Brad Went From Chronic Illness & Pain to Healthy Holistic Coach

Brad Rasmus

Pain used to be a daily occurrence for me I wish to forget. I’d like to share with you my journey. A lot has changed for me since originally starting work within the fitness industry as a ‘Personal Trainer’.

During my world travels, my wife and I created a web business called Explore Now, that allowed us to travel and stay in some of the most exotic locations in the world. Whilst we were on the holiday of a lifetime, we were also working. We had a very small laptop on which we did our business and this contributed to some major postural changes in my upper spine that gave me huge amounts of neck pain and for the first time in my life, migraines. Just like everyone when it comes to pain, I waited to the last minute before I got off my butt and decided to make a change. Couple that with a digestive system that was pretty fried from our inquisitive eating habits whilst traveling, and my body had been in better shape (don’t let the tan fool you!). Whilst the majority of what we ate was ‘healthy’, we wouldn’t shy away from trying any new local food, as it was part of the experience.

Posture and Pain

Brad Rasmus - Pain indicated by the red dots
Pain indicated by the red dots

So, I was back in Sydney again ready to start another business and I felt like a wreck and in so much pain. I kept asking myself, “How could I help someone else, if I can’t even help myself?” Every exercise, stretch and massage that I tried to help my neck tension would relieve the pain temporarily. My visit to the doctor ended in a Panadeine Forte prescription, MRI brain scan, blood test and Optometrist visit. The MRI was clear, the optometrist said my vision was fine, blood fine and the Panadeine wasn’t doing a thing. I then decided to visit a Chiropractor whilst walking back home from the doctor one day as I haven’t been to one for years. Straight away he said that I had ‘thoracic outlet syndrome’, adjusted me, and I felt instantly better. Pain reduced significantly. For a while…
I kept getting regular adjustments but it was always on my mind that the adjustments always needed to be done the same way and led me to ask the question, “What is making my body take on this posture all the time? “How can I prevent this from happening so I don’t need an adjustment, acupuncture or massage each week? How can I reduce or eliminate the pain myself?”

This then led me to the teachings of Paul Chek of the C.H.E.K. Institute. An American man that has been a ‘holistic’ health professional for 25 -30 years, traveling the world to learn from the best of the best in all areas related to health. He has subsequently put together a multi disciplinary, multi year program based on his methods. A Uni friend had taken his teachings on board and sold me on him. He was spending a lot of money doing the courses and found that the information he was learning superseded so much of the information that we had learnt in our 3 year Human Movement / Exercise Science degree. I bought Paul’s book ‘How to Eat Move and Be Healthy’ and ever since reading it, my outlook on health has had a major shift. I have now completed 5 certifications with the CHEK Institute and have several more to go. When I completed the first course and applied the teachings to myself, my neck pain reduced significantly. I was eating differently and doing lots of different things that were always considered faux paux within the fitness industry and in society as a whole when it came to the definition of ‘healthy’. His teachings made so much sense though, and finally worked!

To look back on all the problems I have had, I have a laundry list worth. Broken bones a plenty: especially a fractured lumbar spine! chronic fatigue syndrome, terrible acne, constant bloating, extreme back pain, torn cartilage in both knees, thoracic outlet syndrome, extreme neck tension, headaches and migraines, digestive problems, long term pharmaceutical use, constant mucus production in throat and nose. I’m sure there’s more! A lot of pain. The one thing I have discovered though is that we don’t catch these diseases, syndromes and disorders. We create them! Through having a crappy immune system. It’s just that my perception on what constituted a ‘healthy’ immune system was totally different to what it is now.

I currently feel better than I have in years and I am now getting results with clients that I never dreamed about in the past. The PEOPLE LIKE YOU page has some great examples of this. I am helping people change the insides and outsides of their bodies like never before. I am helping people eradicate pain they have had for a long time. I am helping people change where they haven’t been able to change with other methods and it feels really good to help people help themselves in eradicating their own pain. Contact me via if you wish to use my services.


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

Single Mother Lydia Found Freedom From Migraines, Asthma, PMS & Chronic Sickness

Lydia Discovered Divine Health

“I lived much of my adult life encumbered by some sort of illness. At one point my illness became chronic and after an extremely intense season of challenge in my life, I threw my hands in the air and said, ‘Enough is enough!’ I knew deep down that this was not how life should be and I took it upon myself to heal my weary soul and body. It wasn’t long before I was experiencing major health breakthroughs. This is what I long to share with others, so that you never have to be in chronic ill health.

Lydia turned her health around by eliminating processed food

For much of my adult life I have been very interested in health and nutrition. I read every book I could get my hands on. I sought many paths towards health and wellness, but none of them led me where I truly wanted to go.

When I discovered ‘Nourishing Traditions’ by Sally Fallon, that was the missing link for me. After that I discovered there was a whole wide world of people out there that think outside of the box. Through folks like the Weston A. Price Foundation, Nora Gedgaudas, Carolyn Dean, Julia Ross, Mark Sisson and many others, I have come to enjoy greater health by implementing what I have gleaned.

“I have learned that you can reverse many health maladies by simply consuming real nutrient dense foods and avoiding processed cheap foods. Thus discovering that the saying holds true, ‘You are what you eat!’ It has only been in the past few years that I have fully shifted my family over to real foods and away from processed foods completely. It has been a pleasure!!”

After completely eliminating processed foods, I have seen a health transformation in myself.

I no longer suffer from:

– Intense menstrual pains and cramps each month, nor the pain of mittelschmerz each month during ovulation.

– Random severe body aches and pains all up and down the right side of my body.

– Sinus infections. Blowing my nose constantly due to constant mucous production.

– Migraines and headaches. Popping ibuprofen like it was candy.

– Asthma symptoms, as well as seasonal colds and allergies.

– Adrenal fatigue, a malady that plagues most Americans today.

After having struggled with asthma since I was 12, I have learned how to manage any possible flare up through natural alternatives to inhalers. Additionally, in early 2010, I learned I needed to stop consuming gluten, with this transition I have experienced many wonderful benefits as well.

“Overall, I have way more energy, lost 20 pounds and generally feel great in my own skin. I am no longer a slave to my cravings. I find great freedom in that alone.”

Fitness is also important to me. Gone are the days when people work physically hard, walk to school/work, and labor on the farms (well for the majority of us at least). I find that exercise is not the more crucial element in a healthy lifestyle, but it is a very important one. I love to push my body physically and benefit from the results. I also believe in the importance of rest when needed, as well as focusing on quality sleep. I thoroughly enjoy yoga, bike riding, kettlebells, dance and hope to one day become an RKC instructor or take up martial arts.”

Single mother Lydia transformed her health

“I believe that health is a choice, a right and a gift that we cannot take for granted, and in this day and age, unfortunately, must fight for!”


Divine Health from the Inside OutLydia is a single mom of four boys, on a mission to share her passion for whole, healthy, real foods with the world. Lydia is:

– Founder of ‘Divine Health from the inside out’ website and facebook community.
– Certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association.
– Co-chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation in Delaware County, Pa.
– A member of the Nourished Living Network.