Monday, 24 June 2019

Our University accredited by Minister of Health

Osiyo (hello) everyone!
I was informed by manual osteopath, Honorable Dr Daniel Nuzum, Minister of Health for the independent sovereign state of Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People (SCNRFP) that the accreditation application of National University of Medical Sciences has been accepted. NUMSS and all its programs are now fully accredited by the state of SCNRFP!

I am grateful that the State of SCNRFP which is the first ever independent sovereign state within the United State has accredited the university I founded over 7 years ago.

This is time to celebrate! 

Wado (thank you) to all our students and alumni who made us a success story.

Dr Shawn Pourgol
President of National University of Medical Sciences 

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Meeting the Prime Minister and His Family

I met with Honorable Dr Usti, the Prime Minister of Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People to discuss certain government matters. As their Minister of Education one of my mandated duties is to expand the traditional native indigenous medicine nationally and internationally and we spoke in length about this at his office as well as over lunch and dinner.

It was also so nice to meet his wife, Kathryn who is a talented American Indian artist. Her work is displayed in the local art galleries. Chief Usti has three children and eight grandchildren.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

American Indian Bodywork: The Origin of Osteopathy

Manual osteopathy, cranial osteopathy and visceral osteopathy have roots in Indigenous  Bodywork.

Most people might not know, but the origin of manual osteopathy that Dr Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO founded over 140 years ago (in 1874) in the United States is based on traditional American Indian bodywork and healing arts.

Dr Still has commented on the bone-setting manual therapy techniques of the Shawnee tribe as reported by the director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in a lecture, who added that Dr. Still often used the phrase ‘Taking an Indian look’ at something.

The American Indian Bodywork involves manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue therapy, mobilization and manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, organs and cranial bones mixed with energy and narrative work.

Dr Still lived and worked on Shawnee reservation for many years. He learned Shawnee language and was quite fluent in it.

The cranial osteopathy, founded by Dr William Garner Sutherland, DO in the 1930s is also based on Indigenous Bodywork which works with energy and the breath. American Indian bodyworkers,  similar to craniosacral therapists of today (craniosacral therapy has originated from cranial osteopathy) move cranial bones, seeking the ridges. They however use a bit more force in applying pressure than craniosacral therapists. These practitioners use osteopathic-like soft tissue therapy, osteoarticulary and manipulation techniques on musculoskeletal system, organs and viscera, and joints, as well as acupressure on points and energy channels (that, in fact, correspond to the meridians). They combine all this with gentle oscillatory techniques and narrative healing, both verbal and energetic, using storytelling, and dialogue with the musculoskeletal system and with the patient, and intense breath work to “restore spirit” to all parts of the body, when giving treatments that they commonly refer to as “doctoring.”

The visceral osteopathy that uses manual therapy techniques on organs (mainly abdominal) has its root in American Indian Bodywork as well. Organ (visceral) manipulation was practiced by Native Indians for thousands of years before being presented as a distinct osteopathy technique by French osteopath, Dr Jean Pierre Barral, DO who began teaching visceral manipulation in 1985. 

Most of the bodywork techniques of Native Indians are lost because early Christians missionaries called it devil worship. However there still remains known techniques of Cherokee Bodywork along with Zuni and Navajo tribes bone-setting techniques which are very similar to the Shawnee Bodywork techniques in Virginia as they were neighboring tribes.

Dr Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Minister of Education for the Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People
President of National Academy of Osteopathy, National University of Medical Sciences and Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada

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Received my Tribal Identification Card from Prime Minister

It was such a surprise and honour to receive my Southern Cherokee Tribal Identification Card from Prime Minister of the Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People, Honorable Chief Usti. I met the prime minister for government meetings as his Minister of Education and he surprised me by handing me the tribal ID card!

There are two types of Native Indians in the United States. Some are blood Natives and some are adopted ones. I am now an adopted Native Indian. By the order of the US congress, adopted Natives have the same rights as blood Natives. This tribal card permits me to travel between Canada, USA and Mexico freely without a need of passport.

