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One of the biggest downturns in my life!

One of the biggest downturns in my life!

How Dr. Thomas Rau M.D, the founder of Swiss Biological Medicine appeared to me in the twelfth hour. 

Written by: Paul E. Wanvig, published in English: 4. April 2019

First published in Medium Magazine (Norway) 01.2018

My journey from burnout to living an enlightened life has been a rollercoaster, which though exciting, has also been very challenging. In this article, I am sharing with you the experience of one of the lowest points in my life and what went wrong last year (2017). You will also see how I found the solution to my several of my biggest health problem, and how it can be of benefit to you too.

2017 was one of the hardest years since my burnout in 2003 that almost killed me. For the past fifteen years, I have done everything in my power to find a solution to the problem that caused my health crash in '03.

I have found answers to the other important mysteries: how to fill my life with happiness, joy, meaning, abundance and love. I thought I was close to figuring out how to fully regenerate my physical health, but then I collapsed again at the beginning of 2017.

Interview with Dr. Thomas Rau

Topic: Introduction to Swiss Biological Medicine

Here are some highlights of the interview:

  • The philosophy behind the clinic's exceptional results.
  • How close to 100% of the patients with CFS/ME and Lyme disease (borreliosis), even in advanced stages, get healed.
  • Why the use of antibiotics in the treatment of Lyme disease is harmful.
  • Why the clinic has such good results in the treatment of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other cancers without the use of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy by curing the causes of cancer.
  • Why the preventive removal of breasts after a genetic test to avoid cancer later in life is meaningless.
  • Why wisdom teeth, cavitations, root fillings, and implants often are the main cause of chronic disease.
  • And several other exciting topics.

More interviews with Dr. Rau

You can see all the exciting interviews I did with Dr. Thomas Rau here.

The first shock

Since orthodox Western medicine failed to find a cure for my ailment, I had decided to seek alternatives in complementary medicine. Starting in 2004, I pursued every avenue I could find and spent thousands of hours learning and subjecting myself to functional medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, meditation, feng shui, astrology, shamanism and much more. I felt I was close to a breakthrough, because I could feel myself getting better by the day.

But during the last few months of 2016, I began to sense something was wrong with my body, even though I couldn't put a finger on it. It all came to a head during my first seminar in Norway in January 2017. There were more than 100 seminar participants eager to learn about the practical uses of shamanism in their daily lives, but for the first time in my life, I could not muster the energy to conduct the seminar.

I felt completely empty after the first day. I was unsure if I could continue, and I had thoughts of possibly needing to cancel the seminar. Somehow, I was able to mobilize enough energy to finish the seminar reasonably well.

The biggest downturn

Over the next few months, things began to get a lot worse. It got harder for me to teach my seminars and travel for them. I had to cancel many appointments, because I was always falling ill. I ended up taking a summer vacation for three months, but it was of no help at all.

Although I'm an optimist by nature, this got me very worried. I began to prepare myself to make major changes in my professional life, but these thoughts made me feel miserable. It seemed that my body was becoming too weak for me to continue doing what I love most—holding seminars and counselling people on how to find their path and to get back to being themselves.

On the other hand, I was frustrated because I had spent many years, time, energy, and financial resources to look for solutions to get in shape again. How was it, that my body could no longer produce enough energy anymore, almost overnight?

It seemed to make no difference that I had excellent nutrition with a hyperallergic diet without gluten, sugar, milk, and soy, which included low FODMAP, and so on. Losing more than 40 kilograms (90 pounds) helped little. Healing my severe sleep apnea with more than 25 breath stops per hour and no longer needing a CPAP machine (breathing machine) also helped little for my lack of energy.

It helped little that my IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Leaky Gut (leaky bowel) and SIBO (overgrowth of small intestinal bacteria) were healed, and that for the first time, I had no upset stomach aches, pains, and cramps. It helped little that I had healed my fatty liver, which now was in perfect condition. It helped little that I went through a variety of diagnoses from both Western school medicine and complementary medicine.

Every professional I met gave me the same answer, over and over again: “We find nothing wrong with you, Mr. Wanvig...”

Yet I could feel that there was something wrong with my body. I could, among other things, feel the inflammation in my head. My face and gums felt swollen and inflamed. So many thoughts began to flood my mind. Was this just my imagination and hypochondria? Was this depression? I had visited a number of dentists, both traditional and alternative, and all of them said my teeth and my gums were completely healthy.

In the twelfth hour

One evening in late August, I came across a lecture by Dr. Thomas Rau, Medical Director of Europe's largest and most successful clinic in biological and complementary medicine, the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland. In recent years, the clinic had treated more than 30,000 patients from 80 countries for cancer, burnout (CFS/ME), Lyme disease (borreliosis), MS, Morbus Crohns, ulcerative colitis, and all types of chronic diseases with very good results.

I had known about the clinic for several years, but I hadn't really studied what they were doing. This time, I read all the books by Dr. Rau, as well as reviewed his lectures and every other material he had published. Dr. Rau and the Paracelsus Clinic said they were experts in cases like mine: those who had more or less been given up on by orthodox medicine.

The Frist Step

Three months later, I sat in the office of Dr. Rau, as both a patient and a journalist. I had spent two days at the clinic going through intensive diagnosis using both Western school methods and methods of biological medicine that I had never heard of before, to find the causes of my chronic condition.

The first station I was sent to when I arrived was the dentist, who took a panorama and a three-dimensional x-ray of my teeth and gums. Dr. Rau presented the results of this first. He lifted his eyebrows when he saw the pictures of my teeth.

"Here we probably have one of the main reasons why you are chronically ill and that no therapy has worked on you. You have a strong inflammation in the pockets around your upper wisdom teeth that are hidden under the gum" he said. He then explained the health consequences of having hidden wisdom teeth with inflammation, root fillings, cavitations, implants, and metals in the mouth (including amalgam).

"In more than 70 percent of all cancer patients we have at the clinic, the main reason behind the cancer lies in the dental health of the patients. Therefore, we always send all patients to our dental clinic first to take a 3D and panorama image of the teeth,” he continued.

Dr. Rau also said that it helped little what types of treatments and therapies I was being treated with unless the root causes of the disease are removed, like my infected wisdom teeth. My wisdom teeth had caused me trouble for many years, but I didn't know it was a potentially serious problem. The inflammation had significantly reduced my body's ability to regulate itself, thus blocking my body's own self-healing powers.

Frustration and relief

At first I was relieved that someone finally found something wrong with me at all that could be the reason for my chronic fatigue. But I was also frustrated because I had been to several expert dentists who found nothing wrong with me. The last dentist I visited the previous year even had a professor's title in holistic dentistry, and he repeated what the other dentists had said: “There's nothing wrong with you, Mr. Wanvig.”

How could dentists not find such obvious problems that even I could pinpoint in the 3D images Dr. Rau presented to me? The reasons can be many, but I think that lack of understanding and knowledge about inflammation and consequences of hidden wisdom teeth, inflamed cavitations, root fillings, implants, etc., as well as lack of effective treatment methods to cure inflammation and such problems, are high on the list.

In addition, most dentists (at least in Norway and Germany) will avoid the delicate surgery I needed to remove my wisdom teeth, because they were in close contact with my sinuses.

The Paracelsus Clinic uses a comprehensive system for treatment before, during, and after dental surgery to avoid problems, such as infections, and for making sure that the holes created in the jawbone during surgery heal fully within 3–6 weeks.

“If the dentist is not an expert in this type of procedure, it can cause major problems for the patient,” said Dr. Rau.

In article 2, I will share an interview with the dentist who performed the surgery on me, and you will find out about what they do at the dental clinic and how the surgery went.

Article series about Swiss Biological Medicine and Dr. Thomas Rau


Paul E. Wanvig is a Neoteric Shaman, entrepreneur, journalist, author, speaker, bio-hacker, spiritual teacher & encouraging optimist dedicated to helping you and your family live a Fulfilled Life and ending the stress and burnout epidemic by Utilizing the Best of Modern and Ancient Scientific Practices, Medicine and Technology.

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Serious illnesses can originate from the teeth!

Serious illnesses can originate from the teeth

In more than 70 percent of Dr. Thomas Rau´s patients, one or more of the main causes of cancer and most forms of chronic disease is related to the teeth.

Written by: Paul E. Wanvig, published in English: 4. April 2019

First published in Medium Magazine (Norway) 02.2018

Dr. Thomas Rau and the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland uses biological dental treatment as an important tool for curing serious diseases in patients who have tried "every" treatment method without success. In more than 70 percent of his clients, one or more of the main causes of cancer and most forms of chronic disease is related to the teeth. This is based on their statistics, where more than 30,000 seriously ill patients from 80 countries have been treated.

It took me 15 years and a great number of dentists, doctors, and other specialists before I finally find out that one of the main causes of my chronic disease state was two hidden wisdom teeth with infections in my upper jaw.

In the first article about my experience with the Paracelsus Clinic, titled "One of the biggest downturns in my life!", I described the background of my illness and my first meeting with Dr. Rau.

Unable to diagnose the problems

A year before I ended up in the Paracelsus Clinic, I visited a dentist who was a professor in holistic dentistry. He had his title hung on his wall, so when he repeated what other dentists had said... "There's nothing wrong with you, Mr. Wanvig..." I was inclined to believe him.

However, my troubles persisted. So after my visit to the dentist at Paracelsus Clinic, I began to wonder why the numerous dentists I had visited couldn't find obvious problems that even I could see in the most recent 3D images.

The reasons could be many, but I think there is a lack of understanding and knowledge about hidden inflammation and the effects of wisdom teeth, cavitations, root-fillings, implants, amalgam, etc., as well as a lack of effective treatment methods. In addition, many dentists will avoid the difficult procedure I went through to remove my wisdom teeth, among other things, because the teeth were in contact with my sinuses.

The Paracelsus Clinic uses a comprehensive system for treatment before, during, and after dental surgery to avoid problems such as infections, and for making sure that the holes created in the jawbone during surgery heal fully within 3–6 weeks. 

"If the dentist is not an expert on such types of surgery, it can cause major problems for patients," said Dr. Thomas Rau. You can see several exciting interviews with him here.

