“Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”
At 55 years old, I thought I had it all: a wonderful family, friends, a large home in a prestigious neighborhood, a beautiful car and good standing as a prominent member of the community. My high-tech Silicon Valley career seemed interesting for the last 10 years of my professional life. But beneath this socially approved veneer of success loomed an uneasy discomfort. Intuitively, I knew there was much more to life. Something within yearned to go beyond the limitations I placed on myself. Although my ego was deeply satisfied, my soul cried out in anguish.In quiet desperation, my awakening was borne out of the desire to find the cause of my constant feeling of physical sluggishness, mental fog, anemia and exhaustion. Today, many would call it chronic fatigue syndrome, but back then I just wanted to feel as well as I had in my earlier life when I used to jump out of bed in the morning with enthusiasm and excitement for the new day. My body was extremely toxic from decades of consuming polluted foods. I medicated myself with double and triple lattes every hour to remain awake and perform, and soothed life with several beers or glasses of wine to calm myself throughout the day. Without realizing how severe my mental negativity had become, I easily drowned myself in a case of beer each weekend, basically committing a slow suicide. I was addicted to reading about and listening to negative stories in the news.My healing formally began once I started taking an active role in the detoxification process. I heard that colonics could help one feel less sluggish, and in desperation, I chose to try it. The colon hydrotherapist wisely suggested to try a four-week detoxification program with colonics three times a week, herbal cleansing three times a day and shifting from solid cooked foods to organic raw vegan foods, followed by a raw green vegetable juice fast during the final week. I immediately felt great, so I ceased eating cooked foods, alcohol, coffee, dairy, wheat and meat. The raw and living foods and herbs allowed for the release of copious amounts of chemical toxins from my body, along with the emotions directly linked to these toxins and their storage points throughout the body. My mental clarity and physical energy increased by leaps and bounds. I felt like I was 20 years old again! This process culminated in the fourth week with the release of five pounds of mucoid plaque from my intestines and one- to two-foot-long dark strips of hardened, polymerized mucous. This mucous is secreted in the upper intestines to store a grave excess of waste, which overwhelm normal elimination processes. It was the best I had felt in decades.Detoxification and inexplicable day-long crying spells distanced me from my family, especially my wife, and brought on a period of spiritual opening that lasted for months. Every morning I cried uncontrollably for hours on end, knowing only that it was for the best to release the unbearable emotional pain I held for years. This pain was not caused by anyone; it was only the result of my own unconscious thoughts and actions. During this time, I ate daily meals at a raw food restaurant and began to create the support network of raw-lifestyle friends that help me to this day. I also began taking classes in raw food preparation from raw chef Elaina Love, eventually leading to my certification as a raw food chef.There were two major challenges in this process: the first challenge was overcoming the opinions of my family and friends. The second was a case of adrenal exhaustion I developed as part of the detoxification process, causing me to fall asleep while driving and even while standing during a weekend seminar where I was speaking. The adrenal exhaustion was quickly corrected by supplements recommended by a live blood cell analyst. I lost 35 pounds in four weeks, making me look temporarily haggard and alarming my immediate family. They thought I had lost my grip on reality, as if I embarked upon a suicidal path. Regardless, I knew that I was following the right protocol since I felt amazing. These challenges induced me to focus on the positive aspects of my life in order to manifest my life destiny and highest calling. I felt myself making slow, but sure, progress on my new path. “Take baby steps,” said my therapist.With time, I felt more stable in this new lifestyle. I was in the highest spiritual state until an unexpected phone call threw me much deeper into my healing than I ever thought possible! I will never forget the shaking voice of my dermatologist’s assistant. “The doctor wants to see you as soon as possible.” The brevity and tone of her voice communicated much more than the words did. I felt a sinking feeling in my stomach as the dermatologist told me that a biopsy on my wrist showed malignant melanoma. Those words hit me with special impact because I watched my father succumb to the same disease 10 years earlier, passing only five months after his diagnosis. Immediately I was transported back in time to his bedside, feeling sensations of an unfulfilled life sweeping over me. I remember crying out, “I don’t want to die now. I want to live. I just want to live!” I wondered if my new lifestyle was the cause, but I knew in my heart it was a blessing that I eliminated my toxic diet nine months earlier. The disease could have swiftly spread throughout my body, as happened to my father. The dermatologist wanted an immediate excision with a large skin graft, but despite the sincerity and overwhelming certainty of the diagnosis, I felt in my heart that I should take ownership of my own health. A deep peace swept inside of me, the “peace that passeth all understanding” guided me to seek out alternative and complementary treatment.I received immediate support from my new friends in the raw food community, and as advised by my colon hydrotherapist, I called Brian Clement of the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. From the moment I walked through the entrance of the Hacienda building on Hippocrates’ 40-acre facility, I was enveloped in love and peace and I knew I was in the right place. The professional and caring staff took every opportunity to shower me with love and compassion and created an atmosphere of deep rest and relaxation. Brian Clement’s warm, calm, confident and knowledgeable voice gave me a gigantic psychological boost. I felt the love and sanity of the universe descend upon me as he described the program at the institute and the people’s high success rates achieved by following the Hippocrates Health Institute protocol. I experienced a side of true medicine, which is not the purview of the orthodox medical establishment. It was liberating! He taught me to see any health challenge as a healing opportunity. My experience at Hippocrates Health Institute has become the greatest opportunity of my life. I am so grateful to have been in a position to be able to check myself in to such an advanced institution. In an exit lecture, Clement spoke words that I have remembered to this day: “When you go back home you must be honest with everyone you meet. You must tell the truth.” I have lived by these words ever since.The daily fare of wheatgrass juice and raw green vegetable juices, sprouts and sea vegetables and delectably prepared side dishes soon worked its detoxifying and healing magic, putting me into a higher vibration than I had ever felt before. Every day I bonded more with my fellow guests and with Hippocrates Health Institutes wonderful staff, and after three weeks, I experienced a profound sense of inner peace and discovered a strength and courage I had never felt before. Complementary therapies of far-infrared oxygen (breathing concentrated oxygen while lying under a far-infrared array), the intravenous vitamin and mineral therapy, yoga, tai chi, Qigong, dance, drumming, Pilates, weight training, rebounding (mini-trampoline work to stimulate the lymph system), swimming in the ozonated pools, massage, facials, colonics and counseling all served to support and enhance Hippocrates Health Institutes core philosophy: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”Soon after, a wonderful surgeon excised the cancer without a skin graft and it has not returned nor spread. For the first time in decades, I was able to commune with myself to a depth I had not experienced since college. I realized that within every moment I had a choice to stay true to myself. I returned to Hippocrates Health Institute eight months later to take the nine-week Health Educator Program and to help manifest a new profession, focusing on a business plan to develop healing communities. Afterwards, I enrolled in the Raw Gourmet Chef training at the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Fort Bragg, California, leading to my current position as managing chef for three one-week retreats in Malibu, soon to be hosted by Hippocrates Health Institute West and the American Health Institute. It has been a long journey of deep healing and blissful joy that will continue to evolve. I am forever grateful to everyone at Hippocrates Health Institute for this profound life-changing experience.