Dr Shawn Pourgol
Minister of Education for the Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People
President of NAO, NUMSS and OCPCC

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Manual Osteopaths can now join ACOPM

We are happy to announce that Alumni of National Academy of Osteopathy, National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) and National University of Medical Sciences (USA) can now join the American College of Physical Medicine.

The American College of Physical Medicine is a medical association open to manual osteopaths and other health professionals.

To apply for membership please contact ACPM directly at: Thank you.

My trip as a Minister of Education

I am so excited to be meeting the Prime Minister and other government officials of the State of Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People.

It is my first trip as the Minister of Education for the self ruling, independent, religious State of SCNRFP.

The Cherokee are the majority people of this State and constitute most government officials of this State. However the Red Fire People are the high priests tasked with keeping the sacred knowledge of creator. They are the keepers of "red fire" the ancient wisdom. The head of the state is a member of Red Fire People.

Honor, pride and integrity are the driving forces of the Cherokee People. Love of the mother earth and protecting it, is what the Red Fire People have been doing in the past 3,500 years. 

Dr Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Minister of Education for the state of Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People
President of NAO, NUMSS, OCPCC, OTV, OsteoBank, CUOMP 

Monday, 17 June 2019

Want to slow time?

Time flies for you? Do days, weeks, months and years pass without you feeling them?
You have only one life and that is a short one. You should aim to feel your life, to experience it to the fullest.

There are many techniques you can use to slow down time so you can feel the day.
For me the best technique has been to change my routine. Routine tasks are the main reason your days go by quickly without you feeling them. Change your routine. Be mindful about what you do on daily basis and change them as much as you can.

One of the best ways to change you routine and to slow down time is moving to a small town. Moving changes your routine. You will feel the hours and days of your life when you move.
Additional benefit is the decrease in travelling time. For example when I lived in Richmond Hill (Ontario, Canada) a while back, it would take me about 3 hours to go to work and come back. To go to the nearest supermarket would take me 30 minutes both ways. And so on. A lot of time I spent in the car travelling from one location to another. Living in a small town decreases your travel time greatly.

As I said in my previous post living in a small town closer to nature allows you to live longer, to become happier and calmer. Small town living is less stressful.

So if you wish to feel your life, to slow down time, move to a smaller town and that forces you to change your routine.

Dr Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Minister of Education for the state of Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People
President of NAO, NUMSS, OCPCC, OTV, OsteoBank, CUOMP 

Palm trees in Switzerland?

Palm trees were brought to Switzerland in 17th and 18th century and were planted in public gardens. However the seeds somehow travelled to nearby forests and now some large sections of the forest have palm and other tropical plants!!

It is such a contrast to see palm trees growing in people's home here in Switzerland.

Other unrelated facts: Switzerland has the only square flag in the world! Also it is the only country in the world where there is a shelter against nuclear attack for all its citizens, 8.5 million shelters! Every community by law must make sure they have enough shelters for its people. Also all the incoming bridges, and roads to the country have bombs planted in them. In case of an invasion, the bombs will explode and the country will become fully isolated and like a fortress. Last fact: aside from free healthcare and education, they also have free medication (they only pay 10% of the drug fees). Switzerland takes care of its citizens.

Dr Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Minister of Education for the state of Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People
President of NAO, NUMSS, OCPCC, OTV, OsteoBank, CUOMP 

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Want to live longer? Think about where you are living.

Numerous research has shown that people who live near highways get more cancer. People who live in industrial towns with big factories get more cancer. People in polluted big cities get more cancer.

In some cities, like Tehran, breathing the city air is equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day! Just think about this for a minute. This means you, you family, and specially your children will have a shorter life.

I understand sometimes you have no choice and have to live in a certain place. But you can always change. There are always options.

