I’d like to begin my message by offering my deep and sincere gratitude for the many thoughtful and concerning messages I have received via my social media pages, e-mail, over the phone and in the office. As many of you are aware, I haven’t been active on my social media sites for over a year now and I feel compelled to share with you the reason for my absence.
The hardships I have overcome and the lessons I have learned this past year have contributed to one of the largest breakthroughs in my life. Through these events, I have experienced a tremendous amount of growth spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally, resulting in a greater sense of purpose and realization. I am very thankful for all that I have endured, the suffering I have experienced has been necessary and instrumental in my journey.
To start, I’d like to share a brief preview of my past history for those who are unfamiliar with my personal story. At the age of 17, I made the move from Iran to NY to begin college and a new chapter in my life. Shortly after making this transition, I developed a series of medical issues including depression and anxiety. About a year later, these issues affecting my health took a sharp turn for the worse and caused me a great deal of pain. The multitude of doctors I saw provided no answers. At the age of 19, shortly after my move to Los Angeles, I was diagnosed with one of the most severe cases of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Ankylosing Spondylitis is a debilitating, degenerative, autoimmune condition that affects all body parts including all organs and glands. One of the main characteristics of A.S. includes the effects on the musculoskeletal system, creating severe arthritis and inflammation resulting in massive calcification around the joints and bones and eventually leading to fusion of these body parts which severely limits any physical movement. It can often lead to many additional diseases as well.
The first four to five years after I was diagnosed with A.S., life was lived in constant pain and agony. Over time I experienced all of the symptoms and developments the doctors predicted I would have to face. I was filled with disappointment, fear and hopelessness. My prognosis looked extremely grim and the doctors gave facts and assessments that left me with very little hope for my future.
Thankfully, with the guidance and support of the higher source and many beautiful souls, such as my yogi and especially my mentor, Dr. Welsh, against all odds, my health began to improve. With the implementation of holistic principles, education and drastic changes in my lifestyle and nutrition, I became healthier and stronger. I became passionate, inspired and motivated to follow a new calling in my life; to serve the needs of humanity on their journey toward optimal wellness.
From that point on, my life has been good and healthy for the most part and I am grateful for my many blessings. With the exception of occasional flare ups that have been relatively easy to take care of, my health has continued to improve over the years. My time has been filled with my teaching, my practice and formulating nutritional supplements.
Around five years ago, pressures and demands in life began to gradually build. Without realizing it, I began to give too much of myself to everything and everyone that was demanding of my time and energy without leaving any left for myself. My desire has been and always will be to assist others on their journey towards living a healthier and more fulfilling life. However, the invaluable lesson I learned was the dire importance of allowing enough time to take care of myself as well. I took away from the lifestyle choices and principles that were a very necessary part of my healing. Therefore, my health gradually began to spiral downward.
For some time, I ignored it, perhaps, I was even too proud. I went against one of my most profound principles; I ignored the symptoms that my body was trying so hard to get my attention with. Also, for some not too obvious reasons, I would slip and fall from time to time. I justified these falls by telling myself that it happens simply because I am always in a rush. Over time, however, the falls became more frequent.
It was in November of last year, while exercising in my backyard, when I slipped and fell down an entire flight of stairs. Foolishly, I thought I’d be able to walk it off, as I had done so the past several times I’d fallen, but over time, the pain increased. The pain eventually became so unbearable that it threw off my entire routine and made it incredibly difficult for me to physically move, even the slightest bit, or function in any normal capacity. The specialists provided test results similar to those when I was first diagnosed at 19. Only this time around, I no longer had the resiliency of a 19 year old.
