Water Fasting Retreat

Join us at Balance for Life, where we proudly offer a unique and exclusive experience: supervised water fasting retreat. As one of only two centers in the U.S. to provide this service, we are committed to delivering unparalleled support and guidance throughout your fasting journey.
Water Fasting Retreat

Water Fasting Retreat at Balance for Life Florida

Although water fasting can be extremely helpful with shedding some extra weight, it is also shown to help people recover from mild to severe health conditions.

Some of the most common ones are high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, chronic headaches, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), irritable bowel syndrome, adult onset diabetes, heart disease, degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, acne, uterine fibroids, benign tumors and systemic lupus erythematosus.

During your water fasting retreat experience, your body can use all its reserve energy to heal, restore, and optimize compromised organs by eliminating accumulated toxins and waste products. The body is very intelligent. When we fast, the body starts using the trash for energy first…the damaged cells, tumors, waste products, etc.

Wyndham Resort

Your Water Fasting Retreat Includes:

  • Wellness Assessment 
  • Clean Sources of water to fast 
  • Appropriate refeeding protocol
  • Holistic Health Coaching
  • Health Education
  • Fitness Programs
  • Emotional Support
  • Information about wellness tools that you can use in your day to day life to promote Balance for Life

We invite you to encounter a Healthy Beach Vacation this season and the powerful rejuvenating potential that water fasting offers your body, mind, and spirit.

Water Fasting Retreat Frequently Asked Questions

Fasting Misconceptions

Fasting is one of the most profound yet misunderstood therapeutic approaches in health care.

The word “fasting” comes from the Old English “faestan,” which means to be strict and have discipline. By definition, water-only fasting is the complete abstinence from all food and liquids except water for an extended period of time.

I’m sure you can appreciate that in our culture of gluttony and overeating, the idea of voluntarily abstaining from food (unless there is some enforced famine) may seem somewhat absurd and insane. Yet, there is an extensive body of evidence, including lab studies involving a variety of species and clinical observations in humans, supporting the use of water-only fasting for a wide range of health problems, including obesity. These data are consistent with the idea that throughout evolution, all life forms, from bacteria to humans, have experienced periods of starvation and food deprivation alternating with periods of abundant food availability. As a result, they have evolved the ability to adapt to long periods of starvation.

The loss of appetite and fasting are natural to all animals, including humans, in response to disease and stress. If you observe animals in the wild, or even your own house pets, you will notice that when they are injured or diseased they will often retire to a quiet and comfortable place, drink water and stop the intake of all food. The loss of appetite in disease is also present in humans. But the idea of complete abstinence from food for most people in our culture is such an abhorrent, frightening notion that they will continue to eat even when all their natural instincts are telling them to stop. However, it is important to understand that when less energy is required for eating, and digesting and procuring food, more energy is available for healing and repair.

Detoxification with Water-Only Fasting
On a daily basis, we are all exposed to a wide variety of toxic environmental chemicals in the pesticides on our produce, in airborne pollution from the burning of fossil fuels for energy, in the cans and plastic bottles that contain the foods and beverages we eat and drink and in an array of waste products produced by a variety of industries. In addition, there are a number of toxic by-products of normal metabolism produced by the body itself, like uric acid, blood urea nitrogen, etc. that are measured in the routine blood tests that you do.

Many of these environmental toxins are derived from our oil fossil fuel reserves and can dissolve in oil or fat (fat-soluble). When you are exposed to these chemicals, your body will attempt to detoxify and eliminate them as efficiently and quickly as possible. However, these internal waste products and outside toxins cannot usually be eliminated as quickly as they are created or incorporated. So whatever you can’t immediately eliminate will be retained to some extent in the bloodstream or stored in fat cells, away from normal blood circulation, to protect the cells and organs of your body.

