As part of our series of interviews with notable biohackers, today we’ll tell you the story of Wes Paterson – a practical kinesiologist and instructor. He, as probably most of us, has been praciticing biohacking form an early age, before even knowing the term. Wes has devoted his life and career to healign in all its forms: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is Wes Paterson, Co-owner of Sedona North Healing Arts. For more information about me, what I do, and the services I offer, visit our company website at www.sedonanorth.ca
What got you into biohacking? How long ago was that?
If I were to be honest, I believe I have been curious about ‘unusual’ things at a very young age, perhaps 6 or 7. Growing up, we were one of the first households in our town to obtain a computer, and I found I was often ordering in annual magazines and literature from other larger City libraries. I loved reading magazines such as Popular Science & Popular Mechanics, and was also very interested in concepts such as martial arts, and metaphysics from an early age. For many years I saw myself perhaps having a career as a Psychiatrist, Chiropractor, or Physiotherapist… Now I perform many similar functions through my wellness practice, I just took a really non-traditional route to arrive at this point.
What do you think defines you as a biohacker?
I think a biohacker is someone who is curious and interested in the essence of how we can tap in and optimize the intelligence of the human system, primarily for health and wellness. This could involve pulling information & technology from multiple avenues to create innovative solutions to optimize the ‘self’. At the same time you need to be open-minded, but also discerning and critical of new information.
I am a very practical ‘hands-on’ type of person. When I can take a process, have it work for me, witness it work in others, and then replicate the results with my clients, then I am sold. One of my main principles/philosophies of practice is to teach my clients how to take control of their own health destiny.
What do you know about epigenetics and how do you use it in your practice?
I have Bruce Lipton’s book ‘The Biology of Belief’ and in it he talks alot about epigenetics and the research he has conducted. He also talks about when he was first introduced to kinesiology and muscle testing in his book, and how it could be utilized as a form of ‘lie detection’. I utilize muscle testing daily in my practice.
For example if an individual K-27 is out of alignment they could be suffering from fatigue, stress, depression, anxiety, poor immune system, etc. Another issue that could occur is a process of inverted thinking & confusion (ex: right is wrong, and wrong is right, and good is bad, and bad is good), By correcting this issue we are activating this ‘brain button’. Once the issue has been identified we can correct the process by having the client apply pressure downward on the navel, while the practitioner massages in a circular direction downward, the two accupressure points that sit above the thymus gland, one on left & right of the midline sitting just under the patients collarbone. To view a video demonstration of myself correcting this issue on my ‘step-daughter’ click on the link here – https://youtu.be/PPHpnc1MFYM
One can also help develop and enhance their immune system function by also tapping or thumping the thymus. I recommend doing this daily in a warm/hot shower while making an audible noise, think Tarzan, or Leo Dicaprio in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street. To see a video example of this technique visit the following link – https://youtu.be/epaEObZZTwQ
In my talk A Kinesiological Perspective: How words, images and actions affect us I explain how the information we bring in (chemical side of the AK triangle) affects us in positive and negative ways. When we think of epigenetics this is important as we can see how things such as our environment, the information we read, the marketing we are exposed to, social media, the news, the associations we keep company with, can all be affecting us on a genetic level, flipping different internal markers on & off based on what inputs we are taking in and what we are allowing ourselves to be exposed to. Once we learn this concept we can then begin to utilize our brain more effectively by actively ‘choosing’ better inputs to bring forth. We can then move beyond the current ‘Western Medical – Body as a Machine’ Model, that like a mechanic we tinker with defective parts, and move towards respecting the Mind-Body connection, An Intelligent Systems Model.
In a systems model every cell is intelligent, and the body is held together through a constant stream of information reaching every cell. Homeostasis – a state of dynamic balance – represents health, and Inflammation, as yet not fully understood, represents a state of imbalance, leading to many if not most diseases. Once we understand this, we understand the importance of better input, GIGO, garbage in garbage out or good in good out.
The advantage of a systems model allows for self-care to become primary care, not reliance on drugs and surgery from a doctor. Beliefs and attitudes assume the same status as physical input as food and exercise, and positive lifestyle changes don’t need years to show benefits but start immediately. Chronic disorders then become preventable through routine maintenance of the whole system, and the client/patient ‘buy’s in’ to the concept of taking control of their personal health destiny. For reference watch the video Model 4 Health – A Systems Approach by visiting our link – https://youtu.be/zBV3FL8Pbto
Finally, I would like to reference a piece of technology that we utilize for tracking clients in our practice, the iheart internal age system. Deepak Chopra refers to humans as having three ages 1) a chronological age, birth time to present time, 2) a mental age, sometimes known as our mental faculty housing our knowledge, intellect, and wisdom, and 3) a biological age, how youthful and optimal are cells are operating at. For instance, you have probably seen a 40 year old that looks 40 years old, you may have also seen a 40 year old that looks 55 years old, and likely have also seen or met a 40 year old that looks a youthful 25 years old. Essentially the goal in terms of body health, and body system intelligence optimization, is to move them towards obtaining as youthful an internal age as possible. The iheart internal age system measures a heart metric known as Aortic Stiffness which is a reflection of what is going on inside the rest of the body. Typically we see a gradual decline in internal age, a movement towards youth and health, as we track our clients over time. Often we can also identify when a client is doing something that is resulting in their own detriment or biological destruction, if we see their internal age rise between sessions. One client I recall in particular began taking a pre-workout supplement chalked full of stimulants that was causing their heart rate to race. What they mistook as increased energy, was actually putting them at increased risk of decreased cardiac health. The muscle test confirmed the specific supplement that was creating a negative effect, and upon ceasing use, we were able to see the internal age begin to drop over a series of sessions.
If any of our readers were inspired by this interview and decided to take up Biohacking, what advice would you give them?
Pick something that interests you and try it out, experiment, see if you notice results, then add from there. The more you learn and become exposed to the material, play around with it, and utilize it, the more you will see it everywhere. I often walk by people and can almost instantly tell that they likely have a hip or vertebrae out of alignment just by the way they walk, move, and stand. Internally & automatically I am picking up on their postural alignment, but that has come from practice & study. Often when I see the client I typically can identify major issues 80-85% of the time, that being said I always back it up with the muscle test, the science, I back it up with the technology & tracking, and I back it up with the genetic testing. Interestingly enough, it results in great insight for the client, their health improves.
If you are good at what you do, curious, authentic, honest, and willing to be of service to others and practice what you preach, you will experience success, and enjoy what you do. And when you do have success with biohacking, health optimization, and mastering your epigenetic response, feel free to share those wins with me, I would love to hear them!
If you’ve found this stoy interesting and want to get in touch with Wes, you can do so by finding him on Facebook @SedonaNorthHealingArts / @redcliffkinesiology or by writing an email to email@example.com