• Don’t forget to breathe.

    I have this cool picture of my child and this saying below it. “just breathe, this is the last time you will ever be this old”.

    All sports, religions, mental and emotional guru’s emphasis breathing. I have a saying I picked up somewhere. “There must be a God to hard-wire breathing into us. Otherwise we’d forget and be dead in the first 5 minutes.”

    The amount of people I have taught to ‘deep breathe’ at work astounds me. It’s like this; when you breathe IN, your stomach is supposed to go OUT. So many people have it reversed, or they expand just their ribs to breathe.

    What is the most important thing to stay alive? We can go for around 5 min with out air, 5 days with out water and people have gone 30 days with out food.

    This article got started from a friend at a breath course. Their teacher said we just breathe, in and out all day, taking for granted the mind blowing event that is taking place. That being somehow air and just the right amount goes from the outside of you to the inside of you. While the spent air is doing the opposite. All automatically and for most of us perfectly.

    Take a moment each day and take a slow deep breath. I have read anxiety is excitement without adequate breathing. Give it a try.

    If you need some help on breathing techniques come on by the office, it only takes a minute.

    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies


  • The journey of vitamin D

    How easily a study or two can change everything. In 1930 Vit D was a miracle cure for you name it. Zip up to 1950 and a study IN-CORRECTLY though vit D was causing high calcium levels in patients. Then in India circa 1980 we get another study saying the same thing and that was the end of vit D for a while.

    It took till 1999 for things to start looking brighter for vit D and now it is the MOST sold vit in the world.

    Why? Well it does just about everything. The body takes vit D and changes it to Calcitriol (the actual hormone) attaches to more than 2,700 sites on the human genome, and it turns on more than 1,000 genes.

    I was watching a lecture from a Manitoba professor called “Dr. D” for his work on vit D. His quote was “if vitamin D was expensive and patentable we would all be on it by law.”

    What do you do? In the summer get more sun, 15-20 min of sun 2-4 times a week, on as much of your body as the law will allow. From September to May take a supplement of vit D. There are two types tablets and liquid. I suggest the liquid, normally one drop is 1000IU and I take 10 to 20 drops once a week. You may need a different amount, come ask me about it.

    Liquid vit D is a fat, you don’t normally need to take it every day. In the ‘old’ days we where supposed to store up enough vit D in our own fat to last us all winter but in massive numbers we just do not do that in Canada.

    The cost of vit D is going up as the popularity pushes demand but at this moment in nutritional circles there is massive agreement it is very useful to your health. I still sell a months supply for around $15, compared to other things still a good deal.

    Where does all this vit D come from? The oil from Sheep wool of course. Hopefully New Zealand keeps up with the herds.

    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies


  • Wind blowing on flowers

    Dystonia is a ugly affliction that can really mess someone life up. If you have a problem that’s not going away read on.

    The purpose of this article is to give the millions of people living with a lousy diagnosis some hope. The hope is there is someone, normally you, who can help your situation and get you better to some degree.

    The trick is to find a better way to look at your situation. What does that mean? Well, dystonia is non-curable and the “normal” treatments suck!

    Who in their right mind would endeavor to treat a non-curable disease? Not I.

    It is my job at work to figure out what the body is doing, not just taking into account the illness or injury a person presents with.

    i figure out what is going wrong in a person and we work to fix that. When you get that right, magic can happen and all sorts of non-curable things get better. In the case of this person it was really a great day when they came in and said the shaking had stopped and the pain was gone.

    It really does not matter whether your problem is health, wealth, relationship, etc. The business courses will tell you “if your problem does not have a solution, you better re-word the problem.”

    So what did I do so different than the previous doctors working on that person? It’s a secret but the answer is in the title of the post.

    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies



  • Family can be like a LP record

    You have not seen your brother for 4 years but it is like you started the argument from the last word that was said, all that time ago.

    You are suffering from the LP record syndrome. Do you remember vinyl? They had a continuous groove that just kept going till the record was done. If you lifted the needle of the record player you could just put it down later and start from the exact spot you left off at.

    It can be like that with family. You are just picking up from where you left off at.

    There is a better way.

    We just survived a three week invasion from three groups of relatives. I noticed something with my brother this trip.

    I sat back took a breath and decided to have a look at my brother with ‘fresh eyes’ and to my amazement he looked older and made sense when he talked! Where was my little brother who I had to do things for?

    It was amazing we talked like adults, we did adult things, we had a great time. Now I have always loved my brother but this trip was different for me.

    I encourage you in your interactions with your family and others to make sure you are not just ‘dropping the needle’ on the old record. It will doom you to a unsuccessful encounter with that person.

    Take a moment and really look at the person and hear what they are saying today, you might be amazed.

    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies


  • Get your rocks in order

    With out your health what do you have? Not much.

    In my line of work I see it most weeks. Someone who pushed it too hard and their body fell apart.

    For most of us, me included, work, commitments, hobbies, etc can just get away on us and downtime and rest vanish from our schedule.

    I love the ‘Big Rock’ story, where you put the big rocks in first and they fit, that being the important things in our lives.

    If you put the small stuff in first you will not have the space to get the big stuff in. I found this picture of it done each way and it really shows how this principle works.

    Do yourself a favor, review your schedule on a regular basis and make sure your big rocks are in there. Especially down time and rest.


    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies


  • Premature Death and what we can do about it.

    40% of premature death is caused by “behavioral patterns”. I was reading a study from University California, San Francisco and they where looking at early death.

