Finding Your Primal Sense

Finding Your Primal Sense

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  1. Somewhere within is our primal sense.
  2. How might you open your mind before The Leptin Rx Reset is begun and find your primal sense?

I recently did a video interview with a former patient and friend of mine, Mrs. Jodi Wibel, from New Orleans, who sustained a massive change to her life recently. This will be chronicled in an informal video testimonial on my site shortly. Her story inspired me on many levels to write this blog. Much of what she said to me that day really resonated with me. She told me after the interview that I needed to write more about how I think, and how I motivate and seek to help people change themselves when they are at a crossroads.

Too often, we and the people around us, become creatures to how we think chronically, without ever realizing it. This thinking is what creates ruts and plateaus in our life. Change is best carried out, not when we are in a rut, but when we are at the edge of our comfort zone. Even our friends and family can be enablers to our bad habitual thinking about change. People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. When you change for the better, the people around you will be inspired to change also. But only after doing their best to make you stop. Live your truth and don’t ever stop! I tell you this now so you read it and understand it consciously, because this unconscious thought is behind why you do not appear to want change. Once you perceive that this might be a correct statement, you will then begin to look at your circumstances from a new perspective. That new perspective is critical in seeing your life in a new way. Jodi believed it was the key to how the science became part of her “skeptics life” without a fight from her old habitual thinking. You must break free of the shackles of your old mind and embrace all your fears. On the other side of all your fears is the freedom in your life to make choices to give you an Optimal Life. For this entire week, her single thought has filled my mind with how to write this post. I decided to stop trying to feel it and to just write what my thoughts were about how I view change now after my own leptin Rx reset 5 years ago.

So how might we evolve to a change?

How might I blow your mind up to get out of the rut of thinking in the same fashion chronically? How do you embrace change when you have a broken heart or will? You know that if you continue to do the same thing over and over again, you are going to get the same results. You also know that you want a different life and different existence. So, how do you change a life? I get asked this a lot. Instead of answering it directly, I sit people down and tell them to listen to how I say what I believe. Listen to the passion in my words and in my cadence of speech. None of it is contrived. Passion cannot be faked or bought. Authenticity is the one human trait that is illogical because when it is felt and perceived as genuine, despite rhyme or reason, our gut seems to sense it before our brain does. If you don’t believe in what you say or live, people will perceive it before your thought is completed. People do not care what you know, until they know how much you care.

When I get criticized for any reason, I have pre-decided to use the bricks thrown at me as cornerstone foundations to my core beliefs. When I burn bridges, I let those fires burn the path I am on. No matter the poor choices I have made, I am never too old, never too bad, never too late, and never too sick to start from scratch once again. I have learned that when I have stumbled, I was still moving forward. Was it ideal or optimal? No, it was not, but I learned a lot from it. We cannot discover “new oceans” unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shoreline at times. We often must embrace our worse fears to do so. We should not ever say we don’t have enough time to complete a task. We have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Albert Einstein. That congruency needs to sink in when we are alone by ourselves ponder what we have done with the time we were given.

We have all been told at one time or another that today is the first day of the rest of our life. When it is said, it has that, “cliche” feeling attached to it. When I hear it now, I make sure that I feel it in the way it was meant the first time it was ever uttered. All great changes are preceded by chaos in my opinion. I have told my closest friends that I was a creature to chaos. Patients love to praise physicians when we do well by them, but I have a hard time accepting that gift. Why you may ask? I think it’s because I know how small a difference there is between success and failure in surgery and in life actually. In most things in life, we learn our best lessons from failure,e not success. In medicine and surgery, if you “fail too often’, you will be out of business quick. I had to learn to avoid errors early in my training by being prepared well and reading about other’s failures and how to avoid them before I made the error and learned by razor’s edge. It is like getting through a “mine field” and then when you get through it safely, somebody wants to pat you on the back and say good job, but you just want to go somewhere quiet and try to regain your sanity before you have to walk back through the mine field again. The stress level never stops, so you must learn how to control stress or it will kill you eventually. That really was my epiphany that I had to “get out of line” and start anew.

You must adapt to life constantly, or you will die unhappy. Initially, it seems mentally draining to you, but you learn how to accept it and then you embrace the chaos of walking in the “mine field” over and over again. Just like a roller coaster that slows at the beginning, but you can never get off it totally until you are dead. Yes, I get paid to re-engineer humans and repair their nervous system to health, but I paid a huge personal price to do it before I decided to change me. I knew I had too, because if I did not, my time would run out before my life’s missions were complete. Some of us recover from these stresses, and some of us never do and wallow in it too long. The proof of that wasted time is the scars we carry embedded in our personality. What I learned is that we can choose to leave those personality flaws exposed to the world or we can choose to change them for the better. As a neurosurgeon, remembering that we are going to eventually die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you really have something to lose. In reality, we are already quite naked psychologically. There is absolutely no reason not to follow your heart or your passion in the here and now. If what you’re doing in life is not your passion, then you really have nothing to lose by changing now.

