• The Power of Self-Love

    Do you truly love yourself? On the surface, this question might sound like a no-brainer, but when many people take the time to really sit with it and think about it deeply, they often find that the answer is more complicated than a simple yes or no.

    What Is Self-Love?

    At OHI, we think of self-love as a holistic healing practice, and an ongoing process, rather than a simple affirmation. Self-love involves bringing body, mind and spirit into harmony, and maintaining this alignment requires a great deal of focus and dedication.

    How Does Self-Love Work?

    Two of the key aspects of self-love are acceptance and forgiveness. We have all felt at one time or another that we—or parts of ourselves—were ‘unlovable’ in some way. We carry around powerful burdens of guilt, regret, shame and trauma. And the spiritual and emotional weight of these burdens often prevent us from having the will or drive necessary to heal ourselves, or seek healing in the first place.

    That’s why self-love begins with recognizing the crucial connection and interdependence of mind, body and spirit. When we open ourselves up to self-acceptance and forgiveness, we begin to free ourselves from the many burdens that keep us from living healthy, joyous lives.

    How A 3-Week Retreat At OHI Can Help

    At OHI, everything we do is centered around this holistic approach to self-love. Through sharing, meditation, healthy eating and prayer, we give our guests the tools to foster true self-love and continue practicing self-love long after they leave our campuses. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it works:

    • Week One : In week one we focus on the mind, body, spirit connection by cleansing the body with a detoxifying, nutrient rich diet, calming the mind with regular meditation, and renewing the spirit with daily reflection, inspiration and prayer.
    • Week Two : In week two, guests already have begun to feel the renewed energy and positivity that comes with cleansing and detoxifying mind, body and spirit. This is also when we begin learning and exploring the various tools to support us in setting our goals, and making healthier choices for ourselves.
    • Week Three : This is far and away the most popular week of the program because this is when our guests begin to deeply internalize the process of self-love and learn to integrate it into their lives, propelling them toward continued physical, mental and spiritual health in their lives outside the OHI community.

    Self-love sounds simple enough, but bringing mind, body and spirit into sustained balance, joy and lasting health requires a great deal of focus and maintenance. Self-love is a journey, and that journey begins right here with the warmth and compassion of the OHI community. The OHI program is a holistic way to enrich your body, mind and spirit – and show yourself some love. Visit our beautiful retreat centers in San Diego and Austin. Call (800) 588-0809 today to book your retreat.

  • Foods that Detox

    Certain foods can speed up your body’s detoxification process and boost the health of your liver, the major organ in charge of filtering impurities. Including at least one of these vegetables or fruits in every meal is a positive step towards achieving optimum health in body, mind and spirit.

    Artichokes cue your liver to produce more bile. Acidic bile breaks down foods to let your body absorb more nutrients from each bite. Besides toning up your liver, the spikey green veggie supplies you with fiber, protein, magnesium, folate and potassium.

    You know that rather aromatic smell your urine gets after you eat asparagus ? That’s an indicator this nutrient-rich stalk is helping your liver drain toxins from your body, and that’s a good thing. This anti-inflammatory super-star also helps to tone up your heart, prevent cancer cells from growing and keeps you looking and feeling younger.

    The creamy deliciousness of fresh avocados delivers both antioxidants and lots of fiber. Good fats in the shiny green fruit are essential for healthy body and brain function.

    Beets are a Rodney Dangerfield vegetable, rarely getting the respect they so richly deserve. Red, golden or striped, beets are a super food that’s super rich in iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, fiber, niacin, and vitamins A and C. They also contain folic acid, important in the creation and upkeep of new cells to speed healing. Add in their immunity boosting, anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting ability, and they jump to the top of your “must eat” list.

    Besides packing a hefty nutritional punch, broccoli teams up with your liver enzymes to flush toxins from your body.

    Count on cabbage to help lower cholesterol even as its high fiber content is aiding in your bowel elimination.

