His name is Pete. I met Pete back in 2005. Or it might have been the late 90’s. Hard to remember back that far…college was a bit of a blur.

He’s one of those types that comes in and out of your life, usually showing up when you least expect it. Sometimes he outlasts his welcome. Other times, it’s a quick pop in visit. And just like that, he is gone.

You see, Pete is the loving name I have given to my parasite. Makes it more personal. Some clinical types probably would call it visualization. Just my morbid sense of humor I suppose. Whatever.

For years (see above) I have dealt with the symptoms, and they have been plentiful: GERD, food sensitivities, weight gain, inflammation, poor sleep, night sweats, unexplained dizziness, adrenal fatigue, and the list could go on. I saw doctors, had annual physicals, saw specialists, had GI tract studies, took pills and powders, tried elimination diets and again you get the point.

The Obstacle: A medical community wanting to treat/mask the symptoms without addressing the underlying problems or physiological chains. I am such a rebel for wanting answers, not pills.

Then I met Aaron Davis and Ben House with Train Adapt Evolve. We started off pretty slow, addressing some of my structural and movement related issues. But it was 6-8 months ago we started getting serious about my health and well-being. Not much point in fixing the structure if the foundation is cracked.


During this time, Pete was laying back, waiting for the best time to say hello. So we looked at other systems first.

So Davis started asking questions that no trainer in their right mind normally asks (which usually falls to, “What’s your Fran time?”)

“How’s work? When’s the last blood work you had done, and can I see it? How your stress at home? Are you on HRT? Let me see your diet logs. How are your bowel movements?” You get the picture.

Again, slowly we started making changes. First to diet. Saw some small improvements, but knew there were changes to be made.

Then we moved on to addressing the hormone replacement therapy. (Yes, I take testosterone. Men need to be ok admitting this. No shame in it.) But there is little point to using the stuff if it isn’t having a noticeable impact.

Again, my doctor….”you are still too low, double your dose!” And while this ground-breaking approach got my number into HIS “acceptable” range, I felt no different. At all. He was fine with this.

Davis and House weren’t. So we started on some supplements aimed at helping my body actually use all that testosterone floating around. I worked on stress reduction, breathing techniques, and better sleep habits.

The result: improved energy, improved (but not perfect) sleep and I am down about 35 pounds while adding muscle and getting stronger in my programming. Even my RHR is down to 56.


Ah, but then Pete started visiting more often than grandma. And he didn’t even help babysit my twin boys. What an asshole.

Diet alone wasn’t helping, so we hit up some more blood work, looked at my history I carry around and there was a clear pattern pointing the finger at a parasite. And I should mention this is blood work my doctor of nearly 20 years pronounced as “normal.” “Here, take this pill, it will help.”

That brings me to today. I am finishing up a 6 week cleanse & repair protocol and have never felt better. GERD symptoms are gone. Night sweats, poor sleep, dizziness, mental fogginess, all gone. New habits for eating even cleaner than I had been are in place. It has been a slow process, yes, but it will be lasting. These last 8 months also had an unintended consequence: self-awareness. I am more in tune with my body, my overall health and wellness. Score.

Did I do the work? Yes. But without Davis & House at TAE, it would have never been placed in my path in the first place. For this, I am grateful.

As for Pete, he has left the building. Good riddance.

Now let’s get back to working on my Fran time.

By: David Shanklin