In January of 2008, Jim woke up one
morning and had an epiphany. For too long, he wasn't quite sure what he
really wanted to do with his life. That day, things changed for him. He
realized that he had found his true purpose in life and decided to make
the transition to preventative health and fitness.
Here is Jim's story ....
Jim Safianuk originally graduated with a B.Sc. in Honours Chemistry
from the University of Waterloo, specializing in organic chemistry. He
worked in various technical roles in the chemical process industries
throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s including lab services, health and
safety, industrial hygiene, quality control, and government regulations. During this time, Jim continued his studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute which provided the background for him to get involved in various environmental and process engineering projects. However, he always
wanted to improve his soft skills and increase the breadth of what he
could offer to the public, as well as to business and industry.
To further this end, Jim continued his education and received a diploma in Article Writing from the Long Ridge Writers Group, as well as a certificate in Technical Communications from George Brown College, both in 1999. From 2000 to 2008 he worked both full-time and on a contract basis as a technical writer. This is where he received his background in developing user guides, procedural manuals, training materials, technical publications, and online help systems.
However, like many middle-aged adults, Jim was bothered by a number of nagging symptoms related to his health. The list included:
did he know at the time that what he was eating and drinking, and not
eating and drinking, where causing an imbalance to the acidic side in
his body, as well as inflammation in various regions. After making some
fundamental changes in his lifestyle, switching to a natural, whole
foods way of eating, and taking control of and responsibility for his
own health, he was able to jettison the above warning signs and
They are all gone now!
In essence, he had pulled himself back from the threshold of disease. But, he started to question what he actually knew about his own physiology. He realized he had received no formal training in primary and secondary school about the most important of all subjects, which is how the body functions to maintain our health and prevent disease.
During those years in school he realized that he had been taught nothing about proper nutrition, the need for activity and movement in our lives, the integration of nutrition and exercise, as well as how to reduce stress, improve sleep, and periodically cleanse the body.
It appears the real information we needed to maintain our bodies was being withheld from us. But why?
The more he understood this fact, the more he seethed, and the more determined he became to get the truth out. After all, as Jim often states, "An ageless body is our birthright!"
Mainstream media, big industry, and bureaucratic governments offered only half-truths at best and most of the information was fragmented. This was confusing to him. So, he decided to go back to square one, hunker down, start over, and learn everything he could about how the body functions to keep us healthy and free of disease. In short, he went after the truth!
To accomplish this task he used a three-pronged approach. After he found his true purpose in life in early 2008, he decided to make the transition to preventative health and fitness.
1. First, he received his Certified Personal Trainer designation from the American Council on Exercise (ACE-CPT) in August of 2009.
This formalized training was right up his alley because he was very
active in sports and recreation all of his life, both as a downhill ski
instructor and inline skating coach, and as a participant in other
outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, hockey, tennis, and baseball. His current understanding of exercise physiology and the practical aspects of fitness training stemmed directly from his ACE education and certification.
2. Next, he graduated with a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition (DHN) from
the Edison Institute of Nutrition in January of 2010. Soon after in
February of 2010 he obtained the designation of Registered
Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP) from the International
Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC).
In addition, Jim came to the realization that his ignorance of how his body works was directly proportional to how deep he was mired in the mainstream morass. To counter this nonsense, jettison the mixed messages, dump the fragments, and find the truth, he needed to move on!
3. So, he stepped completely out of the mainstream to find the truth about health and fitness, as well as nutrition and exercise. He moved out of the city to a pristine environment, went into nature repeatedly to stimulate his creativity, dropped cable television, threw out the T.V., and cancelled all magazine and newspaper subscriptions.
He needed to be in a place away from the mainstream noise! He found
an environment where he could research, think, create, and develop
health and fitness programs at will! And along the way, he found the
truth he was seeking. In turns out that everything we think
and/or assume we know about health and fitness from living in the
mainstream is mostly wrong. Why is this?
Because the vast majority of us do not know how the body functions on the inside at the cellular level and have been taught very little about human physiology in all the years that we were in school. This lack of knowledge in the 21st century is remarkable in its own right. A big oversight? Maybe, but something else must be at play.
Supposedly, humans are the most complex species on planet Earth, but most of us have no idea what we have inside of us, how our internal factories operate, and what is required from us on a daily basis to keep our cellular machinery functioning properly.
In addition, we have been led astray by the half-truths and quick fixes concerning health and fitness that the mainstream media supports and reports, on behalf of its advertisers, as well as by big medicine and conventional healthcare, which has essentially turned into a disease management industry, and an expensive one at that. Is that real healthcare?
Real health is defined as the absence of disease, or put it another way, you don't have your health when you have a disease. And, real health is preventative in nature, all the way. Or, in other words, prevention is everything!
So, to help make this wrong a right, Jim first wrote up 550 preventative health and fitness tips to help people get back on the road to the health zone and beyond. They are contained in the two e-books entitled Essential Health Tips and Core Health Tips. You can find the links to both e-books in the column to your right.
He now had the full-spectrum of background knowledge he needed to help people, but in the most meaningful way possible, which was through a number of preventative health and fitness initiatives.
To realize this goal, in early 2010 the Canadian corporation named Orthocellular Nutrition and Exercise Incorporated was established. The Preventative Health Centre was then set up as the corporation's health and fitness arm.
