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Healed by a Holistic Physician

TumiPhotoI would like to give my highest recommendation to Dr. Tumi Johnson, M.D. and her skills as an empathic, extremely knowledgeable Integrative Holistic Physician.

I have been a vegan for 26 years. I am and have always been very active athletically.  My favorite pastime is riding my road bike on 30 to 40 mile sprints or 50 to 100 mile long distance grinds.  Lately, since I’ve moved to Ojai California, I spend a  lot of time on my road bike climbing mountains that ascend above 3500 feet.

Since I can remember I have had a long suffering battle with dehydration and weakness after completing a ride.  Within hours of my completing a ride I start to get a headache and more often than not, it turns into a migraine and the next 24 to 48 hours are waisted recuperating just to get back to normal health.

Being in such good shape and adhering to a disciplined diet; going through this experience almost every time I complete a ride can be very depressing and defeating.

When I explained my challenges to Tumi, she listened very carefully. When I was done sharing with her my challenge, Tumi spoke very direct to me and said, “Hycel, if you work with me for one or two sessions, I can help you rid yourself of this challenge.”  I have to admit that Tumi’s confidence made me very hopeful without the skepticism that I would normally have; I’ve heard this before; but I had not heard that with a few minor tweaks of my diet, I would be able to overcome this challenge.

During our first session, Tumi had me prepare a bit of information about my eating habits and workout regimen.  Tumi took my information and prescribed some minor tweaks in my diet that best fit my physique, diet and workout regimen. Tumi also took the time to explain to me why I was suffering at the end of my rides because of the particular types of foods that I was eating (even as a vegan) before and after my rides.

It has been one month now that I have been following Tumi’s new regimen she prescribed for me, that is meant for my body, my physical workout regimen and my vegan diet; what works for me.  During the week of Thanks Giving, 2015, over five days, I climbed the equivalent of 10,000 feet and 100 miles of mountains; I drank less water than I normally would before and after each ride, I ate less food than I normally would before and after each ride; and with each ride I got stronger with an increasing feeling of physical bliss; this was an experience I have not had in all my years of riding.

Thank you Tumi!  You are a blessing to me and many others I’m sure; you are an angel sent from heaven and an answer to many of my prayers; that early in the morning I may wake up, get on my road bike, ride to my fullest capacity until I’m ready to drop from exhaustion by late afternoon and wake up the next morning and do it all over again.

Dr. Tumi Johnson, M.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, NYU, an Integrative Holistic Physician and a Certified Yoga Instructor.

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By Hycel B. Taylor III


My Cup Runneth Over

DSC_0420_CroppedThank you for the perfect 70-degree weather this morning, the heavy fog and the mist that bathed me each time I climbed up the Great Blue Hill and then cooled me off each time on my way back down.

Thank you for the singleness of mind that kept me focused, calm, alert and at peace blocking out every stray thought and emotion except for the now moment and the current ground beneath me up the long ascents.

Thank you for the breaks that slowed my steep descents in spite of the heavy moisture that turned to droplets and drenched my rims yet cooled them so that they did not overheat due of my constant breaking.

Thank you for my tires that did not slip, slide or tear under the tremendous pressure and conditions I inflicted on them.

Thank you for the four water bottles that did not leak and contained the fluids that kept me hydrated.

Thank you for the oatmeal I ate just before my ride and the food bars the kept me carb’d and energized during the climbs.

Thank you for the sun that briefly peaked through the heavy clouds when I reached the top of ascent number nine, smiling with its warmth and cheering me on for my final ascent to come.

Thank you for all of the angles I met along my trek.

The jogger who, on his own journey, passed me each time I ascended and descended, politely nodding to each other at first and later sharing with each other passing words of encouragement as we both drew nearer to our personal goals.

The young couple that said, “God bless you!” to me when I reached ascent number eight.

The older couple that paused and joyfully applauded me as I attacked the last 500 feet of ascent number ten.

And the lovely lady I met on my final descent who when asked me why I climbed so many times, held her hands to her cheeks and her fingers to her eyes to fight back tears as I described to her what it was like being in the now moment; we shared a moment with each other and then I bid her a wonderful day.

Seven months ago I was lying on the living room floor of my apartment with a torn right patella tendon, writhing in pain while in the back of my mind imagining this day and the now moments that are now in my past and are apart of my history of wonderful experiences.

Today, I was as agile as a Falcon in the wind, as strong as a bear running in the forest, as peaceful as a monk in meditation and one with the hill.

My cup runneth over.

Hycel B. Taylor III



Da da da… Da da da…

ImageIt’s been almost three months since I tore the right patella tendon from my kneecap and had it operated on four days later.  Well today, some really cool X rays of my knee were taken and it’s all good.  The cable in my knee was put there to help insure that my right patella tendon does not tear during the healing process.  The cable will be removed in about two weeks; then my real physical training starts in earnest (I’m going to play the Rocky theme song every morning).

ImageI want to say to everyone who called my cell, sent me an SMS message, dropped me an email and wished me well on FB a huge, THANK YOU!  Your positive energy and blessings greatly helped my recovery and keeps me ever mindful of just how grateful I am for my health, my good looks and everything that I have.

ImageHey, if you like extreme fitness like I do, then sooner or later you may end up on crutches; OK, maybe not as major an injury as I have; but I’m just saying.  Besides at the time I tore my patella, my energy wasn’t good and I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction that states the energy you give out is the energy you get back.  Sometimes a good knock to the ground is what one needs to become present and gain perspective.

Not once, since I’ve had my injury, have I been depressed about it.  On the contrary, when I was lying there on the living room floor of my apartment all alone and writhing in pain, I actually said to myself, “OK Hycel, you’ve got no place to go but up”.

So, on with the challenge, on with my rehabilitation, on with my new way of positive thinking, on with my being grateful for everyone and everything that I have; on with my new life.

Da da da… Da da da…

Hycel B. Taylor III