• A 3-Week Stay at OHI Works Wonders for Body, Mind, and Spirit

    The greatest victories are often the ones that take time to earn. The path to optimum health is long and winding, but it starts by releasing any illusion that an “instant fix” exists; true healing requires patience as we work on realigning our bodies, minds and spirits.

    A 21-day program at Optimum Health Institute will help you find wholeness and wellness through our invigorating and healing program.

    Learn more about what you can expect here:

    Week 1: A Good Start 

    The first week inspires you to become more aware of the body, mind, and spirit connection. Through the detoxification diet, full class schedule and fellowship activities, you immediately begin to feel improvements in all areas of your life. Without processed foods, meat, sugar, and dairy, every cell of your body starts to “wake up.”

    Weeks 1 + 2: A Deeper Understanding 

    Building on the foundation you created the first seven days, the next week delivers more powerful tools as you explore deep inside your heart and mind. Get in touch with emotions you might have been stuffing down for decades. Clarify and commit to your values. Learn to communicate effectively. Touch into the limitless joy that self-love and a cleansing diet can bring.

    Weeks 1 + 2 + 3: Putting It All Together 

    After 14 days of releasing self-limiting thoughts and behaviors, all the while nourishing your body with cleansing foods, you’re ready to integrate everything you’ve learned. In your final week at OHI, constructive new behaviors will have time to become positive new habits, empowering you to create optimum health as you take the program home. You’ve not only experienced the transformational difference an organic, live, raw vegan lifestyle can make – you’ve had hands-on experience in creating it.

    3 Weeks Adds Up Financially, Too 

    You get a special savings of 5% when you stay two consecutive weeks, and 10% when staying 3 consecutive weeks.

    Find the time you require for making the healthiest choices for your body, mind, and spirit at the OHI missions in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Come help us celebrate 45 Years of Holistic Healing. Our caring team will give you the tools, encouragement, and inspiration to kick destructive old lifestyle habits to the curb, and adopt beneficial and healing new ones. Visit our website at www.optimumhealth.org and call us at (800) 588-0809 to make your reservation.

  • Why Organic?

    Eating organic foods is a wonderful way to get good nutrition without the harmful pesticides and chemicals found in non-organic foods. But did you know that organic foods are actually more beneficial to your body?

    Sure, there is much debate about the benefits of organic food. Many skeptics ask why this is such a big deal because they don’t see any difference between how their groceries look before and after going through an organic process.

    Yet, it’s true that eating organic can vastly improve your overall health.

    What you eat has a huge impact on the way your body works, how you feel, and how well you function and perform. The higher nutritional content and increased anti-oxidants in the organic produce you eat can go a long way toward promoting natural healing in your body. Here are some of the important differences between organic and non-organic produce:


    • Non-organic produce is sprayed with chemicals to kill pests and diseases. These chemicals can remain on the produce until it reaches your home, where it can be ingested by you and your family even after washing. These pesticides may include neurotoxins that gradually build up and cause long-term health problems.
    • Organic produce, on the other hand, isn’t doused with chemicals to kill pests. Organic produce farmers use birds and insects to keep harmful pests in check, or they may plant other flowers or plants nearby to repel the unwanted bugs. Other farmers may use natural or organic products to protect their plants from pests.


    • As with pesticides, non-organic produce is fertilized with chemicals that promote growth but can be harmful to humans. Organic farmers use natural methods, like organic manure, to fertilize their crops. Compost is also used to promote strong, healthy plants.


    • Weeds are a problem for all produce farmers, but non-organic farmers use chemicals to kill the weeds that invade their crops. Organic farmers use less harmful methods to rid their fields of weeds. Mulch, hand weeding, and tilling are organic ways to keep weeds at bay.

    Conservation Methods

    • Organic farmers work to conserve the environment in which their crops grow. They rotate their crops to avoid depleting the soil, gather rainwater to provide irrigation, and reduce pollution in their farming techniques. Non-organic farmers put less emphasis on the environment and more emphasis on the bottom line.

    At Optimum Health Institute, we serve only 100% certified organic foods.  To learn more about our holistic healing programs in San Diego and Austin, visit Optimum Health Institute online or call us today at (800) 588-0809.