Interview with my dentist

This is an interview with Dr. Gunnar Reifert who was my dentist at the Paracelsus Clinic.

Topic: Serious illnesses can originate from the teeth

Here are some highlights of the interview:

  • Why dental health is central to your overall health condition.
  • The connection between the teeth and organs of the body and how problems related to the teeth can adversely affect the organs.
  • The main problems with dental health. Why root canals, jawbone cavitations, galvanic currents, etc. can cause health problems.
  • The Clinic's unique methodology for preventing infections after surgery.
  • You will also see some clips from my surgery...

The biggest problems

In most of the patients with severe disease, the Paracelsus Clinic often finds various problems with dental health as one of the major causes of the disease. According to Dr. Rau, it is difficult to cure a chronic disease without first diagnosing the root cause of the illness. So, every patient at their clinic must first undergo a check at the dental department. One of the things that astonished me was how many dentists make mistakes with root canal fillings.

Root canal fillings are often performed by regular dentists when the nerve (pulp) in the tooth root is dead or damaged due to a bacterial infection. The nerve is excavated, and the root canal is filled with a hard material.

Such fillings are a taboo at the Paracelsus Clinic, as they can cause major health consequences due to bacterial infections and toxins that remain in and around the rotten tooth. Therefore, all patients with severe or chronic disease are obliged to remove all root canal fillings.

"Without this, it is difficult to cure the cause of severe chronic disease. The dead tooth must be removed, possibly replaced by an implant, a bridge or the like of ceramics," said Dr. Gunnar Reifert.

Bacterial Infections

The books "The Toxic Tooth: How a root canal could be making you sick" by Dr. Robert Kulacz, DDS and Thomas E. Levy, MD and “Root Canal Cover Up” by George E. Meining describes the serious consequences of root canal fillings. Additional I recommend to watch the Netflix documentary "Root Cause" who follows a man's 10-year search for the underlying cause of his chronic illnesses after being exposed to dental root canal procedure's harmful risks.

The jaw bone consists of a myriad of tiny cavities where bacterial infections can occur locally in small areas (which are not necessarily related to the root canal fillings). Another type of cavitation occurs in areas of the jaw with dead bone tissue that may occur after drawing out a wisdom tooth.

Cavitation in the jaw bone does not need to be associated with pain or other symptoms, but the toxic substances from infections can reach all organs in the body through the blood and lymph nodes and cause major health problems. The Paracelsus Clinic has precise methods for finding and treating all types of jaw cavitation with great success and few complications.

According to my dentist at the clinic, Dr. Gunnar Reifert, all types of metals in the mouth can cause health problems in the long term. One of the reasons is galvanic current that occurs between two different metals in the mouth. This arises due to the constant production of saliva, which creates an atmosphere that contains enough salt to generate electrical power between two metals.

Galvanic currents can also occur with only one type of metal in the mouth, such as gold or amalgam, which is in contact with two electrolytes at the same time as the liquid soft tissue in the tooth and saliva. Oral galvanic current can cause major negative effects in the body, especially in the central nervous system and the brain.

Diagnosis of galvanic current is simple. A dentist can easily measure this with a sensitive current meter. At the Paracelsus Clinic, all patients with metal in the mouth are checked for galvanic current. It is recommended that this is treated for patients with chronic and severe illnesses, as well as for the prevention of disease. This is done by removing all metal from the mouth and replacing it with ceramic (zirconia).

Amalgam fillings

Amalgam contains approximately 50 percent mercury. This is a neurotoxin that can be one of the main causes of illness.

The Paracelsus Clinic removes the amalgam in addition to all the mercury and other toxic metals that have accumulated in the body over time.

Removal of amalgam takes place under extensive protection of both the patient and the dentist.

My experience

The only thing I feared during my stay at the clinic was that they would find bigger problems with my dental health. I have had an intense fear of dentists from when I was a child up until when I was almost 40 years old. For more than 20 years, I was afraid to visit any dentist until I found the key to getting over my fear in an efficient way. Even now, however, I cannot say that I have the longing for either the smell of the dental office or a dental chair.

On my first day of treatment, the dental department took a digital panoramic x-ray image (OPG-orthopedic tomography) of my teeth, gums, and jaws. With these pictures, it is easy for a competent dentist to find diseases related to the teeth, gums, or jawbone. In addition, I went through a series of tests to look for infections, cavitations, galvanic currents, and more.

Even the blood tests showed that I had problems related to my jaw and teeth. Among other things, they found a high value of Rantes Chemokine, which is a protein encoded by the CCL5 gene. This protein plays a role in activating leukocytes (T cells), which causes inflammation. Dead tissue in the cavitations of the jaw bone can lead to a high concentration of Rantes in the blood.

The x-ray showed that I had two hidden wisdom teeth in my upper jaw with bacterial infection and toxins (picture above). Blood tests and other biological tests showed the same result. This inflammation was causing a major strain on my body and immune system, and Dr. Rau and Dr. Reifert concluded that my wisdom teeth had to be removed. They estimated that this was probably one of the main reasons behind my chronically poor health condition.

The surgery

​The removal of my wisdom teeth was a tricky affair, because they were only 1–2 millimeters from my sinuses. If, by accident, any holes should form in the very thin membrane between the wisdom teeth and the sinuses, they could cause major problems, since the bacteria from the mouth can leak to the sinuses and infect them. But fortunately, the clinic has a special procedure, in the worst case, for sealing such holes.

Dr. Reifert explained that the immune system needing strengthening before surgery so that the body could handle any minor infections optimally. Over the next few days, they put me on an intensive treatment of intravenous infusion of high doses of vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals before the operation.

The first surgery was a success. After less than an hour, the tooth was out and the membrane protecting the sinuses were fortunately intact. The hole was cleansed for bacteria. Ozone gas was also used to effectively disinfect the wound.

Activating the body's immune system

Before the procedure, I was tapped for five tubes of blood that were centrifuged while the surgery was running. A particular part of the plasma was then used to fill the hole after the tooth was removed to prevent infection and to enhance cellular generation, as well as for the reconstruction of soft tissue and bone.

This process is called Platelet-Released Growth Factor Therapy (PRGFT). It is a great method for activating the body's immune system; making new blood vessels; increasing the healing rate of wounds, connective tissue, cartilage, and hard bone; improving cellular generation; relieving pain; and stopping bacterial infection.

"PRGFT is also used for osteoarthritis in joints with very good results. The method is also effective in cosmetic treatment of wrinkles, scars and for tightening of skin, and is much better than Botox, and it is without side effects," said Dr. Rau.

According to Dr. Reifert, they almost never have problems with infections or pain after oral intervention, thanks to this method. The clinic generally never uses antibiotics.


A week later, the second wisdom tooth was removed without complications. After each surgery, I received various types of supplements, herbs, and homeopathic remedies to prevent complications, as well as for pain relief. It was amazing that I almost had no swelling or pain. After 3–4 days, everything was normal again, and the post-check showed positive results with no infections or other problems noted.

I am extremely pleased with the high standards and excellent level of competence at the dental department of the Paracelsus Clinic. Dr. Gunnar Reifert is the best and most qualified dentist I have ever met, and I can warmly recommend him and the dental clinic!

They are used to dealing with the most difficult cases, those of which other dentists have given up on or misrepresented. I think it is important that the clinic sees dental health as a very important factor for good health and for the healing of severe and chronic diseases.

How to find your competent dentist

If you are ill or just want to prevent disease, my advice is that you make dental health your first priority. However, it could be difficult to find a competent dentist who performs biological dental treatment like experienced at the Paracelsus Clinic.

Here are some tips to find your dentist:

• Is your dental health evaluated in relation to the rest of your health situation?
• Does the dentist take a panoramic x-ray of your teeth, gums, and jaws, or a 3D image of the jaw?
• Does the dentist measure galvanic current?
• How does the dentist diagnose and treat jaw cavitations?
• How does the dentist diagnose other hidden infections?
• Does the dentist test the materials in fillings and implants to check if they are compatible with your body?
• Does the dentist use metals or ceramics?
• Does the dentist use professional protective equipment while removing amalgam?
• Does the dentist use antibiotics and other standard drugs, or does he or she use the same methods as carried out at the Paracelsus Clinic?

I would be skeptical of dentists that:

• Say there is no medical research concluding that amalgam can lead to health problems.
• Say they do not have any doubts about performing root canal fillings.
• Only take an x-ray of a couple of teeth before making a diagnosis.
• Does not use professional protective equipment during amalgam removal or does not have a detoxification program for the patient after removal.
• Treats jaw bone cavitations without being qualified for the task (which unfortunately can cause major problems for the patient afterward).

Further education of dentists

The Paracelsus Dental Clinic offers courses for further education of dentists in the field of biological dental treatment. In addition, they offer internships with one of the clinic's dentists, so that dentists can learn how they treat patients in a practical way. In addition, the clinic offers education for professionals at the Paracelsus Academy.


I'm glad that one of the main causes of my health problems was finally diagnosed and treated in a professional and competent manner. The sad thing is that it took many dentists and 15 years to achieve.

The first major step has been completed, and I look forward to sharing the next part of my story and experience with the Paracelsus Clinic in the next article. There, you will find out about the unique way the clinic diagnoses complex diseases and how they figure out exactly what is wrong with the patient.

Article series about Swiss Biological Medicine and Dr. Thomas Rau


Paul E. Wanvig is a Neoteric Shaman, entrepreneur, journalist, author, speaker, bio-hacker, spiritual teacher & encouraging optimist dedicated to helping you and your family live a Fulfilled Life and ending the stress and burnout epidemic by Utilizing the Best of Modern and Ancient Scientific Practices, Medicine and Technology.

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Holistic diagnosis and treatment of complex and chronic diseases

Holistic diagnosis and treatment of complex and chronic diseases

How Dr. Thomas Rau M.D, the founder of Swiss Biological Medicine diagnosed and treated me. 

Written by: Paul E. Wanvig, published in English: 4. April 2019

First published in Medium Magazine (Norway) 03.2018

Having consulted numerous doctors across various fields of medicine, I was left frustrated time after time, as none of them could tell me why I felt chronically ill. I visited over 200 physicians, and quite often their expert opinion was that "We find nothing wrong with you, Mr. Wanvig," or "You must learn to live with your disease." Who was I to argue with professionals that had an astonishing array of qualifications displaced on their walls? Needless to say, even I, a highly optimistic person, was very discouraged. But 15 years into my quest, I finally came across the answer.

