Amy Overcame Severe Back, Neck & Knee Pain

Amy Sanderson – Back, Knee and Neck Pain

Amy didn’t need to lose weight, she needed to get out of pain. With a holistic approach, I used the Primal 6 approach to address any health imbalances she had. Amy’s thoughts were being affected by negative relationships, her posture and breathing were suffering from her excessive computer work, she had digestive issues which called for dietary changes, and she had many muscular imbalances. So we focused on emotional healing, ways to reduce computer pain, primal dietary changes, probiotics to support her digestion, core-strength, reducing bloat and corrective exercise.

Amy preferred that you see her scans instead of her photos. These ‘Static EMG’ scans are from her chiropractor.
The colours are related to heat produced at each vertebral segment.
White = 0 , Green= 1, Blue = 2, Green = ?, Red = 3, Black = 4. The higher the number, the worse the area is.

Amy Sanderson - Back, Knee and Neck Pain


There’s 2 types of pain! Pain that serves you and pain that doesn’t

Words from Amy:

“Brad has been a great inspiration to me. I did not start seeing him to lose weight / bodyfat, it was to gain fitness & improve my quality of life. I suffered from severe back pain, knee pain & neck pain. I can now run over 6km in 30 minutes & have increased my strength to do some amazing acrobatic moves! My overall health has improved, i don’t suffer from pain like i once did and i am now more aware of what to eat to obtain the results i want. Thanks Brad, you have changed my life!”

“(When doing acrobatic training) I can now lift myself with my back to a pole, arms behind/above my head, up and over into an ankle grab on the pole. I can support myself upside from the ankle grab with my arms locked and release one leg behind my head otherwise known as a ‘butterfly’. Incredible core/back/should/arm strength & lots of concentration!”

Brad Rasmus – Amy Overcame Severe Back, Neck & Knee Pain

Is Biodynamic Organic Wine Healthier? – Part 2

Is Biodynamic Organic Wine Healthier? – Part 2

Continued from: ‘Is Biodynamic Organic Wine Healthier? – Part 1‘.

Okay guys, we’re out here at Shiraz vineyard at Macquariedale Biodynamic wines with Ross McDonald. Ross can you explain to us what the key differences are between Biodynamic farming within your vineyard in comparison to commercial farming?

The key thing is that we spray a product called BD500.  It is a humus like material that is made from cow manure which is put in the cow horns and left underground over winter and then pull it out and then we make it into a homeopathic solution. About 80 grams per acre we use, which is just the size of inside your hand. We spray that out over the vines. And it really encourages the bacteria fungi in the soil and the whole biodynamic approach is about improving the fertility of the soil. Not using synthetic chemicals and as you can see from this (pointing to the grapes) we have a great bunch of shiraz here which is going through the verasion at the moment. That is the color change from green to black. That will be the part of Shiraz 2012 vintage.

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That’s good. I have already been eating them and they taste fantastic! You were also talking before about the size of the actual fertiliser. BD500?  That’s all that is required to do the whole vineyard.



So we use about 80 grams per acre for the vineyard.

80 grams per acre! That’s pretty powerful stuff guys. And so another part of biodynamic farming?

Okay there are the other part we talked about is the diversity in the vineyard. If you are going to a conventional vineyard, nothing is growing. They really try and nuke everything. As you can see in our vineyard, we have a kind of weed mat under the vines themselves and in the middle of the rows of the vines we plant what we call cover crops. Those cover crops are really based on legumes – we plant peas and beans, clover, vetch. All these type of legumes which allow us to access the nitrogen out of the air. Everybody knows that its about 80 percent nitrogen in the air and these plants are able to put it in the root systems so it goes into the soil and the vines, the beautiful vines access that.  That’s how we source Nitrogen for the vines.

Wow. That is fascinating stuff guys. Once you start learning a little bit more about Biodynamic farming.  We probably talked for about 20 minutes to condense something into this video.  Ross, what would be the third main thing about Biodynamic Farming you wanted to share?

