Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Waterfront Living Helps You Live Longer!

Neuroscientists in an article published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology strongly recommend you visit a beach regularly.

Waterfront living has many benefits and helps you live longer. Here are some benefits:

- The sea air is charged with negative ions, which helps your body to absorb oxygen, improve alertness, and combat free radicals. Negative ions also balance serotonin levels, which is a body chemical attributed to stress and mood.

- Studies have shown that natural environments like beaches and waterfront parks offer more restorative benefits to people than gyms, entertainment venues and the built urban environment.

- In one study, sun exposure was shown to offer other benefits in addition to vitamin D production — including an increase in endorphins and possible prevention of autoimmune diseases.

- Did you know that the soles of your feet have more sweat glands and nerve-endings per square centimeter than any other part of your body? And that walking barefoot stimulates them much more than walking in shoes?

- Not only are you stimulating nerve endings when you walk on the sand, but you’re also strengthening the muscles in your feet, which don’t get used nearly as much when you’re wearing shoes. You may be better connected to the earth when you ditch your shoes, reaping vital mood-boosting benefits. “Earthing,” reconnects our bodies to the ever-present energy of the earth, which modern lifestyles have increasingly diminished.

- Walking on sand requires 1.6 to 2.5 times the energy than it takes on a hard surface, a good way to keep in shape! :)

- Sea water contains high levels of various minerals — including magnesium, potassium and iodine — which may help fight infection, offer therapeutic effects, and potentially help the body heal and detoxify.

- Swimming is linked to decreased stress and increased sense of well-being; studies have shown swimming and water-based exercise help to decrease anxiety and depression.

- The blue color of the ocean calms your mind (the Blue Mind Effect).

- The soothing sounds of water hitting the shore and the call of birds can help you relax.

Living by the water will not only lower the stress in your life, but it will also increase your immune system. Reducing the stress means that your body has more potential to be healthy and vibrant. With the fresh air, enough sunshine and the daily doses of vitamins, combined with the more relaxed body, you will notice a big boost in your immune function. You will live longer near a beach! 
Dr Shawn Pourgol
The Travelling Osteopath 

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Panamanians are Happiest People on Earth in 2019!

The 2019 Gallup Global Emotions Report came out last week and Panama tied for #1 spot as the country with happiest people in the world. The report is from interviews done on 151,000 adults in 140 countries.

Of course they are the happiest! The have the best coffee in the world, food is fresh, tasty and organic, you can have hot weather at the beach and cool weather at the mountains within 20 minutes of driving from each other, have US dollar as currency, employees work 12 months and get paid for 15 months, university education is free, public health care is free, the 3 year fixed term deposit (GIC) interest rate of the banks is 5% per year, and the interest generated is tax free as Panama does not charge tax on interest and dividends generated from investments!

I drink my decaf coffee to that! I am one of the Canadian/Panamanian ones who is now officially part of the happiest people on earth! 💟 😍 🥰 💟

Saturday, 27 April 2019

New OSTEOPATHY TV Travel Shows

I want to thank Dasha, the show host of Osteopathy TV (OTV) for coming up with this suggestion in our meeting today.

Osteopathy TV will produce a series of TV shows about manual osteopaths working abroad. I love to travel (my nickname is The Travelling Osteopath!) and almost every month or two I travel abroad. I also teach my student to travel and work in other countries prior to settling down in their home country. I recorded a couple of video business lectures for National Academy of Osteopathy students on how to travel and work abroad. To travel is to live! 

I want my students hear about lives of manual osteopaths who packed and left to work elsewhere. I hope these OTV shows motivate people to travel the world as well as introducing the public to our alumni and manual osteopathy.

Any of our alumni who have left their hometown to work elsewhere in another city or country, please contact me and we may consider you for one of our upcoming OTV shows!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Dr Shawn Pourgol
Osteopathy TV (OTV)

Friday, 26 April 2019

Osteopathy TV working with OCPCC

Osteopathy TV (OTV) has teamed up with Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada (OCPCC) to produce a series of videos in order to introduce each OCPCC clinic and its manual osteopath to the public.

