A 10-Year Journey of Transformation, Gratitude and Healing


Out for a ride on a late afternoon!

November is a special month for Gwen and me. Ten years ago in November of 2006 we began a new life journey. Of all the times to begin a lifestyle change why would God pick November? Really, the food, the smells, the social events with food!

I didn’t even know I was on a new journey until about three months into it. God can be sneaky! What a journey he had planned for us. He started the journey for us and we had the desire to keep it going!

To say I am thankful, full of gratitude, joyous and humbled by my experiences and journey over the past ten years is really, honestly an understatement. There are no words expressive enough to convey the feelings I get when I wake up every morning with a renewed spirit and health. There are days that I am overwhelmed with gratitude just driving down the road. If you haven’t experienced sitting on the cliff looking at death it would be hard for you to imagine it. Those of you that have stared at death know exactly what I am trying to convey. Today, I have a body free of disease and illness. I no longer sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else play in life. I am now a player in life! Thank you God!

You may not be a spiritual person and I respect that. However, I am a deeply spiritual man with roots that run deep in my beliefs. I know the past 10 years has been an act of God, not of my own. You need to understand, I wasn’t interested in a wellness journey and the thoughts were not even on my mind, but it happened. I had given up on myself because I was a miserable failure at dieting. God had a different plan however. Gwen was the catalyst that produced the miracle for both of us.

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Just to give you an idea of the amazing transformation and journey we were blessed with;

Gwen has lost almost 90 pounds and I have lost over 220 pounds. We both kicked disease and illness to the curb in ways doctors say can’t be done. Gwen suffered from severe fibromyalgia, IBS, depression, memory loss, pain and anxiety ten years ago. Now, Gwen regularly rides her bicycle 3 days a week up to 30 miles at a time. Gwen’s longest bicycle ride has been 86 miles, yes 86 miles in one day! Nine years ago I was a type 2 diabetic and suffered from other multiple adverse health conditions. I have done multiple 100-mile bicycle rides and regularly ride 100 to 150 miles per week. We were two people on the precipice staring at disease, misery and eventual early death.

We invite you to start your own journey and we would love to help you.

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More of the story later.

Wishing for you the very best in health!

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Integrative Nutrition health Coach



The contents of the email or written communication are not medical advice and should not be considered as such! This blog is for informational purposes only. Please consult with your physician or health care provider if you have medical issues and before changing your diet or lifestyle or taking herbal or dietary supplements. Never start an exercise program with getting your doctors approval. Never quit taking medications unless advised to do so by your doctor. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs.

Managing and Reducing Fibromyalgia Symptoms Through Diet and Lifestyle

Fibromyalgia, a Painful and Mysterious Condition

My wife has had fibromyalgia for years but we have managed to reduce the symptoms by 85 to 90% through diet and lifestyle.

Fibromyalgia can be a mysterious and debilitating syndrome. There are no definitive test for diagnosing fibromyalgia. Diagnosing fibromyalgia is a subjective interpretation of symptoms, such as moderate to severe pain in muscles and around joints, digestive disorders, severe fatigue, memory problems (fibro fog), anxiety, migraines, depression and insomnia.

We know diet greatly influences symptoms. What most people do not give enough thought to is stress. I can tell you positively, that for a person living with fibromyalgia, stress is the most important factor to control. A form of stress (emotional or physical trauma could be short term or been happening for a long time) most likely caused the fibromyalgia and a lack of stress control will make it almost impossible to reduce symptoms to a functional level. Even though diet is critical, stress management is more important.

Case and point; I have a client that had their fibromyalgia under control. Pain was minimal (only during a weather event), and she had mostly eliminated her pain, IBS, depression, mental fog, sleep problems and fatigue. She went through a several month period of extreme stress and her symptoms returned, just as bad as they previously were.  After eliminating the cause of the stress and getting back on the diet and nutrient regimen, her symptoms are significantly better after just one (1) month.  It will take her several months to get back to the symptom free life she had, however she will get there. She is dedicated and wants her life back. I hope you are this motivated. If you are, the odds are you can greatly improve your life by symptom control and even symptom elimination through diet, nutrition and stress management.

If you have a stressful situation in your life, you must change it or manage it. You will not see much improvement without stress reduction.  Once stress is manageable, it will take 3 to 6 weeks to get the acute symptoms such as diarrhea, insomnia and depression greatly improved.  You can see symptoms improve quicker with stress removal. For example; if you have a very stressful job you must change the stress level in the job, manage the stress or quit the job. For severe stressful situations it normally takes drastic action such as removal of the stress before major improvement can be made. Once the stress is eliminated, healing can take place fairly quickly. The problem most people with fibromyalgia face, is they cannot escape the situation causing the stress. If this is the case, they must learn how to manage it.

Many people with fibromyalgia also have adrenal gland dysfunction and for symptoms to improve it must be addressed. This causes fatigue, mood changes, sleep problems and weight gain. Another common association is hypothyroidism with fibromyalgia. Thyroid dysfunction can be a cause of fibromyalgia or make symptoms worse. Serotonin levels are also critical for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue issues.

