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Posted by Dr. Ben Kim on Dec 21, 2007
Hello, and welcome to our natural health community.
My name is Ben Kim. I'm a chiropractor and acupuncturist living and working in the greater Toronto area in Canada.
I started this site back in March of 2003 when I established a residential fasting and chiropractic clinic in Barrie, Ontario.
The goal of this site is simple: it's to help you understand what you need to do on a regular basis to experience your best health.
If you've been searching for answers to your health concerns, you might be feeling confused by the conflicting views that exist in conventional and alternative medical circles on how to address different health challenges.
As you read through my articles, I hope that you gain clarity on your concerns, and confidence in your ability to support your best health via your daily lifestyle choices. I don't have answers for every health challenge, but I do feel that in the years since entering private practice in 1997, I have learned what the most important determinants of good overall health are, and I regularly write about these determinants here.
Through my years of practice and consulting, I have helped enough people recover from severe and chronic health challenges to know that there is always reason to hope for and expect improvement with your health if you apply the principles found throughout this site.
If you're not sure where to start, please feel free to view some of the following articles that I have written on common health concerns:
If you find this site to be helpful, then I encourage you to sign up for my free e-newsletter below. Doing so will allow you to receive new articles as I publish them.
In case you are curious about my background, I studied at the University of Toronto before going on to earn my Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1997 at the National University of Health Sciences in Illinois. I graduated summa cum laude and class salutatorian, and more importantly, I walked away from my years of formal education with an excellent foundation in basic and clinical sciences - it's a foundation that I largely credit for any help that I have given to patients, clients, and readers of this site over the years.
After graduating, I traveled to the arctic of Alaska, where I worked at Barrow Chiropractic Clinic, where I served thousands of people living in a group of Inuit Villages. Following my time in Alaska, I completed a residential internship at the TrueNorth Health Center in northern California for certification in therapeutic fasting supervision by the International Association of Hygienic Physicians.
I'm also a graduate of the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University.
This site wouldn't be possible without initial contributions by my wife, Margaret Chuong-Kim. Margaret holds a B.A. in psychology from York University, and an M.A. in counselling psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology.
Margaret has worked with women and children survivors of domestic violence and members of the psychiatric community. She also has experience with crisis intervention and parent education.
Together, Margaret and I are grateful parents to two boys - our older son is a physical replica of her, and our youngest takes after his proud papa.
We are extremely fortunate to work with a trio of wonderfully kind and competent women - Crystal, Renu, and Naintara.
Crystal is our Client Care Manager. She lives with her husband and son in rural Texas where open land, fresh air, and blue skies are aplenty.
Renu and Naintara are a mother-daughter team based in Delhi. As our Order Processing Manager, Renu is the one who makes sure that orders for resources at our natural health catalogue are processed accurately and in a timely manner. Naintara is our world-class programmer; whenever there is a need for upgrading the software that makes our site possible, she comes to the rescue.
As this website has evolved, and as our readership has grown into hundreds of thousands of people in more than 150 countries, I have been fortunate to correspond with countless thoughtful people from many different walks of life. I hope that you get as much inspiration from this site as I have received from our readers.
Wishing you peace and good health,
P.S. For those of you who are interested in water fasting, please note that I am currently on a sabbatical from our water fasting program. As of May 22, 2015, I don't have plans to return to water fasting supervision, but water fasting for health recovery is something that I am passionate about, so I don't rule out returning to this practice at some point in the future when our children are older.
I currently maintain small outpatient chiropractic and consulting practices, but my schedule is limited to caring for those who have been receiving my care for many years now; I'm sorry to report that I am not accepting new patients for the time being.
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