal company has been decided but will be kept on the hush-hush until further ado.
I know there are many, especially amongst Dr. Morse trained students, who wonder how to go about this entire process of starting a small and perhaps one-person health consulting operation, and, as part of my original intention behind GrapeGate, I do have in mind to break down all the steps involved in another publication in the future as I learn more and further my understandings. Of course each person will have to research the possibilities, laws and restrictions confined to their own region, country and/or state.
As an aside, if you’ve completed the I.S.O.D. trainings with Dr. Morse, and want to eventually work with clients, consider teaming up with other graduates. I have long pondered why there is so little team effort taking place in the natural health movement. I’m not talking about employer-employee or employee-employee teamwork, instead I’m referring to starting and running a practice with a partner(s) whose path is similar and who furthermore shares the same vision.
Make sure to check out the emerging Association of Responsible Detoxification International:
I had a second, well-enjoyed trip down to the tropical climate of Panama from February 10th to March 10th, having been invited by my father who’s been stationed there for work as of recent. This means I’ve experienced the hot “summer Panama” and the floody “rain season Panama.” (First trip was in May of 2014.)
I can only say having the opportunity to be wrapped in the warmth of the sun every single day is truly a luxury that makes a difference. A luxury which you’ll notice that so many people who permanently live in these climates will take for granted, sadly. Rarely would you see someone who bothered enough to catch the more forgiving rays of the sunrise and sunsets. Zappin’ TV is just so much more important, ya know?
The produce quality, even from the produce markets, is not much different from what we have access to in typical grocery stores here in Denmark, interestingly enough, albeit you may still be able to find some really luscious fruit at times. As for packaged “food” items I wasn’t surprised to find that just about everything looked exceedingly more “poisonous” judging from the ingredient labels. For instance, while a typical pack of spaghetti contains 2-3 ingredients in Denmark, a typical pack of spaghetti in Panama had over 10 ingredients including fortifying isolate nutrients and fancy chemicals you can hardly pronounce. With this sort of toxic food dominating the shelves like this I knew the United States certainly couldn’t be far away, geographically speaking.
But if Panamanians could get their diets in order to the best that they were able, I envy the fact that they have easy access to the perfect environmental conditions for health creation. And don’t get me started on the peaceful and Garden-of-Eden-like mountain scenery of Boquete, Chiriqui of which I was fortunate to visit during my trip. Check Google images and you’ll know what I mean. Imagine living there and being aware of the health-related information you learn from the likes of Dr. Morse and many others.
We always learn new things and sometimes the learning process happens rapidly with exceptional findings occurring within short periods of each other. This is one reason I’ve always preferred working on smaller and more easily updatable publications as opposed to producing a full-fledged book particularly since in this line of work, books, once published, tend to quickly become a dated reflection of the past and how you used to think and do things. Yet such publications can still set the standard and become benchmarks as well as invaluable resources for those who haven’t yet advanced so far on their journeys.
To broaden my understanding of the health and healing processes and all that is inherently part of this conundrum in the most comprehensive context, I resume my unceasing learning efforts into the many depths of the healing arts. As I also try to remain alert of any limitations to my current approach and tools, my intention is to acquire additional and preferably inexpensive tools to work with especially for those situations where going simply by oral ingestion (as in diet and most forms of nutritive or medicinal supplementation) is proving largely ineffective or highly troublesome. We seem to be witnessing a pervasive and unprecedented emergence of hypersensitivities, strongly inhibiting degrees of toxicity, neurological decline, parasitic burdens, and certainly not to forget mentioning the next big crisis out there being a slew of genetic mutations or deficiencies (“MTHFR,” “MTRR,” “BHMT,” “CBS,” “MAO,” “NOS,” etc.), the latter of which has not only generated an almost mesmerizing obsession with genes, but has, as one should expect, also become a situation made so unnecessarily complicated that most laypeople can’t comprehend what to really do about it anyway beyond throwing sometimes a ton of different supplements at the problem for the sakes of… well… forever managing and treating the problem. But hey, whether the issue is genome-oriented or not, treating and managing symptoms to feel better for as long as you keep treating and managing the symptoms, that’s nothing new, right?