The diagnoses were all the same, leaving me initially in a state of complete shock and disbelief. Was I dreaming or was this really happening? The doctors I met with all pretty much said the same thing; I was simply lucky during the past years of being in good health or it was just in remission and they didn’t give proper credit to my healthy lifestyle. As the pain continually grew stronger, my emotional and mental state began to plummet. Feelings of anxiety, fear, self-blame, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness began to overtake me. The doctors I met with offered medicine that simply wasn’t an option I would ever consider taking based on my fundamental beliefs. I felt like it was history repeating itself. Only differences this time around were that the drugs offered to me had fancier names and the pain I experienced felt even deeper and darker. I headed straight into a dark tunnel that was a physical and emotional catch 22. The physical pain and the feelings of hopelessness triggering and exacerbating one another.
Being in such an incredible amount of pain, I fell off track and got away from my daily health routines therefore, causing even more problems. I lost ¼ of my weight and could no longer maintain my practice. I isolated myself from everyone in my life, the only contact I had with anyone seemed to be the doctors and nurses I saw during my frequent trips to the ER. The tunnel I had entered was becoming increasingly deeper and darker as each day passed.
This continued till sometime in May, when I experienced a number of dreams and visions with messages from some of my closest and dearest mentors, when a shift began. There was one dream in particular that had a very strong impact on me. It was a reminder, a wake up call, that all that I am seeking is right in front of me. I was too busy looking for answers in the wrong places when what I needed was to look within myself.
I began digging into my life and reflecting upon my lifestyle. I realized that there were certain areas in my life that needed to be reevaluated. For the past four years, I wasn’t doing enough of what I had been preaching. Those familiar with my ideology know that I always talk about being mindful and paying attention to the symptoms our bodies give us and signs the universe sends us. I realized that I hadn’t been completely authentic to my own ideology for the past few years. I had many symptoms from my body and signs from the universe such as my pain and continual falls. My health would have stopped heading into a downward spiral had I saved enough energy for myself and paid attention to these symptoms. I stopped trying to fight what was happening to me and instead became receptive to the symptoms and messages I had been given. I searched deeper into my life and examining my beliefs, thoughts and expectations. I began applying all of the lifestyle choices that I needed to get better mentally, emotionally and physically. I realized that I had to do what I had done years ago which was think and act outside of the box when it came to the medical facts and statistics I was faced with. I had to enter into the dimension of infinite possibilities and hence create a new reality. When all of these factors came into play, my healing journey began.
I’ve learned a great deal on this journey. There have been many trials and errors along the way, many mistakes made and different paths taken, so many in fact that it would take an entire book to share these with you. The point is that it took quite a bit of time. There were numerous challenges and obstacles to overcome, new ideas and techniques to incorporate, but little by little my life has gone from being a dark and hopeless statistic to one filled with hope and possibilities.
I have always believed that everything happens to us for a reason, that each experience helps us to evolve, improve our perspective on life, awaken to the life we are meant to live and find our purpose; now that belief is ingrained in me more than ever. I am grateful for all that has happened during this past year, it has reminded me of all that I value in my life, how blessed I truly am and has inspired me to get on my path.
My mission in life is to serve the needs of humanity on their journey toward optimal wellness as best as I can. I am dedicated to living the healthiest life possible so that I am able to assist others on their journey. This is the mission I have been lead to and I humbly consider it as a profound blessing in my life. It is my intention to raise awareness to the best of my ability. I have experienced what life is like without hope, I remember feeling as though my life had been reduced to being nothing more than a medical statistic. I ask that you join me in supporting one another on our lives journeys, bringing awareness, hope and love into the lives of those in need.
Let’s get outside of the box of statistics and probabilities and enter the realm of possibilities to create an enlightened destiny for ourselves and all of humanity.
Let us create a better world together…
With Much Love, Blessings & Gratitude,
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It is only through a balance of emotional mastery, global responsibility, environmental respect, and spiritual awakening that we can obtain long-lasting results in our lives. Life can be so amazing when we live in harmony with everything around us. If we can just learn to get out of our own way, put aside our ego, follow our heart, and live our lives with love, rather than fear, the dynamics of our personal universe will begin to change. Your new life can begin right now, this minute! All you have to do is take the first step with one basic, yet remarkably simple concept:
Focus on what you want — the positive.