Research shows people in small towns that are closer to nature live longer, are happier and more calm. The green color of trees, the blue color of water has therapeutic effects on people. It reduces stress and you know stress is the number one killer of people these days.

I love both mountains and the water. Some towns have both and that is the best type of living. To live in a place where you can see the mountains as well as the water.

I like the small towns and whenever I go, I stay more in the small towns than the big cities. For me they have more charm, are romantic and more natural.

So please wake up, think about where you are living. If it is near a highway or main street, where do you think all the smoke from cars go everyday? Even if you close the windows, they will get inside your home/condo. Do you know what that smoke does to you and your family? Can you accept putting them in increased risk of developing cancer?

The world is a big place and you can always make a living in a clean small town where there is no pollution, where you have access to trees, water or the mountains, where life is slower and you feel what life is all about. No more rush, no more traffic, no more pollution. Where people know your name and say hi to you on the streets.

My business trip to Switzerland is coming to an end. This was one of the best business trips I have ever had. So many clean, beautiful towns here with access to mountains and the water. Pure air everywhere, pure water everywhere. What a beautiful, natural, clean country. I am in awe of Switzerland.

Dr Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Minister of Education for the state of Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People
President of NAO, NUMSS, OCPCC, OTV, OsteoBank, CUOMP 

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Blessed to be a Southern Cherokee Man

I was doing my Grateful Walk in Interlaken, Switzerland giving thanks to God for making my dreams reality.

Some dreams I wished for and some were bestowed upon me and became some of the best things in my life.

As you know I am a Southern Cherokee man now! I have been given citizenship to the Southern Cherokee Nation and the Red Fire People (SCNRFP) by Prime Minister Honorable Dr Usti before being appointed their Minister of Education.

This is a dream come true for me. In my wildest dreams I could have never imagined to become a Cherokee man or a Minister!

From all the Nations, the State of SCNRFP matched my frequency the best. They are an independent self governing Nation that has signed treaties with US, Spain, UK and France since 500 years ago that gives them self ruling an autonomy.

Many Nations in US decided to receive grants and financial aid from US government and in turn follow the laws, rules and conditions set by the United States. The State of SCNRFP has not accepted even one dollar from US and as such remains fully independent with its own laws.

Cherokee Nation is the largest Nation in US. It has a number of groups. The upper Cherokee is located in Oklahoma. The Southern Cherokee is located in Northern Georgia and has about 26 million acres of land there.

The Southern Cherokee broke away from Cherokees of Oklahoma a long time ago and joined with the Red Fire People to form an independent Nation. The Red Fire People (known as People of the Heart) are the high priests. They are the keepers of the "Red Fire", the ancient wisdom, the sacred knowledge, the knowledge of creator.

I am so blessed, so lucky to be part of the Red Fire People, the keepers of ancient wisdom. My field is in education and I feel our frequencies resonate together.

The State of SCNRFP is accepted by US, Spain, United Kingdom and France through treaties signed as an independent self ruling religious Nation.

There is no separation of religion and state in this Nation as it is a religious state. The State has two heads. The head of state is a high priest that belongs to the ancient order of AniKutani (priesthood), which dates back to 3700 years ago. The head of government is the prime minister which manages governmental affairs.

The State of SCNRFP has authored the Native Nations Intergovernmental Alliance (NNIA) which is a treaty between countries that have Native people of their own. Since 2014, the NNIA Treaty has been signed by tribal nations in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Ghana, Honduras, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Philippines, USA, Vietnam. This treaty represents over 300 million people globally.

The State of SCNRFP has a number of offices internationally working as its embassies.
It is an honour and a dream come true to be a Southern Cherokee man. I share their love of nature and the mother earth.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

You MUST buy this book if you have a child!

One of our students at National Academy of Osteopathy in USA, Dr Kristen Poe has published a children book titled "Healthy Heath and his Magic Fruits and Vegetables: A book about kids nutrition, kindness, and celebrating individuality."

