Bo Wagner Detailed Acting Profile

Bo Wagner was born in a show biz family. He started on TV when he was just five years old on a TV show that was broadcasted in the afternoons five days a week. “Bobby” Wagner as he was known then would sing, tap dance, play musical instruments and do comedy skits.

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Bo Wagner Tap Dancing as a Youngster

At the age of seven he started performing at night clubs and hotels across the country with the biggest stars. During these earlier years Bobby Wagner also began honing his acting skills by doing musical theater and summer stock. He made his first movie “Conorade” a civil defense movie, at the age of eight.

When Bobby Wagner was ten years old he was a TV guest on the Original Mickey Mouse Club as a featured drummer and tap dancer. He also did numerous personal appearances with different Mouseketeers such as Tommy Cole, Annette, Bobby Burgess and Cubby O’Brien. Throughout Bo Wagner’s career he worked a lot for the Disney organization. Bo’s first band open Tomorrowland’s Space Bar and Disney added Roberta Shore, another Disney personality that was featured on the Annette series on the Mickey Mouse Club, as his band’s girl singer.

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Bo Wagner and Roberta Shore a Disney Personality Featured on the Mickey Mouse Club

 

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Bo Wagner, Roberta Shore, and Bo’s Band at Disneyland

He spent a year working at Disney World in the early 70’s as a member of the Pearly Band, the World Band, backing acts at night at the Contemporary Hotel, like Howard Keel and Mel Torme, doing concerts playing drums, marimba and vibes for Roger Williams and the Supremes, doing his song and dance night club act at conventions with the Disney World Review and danced around the park with Mary Poppins as the Dick Van Dyke chimney sweep character and as a mouseketeer. They worked him so much that he usually didn’t have time to go home and would just sleep in the underground dressing room.

With the band Starbuck, Bo and the band worked continuously, for several years, at Disneyland and Disney World doing concerts, proms and bringing in the New Year in front of the castle at Disneyworld. On Starbuck’s first visit to Disneyland, the Disney Studio brought Bo out to the Disney Studio lot in Burbank, California to meet the new group of Mouseketeers. They wanted him to explain what it was like when he filmed there with the original group of Mouseketeers. They even had Bo Wagner take pictures with new Mouseketeers with Mickey Mouse ears on top of his long rock & roll hair and beard. Disney used this photo as advertisement for Starbuck’s performances at Disneyland.

After moving to Hollywood, Bobby Wagner had to change his name in order to become a member of Screen Actors Guild and do movies, because of Robert Wagner the actor. Once in Hollywood, the now known Bo Wagner continued to perform in the Hollywood night spots, such as Moulin Rouge, Ciro’s and Macambo Night Club, with the same headlining stars he had been previously performing with in night clubs and hotels throughout the country. Several of these stars now had TV variety shows and would have Bo on as a guest such as Gisele McKenzie Show and the Jimmy Durante TV Special.

 

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Bo Wagner, Jimmy Durante, Connie Francis and The Lennon Sisters

 

Besides performing in night clubs and on TV, Bo Wagner began filming movies and TV sitcoms like Gypsy with Natalie Woods and Rosalind Russel and I Dream of Jeannie with Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman.

 

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In this photo we can see Bo Wagner acting in the Gipsy movie

The great comedians Bo Wagner had been performing with were now headquartering in Hollywood making movies and doing TV shows. These famous comedians loved to associate together and formed their own fraternal club called the Hollywood Comedy Club, which later became known as the Friars Club and also the Masters Club. All the greats from vaudeville, nights clubs, TV and movies were members, such as Milton Berle, Jack Benny, Mickey Rooney, the Three Stogges and character actors like Joe E. Brown. They would meet several times each month at a club called the Troupers Club on Highland Blvd in Hollywood. They would have dinner and reminisce about the old days, vaudeville, the early movies, their many experiences and having worked together. They were always on, telling jokes continuously. There was a small stage and they would sometimes get up and do little bits. Since Bo had worked with many of these celebrities, Bo had the honor of being invited to visit their club (the only youngster ever invited). They treated him like he was one of them and did not pull any punches in telling their stories. Bo became a regular participant at these meetings and eventually was invited to become a member of the club.

