Dear CHFI reader,
Ahead of his second tour internationally renowned functional medicine and nutrition expert Dr Bob Rakowski is heading to Australia in 2018 to teach his Functional Nutritionist Level 1 to personal trainers and nutritionists in Melbourne, we figured it appropriate to have a chat with him.
Check out the interview below to find out a little bit more about one of the world’s leading health educators!
CHFI: Dr Bob, how did you get into functional medicine? Tell us a little bit about your background with sports coming into adulthood.
Dr Bob: My journey into natural medicine began with a football injury in 1985. After medicine failed to help me I sought the help of Mike Wichgers, DC. Dr. Wichgers helped me rapidly with my health but I was most impressed with the philosophy of chiropractic and natural healing. After a few years in corporate America as an electrical engineer with General Motors and then Texas Instruments, I decided to put all my efforts into Chiropractic with a specialty in Kinesiology and Nutrition.
In 1993 I attended a Jeff Bland seminar. I was amazed by the science and the evidence and immediately started reading nearly all of the 100’s of references in Dr. Bland’s Syllabus. By 1995 I started teaching functional medicine and from 1998 to 2006 Dr Bland and I taught nearly 100 tag team seminars. He spent the first day introducing the hard science and I taught the clinical applications.
My background in sport was mostly casual. In high school, I played football, wrestled and was the captain and MVP of my tennis team. For the last 7 years, I have trained mixed martial arts. I will complete testing for my 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo before Australia.
CHFI: Who are some of the highest profile and interesting clients you have worked with?
Dr Bob: I have been blessed to work with professional athletes from nearly every major sport. To date Evander Holyfield impressed me the most as a great humanitarian and a dedicated athlete who would always do exactly what I told him to do. I was a back-stage chiropractor for World Wrestling entertainment for local events in Texas for 3 years. I enjoyed tuning up the athletes and making an instant difference in their performance.
CHFI: Who have been your biggest mentors in the industry whom have helped you and why?
Dr Bob: In Chiropractic and Kinesiology my top mentors have been Dr. George Goodheart and Dr. John Bandy. Both doctors treated a range of patients from the critically ill to world champions. I loved their passion, their skill and their success. In Functional Medicine Dr. Jeff Bland is at the top of a long list of people that I have learned from. Dr. Bland taught me how to dig into the science and connect it to clinical practice.
Charles Poliquin has also been a great mentor. I love his no-nonsense approach and his love of the science. I was also the training subject at one of his seminars. I was intimidated to train in front of such a strong and fit group. Charles gave me on of the best workouts of my life and constructed a weight and rep scheme that allowed me to succeed.
CHFI: What are the top three things you have learned in the last year alone that help helped you achieve better results your clients?
Dr Bob: Well firstly, I love Melatonin as a mitochondrial-specific antioxidant and a direct buffer of cortisol. I often dose patients with 1-3 mg of melatonin every waking hour for 7 to 10 days. This is a great strategy to help people and buffer stress and normalize immune function. It also helps to normalize sleep rhythm.
Secondly that the microbiome is powerful and amazing. Some consider this one of the largest and most diverse “organs” in the human body. Creating a healthy microbiome helps people to lose weight, control inflammation and become happy and calm. Everything that we eat either enhances or impairs the balance of our microbiome.
Finally, that meditation is incredible. I have played with meditation for over a decade and it has taking me that long to look forward to the process and to see the benefits. The science is overwhelming. Meditation builds a stronger, healthier and more functional brain and nervous system.
CHFI: When it comes to optimising health and performance, why is the functional nutritionist certification so good at what it does and how will it help personal trainers whom are attending your teachings of this program?
Dr Bob: I love that the program is the blend of solid science and extensive clinical experience. I teach protocols that have evolved over 25 years of deep research and application. My recommendations and strategies are proven. In the time that we have together I will provide enough information that everyone can immediate apply the tools and strategies and improve their patient / client outcomes.
CHFI: Tell us one thing about you nobody would probably guess?
Dr Bob: Most might not guess that I am an introvert. I am very comfortable presenting to crowds of thousands but I prefer a quiet evening of reading. I love to go to bed by 8:30 and start my morning hour (or 2+ hours) of power at 5 am.
As you can see Dr Bob is a well-rounded and highly knowledge practitioner whom we can’t wait to have out here in Australia! For a full course outline and to register please click the link below or you can contact us on +61 2 9882 2778 or [email protected]
Course information and registration can be found below:
- Functional Nutritionist Level 1 – Melbourne on 14th – 16th April 2018
Yours in health,
The Clean Health Fitness Institute