I have learned to embrace change because nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action. I came to realize each person’s task in life is to improve our former selves. Not all of us get this text message in time. All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to just pursue them at some level. Our life does not get better by chance; it gets better by accepting change. I learned to embrace all failures because I found it made me better. Failure of fear, uncertainty, and discomfort are our compasses toward future growth. If you doubt your innate talents, use what talents you possess today. If you do not follow this dictum, the forests would be very silent if no birds sang there, except those birds that sang their song best! I now believe that if we are breathing, our life’s mission is likely still unfulfilled because time remains to further draft our message. Action is always a better choice than inaction. The best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing. Nothing leads to unhappiness in life. I no longer settle for a C, D or a B. I only shoot for straight A’s. We must seek to change the changeable, accept the unchangeable in life, and remove ourselves from the unacceptable things we face. I no longer fear failure. Seeing death happen daily in people’s lives made me realize the greatest mistake we can make in life is to continually fear that we will make an error. Today, I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying my best at life.  This includes the friends and family I keep.

I now believe that I must strive to do the things I believe I am not capable of doing. We are braver than we believe, and stronger than we seem, and smarter than we think. That courage does not always roar in us; sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.

20 years from now, I will not be disappointed by the things I didn’t do, rather I will rejoice in the conquests I took on regardless of the feat. One day our life will flash before our eyes and I plan on saying I made it worth living for. It doesn’t matter where you are right now, you are nowhere compared to where you might go. No one can go back and start a new beginning at life, but any one of us can start today and make a new ending to our life.

Accepting core change into my life has made me realize that sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.  Often this means that some really good friends and family might be toxic for the new my new business plan for wellness.  You have to surround yourself with people who matter toward your goals and limit those who detract from it.  This was a very tough lesson to learn.  That is what inspires me to change every day now. 80% of the information we get from life comes from our visual inputs, but what we see with our eyes may pale in comparison to what we see with our thoughts via our minds eye.

The one day given to you today is really an amazing gift if you think about it. When you close your eyes and think about it, it is the only gift you have right now today in your life. Your only appropriate response is a response of gratitude to using this time you have now wisely. If you do nothing else today, cultivate that response to the great gift that today really is to you right now. Do not procrastinate and wait for change to happen to you. Become the change today you want to see in your life right now. If you train your mind to learn to respond as if it was the first day of your life, and simultaneously the last day of your life, you will have spent this day quite well. You will have learned how to use every single moment of the day to squeeze all of the wonder it encompasses. Most days, people let that time slip through their hands like sand through an hour glass. Most of you know that I begin each day of my life since I performed the leptin reset on myself by reflecting on my new day, and posting my best thought on my Facebook wall for you all to see. I want to share with you how I get all the juice from the grapes of my life.

Begin by opening your eyes to your mind. Look up at the incredible sights, arrays of sounds, and the passing thoughts from your mind awakening as you wait for the sun. We have an incredible array of information offered to us as soon as we rise that we take for granted. We can only experience 25,000 sunrises in a human life. I decided five years ago I could no longer afford to waste my mornings, not seeing this awakening of life and to listening to the thoughts in my own head. We constantly let pure enjoyment pass us by when we do not take advantage of this time. I think about this every time I look at the morning sky. The clouds and sky changes minute to minute and that experience are never returned to us. The clouds show me how easy change can really be if we embrace it, as the sky embraces the free movement of the clouds every morning. If we generalize that principle to the faces of people we see in life or on social media that we are open to everyday, we become aware of the stories behind their faces. Each face, like a cloud, carries a story that you could never really fathom. Sometimes you will see their relatives and their ancestors stories unfold for your mind if you are observing them well. Try to let all of these experiences coalesce in your mind, to meet you today, right now this one day in time; this moment in your life is for you to see and effect you to action right now. This time you were previously unaware of, are like rivers colliding downstream and emptying into the vastness of the ocean to mix with all the other water on earth; just as a thought does when it enters your brain when you allow it to.

Today, you should consider opening your heart and mind to the number of gifts around you. Become aware of how they might change and improve you. Teach yourself to let those things flow through you every new day you are alive. Let these thoughts come through your eyes and your mind to touch your present self. Let the gratefulness they bring overflow in you, revealing your daily blessings all around you. This is how a thought can change your DNA and how happiness revealed itself to me five years ago.

