By Matthew Farley and Natasha Towns
By Matthew Farley and Natasha Towns
Feb 16, 2010
“It’s a miracle and a blessing to be at Hartland!” Ruth Warner, originally from Michigan, came to the Lifestyle Education Center (LEC) at a friend’s suggestion.
Ruth had been in an accident and could walk only with great pain. She suffered constant pain in her hips, joints, and lower back. Recurring headaches and fatigue also plagued her. “I came to the LEC to be changed,” she said.
Ruth wanted to learn how to make these changes in her health. “A better understanding of how to make these changes came from the health lectures. I appreciated being educated.” She found herself not only learning valuable
information, but also practicing what she learned. “I appreciated so much the cooking demonstrations, the treatments, and the transformation in the way I
feel. I can walk better, and I have had no headaches since the first day here.” Ruth
continued to lose weight and was soon able to walk with minimal pain.
In addition to these changes, Ruth also discovered other blessings. “I was able to
form some very good friendships; the young people here are wonderful. Dr. Tolan taught me so much about food properties and spent a lot of time with the health guests.”
Ruth also found time to improve her most important friendship. “I learned how to
maintain a closer walk with God. I see now the great importance of spending quiet time with Him.”
Not only has Ruth experienced healing, but so have some of her friends! One of
them came to visit during the LEC session and sat in on a health lecture. “The
next day he went from drinking sixteen cups of soda per day to straight water. He
changed his diet, too, by eating more fruits and vegetables each day. That’s pretty powerful!” says Ruth.
Now that Ruth has completed the session, she plans to continue making the right choices with her lifestyle. “I pray that I will stay faithful. This body is for God’s
glory, and it is His temple. By my own choices I was bringing harm to it. Now, through obedient choices, I can have good health. I am really excited to see what the Lord will do.”
Since she’s been home, Ruth’s enthusiasm has been contagious! “I’ve already encouraged four other friends to come to the LEC,” she says. One of them even requested Ruth’s prayers for his health. “I was able to take all the knowledge that I’ve learned at Hartland and tell him, ‘Drink water and get sunshine.’ It’s nice to have an answer. It’s nice to give people hope!”
Apr 1, 2009
“For years I wanted to attend Hartland’s lifestyle program.”
Geraldine Barlip was one of five health guests who participated in the first 18-day session at Hartland’s new Lifestyle Education Center (LEC). “I knew about Hartland and its lifestyle program a long time ago, and I had wanted to come for years,” she says, “but it never worked out until now.”
Geraldine had been battling high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and diabetes—all stemming from her weight problem. “I had a lot of anxiety because I thought I needed to be everything to everyone. I finally figured out that I can’t help anybody else unless I help myself.” She knew she needed to exercise, but her sedentary job made it difficult. Hartland’s lifestyle education program provided the perfect opportunity.
At first, Geraldine’s body rebelled at the new exercise routine. Every muscle in her body screamed, “What are you doing to me?” But Geraldine is no quitter. She persevered, and the more she exercised, the better she felt. By the end of the session, she had lost 11 pounds, and according to her, that was “just a start.” “Now I have an exercise plan,” she says. “I’m not going to sit and think about it; I’m just going to do it.”
Her blood glucose and cholesterol levels also went down, as well as her anxiety. “I just love it here. Everybody’s so loving, caring, and attentive. I’m not stressed anymore. I feel much stronger and more able to handle things. I’ve got a lot of cookbooks and easy, delicious recipes now, so I’ll be cooking more.”
Perhaps most importantly, Geraldine was spiritually energized. “Because of all these things that I had before—my stress, my being overwhelmed, and everything else, the Lord was just pushed to the side. He was in my heart, but not in my mind. But now I’ve learned to put Him first, and I’ve gotten much closer to Him. I thank God for that.”
Feb 16, 2009
On March 30, 1996, while administering anesthesia at Marion General Hospital, a feeling of extreme weakness swept over fifty-one year old Dr. Ben Sanidad, and he slipped to the floor. After being helped to a gurney and resting he felt strong enough to stand up again. Another doctor urged Ben to stay overnight for tests.
The next morning an endoscopy revealed a small, fast-growing tumor on his esophagus. This grim diagnosis of esophageal cancer sounded in Dr. Sanidad’s ears as a death sentence. It seemed there was nothing he could do, so he numbly resigned himself to his fate. He had personally seen the rapid physical decline of patients with this condition and expected to live no more than six months longer. It seemed hopeless, with no possibility of seeing his children grow up or of enjoying his wife’s companionship, no chance to get serious about his relationship with God.
But wait—what about prayer? Ben wondered if God would even listen after he had ignored Him for so long. “Oh, God, please hear me,” Ben prayed. “I’m powerless to face this problem alone. Before I die, Lord, help me draw closer to Esther, the kids, and to You,” he pleaded.
Indeed, God was listening, and in a marvelous way, He completely answered Ben’s prayer.
