Success Story Feature—George “Skip” D.

Success Story Feature—George “Skip” D.

“Balance of Nature, about a month after I began taking it, I just felt like I had an increased energy—an increased feeling of wellness.”

Skip is a former officer in the U.S. Army, current college umpire, and grandfather. He graduated from West Point in 1978 and was on active duty for 7 years and in the National Guard for 6 years. When he noticed his energy levels weren’t what they used to be, he turned to Balance of Nature. 

From the Armed Forces to His Career

Serving in the Army largely influenced Skip’s future career. “I think it gave me a lot of structure,” he shares. “It helped me determine the career path I wanted to take when I worked in industry after getting out of the service. So I worked in the defense and aerospace industry for about 25 years.”

Being in the Army gave Skip the knowledge he needed to do his civilian job successfully in the defense and aerospace industry. “That was the expertise that I had coming out of the Army—to be able to translate the expertise of what you learn in the service to what you need to know about the products that you’re selling and proposing when you’re in the aerospace and defense industry,” he explains.

Umpiring for Fun

Currently, Skip enjoys umpiring. “Umpiring, we like to say, it’s an application,” he says. “It’s a part-time application, and I had some years where I was able to make a good deal of money from it, but at the same time it’s something that I do because I love it. It’s something that I do because I’m good at it and it’s helped me travel around the country, see many, many universities, and enjoy the different parts of the country.”

A Baseball Family

Skip participated in baseball, both as a player and as a coach, before umpiring for high school games. He started playing baseball when he was just 8 years old, but umpiring wouldn’t come until much later.

“I didn’t start until I was 41,” he explains. “My boys were finished playing baseball, and they were swimmers, football players, and runners. So I decided I wanted to stay with baseball because I had coached them a little bit, but I had played baseball at Army [West Point]. For 4 years, I played here in New Jersey in high school. I’ve always loved the game, my dad was a high school baseball coach for 20 years, so I fed off that knowledge. I think having played and having been from a baseball family helps you as an umpire because you can anticipate where you have to be, you know the rules, you know the game, and that’s pretty much how I got into it and why I enjoy it.”

Skip Begins Umpiring College Games

Skip began umpiring for college games after his friend and mentor invited him to a tryout. “I was found by a friend of mine . . . who has been my mentor for 26 years,” he says. “He found me on a fall baseball high school field working a doubleheader in the sun in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and said, ‘I want you to come next week to a small college and go through a tryout and take an umpire test.’ I passed, so I went from working high school baseball to college baseball the next year and haven't really looked back. It’s been a great time. It kind of defines me a little bit—a lot of guys golf; I umpire.”

Skip looks forward to game day. “I wake up that morning [game day] with that competitive drive—the desire to do well on the field, to give the teams the best game that I have that day and hope that it’s consistent enough to have me stay where I am.”

Where Balance of Nature Comes In

Skip says he didn’t seem to have the same energy as he did after having a medical procedure in 2017. After seeing Balance of Nature television commercials many times, he decided to try it. “I was always athletic, always in shape, and now I’m like, ‘What am I doing having a problem here?’”

“It took me about 2 to 3 months afterward, doing what the doctors told me to do, going through the rehab—I aced the rehab—I loved it, but then when my baseball season started again the next spring, I wanted to get right back into it. I didn't want to skip a beat, and I just didn’t feel like I had that same energy, the same ability to work really hard through a doubleheader. So I had seen Balance of Nature, and I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to try this.’”

“Balance of Nature, about a month after I began taking it, I just felt like I had an increased energy—an increased feeling of wellness.”

Even his doctors noticed! Due to his procedure, Skip had to get checkups and bloodwork done every 6 months and his results were looking great. “After the first 6 months, and then the next 6 months, my doctors were [saying], ‘What are you doing? You’re down to your good weight, your bloodwork is fantastic, your heart is in great shape.’ My doctor told me, ‘Take this paper and put it up on the refrigerator with a magnet because it’s refrigerator-worthy.’” 

Skip thought that was pretty cool. His doctor told him to keep taking Balance of Nature because she had heard great things about it from others besides Skip.  

“I feel great every single day, and . . . I’m really happy about that.”

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