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I Became My Own Doctor 40 Years Ago — Results Are In!

My grandparents on mother’s side of the family were farmers who lived in the tiny farming community of Constable, New York just a few miles from the Canadian border. They had no telephone or automobile. Their only means of transportation was their own feet – clad in shoe leather or, more often bare – or a horse-drawn buggy in summer and a horse-drawn sleigh in winter.

They had no electricity, running water, or indoor bathroom. They did have an outhouse. Their only source of refrigeration was their basement. Their only means of heating their home in winter was a wood stove and cooking was on a kerosene burner. Most of their food was what they raised in their gardens and orchards and preserved for winter use.

They didn’t have any health insurance or life insurance, or access to a drug store, and their nearest doctor was a day’s journey by horse and buggy on dirt roads in summer or sleigh in winter to the nearest town. Their only remedies for sickness were natural ones.

Yet, they lived in excellent health into their 80s and died at home of old age.

Mother Moves to the Big City

Grandma and Grandpa had 12 children, my mother being one of the 12. She was born in 1912 and raised in her parents’ home and grew up eating the same foods and living under the same conditions as her mother and father and siblings did.

When my mother graduated from high school, she left the farm. She wanted to be a nurse and so off to school she went to the “big city” (New York City) to attend nursing school at Mt. Sinai.

While in nursing school, my mother met my dad, a man who had been raised in the big city of Yonkers, New York (a suburb of New York City). In 1933, she graduated as a Registered Nurse (RN) from Mt. Sinai Hospital and married my father that same year. I came into the world a year later.

In the big city, my mother was first introduced to all the manufactured foods that had been absent during her childhood years; she was also introduced to doctors, hospitals, and drugs.

She did not foresee the impact these new introductions would have on her health or what affect they would have on my father’s health.

Dad Dies of a Massive Heart Attack

Unlike my mother, Dad had access to lots of animal source foods and refined sugar all his life, as well as to doctors and drugs. As a result of consuming all the animal fat in Dad’s diet, my father had his first stroke at age 42. This started him down a road that included numerous heart attacks and strokes, doctor visits, drugs, and hospitalizations.

During the next 23 years of Dad’s life, he was frequently in the doctor’s office and taking drugs daily. Neither the constant use of drugs nor frequent visits to the doctor, nor the numerous hospital stays he endured, improved his health or quality of life.

In fact, it was heartbreaking to watch him deteriorate year by year, until at age 65 he died of a massive heart attack. I was only 8 years old when Dad had his first stroke and, because of his poor health following that first stroke, never had the privilege of playing ball or doing any sports with him.

Mother Dies Following a Cancer Diagnosis

At age 49, my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer. In the operating room after they had opened her up they found the cancer had wrapped itself around her colon and they were unable to surgically remove the cancer.

Instead, the doctor’s sewed her back up and recommended cobalt treatments (radiation) and chemotherapy.

Having great faith in the medical system of which she had become a part as a registered nurse, Mother very willingly submitted her body to these medical treatments. These treatments destroyed her immune system!

Every winter, she ended up in the hospital with pneumonia for which she was given massive doses of penicillin, nearly dying during several of these hospitalizations.

For the next 16 years — while she was under the doctor’s constant care, taking massive amounts of drugs, and in and out of the hospital — I watched my mother’s horrible decline until her death at age 65. When my sister and I cleaned out her apartment following her death, we removed three shopping bags of full, partially full, or empty prescription drug containers.

My Sister Dies Following a Bout With Cancer

After nearly 10 years of doctoring, my only sibling died of thyroid cancer at age 69. Like our parents before her, she was constantly visiting the doctor and in and out of the hospital for radiation treatments as the cancer spread from one part of her body to another.

And like my mother, she maintained great faith in the doctors that attended her.

Two of her three children, after visiting their mother (apparently too soon after she had received a massive radiation treatment), came down with radiation poisoning and thyroid cancer themselves.

Then It Was My Turn…

In early 1976, at the age of 42, I was told I had colon cancer – the same kind of cancer that had taken my mother’s life following years of medical treatments.

For as long as I could remember, my mother (a registered nurse) had taught me that when you get sick, you go to the doctor and you do what the doctor says. (Remember that she was a nurse, after all).