Mrs. Jodi Wibel got me to think about this when I interviewed her for a video testimonial. She was central in me writing these thoughts. She told me that getting her to think to value her time and to move to action was the greatest gift I gave her. She thought that this is something I had to share with you all here on the blog. So I have, because she was right. I hope this can help you get to the place where you allow a thought to change your mind about a lot. This is the core factor in the Leptin Rx that went unsaid in that blog.

Jodi’s thoughts to me

I want to share with you some of Jodi’s comments. I shared with her a rough draft of this blog and her reply touched me. And I knew I had to include her perspective as a former skeptic, and now a completely transformed 40 year old mother of three with a bikini body.

Jodi said, “I was reading your blog draft and thinking of all the different excuses I hear from my current friends who want to get my results but don’t believe they’re capable of making lifelong changes. I hear, I can’t give up grains, so I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and maybe cut back on sweets. Or, That’s not a realistic lifestyle for a human. Or, You should do things in moderation, not go to such extremes. It’s not practical. Or, my obese family member, who says, I can’t do just about every solution suggestion thrown at her.

If we accept mediocrity or do things in moderation we will never get to Optimal. We will get average. I have said many times I no longer accept a D, C, or a B when an A is available to me. How did I change this in my mind? How did Jodi do the same?

Jodi, went on to ponder this, “I think once you cross that belief barrier in your mind, you can do anything you want to. And with me, it took you to make me believe it was possible. It was like you getting in my face (well, cyberistically speaking) and said, if you do what I tell you, you will have the body and health you never dreamed possible. I believed it. And so I did it.” For those of you that have not seen the video yet, I operated on Jodi in 2007 for a neck fusion that caused spinal cord compression. During her transformation, the only physical contact we had was through Facebook and the phone. I never once laid a hand on her during her transformation. Thoughts, however, radically changed her DNA as you will see.

She went on to say, “I like how you used the analogy of the ocean and the shore in your blog. It is so true visually! It’s all about believing you have the ability to change your circumstances. Most people are unhappy with themselves but they wallow in their mediocrity because they don’t feel they are strong enough, smart enough, self-disciplined enough to change direction. It’s sad, because like you said, fast forward 20-30 years, what will you look back on this time in your life and wish you could’ve done differently? I could easily be 40 years old and in the same unsatisfactory shape I was in a year ago, but I made a decision to change direction, no matter what the sacrifice, because I was tired of being self-conscious.”

Jodi went on to say, “Life really is too short to not take control of the things you truly can control, like what you eat and how much exercise you fit in your schedule. To me, this newenvironment and my diet and my Cross-fit regime gives me a sense of control in a life that is often chaotic. I haven’t had a piece of bread or a morsel of sugar in 10 months. Proof therein that NO ONE can force a person to be unhealthy. Only we can do that to ourselves. It’s all in your mind. And your mind is more powerful than we all think.”

Intuition, in my opinion is the brain’s way to recognize a patterns in our environment subconsciously to make a decision about them.  Intuition is the highest form of intelligence.

My parting thought comes from a person who became the change he wanted to see become reality all around him by forcing change with thoughts. Ghandi said, “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

Primal Sense is our belief of what we will become when we think it constantly. Primal sense is your intuition speaking to the mitochondria in your brain and heart.  This sense is not focused for finding yourself……..This mitochondrial sense is about creating yourself.  Become a mitochondriac!  

It’s time to build a community of thoughts in your mind that will support that natural being inside of you that you were born to be.  It will be easy to reject the zoo animal version of that humans currently advocate and desire.


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  1. Kevin December 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    This my friend is one of your finest posts ever! Thank you for the blessings in sharing these awesome thoughts.

    The world is a better place and so many lives are changed with you in it Jack!

  2. Pamela December 14, 2011 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    I have been on the Leptin Rx 18 days and, before Leptin Rx, I had a difficult time resisting grains and sugars. Now I equate eating off-plan to stepping in front of oncoming traffic. Why would anybody do that? It is counter-survival. Just like eating non-survival food is counter-survival. I would beat myself up over the years when I would succumb to temptation of non-survival foods. I would always ask myself why I didn't have the ability, the moral fortitude, to do the right thing? After reading your blog, I found the answer to that question…the answer to my life-time ruin. I never have read anything that made more sense to me as far as my physical health…NOTHING. Like you, I was once morbidly obese. I lost over 90 pounds going LC and walking. But, I would still would crave starch/sugar. My weight would go up and up and up. I would white-knuckle it and it would go back down…than up, than down. Now, even though I still get hungry, I do not eat the counter-survival food and, more importantly, I don't want to. I can see now how eating off-plan is counter-survival. Where I was blind, now I can see. I starting taking 45 mg of K2 a day a week ago. Could that be what is exhilarating the healing? I mean, how could I have changed so much in such a short amount of time? Oh, the power of primal brain surgery. It really all in the mind. If you change your mind, you change your body/life. Thank you SO much Dr. Kruse for being my primal brain surgeon. If a man is only as valuable as he can serve mankind; Dr. Kruse you are one valuable man.