As you begin to unravel the meaning of each layer of wellness, you’ll begin to see the fundamental nature of true health. And the way to attain this true health is to reinforce what’s right with your life, rather than focusing on what’s wrong.
(This is an excerpt from the newest edition of the book ‘Health Wanted, Inquire Within’ by Dr. Hoban, available for purchase in the coming year.)
Is enjoying a few of these treats in moderation going to be earth shattering to our health? For most healthy individuals, no it will not. However, to balance out the bad, let’s focus on some positive, healthy food and drinks we should be consuming not only during the holiday season but all year long.
Here’s a list of just a few of my favorites:
It’s loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B, and calcium.
Nutrient dense, and helps the body better absorb nutrients from other foods that are eaten with it.
Broccoli and Cabbage
These vegetables neutralize toxins in your liver.
A great source of folate and vitamin B6.
One of nature’s best sources of beta-carotene, full of fiber, protein, vitamin A & C.
Wild Alaskan Salmon
Excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, high quality protein, essential amino acids, Vitamns A, D, B6, B and E as well as calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium.
Very rich in health-promoting flavonoids, including catechins and their derivatives.
They contain some of the highest levels of protein of all beans.
Raw seeds contain a large percent of the RDA for vitamin E.
Almonds are good for heart health and loaded with vitamin E.
Organic, Pastuerized Eggs
Wonderful source of high-quality nutrients, especially fat and protein.
Wishing you an inspired and empowered holiday season.
Blessings & Gratitude,
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Thank you for your continued support.
With Much Love, Blessings & Gratitude,
One of the most important factors for promoting good health and preventing disease is the natural detoxification of our bodies. But if we don’t keep that self-cleaning system running properly, it will slowly break down, and eventually stop working. Think of an automobile. If you drove a car for 50,000 miles and never changed the oil, tuned it up, put in new spark plugs, or changed the air filters, your car would completely stop operating, or chug down the road at best.
Our bodies are very much the same, but thankfully, we have a built-in elimination system to use to our advantage.
When we take good care of ourselves, we have the miraculous ability to continually rejuvenate our body provided we absorb the proper nutrients. But some people’s bodies are so toxic, their digestive system simply doesn’t work. As an example, a morbidly obese person might crave and consume large quantities of food, yet in reality, he or she could actually be starving to death internally. That’s because If the body experiences malabsorption (the inablity to utilize and break down nutrients), a person can continue to eat, and eat, and eat, and still feel hungry, the non-utilized food ultimately getting deposited into his or her tissues, then stored as fat.
Similarly, a person who is concerned about their weight might gravitate to low fat or diet foods. The problem is that few of those foods have all the vital nutrients that our bodies need. When we consume them, our body robs our healthy cells to make up the deficiency. Then our body signals that it’s hungry, and thus encourages us to eat more. If we then eat more low fat or diet foods, the cycle just continues, and we become less and less healthy.
When you incorporate a healthy nutritional and exercise program into your daily life, your body will naturally respond by first dumping out the unhealthy substances that it’s been storing or recycling. Suddenly, toxins will begin draining from the tissues and into the bloodstream, then make their way to the elimination stations of the liver, kidneys and intestines. This process is a good thing, but bear in mind that high levels of toxins moving through the lymphatic system can be uncomfortable, which is why, in most cases, the detoxification process should be monitored by a health care professional.
(This is an excerpt from the newest edition of the book “Health Wanted, Inquire Within” by Jacob Hoban)
Eating microwave-prepared meals is certainly appealing simply because it saves a significant amount of time spent in the kitchen preparing a meal. Combined with the fact that many families are running around from one obligation to the next, many find this method to be their “go-to” option. However, the time saving benefits are not worth the risks and potential consequences of consuming microwave-prepared meals.
