When I was 14…

…I sat across the desk from a gastroenterologist. Beside me sat my troubled mother who had already taken me to various doctors in frustrated attempts to see me well. I was experiencing exhaustion, inability to concentrate, aching joints, depression, allergies, and stabbing “stomach” pains – even blood in my stools. I’d been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis along with various other illnesses, but so far nothing had helped me.

“Son, we are going to have you take predinsone to see if that helps you and, if it doesn’t, we are going to take out your colon.”

I was dazed by his words. Driving home I asked my mother to drop me off at the library. All of this suffering and no one giving me an answer that made any sense.

The librarian became my friend as I kept asking questions, pouring over the books I thought might have answers, trying to connect the dots and make sense of it all.

Vinami

The librarian became my friend as I kept asking questions, pouring over the books I thought might have answers, trying to connect the dots and make sense of it all.

Vinami

Then one day I was well. Really well. Robust. I knew I’d learned something that could help others.

Then, I found a book…

…that changed everything for me – my health and my path. The Stress of Life by the famous Canadian endocrinlogist Hans Selye, MD. He laid out the four types of stress – physical, chemical, emotional, and thermal – and The Triad of Selye.  The three things that will always happen to a lab rat if you stress it enough are enlarged adrenal glands, breakdown of the immune system, and intestinal bleeding.

I cataloged the various types of stress affecting me and how I could change them. I knew from Selye why the medications I had tried so far didn’t help. None of the medications changed the causative factors – the physical, chemical, and emotional stresses –  that had compromised me.

What lead me to heal…

…was a dramatic change in diet that included whole foods, raw foods, juicing, and fasting. It lead to chiropractic care that improved the function of my nervous system. Physical exercise, yoga, and chi gong also helped. I learned to meditate and become less triggered by my emotions. It took focus and work. Then one day I was well. Really well. Robust. I knew I’d learned something that could help others.

Now, I’ve practiced…

…for over 30 years teaching people that they can do what I did too. My dedication to the healing arts led me to become a certified diplomate and teacher for the International College of Applied Kinesiology and the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. I also ran clinical trials for nutritional formulations for Standard Process Laboratories and Biotics Research Corporation.

Mark Force, DC


Mark Force, DC

Writing and teaching has been important to me. I have promoted selfcare and natural healthcare through being a technical contributor for manuals on interpretation of laboratory tests and clinical nutritional protocols, publishing research papers and teaching functional medicine oriented diagnostics and therapies to chiropractors, naturopathic, osteopathic, and allopathic (conventional) doctors.

With the gift of discovering how to recover and be well, I am joyfully married to my college sweetheart, and have three grown daughters and two young grandsons. And, two of my daughters are taking the same path to practice the healing arts.

When playing I enjoy learning (especially natural history), travel, and recreation in the outdoors by climbing, skiing, whitewater rafting, and backpacking.

May you be healthy and happy,

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Mark Force, DC

PS If you want to know more detail about my background you can read my resume.