I was born in San Francisco, CA. I became well acquainted with the streets and was deeply involved with drugs, and thought nothing of drinking a bottle or two of wine with dinner most of my life.
At age 62 I was diagnosed with a serious heart condition. The doctors wanted to do a 5-way bypass and I resisted to the end. I looked for an alternative and found a place called Weimar Institute that could reverse my condition. I called Weimar and was advised to get up there right away and go through the program. When I told my wife and family they thought I had flipped out. After visiting UC Davis Medical Center and talking with five cardiologists, they advised me to proceed with the surgery. I underwent a 5-way bypass and I thought this was the end of my days. After the bypass I began my long road back to being able to walk and take care of myself.
One day I realized I couldn’t go on living like this. I was scared to death with diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, I couldn’t sleep, was angry most of the time and the truth be known, I was a drunk. My wife said, “What about that place you told me about, Weimar?”
I signed up for the 18-day NEWSTART® Lifestyle Program. After three days on the program I stopped taking my diabetes meds, and three days later I stopped two high blood pressure meds. The excess weight began to melt away and by the end of 18 days I lost 20 pounds. To date I have lost a total of 70 lbs, have more energy than when I was a young man, look better than ever, and can actually walk several miles per day without panting.
We are truly blessed and owe a great deal to Weimar, the NEWSTART® program, and the staff that made our stay an experience of a lifetime. Wellness is a matter of choice. By following the NEWSTART® Lifestyle Program, I have regained my health and hope for a long and happy life.
“My medical conditions were many. Most of them started four years ago with one exception, I have had irritable bowel syndrome for over ten years. My chest pains started four years ago, my cholesterol was on going, my high blood pressure and weight problem came along with these conditions. I could not walk more then twenty feet without pain in the chest. The I.B.S. continued to wake me up in the night. All these conditions taken together made me a pretty miserable person.”
“It finally came down to my cardiologist telling me that he could do no more and if I wanted relief I should attend a session at the Weimar Institute. Telling me also that he saw this as my last chance for a cure. I had confidence in the doctor (Stephen Peters M.D.) as he had attended a session at the Weimar Institute with his son with great results.”
“To make a long story short, I left Weimar with no pain, lost sixteen pounds, LDL down, HDL up, blood pressure down to normal, I.B.S gone, chest pain gone, down to two pills a day and soon to be none.”
“Weimar gave me what I asked for and a lot more. If you believe, then it can work miracles.”
Depression. Obesity. Heart Disease. Fibromyalgia. Alcohol. Drugs. These are just a few of the things I’ve had to deal with. I lived in that long, dark tunnel with no light at the end. The doctors said, “This is your life, get used to it.” I was so sick with pain, anger, and hopelessness. I used to beg God, night after night, “Please, let me go to sleep and die!” Yet, at the same time, I still had a kernel of hope. Maybe, just maybe, something would change. For over 10 yrs. I lived with unrelenting pain and couldn’t care for my children.
A friend had mentioned Weimar to me. I didn’t want to hear it. Eat rabbit food, I thought? But, then I started researching and decided, I was dying anyway, why not? When I first arrived, I was very skeptical that this program could help me. I had been sick for so many years. Had tried so many different therapies, drugs, herbs, massage etc.
Weimar was offering something a little bit different. When have you ever in your life had a doctor pray with you and for you? Or walk with you? Or come to your room late at night to make sure you are okay? Everywhere you go, everywhere you look there are people here who care. Not because they are paid to. Not because they just want your money. They truly care! I learned about the proper diet, exercise, healing emotionally, spiritually and physically. I am now walking 4-5 miles a day, minimum and some days more. I’ve hiked mountains. I swim. I am preparing myself to walk a marathon. I am no longer depressed. I take NO medications. I’m losing weight faster than I thought possible. It’s been so many years since I’ve felt so happy and joyful.
How much is real health worth? To feel good again? It’s worth everything!
At the age of 61 we were moving into our new home when all of a sudden I felt very weak and out of breath. I felt a sharp pain in my throat and neck, and I could barely walk. My wife, Rose, said I was looking gray, and that we were heading straight to the doctor’s office.
It was all I could do to get from the car to the doctor’s office. From my appearance and symptoms, he did an EKG and I heard him whisper to my wife, “He’s going into coronary failure.” He called for an ambulance and at the hospital Coronary Intensive Care Unit, I was given emergency services, including a heart catheterization which revealed 9 coronary artery blockages of 95%, with an order that I be prepared for bypass surgery that day. I was visited by the Director of Nurses at Pueblo Norte facility, whose husband had faced a similar emergency and had gone to Weimar Institute with good success. I called Weimar to find out if I could come.
My cardiologist predicted, “You’ll never survive the trip to Weimar.” It was all I could do to walk from the car past the flagpole to the NEWSTART® Lodge. I soon learned that my previous diet was the source of my clogged arteries. After only two or three days, my body responded to this new way of living. My energy increased, and I could walk about a half mile. After a week I could walk over a mile a day with no shortness of breath, weakness or cardiac symptoms. I was feeling one hundred percent better! After four weeks, I was vigorously walking about 4 to 5 miles a day without distress.
The entire NEWSTART® program was exactly what I needed. And to think that I almost submitted to the dangers of bypass surgery and would never have known the lifetime benefits I learned at Weimar.
I continued to make periodic visits with my cardiologist and he was “happily shocked” to see my great improvement without bypass surgery. After about 18 months, he did a thallium treadmill test which revealed clean arteries. And now I have good health and go to work every day without chest pains. I give credit and praise to God and all the great staff at Weimar for saving my life.