Gerard and Larry Aliseo spent many years working hard in the family businesses in New Jersey construction and importing food from Italy. Work was the most important thing for them; driving, hard work because that was what they were taught was most important, until at age 30 older brother Larry had his first heart attack, followed by a second and third at age 31. Gerard’s heart attack came two years later, when he turned 31.

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I recently returned from Hippocrates where I did the three week Life Change Program. The purpose of my visit? To discover the ultimate healing diet for cancer and other diseases. Do I believe I have found it? Yes, I do.

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As I grew it was wonderful to see how health—minded my parents were. Dad was a self—taught herbalist who created his own home-spun remedies whenever any of our 12 family members were ill. Of the 10 children, only my brother Phil and I followed our parent’s lead and became vegetarians. As we continued our education we were fortunate to meet Ann Wigmore and see the remarkable work she was doing at Hippocrates in Boston. We embraced wheatgrass juice and slowly but surely more living foods. Impressed by the profound results we received, Phil and I both attended the Hippocrates Institute at its new home in West Palm Beach, Florida. For me it was the start of something big! Over the years, I have attended the program more than 15 times! Hippocrates is now my second home; the staff feels like family and I have even sent my children there.

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When I opened my eyes on the morning of January 19, 2010, I never would have thought that my life would change forever, but it did. That morning I had all the classic signs of a heart attack and was rushed to the Emergency Room. After four days in the Cardiac ICU, my doctor informed me I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that makes the body believe its thyroid is a foreign entity and try to kill it, triggering the thyroid to fight for survival.

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I had reached a point in my life where I was physically, mentally, and spiritually bankrupt, I realized I needed a complete overhaul, having been addicted to alcohol, drugs, sugar and hyper-stimulation along with a wide variety of physical infirmities. If my life was not in chaos I didn’t feel secure. Stress was my motto. On my way to a final crash my mother’s voice of love and reason cried out that I should attend Hippocrates Health Institute. With great hope I walked into the doors. I have finally learned that everything that happened in life that bothered me was more about my perception and reaction to them than what I formerly believed. I have maintained the program for the past three years during which time my weight has regulated, a lump disappeared, the polyp on my vocal chord is almost non-existent. My surgery for gingivitis was no longer necessary and my hypoglycemia has come under control. Last year, feeling renewed, I graduated from the Health Educator Course and have now dedicated my life to teaching people about living foods and benefits of the Hippocrates lifestyle. One of my endeavors has been to create a wheatgrass and sprout farm in Webster, Florida, near Tampa. Thank you Hippocrates, now I have the love and serenity in life that I had been searching for.

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I was born on a farm in Ingelstad, Sweden. Like all farmers, my family lived off the land and consumed copious amount of meat and dairy foods. One of my earliest memories was the squealing of an unfortunate pig for our Jul (Christmas) meal. At that time, I was 19 and could no longer eat any animal products. I soon became a mother; my children and husband and I flourished as a family. We were so happy and never fell ill until 1979 when my children contracted high fevers and the flu. My body was also ridden with pain, so much so that I could not sleep; the only one left to tend to us was my husband. My legs felt like lead and my shoulders felt like they were made of wool. The physicians were of no help as they said it was all in my head. Another young doctor suspected it was a neurological disorder so they sat me in a wheel chair and began dispensing a wide—variety of medicines. Although I was ill, I was sufficiently aware enough to realize that I still did not have a valid diagnosis. So, I did not take the pharmaceuticals and became worse with each passing day. The disorder became so severe that my legs just hung lifelessly; a walker was not much help at all and I could not hold my head upright. I wanted to die.

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At age 20, I was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, also known as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), a deadly affliction. The pain and suffering that comes with inflammatory bowel disease is intolerable. But of even more concern is the urgent need to have a bowel movement many times throughout the day without warning. To make matters worse, at times there is no indication that one’s bowels need to evacuate until it is time to do so. Healthy individuals receive a signal from their body alerting them to find a restroom.

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It was September 2008 when I noticed a lump on my neck. I wasn’t experiencing any pain so I didn’t bother telling anyone. I continued with my life doing what I love?—?she decided to go to a place called Hippocrates Health Institute.playing soccer three times a week and coaching my son’s soccer team. I lead a busy life. I’m a mechanic with two repair shops. I’m also on the board of a monthly automotive training seminar. I didn’t say anything to anyone about the lump on my neck because I had to go to Italy for my brother’s wedding. Also, upon my return I would help set a new Guinness World Record for the longest indoor soccer game. The previous record was 30 hours and we completed 34 hours of playing. After the game I told my wife about my lump. She was upset. I went to the doctor and had a biopsy done. They removed my lymph node and found a cancer called follicular lymphoma. There were two more swollen lymph nodes in my abdomen and in my chest. I told a couple of my customers and one of them told me about a friend who had breast cancer.

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Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida has changed my life and given me a future. For me, food was my first priority and since 1992 I had been looking along the lines of nutrition but no one dealt specifically with living food. If one had allergies or food intolerances, you were told what to give up but never what to replace it with, such as bread/wheat flour, which was one of my serious addictions.