    Folk wisdom says something is a ‘weed’ until we figure out what we can do with it. Pick dandelion root to heal a compromised liver, or keep a healthy one in balance.

    Fragrant garlic packs a one-two punch of helping the liver and boosting the immune system.

    Ginger can spice up a detox diet – literally – with both a delicious flavor boost, and an aid to liver function. It’s particularly effective in helping to tone a fatty liver caused by too much alcohol, or too many toxic foods.

    Grapefruit jump-starts your liver to burn fat more quickly, making it a must for both detoxing and shedding excess weight.

    Raw in a salad or whipped into a veggie smoothie, kale helps to flush out the kidneys. It also delivers antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and tons of vitamins and minerals.

    Kicking off your morning with a squirt of lemon juice in your pure water is a great way to start your daily detoxification.

    We’ve talked before about the importance of staying properly hydrated, but it bears repeating – pure water is essential for flushing toxins from your body.

    Tossing fresh organic watercress into your salad or smoothie is a smart way to help release enzymes in the liver that detoxify the body.

    We saved the best for last – wheatgrass , of course! It’s your liver’s best friend, and works to alkalize your entire body. Wheatgrass juice is fantastic for lowering your blood sugar and resetting your metabolism, too. It’s definitely a key part of any smart detoxification program.

    Come taste the healing power of these fruits and vegetables as part of a transformative experience for all your senses and your body, mind and spirit at OHI. We can help you achieve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual goals for optimal health in 2013. Call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • Positive Thinking Can Help You Achieve Your New Year Goals

    What are your goals for the new year? Better health? More travel? A happier, stress-free lifestyle? No matter what you have planned for this year, we’re here to tell you that positive thinking can help make your goals a reality.

    Why Is Positive Thinking Important?

    Positive thinking can elevate your mood, lower your anxiety levels, and actually make you healthier. In fact, clinical studies have concluded that positive thinking can produce a number of amazing health benefits, including:

    • Longer life spans
    • Lower levels of stress and depression
    • A stronger immune system
    • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
    • Improved ability to cope with stressful situations

    Think about how you feel when you focus on the negative. If you’ve spent time stressing about your job, worrying about paying off that looming debt, or fixating on the potential outcome of an illness or health issue, you’ve probably noticed that your negative thinking didn’t actually help to ease the situation. Chances are it just made you feel worse.

    That’s because negative thinking actually narrows the mind. When you are thinking about a particular fear or worry, the mind has trouble focusing on anything else, meaning that there is no room for other, possibly positive outcomes to break into your mental picture. This can lead to increased stress and anxiety, which can affect your physical and mental health by contributing to cardiovascular problems and nervous disorders. In other words, negative thinking is measurably bad for you. Negative thinking is also self-defeating. After all, when you can’t even imagine a positive outcome, what’s the use in even trying to bring one about?

    That’s why positive thinking is such a big part of what we do here at OHI. We believe that positive thinking creates the attitude and mental creativity necessary to produce real, positive results.

    So What Is Positive Thinking, Exactly?

    Positive thinking is more than simply ignoring your problems. In fact, with positive thinking, you face your problems head-on by acknowledging them and finding productive ways to overcome them.

    It’s also more than simply thinking happy thoughts. Positive thinking is the disciplined act of creating and holding positive results in your mind, and bringing those results into the real world through consistent, passionate mental work. After all, negativity is seductive and insidious. How many times have you found yourself thinking about nothing in particular, only to be invaded by pessimistic thoughts and ideas? That’s why positive thinking requires practice, focus, and diligence.

    At OHI, this is one of the cornerstones of what we do. With daily meditation and prayer, we learn to calm the clutter of our minds and achieve focused mental clarity. We learn how to create productive visions for our lives and forge connections to our desired outcomes that engender the drive and determination required to achieve them. We also learn to release the stress, trauma, and pain that lingers in our minds and clouds our thoughts with negativity.