In Part 1 of this article series, "One of the biggest downturns in my life", I shared the background of my health situation and how I ended up in Dr. Thomas Rau's clinic in Switzerland. In Part 2, "Serious illness can originate from the teeth", I shared my experience with the holistic dental department of the clinic. In this article, I share my experiences with how Dr. Rau diagnoses and treats patients.

Interview #2 with Dr. Thomas Rau

​Topic: Holistic diagnosis of complex and chronic diseases

Here are some highlights of the interview:

  • Holistic diagnosis of complex and chronic diseases
  • Review of my own test results and why I have been very ill for so many years.

More interviews with Dr. Rau

You can see all the exciting interviews I did with Dr. Thomas Rau here.

The art of making the right diagnosis

Without proper diagnosis, it is nearly impossible to treat illness properly. It's like fiddling in the dark and hoping that maybe one of the medicines and treatment methods will at least help with some of the symptoms.

"It helps little with all the blood tests in the world if the doctor is unable to look for and test the correct parameters with the right type of blood tests," said Dr. Thomas Rau. "One of the main problems with doctors in orthodox school medicine is that they are not trained to look at the right places, especially when it comes to chronic illness," he continued.

This explained why the first two days at the clinic were used for extensive diagnosis with methods from both Western school medicine and biological medicine that I had never heard of before, to find the causes of my chronic disease condition: ECG; EEG; ultrasound examinations; measurement of values for xenohormones (chemicals that mimic the hormones in the body); checking for a variety of viruses, sub-clinical infections, and heavy metal poisoning; measurement of the state of the autonomic nervous system; thermography; and more.

Over 40 tubes of blood resulted in approximately 470 different blood values and parameters. About 80 of these were slightly outside of normal levels, while around 30 of them were quite far away from normal values. Based on this, the clinic could diagnose and explain the causes of my illness. A treatment plan was then drawn up to cure the causes of the disease, so that I could finally recover!

Above you will find the second video interview I did with Dr. Rau where he explains some of my test results and the reasons why I was ill.

Treatment methods

According to Dr. Rau, one of the main reasons behind the Paracelsus Clinic's good results is a multimodal treatment form, where they use many different therapies in parallel based on the diagnosis. Here is an overview of some of the treatment modalities they combine to treat cancer, chronic illnesses, and cases like mine—chronic fatigue.

Below you will also find the third video interview I did with Dr. Rau in which he tells about the different therapies used in the clinic.

Interview #3 with Dr. Thomas Rau

Topic: Holistic treatment of complex and chronic diseases

Here are some highlights of the interview:

  • How Dr. Thomas Rau treat complex and chronic diseases with Swiss Biological Medicine
  • Systemic hyperthermia
  • Local hyperthermia
  • life cell extract
  • PRGFT therapy
  • Neurotherapy
  • Oxygen and ozone therapy
  • PEMF - Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy
  • Intravenous infusion therapy
  • and more..

More interviews with Dr. Rau

You can see all the exciting interviews I did with Dr. Thomas Rau here.

Hyperthermia heat treatment

Hyperthermia means to increase the body temperature well above normal. During hyperthermia treatment, all or part of the patient's body is heated to induce a fever. There are essentially two types of hyperthermia, and these methods work in completely different ways:

1. Systemic hyperthermia: The entire body is heated to 38.5–41 degrees Celsius (101–106 degrees Fahrenheit) in a special heater chamber (Heckel heat chamber) or using a special hot bed (Iratherm).

2. Local hyperthermia: Local areas of the body, such as the liver, breast, or prostate are heated up to 42–44 degrees Celsius (107–111 degrees Fahrenheit).

Fever is one of the body's healing reactions that activates the white blood cells. For each degree Celsius the body temperature increases above normal, the activity of the white blood cells is intensified by 2–3 times. Increasing body temperature from 36–39 degrees Celsius increases the activity of the immune system and the white blood cells by 8–10 times. 


Iratherm hyperthermia bed

In case of fever, the white blood cells become activated in the bone marrow and flow into the bloodstream. The T-lymphocytes attack other viruses and detect cancer cells. Macrophages eat and digest foreign substances, cancer cells, microbes, and cells that are sick or dead.

Fever also activates the body's metabolism and circulation, which results in sweating and detoxification, and the body's cellular activity is increased. One of the unique results with hyperthermia and fever is that sick cells die while healthy ones survive. Since cancer cells cannot live at high temperatures, proper use of hyperthermia as a form of treatment is a very effective method for treating multiple cancers.

Systemic hyperthermia is well documented in medical literature (see, and there is a lot of evidence confirming that induced fever activates cytokines (signal molecules that help control the immune system and fight disease), interferons (mobilization of the body's defense mechanisms), and activation of white blood cells.

Heckel heat chamber

Local hyperthermia works in a completely different way from systemic. In this method, only a limited area of the body is heated to 42–44 degrees Celsius. Cancer cells become apoptotic—they simply commit "suicide"—at a temperature of approximately 42 degrees.

Fresh cells, especially white blood cells, are also activated in the heated area and can survive up to 44 degrees. Paracelsus clinics heat up to 42 degrees Celsius using different techniques and devices that accurately measure the internal temperature in the area that is heated.

The devices operate by using short waves or by pushing ions into the tissue that increase the temperature in the cancerous tissue. With this equipment, the clinic can treat major cancer nodes, like lung cancer, or treat extremely small areas, like lymph nodes.

Both systemic and local hyperthermia are also used against chronic fatigue and weak immune systems, as in my case, and against autoimmune diseases such as ulcerative colitis and psoriasis. Both methods are also used for patients with unclear symptoms like seen in fatigue syndrome, all with very good results.

i-Therm local hyperthermia

Life Cell Extract

The clinic has, in collaboration with German biochemists and biologists, developed a method for separating and concentrating growth factors and cell peptides that can be injected intramuscularly, without side effects, to stimulate patient cells to function better and rebuild cells. The method is called Organ Cell Peptide Extracts.

The clinic separates cells from 16 different organs of young organic pigs, which have a DNA that is almost like that of human DNA, so that the treatment can be applied directly to the affected area.

This treatment method works well on neurological diseases, liver disease, myeloma bone marrow deficiency, adrenal dysfunction, chronic fatigue, and more. According to Dr. Rau, this is a more effective method than stem cell treatment and is both safer and less expensive.

See the video above for more details about this treatment method.

Organ Cell Peptide Extracts

PRGFT therapy

PRGFT (Platelet Released Growth Factors) therapy is an effective method for the natural regeneration of bone, cartilage, connective tissue and skin, as well as to activate the immune system in the area where it is applied. This method was used on me during my two rounds of dental surgery, during which two hidden wisdom teeth were removed.

After surgery, the dentist injected PRGF into the wounds and closed them. This meant that I had no pain, swollen mouth, nor inflammation. The result of this method is that 99.7 percent of patients do not get infections or inflammations after dental surgery, thanks to this unique and simple method. That is why the clinic rarely needs to use antibiotics.

Preparing PRGFT (Platelet Released Growth Factors) 

PRGFT is made by tapping the patient for 4–5 tubes of blood, which is centrifuged to separate the plasma from the red blood cells. The middle third of the plasma in the tubes is mixed with a coagulant so that the plasma becomes like jelly, which is then injected into the open wound. The wound in the jawbone usually heals within 2–3 weeks.

This method is also used for skin diseases and as an effective alternative to Botox to remove wrinkles. The advantage is that "it works better than Botox and is without side effects," said Dr. Rau.

PRGFT (Platelet Released Growth Factors) 

Neural therapy

Neural therapy is a German technique developed by the Huneke Brothers. The technique is a combination of stimulation of nerves and special acupuncture points by injection of procaine or lidocaine together with a mixture of isopathic and homeopathic agents.

The method may be effective in stimulating self-regulation of the body's various systems and organs to cure the causes of a particular disease.

Oxygen and ozone therapy

Healthy cells need oxygen to produce energy. Cancer cells do not have the capacity to use oxygen to create this energy. When cancer patients, old and weak patients, or patients with chronic fatigue receive pure oxygen, old and diseased cells get the opportunity to rebuild themselves and become healthy again.

To add oxygen to the cells, the clinic uses methods such as inhalation of pure oxygen, inhalation of ionized oxygen, intravenous injection of pure oxygen in the blood (Oxyven), ozone, or IHHT (Interval Hypoxia-Hyperoxia Training), during which the patient breathes in different types of air with high and low oxygen levels.

IHHT (Interval Hypoxia-Hyperoxia Training)


PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) therapy uses electromagnetic fields that stimulate cells and organs with ions to activate the ability of cell membranes to nourish cells and remove waste from the cells.

When cells are exposed to low frequency electromagnetic pulses (5–50 Hz) they begin to vibrate, which increases the electrical potential between the inside and outside of the cell membrane.

A healthy cell has an electrical potential of approximately 70 mV, which ensures that the cell's metabolism works. An ill cell has a much lower potential. Through the use of PEMF, you can help the healing processes in organs and tissues, and the method can be effective for killing cancer cells.

The clinic uses various types of PEMF machines as part of their treatment program for cancer, chronic fatigue, neurological diseases, and other pains.

PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) after my dental surgery

Intravenous infusion therapy

Vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, and isopathic and homeopathic agents are administered intravenously daily to shorten the time patients need to get healthy. 

Each patient receives a tailor-made mix of remedies, based on the diagnosis results.

In addition to the treatment methods discussed here, the clinic also uses several other treatments to help its seriously ill patients. 

In the next article, I will share how to find inner balance in your life through the art of self-regulation.


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Find inner balance in your life through the art of self-regulation

Find inner balance in your life through the art of self-regulation

The sound of the heart—your soul's music

Written by: Paul E. Wanvig, published in English: 4. April 2019

First published in Medium Magazine (Norway) 04.2018

One of the most exciting areas of personality development is the topic of self-regulation—the art of consciously regulating our own thoughts, feelings, behaviors, actions, and motivations, as well as our physiological and biological health.