    Much Love & Admiration,

    Pamela – a Rockstar in the making

  3. Yolanda December 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Awesome/Phenomenal post. I just shared with MANY friends and family. There is a reason I found your blog this week. If I get NOTHING ELSE from it the post is PRICELESS. However, I'm going for "A's", anything else is unacceptable. My leptin reset starts tomorrow.

  4. Donna December 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Well done!

  5. Shijin13 December 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Absolutely profound. my grandfather said something similar to me when I got out of the military – did I listen. Unfortunately no. I had to slog my way through crap to understand what he was saying. finding that sweet spot of change – where you're not 100% sure but you dive in anyway is thrilling. I did it today w/a new project at work. Am I out of my comfort zone – you bet. Am I learning something new, yep. Am I challenging myself and adding a new skill set – yes. Am I sure I know what I'm doing – nope…but I'll get to the end state and my deliverable to my client will blow them out of the water b/c I love what I do – even if it takes me outside my comfort zone. my own personal changes are impacting my loved ones directly. I'm becoming a better mother, wife and daughter. I'm helping my family take steps forward into optimal health by planting the seed. And the seeds are starting to awaken! Your efforts Dr Kruse have not only impacted me, but my family, my friends and co-workers… kudos to your efforts!

  6. Kaleein December 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Bravo! Standing ovation from Florida!!

    Words can't express my gratitude for you offering yourself as you do. This blog IS your greatest gift yet!

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

  7. Jack December 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    @Mary Deterline Bonzo (from FB) Small steps…Gotta love the "wedge factor" and the domino effect of positive thoughts. We can't despise the day of small beginnings if good changes seem overwhelming…just take one step. Then two. It is amazing how "weak" people like myself become strong and gather speed in good choices, given good information and the willingness to take a little step. Thanks, Dr. Kruse.

  8. Jack December 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    @alyssa. If you're going to settle, then please settle for the absolute optimal best. Vague goals in your future on promise vague results in your future. Aim higher than you think you and watch how your future expands to meet your thoughts

  9. Ken O'Neill December 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    In my opinion, primal sense is about re-membering yourself in the best sense of our most ancient of healing/actualizing traditions, the one called shamanism. Shamanism was denegrated to what primitives do by colonialist Europeans with Imperialist agendas over recent centuries. At best, it received some salutary upgrading by the Rousseau's with their fiction of the 'noble savage'- primitive yet paradoxically primal, perhaps in reaction to the gridlock of their times.

    In Darwinian terms, fitness means reproductive fitness. Being all that your survival oriented genes properly express and surviving, the big primal other than surviving predators, hunting/scavenging successfully is transmitting those genes. And what drives that? Lust, sex, the unbridled nonseasonal passion to mate, to engage in the phyloprogenerative act, or as that primal artist Henry Miller would have put it: to fuck. Fuck was a perfectly acceptable English word until Protestant Puritan Oliver Cromwell overthrew briefly the British throne, outlawed celebration of Christmas as 'too sensual', and made 'fuck' a forbidden word. Pre-Cromwellian literature shows otherwise…as did Erica Jong's Fear of Flying nearly 40 years ago.

    Far too much of American literature still suffers from the Puritanical birth deficit disease. In my opinion, a baseline bio-marker with phenomenological reporting elicited by a competent interviewer should flesh out (verb intentional) one's libido index. Most symptoms of degenerative disease imply horniness deficiency disorder – not reproductively fit.

    Aesthetics – that sense of the pervasive beauty, joy, and subtle ecstasy of life – are essential hedonic qualities. Without them, the diagnosis is SICK.

  10. Resurgent December 15, 2011 at 1:42 am - Reply

    What a great post, Jack, We are lucky to have you amidst us.

    Sometime I wonder whether you are really a surgeon, your writing has the quality of a Zen Master.

    You are right, Truth happens to individuals not to crowds. Hearing is possible for everybody but Listening is possible only for those who are silent and open within.

    Courage is not the absence of fear. It is, rather, the total presence of fear, with the courage to face it.

    One of the most ugly words in our language is compromise. It means, I give half, you give half; I settle for half, you settle for half. But why? When you can have the whole, when you can have the cake and eat it too, then why compromise! Just a little courage, just a little daring, just a little creative rebellion is enough.

    Obedience to the conventional, needs no intelligence. All machines are obedient. Nobody has ever heard of a disobedient machine. Obedience is simple, too. It takes the burden off you of any responsibility. There is no need to react, you have simply to do what is being said. The responsibility rests with the source from where the orders comes. In a way you are very free, you cannot be condemned for your state. And that is why many find solace in their present, seemingly hopeless state.