    Whether you’re looking to conquer your New Year goals, overcome a long-term health issue, or simply rejuvenate mind, body and spirit, book your retreat at OHI today, and experience the true power of positive thinking first-hand. Get encouragement, support and inspiration to help you achieve your goals for a healthier you physically, mentally and spiritually at Optimum Health Institute (OHI) missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org , and call us at (800) 993-4325 to make your reservation.

  • Maintaining a Detox Diet

    So you’ve just spent a week or two or three at the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) healing mission in San Diego or Austin, Texas. You’ve only eaten live, raw, fresh organic vegan meals, you completed a 24-hour juice fast, you’ve done enemas and wheatgrass juice implants, and you feel like a million bucks.

    Those cravings for sugar have given way to cravings for crunchy vegetables, your energy level is off the charts, and you’re happier, more spiritually enriched and more at peace than ever.

    Congratulations! But…now what? How do you keep that healthy glow going?

    The first step is acknowledging that you’re off to a great start – but realizing it’s just that – a start. Years of poor food combining and consuming animal flesh, alcohol, sodas, processed foods, caffeine or other unhealthy choices won’t be resolved in a few weeks. It may require adhering to an all-raw diet high in fiber and nutrients, and the appropriate fluids, for three or more months to completely purge and then rebuild your body. The good news it, it’s completely doable. Let’s break it down.

    What is your motivation for transforming your lifestyle? Are you working to resolve a major health opportunity? Do you want more energy to keep up with your family and friends? Do you want to maintain that mental clarity and spiritual rejuvenation you experienced at OHI? Would you just like to look and feel healthier? Find that driving force, and keep it top of mind.

    Next, know that as part of the growing OHI community, you have access to materials to inform, encourage and inspire you on your journey to optimum health.

    One important tool OHI has created is “The Detoxification Seven” – the essential elements for successfully continuing your commitment to bringing your body into healthy balance:

    1. Drink 2 ounces of freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice twice daily.
    2. Drink rejuvelac daily to aid digestion and elimination.
    3. Do one enema and two implants daily until your colon is clean. Quickly eliminating the food you recently digested is an indication of a clean colon.
    4. Do a fresh juice fast one day a week. Take one enema and two implants on your juicing day.
    5. Drink eight classes of pure water daily.
    6. Eat sprouts; fresh vegetables and fruits; buckwheat and sunflower greens; sauerkraut; seed sauces; sprouted grains and seeds, and foods dehydrated at 105 ° F to preserve live enzymes.
    7. On the regular detoxification diet eat all vegetables, except for two fruit meals or 4 melon meals per week. For the hypo detoxification diet, eliminate all fruits, melons and sweet vegetables, like carrots, beets and jicama.

    Besides these essential steps to adhering to a healing detoxification diet, OHI’s closing class provides you with a list of daily food requirements for adequate nutrition, a sample weekly menu plan, tips for choosing the best produce and detailed instructions on how to transition to a maintenance diet.

    You’ll receive support in setting achievable goals, exercising the power of positive thinking, and creating an action plan to reconnect to your spiritual source.

    Through OHI’s growing social media presence, you’ll have access to continuing encouragement and inspiration. Connect with OHI’s Facebook page for ongoing support, new recipes, and the latest discounts and incentives for your next visit. You can also share your own journey, and inspire and motivate others on a healing path.

    Experience the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of a detoxification food plan during your stay at an Optimum Health Institute healing mission in San Diego or Austin, Texas. Our caring team will support your journey and share the tools you need to continue the holistic lifestyle program at home. To learn more about OHI, visit our website at www.OptimumHealth.org. To make your reservation, call us at (800) 993-4325.

