I started to eat better and did some light walking to get my blood flowing. Little by little I built up a good pace and a great attitude and started to lose weight and get control of my life. I am no stranger to being healthy. I had been a pro at losing weight?—?and big weight?—?and a veteran at putting all of that weight back on, plus some. In 2008, I had lost eighty pounds, but subsequently gained back 95, tipping the scales at 365.
At the end of June, I felt really good after losing about 25 pounds, but in the back of my mind I was worried that when I reached a comfort level, all of the weight would begin to come back. I needed help and I wasn’t afraid to seek it out.
I had remembered a chat with a friend who had gone to a place called Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI). She had beaten cervical cancer as a result of her stay. I did some research about HHI and it seemed very interesting. Many people had gone there and learned to take charge of their lives and embrace proper nutrition. It sounded like the perfect place for me to learn a new strategy.
The problem was my busy schedule. I am a stand-up comedian and a workaholic, and among my many other jobs, I work for the Late Show with David Letterman as both the audience warm-up and the talent coordinator for the stand-up comedians. This leaves me with very little time to get away and do a three-week program. Well, lo and behold, the show’s hiatus week in July and the two hiatus weeks in August, which had been booked with stand-up comedy gigs, all of a sudden opened up. This left a gaping hole in my schedule, which I took as a sign to visit HHI. I called Hippocrates to see
if they could accommodate me by letting me break up the three weeks to fit the program in. Luckily for me, they were delighted to help.
I started my new found freedom on July 4th and took to the program and the staff immediately. One of the first people I met was a wizard of a man named Viktoras Kulvinskas. We hit it off immediately. I didn’t know much about him except that I wanted to learn from him. It turns out that Viktoras is not only one of the innovators of this kind of work, but he is also a cofounder of HHI.?I did a private session with Viktoras and he did some amazing things with me that explained more about my life than I’d ever known. It was like sitting with a mystic. I had been blessed in my life before…getting to meet and eventually becoming friends and working with Dr. John Upledger, who is a one-of-a-kind health practitioner.John is also a wizard and a pioneer in the health field. He is the man who invented craniosacral therapy.
All of the lectures at Hippocrates were amazing and the education I got at HHI taught me so much about the human body, and most importantly my own body. The experience was a healing of the mind, body and spirit. The practitioners and teachers at HHI, and their love for what they do, are so electric and powerful that each day was better than the last. One of the best experiences I had at HHI was meeting Andy Bernay-Roman. I had worked with a therapist before, but it didn’t jibe with me. Andy “got me” right away, and helped me immediately connect what was going on in my head and my heart to my actions. I learned that when it came to food, I couldn’t let the little kid in me “drive the car” anymore. The adult in me is now in control. I still work with Andy every week doing phone sessions and I am proud of the work we are doing.
As of this writing, in late November, I have now lost 113 pounds and I stand taller and I have a confidence and a strength I have never had before. Through my incredible education at HHI, I know more about nutrition and the human body than most doctors who have spent seven years in Medical School. I am a steady influence on the people around me and that makes me feel good. I even got David Letterman to try wheatgrass and he passed it on to Donald Trump and Charles Barkley live on the show. I have become a full-time vegan; I eat mostly raw food, and I have never had so much energy in my life. I drink my wheatgrass and keep up with my supplements and workouts. My skin is amazing and my sleep apnea is gone and my new wardrobe looks so good on me.
One thing to remember about Hippocrates: they do not “cure” anything. They help you to help yourself. If you want it badly enough, they give you all of the tools to help you heal yourself. There are so many lies and so much greed and ill-gotten money surrounding disease that it is hard to know what is right for our lives. I have now seen the light and have learned the truth…it is in my heart and in my soul.
Thank you, Hippocrates!
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