    Respect yourself, love yourself, because there has never been a person like you and there never will be again.

    Life in itself is an empty canvas, it becomes whatsoever you paint on it.

    You can paint misery, you can paint bliss. This freedom is your glory.

  11. Anna December 14, 2011 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    That just might be the kick in the butt I needed. Thanks!

  12. Jack December 15, 2011 at 6:38 am - Reply

    @Jon Regarding your email. I would love to have others send in their testimonials for us to use. I am planning on adding parts of the site dedicated to testimonials. I may even do skype interviews about them but I am still not a skype user. You can send them to or you can fax them to my office. You can call 615-871-4113 and speak to Tamara to submit them to me and I will call you back to set up an interview that we can turn over to the Webmaster Ashley to create your story in pictures. Nothing is more touching to the human heart when another person reaches out to touch another and lend a hand.

  13. Jack December 15, 2011 at 7:26 am - Reply

    @Pamela I loved your comment when I read it this AM…….here is my return thought for you. The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

  14. Marijke December 15, 2011 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Thank you Jack. I keep wondering how to reach the people around me. It makes me sad to see how they accept a mediocre life and a mediocre health and find that completely normal. I fear I will lose my life companions to an early demise.

    We need to build this into a worldwide movement.

  15. Pamela December 15, 2011 at 10:18 am - Reply

    I agree, Jack. Postulated reality: the greatest joy there is in life is creating…splurge on it!

    As Pablo Picaso so elegantly stated:

    "Everything you can imagine is real."

  16. Shijin13 December 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Dr K

    This became my quote of the day: "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."

    Its just awesome…

  17. herbiek December 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm - Reply


    this is a very inspiring post!

    I am writing to ask about your expertise for my aunt. I called your office and they said you do not do phone consultations. Is there anyway to consult with you besides going to TN in person?

    My aunt's emg showed not enough damage to warrant surgery, and the next course of action is to use cortisone shots. She is taking your supplements and has been ketogenic dieting for the past year. Is there anything she can do? Can the sciatica from stenosis, ruptured discs, etc… be reversed or just halted? Any help would be greatly appreciated. HerbieK

    • Jack December 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      @herbiek I will not be offering phone consults via my neurosurgery practice but I have something cooking on my website. Soon the entire website will change and what you seek will be offered there in some form.

  18. jeannie cooper December 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    A huge thank you. Words will not express where this blog hit me tonight. Thank you………

    • Jack December 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      @jeannie I am glad you found this useful. That is my goal.

  19. m chris link December 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Jack a question – Not specifically regarding this wonderful blog piece; rather a practical question about implementation of such a change. Do yo recommend measuring body fat percentage? If so, is there a method or product you might recommend?

  20. v December 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Hi Dr. Kruse,

    I find that what has changed my husband to move more towards paleo is desperation. he has a lot of discomfort/inflammation from work injuries. what keeps me eating this way is feeling noticeably worse immediately if I go back to unhealthy eating.

    I have been on 50,000 iu of D2 a week. I find that when i take it, my breasts swell in a PMS kind of way and I have weird sensations in my legs at night. they are similar to the pulsing you might get after you do heavy exercise and are at rest. hear of anything similar?

    • Jack December 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      @V couple of points……desperation is a false motivator. It wont last if that is what got him to change. Two, if you are using D2 you are wasting valuable time. Read my vitamin D blog again and toss the Rx and go by D3 in Sams or Costco. Dr's ORDERS STAT V!

  21. Sharron December 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Kruse. After 6 weeks on the Leptin Reset, my life seems full of possibilities instead of obstacles. I am remembering what it is like to wake up excited rather than anxious. I have energy and optimism that have been missing for years. Again, thank you.

    • Jack December 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      @Sharron Thank yourself for accepting change.

  22. Jack December 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    @mChris Link If you look at the blog called the optimizing labs I do mention the GE body comp scan. I do this once a yr. In between if I am running some experiments on myself I use a BIA or a body pod reading to see the BF%. Yr one and two of my transformation I was more obsessed about this……now I could care less because the excess fat is gone.

  23. Jack December 16, 2011 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    @Jeannie Cooper…….im glad to lend you a helping hand. This blog was done because one of my patients thought it might help a lot more people than any blog I have written so far. Based upon the shear number of private emails I have gotten she appears to be correct. I just wish more people would feel more confident in leaving their wisdom here on the blog to share with the world rather than a private email. Some of the comments have been awesome and inspiring.

  24. Jack December 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    @Marijke if you go back and re read my first blog called Chasing Change you will see that my goal of my blog is to change the world of healthcare…… is what I think I was put here to do.