Jim combined his science background, writing skills, and analytical abilities with his knowledge of holistic nutrition, exercise physiology, stress reduction, and detoxification methods in the development of four, comprehensive preventative health and fitness programs for adults aged 25 to 65 plus.
approach to weight problems, disease conditions, and longevity factors.
It is his firm belief that disease is preventable and that superior health can be built through a four-pillar approach, which includes:
1. Nutrition protocols that are optimized for the unique, biochemical makeup of the individual. These stem from the natural, whole foods way of eating that is geared to supplying the 50 essential nutrients of life and keeping toxins out of the body. The first objective is to normalize the digestive system for proper breakdown and absorption of nutrients. The overall goal is to nourish the body with the raw materials it needs to maintain function at the cellular level.
2. Exercise routines that are customized for the individual to recover lost lung capacity, heart strength, muscle mass, and bone density, as well as to strengthen, tone, and energize the body. Here, the muscular, skeletal, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems are addressed.
3. Stress reduction techniques to keep the immune, endocrine, and nervous systems strong, balanced, and auto-regulating. This pillar also includes a sleep restoration sub-program, if needed, since the proper amount of sleep each night is essential for repair, regeneration, and growth.
4. Cleansing, drainage, and detoxification methods to remove stored toxins and restore bodily functions. The methods are introduced in a specific order to first enhance the elimination system and then to rebuild the detoxification system.
Finally, a comprehensive approach to heath and fitness that covers all the bases within the same set of programs. Each of the programs in the series consists of nutritional protocols, exercise routines, stress reduction techniques, and detoxification methods. Without this four-pillar approach in the 21st century, you have nothing but a bunch of fragments that won't work on their own. So, people beware about what you sign-up for when it comes to your health and fitness.
You can't regain lost and rebuild new facial skin, joint structures, muscle mass, bone density, lung tissue, and heart size out of thin air. So, proper and targeted nutrition is the key. Finally, nutrition and exercise are together at last. Both nutritional protocols and exercise routines are built into each one of the above programs.
In addition, the Fit at 60 Plus, 45 Plus, and 30 Plus programs are streamed for gender and lower-functioning versus higher-functioning adults. Also, they have been designed so husband and wife, as well as boyfriend and girlfriend can attend the nutrition part of the program together, but are split off when it comes to the exercise part of the program because the exercise routines are unique for males and females.
The above programs were designed for those who have more immediate needs. In this way, after the person gets over his or her initial health or fitness challenge, he or she should be good to move on and sign-up for a more comprehensive two- or four-pillar program.
As you can see from the above there is something for everyone. This series is being developed to address the need for more meaningful activity in our daily lives. Our bodies were built for movement. And, motion is life! The programs will be geared to males and females between the ages of 30 to 59.
This series will address the need for more meaningful movement in the senior set. The programs will be geared to males and females between the ages of 60 to 80 plus.
Jim's message is clear throughout the site and his programs! First, take control of and then take responsibility for your own health and fitness by weaving the protocols and routines from the programs slowly into your lifestyle and you will begin to experience the benefits of true health and real fitness once again. Why is that?
Because you will now be building an ageless body and mind at the cellular level. And, your biological age will drop well below your chronological age. Always remember, it is your biological age that counts in large amounts!
Here, you can link to Jim at the American Council on Exercise (ACE), as well as at the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC).
View Jim's profile and ACE-CPT certification at the American Council on Exercise.
In continuing his education with ACE, Jim completed the Orthopedic Exercise Specialty Certificate in 2015 to help clients deal with and overcome issues related to shoulder, knee, hip, and back problems.
In addition, in the spring of 2017 Jim completed the Senior Fitness Specialist Program and promptly developed a new program for this age group dubbed Fit at 60+, which is a combined nutrition and exercise program. The program is designed to regain lost heart strength, lung capacity, muscle mass, and bone density.
The program is split into four streams, which are lower-functioning females (1F), lower-functioning males (1M), higher-functioning females (2F), and higher-functioning males (2M). What is unique about this program is that husband and wife, or boyfriend and girlfriend, take the nutrition training in the classroom together as a couple, but are split off on their own, or one-on-one with the instructor when it comes to the exercise routines in the field. Hence, the four-stream approach.
During the soring of 2019 Jim completed another specialty certificate with ACE entitled the Functional Training Specialist Program. This will provide the background information he needs to create the Movement Series, which will include the five programs mentioned above.
In the summer of 2021, Jim completed a number of Continuing Education Units with ACE. Some of the information will be used to develop a number of new programs in the future within the Active Agers Series mentioned above. Of particular note are the following courses he took:
In the summer of 2023, Jim completed a number of Continuing Education Units with ACE. Some of the information will be used to develop a number of new fitness programs in the future. Of particular note are the following courses he took:
View Jim's profile and ROHP registration with the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants [IONC]. IONC is the founding registry, established in 1983, to ensure advanced standards of education and practice efficacy for Nutritional Consultants (ROHPs, RNCPs).
Here, you can gain access to his professional profile on LinkedIn and to the company page on Facebook.
In terms of his professional profile at LinkedIn, you can check it out here:
Follow the link below to reach Orthocellular's company page on Facebook.
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