NutraWorks was born out of necessity.
I’m Dr. Jason Miller, one of the co-founders of NutraWorks and PostureWorks, and I struggled with my weight, my health, my body image and consequently my sense of self worth for most of my life. Like many others I thought I had “tried everything” to lose weight, regain my vitality and just feel better about myself as a man and as a doctor. Personal trainers, nutritionists, diet centers, cleanses, exercise tapes you name it, I tried it…. or so I thought.
About a year and a half into clinical practice I hit a threshold. I was a practicing chiropractor who loved working with patients and teaching them how they could live healthier lives, but I felt like a fraud. I wasn’t at my heaviest weight ever, but I was still pushing the scales at 240-250 lbs, I was borderline hypertensive and I was pre diabetic.
I didn’t understand it, I did what I was told should work so many times I couldn’t even count my attempts anymore. Eat this, not that. Focus on cardio, not weight lifting. Focus on building more power not endurance. Cut out all fat. Cut out all carbs. Like so many others, I had tried so many times that I began to feel like nothing could work and I was just a victim of my body or my genes.
I was depressed, frustrated and fed up with it and with myself. But still, I had this tiny glimmer of hope that was given to me by chiropractic. I had learned some incredible realities of health vs disease which, though they flew in the face of the mainstream focus of “health”care and medicine, were clearly logical, factual and evidence based. I had witnessed first hand dramatic changes in people’s health that would be considered miraculous, if one didn’t understand the application of hard science through Chiropractic Biophysics care. I thought about how so many people could literally change their lives if they were only taught the truth about their spinal health and how it influences their spinal cord, their brain and their central nervous system’s ability to coordinate each of their organ systems. And then a question popped into my head…
What if everything I had been taught about weight loss was either wrong or incomplete? What if calories in and calories out isn’t really the answer? I mean after all… a calorie is essentially mythical isn’t it? A calorie is a measure of the amount of heat which is released when an amount of “food” is set on fire… a combustion process which NEVER actually takes place in a living body. What if just like the pharmaceutical industry actually benefits from our being diseased not healthy and has 0 interest in actually curing anything…. what if the weight loss industry actually benefits from our regaining weight after we lose it and has 0 interest in helping us actually lose weight permanently?
A REAL fire was suddenly ignited inside of me! Okay… so it wasn’t actually a real fire, but seriously…. all of the sudden the glimmer of hope I had been clinging onto became a MASSIVE passion for studying and understanding the truth behind applied nutrition and metabolic disorders. I needed to better understand how we actually develop metabolic diseases like obesity, diabetes, cholesterol imbalances and blood sugar problems, so that I could understand how to reverse them. I began to spend almost all of my free time reading the work of some of the most advanced researchers on the subject. I began learning from some of the worlds most brilliant minds, people like Dr. Gerald Reavan out of Stanford, Boyd Eaton out of Georgetown, Jay Schulkin out of UCLA, Dr. Barry Sears and Dr. Dean Ornish out of UCSF. The work of these incredible minds fascinated me and I began to understand the truth.
Weight loss should never be the goal. Fat loss can be a great goal but weight loss and fat loss are extremely different! Though Calories in vs Calories out can influence weight loss and weight gain, it does NOT directly influence fat loss vs fat storage. The fact that if you are burning fat you are burning muscle too. The implication of losing muscle mass and its impact metabolism. How the master metabolic hormones Insulin and Glucagon not only control fat storage vs fat break down but also influence cholesterol production, blood sugar balance, blood volume and blood pressure!
It suddenly (actually it was over the course of a few short months) all made sense. I knew exactly why what I had tried before hadn’t and would never work for me and for millions of people like me. Even more exciting, I KNEW what I was about to do for myself would absolutely work and that I was about to conquer this challenge once and for all!
I purchased a highly sophisticated Body Composition Analysis device to help me monitor my body fat percentage, lean mass poundage, base metabolic rate and hydration index. I cleaned out my kitchen of all the things I needed to temporarily avoid and all the things I knew I would rarely if ever poison myself with again. I stocked my fridge and cupboards with foods I knew I could enjoy, in quantities I knew could satisfy me. Then, on the morning of December 4th 2009, I started myself on what would later become the NutraWorks Nutritional Rebalance Program.