  25. Marijke December 17, 2011 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Cheers for that goal in your life!

  26. Sandy Kruse December 17, 2011 at 8:26 am - Reply

    What an awesome post! Every day with you is a lesson in this crazy thing we call life. I have watched you over the past few years go through this life changing transformation, not only physically but mentally as well. You have touched and changed me and thousands of people you don't even know. Keep up your inspiring work and together we can change the way the world looks at optimal living. Love, your wife!

  27. v December 17, 2011 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Dr. K,

    my husband is starting to lean paleo out of desperation, but i am hoping that the great tasting food he is eating and the results of feeling so much better are what will hook him for the long haul.

    also, I searched the term 'd2' in your search window, but no results came up. i read the 'sunshine' blog, but did not see D2 mentioned. in his 2010 book "The Vitamin D Solution", In response to the question "What form of supplementation do you recommend- D2 or D3? Dr. Holick writes: "…In my experience, 1,000 IU of vitamin D2 is as effective as 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 in raising blood levels of 25-vitamin D. Either form can be used. But note: to raise blood levels of 25-vitamin D to above 30 nanograms per milliliter, you need to take more than 1,000 IU." page 257.

    I may be wasting time, but i'm going to stick to the D2 and see what happens. After 8 weeks I will have my vitamin d levels checked again. i'm not even using that sperti lamp i paid over 400 bucks for. i want to see what happens. i'm also a little nervous about the sperti lamp since using it as directed still caused a slight burn of one of my moles and since i saw dr. holick excluded people with many moles from a study he did using that lamp. when i do go back to the lamp, i will just make sure to cover up the moles and sway a little in place to avoid "hot spots" from the light.

    i have started taking cod liver capsules to boost my vitamin a per your blog about the need for increased vitamin a with increased doses of vitamin d.

    thx as always.

  28. Jack December 17, 2011 at 9:14 am - Reply

    @Sandy I rather like your comment…….and I love you too,

  29. Jack December 17, 2011 at 9:16 am - Reply

    @V I am not with Dr. Holick at all. Vitamin D3 is the biologically active forum of vitamin D and in its interaction with RXR and VDRE's it requires D3. Let us know how you do because I had a lot of people get Vitamin D2 from their PCP and rarely did their D levels rise to levels we need.

  30. Pamela December 17, 2011 at 10:25 am - Reply

    "Let no barrier you face stop you from acting to optimal." Will do, my dear captain, WILL DO! I am victorious! Oh, I am already sharing the truth with the world…far and wide. We all have a personal responsibility/obligation to disseminate the truth once we have found it. Good fortune is always magnified by sharing it. How about us giving out business cards, "OPTIMAL HEALTH by Dr. Jack Kruse,", when people notice the radiant change in us? (I have already had people comment on 'the change' in me.)

    • Jack December 17, 2011 at 10:39 am - Reply

      @Pamela That is a gorgeous thing. Pay things forward and happiness will follow you. Sometimes our greatest gifts to man is without a cost. I hope people remember this the next time they can help another out who needs to see the light.

  31. Jack December 17, 2011 at 10:28 am - Reply

    @Kevin Dont thank me for the words…….Thank Mrs. Wibel. She was the zen master who was able to pull the thoughts from my mind to share with you all……..she is the the reason this happened. Her video testimonial really made me think about the process. I cant wait to post it.

  32. Jack December 17, 2011 at 10:31 am - Reply

    @Janet Make every day the day that your world begins today…….create the change you seek. People who wallow in the sameness of life will live by its mediocrity and unhappiness. I reject that mindset now. I used to swim in it. I evolved my thinking.

  33. Jack December 17, 2011 at 11:03 am - Reply

    @Harold Paving your own road is intelligent only if nobody has gone exactly where you are going………

  34. Pamela December 17, 2011 at 10:01 am - Reply

    I am still marveling about curing my grain/sugar' craving so quickly. When I first clicked on, Friday, November 25, 2011, I entered into a sane universe of truth regarding healing of the body. All the false data, misinformation, lies, confusion, misunderstandings, chaos, betrayal regarding healing, doctors, losing weight, etc, were instantly stripped from my mind, BLOWN away…false data stripping. I am now able to KNOW what it takes to heal my body. That very instant of going thru that portal into Jack's universe, healing began..with no 'effort'. It just takes finding the correct technology. Applying the correct technology is a snap! Thank you, again, Dr. Jack Kruse, for providing us with the correct technology; freely and generously.

    • Jack December 17, 2011 at 10:07 am - Reply

      @Pamela…….optimal is there for us all if we want it. My technology is giving you a thought that might change your DNA. Think the change and become the change. Nothing out of the question when we create the life we want. Cravings are but a small victory in getting to optimal. Let no barrier you face stop you from acting to get to optimal. Begin to live at the edge of your comfort zone and watch everything in life drift to optimal. Once you realize I am correct…….share it with the world. There is strength in all our failures if we view it a new way.

