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Anthony Field was on top of the world. As a founder and co-star of The Wiggles, the most popular children's music group in history, he sang and danced his way into the hearts of countless families around the world. Wiggles CDs and DVDs sell in the millions, the group's TV show is immensely popular among preschoolers, and the band performs to sold-out crowds around the world for hundreds of shows every year. But all was not well.

In How I Got My Wiggle Back, Anthony, the "blue Wiggle," reveals for the first time that as he and his group soared to fame and fortune, he was locked in a downward spiral that nearly ended his career. Anthony tells the story of the years he spent suffering from joint pain, multiple allergies, chronic headaches, and clinical depression. In this book, he also talks about his remarkable recovery and the simple techniques that can help anyone suffering with similar problems to regain their health.

Anthony Field has always been dedicated to The Wiggles and their mission to engage and inspire young children with music and entertainment. In How I Got My Wiggle Back, Anthony reminisces about the band's early years and his life from childhood to adulthood. He introduces his fellow Wiggles and recounts their leap from Australia to becoming world-class superstars. For fans, he describes in detail how the group develops its shows, the different roles each of its members plays, and the excitement of making children and their parents an integral part of every show.

Anthony's story of how he beat the mysterious illnesses that threatened to end his career is both inspiring and instructive. He tells the riveting story of how two wonderful doctors isolated the root cause of many of Anthony's physical problems and set him on the road to recovery; he also provides a prescriptive self-care health program of exercise advice and nutritional information with practical action steps to relieve pain and prevent and heal disease.

Filled with more than seventy-five photographs of Anthony and his fellow Wiggles from their early days through the present, and including photos of the fitness regime that now keeps Anthony at the peak of health, How I Got My Wiggle Back takes you backstage and beyond to experience the joy, pain, and ultimate triumph of a global superstar at the top of his game.

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How I Got My Wiggle Back

"Anthony Field's success in children's entertainment proves that he is an extraordinarily talented and creative man. How I Got My Wiggle Back, his memoir, reveals that Field is also remarkably generous, sparing no detail of his battle with illness in order to demonstrate the power of the uncommon therapy that healed him literally from head to toe. The astonishing modalities he describes that until now have been reserved for an elite few will transform your view of the human body and the healing process."
Antonia Felix, New York Times bestselling author of Sonia Sotomayor: The True American Dream

"Anthony Field's journey is the stuff of heroes. He is the quintessence of noble tenacity and bright intellect, capable of pursuing every possible avenue of relief and balance."
John C. McGinley, actor (Scrubs, Platoon) and author of Untalkative Bunny

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118019334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118019337
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Well I read some of the other reviews and someone mentioned achilles tension. Well I have this along with plantar fasciitis (sore arches), sore calves etc.

And of course what really brought me to this book was that I also have depression, IBS, other body aches etc.

So when reading this book I got chills down my spine! The symptoms Anthony describes are very similar to my own. Luckily his symptoms were worse, but eerily similar. So similar I had to put the book down a couple of times, I was kind of afraid to read on, because I was fearful not to get my hopes up and that this book would just end up being another dead end.

Essentially Anthony fixes his physical problems with chiropractic treatment of his feet (mainly) and lower body. And then also later on fixes his digestive problems with nutritional treatment from another chiropractor.

So the book contains information on how to diagnose and treat yourself - in terms of your foot and lower body problems - which cause problems right up your body.

The trouble is, it's pretty incoherent in that the section entitled "What Can You Do?" commencing on page 129 is very hard to follow. There are a bunch of photos with captions and textual descriptions which are supposed to go with them. But they're far too brief and don't make a lot of sense to me. For instance there are 2 parts called "Release toe spring #1 and #2" with completely different pictures and explanations and also the photo for the part called "Release Plantar Calcaneoavicular" seems to be the incorrect one. And so on.

Does this make sense to anyone?: "Release Ankle Joint #1 Spring (Subtalar): Apply pressure at the ankle joint. Wiggle foot and ankle to feel the joint line. Move up the length of the joint.
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I enjoyed this book, and learned a lot of valuable information from it, but I gave it only three stars because of the "scattered" content. It's as if he has ADD....starting one topic or bringing up a memory, then completely leaving that subject and moving on to something else without finishing the previous thought. But, that being said, it is still worth a read, especially if you have experienced chronic pain or illness in your life.
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It wasn't what I expected, but good effort and entertaining at times! Mr. Field is good at story telling. I just thought the title was a little misleading when the book got into such detailed instruction on health, exercise, and diet. I think it could have been separated into two books.
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It was nice getting to know Anthony "Wiggle". He's my favorite. I have similar issues, but don't think the treatment that he used is accessible or affordable. However, I was glad that he has his "wiggle" back!
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As someone who battled fibromyalgia, this book is truly inspirational. The hints are very helpful and this book was full of aha moments for me, it was almost as if I was reading my own life story. Who knew I was battling the same physical issues as my favorite Wiggle. This book gives me hope that I can over come chronic pain.
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After my kids have (endlessly) watched the Wiggles day in and Day out I had to read the book to find out more about them. I thought that Anthony did a great job explaining his health issues and what he did to cope while he was on the road. There was so much to the story and it was great to see how the wiggles formed and became a great kiddie band!
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Having 6 children, you can bet we know about the Wiggles. (I'll never forget seeing "Hot Potato" on a Barney Video and thinking what in the name of Sam Hill is that? All I knew was that every single one of my kids wanted me to replay just that part of the video over and over.)

When I saw this book I was thrilled to see Anthony looking so, well, alive (we all remember the adorable but somewhat chubby Blue Wiggle.) I picked it up and brought it home to show my kids. Remember the guy that liked food from the Wiggles? I told them, Just look at this picture of him now on the rings!

I sat down and started reading. As I read a few things started to sound familiar, the chronic joint pain, the digestive upset, the general fatigue. I, like everyone else, know that I need to do better but how is that done when one Doctor tells you to take this pill for pain and another says to take this pill to counteract the pill for pain.

And then when you start an exercise program, it simply hurts too much to continue.

Anthony outlines a do-at-home program that anyone who has the determination can follow. Last night I did the foot stretches/ pressure points that he outlines in the book and for the first time in over a year, I didn't wake up with Achilles tendonitis so tight that I can't bend my foot.

That alone has given me incentive to take the next step. Although I can't really go barefoot in the North East US (it's winter now), I can look into getting a more flexible minimal shoe and be consistent with proper stretching. (as a note, his observation that a treadmill is bad because it only goes in one direction is spot-on, I used to walk 30 minutes on the treadmill everyday and still wondered why I had so much pain.)

Love the Wiggles, love Anthony's frank and funny voice. This book has given me hope.
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