But the horrible experience my mother had following her cancer diagnosis, the terrible suffering she endured, and the rapid decline in health that resulted when she followed “doctor’s orders” caused me to reconsider taking the traditional medical approach that she had taught me all my growing up years to always pursue.

Because of both Mom’s and Dad’s terrible results taking the medical approach, I went searching for an alternative way of dealing with my cancer.

In that search I remembered an evangelist in Texas by the name of Lester Roloff. Brother Roloff had for years been trying to get preachers in particular (and Christians in general) to change their diets — to change what they ate from the SAD diet of the world to the diet God gave Adam in Genesis 1:29.

Brother Roloff Encouraged Me To Be My Own Doctor

When I sought Brother Roloff’s counsel, he discouraged me from following the route of drugs and doctors that had failed both my mother and father. Instead, he encouraged me to do something as simple as change what I ate and to drink lots of vegetable juices as an alternative way of dealing with my cancer.

I heeded Brother Roloff’s advice and, almost 40 years ago, made a commitment to change what I was eating.

Overnight, I stopped the consumption of all animal source foods, including all flesh and dairy, along with all refined sugar and refined grains – the very foods Brother Roloff said had been the cause of my cancer.

In its place, I adopted a 100%, predominantly raw, plant-based diet with lots of freshly extracted vegetable juices.

My New Diet Changed My Health

My new diet was based on the diet God gave Adam in the Bible in Genesis 1:29. With weeks of following this biblical model, my rectal bleeding had stopped, and within a year my baseball size tumor had disappeared.

All this happened without any doctor’s help, use of drugs, radiation, surgeries, or hospitalizations.

That was almost 40 years ago — in fact, I celebrated my 81st birthday last Thursday.

And what have I done for nearly 40 years to mitigate my physical problems, maintain my health, and reach the age of 81 in such excellent health?

I chose, at the age of 42, to become my own doctor.

The Results Are In…

I have been sickness-free since I made my diet change almost 40 years ago.

Shortly after my diet change for my cancer, my debilitating allergies ceased. My immune system strengthened to the point that I haven’t experienced the flu or even a cold or an allergy flare-up in almost 40 years.

And I haven’t received a single flu vaccination in all these years, either.

My energy increased dramatically as a result of the diet change and here I am at the age of 81 with more energy than many teenagers are experiencing.

My mind also improved following making the diet change and today at age 81 it is functioning better than when I was a teen… with no sign of Alzheimer’s.

But that’s not to say I haven’t had any physical challenges in these past 40 years.

My Challenges…

In addition to the cancer in 1976, in July 2001, at the age of 67, after returning from a very stressful speaking tour in South Africa where I had delivered seven seminars in six days to an average crowd of 600 in six different South African cities (not to mention being in an airplane for over 57 hours in 10 days), I experienced a hemorrhagic stroke while lecturing at a Health Minister Training at Hallelujah Acres.

After being rushed to the hospital, I was diagnosed as having experienced a ruptured blood vessel in the brain. The doctors wanted to immediately begin intravenous drugs and airlift me to Charlotte for cauterization of the bleed.

But my dear wife Rhonda, knowing that I hadn’t had a drug in my body in 25 years, was afraid the drugs would kill me, so she refused all medical treatments.

The doctors were enraged, told Rhonda that without medical treatment I would be dead in 24 hours, and ordered me out of the hospital. I was taken to my home by ambulance, lifted by stretcher onto my bed, and Rhonda had to sign a slip stating that I was still alive when they delivered me to my home.

After the stroke, rather than letting the medical doctors attempt to restore my health at the hospital through the use of drugs and surgery, Rhonda became my doctor.

She had learned through the years of living with me that I considered raw vegetable juices to be the primary ingredient in restoring a sick and suffering body to wellness.  And that is exactly what Rhonda proceeded to provide me every waking hour after that stroke – a fresh glass of vegetable juice or a serving of barley juice powder.

By the next day, my mind began to return.

Within a week, Rhonda took me to a neurologist who examined my hospital records, talked to me, asked some questions and stated, “You are a miracle.”

The neurologist went on to share that approximately half of all those who experience a hemorrhagic stroke die, while the other half are usually left with lingering physical or mental limitations. Yet there I was just a week after the stroke with no lingering physical or mental limitations, nor do I have any to this day, nearly 14 years later.