When a performer would become a member, they would have an initiation. They held the initiations at the American Legions Hall also on Highland Ave. just down the block from the Hollywood Bowl. It had a large auditorium and main stage to hold the initiations. On the night Bo Wagner was initiated, all these great performers came to support and witness his initiation. They chose Joe E. Brown (whom they knew was one of Bo’s favorite comedians) to do the initiation. After Bo was initiated he had to perform, so he first did a tap dance, his main forte, because most of these comedians also tap danced or at least did the old soft shoe.

Joe E. Brown one of Bo Wagner's favorite comedians was selected to the the initiation when Bo Wagner became a member of the Hollywood Comedy Club
Joe E. Brown one of Bo Wagner’s favorite comedians was selected to do the the initiation for Bo Wagner to became a member of the Hollywood Comedy Club

But this was a comedy club so Bo had to do some standup comedy. He was used to telling jokes in his night club act. So his dad, an old vaudevillian himself, help him put some comedy material together. Also a number of the members gave Bo some zingers to say about another member; like Berle said say this about Durante, and Durante said say this about Benny, and Benny said say this about George Burns and Burns said say this about George Gobel and so on. Bo ended up with a wealth of material

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Picture of Bobby Wagner and George Gobel

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So during his performance Bo Wagner zinged one of the famous comedians and the audience was pleasantly shocked that an eleven-year-old just sapped one of their members. Bo continued to sap many of them and the audience when wild. It turned out to be a great night and everyone had a ball. They members loved the roasting so much, it became a regular part of their meetings and went on to be the famous Roasting of Celebrities on the Friars and Master Clubs TV shows. Being a member of the Hollywood Comedy Club was one of the greatest highlights of Bo Wagner’s career.

When he was 13 years old, Bo Wagner had his own show in Las Vegas, Nevada and was commuting to and from Los Angeles to Las Vegas performing on the Lawrence Welk TV Show in Hollywood and the glamorous hotels in Las Vegas. Bo Wagner and his first Las Vegas Show, “The Bo Wagner Quintet”, first worked downtown Las Vegas at the Fremont Hotel opposite Wayne Newton. Then Bo Wagner and his different groups, The Bo Wagner Review, Wagner, Hart & Co. and for several years with his partner Chet DeMilo, moved to the Tropicana Hotel on the famous Las Vegas strip and then to Caesars’ Palace, plus the Holiday Hotel in Reno, Nevada, the Wagon Wheel Hotel and Sahara Hotel in Lake Tahoe, Nevada and Nugget Casino and Hotel, with Liberace, in Sparks, Nevada.

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Bo Wagner, Hart & Co.

 

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Chet Demilo and Bo Wagner

 

Throughout Bo’s career, he has continued to perform from time to time at the MGM Grand Hotel, Riviera Hotel, Showboat Hotel, Sahara Hotel and for several years with Liberace at the Hilton Hotel. At the same time, Bo Wagner had a side career as a print model for major fashion magazines. From time to time, Bo would take a break and fly to New York and Los Angeles to do photo shoots. There was never a dull moment for Bo.

 

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Bo Wagner Side Career as a Fashion Model

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Another Picture of Bo Wagner’s Modeling Portfolio

During the 60’s Bo recorded a lot of records with many of the biggest stars and was a member of two hit groups: The Lewis and Clarke Expedition, Eternity’s Children, and also touring drummer with the Fifth Dimension.

 

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Image of album cover by the Lewis and Clarke Expedition, one of the songs was Daddy’s Plastic Child, Bo Wagner is also pictured on the right side

 

He spent a year working at Disney World in the early 70’s as a member of the Pearly Band, the World Band, backing acts at night at the Contemporary Hotel, like Howard Keel and Mel Torme, doing concerts playing drums, marimba and vibes for Roger Williams and the Supremes, doing his song and dance night club act at conventions with the Disney World Review and danced around the park with Mary Poppins as the Dick Van Dyke chimney sweep character and as a mouseketeer. They worked him so much that he usually didn’t have time to go home and would just sleep in the underground dressing room.