Since fat is the major source of energy in water-only fasting, when it is metabolized for energy during a fast, toxins stored in fat cells will be released and targeted to organs like skin, lungs, kidney, and intestines for elimination. This release of toxic chemicals from your fat cells and subsequent removal by your body is the process of detoxification.

Keep in mind that your body is always directing its blood supply to satisfy the needs at hand. For example, perhaps you have had the experience of eating a big meal and trying to exercise too soon after eating. As a result, you may have experienced muscle cramps because your blood oxygen supply was focused on your digestive function and not as available for the oxygen demands of muscular activity.

Since you do not need blood going to organs of digestion during a water-only fast, the body’s blood supply is increased to skin and lungs (your largest organs for detoxification), kidneys, etc. to significantly increase elimination and detoxification. The result of this activity can be a panorama of symptoms including mucous discharge, fatigue, headache, joint pain, nausea, skin, lesions, rashes, etc. But it is important to embrace these actions and realize that they have been set in motion by the wisdom of the body during water-only fasting to promote your healing and recovery.

Furthermore, water-only fasting is a deep physiological resting process that should always be done under resting conditions to conserve and harbor energy for healing. As a result, the energy that would be used for normal growth, and the procuring and digestion of food, is available for maintenance, repair, and detoxification. The increase in detoxification is a major and important factor for the promotion of optimal health and is one of the most powerful benefits of water-only fasting.

Requirements For Water Fasting

In order to water fast on the Balance For Life Program, the following lab reports must be provided in advance:

  •  CBC with Differential
  • Complete metabolic profile ( including Creatinine and GFR)
  • Complete Lipid  profile
  • Thyroid profile and hs or cardiac CRP
  • All blood work must be recent, within two months, prior to coming to our retreat.

Please email blood work to terry@balanceforlifeflorida.com

MEDICATIONS: We do not accept anyone taking medications other than hormone replacement including thyroid hormone treatment.
SUPPLEMENTS: Supplements are not advised during the fasting period.
Unscientific Fears and Concerns
Due to the use of proteins and fats in the fasting state, some people have expressed concerns about the efficacy and risks of fasting.

One of these concerns is that protein muscle mass will become too depleted on a fast, leading to dangerous muscle wasting. While there is more protein metabolism and lean muscle breakdown in the first few days of fasting (about two to three ounces of protein loss per day), after approximately two to three days of fasting, protein loss slows down to about half to one ounce per day to provide for a still small ongoing need for glucose. But by the third day of fasting, the body shifts primarily to fat metabolism for its primary energy needs, so that by day ten of fasting the energy needs of the body are derived almost exclusively from fat. Furthermore, the loss of protein and the depletion of blood sugar throughout a fast are more comfortably regulated by insuring that the fasting person maintains maximum rest. If the person attempts too much activity on a fast, there will be more rapid and consistent muscle loss and blood sugar decline.

The metabolism of fat during the fasting state has generated another cloud of controversy that is unfounded and must be addressed. When fat is broken down to produce energy, a class of compounds called “ketones” is produced. This creates an acidic state in the body called “ketosis,” or “ketoacidosis” and is generated whenever there is a significant breakdown of fat for energy in lieu of carbohydrates and protein. The concern is that ketosis in fasting could damage the kidney and brain, possibly leading to loss of consciousness and even more dire consequences.

However, both scientific studies and the extensive clinical experience of hygienic physicians like myself have shown these concerns to be unfounded. In fact, when fasting is done in a supportive environment with proper hydration and under total resting conditions, just the opposite is observed. Kidney and heart function often dramatically improve as weight and blood pressure drop. In an extensive study of hypertension (high blood pressure), medically supervised water-only fasts, averaging 10 to 11 days, significantly lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, enabling people to eliminate the need for blood pressure medication.6 Rather than a loss of consciousness, there is often a dramatic improvement in the acuity of special senses, such as vision and hearing. People wearing glasses will sometimes remark how they experience moments of perfect eyesight without their glasses.

