Ralph Zuranski was born May 9, 1949 at Mercy Hospital in San Diego. He was 3 months premature and weighed only 3 pounds, 8 ounces.
The miracle is he survived this early trauma. The tragedy is his early years were plagued with chronic sicknesses, hyperactivity, delayed growth, dental cavities, poor vision, bursitis of the ankles
and unexplainable physical pains.
A big nose, large protruding ears,
black horn rimmed glasses, a Polish surname, and the stature of a 99 pound weakling caused Ralph to be a focal point for the cruelty of his classmates. Being Polish, only added to his misery. He heard so
many Pollock jokes, his self confidence was next to zero. His only escape was the land of fantasy.
Comic book super heroes like Superman and Batman provided a vehicle to escape a hostile world. At times the physical and emotional pain were so severe, Ralph created a hero
in his mind to help him survive. This hero was strong, handsome, and intelligent. He had a perfectly muscled body and could overcome any obstacle.
A poor diet was a major contributing factor to Ralph's health problems. Candy, soft drinks, donuts, pastries, and ice cream were eaten in large quantities. When he arrived
home, the perpetual diet of spam and fish sticks was not appealing. The incredible amounts of sugar and caffeine caused hyperactivity, poor scholastic performance, and disciplinary problems.
In 1964, at the age of 13 Ralph was fed up with his life and constantly considered suicide. He desperately wanted plastic surgery to shrink the size of his nose and ears.
Unfortunately, it was a hopeless cause. The ugly black horn rimmed glasses remained. The thought of being a nerd forever perpetuated the feelings of depression and despair. The money was not there. His
struggling middle class parents worked their fingers to the bone to provide clothing, food, and shelter.
A choice had to be made--death or life. The unnamed hero Ralph had created so many years ago would not let him give up. Finally, after days of reflection the decision was
made. Life! In one of the comic books, an ad for Joe Weider protein and a course on how to build the body of a super hero provided the inspiration. A set of free weights combined with a book on nutrition
by Adele Davis were the tools for transformation.
As Ralph changed his diet
and worked out, the changes were nothing short of incredible. His mind started to work and performance in school soared, resulting in a scholarship to high school. His muscles started to grow in a matter
of months. The wimp who always had sand kicked in his proverbial face, started to grow. Skinny arms and legs began to fill out. A flat chest blossomed. Confidence increased with the measurements. Ralph
thought, "If I have muscles, I'll beat up anyone who is mean to me, calls me Pollock and tells stupid Pollock jokes."
This created a problem. Ralph did not fit in. He gradually became a nerd with muscles. Group activities and sports held no attraction. Ralph became a loner. His social skills
were retarded. Attending an all boy school minimized any interaction with the opposite sex. After a few rejections at dances, Ralph devoted his time to reading books on every subject, surfing, and tennis.
He experienced success in these areas, becoming an honor student, tennis
champion, and skilled surfer. But happiness eluded him. He wanted to fit in and have relationships with girls.
After high school, Ralph attended Revelle College, at the University of California of San Diego. The La Jolla campus was populated by others who were tops in their schools.
The scholastic competition was intense. There were only a few hundred students in the Freshman class and no graduating class in 1967.
The pressure of school, working full time at the Mission Valley May Company, and no social life was intense. Extreme alienation from the ethics and morals of his parents
created family problems. The flower power of the late sixties with drugs, promiscuous sex, and rebellion against all authority was tempting. The breakdown of Ralph's Catholic upbringing and respect for
authority created alienation and depression.
While working at May Company
Ralph did not realize he was adversely affected by the EMF radiation emanating from the many televisions that did not have proper electromagnetic pollution shielding. In December of 1971, after his first
great love affair ended in disaster and his mind disoriented by the EMF poisoning, the desire to end it all returned with a vengeance. Life had lost it's meaning. He did not know where he was or going.
Again the unnamed hero inside made the difference between life and suicide.
After college Ralph continued working for May Co but was transferred to the Whittier store. He was in hot water with the managers of the appliance division because he refused to sell inferior TV and
stereos. He did not realize the harmful affects of the EMF radiation coming from the televisions on his mind and body continued to damage his cells.
Ralph hated Los Angeles because of the smog. Ralph decided to go into real estate, took the course, and passed. He got transferred to Carlsbad May Co and worked 3 months
before entering real estate full time.