  • OHI Guest Doing Extraordinary Things: Pat Ramsay

    Introducing OHI guest, Patricia Ramsay.  She has led an extraordinary life, and at 75 years old is still striving for a deeper connection with God every day.  Her spiritual journey has taken her around the world — from Jamaica to London to the United States and India — even to the doorstep of OHI.  We are so grateful to be a repeat stop on her travels.

    Q. How did you hear about OHI?

    In October 2017, I felt there was a cloud between myself and the mentee I was working with, so I asked God for guidance.  The phone rang, and it was my girlfriend calling to tell me about OHI. Clearly, this was the answer God was sending me. When I have meditated on something, I listen to what the voice inside me says, and I never question it.

    Q. What was your first visit like?

    It was simply amazing!  I felt like it got my body-mind-spirit back into alignment.  I was a vegetarian when I went there, but after completing the 3-day juice cleanse, I said to myself that this is how I want to feel all of the time.  So I became a vegan, and I’ve never felt better in my life.

    Q. In 2014, you were accepted as a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard University in their Advanced Leadership Initiative.  Tell us about that experience.

    The former CEO of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) recommended me for the Harvard program.  I was just approaching turning 70, and thought I was a bit too old to be going back to college, but Harvard invited me to interview, so I went.  I met with the Deans of three schools — Business, Law, and Education. I was accepted into the program, and Harvard awarded me a full scholarship.  It was God’s plan, and He most definitely provided! I spent a lovely year sharing ideas with the most amazing minds. God has given me the courage and support to do his work.  I am just a vessel and cannot do otherwise.

    Q. You make time for prayer and meditation every morning.  Are there any spiritual experiences you would like to share?

    About 6 months ago, a voice came to me clear as a bell, and told me to go to Bali.  I knew in my heart this would be a spiritual retreat that would further develop my being.  I booked passage to Ubud but didn’t schedule too much. I feel that you always have to leave space for grace.  Too much structure shows a lack of faith, and ego managing everything. I want room in my life to let the Divine enter.  I met with a sacred healer, and when he laid his hands on me he told me that I harness a tremendous amount of energy. I am only able to balance it all because my faith is so strong, and I listen to God without ever second guessing.  He told me I needed to share my spirituality with others more freely instead of holding back so that my energy can flow. That conversation marked a quantum leap in my faith. I felt a complete shift in my consciousness. I realized that I need to share my story with the world, because in that way I share God with the world.

    Q. Have you come back to OHI since you first visited last October?

    Yes!  I returned in August 2018, this time for 3 weeks.  I felt like my body was out of alignment again, but after completing the 21-day program and juice fasting each week, I felt my body was where it needed to be, linked with my mind and spirit.

    Q. What classes spoke the most to you in this visit?

    Each Vocal Toning Class was magnificent.  I could feel the trees and the energy of the ground. Wednesday’s Release Ceremony was also quite moving for me.  God always puts me in the right place for the nourishment my body, mind, and soul, and OHI will always be a place that nurtures me back into alignment.

    Q. Looking back on your life, what advice do you have for others?

    At 75 years old, I feel like life is a total adventure.  Every day is better than the last. Yes, I’ve had bad times, but they all brought me to exactly where I needed to be.  The mantra I use most often in my meditation is “Be still and know that I am God.”

  • Missionary Spotlight: Missionary’s Transformation Helps Her Beat the Odds

    When Natalia Eric was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2010, it was not her first experience with cancer.  Two years earlier, she had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and her thyroid was removed. This time, the health opportunity was even more aggressive.  Doctors removed her spleen, which had swollen to seven pounds, and started her on chemotherapy. They also gave her only five years to live.

    Natalia was not one to passively surrender.  She had been born in Russia, and navigated challenging situations before.  Now a resident of Toronto, Natalia realized if she wanted to take charge of her health, she was going to have to change things dramatically.

    While scouring the internet for information, she came across YouTube videos of people sharing their transformational experience at Optimum Health Institute (OHI) San Diego.  Natalia booked a three-week stay.