In addition, in the fasting state the brain makes a unique adjustment that insures its stability even in the absence of food intake. Brain cells are one of two directly glucose-dependent cells of the body. Since the brain is truly the conductor of our remarkable body-mind symphony, the energy needs of the brain are top priority. Especially when you consider that the brain is only 2% of our body weight but demands 20% of our daily energy requirement. However, even though glucose is essential to the function of the brain, in the fasting state, brain cells are capable of utilizing ketones directly for energy in the absence of available glucose. It has been suggested that the ketone, beta-hydroxbutyrate, is the most abundant ketone used by the brain during fasting, accounting for roughly two-thirds of the brain’s fuel supply,7 and the ability of the brain to utilize this ketone body has permitted man to survive prolonged periods of starvation.8

This ability is unique to healthy brain cells, and it also explains how the brain and body can thrive during extensive periods of fasting. I have supervised fasts as long as two to six weeks for certain pathological conditions, and while there is fatigue and an increased need for rest, a person is still remarkably stable in body and mind. An interesting observation is that when brain cells become cancerous they lose the ability to utilize ketones for energy. So that when people with brain cancer are maintained on sugar-free diets, or even more powerfully, water-only fasting, cancer cells and tumors in the brain may be starved, shrunk and destroyed to some degree.

Fasting Protocols
Listed below are a number of considerations in order to expedite reservations for “Water-only Fasting” prior to a consult with Doctor first.

  1. Ask if the guest is currently taking any medication. Let them know they cannot water fasting while taking medication with the exception of the following:
  2. Thyroid hormone replacement
  3. Female or male hormone replacement (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone)
  4. Hormone replacement with insulin
  5. Blood sugar lowering meds such as metformin
  6. Any form of corticosteroids
  7. People taking meds can participate in the juice Program and the Plant-based Food Program.
  8. We DO accept people with autoimmune diseases, excess inflammation, high blood pressure, asthma allergies, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol. They are great candidates for fasting but MUST be off meds or they have to stay long enough for us to help them get off meds before they can start fasting.
  9. Does the guest have a current health problem?
  10. If yes and they are interested in fasting they should have a blood test 3 months prior to their prospective fast date and reservation.
  11. If no current major health issue and they are just interested in the fast for rest and detoxification, they could submit a blood test within 6 months of their prospective fast date and reservation.
  12. Ask if the guest is pregnant or nursing. We DO NOT accept pregnant or nursing women for fasting.
  13. We DO NOT accept any cancer patients as follows:
  14. If a person has had cancer that has already metastasized.
  15. If a person has been through chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
  16. We DO accept cancer patients into our Juice Program and Plant-based Diet Program.
  17. We DO accept people with benign tumors or cysts into all our programs including water fasting.
  18. We DO accept children ages 13-18. They must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is willing to sign the appropriate waivers and release form accepting this form of care.
  19. We DO NOT accept heroin or opiate addicts or alcoholics that have not already been through a more conventional rehab program and not working through a 12-step program.
  20. We DO accept extremely overweight people (more than 200-300 pounds overweight) are best suited for our Juice and Plant-based Food Program. Women above 300 pounds and men over 300-400 pounds should first participate in the Juice and Food Program prior to water fasting. This protects them from a risky loss of protein vs. fat percentage.
  21. We DO NOT accept people with Type 1 Diabetes.

 

IMPORTANT STANDARD OF CARE OF EMPHASIZE

All fasting must commit to staying at the hotel at least half the amount of time that they fasted for proper re-feeding. Some substantial re-feeding time is absolutely necessary and must be a commitment by the guest.