I have had meetings with Dasha from OTV and Maria from OCPCC to coordinate this expensive large project. OCPCC has over 250 clinics and this project would take a lot of time and expense (all expenses are covered by myself, National Academy of Osteopathy and National University of Medical Sciences).

I am optimistic that this project would bring OCPCC to the attention of the public in a massive way, We hope that every time a potential patient searches "chronic pain" online OCPCC show up in the search result.

OCPCC is already the number one provider of osteopathic care in Canada. We wish however to become well known in the other fields, specially the medical community as well. Once we are, millions of new patients who have not heard about osteopathy would use the services offered by our alumni at OCPCC.

That is our goal for this expensive project. To increase utilization of osteopathic care by the general public who have not heard about osteopathy.

Our three schools of osteopathy are unique. We do not just teach osteopathy! We help the profession expand unlike any other organization in the history of osteopathy.

I have big plans for OCPCC and OTV. I feel they are destined to revolutionize the field of manual osteopathy.

Dr. Shawn Pourgol
National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada)
National University of Medical Sciences (USA)
National University of Medical Sciences (Spain)
National University of Medical Sciences (Panama)
Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada
Osteopathy TV

Thursday, 25 April 2019

OCPCC in now Tax Exempt in Canada!

Today, April 25, 2019 we were able to register Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada (OCPCC) as a not-for-profit company in Canada. I am the founder and president of OCPCC. However I have not taken even one dollar from this company and do not plan to ever take any money out of it. Whatever this company generates will be put back in it to help it expand manual osteopathy worldwide.

Since I do not personally receive any profit from OCPCC, I was able to register it as a not-for-profit corporation which means effective immediately OCPCC is exempted from paying any corporate tax in Canada as long as its profit is not withdrawn as my personal profit.

No tax means more income for OCPCC which means it can expand manual osteopathy even more! Thank you Canada! I am grateful for your acceptance of OCPCC as a not-for-profit Canadian corporation.

I am also happy to announce that my student Maria who has been working for National Academy of Osteopathy for the past 5 years has joined us at Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada. She is now the business manager of OCPCC.

Her first project is to set up the OCPCC central appointment system. Instead of patients calling each clinic directly to make an appoint (which they can still do), they will have the option of calling OCPCC, emailing or use the website to make an appointment with one of our manual osteopaths. This is an extra service we provide to make it easier for patients to make appointments.

I founded this company in September 2017. In January 2018 it started operation and now in less than 2 years it has over 250 clinics in 20 countries. I have big plans for OCPCC!

Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada)
National University of Medical Sciences (USA)
National University of Medical Sciences (Spain)
National University of Medical Sciences (Panama)
Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada
Osteopathy TV

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

A couple of news about OSTEOPATHY TV

I have previously registered Osteopathy TV as a business company. However I have changed my mind and am going to register it now as a not for profit organization, as this company will be used to promote our alumni and manual osteopathy. It is not designed to generate profit.

I am also happy that my student and employee, manual osteopath Dasha Veprjitska, DOMP, BSc(O), MBA has agreed to become Osteopathy TV Show Host.

Dasha is a former Ballerina dance champion in Ontario who enrolled at National Academy of Osteopathy right after high school. She became one of my top students by getting the highest mark in her class. She then followed her education at National University of Medical Sciences.

Dasha is organized and talented. She is an asset for Osteopathy TV and I am sure she will exceed my expectation in her new position.

Dr Shawn Pourgol
Osteopathy TV

Monday, 22 April 2019

I am blessed!

I lived over 32 years in Canada that has been considered for many years the number one country in the world to live in!

And now I live in Panama where it has been chosen in 2019 as the number one country in the world to retire to (last year it was number 3)!

