- Certified (FDN) – Practitioner (Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®)
- Certified Metabolic Typing® Advisor (CMTA)
- C.H.E.K. Holistic Lifestyle Coach
- C.H.E.K. Practitioner
In 2004, after a career diversion, I followed my heart and returned to the health & fitness industry, working as a personal trainer. Over the course of 6 years I spent much time looking for answers. The answers were for questions that arose from working with clients and realizing there was much more to a clients success than just exercise. In that time I discovered Paul Chek, Bill Wolcott (Metabolic Typing®) and a few other professionals and developed a new understanding and more effective approach to helping clients achieve their fitness and more importantly, their health goals.
I soon came to realize that my approach was at odds within the environment that I was working. This conflict was creating much internal stress that was negatively impacting my mental health (essentially, other than working with my clients, I did not want to be there).
I responded the only way that I could, I struck out on my own, opening Health & Body Performance, LLC. I can’t say it has been easy being my own boss. Success or failure lay squarely on my shoulders.
While working with clients and running the business I began burning the candle at both ends. I realized I was “burning out” and did not like what it was doing to me. The universe came to the rescue as Reed Davis and his Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® course appeared at just the right time. I signed up, and began a journey to not just regain my previous level of health but to see what my body is capable of.
Using functional lab testing I discovered a few things about myself:
- HPA Axis (Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Adrenal) dysfunction and related hormone imbalances
- Digestive deficiencies
- Mucosal barrier permeability issues, “leaky gut” and numerous food sensitivities (giving up eggs and raw milk for 6 months was brutal but worth it)
- Dysbiosis (imbalance in gut flora) and a Bacterial Infection
- Poor detoxification pathways and heavy metal toxicity
I have been able to restore HPA axis function, balance out my hormones and create a digestive system that can handle just about anything “real” without getting irritated and inflamed.
The last roadblock in my path was the removal of toxins, specifically heavy metals. It took almost a year and a half to get my detox pathways healthy and strong enough to begin mobilizing and pulling heavy metals (mercury and cadmium were primary culprits) and other environmental pollutants out of tissue. I know this will be an ongoing process due to a life long exposure to toxins and the mercury amalgams that spent decades in my mouth. Along with past exposure is the present fact that the world is toxic, exposure to environmental pollutants is unavoidable.
Due to my personal health experiences my business began to change. How could it not? I have come to realize that physical fitness, while important, is really only part of the health puzzle and when inappropriately prescribed, as with any pharmaceutical or lifestyle change, can be part of the health problem.
What I am currently developing and fine-tuning is Awaken Your Health, a holistic, self-care approach to building health and vitality. For too long we have been led to believe, actually told, that your health is merely the result of a spin of a wheel or roll of the dice and that only the “medical community” could help you. The truth is essentially the opposite. You are the master of your health destiny. It is your lifestyle that will allow a healthy, functionally fit vessel that is full of energy and vitality to manifest itself.
Outside of his calling Michael can be found visiting Farmer’s Markets & local farms to source food that his garden does not provide. His personal fitness program allows him to perform his own hard landscaping and play with rocks. For Michael, getting his hands dirty is a “Zen-like experience that is both centering and relaxing.” When the urge arises, he and his wonderful wife, Michele will take off on a road trip enjoying the scenery and searching out good food.
In both ’15 and ’16 we have explored Nova Scotia and Newfoundland Canada. Beautiful scenery (Gros Morne Park is a must), incredible people and some out of this world local food. Most likely we will be back as there is still much to see.
If you require a location to relax and decompress, I suggest hanging out in the “swimmin’ hole” at the Fort Lewis Lodge in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This location helped me tremendously on several occasions when doing nothing was exactly what I needed.
Life is meant to be lived. The world is meant to be explored, investigated and enjoyed. For many, their mind and body is not currently up to the task. What will you do, or better yet, how have you responded when your dreams and goals are put on hold because your health gets in the way? What is your health worth? If I can leave you with one final thought, it’s that your true health potential is within your grasp. Your purpose can be discovered and made to prosper.