Sarah was born on June 12, 1987, at home, in East Lansing Michigan. She is the sixth of our seven children and is a budding artist and raw foods cook! Animals also hold a tender spot in her heart and Honeycomb, her guinea pig, would definitely say so!

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As I reflect on the past year, I feel very fortunate to have participated in the 3-week Life Transformation Program at Hippocrates Health Institute. Having been both a competitive and recreational athlete, I have always been conscious about my body and my overall health. In the pursuit of optimal wellness over the last twenty years, I have often chosen to spend my vacations at health spas. Every health spa is somewhat different, and I enjoyed and benefitted from each one. However, the Hippocrates Health Institute is much more than a health spa. My experience at this unique healing institute surpassed all my expectations.

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I found Hippocrates Health Institute in a last attempt to be free from anti-depressants.

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I spent 8?1?2 years in the military, the majority as a U.S. Navy SEAL. I loved the work. My entire experience will always be a blessing and I often wish I were still in the thick of it. While I served in the Teams, our motto was always “sack up” and deal with it. Time is a luxury we weren’t afforded when it came to being in pain or attempting to heal. I was frequently suffering from massive headaches, which turned out to be an indication of severe muscular tension in my body. I was treating the headaches as prescribed?—?with large quantities of Motrin?—?to the point that my stool would occasionally be black from the bleeding in my stomach.

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Whenever patients ask me if they can ever get better, I inevitably answer, "Of course you can, you?re a self-healing organism." Often, to achieve this healing response, one must remove obstructions or focal blockages from the body?s way. These could be anything from a rotten tooth, to a scar, to releasing old trauma, to a rotten emotional life. Removing the blockages releases the healing response. When we experience even a glimmer of positive turnaround, this experience serves as a handle we can grasp to pull ourselves out of an impasse. Even though little has changed we have the overwhelming feeling that we are going to get better. This is the therapeutic handle, the fractal which releases healing. It is flipping a downward, "down the drain" spiral into an upward, "going to get better" spiral.

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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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AT THE AGE OF 13, I had a mild case of pleurisy and was hospitalized. A young intern, who decided to drain the fluid, punctured my lung. Infection set in and I faced surgery, since there were no antibiotics at that time. As you can imagine, my immune system had been severely compromised after a month—long hospital stay, followed by a year of recuperation. Life was never the same; I was plagued with sleepless nights, fatigue and constant constipation. The doctors continued to tell me that there was nothing wrong with me—sadly, I thought that this would be my life.

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I became very sick in late October 2001, from a tainted meatball. I flew home to Florida, on November 1, and my doctor put me into the hospital where four specialists examined me and found my stomach and legs were swollen. They sent me home with no improvement, even though I had had many tests. They finally diagnosed a “highly-inflamed bowel-colitis”. My stay in the hospital caused my weight to go up 20 pounds due to fluid buildup. I was disappointed in the way that I had been treated at the hospital. A few days later-2 years ago- I entered Hippocrates for three weeks. I was very ill, perhaps close to death. I attribute my complete recovery to my stay. Their motto-“Let food be your medicine”- is what did it for me. I highly recommend the institute to everyone who wants to live a very long life with excellent health and happiness. Brian and Anna Maria and their staff run a great organization that helps all people to live a long, happy, rewarding normal life.

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Over the last two and a half years I lost 70 pounds by combining what I thought was healthy eating, exercise and meditation. Even with those changes in my lifestyle, my health started to decline. I began to realize I could not exercise as I had in the past, because it inflamed my joints from neck to ankles.

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Many people have suffered broken bones. My claim to fame is the historic number of breaks that I have had in and around my ankles. Several years ago, I broke my fifth metatarsal in two places. When the cast was finally removed one of the clean breaks had not healed. The orthopedic doctor suggested adding screws. This did not sound good; I had already been down that road and could not bear the thought of another surgery I hadn’t the slightest idea of how to handle my dilemma until a friend suggested I call Hippocrates. I talked to the Director, Brian Clement, who strongly advised that I get on a bone-building, living food, vegan diet. Additionally he directed me to use magnets to help the bones heal faster. While all of this was helpful, it was several months and my ankle still had not completely healed. After much contemplation, I realized that I needed to attend the Life-Change Program, even though my economic situation was not conducive to doing so at the time. I called back and spoke to Brian and told him I needed to come but that I could not afford it. He rapidly responded by saying "you cannot afford not to come!" He was right! During my stay I focused on electro-magnetic therapy therapeutic movement, and a very strong adherence to the diet including green drinks and wheatgrass. After the three—week program, my situation had totally changed and the x—rays showed that the bone had healed completely Shortly after this, I was dancing at a local fair in my home town of Key West where I ran into my orthopedic doctor. He looked at me with disbelief, surprised at what he was seeing. He asked what I had done to correct my problem and I told him that Hippocrates had not only changed my bones, but had changed my whole life. I have been back two times since and now plan on spending more time at Hippocrates. I have traveled all over the world in search of wonders. Yet, after my experience at Hippocrates, I realize that there is a whole world of wonders with people from every corner of the globe right in West Palm Beach. I can now honestly say that when you change your life with the 3-Week Program, your life will change forever.