Engaging wholeheartedly in the art of consciously regulating yourself everyday can ease the path toward creating a life filled with meaning, joy, and better health, while improving the results achieved in life. This is one of the most important areas in which we can engage in order to make the most out of life.

Our body's control center

The autonomic nervous system (ANS), also called the vegetative nervous system, is part of our peripheral nervous system that controls the functions of all internal organs and regulates body functions, such as body temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, digestion, saliva secretion, blood pressure, urination, sexual excitement, and the expansion and contraction of pupils.

ANS consists of two parts:
The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) controls the stimulation of the 'fight or flight' stress response. We rely on this for important tasks such as getting out of bed in the morning, running, fighting, or escaping danger.

The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) controls the stimulation of resting and digestive activities and is essential for the body's ability to regenerate and heal itself.

The ANS is the body's control center that is responsible for total control and regulation of organs and organ systems. All organs beyond our conscious control are ANS's responsibility. To put it simply: ANS is responsible for regulating all vital functions in the body. Without it, the organs cannot function optimally, which in turn leads to disease.

Diseases created by imbalance

ANS keeps the body's biological systems in balance. If the ANS should fail or underperform over a period of time, the following symptoms and illnesses may occur:

  • Problems with heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, sweating, and bowel and bladder function
  • Chronic fatigue, dizziness, weakness, and cognitive impairment
  • Depression, sleep disturbances, headaches, migraines, back pain, bacterial and viral diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcers, fertility problems, and menstrual diseases
  • All forms of chronic and degenerative diseases

Early in my treatment at the Paracelsus Clinic, I was sent to their specialist who helps patients find peace of mind and achieve a better physical balance of the autonomic nervous system.

Michael Falkner is educated in psycho-oncology (psychological, behavioral, social, and ethical aspects of cancer) and has more than 17 years of experience in testing and treating more than 10,000 patients at the Paracelsus Clinic.

"Without the body being able to regulate itself in a healthy way and create an inner balance between all biological functions, cells, nervous system, and organs, it is very difficult for it to cure itself no matter how effective are the treatment methods being used. This is why all patients at the clinic are being sent to me as an important part of their treatment plan," explained Michael Falkner.

The meditation teacher who got surprised

Falkner connected me to a heart rate monitor that was connected to his PC that ran software developed by him and his team. The system measured the condition of my autonomic nervous system, how much stress I had, and to what extent I was able to achieve balance in my ANS.

"Are you used to meditation?" he asked.
"I have been a meditation teacher for more than 15 years," I replied.

"Okay, meditate for a few minutes, so we can see how this affects your autonomic nervous system," he added.

After a few minutes I looked at the screen, which showed a half-circle diagram that was mostly filled with red.

"The red shows the stressed part of the autonomic nervous system that does not settle," he explained (Figure 1).

Figure 1

I meditated and felt a peaceful, balanced inner state, with minimal mental distractions. Earlier, I had measured the effect of my meditation on my Mac for several years with other software and had great results in improving my heart rate variability. But despite my best efforts, my ANS refused to calm down.

"Why doesn't it seem to be working now?" I asked.

Falkner had seen this reaction many times—even from a Buddhist monk who was a specialist in meditation for decades—and explained that there isn’t necessarily a link between meditating to find peace of mind and the type of meditation that affects physiology and the ANS.

"You can fill your heart with gratitude, love, peace, and balance without having any direct impact on the part of the nervous system that needs to be in balance for the body's healing powers to function optimally," he explained.

When he instructed me to do a deep breathing exercise, the chart on the PC screen changed after a few seconds so the stress (red) almost disappeared, and most of the chart turned blue, which showed that I was in balance (Figure 2).

Figure 2

Proper breathing is the key to optimal self-regulation of the ANS. The Yogis in India have claimed this for thousands of years. Falkner explained that proper breathing leads to good health, and improper breathing leads to disease.

The main problem

Chronic inner stress is one of the main problems when ANS is not balanced. This means that the sympathetic (stressed) part of ANS is hyperactive even when we rest or sleep. Normally, the parasympathetic (calming down and regeneration) should be most active then. When the sympathetic (stressed) part of ANS is active around the clock, it means that the body's regenerating, self-healing mechanisms and functions suffer.

Finding the condition of the ANS can be done easily by measuring the heart rate variability (HRV) of the patient over 24 hours. Your heart variability is how the time between the heartbeats varies (RR variability). The higher the variation, the better your heart and nervous system are functioning.

The most well-known measurement method of HRV is ECG. When a physician takes an ECG and the variability between heartbeats is minimal, it could be a sign of serious heart problems. With healthy HRV, the distance in milliseconds between heartbeats varies widely.

There are a variety of different software with variable quality available to everyone that measures HRV. The most popular one is made by HeartMath. Michael Falkner and his team has developed their own software (Herzklang), because none of the solutions on the market could be used by the clinic to deliver the desired results with their ill patients.

Measurement of ANS

The Paracelsus Clinic uses different methods for HRV measurement. In one of the test i was lying down on a bench for 10-minutes during the measurement with a sensor attached to my finger. The red post represents the sympathetic (stressed) part of ANS, and the blue represents the parasympathetic. This showed that I had too much stress activity in ANS and too little regenerative activity (Figure 3).

Figure 3 - 10 minutes HRV

I was also went trough a 24-hour HRV measurement for which two measuring sensors was attached near my heart. The top blue curve in figure 4 shows the pulse.

The middle field represents activity in the parasympathetic part of ANS, which should have been much stronger in the deepest parts of my sleep cycle. From the picture, you can see that the quality of deep sleep is not good.

The bottom part of the picture shows that the sympathetic part (in red/orange color) of ANS is also active during sleep, which is not optimal. The picture shows a chronic stressed (sympathetic) state of ANS that prevents the body's ability to self-heal and regenerate.

Figure 4 - 24 hour HRV

 Thermography is another method the clinic used for measuring the state of the ANS indirectly, where the temperature of the body is measured at approximately 130 different places, twice. 

The first measurement is taken after the patient undresses, and the second is done after the patient has spent ten minutes in a cool room.

In my test, the red areas show that I had the same temperature in both measurements, which means my body was not able to regulate itself in a normal way, indicating that the ANS was in chronic imbalance (Figure 5).

Figure 5 - Thermography

The Soul's music

Paracelsus Clinic started using the HeartMath software for measuring HRV over 17 years ago, but the system didn't cover the clinic's needs. They wanted a direct visual approach to the condition of ANS that was divided into sympathetic, parasympathetic, and balanced part. They needed a method that the patients themselves could use to train on balancing ANS even when they were at home.

Michael Falkner and his team spent many years developing the software 'Herzklang,' which is currently being used at the clinic. With it, patients can measure how well they are able to balance their ANS on a daily basis. In addition, Falkner and his team have developed a unique method of presenting HRV as music through spectral frequency and time analysis. The music that comes out is your own unique music. And since the heart is in close contact with your soul and essence, and Falkner calls this "the soul's music".

The music is created by recording HRV for ten minutes while you are meditating, so that most of the chart on the PC screen shows blue (balance). This is done by breathing at a unique individual rate that your body needs, so that ANS balances. The software shows when to breathe in and out, which is unique to every individual, to learn what type of breathing your body needs. The recording is analyzed and processed by Falkner and his team, who make your unique heartbeat music—your soul's music.

What can you do yourself?

There is much you can do yourself to help put your ANS back in balance. I have divided this into three areas: physical, psychological and spiritual self-regulation.

We all know what it's like to shower in water that is too cold or too hot. We regulate the temperature until it is appropriate. We experience the same thing when eating too much or too little, driving too fast or too slow, or exercising too hard. The better we are able to regulate our activities, the greater the balance and the better results we achieve.

Self-regulation is the art of consciously regulating yourself physically, psychologically, and spiritually.

Physical self-regulation

The body is a unique biological machine with its ability to maintain its functions and processes in healthy balance (homeostasis), even in extreme conditions. Here are some factors that help the ANS stay in balance:

  • Enough rest
  • Proper breathing technique
  • Enough quality sleep (at least 7–8 hours per night)
  • Enough physical activity (at least 20 minutes of brisk walking a day)
  • Avoid allergens that unnecessarily trigger the immune system, such as gluten, products made from cow milk, soy, FODMAP products, and other foods you have intolerance to
  • Healthy diet - low carbohydrates, high levels of healthy fat, and a balanced amount of protein

Each factor that is ignored may over time lead to imbalance that prevents the body from regenerating and healing itself, which in turn leads to disease.

Psychological/mental self-regulation

Each time you get stressed unnecessarily or get out of emotional balance by being aggressive, frustrated, angry, depressed, and the like, you trigger the sympathetic part of ANS.

One highly effective method for dealing with negative emotional and mental stress is called 'interruption management.' I have covered this in detail in my book "Beyond Positive Psychology – A Journey from Burnout to Enlightenment."

Hara and diaphragm breathing meditation is one of the easiest and most effective meditations you can do, and it only takes a few minutes to learn. This method stimulates the body's relaxation response by calming the sympathetic part of the ANS and activating the parasympathetic part.

Deep breathing is the only direct access we have to the ANS. Reduction of physical and mental stress stimulates the balance, which may have a positive effect on high blood pressure, pain, headache, various stomach problems, depression, and anxiety, and can improve concentration, oxygen supply, sleep quality, and lung capacity among other things. The problem is that we mostly take short breaths, which focuses the breathing in the upper part of the chest, which then activates the sympathetic part of ANS.

The hara is the largest and most important energy organ that organizes, balances, and stores life energy (Ki) for the entire body. This is extremely important for centering, balance, and grounding.

A practical exercise: Hara and diaphragm breathing meditation

Here is a short explanation of the meditation:

Part 1:

  1. You can sit, lie, stand, or walk. This meditation can be performed anywhere.
  2. Place one hand on the lower part of the stomach and the other on the upper part of the stomach.
  3. Focus your attention on the hara (about two finger widths below the navel), where the lower hand rests, and slowly breathe in for 5 seconds so that both hands move outward.
  4. When your stomach is filled with air, exhale slowly until your stomach is flat while keeping your attention focused on your hara. Both hands move inward. The deeper you are able to breathe in, the better your benefits will likely be from this mediation.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for a minute or two until you feel centered and relaxed.