I highly recommend this book. Every child should know about healthy eating, and proper nutrition. By buying this book for your child you ensure a better life, healthier life for your loved one.

This is the best $12 you will spend in your life. A healthy child is a happy child.

Click on the link below now to order the book from Amazon: 

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

OsteoBank is creating the best mutual fund for Osteopaths

Our team at the Osteopathy Bank of Commerce & Investment (the OsteoBank) is working on creating a mutual fund that let's you keep most of your profit. OsteoBank mutual fund will do trading in a jurisdiction that does not have capital gain tax, and the management fee will be under 1%.
Most mutual funds are bad for you as up to 70% of the generated profits are taken from you in the form of expenses.

I always recommend to my students not to invest in actively managed mutual funds. These funds buy and sell stocks 100s of times per day and this causes the fund to pay capital gain tax, if the Fund is located in a country that charges capital gain tax on investment profits. Additionally most mutual funds charge on average 2 to 3% of the value of the fund as management fees no matter if the fund generate income or not!

Mutual fund is a billion dollar industry without much transparency. Most people are not aware that up to 70% of their investment profit is taken away from them even before they cash the mutual fund!

My goal has always been to offer unique innovative services and products that change the system and the world for better. This revolutionary mutual fund that is being created by OsteoBank is set to offer an ethical alternative to mutual fund investing. I do hope more banks and financial companies follow this trend by starting to offer products that have lower costs. Charging customers up to 70% of profit as expenses is simply not right!

Dr Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD
Minister of Education for the Southern Cherokee Nation
President of OsteoBank, NAO, NUMSS, OCPCC, CUOMP, OTV

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Meeting Albert Einstein in Bern, Switzerland

I met Albert Einstein yesterday in the Rose Garden restaurant in Bern, Switzerland!  

He lived in Bern between 1903 and 1905 and developed his theory of relativity here.

Rose Garden is a beautiful garden on a hill above the river that surrounds the old town of the capital of Switzerland on three sides. You can see Bern old town clearly from this garden.

People are so polite here. You do not see anyone speaking on a mobile phone in public places.
Everything is quite and peaceful. So few cars, no pollution, clean air, organic food everywhere, shops close at 6PM, people spend time with family a lot more and treat each other politely. I did not hear even one car horn yet! And trains and tramways arrive exactly on time, not even one minute late!

I walked to the End of the World!

I am not joking. I really did! Today I spend the day walking from the bilingual (German/French) city of Biel/Bienne in Switzerland to the top of Jura Mountain which is called End of the World (Fin Du Monde/End Der Welt).

The walk today took about 8 hours but was amazing. The mountain air is so refreshing here in Switzerland. I have never seen weather as pure and clean. And the view was just wow! I could see snow on the top of the Alps mountain! 

The pure oxygen helped me think clearly. My brain became focused and I went into a zen like state. It is this zen like state that makes me enjoy walking so much. I get to walk for hours without feeling fatigue.

I am grateful to God for showing me this beautiful country. God is great and this world is truly beautiful.

With a fig tree in Switzerland

I love fig trees. They remind me of my childhood and my father. He loved figs and when I was a child I would go to the top of the fig tree in my grandfather's farm to pick the best and sweetest looking figs for my dad. I would feel so proud when he bite into one and thank me for bringing such heavenly fruits to him.
No matter where I am, when I see a fig tree I remember my dad. I stop, touch the leaves and speak to my father in my heart.
Today I visited the town of Thun in Switzerland, one of the most beautiful little towns I have ever seen. I wish my Papa was here with me. I would give anything to hug him and hold him one more time in my life.

Saying Hello to Osteopaths!

Everywhere I go, I always make sure to say hello to the local osteopaths!  

What does $27 per hour minimum wage do to a country?

I wish all countries would have a high minimum wage like Switzerland. Lack of money is the source of most evil. And this is so evident in Switzerland as this is the safest country I have ever visited.