Where Does Energy Come from During Fasting?
The body has a deep-rooted need for energy and the sugar in plants that provide it. Because sugar (glucose) is needed to produce energy in the body, the food we eat must replenish and maintain adequate blood sugar levels. However, since elevated blood sugar levels can be dangerous, it is critical that blood sugar is maintained in a well-defined range of normal. If you over-eat sugar and processed foods, sugar levels in the blood can increase to toxic levels beyond the normal needs of the body. The body protects itself by removing excess sugar from the bloodstream and storing it in the liver and muscles as glycogen for a future time of need. If you consume more sugar than what the bloodstream can handle, and what the liver and muscles can accept, the surplus will be moved by the body into fat cells for long-term energy storage, contributing to fat and weight gain.

When you stop eating, blood sugar levels drop. As a result, the body begins to access the glycogen that is stored in the liver to replenish the declining blood sugar level. However, the glycogen reserve in the liver is typically depleted within the first 24 hours of fasting, and if you continue to fast, the body needs to find some way to satisfy its blood sugar and energy needs. Therefore, by the second day of fasting, the amino acids from protein in our muscles, and glycerol from the fat in our fat cells are used to create sugar. This process of creating sugar from protein and fat is called “gluconeogenesis”—as in gluco(glucose), neo (new), genesis(creation)—the creation of new forms of sugar from other existing nutrients. By the third day of fasting, the metabolism of the building blocks of fat (fatty acids) from body fat becomes a dominant source of energy for the needs of the brain and body, thereby conserving and sparing protein.2,3,4 Some scientists estimate that a person between 150–160 pounds can obtain basal caloric requirements from their fat reserves for up to two to three months of fasting.5

Detoxification and Elimination
Fat is not only an available energy reserve in the body, but it also serves as a vehicle for the storage of metabolic waste products, toxic fat-soluble chemicals, and environmental toxins that we are routinely exposed to.

When fat is being utilized in fasting, the toxic debris stored in fat tissue will also be mobilized from these cells back into general circulation. This makes the toxic load of the body ripe for removal. Here’s where fasting exerts a profound benefit. Since fasting is an energy conservation process, and energy is not being used in the procurement, digestion, and utilization of food, the energy that is harbored in the fasting process can be diverted to enhance the mobilization and elimination of waste. This mobilization of waste from storage areas, and the circulation and removal of this waste through organs and tissues of elimination is what is more accurately referred to as “detoxification and elimination.”

It is important to recognize that the body, in its wisdom, clearly recognizes what belongs in it and what does not. It will do anything in its power to eliminate any and all threats to its integrity. This work requires energy. When energy is made available in the fasting process, the body elaborates the action necessary, under the direction of its own innate intelligence, to carry out the inborn genetic directive of health and healing. In fasting, not only are the processes of detoxification and elimination enhanced, but the body also demonstrates an intelligent and very selective control over these processes. So that during fasting the body will utilize what it needs least to provide support for what it needs most.

The body needs vital organs like the heart, lungs, kidneys, bowels, etc., but it doesn’t need cysts, tumors, stones, and growths. As the body fasts, it shifts from a growth mode to a maintenance and repair mode by reducing cellular growth factors like Insulin-like growth factor-1 ( IGF-1). Thereby promoting the process of autophagy (self-digestion) which can break down a tumor or a cyst, take from it what it can use to support the vital organs of the body, and eliminate the rest. That’s why we often see cysts, tumors, and stones break down and dissolve during fasting. As fasting is prolonged, this autophagic process is also an additional attempt to produce a small amount of glucose from these extraneous tissues, and conserve and spare protein muscle mass in the process. I have monitored women having uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts that significantly shrink and dissolve after several weeks of fasting. Some of these changes can sometimes occur in relatively short periods of fasting. I had a woman come to me with fibrocystic breasts that looked like they were full of shrapnel on a mammogram. After just seven days of fasting, the breasts were virtually clear!

Benefits of Fasting
Fasting has improved many pathological conditions, including chronic inflammation, autoimmune diseases (lupus, rosacea, rheumatoid arthritis), asthma, high blood pressure, ulcers, heart disease, irritable bowels, colitis, allergies, depression, anxiety, and even addiction, as it also promotes significant fat and weight loss.