Part 2 is a conscious interaction with the thoughts that come up during the meditation and are done together with Part 1.

Part 2:

  1. When a thought occurs in your mind, you welcome it and then pass it on its way.
  2. Focus on the place where the lower hand touches the stomach.
    3. Continue with proper breath.
  3. Repeat 1, 2, and 3 when a new thought comes.

In the beginning, you may experience many thoughts, but as you recognize your thoughts and pass them on, there will be less of them. During 2–3 weeks of 5–10 minutes effort per day, many will experience improvement and exciting results with this simple method, especially if you also use interruption management in your everyday life.

Spiritual self-regulation

The last area of self-regulation has to do with the heart. This is in direct resonance with our essence - the soul. The more motivated you are by the heart's primary emotions like happiness, passion, love, courage, empathy, consideration, and compassion, the closer you will be to your essence.

The problem is that we are often motivated and driven by secondary feelings like fear, anger, hate, frustration, jealousy, greed, fear, fear of competition, and worries.

The art is to learn how to regulate ourselves so that we live out of primary emotions in our daily lives, and the motivation behind our thoughts, behaviors, and actions, is governed by the qualities of the heart. This is something everyone can learn, which will have a positive impact on the ANS and everyday life.

In The 7 Golden Keys For Creating a Conscious, Enlightened Mind covered in my book Beyond Positive Psychology - A Journey from Burnout to Enlightenment you'll find all the tools and insights you need to master the art of consciously regulating yourself physically, psychologically, and spiritually for creating a happy and fulfilled life.

Article series about Swiss Biological Medicine and Dr. Thomas Rau


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Summary, prices, and recommendations

An intense experience!

Summary, prices, and recommendations

Written by: Paul E. Wanvig, published in English: 4. April 2019

First published in Medium Magazine (Norway) 03.2018

My three weeks' stay at the Paracelsus Clinic in Lüstmuhle, Switzerland was an intensive experience for me! After 15 years of in-depth searching to find the causes behind my complex chronic disease state, I finally found several causes for my condition (see related articles and video interviews for details), yet none of the specialists I had seen before had found them.

This, in itself, was worth the stay.

The clinic uses a wide range of treatment methods stemming from both Western medicine and biological medicine. Several of the treatment methods are unique to the clinic. They also have a very extensive way of diagnosing the causes of complex disease.

The staff was wonderfully kind, and the same was the case for most doctors, therapists, and nurses during my stay at the clinic.

A clinic can never be better than the quality of its physicians and specialists!

Regardless of which health clinic we visit; none can be better than what is seen in the qualification and experiences of the Paracelsus Clinic's medical staff! It does not matter if the clinic has the best treatment modalities and methods in the world—if the physician who is responsible for your health is not capable of understanding your situation, the reasons for your illness, and how to use the clinic's treatment modalities in an optimal way—results will be limited.

That is why I always would recommend a brilliant physician with limited treatment modalities at hand rather than a mediocre physician with all the treatment tools in the world.

The star of the Paracelsus Clinic was Dr. Thomas Rau, who built the clinic to be one of the best of its kind in the world until he had left to start his new clinic, “Swiss Biological Medicine Center,” in Summer 2018.

If I would get Dr. Rau to be personally responsible for diagnosing and treating me, I would probably go wherever he was in the world. The case was unfortunately not this for me at the Paracelsus Clinic, since he was fully booked with other patients during my stay and only had time for the three interviews with me.

My experience at the Paracelsus Clinic

During my stay in November/December 2017, the clinic was in a difficult situation with an acute shortage of qualified physicians, as most of the clinic's doctors either had left or retired. In the summer of 2018, Dr. Thomas Rau also left the clinic.

The medical doctor who was assigned to me (not Dr. Rau, since he was fully booked) was unfortunately not able to handle my complex medical history in an adequate way. I requested another responsible doctor, but the clinic refused and said this was not possible.

In a desperate state, I chose to stay; what was the alternative?

About one month before my three-week treatment, I visited the clinic to take all the tests (blood tests, etc.) they needed to create an optimal treatment program for me. The frustration was great when the doctor did not have anything ready on my first day of treatment, even though most of the results from the tests had arrived at the clinic.

It took the doctor more than one week (with a lot of stress and reminders from my side) to complete an optimal treatment program for me that was executed during the last week of my stay.

Promise of penance

At the end of my stay, I talked to one of the board members of the clinic who told me right away that the clinic was in the state of a doctor's emergency, since most of them had been leaving. The board member strongly regretted that I had been suffering because of this.

I had been promised that I would be invited back to the clinic for a free treatment stay when they had hired new doctors, and the clinic's difficult times were over.

Today, more than a year after my stay, the clinic has hired five new medical doctors, but I have not heard anything from the clinic either as a follow-up of me as a patient or the promises I received.

Lack of a personal touch

Since 2015, the clinic has been building and expanding its size. One of the consequences of growing and expanding is that it is easy to miss having a personal touch with the patients. I felt more like I was in a small hospital rather than in a private, exclusive clinic. I was often sent from one treatment station/modality to another, sometimes from 8 a.m. in the morning to 6 p.m. in the evening. I felt that I was a small fish in a big pond, and any personal touch was missing. I was expecting a five-star follow-up and experience for the money I was paying.

Most of the clinic's employees were polite, nice, and always trying to help me in the best possible way. The center place for helping me coordinate my days and answer my questions was the reception desk, where the very nice and helpful ladies were always in a good mood.


After you have filled out and submitted an information form to become a patient at the clinic (see the clinic's homepage), you will receive your first email that asks you to fill out a form for your medical history. They also want to receive the latest test results you have from your physician.

In the next email, you will receive suggestions for your treatment stay (2–4 weeks, depending on illness).

Here you also get stipulated approximate treatment costs, which in my case were:

  • Two days of diagnostics and testing: 8000–8500 CHF (approximately 8,000–8,500 USD)
  • Treatment stay, per. week: 8,000–8,500 CHF (approximately 8,000–8,500 USD)
  • Additionally, all dietary supplements, infusions (IV), and medications that are recommended for you (this cost me about 12,000 USD for a three-month period)
  • Travel, food, and accommodation are additional expenses.

My total expenses for my three weeks' stay with diagnostics and including three months of supplements and medication was approximately 47,000 USD, plus travel, food, and lodging came to 12,000 USD—in all, 59,000 USD.

My main advice: Be sure of the quality of your responsible physician!

If you are considering staying at the Paracelsus Clinic (or any other private clinics for that matter), it is important that you take responsibility to make sure that the doctor the clinic wants to use for you is a responsible physician. My error was that I took it for granted that I would get Dr. Rau as my physician. Ask to receive your assigned doctor's CV and an overview of the experience your doctor has with your medical condition.

After receiving information on prices and suggested treatment dates, I strongly suggest that you insist on talking to the doctor who will be responsible for your care at the clinic! The best thing is to set up a Skype call, in which you can see the doctor with video.

It is important that you find out if this is the right doctor for you before you say 'yes' to your stay. For your best experience, please remember that they did not accept my wish to change my doctor during my stay. I recommend that you check with the clinic how they might handle such a request during your planned time there.

If you are a European patient, you will want to know that the clinic had recommended for me to come for two days of diagnostics about four weeks prior to the stay. I recommend booking a second call, via Skype or phone, with the responsible doctor a few days before coming to your treatment stay to discuss your test results and the treatment program your doctor will have tailored for you before you arrive. This leads to starting an optimal treatment plan on the first day of your visit.


There are several guest houses and hotels in the clinic's immediate vicinity. I recommend that you choose a hotel where the clinic offers bus transportation for you. You can get more information about this from the clinic.

I stayed at Hotel Säntis (which is the hotel Dr. Rau recommended where they also serve his special diet; this diet is not available at other hotels). This is small and nice 3-star hotel with excellent service.

I recommend this hotel, since the diet was so important to the clinic's treatment program when I visited. Patients who stayed at other hotels or apartments had a difficult time of maintaining the right diet during their stay. Some of them were joining us for the meals at Hotel Säntis. When you are done with the day, you are often very tired and do not have much energy to make proper food according to Dr. Rau's diet. If you need a 5-star hotel, the clinic will help you find one according to your needs. 


I was at the Paracelsus Clinic at what was probably the worst time in the clinic’s modern history. Today, the clinic has hired new physicians and is probably much better equipped to give their patients the proper service they deserve. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to experience this to the extent I would have expected during my stay.

If you are very ill and already have tried "everything" of other therapies, have enough money, and get a qualified and skilled physician responsible for you at the clinic, I would highly recommend a stay! I also warmly recommend their dental clinic.



Paul E. Wanvig is a Neoteric Shaman, entrepreneur, journalist, author, speaker, bio-hacker, spiritual teacher & encouraging optimist dedicated to helping you and your family live a Fulfilled Life and ending the stress and burnout epidemic by Utilizing the Best of Modern and Ancient Scientific Practices, Medicine and Technology.

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Do you struggle with perfectionism? Learn why you never can be perfect—and how to avoid the chase!

Do you struggle with perfectionism?

Learn why you never can be perfect—and how to avoid the chase!

Written by: Paul E. Wanvig, published in English: 3. April 2019

First published in Medium Magazine (Norway) 02.2015

Why is it impossible for human beings to be perfect and what are the consequences of this vain pursuit? Perfectionism has become one of today's major public diseases—"everything and everyone must be perfect!" In this article, you will find tips on how to let go of the perfectionist in you and how this will benefit all aspects of your life.

Once upon a time, I was proud to be a perfectionist. That was part of my identity. Everything had to be 100 percent. I strived continuously for things to get better, and even the greatest success was not good enough since everything could be even better. It was never enough. In December 2003, after suffering from burnout, I had a brutal awakening and finally realized what life is truly about.

Glamorizing perfectionism

Society often glamorizes perfectionism. We want to have a perfect body, and not only that, but also a perfect house, car, family, and job. Jobs and income often define social status. The higher and faster we climb the career ladder, the more valuable and "perfect" we are in the eyes of society.