Researchers have found decreased nutritional value, brain-damaging radiolytics, and cancer-making compounds in almost all microwave-prepared foods. According to research, eating microwave-prepared meals has been found to cause a loss of memory and concentration, high blood pressure, migraines, dizziness, anxiety, brain damage, stomach pain, depression, a decline in intelligence, increased rates of stomach and intestinal cancers, increased digestive disorders, and a higher percentage of cell tumors. When it comes to the nutritional value of foods cooked with microwaves, scientists found significant dimming of their “vital energy field” found in approximately 90% of microwave-prepared foods. According to well-known, food scientist Dr. Hans Ulrich Hertel, “Food cooked or defrosted in a microwave oven causes changes in the blood indicative of a developing pathological process as is also found in a carcinoma.”
In the Russian investigations, published by the Atlantis Raising Educational Center in Portland, Oregon, carcinogens were formed in virtually all microwaved foods tested. Furthermore, microwaves don’t evenly heat food and beverages, which means that some parts are overcooked, changing their molecular structure into dangerous carcinogenic substances, while other parts are undercooked increasing the risk of food poisoning. Russian researchers reported a marked acceleration of structural degradation leading to a decreased food value of 60 to 90% in all foods tested.
Today, many of us living in the modern world have an abundance of food and choices at our disposal. Supermarket shelves groan under the weight of food. There are restaurants on every corner. Many advertise “All You Can Eat Buffets!” But among this abundance, we find that people are malnourished now more than ever. We’re all consuming more “food” but our cells are starving for real nutrients. Even as our technology advances, horrible diseases are increasing, and we have no cure for an endless and proliferating list of chronic conditions. One can only surmise that while we’re adding to the quantity of life, the very quality is decreasing.
There are many causes for this, including stress, environmental pollution, and toxicities to name a few. But a major cause is poor nutrition, and it’s worth stopping to examine our food, where it comes from, and how it’s produced.
As omnivores, we can eat a wide variety of foods. Most everyone in the world survives on plants, vegetables, and fruits. People in wealthier countries also consume large amounts of animals, dairy products, eggs, and fish.
All of these originally came from nature, springing from the soil of the land, or the water of the oceans and rivers. For millions of years, we were hunters and gatherers, but 10-12,000 years ago a revolution took place in “food technology.” Rather than foraging for food, we began to grow it. Rather than continually hunting animals, we started to herd and breed them. This enormous shift in how we ate released us, allowing us more time to create and think. This affected our most fundamental being, allowing us to develop stable societies and civilizations. Those who mastered agriculture flourished, but societies that failed, for example, to nurture something as basic as a water supply, became extinct.
For generations, farmers learned to give back to the land what they had taken from it. Crops were rotated, as farmers learned that what one plant might take from the soil, another would give back. Land was also allowed to lie fallow, and animals grazed upon it. The rich animal waste fed the fallow fields. In a year or two, that land was sown again with crops that would take root in a rich, healthy soil. Nature’s cycle was treated with respect. Things taken from the soil were returned to it. Vegetable waste was collected, and in the form of compost, returned to the land.
However, about 150 years ago, scientists came to the immature conclusion that plants only needed three basic chemicals: Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium. This was the beginning of chemical fertilizers that did more harm than good. Earthworms, vital for the aeration and health of soil, were killed by this toxic imbalance. Plants grew bigger with this potent mix (much as a weightlifter will bulk up with steroids), but the plants weren’t healthy.
Nature, however, always finds ways to balance itself, and the sickly, weak plants attracted bugs, disease, and mold. If nature had its way, these plants would never have been harvested, and they would have returned to the soil, rotted, and nourished it. However, the chemical industry was not to be outdone, and in concert with the fertilizers, they developed pesticides. Because of this, these sickly plants appeared to be beautiful, healthy plants, but in reality, they were growing in opposition to nature.
Pesticides can’t differentiate between “good” insects and “bad.” They can’t harm the nervous system of a bug that has come to eat the weak plant, without also damaging a bee which is necessary for it to pollinate. They can’t differentiate between a slug chomping on a leaf, or a worm supplying the soil with air and water.