While waiting for the surgery that would remove the tumor prior to chemotherapy, Ben began reading his Bible and earnestly praying for guidance and healing, if this was God’s will. “God was my only hope,” he says. Ben’s children left school to be by his side.
His wife Esther contacted many friends to request prayer for Ben. She encouraged him to exercise faith in God’s way. Ben was anointed in their home, and his faith began to grow.
After surgery, due to complications, chemotherapy was delayed for several weeks. During this time, Ben and Esther researched the two most common cancer treatments: radiation and chemotherapy. The statistics were bleak and unpromising, so they researched alternative treatments. Ben also read Counsels on Diet and Foods and Ministry of Healing, by E.G. White.
As he read, Ben began to make lifestyle changes. He quit taking all medications and put off chemotherapy. He contacted Hartland Lifestyle Education Center. With God’s help, Ben turned his back on all he had learned as a physician and headed in a different direction—God’s way of healing.
At Hartland Lifestyle Education Center, Ben entered wholeheartedly into the program. He learned about God’s eight natural remedies and other things medical schools don’t teach. During the eighteen-day program, Ben’s strength gradually returned, and he began to feel health and joy again. Upon his returning home, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances saw the radical change and asked, “What has made the difference?” Ben has had many opportunities to give his testimony of God’s healing mercy and power.
Ben’s personal testimony in his book Choosing to Live is a most effective means of sharing the good news that it is possible to maintain or regain health by following God’s plan.
Over ten years have passed since the original diagnosis, and Ben is still following God’s plan for health. The cancer is still in remission. On many occasions, he has shared God’s principles of health with patients at Marion General Hospital, where he works.
Feb 16, 2009
Millions of Americans daily address the challenge of diabetes mellitus, also called type II diabetes or adult onset diabetes. Many diabetics take oral medication, and thousands more are dependent on insulin injections, one or more times a day.
|Duration of session||18 days|
|Blood sugar||-25 points|
|Insulin intake||-40u daily (was 55u daily)|
|Weight||-11 1/2 lbs|
|Other Benefits||Never felt hungry|
|Blood sugar||-154 points (was 291 points)|
|Medication intake||1/4 the dose|
|Blood sugar||-75 points (was 155 points)|
|Blood pressure||168/84 to 128/80|
|Weight||-12 1/2 lbs|
|Other benefits||Discontinued 3 medications|
|Blood sugar||-298 points (was 413 points)|
|Other benefits||Reduced Insulin intake||Pain in legs completely stopped|
|Insulin intake||-80u daily (was 80u daily)|
|Weight||-43 lbs. (was 300+ lbs.)|
|Other benefits||Reached goal of walking 3 miles|
|Reduced medication to use of 1|
|Blood sugar normal||(was 214 points)|
|Insulin intake||-59u daily (was 74u daily)|
|Cholesterol||-199 points (was 264 points)|
|Weight||-10 lbs. (was 253 lbs.)|
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).
Feb 16, 2009
Are you in bondage to a habit that is killing you? You don’t have to be. Yes, smoking is a tough habit to break and that is why you need help. At Hartland Lifestyle Education Center we have a ten day stop smoking plan that really works. Thousands all over the world have been set free by this method.
John was hooked. He had tried many ways to stop smoking but nothing was working. At the urging of his mother, he signed up hoping that this time he would gain success. He immediately became enthused about what he was learning. Receiving a steam treatment to help eliminate toxins was part of his daily routine. It really surprised him that he was not experiencing any withdrawal symptoms and became so excited about the health principles that he was learning that he wanted to bring his wife through a health session. As we said goodbye to him, he promised to return with her. He was true to his word and we had an enthusiastic couple who eagerly grasped new health concepts and practices as a team. Cigarettes were no longer part of his life. He had replaced them with positive new habits and was happier because of it.
George is another man that found the program worked for him. He and his wife came up from Florida believing it was worth the trip and I am so happy to report that they were not disappointed. The love and support they received was a big contributing factor to George throwing away his cigarettes for the last time, and none too soon. Smoking had already damaged his lungs making it difficult for him to walk any great distance. Building up his tolerance with a regular exercise program he was able to walk 4 1/2 miles the day before he left and said that his breathing was much improved. Four years later found George and his wife returning for another lifestyle health program. No, he did not come back to stop smoking for he remained smoke free. They just wanted a refresher on all the important health principles and to get another dose of love. Alumni are very special to us, in fact they become part of our Hartland family.
Linda was a closet smoker, hiding it from family and friends. It was a terrible way to live and came to us seeking help. Along with her goal to stop smoking she wanted to lose some weight. Being a mathematician she found that subtracting 13 1/2 pounds from her weight was actually fun and the health principles added together equaled a better life, for she was now a non smoker and was free from her caffeine addiction. Lana lived in a neighboring town and she promised to come back for a visit and dinner but she did something even better, she came back one year later to go through another 18 health session reporting she still wasn’t smoking, and remained a vegetarian and no longer used caffeine. Can you beat that!