There are nutrients that can help us deal with stress better and help us manage the stress. We must also put into action activities that will help reduce and manage the stress.

Nutrients that help reduce or eliminate fibromyalgia symptoms

  • 5-HTP: 200 to 400 mg’s per day, stress control and mood enhancer, helps balance serotonin and dopamine levels improving mood, mental and emotional outlook, helps reduce pain and improve sleep.
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine  1000 mg’s twice per day, improves energy and mental health
  • Iodine Plus-2: improves thyroid function,   2 caps per day
  • Adrenal Cortex Extract: increases energy, aids with weight loss and mood, improves the health of the adrenal glands and helps balance adrenal hormones particularly cortisol
  • Vitamin C: 1000 mg’s twice per day; boost immune function, intestinal cellular membrane health
  • Vitamin E: (mixed tocopherols) 400 IU’s per day, improves cellular membrane function, a powerful antioxidant that works with vitamin c
  • Krill oil:  3000 to 6000 mg’s per day, reduces inflammation in the digestive system as well as the body and improves mental health
  • D-Ribose: 5000 mg’s twice per day, improves cellular energy for muscles
  • CoQ10: 200 mg’s twice per day, improves energy and is powerful antioxidant and is important for heart health
  • Magnesium: 750 mg’s per day mostly from diet, limit supplement intake to 500 mg’s per day, improves muscle energy, relaxation, stress reduction, sleep, bone strength, blood pressure, and much more
  • Vitamin D3: 5000 IU’s once or twice per day
  • Zinc: 25 mg’s 3 times per week, if a bigger dose is taken or if taken every day, 2 to 3 mg’s of copper must be added to the intake.
  • Lecithin:  2000 mg’s per day, improves brain and nerve function
  • Biosuperfood F2: 6 capsules per day, brings about endocrine balance by awakening the hypothalamus-thalamus-pituatary-thyroid relationship
  • Probiotics; important for rebuilding and maintaining the digestive tract and boost immune function
  • L-Glutamine: 5000 mg’s daily, very important for healing and improving the function of the digestive tract, we carry a product that provides the L-Glutamine plus other nutrients in one product for healing the digestive tract.


  • Massage (gentle)
  • Yoga
  • Qi Gong
  • Tai Chi
  • Swimming
  • Aqua exercise
  • Infra-red sauna
  • Hot tub
  • Epsom salt soak
  • Deep breathing
  • Meditation
  • Aromatherapy


Eliminate as many refined and processed foods as possible.  No fried foods allowed. Eliminate all dairy products (try sugar free almond milk). Limit fruits to 2 servings per day. 70% of your diet should be vegetables. Nuts and seeds should be a part of a healthy diet plan. This includes nut butters like almond butter and sunflower butter. Beans and lentils are fine for some people and not for others suffering from fibromyalgia. They can be a source of irritation for some. If you are a meat eater, select cold water, wild caught fish like salmon, cod and halibut at least 2 times per week. Eliminate red meat and pork from your diet. Instead, have free range organic chicken and turkey breast. Eat 6 times per day. Eat low glycemic grains such as oats, oat bran, brown rice and quinoa. carbohydrates should be from complex sources. For some people suffering from fibromyalgia eliminating gluten, sugar, alcohol and caffeine from their diet does help reduce symptoms.  If you think you have food sensitivities or allergies that may be fibromyalgia triggers, seek a qualified health professional to help you identify the sources. This is normally done through an elimination diet.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.


The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

Reducing Fibromyalgia Symptoms Through Diet and Lifestyle

Fibromyalgia is a multi-symptom condition that affects many times more women than men. Twenty years ago, you rarely heard of fibromyalgia. Doctors didn’t recognize the disorder and did not know how to treat it. Patients with fibromyalgia type symptoms were often lumped into other diagnosis and were even referred for psychiatric counseling, their doctors didn’t believe that they were having real physiological symptoms.

You may find fibromyalgia (FM) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) discussed in the same articles and discussion groups. Both share similar symptoms and the dietary and lifestyle changes for fibromyalgia can also work for chronic fatigue syndrome in some people.

Every fibromyalgia patient may have differing degrees of fatigue, muscle pain, fibro fog (short-term memory loss), Irritable Bowel Syndrome, depression, headaches and sleep disturbances. Fibromyalgia sufferers may have some of the symptoms but not necessarily all of them.  In the more severe cases the fibromyalgia sufferer may have all of the symptoms related to fibromyalgia.  The cases range from mild to severe and symptoms can come on like a lion and then diminish and leave for days or weeks.

Science does not fully understand fibromyalgia or it’s causes. It seems to be a modern syndrome brought on by our exposure to certain elements in the modern world.  Working with my clients that suffer from fibromyalgia, and from research that has been published, we can, with some amount of confidence, state that fibromyalgia may stem from physical and emotional stress, environmental and emotional toxicities, fungus and parasitic infections, sleep deprivation and physical trauma or a combination of these.