In 2005, at the age of 71, I was on the top of a six-foot ladder leaning against the side of our log cabin. I was on my tiptoes trying to reach a spot that needed staining when the ladder suddenly slid out from under me. The distance from where my head was when the fall began to where I landed on my left eye on a railroad tie was 16 feet.

My left eye almost immediately became swollen and closed tightly, but not a bone was broken. I had neither pain nor bleeding, nor did I seek medical help.

I knew the only thing a doctor could do for me was to reattach my retina if I indeed had a detached retina, and if I had experienced a concussion there was nothing a doctor could do to help but observe me.

Once again, I chose to be my own doctor.

Immediately, Rhonda started me on the Hallelujah Recovery Diet and I began taking five Serrapeptase (a natural anti-inflammatory enzyme available at Hallelujah Acres) every hour to help control inflammation.

We went to church that Wednesday evening and the people at church saw my condition. By Sunday there was little evidence I had experienced a fall.

Today, some 10 years later, the only evidence of that event is a little scrambling of the skin in my left eyebrow area and a loss of some eyebrow — but these are not things that a doctor nor drugs could have prevented or helped.

Mother Was My Doctor

Though mother was a nurse and both she and my father did go frequently to medical doctors for their health problems, Mother did not take me to the doctor as a child — Mother was my doctor through all the childhood diseases I experienced, including mumps, measles, chicken pox, colds, sore throats, flu, fevers, bumps, bruises, etc.

Though a nurse trained in allopathic medicine, she nursed me back to health each time and without the use of drugs or doctors.

3 Reasons I Don’t Have Health Insurance

In 1976, after watching my body heal itself of colon cancer through a simple diet and lifestyle change, I realized that I could maintain my own health and prevent future sickness by:

  1. Becoming my own doctor
  2. Feeding my body correctly with the foods God told us to eat for proper nourishment in Genesis 1:29
  3. Exercising daily

I figured that if I could maintain wellness through a correct diet and lifestyle, I did not need to spend all that money for so-called “health insurance.”

No amount of health insurance could prevent me from getting sick; it only paid for the drugs and doctors and hospital bills that would arise if I got sick.

Now I realize that no matter how well a person nourishes and exercised their body that would not prevent the potential for accident. Thus, I do encourage a good accident policy (which is difficult to find).

Being my own doctor for four decades has not only proven to be great for my health, but also for my pocketbook.

By not carrying health insurance I have saved more than $150,000 in insurance premiums.

Is It Time To Become Your Own Doctor?

The choice is yours…

Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high we will return with another exciting issue of the Hallelujah Health Tip. Trust you will join us and that you will share these Health Tips with friends and loved ones.


  1. Reindorf Perbi February 16, 2015

    We thank the good Lord for preserving your life and making it a testimony for all of us to study it and advise ourselves. You will live to be a hundred, by His grace.

  2. What do you suggest about being forced to get insurance because of Obamacare? Is there a way to apply for an exemption, so we aren’t fined, if we want to be our own doctor ? Thank you, great story.

    • Christy Okon February 16, 2015

      I recommend doing a Google search of your state to get more information about the requirements there. You should be able to see if there are exemptions for your state as well by doing this search.

  3. Happy Birthday Rev. Malkmus. I want to thank you for sharing your testimony. I am struggling, really struggling. I have just found out I have hypothyroid, Lyme Disease( i’ve never been bit by a tick) and a lot of radiation, heavy metal poisoning and very weak adrenals. I was told to eat a lot of meat and fish.I’m also on 10 different supplements. now, I am having an issue with major fingers, calves and feet swelling. Something is going on. I have let it consume me the past 2 1/2 weeks. I am exhausted, by 10 am everyday I am so exhausted, not good when you have to work 8 hours a day.I have lost so much weight and I am very weak. Last night at church the Lord spoke to me, I need to become my own doctor!!!! Then I received this email, coincidence, I think not :). I know my body, I need more vegetables and I was told by an herbalist/natural practitioner that my body does not digest any form of animal protein.

    Your timing was perfect sending this email, a divine appointment I would say! I want to live to be 81 and have as much pep in my step as you do. I start my exercise essentials today.