 

Bruce Blackman, Bo Wagner, and other members of the Starbuck group posing for a picture during the Moonlight Feels Right album period.

Bruce Blackman, Bo Wagner, and other members of the Starbuck group posing for a picture during the Moonlight Feels Right album period.

For the rest of the 70’s, Bo Wagner was a member of the hit recording group Starbuck. Starbuck’s biggest hit was Moonlight Feels Right. It is usually remembered because of the excellent stylistic vocal by Bruce Blackman and by the marimba solo performed by Bo Wagner. This would be the first time that a top 40 hit single included a marimba composition.

With the band Starbuck, Bo and the band worked continuously, for several years, at Disneyland and Disney World doing concerts, proms and bringing in the New Year in front of the castle at Disneyworld. On Starbuck’s first visit to Disneyland, the Disney Studio brought Bo out to the Disney Studio lot in Burbank, Ca to meet the new group of Mouseketeers. They wanted him to explain what it was like when he filmed there with the original group of Mouseketeers. They even had Bo Wagner take pictures with new Mouseketeers with Mickey Mouse ears on top of his long rock & roll hair and beard. Disney used this photo as advertisement for Starbuck’s performances at Disneyland.

All in all, Bo Wagner had an exciting career in the entertainment industry and was skilled in multiple fields: DANCING, CHOREOGRAPHY, SINGING, COMEDY, MUSIC, ARRANGING, RECORDING, PRODUCING and ACTING.

Being involved in the entertainment industry from a very early age, Bo Wagner was exposed to all the different vices, and he saw it for what it was. He chose early on to be healthy. When he was seventeen he had a serious back injury, he couldn’t stand up, could not dance, could not get in and out of cars. So he visited an orthopedic doctor and was told that his injury was not serious enough to operate. He was sent home to relax, and was told there was nothing else that could be done for him, except to take tranquilizers. So for a few months he took tranquilizers with no results, and was told that he may be like this forever. Somebody suggested he visit a chiropractor, so Bo Wagner went to see one and in 15 minutes he was able to stand up straight and dance, and even better he was able to get rid of the tranquilizers.

Rest of the story as told by Dr. Bo Wagner himself:

“A light bulb went off and I realized that there were some alternatives that you could do to be healthy. I wanted to learn everything I could to have all options available, so I enrolled in a chiropractic school the next day! At the time most chiropractors also did colon therapy. I was also introduced to vitamins, health food, yoga, meditation, and I just took  it all in. It was perfect for me. I changed my major, got really interested in nutrition, became a holistic healthcare practitioner, which was my first diploma. I became the renowned health guru on the set.

When I was 21 I went to Mexico and caught some wicked bacteria and lost 30 pounds in three days. I got back to the US finally after many days and went to see a couple of internists, who were very fine doctors by the way. They said I had the worst bacteria case they had ever seen, it was eating my liver and colon, and they gave me less than six months to live. They said “there was was nothing anybody could do for me” and sent me home. Well, I was devastated, after a couple of days I said, ‘Wait a minute, I know better than this’. So I submitted myself to a daily rigid cleanse and detox routine for three months. I am a fighter; after three months I felt great.

This motivated me to learn more, so I decided that I wanted to be a colonic therapist and nutritionist. I wanted to know how to take care of myself and my family, so I went back to school and became a colon therapist, and a Certified Practitioner of Natural Healthcare. So now I really am a Holistic doctor. I never expected to become a healthcare therapist, I just wanted the knowledge, but everyone was looking at me like one.

I kept performing, having hit records with the musical groups I was a member of, doing all the big TV shows, and yet backstage I was the healer. So when I retired from Starbuck and from my career in entertainment in 1979, I opened up a natural healthcare clinic, a health food store, and a performing arts school.