  35. Nan December 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful post! There are so many biological and cultural safety mechanisms that tend to lead us less to safety and more to lead lives of mediocrity. A seat belt makes sense when one is in a moving car, but not sitting parked in the garage. We become so fearful of change and risk that we just stifle. The poet Browning had it right that our reach should exceed our grasp– or what''s life for or worth?

  36. Janet NZ December 18, 2011 at 11:22 am - Reply

    This post is something I NEEDED today. I was going to start the leptin reset after Christmas…. BUT it starts today!

    Thank Dr Jack, for all you do. XO

    • Jack December 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      @Janet……just to fuel you further. I began my reset the day before Thanksgiving in the dead of the winter to prove my N-1 to me. I did it on purpose. There is no greater place to begin that right now

  37. Pamela December 19, 2011 at 10:13 am - Reply

    I want to take this opportunity to thank you, Dr.Jack, for all your help and guidance.

    Happy holidays and I wish for you the most prosperous and healthy NEW YEAR!

    • Jack December 19, 2011 at 10:31 am - Reply

      @Pamela Thank you and I really appreciate the thoughts.

  38. Elthea December 19, 2011 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Theta suggested on the Mark's Daily Apple thread that we post our successes here in thanks for all your help.

    I started the leptin reset on September 1. It's now 3-1/2 months later. I've lost 10 pounds, and my body recomposition has been noticed and favorably commented on. I rocked my Christmas-party dress last night! 😉

    Because of your blog, I did the work to find a paleo doctor who was willing to order extensive tests, and we discovered that my thyroid levels were low. Who knows when I would have found that out, if not for you and the information you've freely shared.

    Thank you for my renewed health, Dr. Kruse, and merry Christmas to you and your family! May all good fortune follow you.

  39. Gladina December 19, 2011 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I agree with a lot of things you say, however I do think 'finding yourself' is actually a step before the actual 'creating yourself' (or rather a bit of a combination).

    See, I know personally that if I felt that I was living a lie, then to step back and reflect "Gee, I REALLY like xyz trait about me…why should I have to change it or hide it?" To me, that is 'finding yourself' and with this knowledge of things you like about yourself, you add the 'creating' part that addresses believing how much more capable you are whether that being more intelligent, more will etc. Probably nit-picking based on linguistic terms, but I just wanted to make that distinction based on my interpretation of 'finding yourself' and 'creating yourself'.

  40. brenner December 20, 2011 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Dr. Kruse

    Whats the deal with biophotincs…?

    Do you ever use that in practice ?


    • Jack December 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      @brenner The only things I have used are Vitamin D lamps and blue and red lights……but rarely for patients. More for my own bio hacks……..and of course natural sunlight!

  41. brenner December 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Dr. Kruse,

    Was wondering if you could translate this,

    For example, trials show that ingestion from 2 to 10 grams of unformulated curcumin lead to undetectable or very low serum levels of free curcumin.[56] For neurodegenerative diseases, it is important that curcumin is absorbed predominantly as 'free" as opposed to glucuronidated, since glucuronidated curcumin does not penetrate the blood brain barrier, while free curcumin is readily brain penetrant.[37]

    Brenner…have you used this stuff?

    • Jack December 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      @Personally no. But I do recommend to my own patients with neurodegenerative disorders they should consider it.

  42. brenner December 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Dt. K

    My dad always talked about using light sources

    to heal people at the clinical level…but I could

    never understand how light could be used in

    application process'….could this be the answer….

    NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is offering its advanced optical technologies for licensing and partnership opportunities. Wavefront sensing and adaptive optics technology, procedures and lab equipment will be made available to private industry through NASA's Innovative Partnerships Program Office's "Can You See It Now?" campaign.


  43. Pamela December 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much, Elthea, for posting your success with the Leptin Reset. How did you find your paleo doctor and did he prescribe thyroid meds for you?

    And WELL DONE on rockin' that Christmas dress! 🙂

  44. BR December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I want to share with you one of the few original "bumper stickers of life" that occurred to me as I lived life. It goes like this; "There is no predicting how long it will take for the obvious to become apparent". I see this truism around me every day. I think your life story will speed this process up for those that are seeking an optimized life. Cheers to you and your helpers.

  45. brenner December 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Have u used Curcumin on any of your neuro patients…?

    this stuff looks amazing…

    • Jack December 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      @brenner I recommend it to just about anyone in my neurosurgery practice because anyone who comes in to see me has a disease process that is caused by inflammation at some level.

  46. steve December 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    I just listened to your most excellent podcast. Can you discuss, or give the recipe for your coffee- how much coconut oil, etc. Also, think it is ok to substitute cocoa for the coffee for us non-coffee drinkers?

