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Rev. Malkmus Celebrates His 81st Birthday

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 founded. Next week in Health Tip #900 I will write concerning Hallelujah Acres celebrating 23 years of ministry.

This week, I want to share that I feel extremely blessed to be celebrating my 81st birthday, because neither my mom nor dad lived past the age of 65, and I am only a few years from outliving the oldest recorded age of any family member on either my mom’s or dad’s side.

Strong genes were definitely not something I inherited!

Mother died at age 65 following a long, losing battle with colon cancer, and dad died at the same age of 65 after suffering numerous strokes and heart attacks. So if genes have anything to do with what physical problems develop in an offspring’s lifetime, surely I was a prime candidate for both mom’s cancer and dad’s stroke problems.

Rev. Malkmus Suffers Colon Cancer

And sure enough, in 1976, at the age of 42, I was told I had colon cancer. When I was told I had cancer, rather than going the medical route like mom had gone before me for her colon cancer with horrible consequences, I opted for God’s Genesis 1:29 diet and lots of vegetable juices. Within one year of making the diet change my cancer was gone and has remained gone for 39 years.

… and Then A Stroke

In 2001, at the age of 67, after returning from a speaking tour in South Africa where I had delivered seven seminars in six day to an average crowd of 600, and was in the air 53 hours, upon returning home and while lecturing at Hallelujah Acres in Shelby, North Carolina I lost my ability to speak coherently as I kept repeating myself.

I was rushed to the Shelby hospital where I was diagnosed as having experienced a hemorrhagic stroke (a blood vessel had ruptured in my head). Doctors blamed the stroke on the extended stress experienced during my South African speaking tour and 53 hours in flight crossing the Atlantic Ocean twice and hopping by plane all over South Africa to my various seminar locations.

At the hospital, after diagnosis, doctors wanted to introduce intravenous drugs into my body and airlift me to Charlotte for surgery to cauterize the bleed. Rhonda was concerned about giving the doctors permission to do either, because not a single drug had entered my body in the previous 25 years and the drugs could kill me. She was also concerned about giving doctor’s permission to open up my skull.

After Rhonda refused to give doctors permission to treat me, the doctor told her without treatment I would die. After Rhonda’s final refusal of any medical treatment, I was ordered out of the hospital, by ambulance taken to my home, by stretcher placed in my bed, and Rhonda had to sign a paper saying I was still alive when they delivered me to my home.

At home, Rhonda immediately started me on what we now call the Hallelujah Recovery Diet, which involves giving a fresh raw vegetable juice or a barley powder drink alternately every waking hour. By the next morning, I was still alive and my thinking abilities had begun to return.

Within one week of the stroke, Rhonda took me to a neurologist who read my hospital records; asked me some questions, 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 no lingering effects. That stroke happened 14 years ago.

Where Would I Have Been?

I am convinced that if I had not turned to a vegan diet after being diagnosed with colon cancer 39 years ago and if I had not been on the Hallelujah Diet when I experienced that stroke 14 years ago, and if Rhonda had not refused medical treatments, and if she had not given me copious amounts of raw vegetable juices and barley powder, I would not be celebrating my 81st birthday.

And though many who experience colon cancer die, and though approximately 50% of those who suffer a hemorrhagic stroke die and most of those who do survive are left with permanent physical and/or mental limitations, the stroke has left me with absolutely no known limitations 14 years later.

In fact, as I celebrate my 81st birthday, I feel absolutely TERRIFIC! They still call me Mr. “T” at Hallelujah Acres. I have incredible energy, endurance and stamina, (even more than I had before the cancer or the stroke), along with a resting pulse in the upper 50s, and I still find life on planet earth a wonderful, exciting, and blessed experience!

But I am not only thrilled to reach the age of 81 with a sound mind and strong physical body, but 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 – 4 mile power walks with walking sticks, doing hard physical work, you name it.

I go to bed around 10:00 P.M. each evening and then most mornings am up by 7:00 A.M. when I work on my weekly Health Tips in my study till about noon. In the afternoon Rhonda and I do our 2-mile walks on the beach during nice weather or in a nearby shopping mall in bad weather, and in the evening we walk an additional 2-miles on the lighted sidewalks in our community.

At the age of 81, I am also able to carry on a fairly vigorous schedule. And I can still type over 50 words a minute with almost zero errors.

Rhonda and I are both active in our local church where I am an usher. We both love gardening and each year, during the growing season (which is almost year-round here in Florida), grow much of our salad vegetables and herbs, along with some organic fruits, and I take care of the landscaping.

Here in Florida I am doing a lot of container gardening instead of raised bed gardening as I did in North Carolina.

The Greatest Miracle of All

What I believe is possibly the greatest miracle of all my negative physical experiences is when in 2005, at the age of 71, I was standing on my tiptoes on the very top of a 6-foot ladder that was leaning against the side of our cabin. I was staining the side of our cabin and there was a spot I couldn’t quite reach with the staining brush when the ladder tipped out from under me.

