Dr Eric Laarakker of Ańalemma Water: 5 Lifestyle Tweaks That Can Dramatically Improve Your Wellbeing
An Interview With Candice Georgiadis
Eat organic vegetables grown in the soil with a healthy microbiome. Personally I only like to eat vegetables which have been grown bio-dynamically as we call it here in Europe. Biodynamic farming is a special way of farming developed by Rudolph Steiner almost 100 years ago, whereby taking care of the soil is one of the most important parts of the farming process. A healthy gut contains over 1000 bacteria’s etc. who actually take care of a big part of your health on almost every level. You have to maintain your microbiome. This is very important. Also fermented food like kimchi is very healthy and feeding your gut in a positive way.
As a part of our series about “5 Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr Eric Laarakker.
Dr Eric Laarakker, DVM is the founder of Den Hoek , a holistic clinic for people and animals in the Netherlands. He is an entrepreneur, pioneer, scientist, author, teacher, developer of new forms of medication, healing techniques and devices, and most of all an idealist. Eric is one of the developers and owners of Analemma water , Information medicine and Phytonics.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share with us the story about how you first got involved in fitness and wellness?
Thank you so much for having me. At the age of 17 (41 years ago) me and my brother heard that for the first time that a fitness school opened in a place called Venlo, about 25 km from the village we were born in the south of the Netherlands and we immediately became members. In that time there was almost no coaching available so we had to invent ourselves, by making a lot of mistakes, how to train your body.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
I remember very well a story about a very sick horse which opened my eyes that there is a lot more possible than we think. More than 25 years ago a very sick Frisian horse came to my clinic who had severe liver cirrhosis. It had just come from the University clinic where they wanted to euthanize him because he was uncurable sick. To be honest I completely agreed with the university clinic and didn’t want to treat this horse. The owner begged me to at least try something. Finally I agreed to give that horse a chance and gave him some treatments (sound, herbs and acupuncture etc.). In a week the horse became better and completely recovered within a couple of weeks. The University clinic could not believe it (and me either) and did some new blood tests. According to the blood tests the situation of the liver deterioration, the horse should have been dead with such a blood result. But in front of me there was a horse standing that seemed perfectly normal. We decided to look at the horse and not at the blood tests. This horse lived for another 10 years and did many marathons. Unfortunately the horse died in a accident. All these years the values of the blood samples were extremely bad but he seems to cope with it. It was a big lesson to me that first of all, we don’t know a lot and that we have to look more at the patients instead of only looking at blood tests, X-rays etc.
Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?
There was a funny thing that happened to me when I was probably at the age of 18, when I started my study to become a veterinarian at the university in Gent, Belgium. Because I could not find a fitness center over there, I wasn’t able to train for over a half year. When I finally found one, I was surprised how easy it was to work with the same weights as I ended a half year before. So I started training in the same way as I ended. The next day my whole body but especially my pectoral muscles were so swollen and painful that I looked like a woman with breasts and it took me almost 3 month before I could put on my normal jacket. It was a big lessen for me to learn that after a longer break you have to build up slowly and not be fooled by what you think your body can handle after a long break.
Can you share with our readers a bit why you are an authority in the fitness and wellness field? In your opinion what is your unique contribution to the world of wellness.
During my study to become a vet, I wanted to learn everything about how the body functions, not only animals, but the human body as well. I decided not only to study regular medicine, but all the forms there are. So I became an acupuncturist, chiropractor, osteopath, homeopath, specialist in supplements, all kind of different energy and healing techniques etc. I swallowed almost everything what I could find to read and to learn about the body, both on humans and animals. I started a clinic with a staff of 21 people where veterinarians and Medical Doctors work together which is pretty unique on this planet. I personally do both, cure people and horses. Because horses have a shorter life cycle, I learned a lot in 30 years of my career as a doctor about the influence of sports in a whole lifecycle. It gave me a good insight in the do’s and especially the don’ts, if you want to keep your body healthy for the long run. Because I coached many sport horses from foal until death I got a pretty good insight in how to keep them going healthy and strong for a long term, instead of a short term. Lovely thing with animals is that they don’t have a placebo effect, so if an approach works, you know that it actually does. It’s not dependent on the mind’s opinion or influence. It was a remarkable testing ground that many doctors don’t get to experience.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
There are many people in my life who were great teachers for me and helped me to get where I am now. The biggest teacher actually is not a person but is Mother nature. I was fortunate to grow up in nature and spend most of my time in nature. It taught me to observe, to use my gut feeling, to stay more in tune and be aligned. There is nothing happening in nature without a reason. The biggest mistake we humans make these days, is that we are not in tune anymore with nature and think we are better than nature. We are part of nature and nature can heal us on many aspects.
Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s move to the main focus of our interview. We all know that it’s important to eat more vegetables, eat less sugar, exercise more, and get better sleep etc. But while we know it intellectually, it’s often difficult to put it into practice and make it a part of our daily habits. In your opinion what are the 3 main blockages that prevent us from taking the information that we all know, and integrating it into our lives?
For me, those three blockages are:
1. Mostly we are not disciplined. Discipline is a very hard thing to achieve and it’s extraordinarily important. We need to make our health a priority. Without discipline you can’t create anything lasting in life. So being disciplined is one of the most important keys for a healthy life.
The second thing is that there is so much misinformation out there, or better yet mistaken interpretations of existent information. For example, look at the information about sugar and you will find very few yes’s on sugar and a lot of no’s. The truth is that craving for sugar is actually very normal because sugar is not abundantly available in nature but it is extraordinarily abundant in the grocery stores, restaurants and bakeries. We are fitted for nature and not the grocery store. If we understand this then we adapt and behave accordingly.
The third thing is that science can seemingly contradict itself. You can find very opposite studies on the same topic. Usually the lazy mind tends to accept the answer that is most convenient in the moment. We should be very diligent in our research and use our discrimination to deduct what is truth and what is not. I would suggest finding the experts you know are trustworthy and follow their advice. In that way you don’t have to spend hours on research.
Can you please share your “5 Non-Intuitive Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing”? (Please share a story or an example for each, and feel free to share ideas for mental, emotional and physical health.)
1. Eat organic vegetables grown in the soil with a healthy microbiome. Personally I only like to eat vegetables which have been grown bio-dynamically as we call it here in Europe. Biodynamic farming is a special way of farming developed by Rudolph Steiner almost 100 years ago, whereby taking care of the soil is one of the most important parts of the farming process. A healthy gut contains over 1000 bacteria’s etc. who actually take care of a big part of your health on almost every level. You have to maintain your microbiome. This is very important. Also fermented food like kimchi is very healthy and feeding your gut in a positive way.
2. Get away as much as you can from your mobile phones and computers. Besides the negative influences of EMF radiation, there is the huge issue of information overload. I read somewhere that these days we have to process the same amount of information in one day as we had to process throughout an entire life in the middle-ages.
A couple of weeks ago I was running and I saw a couple of deer standing next to the road. It was an amazingly beautiful sight. I decided to stop and see if other runners, hikers and bikers would notice it and how would they react. Around thirty people passed by, all of them had their headphones on and nobody noticed these amazing, beautiful creatures in play. We need to plug in to Nature as often as possible. Our health and wellness depends on it.
3. Exercise in nature if possible. Nature grounds you and feeds you. If I run in the Forrest I’m capable of running about 25% further then when I run indoors or in urban areas. Nature, especially trees, can feed you with that energy you need to do that extra mile.
4. Breathing, the way you breath is very important. Try to exercise without breathing through your mouth. Your mouth is for eating and your nose is for breathing. There is a lot of discussion on what is the best way to breathe. I personally like the breathing exercises as thought in the book of “the oxygen advantage” by Patrick McKoewn and the breathing techniques from Wim Hof (the Iceman). I also find the cold techniques of Wim Hof very beneficial for your health.