The third main thing is allowing the natural compost to occur. Part of Biodynamics is making compost using the other preparations which is 502 and 507 which is based on valerian, nettle, oakbark etc and those small quantities are put into the  compost. We then put some the compost out into the vineyard. We also do some natural composting in the vineyard by throwing the soil from the middle of the row under the vine and allowing that to break down to form a compost.  And you can see from this, there is a great diversity of products happening here.

Ross one other thing I want you to mention is the analogy you use with regards to herbicides, fungicides bodybuilding type stuff…

Look, one other thing that is always raised is the question about synthetic fertilizers, that is the NPK fertilizers. Now the NPK fertilizers add a lot of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous to the soil and the plants go green and big and they develop lots of fruit and that. But each year you’ve got to keep adding that because the plants are like on steroids. They built massive, massive structures.  The leaves they form also brings disease. So the farmer then has got this massive crop and potential disease issues. Then he’s got to spray the systemic chemicals. All our vines grow naturally very much like it is been growing since few thousand years. So there’s no synthetic fertilisers, they are just doing it naturally. We firmly believe that at the end of the day we get better fruit out of that. More flavorsome, more nutrition and it makes better wine.

So there you have it guys, that’s all a quick run-down on Biodynamic farming here at Macquariedale Biodynamic wines. Like I said in the first video if you are keen to get your hands on some of the Ross’s fantastic wines, go to or come down to the Hunter Valley and do a bit of a wine tasting yourself and a chat with Ross. (Ross: Thank you very much) No worries Ross. Thanks.

Missed the first part? Check out ‘Is Biodynamic Organic Wine Healthier? – Part 1‘.

Parasites 101

Don’t freak out, but you should know it’s very possible that you have a parasite. You may only think of parasites as something that gives you diarrhea on holiday in a tropical third-world country, but actually, parasites are just as rampant in the Western world, and are related to illness and disease of ALL kinds. Yes, even we, your gurus for all things Primal, have both had parasites that have significantly affected our health.

Parasites have been a subject of interest for many years now, especially since Brad started studying the work of Paul Chek and obtaining many certifications as a CHEK Practitioner. To learn more about parasites, we met with a legend in the world of Parasitology, Dr. Omar Amin. He’s the Professor of Parasitology and founder of the Parasitology Center, Inc. (PCI) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Arizona just happened to be our last stop on a 7 month world trip, and we knew that we had certainly picked up some new bugs whilst traveling in Japan, Europe, Mexico and the USA. We left Dr. Amin’s office with a wealth of new information AND a specially formulated botanical remedy to give us relief from our own parasites. Brad has had issues with pinworms/threadworms on and off for many years and Bex more recently with Dientamoeba Fragilis.

Mr parasites himself, Dr.Omar Amin, with Bex and Brad at his home in Scottsdale Arizona.
Bex and Brad with Dr. Omar Amin (center) at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Symptoms of Parasite Infection

The most common indicators that you may have a parasite are: diarrhea, constipation, bloating, cramps, indigestion, mucus, fatigue, nausea, skin rash, dry cough, headaches, allergies, joint pain, memory loss, and brain fog.

But it hardly stops there. Other symptoms can include:

Abdominal pain, lethargy, excessively dry or itchy skin, itchy nose or anus, depression, chronic mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, waking a lot during the night, grinding teeth during sleep, inability to lose or gain weight, uncontrollable hunger OR loss of appetite, muscle pain or cramping, numbness of hands and/or feet, arthritis, fast heartbeat, bad breath, excessive body odor, anemia, hypoglycemia, sexual impotence, yeast and urinary tract infections, cysts and fibroids.

How do parasites cause illness and disease?

They take nutrients away from their host (you, in this case), and produce toxic waste called mycotoxins. Parasites can occur anywhere in your body – every organ, tissue and even in your blood – and they can cause symptoms that mimic other disorders. So you may have been treated by your doctor for many different problems over your lifetime, but because they were never diagnosed as being parasite related, the parasitic infection may continue to affect your health in various ways.

How do we get parasites?

Parasites are all around and can enter your body through food, water (drinking/touching), insects, air, pets, people and soil. There’s no use worrying excessively about trying to avoid them, but there are lots of simple sanitary precautions and lifestyle habits that will minimise your risk of contracting a parasite, such as washing your hands and vegetables, drinking filtered water, chewing your food well, avoiding antibiotics, taking care of your digestive system, and not biting your nails or kissing your pets. In general, the stronger your immune system is to prevent parasites creating a home within your system, the better the chance you have of preventing them from getting too comfortable within your internal environment.