From where my head was when I began the fall until I landed on my face on a railroad tie was a distance of 16 feet. Why I didn’t break my neck or suffer a concussion only the Lord knows. My left eye immediately swelled shut, but there was no bleeding or pain (amazing). It was a Wednesday and I went to church that night with my left eye totally swollen shut.

Rhonda immediately put me on the Hallelujah Recovery Diet which consists of a glass of raw vegetable juice or a Barley powder drink on alternating hours. She also gave me 5 Serrapeptase capsules per hour — a Hallelujah Acres product that’s great for reducing inflammation.

When we went to church Sunday, just four days later, my eye was no longer swollen and it was hard to tell I had fallen; and I didn’t even go to a doctor.

Excellent Health At 81

Today, at the age of 81, 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 that continues to regain color after turning snow white following my stroke in 2001.

My eyesight is such that I do not need glasses for distance or reading and eight years ago, after having a driver’s license restriction for “corrective lenses” for more than 50 years, I passed my North Carolina driver’s license eye test without glasses and the restriction was removed.

And I still have no need for glasses!

When we moved to Florida, I had to take a new eye test to obtain a Florida drivers license. I was a little apprehensive about taking a new eye test at age 80, after passing the eye test 8 years ago. I questioned myself: “Had my eyesight deteriorated in the past 8 years? Could I still pass the drivers license eye test without glasses?”

Results of the new Florida eye test – I passed it with flying colors! That’s a BIG HALLELUJAH, and I have no restrictions on my new Florida driver’s license which doesn’t expire until February 12, 2021, on my 87th birthday.

At age 81, my hearing and smell are exceptionally keen; and I weigh the same as I did in high school, with a waist of 32”. And although I have been on a 100% plant based, mostly raw diet for almost 40 years, there is no indication of a protein, mineral, vitamin, or any other nutritional deficiency.

And I haven’t eaten anything from an animal in almost 40 years – either flesh or dairy.

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 sourced protein, after more than 39 years on a 100% plant based, mostly raw, vegan diet.

The first Saturday of November 2014, I held my last seminar in Charlotte, North Carolina and the audience was still getting a kick out of my beating my tummy and showing off my muscles. I have continued to build my muscles since then, but there are no more seminars in which to show off my muscles. 🙂

I do not believe I have ever felt stronger in body or mind then I feel as I celebrate my 81st birthday without an ache or pain. To God be all the glory, because He created this physical body I possess, and he designed it to be exercised daily and nourished exclusively with Genesis 1:29 foods which I have been faithfully doing for the past 39 years, so that I could still be experiencing excellent health in my senior years.

I believe that the only reason I have reached age 81 in such a great physical and mental state is because I listened to and applied what my Creator communicated to me in His Word, the Bible, in Genesis 1:29, nearly 40 years ago.. And let’s not forget what the Bible says in Galatians 6:7:

“Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Choosing To Slow Down

Following my stroke in 2001, I decided to decrease the number of seminars delivered yearly, and cut out all air travel. Then in November 2014 I stopped doing my monthly seminars. I stopped not because I could no longer do them, but I had enough of all the traveling and motels, and restaurant foods, after almost 23 years on the road.

However, I still enjoy writing this weekly Hallelujah Health Tip to you!

Today, my passion and concern for others, especially God’s people who are sick and dying needlessly, has not waned in the over 20 years I have been proclaiming God’s health message and I am still helping people in my church with their health problems.

While I have no plans for complete retirement at this time, I will continue to try and slow down. While slowing down I plan to continue to write the weekly Health Tips — despite that society says I should have retired 16 years ago at age 65!

These past 22 years have been almost totally devoted to getting God’s health message out to a Christian community that is sadly just as sick as the non-Christian community in spite of abundant prayer… but I like to think that the Hallelujah Acres has made a difference in the health of many.

Hallelujah Acres Is In Good Hands

As Rhonda and I pull ever further back from our commitment to the Hallelujah Acres ministry we have been so immersed in for the past 22 years, it is comforting to know that my son Paul as President of Hallelujah Acres now, with his very capable wife Ann at his side, along with an outstanding and dedicated staff, I feel Hallelujah Acres is in excellent hands to continue without Rhonda and I being as involved as we have been in the past.

Thank you for your continued love, prayers, and support, and thank you for sending in those testimonies! Nothing encourages and motivates me more than reading how the Hallelujah Diet has restored the health of God’s children around the world… and in many instances even saved their lives.

And a special “thank you” goes out to all those who have stood with us in prayer and encouraged us through the years. We love you and thank God for each of you!

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. Happy Birthday, Reverend Malkmus! And may you have many more.

  2. Janice Merritt February 2, 2015

    So glad to read your whole testimony about your health journey. You truly are a person that does what you teach others to do. My mother is a certified health minister through Hallelujah Acres, she too will be 81 years young in February. I am so glad she found your ministry on health. She has not only helped our family with health issues, but many in the community. God bless you for all your work.