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Bo Wagner Art School Brochure

 

So I would educate my students in nutrition, diet, hydration and how to maintain a healthy life style through natural health care, trained them in the performing arts, arrange and record their music, and choreograph their act. It was all about them being as healthy as they could be so they could go and perform at their best.

As the years went by I continued to study and received a Doctorate of Naturopathy, Doctorate of Natural Medicine, a Ph.D. in Natural Health Sciences/Clinical Nutrition, became Board Certified and received a Fellow in Integrative Medicine, a Diplomate in Clinical Nutrition and became a Professor and Dean at the University of Natural Medicine. I also started my own natural health supplement and beauty care line, formulating all my own products and creating detoxification, rejuvenation and weight management programs. Natural healthcare saved my life and my healthcare practice, products and programs are my gift back to help others.”

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Bo Wagner Musician Profile and Early Career as a Child Performer

Some details about the early entertainment career of Bo Wagner, the practitioner in charge of drbo.com and currently running a natural health clinic, which recently relocated from Sherman Oaks to Santa Monica, California.

Bo Wagner was a prolific child entertainer from the very beginning, that is from five years old, he was involved in different areas of the entertainment industry.

Dr. Bo, as he is usually known today, was a tap dancer, actor, record producer, drummer, percussionist, marimba and vibe player, choreographer, dance instructor, keyboard artist, and studio musician.

Bo Wagner beginnings, the child performer.

Bobby Wagner, as he was first known, was involved from a very early age in the industry, as his father and mother were entertainers. Thus, it was only natural that Bobby Wagner would display natural inclination to be in the same industry.

Bobby Wagner was less than six years old when he was already appearing in musical variety TV shows that used to air in the early 1950’s. His main acts on TV were as a tap dancer and drummer.

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Playful Picture of Bobby Wagner Dancing on Drums

TV was not enough for the precocious Bobby Wagner, since he also traveled to top class hotels and night clubs to perform his musical and dancing routines.

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Bobby Wagner and Ted Lewis at the Beverly Hills Country Club in Newport Kentucky

He traveled extensively, cross country, from the east coast to the west coast. Bobby Wagner had the pleasure of performing from New York City, to Hollywood, California and most other major cities in between, continuously, throughout his early childhood. One of the great entertainers Bo had the pleasure to perform with was Ted Lewis of the “Me and My Shadow” fame.

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Bobby Wagner with Tony Pastor, band leader

 

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Bobby Wagner with Ted Weems, band leader

 

Being such an accomplished young musician, Bobby Wagner got invited to play with some famous Big Bands. Worth mentioning are the Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Tony Pastor’s Orchestra, The Ted Weems Orchestra and the novelty band, The Spike Jones Band.

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Wee Bonnie Baker, singer with Ted Weems Orchestra, and Bobby Wagner

 

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Bobby Wagner and Freddie Morgan of the Spike Jones Band

Bobby Wagner tap danced and played drums on the original Mickey Mouse Club Talent Roundup Day.

The original Mickey Mouse Club was a very successful American Variety Show which aired from 1955-1958 and reran through 1966.

The Original Mickey Mouse Club was created by Walt Disney, and it helped promote and finance Disneyland, the theme park. After Walt got too busy with other projects, the direction of the TV Program was taken over by Bill Walsh.

The Original TV show was aimed mainly at children and young TV viewers. Some distinguishing features were, musical and dance acts, a newsreel, cartoons, talent shows, comedy skits and mini-series.

Originally cast members wore nothing on their heads. Roy Williams, a staff member and “Mooseketeer” on the show, had the brilliant idea that cast members and all performers wore Mickey Mouse’s ears. The idea was readily accepted, and even nowadays everybody pictures “Mouseketeers” wearing these hard, not to notice, Mickey Mouse ears.

The “Mouseketeers” were the regular child and teen performers on the Original Mickey Mouse Club. Some famous “Mouseketeers” include Annette Funicello, Bobby Burgess and Cubby O’Brien.