To stop using drugs was not easy but Michael was happy that cocaine was now a thing of his past. He knew he now needed to quit smoking. He also had an addiction to caffeine, drinking eight cups of coffee or Coke each day. He had a sister that loved him very much and made the preliminary calls to the Lifestyle Education Center concerning her brother. He agreed to give it a try. You can understand his apprehension as he walked into the office to register. His fears were soon dispelled as he became involved in the program. What amazed him was that he experienced no withdrawal symptoms. He replaced the negative with the positive. How about you?
“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that health thee” (Exodus 15:26).
Feb 16, 2009
The clock struck one in the morning. Jose Rodriquez tossed and turned on his bed. He’d had this problem before, but now it was worse. “I was so dizzy again, and I could not sleep.” He tried to cure it through sleeping pills, but nothing would work. Finally, his brother suggested going through the Hartland Lifestyle session, and he agreed. “I have faith in this place. I know I will get help here.”
Did you know that some types of insomnia can be easily healed through God’s eight laws of health? This is what Jose had to find out the hard way. Each year about sixty million people suffer from insomnia, which leads to serious sleep deficits and other health problems. One’s likelihood of experiencing it increases with age, affecting 30% of men and 40% of women.
The session went smoothly for Jose. He enjoyed the food, the staff, and the whole environment. “The food was very good. I never thought I would eat like this, because I’ve never been on this kind of diet before,” he recalls. “The people were just beautiful inside and out. The staff and students were friendly, kind, and thoughtful. They taught me how to eat, how to cook, and how to manage my stress.”
“I learned that we don’t treat our bodies well,” he said. “I have to be more careful now. Yes! I know how to live.” Having been a meat eater, Jose had developed some health problems, but now he wants to keep a healthy diet. “No meat, no coffee—nothing like that. God wanted to change my lifestyle.”
“The most important part that I learned was prayer. In everything we did, we prayed, whether it was a hydrotherapy treatment or before going to bed.”
The Hartland Lifestyle session was truly a blessed experience for Jose. Now he sleeps well and is thankful that God taught him to live by His principles through the Hartland Lifestyle Education Center.
Feb 16, 2009
Before showing you the results of these few health guests I must say that almost everyone that comes through our lifestyle program has a reduction of their blood lipids. And that makes sense because of a simple plan that incorporates an enjoyable exercise program and deliciously prepared meals which are low fat and no cholesterol. A vegetarian cuisine does not mean you must sacrifice taste or satisfaction. The opposite is true for, almost without exception, everyone loves the food. This lifestyle is so simple that everyone can do it. You will be fully prepared to carry on at home as you attend the nutritional and health seminars and establish habit patterns as you live and work with us.
|Cholesterol||-81 points (was 274 points)|
|Weight||-11 1/2 lbs.|
|Cholesterol||-73 points (was 221 points)|
|Cholesterol||-83 points (was 254 points)|
|Cholesterol||-86 points (was 247 points)|
|Triglycerides||-109 points (was 278 points)|
|Duration of session||2 weeks|
|Cholesterol||-99 points (was 321 points)|
|Triglycerides||-228 points (was 428 points)|
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 2).
Feb 16, 2009
Hypertension is a silent killer and not something to be ignored. Though deadly there is hope. Most high blood pressure can be decreased with very simple methods without any side effects.
“What is it?” you ask. Eight simple remedies, Proper Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Temperance, Fresh Air and Proper Breathing, Rest, and Trust in God. Does it sound too good to be true? Well, come and experience it for yourself.
|Blood pressure||160/90 to 138/84|
|Weight||-18 3/4 lbs.|
|Blood pressure||156/80 to 120/72|
|Blood pressure||190/96 to 120/74|
|Blood pressure||150/90 to 130/80|
|Other benefits||Reduced medication to half|
|Reduced Insulin intake|
|Blood pressure||155/100 to 120/80|
“And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee” (Exodus 23:25).
Feb 16, 2009
At Hartland you will learn life style principles that work. And by living here for 18 days you will see that you can really do it at home. Everyone that needs to lose weight does, and people love the food and not one person has said they experienced hunger while here.
|Duration of session||18 days|
|Weight||-39 1/2 lbs. (was 450 lbs.)|
|Other benefits||1 year later lost 166 lbs|
|Cholesterol||186 to 46 points|
|Triglycerides||896 to 722 points|
|Blood pressure||140/92 to 112/82|
|Weight||-19 lbs. (was 235 1/2 lbs.)|
|Weight||-12 1/2 lbs|
|Other benefits||Discontinued medication|
|Able to go back to work part time|
|Weight||-10 lbs. (was 216 lbs.)|
|Other benefits||few more weeks lost 23 lbs|
|Weight||-12 1/2 lbs.|
|Blood pressure||156/84 to 118/70|
“The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened” (Proverbs 10:27).