I started to look into alternative medicine. I tried acupuncture, kinesiology massage, reflexology, Chinese medicine, colonics, meditation, and Qi gong. I went to an osteopath, naturopath, chiropractor, and even a medical intuitive. I truly was desperate and was willing to try anything.

However, my weight kept on plummeting. I remember one day, I was getting out of the shower and I didn’t even recognize myself in the mirror [had lost   pounds and I looked like I was dying. People around me were scared and so was I. A doctor told me that maybe I should start taking anti-depressants to calm my stomach, knowing that I wasn’t even depressed! There were others who were convinced that I was anorexic.

At that time I was dabbling in raw Food and was lucky enough to live by a raw food restaurant. One day I was driving by the restaurant and something just told me to stop. I’m so glad I did! Brian Clement, from the Hippocrates Health Institute, was speaking.

Well, it was overwhelming the knowledge he had about raw and living Food. This man knew what he was talking about! I found out the institute had a three week life change program. I thought this would be great for my mother who had pancreatitis. That night I called my mom and told her all about this interesting place called Hippo- crates. The next my mom called back and said my parents wanted to send ME to Hippocrates! Let’s just say I had a million excuses not to go. My mom said, “You just need to be the one to make the call.” It took me months to make that call.

Then came my low point, one morning I got up Feeling sick again. Feeling like [was again chained to the bathroom. I was home alone and I remember just drop- ping to my knees screaming to God that I didn’t want to live this way I just wanted help. I just kept “I cannot live this way, please help me” I cried so hard and for so long that I fell asleep on the floor.

That was the day things got better. When I woke up I had an amazing calmness. I immediately found the number to Hippocrates and called to make a reservation. The first date that was available was New Year’s Eve. Looking back now I didn’t realize how poignant that would be, a new start to a New Year and a new life.

The program was everything I needed to heal my body. I went clown to Hippocrates thinking chat my body wouldn’t really detoxify that much because, I mean, I was a vegan. I didn’t consume animal products, refined, sugar, caffeine, or alcohol I was SO wrong! I couldn’t even get through the 1st night orientation. I developed a migraine that was so severe I had to be taken back: to my room by golf cart! Boy was I embarrassed. I had just as much to learn as everyone else.

The next day I was fine and over the next three weeks I learned to live the life that humans are supposed to live. I felt AMAZING! I can’t imagine not having those three weeks. The first week was all about getting into the program, understanding how it all worked. The second week was more about l how the physical manifestation of illness was I being broken down. My body was HEALING. The third week was about strengthening my mind and awakening my spirit. I was no longer afraid of anything. I was not a diagnosis. I was not an illness. I was a human being, living and being supported by the earth and the people on it to become who I was supposed to be-a healthy individual. This is the right that we all are owed just by being born. I found a peace I had never known.

It has been a year since I left Hippocrates and my Lee has changed in such wonderful ways. I came home to teach my children and husband how to live a healthier life. I’m still working on transitioning them to a raw food lifestyle but I do it with love and compassion knowing that given the right options that their wants will change in time. They have come so far in one year. My kids now beg me for algae and my husband loves my collard green wraps! How wonderful is that? After hearing Gandhi’s famous quote; “Be the change you wish to see in the world!” I decided to start a monthly a monthly raw food product based on the teachings at Hippocrates. I am building the community that supports our family’s lifestyle and it feels wonderful. I AM HEALED!

I want to thank Hippocrates, and Anna Maria, for opening up my world to new possibilities and realizing that nothing is impossible. I also want to thank my parents, husband, and children as they continue to support me though this life changing experience.

I continue to be well and healthy and wish the same for you and your families in this wonderful way of life.

Vol 28 Issue 2 Page 42

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