  • Meet Dr. Lance Carroll, Optimum Health Enterprises’ Holistic Medical Practitioner


    Optimum Health Enterprises (OHE) is a third-party vendor who offers colon hydrotherapy services at OHI San Diego and OHI Austin. In Texas, prescriptions are required to receive a colonic, therefore OHE provides practice management for a licensed medical doctor, Dr. Lance Carroll, to supervise colonic services at OHI Austin.

     Get to know Dr. Lance Carroll with our quick Q&A…

    Q. Give our guests a little background on yourself.

    A. I grew up in New Mexico. In college, I studied the medicine of Native Americans and Eastern thought.  I got my undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University.  I was a research assistant at Harvard Medical School, where we studied circadian rhythms in astronauts on night shuttle launches in conjunction with NASA.  I received my medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago/Stritch School of Medicine.  As part of my medical education, I studied infectious disease, surgery and obstetrics at The University of Cartagena School of Medicine, Cartagena, Colombia.  I did my Residency in Austin, TX, where I was Chief Resident.  I currently practice Family Medicine with an emphasis in psychiatry and internal medicine.  For my private clients, I provide a holistic medical approach to their conditions, with the focus on functional medicine or Ayurvedic medicine.  Part of Ayurvedic medicine is to cleanse the body, and to restore balance to the body, mind, and spirit.  I also practice medicine in several specialized facilities.  I work as a consultant at the Shalom Center, a center for those of faith from all over the world.  In addition, I work in hospitals and treatment centers for those with moderate to severe mental illness and addiction issues.


    Q. Why did you join Optimum Health Enterprises (OHE)?

    A. I met Rev Russell Nees in 1998 at a rotary club meeting in Smithville, TX. He shared his vision of health with me, and we spoke at length about melding our fields.  From my first visit to OHI, I was immediately taken with the place.  I feel it’s the missing piece of the medical puzzle to long-lasting good health.  Russell and I went on to become great friends.  I was asked to join the staff of OHE to oversee the colon hydrotherapy department at OHI Austin.  I’ve been there for over 15 years.  Many on the staff at OHI Austin have been working together for decades, so we are truly a family.  Each week, the guests that come through those doors become part of our family.  It’s quite a remarkable place to work.


    Q. What’s changed at OHI Austin since you first joined the staff in 2005?

    A. The only thing that’s changed is they now have Wi-Fi. (laughs)  Seriously, when a program is this remarkable, you shouldn’t change a thing.  People come to OHI Austin for a variety of reasons, and many of them have health opportunities they want to focus on.  Our team always puts the guest’s safety first, so we assess a guest’s health to see if they are a good candidate for colon hydrotherapy.  Overall, guests come to OHI Austin looking for healing.  Once they experience the program, they keep coming back…and coming back…and coming back.  It is literally a transformative experience for those that choose to embrace the program.  How can you argue with a complete body/mind/spirit transformation?


    Q. How do you interact with OHI guests?

    A. Guests at the Austin campus who are interested in receiving colon hydrotherapy start with the initial screening, and then I meet with them to learn more about their goals for their time at OHI. I want to assess whether our colon hydrotherapy services will add real value to their experience.  At OHI, the focus is on the body/mind/spirit connection, and in my opinion colon hydrotherapy is a way for some to reconnect with their own body.  Contraindications include conditions that affect the kidneys, gastrointestinal, cardiac, and brain.  Those who are underweight, have an eating disorder, or dementia are not candidates for colon hydrotherapy.  It is my goal to always ensure colonics are given in a healthy and safe manner.


    Q. What does colon hydrotherapy do for the body?

    A. Colon hydrotherapy assists in hydrating the body.


    Q. Any final thoughts as you join the OHI team?

    A. The body/mind/spirit detox at OHI is the transformational experience of a lifetime. Words don’t do it justice.  Commit to the 3-week program, and you will truly understand.  It is a great way for individuals to reconnect with themselves, and enrich the lives of the people around them.


    Thank you for all you do, Dr. Carroll.  We are so grateful to have you as a long-time member of our staff.

    Although colon hydrotherapy services are not required or an essential part of our holistic healing program, they are readily available to you if you choose to add them and enhance your experience. These services are delivered by professionals on-site for your convenience and many of our patients find that they really heighten the benefits of the program. While colonic services are available daily, it is best to schedule appointments in advance, as sessions fill up quickly.

    Call OHI at (800) 588-0809 or visit www.OptimumHealth.org today for more information.