    It is an amazing factor that 40% of people that die young are driving themselves to that party by their daily choices. Now I am fairly sure they do not look at it like that but the science does.

    A big part of that number is obesity and smoking, it’s a US study. But even in Canada the number of obese people is going up. Smoking numbers are going down but it needs to go lower.

    What to do? Well every year or so pick an area of your life and make it healthier. Read somethings, ask some people, try some things and see what happens. Make it simple, make it repeatable and find ways to enjoy it and make it part of your routine.

    I have said before, this year I am eating more fruit a day, my goal by the end of the year is to have 4 pieces of fruit 5 days a week. So far so good. I found that if I blend them up in the morning and drink it at work it gets done 17 days out of 20 so far. Not perfect but I have a few months left to tweak my system.

    The thing I know from work it once a persons behavioral patterns have caused a problem they are normally difficult to change in a short time and sometimes that’s not fast enough.

    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies

    reference article is here http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa073350

  • The time is Sailing by

    Speed is a relative term in sailing. With the new America cup boats going 20-40 knots (sailing jargon for real slow compared to a car) we are able to go as fast as a kid on a peddle bike. The average sailing boat is going 5-10 mph. So a quick walk to a so so jog.

    I so often see people at the clinic who have been going ‘full throttle’ for a very long time and pop into the clinic and wonder if I can do a pit stop at the speed of an Indy car.

    Our bodies for thousands of years where going at sailboat speeds, now for the last 70 years they have sped up to race car speeds. I was just at a party and for the first time in my life I was talking to a person who was texting, eating and ‘talking’ to me all at once. I know for most of you that’s a daily thing, but for me it’s a future patient.

    I see a lot of people who’s gas tanks are empty and empty is not a good way of saying it. If gas where in stones they have ground the last one up for the last drop of gas they could get from it and now it’s all just dust.

    Take a little slow time. Your body can handle a massive amount of abuse and recover, but it still must recover and that takes some slow time. Ow and Acupuncture helps too.

    If you put frogs into a room temperature pot of water and slowly turn up the heat they will stay in there and die. Don’t be a frog.

    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies

  • 45 life lessons worth learning

    There are some real sit down and think about it lines in here. One of the many things my job has taught me is; some days suck. For some of those days this list can help.

    Written By Regina Brett.(editing by Ward)

    1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
    2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
    3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone…
    4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
    5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
    6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
    7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
    8. It’s OK to get angry just get over it and don’t hurt anyone, including you.
    9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
    10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
    11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
    12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
    13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
    14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
    15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; you have a front row seat.
    16. Take a deep breath as fear is excitement without the breath.
    17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
    18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
    19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
    20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
    21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
    22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
    23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
    24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
    25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
    26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words “In five years, will this matter?”
    27. Always choose life.
    28. Forgive everyone for everything.
    29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
    30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
    31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
    32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
    33. Believe in miracles.
    34. You are loved, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
    35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
    36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
    37. Your children get only one childhood.
    38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
    39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
    40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
    41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
    42. The best is yet to come.
    43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
    44. Yield.
    45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

    Have a good think,
    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies

  • Boats for Hope

    This weekend our crew of 12 kids and 6 bigger kids (adults) spent hours and hours turning a normal sail boat into a Pirate Boat. So around 200 kids who are ‘handy-capable’ could come in converted power boats to marauding Pirate boats and steal our treasure.

    It was all part of the annual Variety Club Boats for Hope Charity. Which happens at a number of yacht clubs around BC. It has raised 1.2 million since it started.

    What’s this goto do with heath?

    Over the years I have read and watched lots of stuff about how to be happy and successful. Mostly they all say the same thing and one of those things is to donate your money and/or time to a worthwhile cause.

    Doing Boats for Hope for the last few years I appreciate again why it is on the list of a successful life.

    There is something moving to see a hundred plus people getting together to put something like this on. From all the yacht club members, fire, police, search and rescue, local businesses. Every one has a busy lives but each person put this ahead of all other things and that’s cool.

    Then there is the children, they get loaded onto the boats by firefighters and taken to the six pirate boats with treasure. They hail how many kids, we pass over the treasure and then the water fight begins and it’s serious stuff. We have all manner of water guns, buckets, water balloons and a high pressure hose and pump! We all have a good time.

    At the end all the pirate boats converge on each other for a water fight battle that makes the front page of most papers. After that it’s a big party at the club. Here’s the battle scene, I am on the bow with the hose in the yellow. https://www.facebook.com/AllBodyCare?ref=hl

    Of course the real treat is to see the smiles on the faces of those children that have lives much more difficult than any of us want and if we can provide a bit of fun they can talk about for a few weeks, it’s all worth it.

    I encourage you to pick some sort of ‘good deed’ work and start small and grow it from there. Boats for Hope started at the Royal Vancouver Yacht club when one of the members said, ‘hey lets make a difference’. And they do.

    Thank you for reading,
    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies

  • Wait till they are thirty.

    When your children are thirty talk (read complain) to them about how tough your childhood was.

    You will likely get an interesting feedback from your kids, like “well you did that to us.”

    You will sit there with your mouth open saying something like, “but you don’t understand I had this, that and those reasons.”

    They will smile and say something like, “and that mattered to us how?”

    I remember when I heard this story I did not have a child and thought what hog-wash. Then I got one and by the time my kid was 2 I had gone to my dad and apologized for how I have commented on my childhood, twice!

    As parents it is difficult to keep our kids point of view in mind but I can tell you it will save them years of therapy and likely a lot of illness.

    Happy Fathers Day

    Thank you for reading,
    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies