Dr. Tom Potisk – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Whole Health Healing – The Budget Friendly Natural Wellness Bible for All Ages is a fantastic 364 page holistic health self-help book. It is packed with practical easy-to-implement natural solutions for common health problems and emphasizes prevention. It’s written for the general public and keeps them inspired with lots of real examples of patients I treated in my practice and about what I learned traveling the world volunteering on medical mission trips. The book will motivate the reader to live a holistic lifestyle and prosper as a result.

Tell us something about yourself.

I’m known globally as the “Down-to-Earth” doctor because of my personal holistic lifestyle and his easy-going, conversational teaching ability. My patients labeled me with this brand name and I’ve really come to enjoy it, because I can relate to the general public much better than most doctors. I’ve been a busy holistic family doctor for over 25 years in Wisconsin and live on a farm with my wife and 3 young children where we garden extensively and raise chickens and pigs for our own consumption. I practice what I preach. For example, my kids were all born here in our farm house, we eat balanced meals with lots of emphasis on fresh vegetables, get daily exercise, lots of outdoor activity, get chiropractic adjustments regularly, and pray, thanking God for our blessings – all the things I advocate in the book for optimum wellness. As a result, we have extraordinary health, our medical bills have always been at or near zero.

What inspired you to write this book?

I have an emotional and dramatic story about my struggle to identify my life’s purpose, resisting several intense personal battles with the need to change my career, and then culminating in a near death experience in which I nearly drowned upon falling through the ice of a frozen pond. I survived with the immediate realization that I’d been given a last chance, that I would author this book and be a full time advocate of holistic health.

How did you choose the title?

Real health and wellness is much more than just the absence of symptoms, it addresses the whole body – mental, spiritual, and physical. Thus the title was chosen to reflect that the book is based upon that holistic concept of wholeness. I tested several titles by showing them to groups of people before choosing this one.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

The completion of the book, especially the editing, took much more work and time than expected. With a busy practice and a young family that presented quite a challenge. I found my most productive time in writing was early in the morning about 2-3 AM so I did that consistently and found I was waking up with the words and sentences I needed.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

Never planning on or expecting to be a writer or a public speaker, I was shocked at first when a life coach suggested it. I had lousy grades in grammar, composition, and never learned how to type. I also was extremely shy and scared to death to speak in front of groups. The near death experience transformed me.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I wake up un-intentionally at 2-3 AM with words and sentences in my mind, roll around and try to hide under the covers, eventually get up and start pecking away at my laptop with my two fingered typing habit, and then go back to bed around 5 and then sleep like a baby. I know it sounds weird, but it’s the truth. So far, I’ve written 3 books and have 3 more in the works from this method.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book?

You can run but you can’t hide. If God has blessed you with the need to publish, you must!

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I’d first work at building a large platform or list of followers through blogging, speaking, or networking. This way, an author can have a group of ready and willing buyers.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I’m polishing the details on a manuscript/book specifically for doctors to help them have more joy and success with their practices. I also have a historical fiction book in the works about the suppression of holistic health by the medical profession.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

I’d first work at building a large platform or list of followers through blogging, speaking, or networking. This way, an author can have a group of ready and willing buyers.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

My book is written for mothers because they make most of the health care decisions for their families. The book gives moms useable, easy-to-implement advice so they don’t have to be dependent on traditional medical care. It spells out clearly how and why real health comes from within. I included a chapter specifically on raising healthier children, how to enjoy eating without weight gain, and even how to talk to a doctor to stay in control. I’ve been getting many reports back from mothers saying things like it’s the best health book they’ve ever read, that it’s written as if I’m talking directly to them. One mom even said she could tell I’m the real thing!

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My book blog site (http://www.thedowntoearthdoctor.com) has weekly articles about my family life, my book, and holistic health topics. The book can be purchased there also. I’ve placed several free reports on the web site like The 5 Most Dangerous Exercises You Need to Avoid, How to get Control of Your Child’s Electronic Gaming, The Recipe for The Healing Salad, and How to Check Yourself and Your Family for Spinal Structural Misalignments.