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Ever since I was a child I suffered from an upset stomach and I was unable to digest almost anything. It wasn't until I was about 50 years old that I was diagnosed with pancreatic divisum since birth, which only five percent of the population is diagnosed with and only one percent ever have symptoms. Apparently I was part of the one percent. I experienced a terrible burning sensation, like my pancreas was being squeezed and a knife was slowly twisting in my back. I went to the hospital six times in five months with chronic pancreatitis. I couldn't bear to live that way any longer, and reaching a breaking point, I was ready to try just about anything to get healthy. At six feet tall and weighing about 250 pounds, I had always been a poor eater and overweight.

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Ft. Myers Beach — Three summers ago, Jasse Matasse’s life was at a standstill. Six months after marrying and founding “The Sanctuary: A Spiritual Church” she was bedridden with no hope of recovery. She went from a marathon runner to a wheelchair and fifteen medications lined her kitchen counter. It would be a year and a half before she had a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and lupus. It is almost impossible for anyone who hasn’t lived through it to understand the world that Jasse and others like her live in. Her account of the complete mental, physical, emotional and spiritual collapse caused by fibromyalgia was unheard-of years ago.

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When Brian Clement, the Director of the Hippocrates Health Institute, asked me to write on the subject of recovery, my very first thought was "what else is there to write about?"

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Tracy is a Hippocrates graduate and a living successful model for this program. Bedridden for two years with Epstein-Barr virus and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, she participated in the Hippocrates twenty-one day cleanse program, made a complete lifestyle change and was able to make herself well. She now is committed to helping others to heal themselves- Mind, Body & Spirit. As a psychotherapist on staff at Hippocrates she is responsible for supporting in-patient guests psychologically and emotionally through educational lectures, individual, group and art therapy classes.

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In 1976 I contacted a live wire and was electrocuted. I was pronounced dead at the scene and when they were able to partially revive me, my trip to the hospital was ominous as my heart stopped 3 times. The physician said it was impossible I was still alive and he expected permanent brain and body impairments. He expected my life to be lived in a semi-vegetative state. Their protocol was to fill me up with drugs until my prevailing debility was stabilized. I choose to go out of the hospital against their will and was surrounded by my three sons who drove me to a friends property where I laid out on a blanket on the ground as all of my body was limp and all bodily functions were not working. I had read about living foods and always thought if I had a serious health problem I would embrace them. My children supported and served me juices and living foods until my body regained strength. After several days I felt I had regained most of my mobility and asked my sons to help me revisit the hospital and see the physician who had told me if I left the hospital I would be dead in two days. My visit was to give him two Hippocrates books and show him there is another way.

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There are so many different paths that can lead a person to health. . .ours seems simple yet extraordinary It was almost as if we were guided to meet the right person, at the right place, and at the right time. Looking back, there wasn’t any one incident causing us to change but rather a sequence of events, all unfolding perfectly that revealed our path. Sometimes, it is difficult to imagine how we got here, given the many internal and external forces that influence us daily And while it was challenging at times, we never viewed it as ‘hard;’ we had each other for support and had arrived at a point where our commitment to ourselves and our health elevated to a level that it was no longer a question of when, where, or how-we did whatever it took to regain our health and vitality...

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My life began prematurely, and for all of my life, the doctors blamed nearly every health challenge I encountered on that. As time passed, it seemed I became sicker with everything from sore throats, to ear infections, to influenza and even tonsillitis. Each summer I sat and just watched my friends swim; I was not permitted because of my history of illness and ear problems. For solace, I began consuming more meat, dairy, bakery goods and extreme amounts of sugar. My deterioration continued when at the age of sixteen, I was hit at an intersection by a car moving at 100 mph. the jolt to my knee and back was incredible, and from that point on I was riddled with constant pain.

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Ever since I was a child I suffered from an upset stomach and I was unable to digest almost anything. It wasn't until I was about 50 years old that I was diagnosed with pancreatic divisum since birth, which only five percent of the population is diagnosed with and only one percent ever have symptoms. Apparently I was part of the one percent. I experienced a terrible burning sensation, like my pancreas was being squeezed and a knife was slowly twisting in my back. I went to the hospital six times in five months with chronic pancreatitis. I couldn't bear to live that way any longer, and reaching a breaking point, I was ready to try just about anything to get healthy. At six feet tall and weighing about 250 pounds, I had always been a poor eater and overweight.

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After being diagnosed with coronary artery disease, diabetes, hepatic cellular disease, diabetic neuropathy and diabetic retinopathy I was also diagnosed with degenerative arthritis in my neck and spine and a severe disc disease. I was taking approximately 30 pills and three to five insulin shots a day and was getting sicker and weaker. Several doctors determined that I needed surgery, but they refused to do it locally. My condition was so severe that they would only do surgery in a university setting. I was dying slowly; however, after two months in bed I decided simultaneously that I did not want to live like that and I was unwilling to die.

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My name is Alice Brown and I am an 81 year old woman who has had diabetes since age 65. Previously, I had four different surgeries removing arteries from my left leg to replace damaged arteries in my right leg.

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I have been a carpenter for about 30 years and a diagnosed diabetic for more than 20 years. Recently, at age 51, I was kicked out of a diabetes study at Baylor Diabetes Research Center, Dallas Texas, for being too well!

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