It was April 1, 2011, in Berlin, Germany, when I passed out behind the wheel while driving home. Unconscious, I drove onto active train tracks. The train zooms by every nine minutes in both directions. The conductor was able to stop the train and radio for rescue. I awoke in the ambulance, after being given a glucose injection. Confused, weak and sweat-drenched, I was begging and crying to go home. I did not understand where I was, or what was happening. I did not know this crisis would be the first of many life-threatening emergencies and mark the beginning of my healing quest. My body, mind and spirit were crying to go home to my authentic self. I am now on that magnificent journey.
In late December 2010, I felt the need to perform a self breast exam, it was something spontaneous, and to my surprise, I felt a small, hard mass in my right breast. I quickly went to the doctor, and after four days, I received the bad news: “malignant carcinoma in situ” in the breast, grade 1, one inch in diameter.
I guess one could say I am a spirit of the barefooted and blackberries. From the time I was a tiny sprite, I’d get pickers from the berry bushes and calluses on my feet from days on hot summer cement and sand. Looking back I believe it was my carnal attempt to connect back to the earth, to connect with what is present and before us. The growing vines of our youth have a way of meandering into our memories and taking hold of our senses, reminding us of what we know to be our core and taking us back to the heart of our own matter.
It all began in October 1997 while living in New Jersey. It was there that three members of my family got Lyme Disease from tick bites, all with varying symptoms and degrees of illness. My quest for a cure encompassed 10 years, three states, 11 different doctors and eventually had a happy ending at Hippocrates Health Institute.
I am a 41-year-old mother of two and grandmother of three. I need to tell you about a wonderful new supplement that the Hippocrates store is carrying. It is called Meltaway.
Growing up in New York State in the middle of the 20th century offered me all of the poor dietary choices and bad life style habits that America had to offer. When becoming a teacher, I further saw the slow health deterioration of my students.
In February, I arrived at Hippocrates Health Institute for a three-week stay. I knew that I would learn a lot about nutrition, lose some weight, and come home feeling rejuvenated. Little did I know at the time that my life would dramatically change forever… and for the better.
About five years ago, I took on a career assignment and moved from downtown Chicago back to my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. When this opportunity came along, I was a successful Marketing and Sales Professional and loved my life. With that said, I had always felt that I’d meet my dream man when the time was right, get married and have a child. That hadn’t happened yet, so when the opportunity came to relocate back to Minnesota I thought maybe it was meant to be and everything would fall into place. So, I took a chance, packed my bags, and headed north.
Overweight, 56 years old, out of shape, tired with my toe already having been amputated and the possibility of more to come presented me with a big wake-up call. Fortunately, Dr. Sharon Ronser, a naturopathic doctor, referred me to Hippocrates. Reluctantly, I signed up and came but in the first two days I thought I wasn’t going to make it. By the end of the first week, I started to feel life reenter my body and at the end of my three week program, the benefits were so significant that I chose to stay an additional two weeks. Thirty pounds lighter with the foot well on it’s way to complete healing I realized that I had made the best choice that I could at this time in my life. Other guests were benefiting in so many ways that I know that Hippocrates is good for everybody. For those that are healthy, it gives them the tools and the knowledge to keep and improve this precious gift. For those that are ill, with my own eyes, I watched healing occur from every ailment imaginable. One thing I respected the most is that Hippocrates is a lifestyle, and the staff tells you that weight loss is a definite side effect but not your first objective. That objective should be raising your level of overall health and giving the immune system the ability to heal you. Every year I plan to return to Hippocrates, remaining on the program in between. I know that my weight will regulate, I have already lost 30 pounds, my blood sugar will remain within the normal range as it is today, and now I ‘m sure I am able to extend my life. Thank you Hippocrates for making yourself available so that I can walk, ride bikes, swim and just have a good old time daily.
On February 19, 2009 an event took place at our Montessori school in Canada that was the culmination of my experiences at Hippocrates.
I am the founder of GrandSpace (www.grandspace.com), an artists’ residence and holistic health center in Brooklyn, New York. We recently hosted hosted an all-day workshop with Brian Clement and I learned many new things to incorporate into my health practice. After I told Clement about my unusually fast recovery after a recent shoulder condition, which I attribute to regular green juice fasting, he invited me to write an article for this newsletter.
I believe that one of the greatest benefits of working at Hippocrates is the variety of awesome people we come in contact with on a daily basis. Every Monday morning I look forward to seeing the fresh and curious faces of our newest guests. Some are excited, some are perplexed, but they all seem to be genuinely interested in discovering the magic that makes this place Hippocrates. Still others are familiar faces that have returned to experience the magic a second or third time. Such is the case with Adam and Denise, who come back at least annually.