Dear Rev. Malkmus, In 2000 I was diagnosed with Diabetes Type II. I had also reached an unmanageable weight; cholesterol and triglyceride levels were off the chart; and I felt perpetually tired and discouraged. I was put on the typical regime of medications and noticed that the Diabetes meds would fluctuate in effectiveness. I was offered no hope of healing, only, as the doctor said, 'all you can do is manage the disease.' By 2004 at the age of 54, my weight had increased to the highest ever in my life. I understood I was on the slippery slope toward heart and kidney disease.
I began to pray to God for help and He answered when I met Health Ministers Tim and Anita Koch at my Congregation (church) in Boca Raton, FL. I explained my food and caffeine addictions, my sense of helplessness regarding my diabetes and cholesterol, and my general disgust with the demise of my health. I was also repentant regarding my bad attitude toward dietary discipline through nutrition. We talked about Hallelujah Acres and Tim and Anita invited me to do a 'residential stay' in their home for 6 days. I began The Hallelujah Diet on December 26, 2004, after Tim had suggested that I wean myself off coffee, meat, and dairy products before coming to their home, to help with the 'detoxification' process. Of course, as an addict, I did not do that, and even drank a Dunkin Donuts coffee on the way to their home, after getting Pizza for lunch! I brought my glucometer with me. When I arrived at their home, my sugar was at 346! (Normal range is 80-110) For a Diabetic even 120 would be a good reading, but I was on medication and my sugar had been going haywire for at least 2 months prior to my stay with Tim and Anita.
My residential regime included: prayer, education, teachings from Hallelujah Acres every day, along with workbook lessons. Also, walking/deep breathing/stretching exercises, hands-on juicing lessons, food preparation, shopping field trips (learning how to read labels more carefully and understand which foods support the health of my body), a field trip to a local 'raw-food healing center,' and fellowship with another student who entered the program the same day as I.
My first 2 days were filled with detoxification symptoms, as my body began to free itself of the garbage I had subjected it to for the previous 54 years. By the third day of the program I made the choice to go off of all my medications, trusting that my body would heal itself. Each day thereafter, my body did improve! By the end of the first week on The Hallelujah Diet, my sugar level was down to 112 without any medication! For the first 3 months I drank 4 Carrot Juices, plus 4 BarleyMax� Juices each day, along with one Fiber Cleanse drink per day.
It has now been 7 months since beginning the Hallelujah Acres lifestyle, and I now walk in good health! I average 3-4 of each juice per day (Carrot and BarleyMax), and 2 tablespoons of ground Flax seed each evening. My energy level and stamina have dramatically increased! I have been free of all medications since the third day, and my sugar level continues to be normal. Weight loss continues, and I am now 50 pounds lighter! My goal is to lose 90 more pounds, increase the level of Raw Food in my diet, and increase exercise. (I currently walk 4 times per week at 30 minutes each walk). I continue to participate in periodic Class Dinners at Tim and Anita's home, experiment with new food recipes, and seek their wisdom as questions arise. Tim and Anita have been like angels to me in this process and I am ever thankful for their training, faith, and kindness. Thank God for His grace and thank you all for this great work!