Craig Haywood - Episode 080

“Life is both short and long. I now enjoy being more present and live more like my life is short”

Doctor of Chiropractic. Science Enthusiast. Networking Machine. Smiler. Deep Thinker. Rock Solid Buddy. Truth Seeker. Pragmatist. Host of The Ridiculously Human Podcast

One thing our Podcast has taught us, is that we don’t necessarily know people half as well as we should know them. Especially, those who are close to us. We can guarantee that there are so many things you will not know about your parents, siblings and best friends. Things which will help you understand them better and you’ll likely form closer relationships and bonds with them as a result.

Our guest this week is Craig Haywood. Well, you say ‘guest’ but it’s actually the better-looking half of the Podcast hosting team!

Craig Haywood - Chiropractor and Podcast Host

Craig was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, known as the friendly and windy city! He struggled a bit as a youngster with self-esteem issues. At times, he sometimes felt disconnected with his parents, he blamed himself for their fighting and would use food as a coping mechanism, and ate a lot!!

His Grandad, played a big influence in his life and ‘their thing’ was to go fishing together. Besides being a great storyteller, his Grandad would also teach all the grandkids how to drive from a very young age, as well as, how to do the Waltz!

When Craig was 17 years old, something would happen that would take him on a new life trajectory. Their little family sausage dog, Jackie, was in extreme pain and had lost the use of her back legs. The vet could not help Jackie, so he sent them to see a Chiropractor. The Chiropractor, adjusted her spine and the lame legs she went in on, she managed to walk out on….!! A year later, he was living in his sister’s garage in Johannesburg, to begin his studies to become a Chiropractor.

Craig suffered a severe setback when he was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, an autoimmune condition. It started with inflammation in his eye, and his pupils would not dilate. He then experienced inflammation in his knees and hips, which really impacted his mobility, and being a Chiropractor, that was a rather scary prospect. Through hours of learning and searching and implementing changes in his diet and mindset, he has never been healthier and has no signs of ever having anything.

Once qualified, a rather serendipitous scenario led him to accept a job in the Netherlands. It was a bit of a shock moving to somewhere he had never been, had no friends, didn’t understand the culture and never spoke the language either!! Talk about throwing yourself in the deep end.

Craig is a master of many things, two which stand out are, excelling in his profession as a Chiropractor and his likeability factor. He makes a huge effort to network and make others feel comfortable.

He likes adventure and to take calculated risks, and now resides with his wife, Chantelle, in Australia. He gets to see his brother often, lives near the beach, enjoys the great weather, has a thriving practise and Chantelle has a highly successful business too! Craig now feels he has a greater sense of self-awareness and realises his purpose in life!

We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

Let’s find out what it means for Craig Haywood, to be Ridiculously Human.

Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth


Background, Context & Reference

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Tennessee Waltz

Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Places Mentioned:

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

Kleinzee, South Africa

Hillbrow, South Africa

Maastricht, Netherlands


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Simon Van Gend Band – Check them out here

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