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This picture shows Annette Funicello with three other performers doing a dancing routine on the Original Mickey Mouse Club

On Friday nights, the Original Mickey Mouse Club included a special segment called the Talent Roundup Day. On these days already established and upcoming new performers were invited to show their talent by the TV show producers. When “Bobby” Wagner was 10 years old he got to showcase his talent on the Original Mickey Mouse Club Talent Roundup Day. He performed several tap dancing routines and also played the drums. After his performance “Bobby” Wagner obtained the title of “Honorary Mouseketeer”; he was also issued a lifetime membership in the Original Mickey Mouse Club.

 

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Here we can appreciate “Bobby” Wagner playing the drums on the Original Mickey Mouse Club Talent Roundup Day

 

In the next picture from the Walt Disney archives we can see the young performer “Bobby” Wagner tap dancing as an invited guest in the Original Mickey Mouse Club Talent Roundup Day. The background shows a blacksmith shop in an Old West town. A “Horses for Sale” is also visible, as well as other signs.

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The musical career of Bo Wagner spans a few decades. When he was an early teenager, he became a regular performer on the Lawrence Welk’s Show. On this show Bo Wagner used to play the drums, vibes, marimba, and tap danced. Being a young music entertainer, he did rather well as he stayed with this show for a period of three years.

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Bo Wagner Playing the Marimba on the Lawrence Welk Show

 

There is a video of Bo Wagner on YouTube where he is seen playing the marimba and tap dancing with Cubby O’Brien and Jack Imel.

 

Other groups, musicians, and renowned entertainers that Bo Wagner has been involved with, include: The 5th Dimension, The Lewis & Clarke Expedition Group, Eternity’s Children, Liberace, Roger Williams, and Starbuck.

Starbuck was a pop-rock band featuring Bruce Blackman, lead singer and keyboard player, Johnny Walker, guitar player and vocalist and Bo Wagner, played marimba, vibes and percussion.

Starbuck released three albums. In 1976 Moonlight Feels Right, in 1977 rock & Roll Rocket, in 1978 Searching for a Thrill. From all the songs that Starbuck played, the one they’re most renowned for is “Moonlight Feels Right”

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Bo Wagner and Bruce Blackman Re-United in the 80’s

 

The group Starbuck has played a few current  reunion concerts for their fans. On this YouTube video, Starbuck is playing in front of a sold out audience at Chastain Park, in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Lyrics for Moonlight Feels Right
The wind blew some luck in my direction
I caught it in my hands today
I finally made a tricky French connection
You winked and gave me your o.k.
I’ll take you on a trip beside the ocean
And drop the top at Chesapeake Bay
Ain’t nothing like the sky to dose a potion
The moon’ll send you on your way

Moonlight feels right
Moonlight feels right

We’ll lay back and observe the constellations
And watch the moon smilin’ bright
I’ll play the radio on southern stations
Cause southern belles are hell at night
You say you came to Baltimore from Ole Miss
Class of seventy-four gold ring
The eastern moon looks ready for a wet kiss
To make the tide rise again

We’ll see the sun come up on Sunday morning
And watch it fade the moon away
I guess you know I’m giving you a warning
Cause me and moon are itching to play
I’ll take you on a trip beside the ocean
And drop the top at Chesapeake Bay
Ain’t nothin’ like the sky to dose a potion
The moon’ll send you on your way

Song Listing for Moonlight Feels Right Record

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Moonlight Feels Right featured a marimba solo played by Bo Wagner, it was the first time that a Top 40 record included a marimba composition.

Track Listings

Disc: 1
1. I Got To Know
2. Drop A Little Rock
3. Lash Larue
4. The Slower You Go (The Longer It Lasts)
5. Moonlight Feels Right
6. I’m Crazy
7. So The Night Goes
8. Working My Heart To The Bone
9. Lucky Man
10. Bordello Bordeaux

 

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Pet Ear Care

Your pet’s need to be healthy too!

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The herbs in Dr. Bo’s® Pet Care Ear have been shown to be an aid for ear infections, mites and ticks. It also softens sharp plant material that may be lodged in ears. The herbs were chosen for their ability to reduce inflammation and bacteria while soothing and healing tissues. Pet Care Ear is safe for all animal species.

