hope and restoring health to individuals who struggle with diabetes
(Type 2) is the mission of Lifestyle Center of America. Diabetes
(Type 2) is one of four of America's top causes of premature death
(along with heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity) robbing
millions of Americans from enjoying time with their family, growing
in their career, and simply enjoying life. Sixty percent of all
women and men who come to the Center with Type 2 diabetes taking
insulin are able to safely eliminate their insulin shots completely
by the end of the 19-day program. Guests experience a 20 to 4 percent
decrease in painful neuropathy symptoms. Fifty percent of all Type
2 diabetes guests completely eliminate all medication during
the 19-day Diabetes Health Restoration Program and nearly all are
able to substantially reduce the medication they are taking.
of the Center's approach lies in helping individuals understand
and experience how making positive changes in their lifestyle can
help prevent, improve, and even reverse diabetes health concerns.
Franklin House, M.D., and President of the Lifestyle Center of America,
says the key lies in addressing an individual's health from the
root cause. "Many people have become accustomed to popping
a pill in order to improve their health. Even though there are benefits
to prescribed drugs, the down side is that they often treat the
symptoms but don't address the underlying cause, especially for
those diseases that are most often related to lifestyle. In addition,
medications prescribed for diabetes can have significant negative
Dr. House is
in good company when it comes to stating how important lifestyle
is when it comes to health. Former U.S. Surgeon General, C. Everett
Koop, M.D., said that many chronic diseases are preventable by lifestyle
alone. What is now being discovered is that they are not only preventable
but in many cases actually reversible.
The Center uses
proven principles such as a completely plant-based diet, appropriate
exercise, and stress management to restore good health from conditions
related to diabetes. "Probably what makes our program so unique
is the time we spend with our guests. They tell us the most appreciated
aspects of their experience is the in-depth attention they receive
from our doctors and other health care professionals," says
Dr. House. "It's not uncommon for guests to spend four to six
hours during their stay one-on-one with their doctor. Many guests
tell us that they have spent more time with their doctor here at
LCA than they have spent with all other doctors in their entire
Director, George Guthrie, M.D., believes the professional staff
at the Center is one of the finest and most comprehensive of lifestyle
medicine health teams. "We have doctors, nurses and nutritionists,
but we also have an exercise physiologist, fitness instructors,
a counselor, cooking lab instructors, chefs, health educators and
massage/hydrotherapists. All work together to create a customized
program for each and every guest." Even though the nonprofit
organization is licensed as an educational institution, it is the
experiences people have that make it all worthwhile. Those who attend
the 19-day program typically lose 10 to 20 pounds, lower their cholesterol
20 percent, and increase their energy level while decreasing or
completely eliminating their need for medication. "It's truly
remarkable what guests can accomplish in as few as 19 days,"
says Dr. Guthrie.
The Center provides
several physician-supervised programs from the 19-day Health Restoration
Program to a one-day "Get Acquainted" visit. Fees range
from $6495 to $95.
The design of
the 100,000 square foot facility, surrounded by beautiful native
forests with walking trails and abundant natural wildlife, includes
medical and treatment areas, a fitness center with an indoor walking
track and swimming pool, a separate spa area for hydrotherapy and
massage for both women and men, saunas, whirlpool baths, steam rooms,
a modern hands-on cooking room, and an educational lecture auditorium,
along with excellent private guest room accommodations and Windcrest,
a gourmet restaurant dedicated to healthful plant-based cuisine.
yourself how you can change your life and restore your health at
Lifestyle Center of America. Call (800) 213-8955 to receive a free
video and information package or visit their website at www.lifestylecenter.org.
You can ask
questions of the Lifestyle Center's doctors on the Diabetes
Discussion Board here at VegSource.