Three weeks ago, I traveled to Salt Lake City for a three-day “health hacking journey” that involved advanced muscle integration technique, high dose vitamin C therapy, stem cell injections and more. I received so many questions about the journey that I figured I'd give you the complete lowdown in today's article, complete with videos and other helpful downloads.
Enjoy the knowledge you'll discover below, and leave any questions or comments under the article.
Day 1: In Which I Turn Back On Inhibited Muscles & Adjust All The Bones Inside My Skull
On my first day in Salt Lake City, I visited the offices of Dr. Craig Buhler for a four-hour Advanced Muscle Integration Technique (AMIT) session. I first heard of Craig, also know as “Dr. Two Fingers” in Tim Ferriss’s book “4-Hour Body”, when I interviewed him several years ago about how he can make injuries and issues that have nagged the body for as long as decades, completely disappear with special techniques – and also how his technique can keep acute injuries from becoming long-term problems.
AMIT practitioners can predict injuries by examining and identifying instabilities in the body, which in most cases lead to injury. The therapies utilized in AMIT procedures allow for rapid corrections of instabilities, resulting in improved function, removal of pain and an overall new level of performance.
There are many things that can aid in shutting a muscle down. Simply being active and doing the many day-to-day activities put stresses on your body and can create imbalances. Strenuous activity, athletics, daily recreation, and nutritional habits are all examples of things that can contribute to muscles becoming inhibited. Craig sees patients with as little as 10-15 muscles shut down and some with 70-80 muscles that are shut down.
In activating a muscle an AMIT practitioner must stimulate 7 reflux points using his hands. There is one neurovascular point, one neurolymphatic point, two organ reflex points, an acupressure point, and the origin an insertion of the muscle itself. After stimulating these points together, the doctor will retest the muscle to determine that the muscle has become strong. Here's an example of Craig turning my glutes “back on” and the subsequent range of motion increase:
In addition, Craig performed a nasal chiropractic balloon adjustment on my sinuses. This blew my mind. Watch the video below to see what I mean:
Additional resources from the Dr. Buhler clinic visit:
Day 2: In Which I Fix My Low Back, My Gastrointestinal Issues & Supercharge My Immune System
On Day 2, I drove nearly two hours from Salt Lake to Pocatello, Idaho to visit Dr. Jason West's clinic (along with Naomi Whittel, who I interviewed during the drive for the episode “Drinking Sperm, Smearing Mayonnaise On Your Face, Protein Cycling & A Cell Death Deep Dive With Author Naomi Whittel”)
What you're about to witness is one of the most cutting-edge protocols in naturopathic and chiropractic care. Dr. Jason West – who operates the world-famous West Clinic in Pocatello, ID – not only administered high-dose Vitamin C and an athlete “cocktail” into my body – but also performed the procedure in this video.
Other treatments done at Jason's clinic included:
-IV vitamin C therapy
-Stomach – neural therapy
-Nerve of maigne therapy
-Regenerative injection therapy with prolozone (proliferative therapy using ozone)
Upon leaving his clinic, my body felt like a new man – with several of the gastrointestinal and low back complaints I had completely gone.
Additional resources from the Dr. Jason West clinic visit:
-Naomi Whittel's book, Glow15: A Science-Based Plan to Lose Weight, Revitalize Your Skin, and Invigorate Your Life
-PDF Download: Neural Therapy handout
-PDF Download: Prolozone Therapy handout
Day 3: In Which I Receive A Full Body Stem Cell IV & Low Back Stem Cell Injection
On Day 3, I traveled back to Salt Lake City for an amniotic stem cell injection at the East West Clinic owned by Dr. Regan Archibald. Watch the video below to see the entire stem cell IV and injection procedure performed on me:
Regan explained the procedure as follows:
“On March 20th, my team used 1 ml of a product called StemShot from Utah Cord Bank in your back. The areas targeted were T12/L1 and L2. 1-1 1/2” deep injections were administered into tender areas along the erector muscles of the spine, primarily the longissimus dorsum and spinalis. Reversal of hypertonicity in the paraspinals, reducing inflammation in the spinal nerves, and repair of soft tissue damage was the intent of this procedure. The fact that you palpated exactly where the troubled areas existed in your paraspinals and the ease of point location with your anatomy allowed for a successful injection. We typically will use ultrasound guidance in more difficult cases but we don’t use C-arm as the gamma rays have the potential to damage healthy stem cells. Stem cells have the ability to home into damaged areas and we’ve had a high level of success with our spinal treatments.
You also received a 1 ml IV infusion of StemVive from Utah Cord Bank. The StemVive product still has the same cell count, growth factor, and cytokine make-up as the StemShot, the only difference is that in this product some of the extracellular matrix has been sacrificed so that the cells can make it through the lungs intact. 90-95% of the cells will stop in the lungs initially but within 24 hours they can be found in every tissue compartment in your body. This is also the same product used in our brain treatments intranasally.
You also received acupuncture following your procedures. Points were selected and needled with 38 gauge acupuncture needles on your Bladder, Liver, Governing Vessel, and Kidney meridians to increase blood circulation in your spine and to promote intra stem cell release. Several papers have suggested that acupuncture improves the response rate of stem cell therapy.”
Here are several studies that delve into the fascinating links explaining the relationship between acupuncture and stem cell injections:
Additional resources and videos from my stem cell injection at East West Clinic:
-YouTube: Stem Cell Pain and Health Transformation
-PDF: Post Stem Cell Follow Up
–East West Clinic, mention Ben for a free consultation
Occasional “getaways” like this to reboot your body are something I highly encourage for anyone who can take the time and spend the resources to do it. Consider these type of adventures to be an investment in your body that pays off for years to come (and stay tuned for details on a two-week full body reboot that I am organizing for 2019 – in Switzerland!)
Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Dr. Buhler, Dr. West, Dr. Archibald, Naomi or me? Leave your thoughts below and one of us will reply!