So, this blog post is more about my journey back to health, these will be personal posts away from the norm on specific topics. I will provide links to the products I use personally. This includes a variety of supplements. As I explain more in my background you will see that I don’t have a normal journey back to health and that some of the supplements are specialty supplements aiding me in my personal journey.
First a little background on me. I am Co-owner of Central Valley Nutrition, not only do we have an online store but a little shop in our beautiful town of Ripon, California. I am also a certified massage therapist graduating from the National Holistic Institute in October of 1995. Also that same year I became a certified personal trainer, working at 24hr Fitness and Club Sport of Pleasanton. I have done the gym work and independent route for training and massage. I started in the nutritional supplement business in 2005 as an online retailer. The first run was known as Supplement Basics. I was Naïve and thought I could compete with the big boys. Second time around I found a niche Half Pint Nutrition which will be back up and running this year.
Back on November 30th, 2011, I woke up and while I was going to the bathroom I felt chest pain and my left arm was achy. 911 was called and it was confirmed later that day I had a heart attack, a stent was placed in my artery known as the widow maker. Today on my Facebook memories, my first workout after my heart attack. It was a bitter sweet memory. I remember going to the gym, I was pumped! Now being a trainer, I knew I would have muscle memory however in that moment I realized I couldn’t even do a dumbbell curl with five pounds. I was so devastated and overcome with emotion that I started to cry right there in the gym. I am not looking for sympathy on this, I’m just explaining what I went through.
Fast forward December 4th, 2016. Family Christmas party. No symptoms but I felt funny couldn’t explain exactly what was going on. Next day in the ER again this time after testing found a 75% and 100% blockage. I had two angiograms in the span of three days the 75% blockage was cleared and stented. The 100% blockage they couldn’t even make a dent. December 15th, I went to San Francisco to the specialist, and no luck.
In February 2017 we bought Down 2 Earth and changed the name to Central Valley Nutrition. This is where my supplement regimen began, a supplement regimen to help my heart. If I just follow my medication regimen I will just be buying time. Adding supplements, I’m changing the state of my disease. In august I was back in the ER (when you have heart disease that’s where you go, no regular doctor visits for me except follow ups) to find out that 1. They could not clear the blockage yet 2. My 100% blockage has been reduced to 90%.
Today I started back in the gym. Through this blog I will chronicle the next two months. Next post will detail today.
Remember all journey's start somewhere
.Sean: a dedicated health professional with more than 20 years of health and nutrition education, industry background, and personal experiences. Sean’s journey began at National Holistic Institute where he studied health and nutrition and he later became a certified trainer and weight loss specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Though his education has positioned Sean as an expert in the health and nutrition industry, it is his own diagnosis of heart disease that has enabled Sean to open up and assist others with their own unique health and nutrition needs.