The exact mechanisms from these events that trigger fibromyalgia are not fully understood. However, current research does suggest that the added stresses brought about by the events or exposures interfere with the body’s natural intestinal balance creating a toxic bowel condition and leaky gut syndrome.

As a result of the stress overload in the digestive system, the mucosa lining and membranes of the large intestine become thin and are no longer able to adequately protect intestinal walls. The intestinal walls become weakened and thin and may begin to leak toxic materials and partially digested food particles into the blood stream potentially creating the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Since we now know this is a condition of toxicity, the diet must be changed to provide nutrients to bring health to the digestive system, in particular the intestines. Additionally, an overall approach to bring about body balance is important. We must remove antagonist foods and replace them with nutrient rich foods. If you have fibromyalgia, diet, gentle exercise and stress reduction are critical for health improvement.  I have worked with several people with fibromyalgia, and in all cases improvements have been made.  Fibromyalgia is not a condition that goes away quickly. You must be patient, correcting this condition takes time. It may take months for symptoms to begin to lessen. However, for some people, a reduction in some symptoms can be seen in a matter of a few weeks.

Corrective Action

  • Refined and processed foods must be eliminated as much as possible. This includes fast food and you must be careful when dinning out due to the use of preservatives and excessive sugar and salt.  Foods in boxes and packages, with the exception of vegetables and fruits, are usually body polluters.
  • If you smoke please quit. If you live with a smoker, get them to smoke outside. Second hand smoke can be as bad or even worse than smoking.
  • Eliminate alcohol and caffeine from your diet. They are irritants and may make your symptoms worse.
  • Get 8 or more hours of quality sleep per day.
  • Hydration is very important. You should consume at least ½ your weight in ounces of water per day.
  • With fibromyalgia the chance for a Candida overgrowth is likely.  Simple carbohydrates must be kept at a minimum and if possible eliminated completely. Foods that turn to blood sugar quickly (a high glycemic index or high glycemic load rating) will feed any fungus in your body.  This link provides great information to help you kill the Candida fungus and reestablish healthy gut flora.  All fruit juices, breads, beers and yeast products must be avoided.  Alcohol is a form of sugar.  Complex carbohydrates should come from vegetables, whole grains (oatmeal, oat bran, buckwheat, Bulgar wheat), and beans.
  • Even if you do not have Candida or other fungi, you should limit the intake of high glycemic foods.  Foods that turn to blood sugar quickly create a pro-inflammatory condition in the body that can over stimulate the immune system and create hormonal imbalances.
  • Once the fungus is controlled, your diet should consist primarily of vegetables, low sugar fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds and healthy oils and fats.  You need both raw and cooked vegetables.  At least 50% of your vegetables should be raw.
  • You should consume foods high fiber foods, and rich in the following nutrients; Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, zinc  and Omega 3 fatty acids. Foods with a high antioxidant value provide protection from free radical damage to cellular DNA and are anti-inflammatory. When using the antioxidant list, use the “mean column” and the “total ORAC” row. You might be surprised that some foods you think are very powerful antioxidants may not be. A few that might surprise you; pecans are a very high antioxidant food, as is cinnamon, cloves, oregano, rice bran, sumac bran, sorghum bran, unsweetened cocoa powder and elderberries.
  • You should take a very high quality nutritional compliment every day. The nutritional product should contain a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, fiber, protein, prebiotics, probiotics and antioxidants.  This is very important because you must address total body health along with the rebuilding of the intestinal environment. Your odds of overcoming fibromyalgia are low without a strong nutritional approach.  Complements or supplements do not replace a healthy diet.  Eat healthy and complement the diet.
  • Additional Supplements: D-Ribose, Acytel-L Carnitine, L- Arginine, GLA (Borage Oil), Fish oil, 5-HTP (hydroxytryptophan), Iodine, probiotics, (consult with a health care provider for dosage instructions on supplements)
  • Stress management is critical. Exercise helps cut stress and moves toxins out of the body. Gentle exercises such as yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong and water aerobics have proven effective at helping to reduce the pain and fatigue symptoms of fibromyalgia.  Massage, sauna and a soaking bath in Epsom salt helps relax muscles and reduce pain.
  • It is important to work with a nutrition professional to insure you are addressing your particular nutritional needs. Taking the wrong combination of supplements could make your symptoms worse. This is not a health condition where you buy a bunch of supplements and expect to get results. It is a combination of diet, added nutrition, the elimination of potential toxins, exercise and stress management tailored for you, specifically.

In summary, remove bad foods, eat healthy nutrient dense foods, get added high quality nutrition ( needs may be different for each person), practice gentle exercising every day if possible,  cut the amount of stress in your life and reduce your risk of exposure to environmental chemicals and toxins and food born pathogens.  This may sound too simple but for most people it can have profound effects on fibromyalgia symptoms.  You will be amazed at what a difference changing your diet will do for your body.

These two web sites may be of value to you.



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If you would like specific guidance with fibromyalgia I would be honored to assist you.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.


The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.