In the early days of fasting, weight loss can be as much as 1-2 pounds per day. However, this weight loss will taper off to some degree as the fast ensues, often reducing to a half a pound per day in the latter stages of more extensive fasts. In a human study, weight loss caused by fasting was initially rapid, as much as 1.5-2 pounds per day during the first week of fasting followed by 0.5-1 pound per day by the third week of fasting. And as much as a 20% loss of body weight occurred by 30-35 days of fasting.9 It is not always true, but usually the more obese the individual is at the start, the more dramatic the initial weight loss is.

It is important to keep in mind that fasting is just a profound process of deep physiological rest. That’s the main reason fasting is only recommended in a resting state. Typically, other than going to the bathroom and simple activities of daily living, no other physical activity is allowed. The goal is to harbor as much energy as possible for the healing work at hand.

That means rest on every level, including all the senses. So, while watching TV, listening to music, playing on the internet, etc. are okay during the fast, the more time spent being quiet, serene, and introspective the better. It is so beneficial to give your eyes, your ears and your brain a total break. This not an easy thing in our culture. We are so inundated with information and stimulation that we are constantly being pulled outside of ourselves. So the thought of spending time with, and within, ourselves can sound like a daunting, almost frightening, task. However, it is in this introspective time that information about what motivates our cravings and desires can be revealed. Sometimes, only by slowing everything down and stepping back from the chaos and distractions around us, can we question and change the patterns and choices of our lives. We need to afford new choices an opportunity to breathe and thrive in our brains and neurological systems, making it easier for us to establish constructive healthier choices over time.

For this reason fasting is also a profound tool for creating a more mindful self-aware life, and resolving compulsive addictive behavior. Many people have dealt with and resolved the compulsive addictive use of drugs and food by fasting. In addition, fasting promotes stability in brain chemistry that even helps with the pain of withdrawal from addictive substances. It’s never easy, but I have helped people even resolve the typically debilitating pain and craving of opiate withdrawal from heroin and dilaudid, and other drugs including cocaine, with significantly less pain and discomfort, utilizing the fasting process.

Even short periods of fasting, from 3-5 days, are extremely useful for changing food habits and addictions to sugar (refined candy, ice cream, cookies, and pastry products), other refined carbohydrates (refined breads, pasta), gluten, meat, and dairy products. And short fasting periods (intermittent fasts) can also jump start a successful weight loss program and promote a rejuvenation of the immune system by removing old white blood cells to trigger the stem cell activation of new white blood cell production.

Re-feeding and Contraindications
I think that you can probably appreciate that the re-feeding period after fasting is crucial for the success of the fasting experience. In fasting centers, a common recommendation by supervising physicians is that patients take half the time of the fast to ease back into eating. So, if you fast 10 days, you should take another 5 days to break the fast. A conservative approach to re-introducing food and activity is in the best interest of all fasters at any age.

If there are two mistakes that are commonly made after fasting, they are eating too much too soon, and moving too much too soon. Food needs to be gradually introduced after a period of fasting. Fasts are most successfully broken with a succession of diluted and full-strength fruit and vegetable juices, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and salads, and raw and cooked whole plant-based meals. Even if you fast, it will always be just a small part of your life. You will be eating 99 percent of your time; if you decide to fast, it will be a very a very small percentage of your life. What you do before and after your fast is going to be the most significant part of your health and weight loss program.

However, there are potential contraindications to fasting and people who are not good candidates for fasting. Some of these include people that have an extreme fear of fasting, people that are anorexic or bulimic, people with metastatic cancer and body wasting, pregnant diabetic women, nursing mothers, people taking medication and people with specific metabolic genetic defects, like porphyria when there is difficulty processing the porphyrins that affect red blood cell production and energy utilization in the energy factories of cells (mitochondria).