Three quick months later, I looked down and saw a number on the scale I had not seen since I was in middle school! My weight had dropped below 200 lbs and it started with a 1! Scientifically speaking, and from Dr. Miller’s point of view, it is far more important that my body fat percentage had come down to 17% and that my blood pressure and blood sugar had normalized, but still Jason was ecstatic to have hit a goal which had evaded him for literally decades!
Keep in mind that throughout this process I was still in full time chiropractic practice, so our patients were witnessing this dramatic change in my body, my energy and frankly… my mood and personality. In fact I remember an awesome patient, Neil, telling me that he thought I was a completely different person and he was going to start calling me Dr. Slimmer instead of Dr. Miller. Though a total jokester, Neil was right. Not only did my energy and body change but I was a different person. I was happy. I mean genuinely happy and i was proud of myself for the first time ever. “Life changing” doesn’t begin to describe what it feels like to finally understand and change something about yourself that has plagued you for as long as you can remember.
Trust me, when you go through something like that for yourself you will WANT to teach others how to do the same thing for themselves. We had dozens of patients asking what I was doing and if they could do it too. So my best friend and practice partner, Dr. Scott Levin, and I sat down and discussed creating a second department in our practice focused on nutritional rehabilitation. We realized that it only made sense that we would help people with nutrition, as nutritional/biochemical health is completely intertwined with our physical/structural health, which is what PostureWorks is focused on improving. Think about it, if you are trying to rehab your lower back while you are carrying an extra 70 lbs of fat you are fighting a never ending battle.
We launched NutraWorks in the summer of 2010 and sense have had the distinct honor of helping thousands of people gain a new understanding of their nutritional health and how their daily decisions influence it. We have had the pleasure of watching these people change and grow as individuals while their body fat and medication needs shrank away into memory.
Quite a few of our patients happened to have been RN’s and MD’s out of UCSF Medical Center and School of Medicine and because of their success I was asked to teach a lecture for the UCSF Wellness Committee on what we do at NutraWorks and why it works so well. Little did I know that in the audience of that lecture was the director of part of the UCSF pharmacology program. He asked me to begin teaching a section of their Diabetes Management elective, an opportunity I enthusiastically accepted. As a result I was later asked to join the UCSF Integrative Medicine Forum and to begin teaching a section of their Integrative Medicine elective on Chiropractic.
It is now almost 2016. As I type this, I weigh only 192 lbs, nearly 100 lbs below my heaviest weight of 280, and my body fat percentage is very healthy 16.2%. My blood work is stellar and at what will soon be age 37, I am healthier and stronger than I was at age 17. I am now honored to speak on wellness and lifestyle science subjects at various Chiropractic, Medical and Pharmacology schools across the country. I tell you all this, not to impress you but rather to impress upon you the reality that if i can do it so can you, and to emphasize the fact that healthcare is changing!
Honest healthcare in the new millennium is, and will continue to be, focused more and more upon lifestyle. Healthcare must and is switching its focus away from managing symptoms and towards encouraging and educating individuals like you on how you can improve your decisions and habits We need more people like you to step up. To take personal responsibility for your life, your health and to be role models for others to do the same. The truth is that you must be your own health expert, because neither I, nor any other doctor you may meet, have the ability to control your decisions and habits. We now know with unequivocal certainty that the most influential aspect of your life and your health is YOUR lifestyle. We can help you, we can guide you, but we cannot save you. It is up to you to save yourself.
At NutraWorks and PostureWorks we strive to show you through our own work and lives how easy and enjoyable the process of improving your lifestyle, health and happiness can be. We pride ourselves on being a tremendous partner and resource center for you in your journey and we promise to always put your health and happiness as our top priority. We will continue to innovate, to lead and to bring you the latest advances in health and wellness.
On behalf of the entire NutraWorks and PostureWorks team, thank you and congratulations for stepping up, for taking responsibility and for being a role model for others to do the same. I hope to meet you soon at one of our complimentary workshops or community events.
Dr. Jason Miller