“Compromised Immune System”
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.
Many years later, I met a naturopath who introduced me to natural medicine. Testing revealed that I had severe food allergies to milk protein, meat, cheese, butter, even a gelatin capsules. I subsequently dramatically changed my lifestyle, yet my health problems did not end. Soon thereafter, I saw an ad in Vitality Magazine, a Toronto based publication that caught my attention; in big bold letters it read, “IS YOUR BODY TOXIC?”At 74, I instinctively knew this was meant for me. The workshop, lead by Erika Wolff, a Certified Hippocrates Health Educator and Living Foods Lifestyle Coach, marked the beginning of my recovery. Erika is knowledgeable, passionate and genuine; she really wanted to help me. Over time, we became dear and trusted friends; and through her, I met wonderful people and learned about living foods. I was not about to change my lifestyle, with the high cost of organic food and all, but I decided to try just one recipe. I was amazed to see how well I digested it. Soon, I was completely raw and organic! Now, I say that my designer clothes are on the inside!Living Foods have given me boundless energy and a digestive system that works properly and easily; they have also completely eliminated my constipation. At 65, I joined the Yoga Centre of Toronto, and immediately knew I belonged. And, at 76, thanks to my outstanding teacher Marlene Mawhinney, who inspired me and would not allow me to quit, I became a yoga instructor. Today, I teach Lyengar Yoga for seniors and live a high quality life at the age of 80. The Hippocrates Health Institute program has completely transformed my life!Last year, I lost the love of my life, my husband of 51 years. I thought I could never carry on without him at my side. Nearly a year has gone by now, and I am absolutely amazed at my own inner strength. Reflecting on myself, I wonder, “Who is this person“?” I owe this personal growth to my lifestyle of raw food, yoga, and the influences of a strong mother who experienced an unspeakable tragedy during World War 1. She had to migrate from Russia to Canada alone after a nine-year separation from her husband. While crossing a frozen lake, guards shot at her and killed her infant son. My mother sat on the frozen lake throughout the night with her dead baby in her arms; her toes had frozen off. She did not want to live. Thankfully, people in a nearby village rescued her and nursed her back to health so that she could continue her journey to Canada to join my father.Mother said, “You never forget, but you must live for the living.” I am blessed to have been raised by a woman of such strength and character—who truly honored life. Now, when I care for my body, I know I am honoring my life as well as hers. Thank you Erika Wolff and Hippocrates Health Institute!Follow Up Testimonial
In the year 2000 I attended a workshop by Erika Wolff, Hippocrates healthcare educator. My life has never been the same. I had many problems with my health, trouble sleeping, digestion issues, extreme fatigue and constipation. At this workshop Erika prepared a yam soup I was amazed at how well I digested it. But if I cooked or baked the same yam I could not tolerate it. Even though I was not planning to go raw I decided to try something else and before you knew it I was 100% raw and organic. At the time I was a yoga teacher and taught Iyengar yoga to seniors up until I was 85 and stopped because I broke my elbow. In February of this year I celebrated my 90th birthday. I am still 100% raw and organic and I have never felt better in my life. What a gift this lifestyle has given me, now I have an excellent quality of life. After my 90th birthday I started on a new journey. I moved from Toronto where I spent the last 62 years of my life to a senior residence in Barrie Ontario. I live on my own and prepare my own meals. A very special thanks to Brian. Last January I lost my eyesight practically overnight. I just didn’t know where to turn. I immediately called Brian. Although he was out of the country he returned my call as soon as he got off the plane. He assured me that the procedure the doctor recommended was the only way to go. His assurance meant the world to me. He kept in touch with me through it all. I now have a good portion of my sight back and I will never forget the care and compassion I received from Brian. He has an amazing heart. Ida Robinson.