    “Those first three days, I got so sick,” Natalia said.  She realized her body was purging toxins she accumulated during her chemo treatments, but that didn’t make the process any easier.  She was ready to quit the program right then and there. Compassionate OHI team members and fellow guests convinced her to stay.

    “Just three days later,” Natalia said, “Everything changed for me.  The sun was shining, the grass was green, the birds were singing — it was wonderful.  I was so happy to be there!” Natalia celebrated every day of the rest of that first stay, relishing the instant closeness of the OHI community.   She felt fantastic, and shed 17 pounds those three weeks.

    When she returned to Toronto after that first visit, her oncologist was amazed at the dramatic changes in her body.  Her bloodwork was fantastic, no lymph nodes were swollen, and her bone marrow looked good.

    “I started thinking,” she said.  “If three weeks at OHI could do this for me, what could three months do?  I applied to become a missionary.”

    Since then, Natalia has been a proud part of the missionary program five separate times.  With each visit, she continues to learn more about herself while she’s also meeting new guests, and making new friends.  “I find I can help people by sharing my own stories. I tell them how I incorporate the OHI teachings into my life.”

    Russian guests in particular immediately connect with Natalia.  Many time their return visits to coincide with hers. Some of the older Russian guests don’t speak English, and Natalia is happy to translate for them, and help them reap the benefits of learning new ways to eat, think, meditate and move.

    Natalia said that with each new missionary assignment, she’s able to go deeper into the heart of OHI’s healing program.  Her biggest personal transformation is emotional healing. For the first time in her life, Natalia said, she is truly loving herself.  “We’re told that to think of ourselves first is selfish,” Natalia said. “But until you can love yourself enough to make time for yourself, you can never really love anyone else.  I know that everything about OHI is to make sure the body, mind and spirit are all taken care of. You can’t heal the body if the mind and spirit are still doing the same old stuff.  To heal your emotions, you have to make changes.”

    Those changes don’t just happen during a stay at an OHI mission — they continue to transform lives when people take the program home with them.

    “My grown children will ask me about the food I eat now, and I help them understand emotionally how important it is.  They start to eat more raw foods, and have salads at every meal. And that means my grandchildren are getting healthier, and learning healthy habits at such a young age.  It makes me so happy.”

  • Get to Know Evie & Karen, OHI Austin’s Amazing Mother-Daughter Duo

    We sat down and chatted with Evie Edington and Karen Labat, an amazing Mother-Daughter duo, who have worked at OHI Austin, teaching almost every class over the years. Here are Evie & Karen’s thoughts on the wonders of witnessing healing daily and what Community means.

    Q.  What do you like most about working at OHI?

    The most rewarding part of the work we do is that it is not just a job to us; it is a calling. Witnessing the impact that this program has on the body-mind-spirit, and to be a part of that impact is a blessing that we gratefully acknowledge every day. We love being able to inspire others to live healthier lives. We are very passionate about food-as-medicine, so when we teach Elimination I and II, this is the message we convey. Guests become empowered to change their lives and take back control of their health. This is why we love OHI. We aren’t trying to sell people magic pills. We are providing them with real tools that can boost their wellness quotient. All of it can be done at home after re-entry!

    Q. What is the biggest change you’ve noticed in yourself since you started working here?

    The funny thing about being a part of transformation is that it pulls you along with it. We have been challenged over and over to grow beyond our small thinking.  Since working at OHI, we have added more fresh foods, more fermented foods, more wheatgrass shots, and more veggie juice to our own daily diets when not at the OHI campus.  This has taken our brains to a whole new level! Working on this team, we are joined together to be a transformative and healing force in the world.

    Q. What OHI class has had the most impact on you?

    For Karen, who has had the privilege of teaching every class in the OHI curriculum, she has had the benefit of seeing the way all of the classes build on each other to create a beautiful, healing outcome. She is very partial to the Alpha Classes, especially Alpha I, Emotional Detox and Mental Detox.