Just keep in mind that during a fast the body can express eliminative activity and healing crises by a variety of acute symptoms involving the skin, kidneys, intestines, liver, lungs and other body organs and systems. While these actions are in the best interest of the body, most of us have been brought up to fear our own vital action. We have been conditioned to fear the acute symptoms of disease, even when these symptoms are typically the most direct expression of the body’s inborn ability to protect and heal itself (e.g. fever and discharge).

Unfortunately, since we have been conditioned to fear our own vitality, fear can surface during a fast if you encounter the symptoms and actions of elimination. This can create stress that is debilitating and counterproductive to the fasting process. This is one of the reasons fasting is usually recommended under the supervision of physicians that have been trained in fasting care.

Typically when we supervise fasts there is a lot of hand holding, counseling, and monitoring of the fasting process. This helps the faster have a better understanding of their symptom picture and what is going on clinically so that much of their fear can be put to rest. If you are comfortable with the symptoms that may arise, or if you have fasted before, you can probably fast for a few days at home without professional supervision.

However, when fasting is done with proper supervision under proper resting and stress-free conditions, fasting is a remarkably valuable tool for promoting health recovery from a wide range of pathological conditions, in addition to promoting and supporting long-term weight loss. Just be mindful that fasting is a conservative approach for health and healing that is always available to you as a viable option before you entertain more debilitating drug and surgical interventions. And if other treatments and therapies have not worked for you, water-only fasting is a remarkable alternative that you may want to consider on your path to health and wellness.

Case Study
A young teacher from Canada came to me some years ago diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, also known as Elephant Man’s disease. In this disease there are multiple small fibrous tumors (fibromas), along the nerve fibers throughout the body and brain. One of her larger tumors was located at the base of the brain, blocking the main blood supply to her brain. So she had a shunt surgically implanted to allow blood leaving her heart to bypass this blockage and feed the brain directly.

Because of these small tumors, she had constant small epileptic like seizures that made her life unbearable. She was on high dosages of dilantin and phenobarbital to control the seizures. These drugs are hard on the liver and produce a toxic state in the body. Although the intensity of the seizures was lessened by the drugs, the phenobarbital kept her in a semi-comatose state with no energy. When she came to me she had been bedridden for some time. She was carried into my center so weak and fragile, and put into bed as if poured off a spoon. It broke my heart to see this young professional woman in her early twenties just a fading shadow of what she could be, what she should be. She had no affect, no smile, just a blank shell in a dormant state of non-being.

After a period of vegan nutrition and vegetable juices, to help her withdraw from phenobarbital, she was put on a fast that lasted 30 days. Again, please understand that the length of this fast was determined on a per day-to-day basis, taking into account the reactions, physiological responses, and vital signs that were monitored daily. However, many people come in with a finite period of time to both fast, and break the fast. Fortunately, her mother and family were committed to the vegan lifestyle and clinical fasting, so we had the time to fast as long as clinically necessary.

During the fast, she became more and more coherent and energetic, even as the days of abstinence increased. Around the 25th day of the fast, her neurological system expressed a flurry of short frequent seizures related, in my opinion, to the previous patterning and exaggerated activity of her nervous system, and potentially tied in to a healing crisis. In the midst of this crisis, consistent with an attempt to eliminate the toxic load on her body after years of toxic medication and the assault on her liver, her belly button drained black bile from the abdominal wall.

After an extensive period of re-feeding, I happily carried her around the property of the retreat until she got the energy to walk on her own. Her seizure activity was now virtually non-existent, and she was drug-free. It was an incredible feeling to see her living and loving life. Her smile and the happiness she radiated was an absolute joy to behold as we wove our way thru the perfumed gardenia bushes and orange blossoms that decorated the property of the fasting center, sharing the sweet taste of honey bell tangelos.