We live in a world where our own and others' expectations cause us to often only exist. We rush from one thing to the other while we continuously respond to what's happening on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The boss pushes us to work overtime, the family requires us to be present, friends get upset that we do not have time for them, and sometimes we must also find time to shop, cook, and wash, as well as drop and pick up our children from school. The pursuit of perfectionism can suck the life out of anyone.

All of this is supported by the media as well as a giant self-help industry with countless seminars and books that provide us with tools and insights to "help" us become even more perfect...

I love being a fallible human—it means I accept my basic nature.

- Paul E. Wanvig

Impossible standards

The paradox is that perfectionism in itself is a mirage—a castle in the air. Striving for perfectionism is striving for the impossible. What is perfect? How do we measure it? What does it look like?

For example, and most authors will recognize this dilemma well: The goal of writing the perfect book is probably the main reason why most drafted books are never published. There is no book that is perfect. Even after several rounds of edits and revisions, typing and grammatical errors are always found, and all content, of course, can be written better...

The first article I wrote for Medium magazine in Norway was published in 2009 and had the title "From disease and desperation to health and happiness." It took me over four weeks to write it. When I read it today, I'm not exactly proud of the content or language of the article. Today it takes me 3–4 hours to write an article like the one you are reading now. The big difference is that I have now realized what perfectionism really is and how to avoid suffering from it, which in turn has led to a comprehensive improvement in my quality of life. (I also, of course, have much more experience in writing).

To strive for the irrational goal of perfectionism makes many people frustrated, stressed, sick, and unhappy. This is probably the most serious disease we have in our society today, since it robs us of opportunities to become happier. The pursuit of perfectionism leads to chronic negative stress, which in turn can lead to both physical diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, and mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety (i.e., see References 1, 2, 3, and 4).

The depression epidemic

Another paradox is that the use of antidepressants has increased over the past two decades, while in the West we live in the most successful and richest time period in history! Use of antidepressants among Americans has increased by 400 percent since the early 1990s (Ref. 7). According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 13 percent of the American population used antidepressants in 2012, while 6.8 percent used them in 1999. Usage has almost doubled in a decade (Ref. 8). Even though we are richer than ever, we are unhappier than ever in modern history!

Karōshi—death after overworking

Japan is one of the most extreme work and perfectionist cultures in the world. As far as I know, Japan was the first culture in the world to have its own word for "death from overworking": karōshi. China has borrowed the term and calls it guolaosi (guò láo sǐ). To be considered a karōshi, the victims must have worked more than 100 hours of overtime the month before they died or 80 hours overtime for two consecutive months during the last six months before their death (Ref. 5). Typical causes of death in karōshi are heart attacks, strokes, and suicides.

In Japan, it is normal and expected that you are going to give everything to your job. A typical work week for the Japanese is often 60–90 hours. In this culture, there isn't much balance between work and leisure. For example, 70 percent of men and 60 percent of women aged 18–34 do not have romantic partners, of which 42 percent of men and 44 percent of women are virgins (Ref. 6). The government in Japan is concerned that sexual apathy and an astonishingly high number of singles, as well as widespread loneliness in the younger part of the population, will lead to a cultural disaster in the coming years.

But Japan is not unique. Mexico is at the top when it comes to overworking, with the United States right behind. In China, over 600,000 people die every year from overworking (Ref. 5).

Do not fear perfectionism—you will never achieve it.

- Salvador Dalí

The path out of the hamster wheel

Most people I meet are in some way driven by the hunt for perfectionism. It may be a homeowner that wants to create the perfect home and a beautiful exterior facade—and wants to be present for the children, grandchildren, friends, sports teams, and everyone else. But it is not enough that you should be present everywhere; you should also beam with happiness, be in a good mood, and make sure everything goes according to plan always.

The same basic issue often also applies to students, physicians, engineers, business executives, unemployed persons, and retirees. It usually does not matter what you do or who you are—this troll exists anyway as an active "behavioral program" that operates by itself in the subconscious mind.

For my part, the journey out of the "hamster wheel" started after I was involuntarily burned out and had to ask myself if life was really all about working as a perfect machine, so that I could be considered a valuable person according to society standards, or whether it was about living a life where I accept that I am a human being, who by definition is fallible by nature.

I'm not an infallible person

I have never met a person who does not make mistakes—many mistakes! Have you? Irrespectively, most people unfortunately use far too much energy to avoid making mistakes. Afraid to make mistakes at work, afraid to say the wrong things, afraid of failing in the exam, afraid of not being good enough, afraid of not having the right clothes, afraid of asking the wrong question, afraid of getting asked questions about something we cannot answer, afraid of what people want to say, afraid of... and the fear continues indefinitely.

To try avoiding mistakes, we use much energy; the more perfect we can be, the less reason we have for fear of making mistakes. Thus, the infinite sprint in the hamster wheel is underway, put on autopilot by our subconscious behavior.

I have met many who have far above average talent and knowledge in several fields. But talent and knowledge are unfortunately not the most important factors for success. Over the last decade, I have learned from many teachers in the personal development and complementary medicine industries. Everyone has the basics needed to educate others in their field of study, but unfortunately, too many people get stuck in their own performance anxiety.

Imagine if, while I was hosting a seminar, I get asked a question from one of my participants that I cannot answer. What will they think of me then? Since I'm a teacher and expert of my topic, I should know everything, right? This leads to an eternal pursuit for more knowledge: reading more books, going on several courses, acquiring more education—because when I have enough knowledge and am perfect enough, I will start up my business. The problem is that most people will never feel perfect enough, no matter how much knowledge they get.

I want to be perfect—meaning that the basic nature of human beings is nonsense.

- Paul E. Wanvig

I LOVE making mistakes!

The first step out of the perfectionist's hamster wheel is to become aware of it and accept that making mistakes is completely natural and unavoidable. Why are you fighting against your own nature? Why not instead play with it and recognize that making mistakes is good? We are dependent on making mistakes to learn new things, to develop and grow in order to change things in life.

Is it possible to become a skilled tennis player without making thousands of mistakes first? Is it possible to learn to play the piano without first making mistakes? Is it possible to learn anything without making mistakes? Of course not! Mistakes are our greatest teachers. Our mistakes are something valuable that we should love with our whole heart!

Without mistakes, there is no growth or development. The more you try to avoid making mistakes, the more opportunities you take from yourself to grow, to change what you do not like about your life, and to be happier.

The only way I know how to get skilled in a discipline is to throw myself into it after I have learned the basic knowledge. It's only when a person begins to teach students that he or she starts to understand what it's really about being a teacher—through all the mistakes you make, experience and wisdom is what you harvest out of this. It's impossible to become an excellent teacher or therapist by just sitting in the classroom being a student.

Are all mistakes good?

This is an important question to ask in this context. To search or make mistakes for the sake of it will only lead you into another hamster wheel. The key here is to learn from the mistakes we make and avoid repeating them. The mistakes help us ask the right questions, so we can consciously fill the void (or knowledge gaps) with relevant information and experience. If you make the same mistake over and over again, this means you do not want to learn the lesson it has to teach, which then only creates more frustration.

If you are looking for perfection, you will never be satisfied.

- Leo Tolstoy

The solution

Here are some tips to get you out of your perfectionist hamster wheel.

  1. Accept that you are a human who makes mistakes and not an infallible, functioning machine.
  2. Start the day repeating the following mantra in front of the mirror: "I love being a fallible human! I open my arms to the mistakes I'm going to make today—for they are my biggest teachers! I'm curious what my next mistake will be!"
  3. Eighty percent is always good enough; Pareto's principle also applies here to the fullest. He said that we use 20 percent of the resources to achieve 80 percent of the result, and 80 percent of the resources to hunt for the remaining 20 percent. The perfectionist always goes for 100 percent, while the one who has jumped out of the hamster wheel has realized that 80 percent is good enough, since there are so many other worthwhile things in life to use the rest of the resources on.
  4. When you make a mistake, use the "interruption handling technique" to free yourself from suffering the emotional states described in my book "Beyond Positive Psychology A Journey from Burnout to Enlightenment" and self regulation methods described in the article "Find inner balance in your life through the art of self-regulation".  Then find out how to avoid making the same mistake again.

The art of being a human being

It requires courage to allow yourself to be a living person, as opposed to the perfect machine society wants us to be, that only exists. But the prize for this is unbelievably large. Before I had burned out, I was like a functional machine (i.e., the functional achiever described in my book, "Beyond Positive Psychology – A journey from burnout to enlightenment") who thought I was indispensable and had a need to control everything, because I was the only one able to do things well enough. In the days after I went to the ground, I realized that the world went on just as well without me. I saw that I definitely was not indispensable to anyone.

This led to frustration, self-pity, and depression at the start. Eventually, I realized that happiness and meaning never would come to me as long as I defined my own value and my needs from someone other than myself. Before, I lived my life based on society's idea of what life should be and what it should involve. Today, I know that basic and genuine happiness and meaning can only come from knowing what I desire for myself and living to my own satisfaction.

Take, for example, writing this article. I have used the morning to write it, and now it's lunchtime. Could it be better? Of course! I could easily use a week or two to perfect it. Would that give me more meaning and happiness? No! Would it give you drastically higher value to read it? No! Eighty percent is and will be good enough.

The ideas I put forth are for inspiration to create a better life. Now it's up to you if you want to try this out or not. I respect your free will to choose what is right for you.
I choose to use the remaining 80 percent of my resources to live and not try to persuade you or perfect the article. For the rest of the day, I will enjoy life together with my dear wife in our charming garden. The sun is shining, and I rejoice in the life that I'm allowed to live!


1) Life events, stress, and illness.

2) Stress and health: Psychological, behavioral, and biological determinants.

3) 50 common signs and symptoms of stress.

4) Psychology Today: Why stress turns into depression.

5) BBC: Can you work yourself to death?

6) Washington Post: Japan has a worrying number of virgins, government finds.

7) Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Antidepressant use in persons aged 12 and over: United States, 2005–2008.

8) Percentage of Americans on antidepressants nearly doubles.

9) The rise of all-purpose antidepressants.


Paul E. Wanvig is a Neoteric Shaman, entrepreneur, journalist, author, speaker, bio-hacker, spiritual teacher & encouraging optimist dedicated to helping you and your family live a Fulfilled Life and ending the stress and burnout epidemic by Utilizing the Best of Modern and Ancient Scientific Practices, Medicine and Technology.