5. Water is for me the most important part. Especially the quality and the structure of water.
Not a lot of people are aware that 99% of our molecules are water! Our body is 70% water in MASS, but 99% in molecules. That makes water the most important element of your body. There is almost no process in your body where water doesn’t play a key role. I was fortunate to be a part of the scientific team that studied water and discovered extraordinary worlds hidden in it. We found that there are two structures of water, coherent and chaotic. If water molecules are in line with each other and are working together we call it coherent water. Coherent water has powerful health and wellness benefits and it carries much more power than regular water. Unfortunately, most waters on this planet are chaotic. What means that the water molecules do not work in harmony and therefore have no real power. You can compare it with light. A normal 5-Watt light bulb is rather week and doesn’t t give a lot of light, but a 5-Watt laser which is coherent, focused light is much stronger and much more powerful. Our team at Water & Light managed to create Analemma water, a very stable, full spectrum coherent water which has tremendous effects on all living things. It regenerates the body from within, it has huge positive impact on the gut microbiome, it harmonizes the brainwaves, it makes the body and mind more aligned. In our research we found an increase in the mitochondrial activity and Biophotons in cells. We found that water is actually the bio-quantum computer, it’s the broadband absorber, receiver and transmitter of information. More and more proof has been found that our bodies are quantum biological systems. Drinking Analemma water is one of the easiest ways to radically enhance the health and wellness of your body and mind.
As an expert, this might be obvious to you, but I think it would be instructive to articulate this for the public. Aside from weight loss, what are 3 benefits of daily exercise? Can you explain?
There are a lot of reasons to do your daily exercise. Most people do their daily exercise for weight loss or to gain muscle, but there are much more important reasons. Our body is made for moving. The biggest part of our body is water, and water needs to move to do its job. By exercising your body, the water in your connective tissue, the matrix of your body, will move more freely and this creates numerous benefits for your health and wellness.
Research shows that keeping your muscles in shape, especially when you become older, works magic in preserving your brain function and mental health in general.
Furthermore when you combine exercise with the right breathing techniques and proper food and water you positively influence your microbiome. Microbiome is one of the most decisive parts of the body for physical and mental health. There is a very strong connection between your gut and your brain through one of the most important nerves, the Nervus Vagus.
My view on the body is that it is a body is a colony of microbes in a pool of water, run by the cosmos. Of course proteins, minerals, vitamins etc. play a role but we are too focused on these ingredients and forget the other 3 most important parts.
For someone who is looking to add exercise to their daily routine, which 3 exercises would you recommend that are absolutely critical?
Exercising, like everything in life, has to be in balance. Too much exercise is not beneficial for your body and it has been proven to have a negative effect on your immune system.
Absolutely critical addition to exercising, in my eye, are breathing techniques combined with cold showers. Walk as much as you can and meditate. I’m even walking when I’m on the phone or when I’m in a meeting. Your body is made to move!
Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story?
A book that comes to my mind is “The Universal One” by Walter Russel. Reading this book very much resonated with the way I perceived the world. Since I was a little kid I always thought in terms of energy, not form and I realized that what I see with my eyes is not always the truth.
You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
I believe we need to start educating people on the extraordinary importance of water. People perceive water as a simple, ordinary element, yet it is a building block of everything we see. Since 99% of our molecules are water, we are basically very clever H2O! That’s why the quality of the water we drink, the quality of the water in our environment, has a profound influence on every aspect of our lives and the state of our planet. The mission of Analemma water is to make all bodies of water on this planet coherent. In that way all people, all animals and all plants would thrive. This water revolution could change our entire planet in only a decade.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?
I Have a couple of them.
Not Matter but quantum information is the building block of everything.
The greater the challenge, the greater the wisdom. This is what light yields.
And the third one from Nikola Tesla: If you want the secret of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration (not in matter).
We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them :-)
Bruce Lipton and I would have a very inspiring conversation I think. Unfortunately my biggest heroes don’t live anymore like Walter Russel, Nikola Tesla and Victor Schauberger.
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Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!