February 12th is a very special day in my life — First, because it was on this date in 1934, at 8:20 a.m., that I physically entered this world, and secondly because it was on this same date in 1992, Hallelujah Acres was born.
I feel blessed to be celebrating my 78th birthday. Neither my mom nor dad lived past age 65. I have outlived them both by 13 years and am only four years from outliving the oldest family member on either mom’s or dad’s side.
Could The Hallelujah Diet have something to do with it?
Is longevity in the genes or could longevity possibly be in diet as well? Time will tell!
Mother died following a bout with colon cancer, and dad died after suffering numerous strokes and heart attacks.
So if genes have anything to do with what physical problems develop in a person’s lifetime, surely I was a prime candidate for both mom’s cancer and dad’s strokes. Sure enough, in 1976, at the age of 42, I was told I had colon cancer, and in 2001, at age 67, I suffered a hemorrhagic stroke.
In 1976, when I was told I had cancer, rather than going the medical route mom had gone before me for her colon cancer with horrible consequences, I opted for “The Genesis 1:29 Diet.”
Within weeks of making the diet change, my rectal bleeding stopped. Within one year of making the diet change, my baseball sized tumor was gone, and my cancer has remained gone for 36 years without any help from modern medicine.
Now about that stroke…
In 2001, I did a speaking tour in South Africa where I had delivered seven seminars in six days to an average crowd of 600. I was also in airplanes for 53 hours. Shortly thereafter, I returned home and, during a seminar at Hallelujah Acres in Shelby, lost my ability to speak coherently.
I was rushed to the Shelby hospital where I was diagnosed as having experienced a hemorrhagic stroke (a blood vessel had ruptured in my brain). Doctors blamed the stroke on the extended stress experienced during my South African speaking tour and 53 hours in flight.
Doctors immediately wanted to introduce intravenous drugs into my body and airlift me to Charlotte for surgery to cauterize the bleed, but they needed permission. I was in no mental condition to give permission and so they turned to Rhonda.
Rhonda knew that not a single drug had entered my body in the previous 25 years; she was concerned the drugs would kill me. So, she refused not only the drugs, but also refused the doctors permission to open up my brain to cauterize the bleed.
After Rhonda refused to give the doctors permission to treat me, the doctor told her that without treatment I would die. I was sent home by ambulance, placed in my bed, and Rhonda had to sign a paper saying I was still alive when I arrived home.
At home, Rhonda immediately started me on the Hallelujah Recovery Diet, which includes a fresh raw vegetable juice or a barley powder drink alternately every waking hour.
By the next morning my thinking abilities had begun to return and continued to improve day by day.
Within one week of the stroke, Rhonda took me to a neurologist who read my hospital record, talked to me, and exclaimed “You’re a miracle!” He went on to say that 50% of all who experience a hemorrhagic stroke die and the remaining 50% are usually left with physical and/or mental limitations, yet just one week following the stroke I had none.
I am convinced that if I had not been on The Hallelujah Diet when I experienced that stroke in 2001, and if Rhonda had not refused medical treatments, and if she had not given me copious amounts of raw vegetable juices, I would not be celebrating my 78th birthday.
I am still very much alive and the stroke has left me with absolutely no known limitations.
In fact, as I prepare to celebrate my 78th birthday, I feel absolutely TERRIFIC! They call me Mr. “T” here at Hallelujah Acres. I still have incredible energy, endurance and stamina, (even more than I had before the cancer or stroke), along with a resting pulse in the 50s, and I still find life on planet earth a wonderful and exciting experience!
I am also thrilled to still be able to do anything physically I desire – including daily vigorous aerobic workouts, stretching and weight resistance exercises, going on 2 – 6 mile power walks with muscle-building walking sticks, doing hard physical work, you name it.
I go to bed around 9:00 p.m. most evenings and then most mornings I am up at 3:00 a.m. where I work on my weekly Health Tips in my study till 6:00 a.m. Then I go back to bed from 6:00 till 7:00 for a power nap before rising for the day full of energy from the time my feet hit the floor until bedtime that evening.
And as for my energy level, you can come see me in action at one of my seminars. I do my seminars (3 hours) from memory and never miss a beat! I’m often called the “Hallelujah Energizer Bunny!”
Last February (2011), I told Rhonda that I was going to start slowing down by reducing the number of seminars that I was conducting and taking some time off to smell the roses, and that is what I have been doing for the past year.
Still, I conducted 25 seminars last year, reduced the number of television and radio interviews and stopped making those long speaking tours. But I continue to write these Health Tips and I am working on a new book due out soon! And I can still type over 50 words a minute with almost zero errors.
Rhonda and I are both active in our church. We both love gardening and grow much of our salad vegetables and fruit. And I still mow my own lawn behind a walk-behind mower for several hours at a clip, and take care of the landscaping.
Today, at the age of 78, I have no sign of senility, Parkinson’s, arthritis, mental fog, liver spots on my hands, or a protruding tummy. I haven’t an ache or a pain in my body, and still have a full head of hair.
My eyesight is such that I do not need glasses for distance or reading. In fact, three years ago, after having a “restriction” on my drivers license for corrective lenses for over 50 years, I passed my North Carolina driver’s license eye test without glasses! The restriction for corrective lenses was removed. A big hallelujah!
At age 78, my hearing and sense of smell are exceptionally keen; and I weigh the same as I did in high school, with a waist of 32 inches. And because I have been on a 100% plant-based, mostly raw diet for 36 years (with lots of daily vegetable juices), there is no indication of a protein, mineral, vitamin, or any other nutritional deficiency. (I haven’t eaten anything from an animal in 36-years – not even cheese.)
And for those who might be interested, my height is 5’ 9”; weight 145 pounds; and I have a lean, muscular body, with rock hard abs, calves, biceps/triceps, and I am still building muscle without any animal source protein in 36 years. The audience always gets a kick out of my beating my tummy and showing my muscles in my seminars.
I do not believe I have ever felt stronger in body or mind then I feel as I celebrate my 78th birthday.
To God be all the glory, because He created this physical body I possess, and he designed it to be exercised and nourished with exclusively garden foods so that I could experience health into my later years.
I believe the only reason I have reached the age of 78 in such a physical and mental state is because I listened and applied what my Creator communicated to me in His Word, the Bible, in Genesis 1:29 some 36 years ago and I became “not a forgetful hearer”…
“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
And let’s not forget what the Bible says in Galatians 6:7: “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Here we have an irreversible law that works both positively and negatively. Sow good diet and lifestyle and reap health and long life – sow unhealthy food and poor lifestyle and reap ill health and early death.
Isn’t it wonderful that God has given each of us the ability to CHOOSE a long and healthy life or a short and sickly one?
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Because 36 years ago I CHOSE LIFE, I still have the ability to deliver the first-Saturday-of-the-month seminar here at Hallelujah Acres, still drive my car to give seminars in the eastern U.S., still write the weekly Hallelujah Health Tip, and still have the ability of “smelling the roses” — all with a strong body and sound mind.
Many tell me that I have more fire in the delivery of my seminars than I had before the stroke, and I still deliver the three hour seminar without notes and then answer questions, while experiencing no fatigue.
Today, my passion and concern for others, especially God’s people who are sick and dying needlessly, has not slackened!
Thank you for your continued love, prayers, and support, and thank you for sending in those healing testimonies – nothing encourages and motivates me more than reading how the Hallelujah Diet has restored the health of God’s children and in some cases even saved their lives and extended their ministries.
And thank you especially for those who have stood with us, prayed for us, and encouraged us through the years. We love you and thank God for each of you!