I am in awe of Switzerland and its people. Since I arrived here I have not seen even one homeless person, drug addicts, drunk people and any such signs of poverty. I have not seen any police here yet. The whole country is safe. I see young children walking on streets alone by themselves.

In almost all countries there are jobs the local do not want to do as it pays little. For these jobs employers bring temporary workers to country. As a result, a lot of the salaries these workers make are sent outside the country to support their families and that is the money the country loses. This money if stayed in country would benefit the country.

Here in Switzerland you do not see such things. I have not seen any temporary workers in restaurants, hotels and farms. Because the salary is high, Swiss people take the jobs themselves. As a result there is almost no one on welfare here, everyone works, and all Swiss people have good lives and high paying jobs.

Yes, the country is expensive. A two hours train ride cost me about $500 but they also make high income and everything seems better here. The food, cloths, services, and so on.

And I rarely see an empty storefront. This means businesses are making money. This means they do not go bankrupt by paying high salaries to their employees.

The whole economy improves if countries adopt a higher minimum wage for employees.

I love how the Swiss care about the environment. Here in the Alps, they only use electric cars. Just amazing!

Are you thinking about moving to Switzerland?

Moving to Switzerland is easy if you either have a lot of money or if you plan to open a business there. To move there for work purposes as an employee is hard as the potential employer must first hire a Swiss national. If a Swiss national is not available the 2nd choice is given to citizens of European Union countries (Switzerland is not a member of EU). Thousands of Europeans work in Switzerland. So if you are not European then the chance of getting a work permit is extremely low.
However there is a business class visa that is easier to obtain if you can prove that it is a solid business idea. The difference between a Swiss business visa compared to most other countries is that you are permitted to work in your own business. In many countries you can open a business but cannot work in it yourself if you are not a permanent resident. With this visa you can stay for 5 years (you must renew it every year) and after that you can apply for another type of visa which gives you permanent residency for another 5 years. After 10 years in Switzerland you can apply for citizenship.
Please note that you will pay business and personal income tax in Switzerland (up to 40% for personal income of over 400,000 Franc, which is about $560,000 Canadian). VAT is also about 7%. There is no capital gain tax. This tax rate is a lot lower than many other countries.
Switzerland is known as a tax haven country but only for the wealthy. There is a type of visa for wealthy individuals. They pay about 10% tax per year (depending on their lifestyle) as long as their income is generated outside Switzerland, they pay no additional tax which can save them a lot of money. This tax rate of 10% on personal income is a lot lower than other countries that charge up to 56% tax on personal income. Also as Switzerland has double tax treaty with most countries, this means the wealthy can pay about 10% tax here and avoid paying tax in their home country. However this visa for wealthy individuals is not good for people who are not wealthy as Switzerland allocates a fictional income of 400,000 Franc (about $560,000 Canadian for you) as your minimum income. Meaning you pay this tax for income of 400,000 franc even if your income is lower than that.
If you are not a millionaire then it is best to apply for a business visa which taxes you based on your annual income. Tax rates in Switzerland differ depending on where you live.

The OsteoBank

The short trade name of my bank will be OsteoBank. The long name is Osteopathy Bank of Commerce and Investment (OBCI). I will work as president of this bank.

OsteoBank will have one physical location in the United States but most of its work will be offered online worldwide.

The bank will be for everyone, not just osteopaths. However osteopaths would receive selected benefits such as better rates and lower expenses.

Most banks, even though multinational offer regional products in North America and Europe. However I plan to make OsteoBank a true international online bank with offers not available by other banks, with a big focus on investments that generate higher rates than what is available in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

I am in celebration mood now in Switzerland and plan to continue the celebration for a few more days! It is not often one gets a chance to start a bank! I am grateful to God for all the love it shows me.

God bless all of you.

An Example of How OsteoBank Will Help Osteopathy & Osteopaths

One of my main goals in setting up the Osteopathy Bank of Commerce and Investment (OsteoBank) is to expand the profession while also helping osteopaths.

