I opened the Whitaker Wellness Institute in 1979. My first Back to Health Program consisted of just nine patients who stayed with me for two weeks. We exercised together, ate meals prepared to my specifications, and I gave talks on various topics. I was amazed at the power of lifestyle changes as my patients lost weight, got off drugs, and experienced marked improvements in their quality of life.
Diet and exercise—plus targeted nutritional supplements—are still cornerstones of the clinic. Patients continue to come and stay for one to three weeks, eat healthy meals prepared by our gourmet chef, engage in exercise, and attend lectures, workshops and a plethora of therapies. Being totally immersed in a wellness lifestyle—especially when you’re surrounded by others who share your challenges and goals—is the easiest way to break old habits and establish new ones. Our patients invariably feel better, lose weight, and gain confidence that they can do this on their own once they return home. Whitaker Wellness is, in a sense, a rejuvenation boot camp.
I want to share with you one of the many letters that I have received from patients who had life-changing experiences after coming to the Whitaker Wellness Institute. This one is from a woman with a long history of diabetes.
“Turning Challenges Into Blessings!”
“I went to the Whitaker Wellness Institute for help with my diabetes, and blood pressure. I’d also been gaining weight and my legs had swollen up like posts. I had so much discomfort that I went to local doctors to try to find what was causing it and tried a variety of different medications, but nothing helped.
“At the Whitaker Wellness Institute, I got the help I needed! My medical doctor there, who is trained in Western and holistic medicine, helped me get off insulin. Yes, I stopped all insulin! I had been taking 170+ units of insulin per day, but my blood sugar was still high, in the 200-300 range. Now it is lower than that—without taking insulin—and my body is now learning to handle its own insulin, with a boost from the vitamins.
“Yes, I am on a diet, but far from an impossible one. I eat vegetables, fruit, meat, nuts, juice, etc., so it’s easy and healthy. I know a lot of my excess weight was built-up fluids, but I’ve lost 23 pounds since changing my diet. I am not thin, nor do I expect to be. But thinner and healthier I do expect!
“If you have health challenges, the Whitaker Wellness Institute is the place to help you tackle them. It’s not an easy fix, but it is well worth the time and effort. This experience will benefit me for the rest of my life, and I wasn’t alone. I saw many others who were in treatment with me at Whitaker Wellness receive a new lease on life. Miracles happened both weeks I was there—people with all kinds of health conditions getting stronger and better.” — Neena