 

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Apply warm oil inside ear once every 1-3 days until desired result is achieved. Use 1/4 to 1 full dropper, according to ear size. Squeeze base of ear and massage immediately after application to evenly coat ear and to prevent loos of oil from head shaking.
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Diet For a Healthy Colon

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Our modern way of life is conducive to colon diseases such as cancer. By changing our eating habits and lifestyle, we may avoid or heal colon disease. Listed below are several things we can do to help prevent colon disease or even correct deficiencies provided they haven’t progressed too far. In doing so, excess weight will just melt off until your body stabilizes.

  1. Avoid all stomach irritants:
    1. Baking Powder and Baking Soda,
    2. Caffeine Drinks (coffee, tea, soda, etc.) Non-caffeinated herbal tea is fine,
    3. Carbonated Beverages: Waters and Sodas
    4. Concentrated Foods
    5. Hot Pepper – Capsicum (Cayenne Pepper) is OK
    6. Nicotine
    7. Sugar and Spices (except fresh or powdered herbs and Stevia)
    8. Vinegar Products
    9. Dairy/Casein Products including cheese (Nut and Grain beverages and cheeses are ok)
    10. All Gluten Products including Wheat, Oats, Rye and Barley
    11. INSTEAD, eat fresh fruits, nuts, non-starchy vegetables, lean protein, superfood shakes and non-gluten grains: Quinoa, Amaranth, Millet, Buckwheat or Whole Grain Rice.
  1. Do not consume over-ripe fruits or vegetables or foods having the faintest taint of spoilage or foods “aged” during processing, such as hard cheeses, sauerkraut, pickles, etc.
  1. Following smart food combining rules:
    1. Eat fruits alone
    2. Eat non-starchy vegetables, a salad and or cooked veggies alone or with either a:
      • lean protein,
      • starchy vegetable,
      • grain,
      • starchy bean/legume (called Pluses)
      • but don’t eat protein, and starches/grains together

Eat smart food choices according to your personal blood type: O, A, B, AB

Preferably using Dr. Bo’s Guide for Smart Food Choices which is different than other lists.

Blood Types O and B can have red meat but not more than once every two weeks due to the high uric acid content of red meat. All other blood types should avoid red altogether, since they do not produce the stomach acids to digest it.

  1. Add fiber and colon cleansing herbs to your diet 1-2 times each day (this adds the bulk or roughage that helps clean the colon). Be sure to drink at least 8 oz. of water with these products, and follow it with an additional 8 oz. of water, for a total of 16 oz. of water. The amount of water is very important. 
  1. Eat slowly, in small bites and chew well. Good rule: chew your liquids and drink your solids. Your stomach does not have teeth.
  2. Eat only when hungry. True hunger is a pleasant sensation in the mouth and throat.
  3. Reduce overeating. Leave the table slightly hungry. Your food expands in 30 minutes.
  4. Your diet should consist of 60% alkaline foods (fruits and vegetables) & 40% acid foods.
  5. Reduce processes foods, fried foods, dried foods & chemically altered food with hydrogenated oils.
  6. For improved digestion, take a full spectrum enzyme just before or during meals. When taking your enzymes consume at least 8 oz. of water. Water is required to activate the “water craving” hydrolytic enzymes. The moisture in the mouth may not be sufficient. If you are taking other vitamins, take them with this same glass of water. If you are not taking a full spectrum enzyme with your meals, do not drink water with your meal. Instead, drink at least 30 minutes before and 60 minutes after a meal, but never with it, unless you are taking enzymes. To complete the digestive process while you sleep, take the full spectrum enzymes just before bedtime.
  1. To help establish and build friendly bacteria and flora in the intestines, consume daily a multi strain Probiotic and Prebiotic to achieve good elimination, absorption, digestion and strong immune system.
  1. Drink a gallon (4 quarts) of water daily – more on fast days. Add a squeeze of lemon.
  1. Be regular in mealtime and bedtime (this helps your digestive system, allowing it to become accustomed to work times and rest times).
  1. Do not crowd meals close together. Put a minimum of 4-5 hours between the end of one meal and the beginning of the next, with ideally nothing in-between, giving the stomach an opportunity to rest. If you do need snacks, eat nuts and seeds, fruit and vegetable juices, superfood shake with or without a protein powder or foods that will combine well with the foods you have had or are going to eat.
  1. Fast one day each week. Take 8-10 activated charcoal tablets at bedtime on the night before each fast. This will help absorb the toxins released by the fast. You can either do a fruit fast or a juice fast (fresh fruit or vegetable juices), a lemonade fast, or a grapefruit lymph fast is best. It is nice to give the body a rest. We don’t die from knee injuries we usually die from organ failure. We tend to overtax our bodies and wear it out.