    • Joyce Muiruri August 2, 2015

      Happy Birthday Reverend Malkmus, may God bless you and Rhoda with many more healthy years. I am a Healthy Minister and I love this Ministry so much, it is through this Ministry that my husband recovered from cancer in the year 2005. Three years a go I traveled all the way from Nairobi Kenya (Africa) to Hacres in South Carolina – wonderful memories are still fresh. One request,when Hacres opened a centre in Nigeria, the few Health Ministers here in Nairobi were directed to buy products only from this centre but we never get any discounts making it so difficult to sell the products to our customers because of no considerations of Health Minister discounts. When Hacres contract with Nigeria was negotiated, the Health Ministers were forgotten. We have complained severally but our concerns have never been attended to. Kindly assist us. God Bless you all. Joyce Muiruri, Nairobi Kenya.

  3. Gwendolyn J Coleman February 2, 2015

    Dr.Malkmus, I have been with you since Aim days.Praise God for you and what you and Rhonda have done. I got rid of cancer in my parotid salivary gland. Awesome energy, never felt better. Enjoy retirement, thank God for you all. Praise God for the Hallelujah Diet.

  4. Doris Morris February 2, 2015

    Thank you so much for your dedication throughout the years. Even though my family hasn’t been quite as dedicated to 100% vegan lifestyle I know my personal health and the way I feel in my body is due to my dedication to adapt the hallelujah lifestyle as much as I have. I haven’t brought red meat into my home in about 14 years. I do not cook anything that can be eaten raw except some vegan soups. We juice fresh organic carrots daily and BTW, I love Rhonda’s sunrise drink. We have a raw veggie salad every day and very lightly steamed veggies periodically. I enjoy Rhonda’s cookbooks and all the nutritional information as well. The 7 day detox was fabulous. I so enjoyed doing it. Thank you again and may God grant you many more years of superb health.

  5. Danny Garris / Health Minister February 2, 2015

    Happy 81st Birthday Reverend Malkmus! We all Love Both You & Rhonda and hope you live long & continue to prosper!! I hope someday if I am ever in your area of FL to visit you & Rhonda. Your new place sounds so nice! Especially with having all those wonderful Vegan places to eat and shop! Vegan is still a foreign word here in Eastern NC as you probably well remember but more and more we are seeing small changes! May you have the Best Birthday Yet this year!! You both are highly Loved & Missed!!

  6. JoAnne R. February 2, 2015

    A very happy 81st birthday to you, Reverend Malkmus!!!! May God bless you even more on your special day!!!

  7. Hjordis Owens February 3, 2015

    Happy Birthday to you! I will be sharing a birthday with you on Feb. 12th. I will be 70. Isn’t is nice to have been born on the birthday of honest Abe Lincoln? Enjoy yourself!

  8. Harriet Beavers February 4, 2015

    Hi! Glad to hear you are enjoying life in St. Augustine. My sister left me her home on Vilano Beach. I sold it but wish I still had it. I often think about coming down for the winter. I plan to go on the Detox Program tomorrow. wish me luck.

  9. Happy 81st Birthday, Brother Malkmus! That was a great article you wrote! It just blessed our hearts. We are so thankful for you and Rhonda. You probably saved our lives. Bob had cancer and Ruth had cardiomyopathy. We went on the Hallelujah Recovery Diet about 8 years ago and were healed. We became Health Ministers and have helped many people.
    We love you and miss you. We pray that the Lord will continue to use you and bless you. Hope to see you sometime this year. Enjoy your new home.

    Bob and Ruth

  10. Feliz Cumpleaños,
    I´m so happy for you and your family, and very thankful for your testimony and all the things you share from your heart and your experience.
    Thank you and God bless!

  11. Have a grace filled Birthday Rev. Malkmus. Greetings from Nigeria.

  12. Carol Anbar December 27, 2016

    Dear Dr Malkmus,
    My husband, Dr Abraham Anbar. And I visited and had lunch with you at Halleujah Acres in Shelby some years back. We so enjoyed meeting you.
    We experienced traumatic events involving great stressors. God has been faithful through it all Dr Anbar went to be with The Lord last July. . Just two weeks before,I was diagnosed with cancer which had spread. I find God. Is strong on my behalf. I need to fortify my diet – I was in a very weakened condition. But again He is faithful.Keep up the God given work, with the help of Paul and Ann )( and Rhonda)
    Grace and peace to you,
    Carol Anbar

  13. Jim Hartline September 27, 2017

    Greetings George and Rhonda, from Jim and Ruth Hartline. I hope your still handing in there. I am now 81 and still working full time for the ABC Tv station. We have been on the hallelujah diet since we met you in 1993. Thanks for all the good times and great seminars. God bless both of you. We love you.

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