Where humanity will be a century from now—provided we haven’t blown up the planet or otherwise rendered it entirely uninhabitable by then—I dare not envision, but current trends illuminate a very grim picture if we don’t turn matters around eventually. Our problems at this stage stretch far beyond wasting time looking for non-existent “cures” in laboratories or in nature, exemplified in that resolving the average case has increased in difficulty and complexity. Not to mention our specie has yet become sufficiently mature enough to establish peace and love one another across nonsensical artificial country borders, in recognition of the reality that we’re all in this mess together and can ultimately only resolve it together.
Right, melancholy aside, my most recent activities on this website have been a clear reflection of my high level of involvement with the International Academy of Lymphology as well as Clarity University. To learn some additional self-help lymphatic activation routines, I will soon also be getting onboard with John “Lymph Man” Ossipinsky from the Lymphatic Wellness Center whose understanding of the human body and health, excepting the kidney sediment filtration aspect, is strikingly similar to Dr. Morse’s; John proposing lymphatic system detoxification as the emerging new science of health and wellness. (If you read John’s book, “An Undetected Acid-Alkaline Imbalance,” you may swear you’re reading a simplified and to-the-point version of the Detox Miracle Sourcebook but with more focus on the lymphatic system and with self-help routines.) Yet I’m willing to bet they don’t know about each other’s works. John, like Dr. Morse, also has that ability to keep the teachings very simple and digestible. Seems like the creator knew we at some point in time would need good lymphatic-oriented communicators who were also “big picture” thinkers and thus gave us the likes of Morse, C. Samuel West, Ossipinsky and whoever else may be out there trying to raise awareness surrounding our internal guardian angel: the lymphatic system. All we then need to figure out, is how we support the lymphatics in producing and maintaining the perfect-living environment of our cells.
Other Notable Projects?
I’ve always got something in the works. I do have to update the FDRM’s Shopping Guide and finish the final version of the Q & A Notes Video Index (capping it at Q & A #300 as the last video I’ll index).
The next long-term project will be in a similar category as “Detoxification on a Budget,” but a much more extensive work that’ll take a very long time to create. It will be dedicated principally toward those with compromised health going through financial constraints, and will concentrate on self-help methods under a holistic focus orientation. I want people to know there are tools, powerful ones too, available for various situations at all price ranges starting at “free-to-do-if-you’re-not-lazy.”
Movin’ Like a Monkey
Never have I enjoyed the elegance and demanding activity of movement artistry as I have come to do since discovering movement artist and “general mover,” Ido Portal, over a year ago. I’ve slowly been soaking in the general philosophy and guiding principles he so passionately shares, regarding movement as an essential and integral part of life; a unique mode of communicative expression, a liberator of sorts, and something we were meant to do for a living because it’s simply necessary. (Reminds me of the Tarahumara Indians of northwest Mexico who run all day long—100-200 miles in one session without rest being a piece of cake for them—because they know staying physically dynamic is necessary.)
Learning from Ido has helped change my perspective from exercise to movement in the broadest sense. What once felt like a chore, I now enjoy doing as much as I can on every single day that I’m able to get outside on the grass, whether it’s sunny or raining, or go to the gym. Squatting (rest position), hanging, crawling and rolling on the floor, abusing the gymnastics rings, being a kid with the exercise balls, jumping, inverting, brachiating, lunging, slow-and-gentle movements and progressively increasing my ability to take and maintain basic positions like the resting squat and handstand, make up part of the “movement patterns” I’ve been exploring. Let’s see where this leads in the years to come.
Tap Out for a Moment
Phenomenal accomplishments have been made in the natural health field; a field of which many of us are strongly devoted; a field which has also compelled and brought us together under the same umbrella and principal ethos: To foster increased health and wellness across parts or the entirety of our multidimensional existence (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual).
With the above in mind, I find it almost shocking to lay eyes on the way in which people have come to constantly fight and behave against one another over things, which matter insignificantly. The constant and senseless arguing, judgmental attitudes, unconstructive criticisms, emphasizing discrepancies instead of common grounds, forcing archaic dogmas, blocking out opposing views in defense of ideology, and the like. Exactly the kind of things those who are just trying to figure out how to get well, need, right? No, not really.