The double-pronged onslaught of chemical fertilizers and pesticides quickly destroyed the natural balance of the soil. Equally as bad, farmers, encouraged by fertilizers, started to overwork and abuse the soil. The ancient tried and tested method of allowing land to lie fallow was dispensed with, and as many crops as possible were, and are, forced from the same acreage, year in and year out.
This violation of the soil, the basic building block for every plant and animal product that we eat, has led to a decline in human well-being. Our soil is no longer natural, but artificial. This in turn has grown artificial plants and animals, and has greatly depleted the health of humans.
(This is an excerpt from the newest edition of the book ‘Health Wanted, Inquire Within’ by Dr. Hoban, available for purchase in the coming year.)
Sleep is crucial for optimal health. The benefits of a restful and deep night’s sleep are numerous. With time and research, we’ve seen the myriad of negative effects that sleep deprivation can have on the body, and conversely, the positive effects that consistent, quality sleep has on weight control, mood balancing, immune system functioning, and overall health.
Health Benefits of Quality Sleep:
- Improves immune system
- Increases alertness
- Improves emotional well-being
- Supports detoxification process
- Controls weight and improves muscle building
- Improves concentration
- Regulates hormone production
- Induces mental clarity
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Curbs food cravings such as carbohydrates
- Enhances beauty of skin
Research has shown that there are four to five stages of sleep. It’s during the latter stages that we fall into a deep sleep, where the calming delta waves are most active, and all activity has stopped in the brain and eyes. It’s difficult to wake someone from that stage of sleep, and at that beautiful time, the body begins the process of restoration, healing, and rejuvenation. It’s the time when hormones are balanced, the liver and immune system is repaired, bones, tissues, and muscles are built and rebuilt, and a host of other repairing activities take place. In other words, a deep internal cleansing takes place.
If you’ve experienced sleepless nights, then you are extremely aware of the fact that the morning after is certainly not a pleasant experience. Feeling groggy, moody, low on energy, and the inability to focus are just a few side effects of sleep deprivation.
Unfortunately, sleep deprivation has become the norm in many households. Busy schedules, stressful deadlines, and poor eating habits contribute to this factor. However, we should not accept this as simply normal. There are many serious consequences to our health, both short and long term. Some serious effects include:
- Emotional Instability
- Mental Confusion
- Negative Thought Patterns
- Stressed out by minor tasks and activities
- Weakened Immune System
- Lack of Memory
- Weight Gain
- Premature Aging
- Increased Severity in Conditions Such As Type Two Diabetes
- Higher Blood Pressure
When your body is deprived of this essential tool, lack of sleep will drive you to depend on unhealthy stimulants to maintain false energy levels, and keep the vicious cycle in motion. Sugar, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and drugs (both pharmaceutical and street drugs) are often used to mask the symptoms of tiredness and fatigue which are alarming you to slow down, breathe, and relax.
Here are a few methods that will assist you in attaining a more restful night:
- Finish your last meal at least 2 – 3 hours before bedtime, and avoid heavy proteins and starchy carbohydrates at this time.
- Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, chocolate, sugar, alcohol, drugs, emotional excitement, nicotine, or energy drinks at least 4 hours before bed time.
- Take a hot shower or bath 30-60 minutes before lying down.
- Utilize breathing exercises or meditation techniques 20-30 minutes before resting.
- Make sure all the external noises and lights are blocked from your bedroom.
- Leave your troubles and stresses of the day outside of the bedroom.
Some of the most basic things you can control in order to achieve proper rest is to provide your mind and body with a healthy diet, happy relationships, and an enjoyable work atmosphere. Excess stress, negative relationships, and improper nutrition mustn’t be allowed to interfere with good, quality sleep. The detrimental risks are too large. So start incorporating a natural sleep cycle into your day, regarding it as a necessary component to overall health. Don’t become stressed about sleeping, but provide an environment in your home, and in your body and mind, that will naturally allow your body to relax, feel safe, and sleep wonderfully.