    For Evie, the classes that she loves most are Elimination I and II. She is constantly learning more about the impact of nutrition on the body, and it never ceases to inspire her. She recently taught the Mind-Body Connection class, and the content blew her mind. She was so excited to talk about the power of the mind to influence messages to our body. We live in a world where daily news program messages can be quite negative, but we don’t realize how these messages impact our health. Having this class on our schedule is wonderful because we help people understand that unique aspect of wellness.

    Q. What are the pros & cons of working together as mother-daughter?

    One positive of working together is the way that we support one another in both our private and work lives. We love bouncing new ideas for classes off of each other. We sub for each other when one is on vacation, sick, or has an emergency.  Working together has brought us closer and deepened our friendship. The only downside of working together is that we give each other very honest feedback, which isn’t necessarily what you always want to hear. But we get to see each other’s talents and contributions to the program, and that is very bonding.

    Q. What does community mean to you?

    For us, community starts with the OHI team.  They are our friends as well as co-workers, and we have a deep, abiding respect for all of them.  That respect radiates out to the guests that join us at OHI, and then beams out to the broader world.  “Community” has come to mean a great deal to us. There is no greater feeling than being part of a community that we can trust and depend on.

    Q. What’s OHI Heartbeat?

    We are passionate about empowering people to live healthful lives.  Being part of the wellness community as a whole is very life-affirming.  There is also a giant self-confidence boost that comes with all the appreciation and acknowledgement for simply being a teacher and counselor. But the bottom line is, our job here is a calling to do God’s work on Earth.  And we are honored to do God’s bidding.

    Q.  What inspires you?

    Healing inspires us.  Living a healthy, active life that is full of the little things we love is also very inspiring. We only get one life, and helping others as we make our way on own journey lifts everyone up.


  • Happy New Year… Now What?

    When the countdown is finished, and the ball in Times Square has dropped… when the fireworks show is over, and the champagne bottle is empty… when the last kiss is given, and the final stanza of Auld Lang Syne is sung… what do you do next?

    You’ll be tempted to reflect. It’s okay to look back and take stock, enjoy a sweet recollection of a good time, review a lesson learned from a difficulty you faced, but you don’t want dwell in the past.

    The new year reminds us that time is moving forward, and so should we. As businessman, Michael Altshuler says, “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” Honor the past, but prepare yourself to meet new people, go on new adventures, and make new memories.

    Practice Mindfulness

    Staying focused on the present and living in the now is a habit that will serve you well. Too often we allow ourselves to recall past mistakes or missed chances. Letting negative thoughts occupy your mind only works to depress your good feelings. Conversely, worrying about the future only serves to waste your time and make you feel anxious.

    Whenever you find these types of thoughts creeping into your brain, train yourself to immediate return your thoughts to the present. When you focus on what you can do today, you will get more done, you will move closer to your goals, and you will feel better.

    Start your new year with some positive affirmations. Say to yourself, “For 2019, I choose love and joy and peace. I release my fears: of failure, of change, and of not being good enough. I let go of anger, and carry no grudges or resentment. I feel healthy and full of energy. Everything in my life is getting better. I allow myself to take risks. And, I take bold steps toward my goals.”

    You may want to take the advice of Tom Peters, the author of In Search of Excellence, who says, “Celebrate what you want to see more of.” In other words, do that which makes you feel good about yourself.

    If you like to make New Year’s resolutions, and you are able to keep them, then making them can be a good thing. However, if you are unable to keep them, and that makes you feel depressed or guilty, then don’t do it. As an anonymous comedian once quipped, “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”

    A better method is offered by Helen Keller, who said, “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

    Is it a Crisis or an Opportunity?