Unfortunately, when she went home, her and her family were browbeaten, pressured by her previous medical doctors, and relentlessly chastised for even doing a fast. She was put back on a variety of medications, subjected to a botched surgical procedure to remove a small tumor in her ear resulting in deafness, and after a series of medical crises, interventions, and mismanagement she was dead in two years. Although time has a way of dissolving the hard edges of past emotion, I can still feel the pain and anger that I first felt at her untimely death. It still brings tears to my eyes.

References
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  2. Cahill Jr GF. Starvation in man. N Engl J Med 1970, 282:668-675.
  3. Cahill Jr GF. Fuel Metabolism in Starvation. Annu Rev Nutr 2006, 26:1-22.
  4. Cahill Jr GF et al. Metabolic adaptation to prolonged starvation in man. Nord Med 1970, 83:89.
  5. Saudek CD and Felig P. The metabolic events of starvation. Am J Med 1976, 60:117-126.
  6. Goldhamer A et al. Medically supervised water-only fasting in the treatment of hypertension. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001, June; 24(5):335-339.
  7. Cahill Jr GF. Fuel metabolism in starvation. Annu Rev Nutr 2006, 26:1-22.
  8. Ibid
  9. Kerndt PR et al. Fasting: the history, physiology and complications. West J Med 1982, 137:379-399
Medical Conditions
Additional medical conditions which preclude a water fast are listed below.

  • Do not fast if you have certain medical conditions. Some medical conditions can be worsened by fasting and can lead to serious health consequences.
  • Do not do a water fast if you have any of the following, unless specifically approved by your doctor:[3]
  • Any eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) or diabetes
  • Enzyme deficiency
  • Late stage kidney or liver disease[4]
  • Alcoholism
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • AIDS, tuberculosis, or infectious disease
  • Late stage cancer
  • Lupus
  • Vascular disease or poor circulation
  • Heart disease, including heart failure, arrhythmias (especially atrial fibrillation), history of a heart attack, valve problems, or cardiomyopathy
  • Alzheimer’s disease or organic brain syndrome
  • Post-transplant
  • Paralysis
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Taking medication you cannot stop taking[5]

