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meet John Foltz

Let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is John Foltz and I have been a pharmacist for over 28 years. I graduated in 1992 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and have worked in retail, long term care, and hospital settings. For the last several years of my career I have worked  in the hospital setting as a clinical staff pharmacist.

Over the years I have watched as the practice of medicine and pharmacy has changed into an expensive, complex, insurance controlled business. From a pharmacy standpoint Americans are taking more medications than ever. It has become the norm to treat the symptom by prescribing medication instead of spending the extra time to really get to the bottom of what is causing the symptom and assist the patient in dealing with the root cause.  I became frustrated -*with my profession and felt like I was just going along with what I knew was a broken system.

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I have also struggled with obesity and tobacco addiction most of my adult life and have experienced some of the associated health problems including: high blood pressure, varicose veins, peripheral artery disease, high cholesterol, and pre-diabetes. I tried to lose weight many times over the years using exercise and several different methods or diets. I would occasionally have some some success, but I could never sustain it long term and the weight would eventually come back yoyoing up and down over the years. I had the same results with smoking trying to quit multiple times over the years only to start back up again.

In 2015 at the age of 46 I weighed over 280 lbs. and was in such poor health I’d get winded walking a flight of stairs. That summer I had a health scare that really shook me up. The ER doctor told me bluntly, “You are not a young man any longer, If you continue to live an unhealthy lifestyle you will be dead sooner than you like.”  Wow! That was brutal honesty and just what I needed. I knew I had to change my habits, actually I had known for years, but just like many people didn’t feel the urgency to give up the food I loved for good. Even as a health professional who witnessed people suffering with chronic illnesses on a daily basis I continued over the years to eat an unhealthy diet and smoke occasionally.

This health scare and the blunt words of the ER doctor brought me to the realization that the time to change was now! I began to change my diet eating a diet consisting mainly of low fat, high protein, whole grains, veggies, and minimal sweets. I began vigorously exercising and walking at least 5 days a week. The weight slowly came off, but then stopped and began yoyoing up and down by a few pounds. I was very frustrated and still feeling in not great health. I began researching and everyone was talking about the Keto diet. Well I had tried that a few years prior and had short term success, but as soon as I stopped the weight came back plus some. I thought about trying it again but knew I wouldn’t stick to it. At that time the Paleo diet  was getting a lot of attention as well and as I researched it I began to read about ancestral health.

Ancestral Health incorporates the best practices of traditional societies with modern medicine using lifestyle interventions. This includes eating whole foods, physical activity, restorative sleep, sunshine, positive social interactions, stress management, and a sense of greater purpose and meaning in life. This made sense and the more I researched it the more I was convinced I could do this long term because it wasn’t a diet it was a lifestyle. I began eating and living what is known as a Primal or Ancestral lifestyle following the the guidelines in the Primal Blueprint a book by Mark Sissons founder of Primal Kitchen and the Primal Health Coaching Institute. Over the next several months the pounds began to come off, my skin cleared up, joint stiffness went away, and energy levels increased. The best part was I was eating well, eating foods I liked and wasn’t hungry. Over time I got my weight down below 200lbs shedding body fat and adding lean muscle with what seemed like minimal effort. Today in my 50’s I am lighter and fitter than I was in my thirties

Back at the hospital I was still frustrated with how the healthcare system was operating. Every time I reviewed new admission suffering from a chronic condition with a laundry list of medications I knew that could easily be me. I wanted to do more to help people. One day while attending ICU clinical rounds a vision and a calling just come upon me. We were all standing outside a patient’s room with our computers like a herd of cattle discussing the patient’s case. Like the patient’s before him, this patient too suffered from chronic conditions that could have been prevented had he made lifestyle changes in the past. I heard a voice say, “John, you need to help people stay out of the hospital and off this unit.” At that moment I knew I had a purpose and a mission. I was already in the process of getting my first health coaching certificate and knew that health coaching was the way to help people change their habits and improve their health. I began to brainstorm and plan and eventually Integrated Health Rx and THE CLIMB  were born. I have spent the better part of the last two years gaining knowledge and working on this program.

I am convinced that the Ancestral Health model found in THE CLIMB will change your life and improve your health. THE CLIMB is a unique program that taps into your adventurous spirit and leads you on a journey that you can picture in your mind. But its more than a journey it’s a life lifelong change in the way you eat and live.

 

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