How do you know if you have a parasite?

If you are suffering from some of the symptoms above, take this Parasite Questionnaire. If your score is 15 or higher, parasites may be affecting your health.

It would be wise to then contact PCI directly or an integrative doctor or naturopath for further consultation and possible lab testing. The ‘Full GI Panel’ is the number one test Dr. Omar Amin offers.

One thing to be aware of with parasite testing is that results can often be inaccurate. You may get an incorrect negative result, as many types of parasites are not detected by common stool tests, and parasites are cyclical so may not show up every time. Or you may get an incorrect positive result as undigested food particles can look like certain parasites, as you can see in these parasite test photos at the bottom of the page. For this reason, it’s best to test with experts in parasitology, such as PCI. Or if your symptoms have been chronic for a long time, then consider starting parasite treatment even if your test results are negative. As Brad has learned from Paul Chek, there are over 1000 parasites that can affect the human body. Common stool tests may only test for 9-12 of the most common ones.

How do you treat a parasite infection?

The million dollar question. Even when people finally discover that a parasite is the cause of their problems, figuring out how to safely and effectively treat the infection can be an even bigger challenge.

Parasites are often treated with antibiotics, but these drugs are harsh on your system, weaken your body, and kill off the beneficial bacteria in your system which helps keep the parasites at bay in the first place. So the parasite may go away for awhile after antibiotics, but re-infection is common. A vicious cycle, really.

Bex experienced this personally when she took antibiotics to treat her Dientamoeba Fragilis. Her parasite seemed to go away, and symptoms were temporarily relieved, but have now returned. We also learned from Dr. Amin that D. Fragilis is a type of parasite that ‘sits on the line’, so often only an immune compromised person will show a positive result. So maybe her parasite never actually left.

Dietary changes
Following a primal diet of real whole foods is definitely key in preventing and treating parasite infections. However, once the infection is deep and long-lasting (usually when the symptoms get worse/obvious), most people find dietary changes alone can’t treat the parasite problem. You can be assured, however, that if you take a medical or botanical remedy but don’t also change your diet and lifestyle, parasite reinfection is very common.

Natural Remedies
For years, we have tried using many natural anti-parasitic substances as part of level 3 and 4 of our Primal Cleanse. These include oregano oil, wormwood, detox teas, Naturopathic Tinctures, Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide and Diatomaceous Earth. Other known remedies are black walnut hulls, cloves, pumpkin seed oil, garlic, neem, thyme, and marshmallow root. However, knowing how to use these properly, in what combination and proper dosages is really just a guessing game for people like us. And we’ve heard that many of the expensive commercial formulas in the shops don’t work very well. Dr. Amin also warns, “The body understands and wants consistency. When you try too many things all the time, it confuses your body.”

This is what we are currently taking for our parasite infections

Needless to say, we were really excited to meet a holistic-minded parasitologist who has worked hard to create completely natural and plant-based formulas which are helping thousands of people all over the world get relief from their parasite infections. We decided to take Dr. Amin’s formulas, called Freedom, Cleanse, Restore, for 3 months. At the time of writing, we’ve been taking it for 2 months.

Freedom, Cleanse, Restore parasite protocol.
Freedom, Cleanse, Restore parasite protocol.

As mentioned, we’d just returned from traveling the world for 7 months. We could certainly recognise the return of our previous parasitic symptoms, so we are looking forward to seeing how this remedy works for us. If Dr. Amin’s credentials and the testimonials are anything to go by, we think we’ve found a winner.

Note: We do not receive any commissions for mentioning this remedy, and are not qualified to prescribe anything to you. We simply believe in natural health solutions and are happy to recommend good ones when we find them!

Dr. Amin told us that this treatment is designed to work for all known species of parasites, including single-celled organisms, worm parasites, fungus and pathogenic bacteria. However, he greatly advises parasite testing to be sure that your symptoms are parasite related and also to see what type and how chronic the infection is, to regulate dosage and length of treatment.

