The Life Transformation Program consists of lectures, exercise, massage, bio-energy treatments, psychotherapy and more with a raw vegan diet fueling visitors throughout. It lasts for three weeks, although some, like me, choose to do one week at a time. Beyond the core offerings (starting at about $3,000 per week), add-ons like IV vitamin supplements and laser facials are available at an extra cost. But the highly recommended colonics, enemas and twice-daily wheatgrass “implants” are included in the price of the program — so they’re basically free — a price that still seems too high to me.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
—HIPPOCRATES, 400 B.C.
Can we really live healthier, happier and longer with the help of some Chinese herbs, Indian stretches and Thai massages? Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, has his doubts. I decide to consult with the doctor before making myself a test subject.
“If you go and use a light machine and believe that it’s killing invisible bacteria in your body, and if that’s helping you, great. It’s not going to hurt,” Dr. Offit says. “If you take a weed and rub it on your chest, face the East and pray to the planet Mars, and that helps, great. I mean as long as it doesn’t hurt, I’m all for it.”
Then, I list some of the resort’s more, er, exotic offerings.
“Are you really going to do this to yourself?” he asks, incredulously. “You’re a brave man.”