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Recovered from chronic disease with stool!

Recovered from chronic disease with stool!

Ending more than 40 years of pain and suffering after just a few FMT treatments at the Taymount Clinic

Written by: Paul E. Wanvig, published in English: 2. April 2019

First published in Medium Magazine (Norway) 02.2015

Western orthodox school medicine is on the brink of a revolution. Healing of chronic and incurable diseases is closer than ever before. The breakthrough is due in part to a 'nontraditional' approach, which uses human feces as a probiotic, a method that has proven to be very effective.

The world is on the verge of an extraordinary medical revolution that will come through the understanding of our human microbiome—our intestinal bacteria.

- Dr. David Topping, Senior Chief Researcher at CSIRO (a public institution for scientific research in Australia with more than 5,000 employees)

Western school medicine is on the brink of a revolution in the understanding and healing of chronic and incurable diseases, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, autoimmune diseases, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). A somewhat "nontraditional" method using human feces has proven to be a very effective probiotic.

I have visited and received treatment at one of the world's premier clinics that does research on the use of the fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) method. The Taymount Clinic outside of London has performed more than 8000 transplants, which is probably the highest number completed by any clinic or hospital worldwide.

As part of my visit to the clinic, I conducted a video interview with the research director and founder Dr. Glenn Taylor, PhD. You may find this interview below (coming soon).

(Statement: I have no financial benefits from the Taymount Clinic. I paid the full price for my treatment. My enthusiasm for the clinic comes from the results, how they took care of me as a patient, and their groundbreaking method for quality, which assures donors about the production of the implants.)

Interview with Dr. Glenn Taylor, PhD.

I recommend watching the video interview I did during my stay at the Taymount Clinic with Dr. Glenn Taylor, PhD, one of the world's leading FMT authorities, responsible for more than 8,000 FMT treatments so far.

Interview with full transcription (coming soon)

Topic: Fecal microbiota transplant (FMT)

Here are some highlights of the interview:

  • What is the difference between FMT and probiotics?
  • Why did taking thousands of probiotics for years not work?
  • His philosophy and background
  • Security, production, and selection of donors
  • How I inherited a part of my digestive problem from my mother
  • The consequences of antibiotics
  • The danger of using "kitchen mixer" solutions and other do-it-yourself methods
  • Why problems with the digestive system have become a public disease
  • Why proper food is essential for the health and survival of bacteria
  • FMT in the future

A true miracle

Over 40 years of suffering is finally over! In this article, I share my experience of a fascinating method, called fecal microbiota transplant, in which feces are transplanted from a healthy donor to a sick client.

Since I was a child, I have struggled daily with a bloated and painful stomach, diarrhea, constipation, cramps, burping, gassing, and lack of vitality. The commonly diagnosis commonly used for such related problems is called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

As a young and active boy, this was a big problem. My state of health was unstable. This was often a problem at school, when exercising and in sports competitions. One day, I would be in top shape, the next I wouldn’t be able to run due to a stomach ache. Medical tests showed that there were no physical problems, so it was concluded that the cause was emotional, and I was using the discomfort as an excuse not to do sports.

This problem persisted during my upbringing and through my active sports career. Later as an adult, I have had bouts of brain fog, poor concentration, and fatigue. These would come and go without any discernible pattern.

Close to giving up

In July 2015, I was in a hospital for three days to undergo tests on my digestive system. I was treated by an expert of internal medicine in Germany. By that point, I was desperate. The first half of that year was an emotional nightmare after Maria and I lost our son, and physiologically I had brain fog and all kinds of digestive problems. I mustered as much strength as I was able to generate to be able to continue my job as a teacher and coach. With intensive pain and limited ability to think and focus clearly, I forced myself to complete my planned seminars and counseling appointments during the first six months of the year.

When summer vacation started, I was a shadow of myself. I was close to collapse again not only physically but also emotionally. Throughout the 12 years after the burnout that had almost killed me in 2003, I had tried everything to cure my chronic digestive problems. Even though I became better for short periods, there was nothing that yielded lasting results. Several hundred thousand dollars were spent on therapies, medications, and supplements that had given minimal results.

“There’s nothing pathologically wrong with you."

The chief physician and his team spent three days on colonoscopy, gastroscopy, biopsy, capsular endoscopy (where a camera capsule is inserted into the body to film the small intestines), ultrasound tests, organ tests, hormone studies, and dozens of blood tests.

"Everything is alright, and there is nothing pathologically wrong with you, Mr. Wanvig," was what the doctor said.

"We did not even find a polyp in your intestine." The chief physician suggested antidepressants and recommended that I seek a psychologist. I was obviously relieved that there was no colon cancer or the like, but the message was also a setback, since they did not find the cause of my disorder.

The emotional shock and stress of losing our child had an effect on my stomach, bowel, and digestion, but I was 100 percent sure that this was not the cause, because I had the same digestive problems regardless of whether I was happy, tired, stressed, or depressed!

But in times of need, even the devil eats flies. I was a hairline away from accepting the suggestion of the physician, even though I knew this was not the solution. I was ready to give up. The spark was about to extinguish, and darkness came over me. Where can I find a solution when I have tried everything?

The lifesaving angel

In the darkest of times, light often comes from unexpected places. This time it came from a book I accidentally downloaded during the hospital stay: Brain Maker, by Dr. David Perlmutter. In this book, which I highly recommend, Dr. Perlmutter describes the relationship between the condition of the intestine flora (microbiota) and the state of the brain. He described all of my symptoms in detail, the reason for them, and a treatment that I knew little about before—fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT).

In his book, he wrote about impressive results with many of his patients that had similar symptoms to mine, and he recommended an FMT clinic in Europe where he sends his patients.

My hope was lit again; the Taymount Clinic in Hitchin was just outside of London, UK, where a treatment performed by Dr. Glenn Taylor and his team would put an end to more than 40 years of pain and suffering after just a few treatments.

Fecal microbiota transplantation

"Fecal" is another word for poop, and I shook my nose as I dived into the science of this surprising but extraordinarily exciting part of our biology. The intestinal microbiome refers to the total population of bacteria in the intestines, consisting of more than 1,000 different bacterial species and over 100 trillion bacteria. This means that you have 1,000 times more bacteria in the intestine than cells in your body (the human body consists of approximately 100 billion cells).

With fecal microbiota transplantation, the microbiomes are transplanted from a healthy donor to the patient using a rectal catheter, colonoscopies, or a probe through the nose to your small intestine.

Food residues, surface tissue, bilirubin (yellow waste), hormones, and toxins are filtered away from the stool of the donor, so that mainly the intestinal bacteria are transferred to the patient. This process is complicated and sensitive, since 99 percent of the bacteria are anaerobic (they do not need oxygen to grow and multiply) and 90 percent of them die as soon as they come into contact with oxygen.

A medical revolution

Research shows that billions of intestinal bacteria affect the state of the immune system, the heart, the brain, the metabolism, and the rest of the body. Your microbiome helps determine if you develop allergies, get diabetes, become overweight, or get asthma. Recent research also shows that intestinal bacteria affects depression, anxiety, autism, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, MS, CFS, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and cardiovascular diseases, in addition to chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

The book, Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ, by the German physician and researcher Giulia Enders, has helped to popularize the knowledge of the health of the intestine. Her book is the most sold nonfiction book in Germany ever.

Dr. Perlmutter describes in the book Brain Maker how the intestinal flora and intestinal bacteria affect us, especially our brain functions. I highly recommend these books, and they also provide many references to relevant medical research done in this area.

FMT at the Taymount Clinic

The Taymount Clinic ( outside London in England is a private, world-leading clinic in research and use of FMT (fecal microbiota transplantation). The clinic was founded in 2003 by Dr. Glenn Taylor and his wife, Dr. Enid Taylor, and is internationally recognized as a specialist center for the testing and production of certified intestinal bacteria (microbiota), implantation techniques and treatment of, for example, C. difficile (Clostridium difficile), a painful infectious disease in the large intestine that can be fatal. As of today, the clinic has 100 percent remission rate with FMT treatment for this serious disease.

The philosophy behind the treatment

FMT treatments normalize the intestinal flora in patients with a number of chronic diseases that originate from adverse bowel flora (dysbiosis). Although they do not market FMT for the treatment of certain diseases due to the legislation in England, they have helped patients with Clostridium difficile and a number of other inflammatory bowel diseases and imbalances created after the use of antibiotics.

The goal is to replace the intestinal flora of an ill patient with intestinal flora from a healthy donor, so that the cause of the disease is cured.

Deciding on a treatment

After Dr. Perlmutter's Brain Maker put me on track toward FMT, I spent several days searching for and reading relevant information and testimonials about the method. Here are the six main categories of information I found:

  1. The authorities are often restrictive of accepting FMT treatment, since there is little published research. In Norway, the legislation is not clarified, but some hospitals offer the method for the treatment of severe Clostridium difficile infections. England and Germany have more flexible legislation.
  2. Physicians and some researchers warn against the use of the method due to the risk of disease transmission and that the treatment may not show results. In other words, antibiotics and allopathic drugs should be used as medicine, not feces.
  3. A number of physicians praise FMT as an extraordinary medical revolution, based on their research findings.
  4. Physicians, clinics and hospitals that offer FMT have comprehensive control and screening processes of the donors to prevent disease transmission, as well as a production process where only pure and healthy intestinal flora from the donor is transferred to the patient.
  5. There are physicians, clinics, and hospitals offering fecal transplant where they transplant the complete feces from a donor, who often is a family member, without filtering, not taking into account that the intestinal bacteria is exposed to oxygen and without quality control (the stool is mixed with saline or milk in a kitchen mixer and put into the client from behind using a tube). *Later we will revisit why many warn against this kind of procedure and find this method irresponsible.
  6. "Do-it-yourself home solutions" involve methods for transplanting stools from a friend or family member to yourself using an enema and a kitchen mixer. *We will discuss more later about why this is playing Russian roulette with your and others’ health.

