Wonderful World of Ann Wigmore
yes, welcome, welcome! Hold on campers because the Ann Wigmore
story can and does fill volumes of health books! We have a story
here of tragedy, triumph, miracles, innovation, inspiration and
even a conspiracy theory or two. You're gonna love this one so lets
get to it!
I first heard it...
as I first heard it from my friend, Jai, with a creative story telling
talent, the story was summed up for me like this:
Wigmore lived in Boston. She was suffering from gangrene and the
doctors wanted to amputate her legs. She said no to the amputation
and crawled out by the railroad tracks to die. There the dandelions
spoke to her and said "Eat the WEE-EEE-EEEDS!" So she
ate the weeds and cured herself.
story is more or less true depending upon your spiritual beliefs....
but we'll just leave it at that.
told you that story to tell you this one: Although Ann tells her
own story with much more detail and emotion, I will attempt to cover
the main points here. I'll start by pointing out the distinct differences
between the story I first heard and the story as Ann tells it.
of all, she sat in the backyard and didn't crawl out to the railroad
tracks. Second, she had the weeds and herbal background from her
grandmother. And third, she makes no mention of 'talking dandelions'.
Good story anyway, Jai. I'll treasure it always.
right, lets get down to the facts, shall we? In her autobiography,
Why Suffer?: How I Overcame Illness & Pain Naturally
, Ann tells of growing up in war torn Lithuania. She grew up with
her grandmother and watched her as she used herbs and weeds to heal
wounded WWI soldiers. In her mid-teens, Ann moved to America where
she quickly adopted the 'new worlds' habits and customs. Her new
American diet resulted in colon cancer and then a disastrous automobile
accident crushed her legs and resulted in gangrene. It was at this
point that the doctors recommended amputation and Ann refused, while
her family sided with the doctors. At home, Ann struggled to move
and feed herself. She spent endless hours in her backyard in the
sun, eating weeds and herbs and applying them to her wounds as she
learned from her grandmother back in Europe. Slowly, Ann regained
her strength and devised a plan for indoor greens to sustain her
through the cold Boston winter. Ann eventually returned to her doctors
after she was up and about again, her wounds gone and her legs healed.
Ann recalls that the doctors "made no comment when X-ray films
showed that the bones had knitted firmly."
adjusted her live food program to include sprouts, raw fermented
foods, and her signature drink; rejuvelac. Made from sprouted
wheatgrass seeds fermented in water, rejuvelac is said to replenish
healthy intestinal flora; vital to proper digestion. The Living
Foods Diet was ready and Ann shared it with the world in 1958 by
opening the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston.
Health Institute attracted people from all walks of life and from
around the world. Politicians, actors, celebrities, etc. all were
treated as fairly and compassionately as the nameless and penniless
who were as equally welcome at H.H.I. for healing and learning.
invented the wheatgrass juicer by adding a sieve to a meat grinder,
thus making it possible for folks to grow and juice their own wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass, she found, was easiest and cheapest to grow, as well
as containing one of the highest nutritional contents of the grasses.
work at Hippocrates produced testimonial after testimonial of guests
who had cured themselves of a multitude of various ailments including
high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, gastritis, stomach ulcers,
pancreas and liver troubles, asthma, glaucoma, eczema, skin problems,
constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, colitis, fatigue, female
problems, arthritis, athlete's foot, anemia, bad breath/body odor,
etc. etc. etc.
the American Medical Industrial Complex proved too much for Ann
but she continued to spread her good word by starting living food
programs abroad in India, Sweden, Finland and Canada.
1994, Ann Wigmore died of smoke inhalation during a fire that destroyed
the original home of the Hippocrates Health Institute. Her work
is still alive to this day in the programs of several healing centers
here in the U.S. such as the Optimum Health Institutes of San Diego
and Austin, the Creative Health Institute in Michigan, the new(er?)
Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach Florida (see Buddhamoose
O.T.L. #5), and the Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico. But to
find Ann's spirit at it's strongest Buddhamoose O.T.L. recommends
with heart the Ann Wigmore Foundation in San Fidel New Mexico!
preceding eight paragraphs are creatively condensed and paraphrased
with permission from Steve "Sproutman" Meyerowitz's outstanding
book Wheatgrass; Nature's Finest Medicine, pages 31-34. Check
your health food store or surrender to corporate cyber monger Amazon.com
by clicking here... ALSO, Sproutman's Kitchen Garden Cookbook
and Sprouts: The Miracle Food both by Steve Meyerowitz available
Ann Wigmore Foundation
2 week programs on the Living Food Diet, the Ann Wigmore Foundation
in San Fidel, New Mexico, is at the center of the Ann Wigmore legacy.
The Foundation's director, Shu Chan was chosen personally
by Ann. In an effort to preserve the program in its original form,
Ann singled out Shu, who worked side by side with Ann for many years.
of the first appealing details of the A.W.F. is the remote location.
Approximately 40 miles west of Albuquerque, the 3 building complex
of the A.W.F. has no commercial neighbors. In other words, you can't
slip off down the road for an easy walk to fast foods. Contrast
this with the Optimum Health Inst. in San Diego or Esser's
ranch in Florida where Burger King, Taco Bell or I.H.O.P.
are just around the corner. Not that you or I would go for it, but
it's so much nicer when you don't even have to see that crap. The
one story kitchen/common ground building and two octagon-shaped
two story living quarters are nestled in a crevasse between two
adjoining mesas in the mountainous deserts of northwest New Mexico.