    Further question: When do you recommend the use of MCT oil vs. Coconut Oil? Thanks.

    • Jack December 21, 2011 at 6:21 am - Reply

      @Steve Optimal coffee is scheduled to be released in our ecookbook that is coming in the next few weeks.

  47. Rowan December 21, 2011 at 3:24 am - Reply

    But can I become taller through thoughts? I've been trying but it doesn't seem to be working. The paleo diet has done amazing things for me, including halting all and reversing some of my tooth decay. Do you think it's possible for a man in his mid-20's, who's growth plates have sealed, to grow taller?

    Thank you in advance, Dr Jack Kruse.

    P.S. I'm slowing working through all your articles, even though it's heavy reading for me, it's refreshing to see such detail.

    • Jack December 21, 2011 at 6:21 am - Reply

      @Rowan If you had an Xray that showed your growth plates are still open……yes you can get taller. To do so you need to increase your IGF-1 signaling while decreasing your testosterone levels and that can happen via dietary changes if you know how to do it.

  48. terrence December 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Wonderful post, Dr K. I have read it several times, and I will read it more. When I do, I will listen to Louis Armstrong sing his wonderful version of "What A Wonderful World".

    It is on Youtube, at

  49. Elthea December 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Pamela. I found someone listed in the Paleo Physicians Network. We're not at the stage of thyroid meds. I'll get a second panel next month to see whether the work I've been doing with leptin reset protocol + supplements has shown measurable results. I think that it will. 🙂

  50. steve December 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Further question: When do you recommend the use of MCT oil vs. Coconut Oil? OK to use cocoa powder with coconut oil or MCT in am instead of coffee for non-coffee drinkers?

  51. Jack December 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    @Steve Yes I have no issues with that at all. I use CO and MCT oils together in my optimal coffee.

  52. Pamela December 22, 2011 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Elthea, how exciting! I wish I would have found Jack before I started meds. My goal is to be able to take a lower dose or even eliminate them.

  53. Pamela December 22, 2011 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Steve, can ou rec I good organic cocoa powder? Coffee makes me jittery.

  54. BJ December 23, 2011 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Oh man, this post is gut-wrenching and exhilarating at the same time.

    And so very much the element that has been missing in my own attempts to change.

    Thank you with all my heart Dr K for this empowering post.

    I have been drowning in hopelessness and despair because I keep failing, over and over.

    Now I see why. The fog and baggage has lifted and I feel 20 years younger. Seriously, I feel almost giddy.

    I am filled with gratitude for you and for how you continue to reach out and share your knowledge and wisdom.

    Words are inadequate but, again, thank you so very very much. Peace and joy to you and all those dear to you.

  55. Hurd January 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Thank you sir for that.

  56. Brandy February 11, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply


    You are a strong man! I think we all could learn from you. It is encouraging to hear it from you! I strive to "be courageous" Until I find my own inner strength, I will be praying that I can find it from the word and live it daily.

    "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you…" 1 Chronicles 28:20

    • Jack February 11, 2012 at 11:04 am - Reply

      @Brandy you know me in real life…….you saw me before and you have seen me now. If I can transform anyone can. All it takes is a thought………that can change your DNA forever.

  57. Lauren February 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    A parallel thought from another teacher who inspires me as you do: "In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." (Brother David Steindl Rast). His words are on the outside of my fridge. The inside of my fridge is inspired by you! Both of you together inform my entire life and all my choices.

    • Jack February 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      @Lauren…..I may have to add this quote to the book. I really dig it.

  58. Lauren February 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    I thought you would. I bet you'd like this video, too (from his website).… (he's a Benedictine monk who embraces Buddhist wisdom and he's ALL about gratefulness)

  59. […] We are all anecdotes, but science is not based upon anecdotes, medicine however was founded upon anecdotes amassed together. The RCT of the last 150 years are nothing but flawed subjective, politicized, and paid for advertisements of the status quo. Science never fixed my obesity or many of my patients ailments either. This is why medicine remains and art within a science. Neither can be held above one another no matter how much we want it to be true. This was a tough pill to swallow for a long time because I was socialized to believe the answers I was taught in med school and residency were always firmly based in science. Scientists rarely understand the real world or solve the puzzle of health of disease. That puzzle can only be solve by your inner guru, your primal sense. […]

  60. Henrik January 18, 2016 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Every sunrise from now on will remind me about this post-thanks Jack-to be thankful for that my eyes can experience such miracle yet again and again. Oh and I will smile to you looking into the sun knowing so many of you like-minded are smiling at the same moment. Happy new year to us!

  61. Shiran Ben shabat April 23, 2017 at 4:24 am - Reply

    The mother of all blogs! Feeling grateful thanks Jack

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