You can find the different products mention in this blog at your favorite health food store or if you are interested in what we use at my clinic check out http://www.drbo.com.

The statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. These statements and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Squash Grain Stuffing

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Thanksgiving has come and gone, but this nutrient packed side is perfect for any meal!  Use this with a side of other veggies and your meal is good to go. It saves well in the fridge and is a perfect leftover!

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup quinoa or whole grain wild rice or millet (Can be a mixture)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup celeriac (celery root), diced
  • 3/4 cup butternut squash, diced (for all blood types) Or
  • 3/4 cup sweet potato, diced (for types O, B, &AB)
  • 1 medium leek or onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground sage
  • 1 tsp. ground thyme
  • 3/4 tsp. Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Dr. Bo’s Olive Oil (extra virgin)

PREPARATION

Rinse quinoa, rice or millet and pour in a sauce pan with 2 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Avoid stirring and let boil until the grain absorbs all the remaining water, about 10-15 minutes. [For a perfect grain, after all the water is absorbed, turn the heat off and let grains sit in the pan with the cover on for at least 10 more minutes. The grain will absorb any remaining water left in the pan and stay moist and fluffy!] Set aside in a large mixing bowl.

Melt about a tablespoon of oil in a pan. Chop the garlic, leek or onions, butternut squash or sweet potato and celeriac, and add it to the oil. Cook on medium, stirring frequently, until veggies are fork tender- about 20 minutes. Once the veggies are softened, add the thyme, sage, salt and pepper and stir coat evenly.

Add the veggies to the grain in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Pour in the chopped parsley and olive oil and toss until everything is evenly distributed.

Can make a day or so ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve. Saves well in fridge for about a week and makes great leftovers for lunch.

 

Photo from: http://wisconsinfromscratch.com/journal/2013/10/22/102213-wild-rice-pilaf-with-roasted-butternut-squash

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10 Health Benefits of Bananas

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Who knew this common fruit we all love could have so many healthy benefits and taste so good!  Don’t ignore your bananas, here’s why:

  1. Instant energy
  2. Keeps you “regular”
  3. Reduces blood pressure & the risk of heart disease
  4. Scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals
  5. Reduces menstrual cramps
  6. Contains anti-oxidents, vitamins and minerals
  7. Helps grow strong bones
  8. Powers the brain
  9. Helps prevent ulcers
  10. Reduces depression

GO BANANAS!

 

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6 Easy Kitchen Hacks

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Little tips and tricks make working in the kitchen so much more enjoyable.  See these 6 kitchen hacks below!

  1. Pomegranates –  Cut the pomegranate in half and gently loosen it with your hands. Over a bowl with cut side down smack the skin with a spoon and the seeds will pop out!
  2. Eggs – lost some shell in the bowl?  Use one of the egg halves to fish it out easily with very little mess.
  3. Limes – Microwave the lime for 5-10 seconds, roll it out on the counter then cut in half and juice – you will get triple the juice.
  4. Mushrooms – start by cutting off a small slice off one side, this will create an even surface to then cut the entire mushroom with out it rolling around.
  5. Ginger – cutting ginger is hard – try using a microplane or grater for best results!
  6. Lemons – got seeds? Juice the lemon over your cupped hand to loosen catch the seeds like a colander.