There’s a popular axiom, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” When Kimberly Garner arrived at Optimum Health Institute (OHI), her body
was so out of balance with autonomic dysfunction that she had completely
lost the ability to sweat. Her physical symptoms included dry eyes, mouth,
skin and hair, along with a painful tooth. Mentally, emotionally and spiritually,
Kimberly was at the end of her rope. A flight attendant for 33 years,
the single mom of two college student sons was exhausted, depressed, and
not wanting to live with the debilitating fatigue. She was in bed about
20 hours a day.
Just when she was sure she couldn’t bear any more, she very clearly
heard God’s voice say, “I have an abundant life for you!”
Kimberly immediately called OHI – friends had told her about the
institute – and booked a week’s stay with financial help from
her father. She was there the very next morning. After she greeted a few
other guests, she went right to bed.
The next morning she drank a shot of wheatgrass juice, went to the stretching
class, and then crawled back into bed. That wheatgrass seemed to flip
on a switch inside of her body, mind and spirit. Tuesday she attended
all the classes, soaking up encouragement and compassion from guests and
facilitators. She completely dedicated herself to absorbing all the information
The lights really came on for her in Peg’s Focus class, where Kimberly
clearly saw in her pie chart she had no healing time to focus on herself.
For decades, in both her personal and professional life, she was completely
focused on doing everything for everyone else. She knew she needed what
OHI offered – not just nutrition detoxification, but time for deep
emotional, mental and spiritual self-care.
OHI’s community has a heart-centered and loving desire to express
validation and support, and that fellowship, Kimberly says, was such an
important part of her healing. She eagerly soaked up the encouragement
and new friendships, finding that hearing others’ stories, and sharing
her own, were a divine tonic for her aching body, mind and spirit.
At the end of her first week, when she was offered an OHI Scholarship to
complete the 21-day program, Kimberly was overcome with gratitude and
emotion. For the first time in years, she started feeling empowered, valued
One of the funniest moments of her OHI stay happened in the middle of a
class during her second week. Kimberly was focused intently on the information
the facilitator was sharing with the others when she made an exhilarating
realization. “I’m starting to sweat!” she screamed,
and her friends were thrilled for her. After years of dysfunction, her
body’s nervous system was coming back into a healthy balance, and
her sweat glands were working again. “Sweating the small stuff”
was dramatic physical proof that Kimberly was well on her way to regaining
These days, she continues to improve dramatically on physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual levels. She credits OHI with giving her the tools
to reclaim a healed and happy life. She is deeply grateful for the generosity
of the OHI community, which funded the OHI Scholarship that gave her a
second chance for a fulfilling, joyful and healthy abundant life.
In this season of generosity and gratitude, help another deserving person
receive the tools they need to create a happy, healthy balance in body,
mind and spirit. Contribute to the OHI Scholarship fund through purchases
at the OHI Store, buying proprietary OHI products like the OHI for life
® organic skin care line, or making a tax-deductible donation.
Help transform the life of someone else, or do some serious, loving self-care
with your own extended visit to the OHI holistic health missions in San
Diego and Austin, Texas. Come help us celebrate 40 Years of Holistic Healing.
Our caring team will give you the tools, encouragement and inspiration
to detoxify your body, quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit in a
safe space of compassion and beauty. Visit our website at
www.optimumhealth.org, and call us at
(800) 993-4325 to contribute a donation, or make your reservation.