In December of 1973, the
relationship faltered. The interests rates went up to 12% and Ralph's deals in escrow fell through. The financial pressures and distance contributed to an unhappy ending to the relationship.
In January of 1974, Ralph decided to go back into tennis and give tennis lessons. He studied organic farming on the side and became a vegetarian, one of the early crusaders
for protecting the environment.
Unfortunately, he could not shake the
feeling of failure and emptiness. He had more tennis students than he could handle. He had the unique ability to improve his students tennis proficiency by 100% with every lesson . Women and children loved
his method of teaching and made the greatest progress. He was recognized as one of the top tennis instructors and players in North County.
Ralph became a health counselor and tennis instructor for a successful local band composed of four beautiful sisters and two brothers. He traveled to concerts with them,
acted as a body guard for the girls and loved to party. He had money, recognition, beautiful women, an apartment on the beach, but no happiness.
Ralph's alienation and dissatisfaction increased until he decided to become a total recluse. He moved out of his apartment, and decided to live out of his small Mazda RX4
station wagon. He became homeless.
At this time, a friend turned him on to
the science of biorhythms. Ralph read every book and analyzed his life. The biggest mistakes had been made on unstable days predicted by biorhythms. Ralph realized if he had known about biorhythms, he
could have saved himself a lot of grief, agony, mistakes, and injuries. He became a biorhythm advocate and decided to clean his mind and body. He tried to teach people about biorhythms and how to cut down
on accidents and injuries. His research led to the realization of the percentages of biorhythm compatibilities that created the strongest male/female relationships. Unfortunately, no one was interested.
The science of biorhythms was too new, a ridiculed.
Ralph wanted to find
ways of balancing the body and strengthening the mind and emotions. He was tired of life being like a roller coaster. He assumed that if he became healthier, expanded the powers of his mind, and developed
his emotional stability, he could minimize the fluctuations in his life energies and have a balanced existence.
For a couple of years, Ralph slept in his car and read books on subjects about health. During the day he would surf, swim, and run 5 miles at Swami's in Encinitas. He perched
on a rock protruding from the side of the cliff, getting a full body tan, and enjoying the pristine environment. Occasionally, he would drive to Black's Beach to surf and enjoy the beauty of the La Jolla
He was general manager of Sidewalk Surfparks in Fountain Valley. He
evaluated accidents using biorhythms and saw a strong correlation. He tried to get other skateboard park owners to us biorhythms to cut down on injuries in the parks, but they were only interested in
An opportunity presented itself to put together the Pepsi
Skateboard Safety Program. Ralph became director of Imperial Century and developed the program that went to 2000 elementary and high schools in L.A. He helped put skating demonstrations on at professional
football games and parades. He organized the first National Skateboard Convention. He worked on a Hang 10 Skateboard contest at Magic Mountain and the movie Skateboard.
He created the character Captain Biorhythm on Halloween October 31, 1976 at the Masters Slalom race at La Costa, to promote safety in skateboarding and biorhythm awareness
Unfortunately, the skateboard park owners would not listen. Liability insurance was unattainable in most cases. Many of the parks went under. New wider multiple ply wood
boards and wide trucks made the smaller boards and trucks obsolete overnight. The skateboard industry collapsed overnight. Many who would not listen lost large sums.
Ralph then got involved with solar energy. He worked as a salesman for a solar panel manufacturer for a couple of months. This did not work out very well.
An new job materialized at a racquet ball club in San Marcos, called Racquet Time. He produced one of the first organic salad bars in San Diego. Unfortunately, most people
were not interested in health.
He then moved into Point Loma Tennis club
with a childhood friend and started giving tennis lessons again. Family fitness Centers was just beginning. He became a marketing and health research consultant to Family Fitness Centers. He received the
best Technical Directors award in 1980. He researched the Holistic Health Industry by becoming a human guinea pig. He created a sales presentation manual that was used for 2 years, trained the
fitness staff on the use of the high tech exercise equipment, and developed the Professional Personal Fitness Trainer Program.
Ralph has worked for many different companies involved in advanced health research for the last 24 years. The information he shares on the pages of HealthyDoctors was
accumulated over this time period while he searched for cures for his health afflictions. The site is dedicated to those individuals who helped him and others experience the joy of health.