Stunning countryside just off of the legendary Route 66!
called ahead and made arrangements for a one week stay. My timing
was off (Murphy's Law) but due to my background Shu consented to
allow me to join them for the second week of the two week program.
According to the workbook, the first week I missed consisted of
many classes teaching the science behind live foods as well as sprouting
and wheatgrass classes etc... Fortunately for me, the second week
classes consisted mainly of food-prep classes with a few random
classes like composting and natural beauty care.
program places a large emphasis on wheatgrass therapies and mornings
usually begin with an informal gathering around the wheatgrass juicers
in the kitchen.
is sometimes melon and more often it is raw energy soup which is
used at most meals. Salads are quite good here and there is always
some fermented sauerkraut and soaked dulse too. Also lots of good
is always available. What the hell is rejuvelac, you ask? Ann invented
rejuvelac as a way to reintroduce healthy stomach flora in the system.
First you sprout some wheat or rye etc. Then you soak it and let
it ferment. Strain and drink. Yum Yum! Well, not really. I think
rejuvelac tastes nasty and stubborn-ass Taurus that I am I refuse
to drink it. I'm also siding with the teachings of natural hygiene
here which suggests that your taste buds are one of the body's first
lines of defense and if something doesn't taste good to you, you
probably shouldn't be eating it. Not that caramel custard is good
for you since it tastes good but I think you get the idea. Once
again that is my own personal decision and if you try the Ann Wigmore
program here or anywhere else you should try it ALL and decide for
yourself. I understand Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida has
dropped rejuvelac from its program due to controversy over its effectiveness.
Again, you should always decide for yourself.
are very relaxed and informal but you learn about the body's different
systems of digestion, assimilation, elimination etc. including food
combining and the 'why's and 'how to's. There are sprouting classes,
wheatgrass and indoor gardening classes. A good indoor/outdoor composting
class is taught by Robert who is the master gardener there. Robert
also worked directly with Ann in Boston before her passing.
classes are more geared toward things like massage, reflexology,
chi gong, meditation and that sort of thing. This is a good opportunity
to learn a broad introduction to personal relaxation techniques.
I said, the second week classes are focused on live-food preparation.
We learned seed loaves, seed cheeses, dressings, dehydrated foods,
fermented foods, and many other delicious recipes. I'd love to share
a few here but I don't want to steal any of Ann's recipes to do
so. There are many good raw recipe books out there. Look into it!!
friends I make at each of these retreats are always inspirational.
One woman who was there had been there for 6 weeks and looked great
although I was told she showed up with cancer, gray skin and zero
energy for tasks as simple as climbing the stairs. By the time I
got there she had switched to an upstairs room, her skin was a lovely
tone of copper and her enthusiasm was through the roof! She told
me she had spent literally tens of thousands of dollars at other
spas and nothing worked like the simple inexpensive program here
at the Foundation.
of course, where would we be if I neglected to mention another key
element to the program. The ever controversial stop 'em in their
tracks enema debate! Well, I'm not taking you there this issue.
It's a story for another day folks and what a wacky story it is!
Anyway, the enemas and wheatgrass implants will be explained to
you in full at any institute following the Wigmore program.
surprisingly, the environment here is very close and intimate and
everyone gets to know each other quite well.[ Don't get me wrong,
enemas are done in private, you silly] The loving compassionate
tone makes for a wonderful supportive atmosphere and by the end
of the week we were one small happy family!! Amidst tears of joy
and laughter of love we celebrated our "graduation" with
a veritable live food feast!!
admits that food combing goes out the window for the graduation
dinner. The idea is to show how to create a plethora of dishes that
will be enjoyed by anyone, live foodists or otherwise. Dishes include
live pasta, seed and nut loaves, nut butter balls for dessert, and
believe it or not a tasty rejuvelac 'pink champagne' that actually
gives you a slight buzz! Scouts honor! That recipe is closely guarded
by Shu, but I'm sure she will share it if you go there!
leaving I had the opportunity to record an interview with Foundation
director Shu Chan. Now if I can only find that tape.... When it
finally turns up, as I'm sure it will, I promise to share it!!
yes, before I forget, I promised a good conspiracy theory here.
Some say that the fire that claimed Ann's life was deliberately
set by agents of the new world odor in an attempt to cover up the
fact that Ann, who was approx. 90 years old, was positively youthing!
[Among other turn arounds in her health, Ann's gray hair returned
to her natural color!] The theory here is that this program and
information is so challenging to the existing medical power structure
that Ann, the living miracle and proof of it's effectiveness, was
rubbed out to cover up the evidence of the power of reclaiming your
own health. However, those close to Ann assured me that was nonsense.
Unfortunately, Ann was a brilliant, compassionate healer but a terrible
electrician. Apparently, Ann had a bad habit of plugging far too
many electric cords and power strips into a single electric outlet.
The building in Boston that housed the old Hippocrates institute
was an old converted mansion and badly in need of rewiring. The
tragic result of these factors is the electrical fire that claimed
Ann's life. It would be a discredit to Ann's memory and legacy to
back away from the truth. As the old adage goes; Speak no ill of
the dead. Amen.
conspiracy theory I'd like to see addressed is this: Why would the
new Hippocrates Institute in Florida charge an exorbitant price
compared to the 'accessible to most' prices of the Ann Wigmore Foundation.
But that's just me and my anti-elitist poor man on the street attitude.
Ah, c'est la vie....
Ann Wigmore Foundation
San Fidel, New Mexico 87049-0399
One week price: ~$500
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