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Testimonials

Sandra Leonard
Sandra Leonard
2024-03-15
Phenomenal! Dr. Frank is a living book of knowledge. Terri was so personable, she felt like family. The yoga, pool fitness and speakers were amazing. I did the juice cleanse and it tasted so good, I wasn’t even hungry. My husband did the vegan meals, the portions were huge and he said they were filling and full of flavor. The hotel was top notch and extremely clean. The view, ocean and water was perfect. I’m already planning to make this an annual vacation. I give this five stars! Don’t miss out, this will change your life!
Sheila Greene
Sheila Greene
2024-03-14
Do yourself a favor and attend one of these. They're serious about no salt, oil or sugar and you would think that there would also be no taste but not so - we had a group of nine and only one person was able to complete the meals. There were also some water and juice fasters but, at all times, no judgment. Dr. Frank and Terry are simply wonderful. Dr. Frank welcomes questions although I'm sure he's heard them hundreds of times and Terry is patient and totally obliging to help in every aspect of the program. The yoga instructors were wonder and don't miss the two guest speakers they bring in. I left feeling better and anxious to get started on a healthier lifestyle - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. The hotel is really nice - it's worth the extra money to get a room facing the ocean and the beach is gorgeous - great are to take a nice, long walk. Can't think of anything negative and hope to return. I met some folks in our group who were there previously and couldn't figure out why they would want to repeat the program, but I now know and hope to become a repeater.
Pamela Mills
Pamela Mills
2024-02-22
I attended Balance for Life Retreat Feb 2024 and it was the best thing I ever did for myself. I chose the plant based sos diet. The food was more than plentiful and good, not exceptional, given it lacked the salt, oil, and sugar that we are all used to eating. The daily lectures by Dr. Sabatino were excellent and full of useful information. The experts brought in for supplemental education, yoga, water aerobics, and massages were top notch. The real beauty of the program is that you can do it at a pace that is right and comfortable for you. There is absolutely no pressure to attend any of the offerings. This is not a hard core boot camp. It is a jumpstart to reboot yourself, get back on track, and learn a healthier way to eat and live. I lost five lbs. in one week at the retreat, and have lost another three at home so far. The best accolades go to Terry who organizes everything and is there to provide 24/7 service to all the participants. Thank you Terry for making it a great week! Oh, one last thing...there are no highfalutin people there. No one wears makeup, not even Terry!
Jennifer Suarez
Jennifer Suarez
2024-02-02
I recently attended the Balance for Life Juice Cleanse Retreat and it was a life-changing experience! The workshop left me feeling healthier and more energized than ever before. The coordinator/PM, Terry, and Dr. Frank were incredibly supportive and provided valuable guidance throughout the workshop. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone looking to improve their health and well-being. Take the opportunity to recharge and heal - you’ll be surprised at how significantly improved your skin looks, how much more efficient your digestion works, and even how much more radiant your hair shines.
Louise Silver
Louise Silver
2024-01-13
Regardless of where you are, The Balance for Life Retreat is well worth the cost and effort to get to Deerfield Beach, Fla. Once you arrive you are checked in to the beautiful, award winning, Wyndom Beach Hotel located across the street from the ocean. Then you are greeted by Terry, who is always available and so very helpful throughout your stay. Dr. Sabatino is a brilliant educator, really able to drive the evidence based information on plant-based lifestyle and health and longevity across at daily one hour seminars. This retreat offers a week of learning, movement activities like yoga and water aerobics in a heated pool and three plant based meals a day, all salt, oil and sugar free. My reason for going was to reboot myself, since I had started to eat more sugary, oily vegan foods lately. The retreat certainly met my goal . A bonus was meeting so many other people attending who were at different stages in the plant based journey. This is a retreat you can easily enjoy as a single participant but more affordable if you share a room. Either way, I strongly encourage you to enjoy and learn at this unique retreat in sunny Florida.
Steve Smith
Steve Smith
2023-10-22
This is at least my 6th visit to Balance for Life. The program is caring - compassionate - flexible - and responsive. The 2 back to back "weeks" I just had there were among the most meaningful of my life. Truly! This last visit I was even more impacted than others. Keep up the wonderful transformative work.
Allison Bush
Allison Bush
2023-10-22
Balance for Life exceeded my expectations. I water faster for 7 days losing 1+pounds per day. But weight loss wasn’t my goal. My goal was to neuro-adapt my taste buds, and it worked. I no longer crave sugary, fatty, salty nutritionally empty foods. I waited a week to write this to make sure those cravings were truly gone. It’s nothing short of amazing! Dr Frank is a wealth of information and a great teacher. His presentations are entertaining which helps you remember the lecture materials. He’ll take the time to answer all your questions too. Terry is supportive and super helpful from signing you up for the program, information on the program and how to get to the Wyndham. She’s with you every day encouraging and even joining you in yoga!! The location is also beautiful. You cannot beat that beach only a few steps from the hotel. I thought this program sounded expensive when I signed up but it was worth every penny. If you are thinking about attending but not sure? Please just do it, you won’t be sorry!! Allison
Jodi Stangler
Jodi Stangler
2023-10-22
Just ended a 9 day retreat with juice fast here. If you are looking to reboot n a beautiful setting on the beach, this is a fabulous place to do it. The daily educational classes from Dr Sabatino, yoga, coaching, and overall support provids tools to lose weight, manage stress, and improve overall health.
Austin Wilson
Austin Wilson
2023-10-19
Great retreat and thanks to Dr Frank and Terry for making it a special week! I lost weight, reduced my stress and detoxed my body!

Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort has won two major awards for 2023
Best Wyndham Hotel Worldwide competing against 173 properties. Best Wyndham Upscale property worldwide competing against 552 Upscale brands 
The only Wyndham Hotel in the world to have won such awards back-to-back.