CHEK Nightmare

23 Oct

Alarm bells were ringing in my head all weekend.

I signed up for Paul Chek’s holistic lifestyle-coaching course under the impression that this would be helpful to my clients. The recommendations made over the weekend were astoundingly false. The most disturbing part of this weekend was within this group of 30 “students” we are all encouraged to practice and share “knowledge” after this one weekend course. We are licensed CHEK coaches in 3 days.

There’s a saying in science to describe the liberties pseudosciences take that goes something like this…

Ducks quack: fact

A duck is a bird: fact

All ducks are birds: fact

If all ducks are birds then all birds quack: extension

This course was quacking loudly all weekend.

The first quack came when our instructor, Emma Lane, a naturopath from England told us that she managed to cure a man who was wheelchair ridden simply by having his mercury tooth fillings removed. The class oooowwwed and awwwed like she was a god.

She had them hooked.

Next she confidently stated that since she’s a trained practitioner Lane regularly prescribes super doses of vitamin D. The FDA sets the upper tolerable intake level at 4,000 IU per day.  Lane prescribes up to 50,000 IU to her patients. 12x the tolerable limit – YIKES. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which makes it extremely toxic because, unlike water-soluble vitamins your body can’t excrete excess easily.

We were next given the CHEK Metabolic Typing diet, or sorry not a diet a ‘lifestyle’ with restricted food items done on an 8-12 week schedule. Based on a 10-item metabolic typing questionnaire we were grouped into protein, mixed or carbohydrate groups. If you happen to fall in the protein type category, as I did, we were told that healthy breakfasts could consist of 6-8 chicken thighs fried in ½ pound of butter. Yum. Oh and it all better be certified organic.

Metabolic typing is not a new concept. A dentist invented it in the 1970s. This dentist had cancer and was apparently able to cure his cancer by following a high protein diet. Although he was cured his wife soon became very sick. From this tiny sample group the dentist came to the conclusion that everyone needs to eat slightly differently. What they neglected to mention in class was this dentist was arrested, multiple times sued for malpractice and stripped of his practicing rights. And 30 years later his science was “awakened” by Chek.

Over the last few years I’ve observed that one common way the naturopathic world endeavors to establish credibility is to regularly take digs at the allopathic, or traditional medical world. This weekend multiple digs were made toward western medicine. The most consistent dig was the fact that MDs regularly prescribe meds and that’s all they want to do. In my personal experience that couldn’t be further from the truth. My MD has always made sure antibiotics are the last course of action. MDs do not make money off their prescriptions arguably, they lose money. It is in a medical doctor’s best interest to keep their patients healthy, they are paid more by OHIP to do so.

Conversely, naturopaths and holistic practitioners make huge margins off drops and vitamins. If you’ve ever been to one you’ll likely walk out with a cocktail of your “essentials”: a 20-pill morning mix. This weekend our instructor regularly referenced her websites where she sells products she’s endorsed. We were also sold these “technology canceling” necklaces conveniently available at the front of the room for $95 a piece. Bottom line here is natural practitioners are not without alternative agendas, as they would often have you believe.

My final comment from this weekend is Chek’s zone exercises for working “in” energy. We are encouraged to tell our clients who come to see us who are overweight what they really need is to build up their chi for 6-8 weeks before they start to workout. We were taught simple movements from breathing in to bending over. My comment as a trainer is good luck with that chi, come see me when you’re done.

Overall my consistent emotion throughout this weekend was disappointment and fear for the future of health care. I was genuinely excited to take part in this “advanced exercise education” course.

To anyone thinking about seeking out a CHEK practitioner I caution you to be very wary. After completing the certification, I wouldn’t go near a CHEK practitioner for all the organic tea in China.

2 Responses to “CHEK Nightmare”

  1. connie linton November 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    I have always been suspect of any certification that takes only 3 days and then makes you able to coach people in something so important as your health. The program didn’t sound very “holistic” Especially when it comes to dosing something like Vitamin D. This depends on weight/age/ and condition one is treating. Some doses may seem high but if it is helping to reverse or or increase depletion then that is what is needed. Of course proper blood tests and monitoring of liver enzymes are required. Remember the FDA sets levels for the general population at best, these are hardly optimal…and with our winters 4000IU’s is hardly enough. As a holistic practioner myself, I don’t like to take digs at the alopathic medical community as i have always maintained that they are 1st line of defense for acute conditions. However when it comes to “lifestyle” diseases such as onset adult diabetes or high cholesterol, blood pressure or depression, they are very quick to perscribe medication as opposed to investigating the root cause. I have personally witnessed great results with reversal of lifestyle conditions such as diabetes. Clients were able to reverse thier conditons by changing eating habits, excersise and supplementation. And i know of medical doctors who are practicing “functional” medicine that incorprate the three elements of diet/excercise/and supplemtation, who have great success. As far as “energy” medicine again some people start off great and then get sidetracked and go back to the same old ways because they are emotionally blocked….sometimes this is “key” in the road to health. I personally have never heard of Paul Check..nor do i want to investigate his methods, but i do hope your next experience with holistic healing is more positive. There are a great number of holistic practioners from holistic food prep to energy medicine that are impacting lives in positve ways, where traditional medicine has failed them.

    • beautyandthebod November 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

      Hi Connie, thanks for your comment! Just to clarify it was 50,000 they routinely prescribed, not 4,000 for the Vitamin D dosage. I do agree that there is certainly a happy medium and I know you stand by that! Everyone is different, the key is to stick with a health care community that makes you your best you!

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