Perhaps we’re so bored in front of our computers that nothing else generates more excitement than to invest hours upon hours exercising one’s ego for no good. I cannot blame those who regard segments of the “alternative” health field as a laughing-stock, because it seems so many of us are mostly busy either:
- trying to find flaws in others or almost tear their heads off for other frivolous reasons, creating division;
- finding ways to take advantage of and monetize on people’s sickness and emotions; or
- trying to understand and/or communicate sense into the prior two or attempting to direct attention toward problem-solving the noise and ceaseless bickering.
Because the situation appears so hopeless at times, you do periodically need a sort of coping mechanism to navigate the mind-numbing circus out there. The one thing I’ve long found useful, is to simply view myself and my peers-by-profession as little children just trying to figure out how the world works. It helps, because you can’t blame and shouldn’t get mad at the child for its flaws and undeveloped capabilities as well as not having learned how to settle differences and appreciatively embrace similarities. The child just doesn’t know any better, yet.
Nonetheless, whichever of the following you may find yourself enduring, reserve the time to tap out of the seriousness, the circus and dramas, the rigidity, the dogmatic influences, constant arguing, erratic obsessions and the sort. At times it’s as simple as switching off the PC or mobile device and taking a long walk (seek natural scenery while you’re at it); at least that’ll give you time to contemplate on constructive feedback to share with the world when you return.
If you feel you need to vent, go ahead. Let it out. Scream into a pillow a couple of times, take a few deep breaths, and then let someone know what’s on your mind.
I could certainly spend half my day punching keys on YouTube, Facebook and blogs to prove how “right” or “all wise” I am, only to be rewarded with having wasted my time and agitated others, provoking them to do the same. Alternatively, I could allocate my time toward activities that will actually make a tangible difference. I simply function better as a “behind the scenes” guy tirelessly aiming to help others, while engaging in detached, objective observation of how things are unfolding and what challenges people are typically faced with. The degree of immaturity and lack of self-responsibility commonly encountered in this field is remarkably astounding, for which I remain concerned, because people get hurt from it.
Something else that has held me uneased for a long time, is how some individuals, due to the fear of being ridiculed, criticized, ostracized or even threatened across open online discussion platforms (like Facebook for instance), will decide to neglect sharing their struggles and challenges with the community of which they are a part, in search of much-needed help, support and guidance, in effect prolonging their suffering.
Worse yet is when:
- people simply stop what they’re doing, disappear from the community and go do something else entirely, without informing anyone of their change (which often leaves others wondering what happened, for long periods afterwards); and
- the feedback on whatever people choose to do next, if it in fact ends up producing the results they were unable to attain before, is not reported back to the community they left and equally important isn’t reported back to the practitioner/clinic they were working with.
So I pose but one question: If, for whatever reason, people do not bring to light the intolerable challenges and struggles they face while undergoing any health restorative program, how else are we—and this goes especially out to the practitioners—supposed to figure out the limitations of our methods as well as where there exists room for improvement? How will I know that my product is faulty, defunct or could be made considerably better if no user informs me? And in the case of the Dr. Morse community the problem is only confounded furthermore by our principal reliance on a communicative online forum (again, Facebook), as outstanding as it is for small chatting, that functions terribly as a collective problem-solving platform for our community—contributing largely to our overall stagnation and lack of progress hence the minimal advancement seen between half a decade ago and now. The next 5 years will prove more or less the same if no fundamental changes are to arise, in which case some members will understandably just have to move on, on their own, to find resolution. Dr. Morse has provided us with a rare opportunity, and what a pity to let it slip, so I suggest not wasting it.
It’s not all “bad” though. Because if it wasn’t for the inefficiency and poor organization possibilities of Facebook group pages, this website, perhaps as well as TheCellularRestorationDiet.com and the MoveYourLymph.com forum by extension, wouldn’t exist.
To the individual: Never hesitate to voice your concerns so that others may know what you’re going through or that you could use a helping hand. And if someone is sensitive to any possible changes you’ve made, or the difficulties you’re having, they’ll just need to learn to get over it. Last I checked, absolutely no variation of this line of work has become a perfect science where you can fit everyone into the same box with only exceedingly positive outcome as a result. Therefore, we must learn to change, adapt and compensate as necessary. It’s called the healing arts for a reason.
All right; that wraps up my update. I better get back to work.
Thank you for reading and take care of yourselves out there!