    With the new year, expect to see new obstacles and challenges, but for 2019 make a conscious decision to see them as opportunities instead of crises. It’s fascinating that in the Chinese language, the symbol that is used for the word “crisis” is also the symbol used for the word “opportunity.” Crisis and Opportunity are in essence simply the opposite sides of the same coin depending on your perspective. When you can look for the opportunity in every crisis, you will prosper.

    The new year is a great time to make new commitments to yourself. A commitment to better health, and healthy habits. Author, C.S. Lewis, once said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

    A new year is a time to renew, refresh, and rejuvenate. And, a great place to do that is right here at OHI. Begin your journey of the next 365 days with your special community of loving supportive people. Start your new year off right by honoring your body, mind, and spirit with our yoga classes, delicious recipes, and the heartfelt camaraderie of the OHI community.

    As we say goodbye to 2018, we at OHI thank you for giving us another great year! We’ll be sharing lots of hugs here on New Year’s Eve, and we’d love it if you would join us in the celebration.

  • Imagine What It’s like to Have a Health Opportunity, and No Place to Turn?

    Rhonda Yeoman was just such a person. In the Fall of 2017 she weighed over 300 pounds, and was diagnosed with cancer. Her naturopath guided her to lose weight and eat a vegan diet. He also recommended OHI, but high medical bills made it so she could not afford it.

    By August this year, she had lost 80 pounds, but was still struggling with health opportunities, so the naturopath sponsored her for a week at OHI.

    Ms. Yeoman responded dramatically to our classes and teachers, she said, “It was so exciting, and a privilege to be with a whole family of people who want to heal!” But because of her medical debts she could not complete the three week holistic healing program.

    Guests Like You Helped Rhonda Succeed!

    Here’s where our guests came to the rescue – their donations made it possible for her to attend two more weeks! Today, Rhonda has lost over 100 pounds, and her tumors have stopped growing.

    She says, “I’ll never forget the gift of scholarship for the rest of my life. Because of OHI, I now have a different respect on what my body is doing for me.” Rhonda has become an outspoken cheerleader for OHI, and has even been invited to speak at a conference on natural healing alternatives where she will share her OHI experience.

    What Does OHI Mean to You?

    As you reflect on how OHI has touched your life, please consider how our healing mission has made a difference in the lives of those who cannot afford our program. The OHI Scholarship Fund, has made it possible for people with life-threatening health opportunities to begin the process of healing body, mind and spirit.

    As the year comes to a close, would you consider helping with a tax-deductible gift that will help even more people next year?

    OHI Scholarship Helped Reunite a Mother and Daughter in Good Health

    When Gina Klingelhoets learned she had breast cancer, she realized she needed supportive people in her life to help her get through this health opportunity. However, her solitary job as a medical researcher rarely put her in contact with people, which meant she didn’t have anyone to draw on from work.

    When she received her diagnosis, her holistic wellness coach recommended OHI. She then told her mother. Upon hearing the news, her mother was immediately ready to provide support to Gina. She even signed up for the OHI program where they shared a guest room and bath.

    Our Guests Provided the Welcoming Arms that Helped Gina Open Up

    Then as Gina found herself warmly welcomed into our community – the open communication, the love, the acceptance – she felt her relationship with mother growing stronger as well.

    Gifts, from guests like you, not only helped Gina with her health opportunity, but it also helped her grow emotionally and spiritually so that she was able to bond with others like never before, and to develop deep and meaningful relationships.

    You see, guest donations truly help people heal body, mind and spirit. And, these are just two of the amazing stories of the many people our guests have helped with their contributions to OHI.

    Share the Love, Share the Feeling, Share the Gift of Healing

    As you remember the spirit of peace, love, and camaraderie that you felt here at OHI, please remember those who have life threatening health opportunities and need financial assistance.

    The OHI community relies on acts of kindness and generosity from people like you to support those in need. Last year your donations made it possible for OHI to provide 97 scholarships. This year we’ve increased our goal significantly. Word has spread of the good work we’ve been doing, and many more people with serious health opportunities are reaching out to us for help. Our goal is to provide 350 scholarships which means we must raise $500,000 by year end. Your backing will make this vital effort possible.