I strongly believe OsteoBank will increase the name recognition of the profession. One way to do so is to encourage people to try manual osteopathy by offering them private banking services without a minimum deposit requirement.

Banks offer private banking to customers who keep a minimum deposit of $100,000 to $1,000,000 (amounts depends on the bank) in their bank accounts. Customers then have access to better services and rates.

We plan to make private banking accessible to osteopathy patients, with no minimum deposit requirements! This means people who have seen an osteopath at least once will have access to better interest rates on their investments which would generate thousands of dollars in extra income for them.

This I envision, would encourage a large number of people in North America, Oceania and Europe to seek services of an osteopath. By doing so more people will know about osteopathy and osteopaths will have more clients. A win win situation for everyone!

A Bank Like No Others!

My new business, the Osteopathy Bank of Commerce and Investment (OsteoBank) is a not for profit bank!

I do not plan to take any profits from this bank and instead direct all the profit back to customers as better rates for their investment products.

This would allow OsteoBank to offer a higher interest rate of about 2% more than most other banks in North America, Oceania and Europe for its investment products such as Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GIC).

In the past 9 years aside from National Academy of Osteopathy I rarely took any salary from any of the businesses I founded. Instead I re-directed all the profit back into businesses so they could perform better and expand osteopathy even more. This is one reason rarely anyone can compete with me business wise. My competitors start a business to generate income. I start a business to help osteopathy.

I will do the same with OsteoBank. My role as the bank president will be a free unpaid role, with no salary. I really do not need a salary as this is not work. For me, it is fun and pleasure. I immensely enjoy what I do.

The day I would not perform my work for free is the day I would change that job!  

Canadian Osteopathy College Found Guilty

The first osteopathy school in Canada known as CEO (Le Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal) in Quebec and some of its teachers and students were found guilty and convicted for practicing medicine illegally which is a criminal act in Canada.

CEO is also known as the Canadian College of Osteopathy and Canadian School of Osteopathy in other Canadian provinces.

I am sad to see them become convicted. However I believe it is the duty of the school to ensure it, its teachers and students follow the established laws of the jurisdiction they work in.
We must all follow the law. There is no exception.

I always teach my students NOT to offer medical diagnoses as it is against the law in Canada and USA and a number of other countries.

Manual osteopaths can only offer osteopathic diagnosis, not medical diagnosis. They were found guilty of medically diagnosing conditions of the internal organs which is a controlled act.
This is a sad day for the profession.

Best GIC/CD Rate in North America

OsteoBank offers best GIC/CD rates for osteopaths.

Our Osteopathy Bank of Commerce and Investment (the OsteoBank) offers on average 2% better rate than Canadian and US banks on fixed term GIC/CD investments.

Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GIC) and Certificate of Deposit (CD) rates in major Canadian and US banks is now 1.00% for 1 year fixed term as reported in the US Weekly Newspaper today.
The OsteoBank GIC/CD rate will be 2% higher than what is the offered in US and Canada. This means osteopaths will receive about 3% on 1 year fixed term GIC/CD with OsteoBank.

We Now Have a Clinic in POLAND (Clinic # 256)

We started an Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada in Rzeszów, Poland.

OCPCC now operates in 26 countries! However this is our first chronic pain clinic in Poland.
Our phenomenon growth is directly related in our ability to treat last resort chronic pain cases. All our manual osteopaths take fellowship postgraduate studies in chronic pain management offered by National Academy of Osteopathy (Canada).

The chronic pain specialist in this clinic is osteopath, Dr. Jakub Modliszewski, DO, a graduate of National University of Medical Sciences (Spain) and a member of the International Osteopathic Association.

Our clinic in Poland is located at:

OCPCC Clinic # 256
ul. Lewakowskiego 1A/U1, 35-119 Rzeszów, Poland
Tel: 0048 792 97 98 32