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It all started with a small rash on my arms and always feeling tired. Within 6 months I was diagnosed with a full blown case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Mercury Toxicity and numerous allergies to foods and the environment. It was a very frightening time in my life. I could no longer work (I’m a nurse), and when I most needed to be financially solvent I was falling apart. I had dear friends and family who were helpful and supportive, but I knew it was up to me to pull my life together.

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I was born during a blizzard in January of  1963when the world was in upheaval and people were challenging their traditional beliefs. It was the coldest winter on record. As I grew I became an athlete and was thought of as a promising gymnast. Slowly my focus became science and I ended up at the Royal Veterinary College in London. As most others I was consuming the typical British diet. For many years I suffered the wrath of  eczema and therefore I used steroids. By chance, I viewed a television program that spoke of the connection this disease may have to dairy food consumption. In short order I took them out of my menu and for the first time began to realize there was a relationship between diet and health. As a young veterinarian, I began putting in long hours and though I was slim and fit, strong and healthy, my 12 hour workdays with no break began to take its toll. My weight was down to 44 kilos (90 pounds) and my white blood cells were literally non-existent. My immune system had crashed and physicians had diagnosed me with advanced muscular degeneration. My complete diagnosis was Epstein-Barr virus (chronic-fatigue syndrome). Physicians advised that I take off at least one month which was not possible with my heavy workload. Although pharmaceutical drugs were suggested my chemistry training allowed me to know there was nothing that would be effective. I began my own search for recovery. My first step was to consume a diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, within a short time my slow return to health began. Before I new it was eating 10 servings of fruits or vegetables each day. I slowly adopted exercise which at first was a joke as I had little to no energy. My muscles could not support me. I began by using a treadmill for 1 minute then 2 and within months I entered 5 mile road race and completed it in 40 minutes. That very month my blood was retested for the virus and the report came back completely normal. My attending physician was disinterested and I am sad to say that 5 years later he suffered a massive heart attack.

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After 5 years of debilitation from CFS, I arrived at Hippocrates on my 22ndbirthday, feeling more like a defeated old woman than the vibrant young achiever I had once been. The doctor who diagnosed CFS had only offered an indefinite prescription of pain killers and sleeping pills for the “illness I would now have for the rest of my life.” At first thought, “I’m young, I’m already a vegetarian—I can beat this.” Yet once a continual cycle of relapses began forming a painfully predictable pattern, I saw myself slowly letting go of dreams I once had for myself. I felt as if I had lost half of my purpose in life, and, by the time my mother discovered Hippocrates, I was spiraling into the worst relapse I’d had since my illness began. I had no ‘fight’ left and figured I had nothing to lose. Hippocrates was my last hope.

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Life is full of pivotal moments in which we, individually, decide how we will react, learn and adapt from both good and bad events that take place. Interestingly enough, I have difficulty recalling the day, month or even the exact year that one such event took place in my life. Perhaps it was because I was in so much physical pain, anguish, and weakness that it was all that I could do to get through the next few minutes, let alone be conscious of the day of the week. But more likely I can’t recall the “when” because it occurred during the common occurrence of watching the late night news.

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My name is Michael O’Neil and I am from Salem, Massachusetts. I participated in the three-week program, at the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida in November 2006, and again in April 2007.

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Exhausted, confused and rapidly losing my health, each doctor I went to could not find any physical cause for my dilemma. Within a short time I was being told that it was all psychological and I was being evaluated with these concerns. Although foggy in mind, I recalled Hippocrates and all the good work that I know that they have done over their history. Speaking to the Directors, they suggested that this might be a Chronic Fatigue/Epstein Barr virus, which I contracted from overwork and poor lifestyle habits.

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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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In 1975, while attending college and taking pre-med classes, I was exposed to the physiology or function of the human body in a serious way. This was the first time I became a vegetarian. I realized that our bodies were created to be more an herbivore than a carnivore. I remained a vegetarian for about one year and then gradually slipped back into my old eating habits, and paid for this over time. I developed the same diseases that many people suffer from such as high-blood pressure, blood sugar problems, chronic fatigue, excess weight and chronic low back pain.

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In October 2002, I stood on the podium at Sandals Resort in Port St. Lucie as the Champion of Publix Triathlon Series?—?Masters Division. This 10 race event was the premiere triathlon series in the state of Florida. There I was, accepting the race series trophy for the top triathlete over the age of 40. At the same time, I was celebrating my 17th year free from alcohol. Later in the year, I was named an honorable mention All-American Triathlete by the United States Triathlon Federation. By this time I had competed in 75 triathlons since 1990 (along with over 100 running events?—?including three Walt Disney World® Marathons).

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I want to tell you what a great change the Hippocrates Diet made in my health. By the time I entered me program three years ago, I was so sick I was unable to get out of bed. I had been ill for at least ten years with chronic bronchitis, chronic fatigue, candida, cystitis, anemia, and severe allergies to almost everything. It felt as though my whole system was breaking down.

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