I regret I did not find The Unique Healing Program earlier. It would have made sense to me 10 or more years ago. Before that, I was married to the idea that my diet would heal me. As time went on, that was not the case. All the protocols I have followed have had elements of The Unique Healing Program, but none put it together quite the way Donna Pessin has.
Here is part of a brief timeline of different protocols for health that I have embarked upon since the mid to late 1970′s:
Remember, it was the 1970′s. High protein low carb diet with animal glandular supplements, vitamins and digestive enzymes. NO REFINED SUGAR! Dr. Carlton Fredericks, Adele Davis, Dr. John Newbold, MD and, of course, Dr.Robert Atkins. I personally was a patient of Dr. Harold Rosenberg and Dr. Michael B. Schacter and his, still existing center, in Suffern, N.Y. The Schacter Center for Complimentary Medicine in Suffern, N.Y.
Very early 1980′s I discovered Viktor Kulvinskus and the raw food diet. I was way too toxic and reactive for this regimen. The juicing, eating raw vegetables, sprouts and wheat grass was way too cleansing. My lymphatic system, really all my organs went nuts. I had crazy sugar craving. Candida overgrowth out of control. I had no idea what I was doing.
At this same time I was living on Central Park West in the 80′s. One of my neighbors was Joe Bologna [Lovers And Other Strangers] and Renee Taylor [The Nanny] comedy icons. One, or both of them, was on the Anne Wigmore-Hippocrates Health Institute Program. Their spacious apartment was a wheatgrass / rejuvalac factory. I remember going to their place and being in awe, and freaked out with what I saw. Is this what it would take to be healthy?
Early to mid 1980′s. The Macrobiotic Diet was my salvation at this time. It gave me some stability and I learned how to eat without having fruit, bread and dairy. I learned how to chew my food thoroughly. As time went on I accompanied this diet with colonics. During this period my skin cleared. All my swollen lymph glands drastically improved. At the time, these results convinced me that a whole food diet heals. I know it helped me immensely, but diet alone did not heal my unhealthy digestion, constipation and sweet cravings. Diet was not enough to heal a very complex family health history. On top of all that throw in exposure to mold in my childhood home, growing up in a very polluted state, and so very, very much more.
Environmental pollutants. This is a universal issue today that is a, if not thee, largest physical contributor to sickness in this world. Something which is, to me, clearly undeniable. Unwillingness to see this is most often due to the human addiction to food, drugs, alcohol, lifestyle, and the fear of change.
More of my experiences in my next post.