I am truly blessed to have experienced living in two of the best countries in the world.
I enjoy Panama so much! The food is organic and fresh tasting here. Everything tastes better in Panama!

In many countries they pick up fruits and veggies when they are not ready as to prepare them for long distance shipping. Then they use gas chemicals to make them look ripened. That is why the food in so many countries look beautiful but has no taste. Here everything is freshly picked from local farms.
Panama is such a beautiful country with amazing people and tasty food! You really have not tasted great veggies until either you grow them yourself in a garden or eat them in Panama!

Try bananas, pineapples, watermelons and other fruits in Panama and you do not want to eat them elsewhere!

I am having fresh mixed seafood with Yuca and plantain in this local Panamanian restaurant. The food was just wow! 💓

Dr Shawn Pourgol
President of NAO, NUMSS (Spain), NUMSS (USA), CUOMP, Osteopathy TV and OCPCC

Monday, 15 April 2019


We are excited to announce that the Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada (OCPCC) has now a clinic in China!

This clinic is operated by osteopath Dr. Vorachoat (Ike) Karunyasopon, DO, PhD, a DO/PhD graduate of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) who is a member of International Osteopathic Association.

Our Chinese clinic is part of the Panacee Hospital. Panacee Hospital is a foreign owned hospital in China. It has branches in Thailand and elsewhere as well. The hospital is famous for incorporating holistic and wellness care into its services.

We now have 250 clinics in 20 countries! This is a historic achievement! Our first in China!
The clinic contact info is:

Dr Ike Karunyasopon, DO, PhD
Panacee Hospital
Building 3, Life Science Park, Binhai New Road, Beidaihe New District, Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province, China
Tel.: 4000-399-333

The First Immortal

Our Students Make Us Proud!

We are proud to have published author, Matthew Elam (from Hawaii, USA) as one of our alumni at National University of Medical Sciences. Matthew has just published a new book in the Johnny Jo series.

Matthew is a distinguished athlete as well. He had joined the Canadian Football League (CFL) as well as becoming super heavyweight weightlifting champion of Hawaii in 2001.

Congratulations Matthew! We are proud of you!

MWP & PCT Copyright

Our president, manual osteopath, Dr Shawn Pourgol has obtained the copyrights to the two new technique sets that he has founded:

-Dr Pourgol's Manual Wellness Protocol, and
-Dr. Pourgol's Posture Correction Technique.

He is optimistic these two new technique sets would help health professionals by opening a new income source for them, mainly pain free clients who wish to improve their health and well being. 

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Dr Pourgol’s Posture Correction Technique (PCT)

In addition to creating Dr. Pourgol’s Manual Wellness Protocol (MWP) which helps health professional provide hands-on wellness care to pain free clients, I have also created another set of techniques called Dr. Pourgol’s Posture Correction Technique (PCT). I am in the process of obtaining copy rights for both sets of techniques.

The Posture Correction Technique is a set of hands-on manual techniques health professionals can use to improve posture of their clients. Postural malalignment can affect bones, muscles, ligaments and joints. By correcting common posture imbalances health professionals improve health and well-being of their clients.

I will cover most common posture problems of pelvis, cervical, thoracic & lumbar spine, as well as upper and lower peripheral joints such as knee, foot, shoulder and elbow.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Dr Pourgol’s Manual Wellness Protocol (MWP)

Finally it is done! I have completed creation of the Manual Wellness Protocol. MWP is a system of hands-on full body multi joint techniques that helps health professionals add hands-on wellness care to their services.

Offering manual wellness care allows health professionals to tap into the 95% of the general population that are pain free. It opens a whole new income source.

Regular manual wellness care has many benefits for clients such as:

-relaxation & stress relief
-increased energy & stamina
-preventing injury & re-injury
-improved breathing & respiratory function
-Improved lymphatic & blood circulation
-improved sense of well being
-improved athletic performance
-improved activities of daily living
-improved balance and coordination
-improved quality of life, specially in seniors.