Two things were most important to me when I was looking for a clinic for my FMT treatment: patient results and safety. We all know how easy it is to get infected through saliva and blood, and it is as easy to get infected when living tissues, body fluids, and bacteria are transferred from a sick donor to a patient.

Security in choosing donors

For me it was important that the donors had gone through a comprehensive screening process to rule out the presence of any disease that could be transmitted to me. In addition, it was obvious to me that the donor lived a healthy life, did not smoke or drink alcohol, ate healthy organic food, was slim, and had an active and healthy lifestyle.

The only clinic I found that met such requirements was the Taymount Clinic. They have a comprehensive protocol and full-time employees who are responsible for selecting and screening donors, which, briefly, consists of the following steps:

  1. A selected donor must be healthy in body and mind, free of mental illness, slim and strong, must not have used antibiotics in recent times, and must be nutritionally conscious with a varied ecological diet to optimize the health and diversity of their intestinal flora. Smokers and those who enjoy alcohol or other drugs are not used as donors.
  2. Those who pass this needle-eye screening process must also pass a comprehensive blood and stool test that is designed to reveal any diseases.
  3. When the donor passes these tests, the feces are harvested through a specially developed method in which the donor delivers the stool in a deoxygenated saline solution, which is immediately treated with nitrogen to sustain the anaerobic bacteria that would otherwise have died when subjected to oxygen.
  4. Then the feces are centrifuged, and all waste products are separated. Once this is done, all that remains is the donor's clean microbiome.
  5. Then, a special and safe anti-freeze protection fluid is supplied to the microbiome, which is stored in a medical ultra-deep freezer at a temperature of -86 degrees Celsius (-123 degrees Fahrenheit) to preserve the quality of the microbiome.
  6. The deep-frozen microbiome is quarantined for a minimum of three months and is not released until the donor has been re-examined with a comprehensive blood and stool test. This ensures that pathogens and diseases that are not possible to detect at an early stage are completed before the microbiome is used. Only when the second test is free from disease, is the microbiome released for use in patients.

This was exactly what I was looking for. I found no other clinic that was close to such quality assurance of the microbiome transplants used on patients.

Today, the Taymount Clinic delivers certified microbiome transplants from its donor bank to clinics and hospitals worldwide. They also have partner clinics in the Bahamas, Canada and Slovakia.

An easy choice

Based on the information I collected, it was easy to choose Taymount Clinic. I booked a free initial consultation with them on their website, so they could find out if I was a suitable patient they could receive.

I ordered the treatment package for 10 FMT treatments, three of which were performed at their clinic outside of London. The remaining seven could be done at home with the help of my wife, since I did not have the opportunity to stay in London for ten days. Usually, an FTM treatment is done daily for ten days, but this may vary from patient to patient depending on their condition and need. I paid about £4000 (in 2015) for the treatment. Additional costs included the flight and then an apartment that we rented through Airbnb.

After paying a deposit of £1000, the clinic's professional team followed up and went through what I had to prepare for before the first treatment. They also informed me of any side effects that could occur during the treatment, such as diarrhea, upset stomach, or feeling unwell. They explained that they could not guarantee any result. Some got results after a few days, while others could take up to two years of treatment before the new intestinal flora helped, and yet others had no results at all. After the patient agreement containing these items was signed and submitted, I was ready for my first treatment.

First treatment

As part of the treatment package, the first day started with a colon hydrotherapy treatment, in which hot water is injected into the rectum to empty all the contents of the large intestine. Contrary to my previous experience with colon hydrotherapy, this was a pleasant treatment done by two highly skilled therapists.

The day after, I received my first FMT treatment. This is a simple and painless procedure that takes less than an hour. First, a thin catheter is inserted into the large intestine rectally, and the fluid containing the donor's microbiome is injected. Then, I received a comfortable massage to distribute the new microbiome throughout the colon, during which I had to sit and lie in several different positions as this was happening.

The Taymount Clinic has perfected this FMT delivery method for optimal results. They have found that this method is more effective and comfortable for the patient than delivering the microbiome via enema, gastroscopic probe, or nasal probe, in which you get a tube through your nose down to the small intestine. The latter method can cause you to throw up feces or, at worst, get feces in the lungs.

After the treatment, I was told to rest calmly until the next treatment the following day. I was exhausted in the evening and slept like a rock.

Waiting for my FMT treatment

Second day of treatment

In the morning I felt something was happening in my intestines. It was a lot of activity, and I felt sensible both physically and emotionally.

Since I had only three days of treatment at the clinic, they started teaching my wife Maria so she could carry out the last seven treatments at home. At first, she shrugged her shoulders, which I understood very well, as this is not an uncommon practice in a loving relationship. "What would I NOT do to help you recover?" was her comment.

The treatment was done completely without discomfort, and afterward we went sightseeing in the city. My energy level was increasing, and I felt more balanced.

The miracle starts

I woke up early in the morning on the third day and prepared for my usual uncontrolled blowout in the toilet bowl. "This is amazing!" I shouted to my half-sleeping wife. "My stomach is flat!" I was so excited. "My stomach is flat! My stomach is flat!" I repeated over and over, as I couldn’t believe what I saw and felt. Maria opened her eyes and confirmed for me that my bowel was not inflated, but she couldn’t fully understand the fuss so early in the morning.

To me, this was the start of the biggest medical miracle I had ever experienced with my own health until then—and the end of more than 40 years of suffering! I had been used to waking up with a painful and cramped, bloated stomach that looked like a fully blown balloon, which forced me to creep to the toilet each morning.

Next surprise came on the toilet. I expected the same explosive routine as always, but for the first time, I felt that things were going normally. Incredible; the treatments worked! I was ecstatic when we arrived at the clinic that morning. “This is incredible! This is amazing!" was the mantra I sang to everyone. The healthy smile of the clinic therapists revealed that this reaction is not unfamiliar to them.

For the next seven days, my dear wife performed the FMT treatment for me at home. I became better and better each day. No gassing, no bloating, no pain, no cramps, and no brain fog. My energy level increased gradually, and at the time of writing (Spring 2016), it has been 9 months since I completed my 10 FMT treatments—and I'm still feeling great!

Every painless day is a miracle, and it's not possible to express my gratitude to Dr. Perlmutter, who put me on track with his book Brain Maker, Dr. Glenn Taylor and his team at the Taymount Clinic that made it possible for me, and my patient wife who is always there for me.

Can I do the FMT treatment at home?

FMT must not be confused with fecal transplant (FT) for which the unfiltered feces are mixed with an isotonic saline solution, milk, or the like in a kitchen mixer and then transplanted to the client anally with a catheter. This procedure is often found on the internet and in self-help books and can be directly harmful to health, the recipient can receive diseases from the donor when the transplanted stool is unfiltered and untested.

Unfortunately, FT is used in some medical clinics and hospitals, sometimes with a broad spectrum of antibiotics to counteract potential diseases spreading. I would never have exposed myself or my loved ones to such an irresponsible treatment that could result in the transmission of serious illness. In addition, 90 percent of the intestinal bacteria die when they are exposed to oxygen in the kitchen mixer.

The Taymount Clinic offers a solution for those who do not have the opportunity to stay in the clinic for ten days. The prerequisite is that you visit the clinic and get at least five treatments (three in my case) and training on how to do this with a partner at home. They do not accept orders of transplants, instructions, or equipment beyond this.

Is this a miracle cure for everything?

No! FMT is a method of recovering a diseased intestinal flora using a donor's intestinal flora. An unbalanced intestinal flora can be contributory cause to multiple diseases. There are many individual factors at play, and Dr. Taylor told me that getting such a comprehensive result as fast as mine is not usual. It may take up to two years with regular treatments before the new intestinal bacteria get a permanent foothold, and some patients notice no improvement at all.

I recommend that you carefully study this treatment and discuss it with your physician before making a decision. 

What do you have to do yourself?

To achieve satisfactory and long-term results with FMT treatment, it is recommended to switch to a bowel- and bacteria-friendly diet and to reduce the intake of all foods that can cause intestinal inflammation.

This means you should practice the following:

  • Gluten-free/restricted diet
  • Diet free from cow milk products (especially A1 beta-casein)
  • Minimal intake of ready-made and junk food
  • Minimal intake of sugar and glucose
  • Consume some protein from meat and fish, since some important bacterial strains need animal protein to survive
  • A varied selection of vegetables
  • Increased intake of organic, good oils, like ghee and coconut oil

The books Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ by Dr. Giulia Enders and Brain Maker by Dr. Perlmutter, you will find many tips and advice on food for optimal bowel health. My favorite diet, which is fundamental to my nutrition and gives excellent results, is described in The Bulletproof Diet: Lose up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Energy and Focus, Upgrade Your Life by Dave Asprey.

After Christmas 2015, I was shocked by the negative effects sweets, sugar, and unhealthy carbohydrates had on my intestinal flora. After being completely pain- and symptom-free for three months, I thought that now everything was fine and I deserved to celebrate a little with chocolate and marzipan. Two weeks of "celebration" led to my bowel exploding like a balloon AGAIN, and I was back where I started. It took almost four weeks to recover, and it shocked me how much sweets and high blood sugar levels affect intestinal bacteria. I was lucky that the treatment had not been wasted, as the intestinal bacteria recovered after a few weeks with optimal nutrition.

This is also part of the background for why I recommend that my clients and students wait until they have changed their diet as described here before FMT treatment. Believing that such treatment will work like a magic pill without first turning to a healthier diet and lifestyle can quickly become an expensive experience. If you are willing to pay that much money, it's a good idea to secure your investment with your own efforts.

Experience shows that most of my clients and students who suffer from digestive problems and related side effects become much better when they quit gluten and cow milk dairy products 100 percent, in addition to maintaining a stable blood sugar level, which means no sweets, sodas, soft drinks, and junk food. It seems that as long as the intestinal flora is not completely in imbalance like mine, much can be done to restore balance by giving bacteria the right food and taking care of them with a healthy lifestyle.



Paul E. Wanvig is a Neoteric Shaman, entrepreneur, journalist, author, speaker, bio-hacker, spiritual teacher & encouraging optimist dedicated to helping you and your family live a Fulfilled Life and ending the stress and burnout epidemic by Utilizing the Best of Modern and Ancient Scientific Practices, Medicine and Technology.

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