    Pray for me if you think of it.

    Thankful for your family, (Ms. Rhonda, Paul and Ann)

    Love y’all,


  4. Beautiful article, I believe in it completely! I too am a vegetarian.

  5. Jean & Larry Lynch February 17, 2015

    Happy Birthday, George Malkmus! Thanks for all you have taught us over the years! We thank God for you and Rhonda! Thanks for caring for other’s Spiritual growth and helping them to stay healthy by following God’s plan for good health by exercising and putting the right fuel in our bodies. God’s Blessings on you both as you continue to reach out to others with your knowledge in the book you wrote, “You do not have to be sick”! We will continue to pray for you and your desire to help others that are searching for good advice as we all need to hear from someone that has been involved in this special ministry for many years! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU!!!

  6. Happy Birthday ! thank you so much for the article. I have been struggling with the issue of health insurance, since my husband no longer works for a large corporation that provided it. I am a follower of the Hallelujah lifestyle and have been for the past 20 years or so. Never been sick, occasionally a slight cold but able to remedies it on my own. Have not been to a doctor in 20 years except for a chiropractor for an injury sustained 30 years ago. My husband also reversed heart disease after becoming a patient of Dr Fuhrman.

    i searched yesterday for a accident insurance policy. You cannot get one unless you have regular insurance. My husband is worried if I would need hospitalization if I fell or something. However I have no intention of even going to a hospital if something happened. with that said, does anyone know of a way that I can have something so that my husband would feel better?

    Reverend Malkmus can you give a suggestion?

  7. Great message for me and the entire good people from Africa. Rev Malkmus is a living witness and has demonstrated it is possible that we can decide to become our own doctor.
    Papaa, I appreciate your writing. Thanks a million for training me as a Health Minister.

  8. Great information for me


  10. John Howard February 21, 2015

    Happy Birthday Dr.Malkmus,
    I found out about you and Hallelujah Acres a year ago. I started on Barley max and Carrot max immediately. I lost quite a bit of weight and begin to feel a lot better. However, I am unable to get my diet right and it is causing me lots of difficulty. I haven’t had barley or carrot max in nine months. We don’t have access to it where I live and I have little time to drive two hours to get it. (I teach school and pastor two churches) I was at a conference close to the health food store in Midland, Texas that carries your products this past January. I stopped by there, but they were closed. I am 53 and have struggled with gout since I was 25. I had an attack in June of last year that immobilized me. I started the school year off in a wheelchair. I still have to use a cane. My right knee will not straighten out. I have a friend that is a naturopath Doctor. He has completed several bio-scans of my body and says that I have some kind of major issues with the chambers of my heart. I struggle with hypertension. I desperately want my health back. Your story is an inspiration to me.

    • Christy Okon February 23, 2015

      Hi John! You can order it directly from us! Either online: or by calling 1-800-915-9355.

      Keep in mind, the main thing you need to do is change your diet to a whole food, plant based diet. Anyone can adopt a 100% whole food plant-based diet with a significant amount of their foods raw and receive great benefit and rewards in terms of improved health. They will be FAR better off than just eating the SAD!

  11. This is a very sad at the same time incredible story and journey. My admiration to somebody that had been dedicated his life to learn and share his learning and experience. Something I do not understand is that your mother and sister both die of cancer and you all have cancer at the same time, and you survived and learned, how come your sister did not do the same thing you did. If you were 42 you said your sister die at 69, how long she had cancer? When you at 42 were diagnosed with cancer, sorry to say this but something is not right with the story. Could you explain??. Overall it is very awesome that you survived and learned so much to help others. Thank you

    • Christy Okon February 23, 2015

      George’s response: We did not all have cancer at the same time. Mother had her cancer before I had mine and my sister had her cancer after I had mine. My sister did not do what I did because she had greater faith in the medical profession then what I was encouraging her to do. The article is correct as far as ages and dates are concerned. I had cancer when I was 42 years old and am now over 81 years old – perhaps that is the reason for your confusion.

  12. Happy Birthday George.
    You are such an inspiration.God Bless you for the message.
    I have struggled with gut issues ,joint pains,reflux t. sometimes I follow you teachings .I have read your books and helped people change their lifestyle .
    I am praying that from today I can be my own Doctor.

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