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When I returned home from my deployment to Iraq in 2010, I did not expect to experience how my body would respond after serving in a combat zone.
I could not be around crowds, my heart rate would speed up as I drove under under-passes without me even thinking about it. I had to know where the exits were located in every establishment I went to. I would get claustrophobic even in my own 2,200 sq. ft. home where I had to run outside because I felt like the walls were closing in on me.
I was on high alert! I can go on and on, but the truth is I struggled, but I also truly wanted to get better. I did not want to be on any medication. I wanted to use other ways to get better. However, as time went on, I was not improving.
One goal I had wanted to complete for a very long time was to earn a college degree. I first started by taking some online college classes. I was not ready to be around a lot of people and large classrooms. For two years I took online classes. One of the first classes I took was a health and wellness class. It was that class that helped me realize what I wanted to do with my life.
I took everything I learned from that class and started to apply it to my own life, including sharing it with my mother who had prediabetes. Sure enough, after two years, I transferred to Oregon State University where I studied health promotion and health behavior. I eventually graduated with honors and continued to graduate school.
Going to graduate school was never even a thought in my mind. However, there was something in me that wanted more. I loved everything I was learning about health and wellness. This is where my passion for health and wellness continued to grow even more. I pressed on and graduated in two years. I completed a master's in public health (MPH).
Just before I completed graduate school, I passed the exam to be a certified health educator specialist® (CHES). In addition, I completed the Wellcoaches® Core Training, a top-notch health and wellness coaching program.
It was during my time in graduate school that I slowly started to notice the lack of emphasis on men's health. This did not sit well with me. Especially after I discovered 1 in 2 men have a risk of being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 4 men have a risk of dying from cancer in their lifetime. Sure enough, after I entered the professional field of public health, I continued to notice the lack of emphasis on men's health.
I started to do research on men's health and I discovered some very disturbing news. Men, are losing the battle for their health and well-being! For every one thing that is promoting health and wellness, there are ten unhealthy things fighting for you to stay unfit, unhealthy, and uninformed about these things.
1 in 2 men have a risk of being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 4 men have a risk of dying from cancer in their lifetime.
Even though I was able to earn a bachelor's and a master's degree, I still had my struggles with PTSD, anxiety, and depression. There were times during graduate school I felt like I was losing my mind!
In fact, I come to find out that I was not losing my mind, but that my brain was not functioning normally.
Being someone that is very fascinated with the human brain, I decided to get a single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scan. A SPECT scan measures cerebral blood flow to determine the health, low activity and high activity parts of the brain. I wanted to know what was going on with my brain and to get a baseline of my brain health.
Surprisingly, my brain scans revealed there are areas of my brain that are too active, both at rest and during concentration. This would make focusing very difficult. In addition, I also have areas that would cause me to be hypervigilant, reactive, and obsessive compulsive.
The power of having this information allowed me to regain my life and to make the necessary changes to improve my health.
Before this I was trying to do everything else to improve my life; however, without taking care of my brain it would be like getting a new paint for my car, but neglecting to take care of the engine.
No matter how nice a vehicle looks on the outside, no one will get very far with a crappy engine.
As a result of years of experience, research, study, and education, I created the S.T.R.O.N.G. Method which focuses on brain health and utilizing the mind to tap into unlimited potential.
When our brains are not healthy, it is very easy to make decisions that are bad for our health, wealth, and our relationships.
I am passionate about helping men regain control over their health and mental well-being to live their best years yet.
I look forward to speaking with you.
To Your Health!
Anthony Treas, MPH