He recommended no less than 3 months of taking the remedy, which may seem long to you and so many of us who are used to quick fixes. But the body is complex, and slow and steady often wins the race, especially when it comes to healing.

When you might have to keep your parasites

Dr. Amin corrects us when we say ‘eradication’, as there is no such thing. Only homeostasis, or balance. If we can keep parasites at low levels (and our system strong), they don’t cause problems.

You see, our bodies are designed to live in balance with low levels of foreign bacteria, which we accumulate from our environment after birth. It is only when this relationship becomes ‘imbalanced’ – that is beneficial for one but detrimental to the other – that it becomes parasitic.

In some instances, however, Dr. Amin warns that fungus and parasites can actually be beneficial to your body and should not be treated yet. The example he gives us is of Candida, which can be very harmful to the body. However, candida protects against heavy metal poisoning by metabolising the heavy metal and carrying it out of the body. So people with heavy metal poisoning would actually benefit from having candida!

It gets worse before it gets better

As often occurs in healing, once you start a remedy, you may feel worse at first. As your parasites die off and your body slowly flushes them out, you may experience more severe symptoms such as sharp intestinal pains or cramps, fatigue and grogginess, nausea, swelling, and foul smelling gas. Be assured that this is only temporary and is actually a good sign – it means that the remedy is working! Relief is on the way :). Brad has had this happen several times during our Primal Seasonal Cleanses, resulting in large amounts amounts of inflammation and swelling around the lymph node areas, and even the face.

Whatever you do, don’t discontinue the remedy as soon as you start feeling better. The danger is that there is still a residual population of parasites which can mutate into drug-resistant strains which are extremely hard to treat.

Paul Chek’s ‘Healing Fungal and Parasite Infections’

If you want to know more, save yourself thousands of dollars in course fees that Brad has spent learning about this stuff from CHEK Institute courses, and go straight to Paul Chek’s DVD series to give you all you need to know about Parasites. Well worth the investment.

Have you had a parasite and have some pertinent information to share with the Primal Health community?


Bex and Brad – Parasites 101 – 2015

Cereal Killers 2 – Carb loading has hit the wall

Cereal Killers 2

I remember when I first started challenging my university education, attending my first courses provided by the CHEK Institute. One of my colleagues who became a business partner, was of Welsh descent (both parents) and always tested as a ‘Protein Type’ using William Willcott’s Metabolic Typing Diet. It made a lot of sense. Someone with ancestry from a cold country for thousands of years, who has genetics more in tune with higher amounts protein and fat, than carbohydrates. He started testing the effect on himself. As an avid triathlete, this was certainly challenging the çarb loading’dogma that had been around and taught for decades. The result was pretty clear to him though. When he switched from a diet laden with starchy carbs, sports drinks and power bars, to fat and protein, he proclaimed the change was amazing! Finally a movie dealing with this exact subject. A must movie for high performance athletes. Here’s the description of the movie from Yekra: “Run on Fat charts world class triathlete Sami Inkinen’s transition from pre-diabetic sugar burner to a faster, healthier, fat fueled endurance athlete under the guidance of New York Times bestselling author Dr Stephen Phinney. When Sami embarks on an epic anti sugar crusade with his wife Meredith – rowing 4,000 kms unsupported from California to Hawaii – their remarkable journey reveals the astonishing performance benefits and pitfalls of successful fat fueling strategies for athletic performance. As more and more evidence emerges of world class athletes adopting a similar protocol – with remarkable results in some cases – “Run on Fat” challenges the very foundations of sports nutrition.”

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Cereal Killers 2

Run on Fat charts world class triathlete Sami Inkinen’s transition from pre-diabetic sugar burner to a faster, healthier, fat fueled endurance athlete under the guidance of New York Times bestselling author Dr Stephen Phinney.

When Sami embarks on an epic anti sugar crusade with his wife Meredith – rowing 4,000 kms unsupported from California to Hawaii – their remarkable journey reveals the astonishing performance benefits and pitfalls of successful fat fueling strategies for athletic performance.

As more and more evidence emerges of world class athletes adopting a similar protocol – with remarkable results in some cases – “Run on Fat” challenges the very foundations of sports nutrition.