I recently enrolled Maurice Kelly who is our oldest student to date! He turned 88 years old in January of this year.
Maurice resides in Long Island, New York. He has been working in the home health care field, supplying staff nursing for over 40 years. He owns a few companies and has a great passion for what he does. He believes that the future is nutrition and one of his missions is to get the word out about ph in the body. He loves the idea of preventative care and healthy life style including water, air, exercise, diet and sleep.
Maurice is in excellent health and plans to continue working for another 4 years. Another passion of his is the enjoyment of earning money. He feels our program is compatible with what he is already doing and is really looking forward to starting the program!
Maurice was a delight to work with. My interactions with him reconfirmed my respect for the experience and wisdom of our seniors and the joy in slowing down and taking the time to be present for each and every person I speak with.
Finding a job that you love can be tough. But we all deserve to wake up every morning excited to go to work. The exercise “Finding the work you love, loving the work you find” is commonly used in the field of job reeducation, and can help you figure out exactly what career is right for you…
Dear Joshua - I feel so hopeful for my future thanks to IIN. Having done multiple start-up companies over the years I know very well the energy, organization, and the passion that goes into the process. You have done an amazing job and in so many ways are touching the world for the better. I wanted to take a minute to share my story with you and others at IIN.
I have a chronic, undiagnosed disease for the last 20+ years. In 2009 I was one of 100 patients in the country to be accepted to the National Institutes of Health, Undiagnosed Disease Program. I spent a week there being studied. They are about to sequence my entire exome, as well as my family. I am in two studies at Yale as well. I have seen more than 30 specialists - no one can figure out what I have. Clinically I look like someone with CF, but that has been ruled out, more than once. In the last several years I have been very focused on life style choices and good nutrition, which I know has helped my immune system, yet it has not been enough to keep the infections away. The last few years I have been on an inhaled antibiotic at least one week a month. I continue to amaze my docs with my positive attitude, energy, and dedication to living well!
When my friend told me about IIN and I jumped right in, becoming a student in March. I am awed at all that I have learned in less than four months. I have increased my knowledge base and am making even more informed life style choices and have even improved my overall diet. I have made so many positive additions and changes that I have gone more than a month without my antibiotics. I feel a sense of healing that I have not had in more than a 1/4 century. I feel hopeful for the future, more than ever!
I am not entirely sure how I will utilize my certification as an IIN grad, yet I know that this disease has come into my life for a reason, as did IIN - I know I am meant to help others. I have had a dream of founding and operating an Integrative Life Center, this long before I had heard of IIN, so I knew IIN was a great foundation for me!
For health conscious meat-eaters, we know it is important to choose the most natural and least modified meat you can buy. Unfortunately, with the confusing array of labels and claims, picking your meats is easier said than done. Here’s a guide…
This week’s inspiring student works as a leadership consultant/coach with organizations and individuals in Qatar, an Arab nation that is known for being the first to allow women the right to vote. She’s passionate about women’s empowerment and social justice, and has lead many international projects.
She found out about IIN because she hired one of our grads as a health coach and her life was transformed as a result. She spoke with great emotion as she told her story about how stressed and unhealthy her life was prior to working with a health coach. She became clear that if she wanted to make a difference in the world, working as a health coach was the way to do it. For her, there was no question that IIN would provide her with the tools to do so.
She looks forward to health coaching women in Qatar, and also using the tools she acquires at IIN in her work as a consultant to organizations and NGOs.
I get inspired whenever I remember our conversation. She totally rocks!!!!!!
Integrative Nutrition talks about the latest news that Los Angeles school district has removed flavored milk from the cafeteria menu. LA now becomes the largest school district in the nation to ban chocolate and strawberry flavored milk. Read the full post at the IIN Blog!
All of us have “those days” - when we are playing the Superman or Superwoman who can achieve everything all at once. We forget that we are one person, and no matter how extraordinary we are, we all get stressed. Sometimes we just need a little reminder to take it easy.
Here’s a few ideas to help you relax and stay focused during a stressful work day:
Take a few deep breaths and count to 20.
Have some tea.
Go for a quick walk outside or even just down the hall.
Take 60 seconds and focus only on the big picture.
Repeat an affirmation.
Do a quick drawing.
Remember that life is good, you are strong, and all will be well.
I was blessed to be introduced to the power of macrobiotics, not just as a diet but as a lifestyle. It has taught me that I along with the rest of us have a purpose and it is our mission on this planet to find out what it is and just do it no questions asked.
In 2007 I was diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation that in most every case causes colon cancer for starters, and in an even smaller percentage causes soft tissue sarcoma’s to form which in most cases are incurable. In July 2010 I was diagnosed with colon cancer and had 90% of my colon removed and started chemotherapy in September for the soft tissue sarcoma which has only grown. I am on my 4th chemotherapy treatment and through meditation accepted that if this one does not work, I will no longer search for a chemotherapy treatment to cure it. I will revert back to my macrobiotics, meditation, yoga, Buddhism and some of the 100 theories we will learn from this program.
This has brought me closer to what the universe wants me to be doing which is helping those to help themselves achieve their goals in life. Whether that be emotional issues with food, not understanding the proper nutrition for themselves, or not understanding the mind body spirit connection. I am also working on my Bachelor’s in Human Development which will allow me to go onto my getting my LMSW or LCSW in Social Work so that I can work with these individuals, accept insurance and hopefully show them that life is only as difficult as we make it.
We all have a lesson and journey in life, and I finally realized that by creating “Balance my Temple” I can take the products I developed when I was running my macrobiotic bakery putting them into an educational book, and developing products both for consumption and relaxation and using some of the other IIN theories to help those in need relate to the importance of mind body spiritual health at a an affordable price and even in some cases having insurance cover it once I have my LMSW or LCSW license.
I know from personal experience it’s great to be involved in these alternative healing systems but to have a consultation every few months which runs between 350 for the initial to 250 for follow ups expensive and eliminates a lot of those who need the help but have to sacrifice food, or part of their rent in order to get the help they need.
I am resilient, ambitious and a believer we can make anything happen provided we are clear on what we are asking for. Like I stated it has taken 10 year, a major surgery and 4 types of chemotherapy to get my clarity.
I have never been so unafraid of dying or growing old, so focused on what my purpose is. I am still in shock that when you are on the right track the universe aligns and opens passageways you never thought were possible.
I feel blessed to be here, and hope to develop great relationships with all of you and who knows maybe we can help each other out on this great journey. We are all already connected because we believe in the power of food and what it can do to extend our lives, and create the results we want.
Peace and Chocolate Sincerely, Brian Kudler Class of 2011