So for those of you that don’t know I have had back & knee issues since 1989…a long time.

I’ve tried everything to relieve the pain…

The surgeons say they can’t help because I have 3 swollen/bulging discs and surgery won’t help.

Most of the pain is caused by arthritis and lack of cartilage so my joints are bone on bone.

Chiropractic and massage helps for a few days but for the most part I’m in pain 24/7.

My sister was talking the other day and said she goes to an acupuncturist & nutritionist to get all healed up.

I figured I’d try it and see if I get the results I’m looking for…

I made the appointment and went for the consultation and it all seemed like she felt she could help me so I said ok…let’s give it a try.

I went for the first visit with the acupuncture doctor & the nutritionist and boy was this different than western medicine!!

I mean the pain is mostly in my left hip, lower back and knee…so she puts a needle in my right ear???  What the heck is this nonsense?

I felt like saying, Doc…what’s up with this are you a quack?  My mom taught me good manners so I refrained myself.

So, she proceeds to use me as a pin cushion or Voo Doo Doll for the next 30 minutes and rub my leg and we were done for the day.

I didn’t feel better or worse right away…to tell you the truth, I just wanted to see the nutritionist, pay and go home.

I meet the nutritionist and she sits me down and asks a bunch of questions about my eating habits etc…

FYI… ever since I hurt my back I’ve gained weight.  I guess one would describe me as being built for comfort…

Once the French Inquisition was over about my eating habits…

She has me lay down and raise my right arm, then she proceeds to put pills on my stomach and says I’m going to try to push your arm down and I want you to resist me.

I was extremely skeptical but I went along with it…

After 30 minutes of this stuff we were finally done.  I heard her mumbling under her breath saying boy…he can’t eat anything.

I got up and I gotta tell ya that was more cardio I had done since the 90″s so all I could think about was dinner.  I knew my wife was making pasta tonight.

She was calculating numbers and checking her notes and shaking her head all the while.  Sarcastically I asked am I gonna live?

She smiled and said yes but I’m putting you on a strict diet that will help you with your weight and help cleanse your body.

I had to ask how the heck can you tell I have vitamin deficiencies by putting a pill on my gut and have me resist you pushing my arm down?

She was using a technique called Kinesiology and she said it helped her get healthy and lose a lot of weight.

I discussed the menu with her and got my list of supplements and went to check out.

All I wanted to do was pay then go pound some pasta that my wife had waiting at home.

I had already determined before I went that I would start getting healthy the next day…can you relate?

I go to check out and the receptionist asks if I want to purchase a yearly membership because it would save me money in the long run… I said sure why not.

About $500.00 later I got out of there… time for some pasta baby.

Let me ask you a question…

If a you were in as much pain as me would you be able to try alternative medicine to get relief?

Would you be in the same boat as me?

Would you be able to just write a check for say $500.00 on a whim?  It’s not a huge amount of money but it’s a lot if you don’t have it.  Since I’ve started my online business I’ve been blessed with the ability to do more things like this for myself and my family.  By no means am I saying I don’t have to watch what I spend but it’s definitely not as tight around here as it used to be.

Here are a few things that I took away from this experience…

  1. I’m extremely grateful for Eastern Medicine…western healthcare can learn a few things from it.
  2. I thank God for my IM business because it affords me the ability to pay for a lot of extras in my life and the lives of my family.
  3. I realize I want to help others like me to make a great living on line so they can take better care of themselves and their loved ones.

What are your takeaways from my story?  Feel free to let me know in the comment section below.

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