    And, as the year comes to a close, I am asking you to help out with a year-end, tax-deductible gift that will help even more people next year.

    Celebrate Your OHI Community with a Contribution Today!

    Since 1976, friends of OHI like you have helped thousands of people like Rhonda and Gina. And, since all of our scholarships are for people who otherwise could not afford our program, their healing has been possible because of our guests’ generous support. Thank you.

    Would you be willing to make a special year-end gift today of $50, $100, $500 or whatever you can afford to help hundreds of people with life-threatening health opportunities?

    Please make your donation now by:

    1. calling us at (800) 993-4325
    2. online at www.OptimumHealth.org
    3. mail donation to:

    Optimum Health Institute
    ATTN: OHI Scholarship Fund

    6970 Central Avenue
    Lemon Grove, CA 91945


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    Reverend Robert Nees Jr.
    Senior Pastor and Chairman Optimum Health Institute, San Diego and Austin


  • Here’s How to Rediscover the Magic of Christmas

    There are people who prepare for Christmas all year long. Yes, those early shoppers who put the rest of us to shame, but there are others who take it to a much higher level. People who spend the entire year crafting hand-made presents and decorations, planning parties, designing recipes, and writing holiday cards and newsletters. Then, as December 25th grows closer they start decorating, baking and wrapping. That is great if you don’t have to work and have little children in your life. But, for the rest of us, who don’t have any elfin blood in our genealogy, Christmas comes just once a year.

    While the world of commercials and advertising would have us thinking about the holidays well before Halloween, most of us will begin when the time is right for us. As humorist Dave Barry observes, “Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”

    A great way to enter the holidays is with an empowering affirmation.

    I am free to choose how I spend my holidays.

    It is okay to take time for myself this holiday season.

    This year I will celebrate what Christmas means to me.

    Most of us will begin to feel the Christmas spirit some time after Thanksgiving Day. For some it will be the scent of a fresh cut fir tree. For others a favorite Christmas song will get under their skin. Perhaps it will be the pleasant tones and rich voice of Nat King Cole singing, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire; Jack Frost nipping at your nose;” that gets you in the mood.

    While OHI is Christian-based, we embrace all faiths and beliefs. We believe the spirit of the season is best summed up by the words of Jesus when he said, in Mark 12:31, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We embrace that spirit by creating a giving and loving community that shares care and support during the holidays, and throughout the year.

    Community is the Key for Unlocking the Spirit of Christmas

    As the spirit of the season starts plucking at our heartstrings, we hark back to our childhood and the magic that we remember. Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of The Little House on the Prairie, understood this when she wrote, “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”

    It’s that ‘love of kindred’ that is the true magic of the season. The gathering together of friends and family; the connecting with our community that proves what the season is all about. Many Hollywood movies have attempted to capture this magic, but one has done it so well that it has become a classic.

    George Bailey, in the movie, It’s A Wonderful Life, constantly helps other people, often to his own detriment, causing him to forego his personal goals and dreams. What he doesn’t realize is that, over the course of his lifetime, he has built an incredibly loving and supportive community. Then in a moment when his world starts to fall apart, his community comes to his rescue and saves him in his time of need.

    At OHI, we understand that kind of community. We create it, add to it, and reinforce it every week of the year. We would love it if you would spend your Christmas with us. Here at OHI you will enjoy a peaceful and harmonious holiday with loving and supportive people.

    American essayist, Hamilton Wright Mabie, sums it up the holidays beautifully, “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

    When you spend your holiday at OHI, you’ll be eating the delicious clean foods that energize your body. And, you’ll be maintaining your healthy lifestyle in a nonjudgmental and caring community. And, in the giving spirit of the season, bring your friends. What better way to enjoy the holidays than giving the gift of healing body, mind, and spirit to those you love.