FOX NEWS – ‘Blue Wiggle’ Describes New Book, How I Got My Wiggle Back

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‘Blue Wiggle’ Describes Road To Recovery In New Memoir
Written By Nicki Gostin
February 20, 2012

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Anyone with a child under the age of 10 surely knows The Wiggles.

The Australian quartet, which is made up of Anthony Field, Murray Cook, Greg Page and Jeff Fatt, is akin to The Beatles in the world of children’s music. With their catchy songs (we defy anyone not to hum ‘Hot Potato’ after hearing it), distinctive costumes and upbeat messages they have sold millions of CDs, DVDs and performed sold out concerts all over the world.

In How I Got My Wiggle Back: A Memoir of Healing, Anthony Field, the “blue wiggle” tells his inspiring story of how he overcame monumental health issues to get his life and sanity back.

The book also includes a self-care health program, lots of exercise and diet advice that people can follow to relieve their pain and heal illness. It’s an inspiring and deeply honest book that follows one Wiggle’s redemption. To buy the book, click here

Q: What ailments were you suffering from?
A: I had terrible back pain, chronic pain, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome and terrible infections in my teeth, basically I have about 10 original teeth, and the rest are titanium. I was overweight, and I also suffered from depression.

Q: When did it all start?
A: I got out of the army when I was 23, so for about 10 years I was sinking down into what I actually thought was normal aging. I was in my mid 30s, but biologically I was probably in my mid 60s. I felt terrible, no get up and go. I’d lie in bed, eat a whole lot of junk food, and watch TV when I had the time off – as opposed to now when I can’t wait to get out on a bicycle and exercise and get the endorphins going. I couldn’t before because I was in so much pain, I was just not motivated.

Q: Did you ever consider suicide?
A: I have a psychological bent towards depression and self-loathing. A couple of times I got really close to it. When you think about people committing suicide you think, ‘Oh they must have been in a terrible state, but actually at the times I was thinking about it. I was thinking, ‘Oh this is good, I’m going to get out of this hole that I’m in.’ I was actually feeling like it was a really good idea.

Q: Don’t you think it’s ironic that while you were feeling this way you were part of a beloved children’s group?
A: I’ve got to say on stage and doing a show I was never miserable. I always enjoyed being on stage, but I was in a lot of pain. I’d go backstage whenever I got the chance and just lie down. Ask any of the other guys, it was a regular occurrence. They’d look behind and there I’d be on the ground with my back or before the show I’d be in my dressing room and I’d break down. They just didn’t understand what was going on; I didn’t understand what was going on, to be honest. When we toured England, I took photos to reflect my moods. I’ve still got them, its photos of clouds and rain.

Q: What was the first step in getting better?
A: In the ‘80s, my father recommended I go see a professional psychologist; a fantastic woman in Sydney that I still see actually. He came to me and said, ‘I can’t help you with this,’ and it was really good that he came up and said that.

The first step of getting out of physical pain was Dr. (James) Stoxen in Chicago, a chiropractor who released me from back pain . . . and he started me on a path of looking at real natural cures. I was in so much pain all the time, and I was taking so much Advil and Nyquil to help me sleep, over-the-counter drugs, which don’t help your health at all. They kill your digestive system and slow you down. But he was saying there’s a way out of all this pain and quite incredibly it starts with your footwear and your feet. Then he gave me exercises to do off the ground, anti-gravity exercises. I could hardly do anything in the beginning.

And then I met another chiropractor in Santa Clara, Dr. (Richard) Gringeri, and he talked to me about how the processed food I was eating was staying in my body and encouraging sickness to develop. So then I became more of a natural eater. I got off all the painkillers. I feel so much better and am able to do so many more things on stage.

I’ve stopped drinking and my depression is much better. I’m on Zoloft; I’m not ashamed to say that. I lead a really good life. I don’t think about topping myself at all. (English expression for killing yourself).

Q: What is Dr. Stoxen’s theory?
A: It starts with the shoes. We’re binding our feet and that causes us to stop using the muscles in our feet. If you’re even a little bit overweight, it’ll put a lot of stress on your knees and hips, and that’s when inflammation starts. Inflammation brings pain and it also brings infections. So he got me strong from my feet up. My body started getting stronger, my diet changed and I felt so much better. One of the best things about physical exercise is the endorphins it creates to make you feel better – a natural high.


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Dr James Stoxen DC., FSSEMM (hon) He is the president of Team Doctors®, Treatment and Training Center Chicago. Dr Stoxen is a #1 International Bestselling Author of the book, The Human Spring Approach to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He has lectured at more than 20 medical conferences on his Human Spring Approach to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and asked to publish his research on this approach to treating thoracic outlet syndrome in over 30 peer review medical journals. He has been asked to submit his other research on the human spring approach to treatment, training and prevention in over 225 peer review medical journals. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthopedic Science and Research, Executive Editor or the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care, Chief Editor, Advances in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Journal and editorial board for over 40 peer review medical journals. He is a much sought-after speaker both to the general public and at CME credentialed medical conferences. He has given over 1000 live presentations and lectured at over 70 medical conferences to over 50,000 doctors in more than 20 countries. He has been invited to speak at over 400 medical conferences in over 50 international cities in 30 countries. He has been invited as the keynote speaker at over 60 medical conferences. After his groundbreaking lecture on the Integrated Spring-Mass Model at the World Congress of Sports and Exercise Medicine he was presented with an Honorary Fellowship Award by a member of the royal family, the Sultan of Pahang, for his distinguished research and contributions to the advancement of Sports and Exercise Medicine on an International level. He was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Personal Trainers Hall of Fame in 2012. Dr Stoxen has a big reputation in the entertainment industry working as a doctor for over 150 tours of elite entertainers, caring for over 1000 top celebrity entertainers and their handlers. Anthony Field or the popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, wrote a book, How I Got My Wiggle Back detailing his struggles with chronic pain and clinical depression he struggled with for years. Dr Stoxen is proud to be able to assist him. Physicians Medical Technologies does business as Team Doctors®, a medical device company that provides high end vibration massage tools. In 2012, the Massage Assist Pro was cleared by the FDA. Today the Massage Assist® is sold in 13 countries. In late 2019, Team Doctors launched the Vibeassage® which was cleared by the FDA in 2019 and has sold thousands of units around the world. Dr Stoxen can be reached directly at

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