Offering manual wellness care allows health professionals to seek employment outside the usual medical and rehab clinics. New employers become available to them in places such as spas, health clubs, gyms, Caribbean & European resorts, hotels, cruises, corporate offices and other locations.
I am optimistic MWP will change the professions offering manual therapy as it opens them up to the pain free public, a market that has not been tapped before. 

Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada)
National University of Medical Sciences (USA)
National University of Medical Sciences (Spain)
National University of Medical Sciences (Panama)
Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Lost Over 8 Pounds Already!

Decided to become fully vegetarian while in Canada for a while. The Veggies in Panama were so delicious that you do not want to eat anything else! Every thing tastes better there and I already miss Panama so much! 💟 Cannot wait to go back home!

I have already lost over 4 kg since gone 100% vegetarian! And I feel a lot lighter!

Eating veggies always makes me feel good and clean. Eating animals for me always feels like a violent act. I eat chicken, seafood and dairy products (once in a while) but deep down it makes me feel guilty as I feel I caused death of an organism with a complex nervous system to satisfy my craving.

Kale, beet, celery, beans, lettuce, nuts, cucumber, and so many other yummy produce to choose from! But I do not use soy products. I stay away from all soy products, including soy sauce, tofu and edamame (even organic ones). Soy products interferes with hormone production, specially in young boys.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Accidental Origin of Manual Osteopathy

Did you know the profession of manual osteopathy started accidentally in the United Kingdom? 

Osteopathy (also known as osteopathic medicine or American style osteopathy) started in the US by Dr Still. However manual osteopathy (also known as osteopathic manual practice and European style osteopathy) started in UK when the first osteopathic medicine school there lost its license to teach surgery and pharmacology.


Monday, 8 April 2019

My $20,000 donation to AAOMP has helped!

American Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (AAOMP) becomes operational by the end of April 2019.
This is such a great news for the manual osteopathy profession in the United States!

Sunday, 7 April 2019

I Love My Office in Panama City!

Back to Panama City to do some work at National University of Medical Sciences.

I love my waterfront office. 💟 My heart opens up when I see the ocean. There is something magical, romantic and calming about the ocean. I am simply in love with its blue color, its saltiness, its endless horizon and its vastness!

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Lucy and I in Panama

I love Panamanian beaches as they are not crowded. In this beach there is literally not even one person, except I and Lucy! 💗 

Dr Shawn Pourgol
The Travelling Osteopath  

Friday, 5 April 2019

Here, Bougainvilleas Rule!!!

Bougainvilleas are my number one most favourite flowers. They are beautiful, tough, grow everywhere with or without water, in good or bad soil, with or without much sun. They give flowers all year round. They give beauty year round without asking much. I feel connected to them somehow. I base my business philosophy on how bougainvilleas operate, giving a lot, and growing in any situation, no matter how tough it is.

I always wanted to live where bougainvilleas grow outdoors, and here in Panama, they do abundantly! They are everywhere. It is the most common flower you see in Panama!

Walking on a Panamanian mountaintop or on the beach or in the city, and seeing these flowers uplifts your spirit. You know instantly you are living in an exotic place and that brings smile to your face. 💖

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Yoga on a Mountaintop in Panama

There is no one on this mountaintop in Panama. I am all alone, 3.7 kilometers above the ground on top of this beautiful mountain, practicing Yoga.
I feel so connected to this mountain. I feel grounded in its positive energy. The solitude calms my mind and I start to become one with the mountain. I feel its positive energy start to flow within every cell of my body.
Gratitude and love fills my heart to have this majestic mountain with me.

Monday, 1 April 2019

TKD on top of a mountain in Panama

I am grateful to have the chance to practice Taekwondo on a mountain top one more time in my life. When I was a teenager I used to frequently visit the nearby mountains in Gilan to practice TKD. It just feels awesome to practice on top of a 3700 feet mountain in Panama. You feel a closer connection to the power of nature and universal force within!