All her life, Deborah Szekely, the “Godmother of the Wellness Movement” has been a thriving example of wellness. Now 90, she still works tirelessly to illuminate the harmful actions of agri-business and Big Pharma, and the government’s support of programs that have fueled the country’s obesity epidemic.
If you haven’t heard of Deborah Szekely, know that she has operated for 72 years the world-renowned Rancho La Puerta Spa in Mexico, and for 42 years the Golden Door Spa in Escondido California.
At those spas, she has been a tireless advocate of treating your body as a temple by conforming to these three dictates:
- Do not pollute yourself with processed food,
- Develop a lifestyle of physical activity, and
- Allow yourself to heal.
Ms. Szekely’s life itself has been a testimony to living the natural, holistic life, and the benefits thereby derived. Despite entering her 10th decade, her only “medication” are vitamins, some thyroid therapy and a B12 shot every month.
She does Pilates four times a week, has weighed within the same 118 to 122 pounds for decades, has 104/62 blood pressure, and a cholesterol count of 193 (not fasting).
Couldn’t be better.
Surely, the woman has admirably lived her truth, and has become a superlative example of how a long and strong life can be lived by making smart choices about diet, exercise and attitude.
Surely, at this point in life she would be satisfied with her accomplishments and the multiple thousands of people she has helped to slow down.
“My schedule is the same as it was when I was 60!”, she says.
Which is about to be busier, because this “Godmother of the Wellness Movement” is giving birth to yet another cause aimed at improving the lives of others: Wellness Spring.
The Wellness Spring Initiative
Ann Brenoff writes in this Huffington Post article:
About the only thing that raises [Deborah Szekely’s] blood pressure are the actions of agri-business and Big Pharma and the government’s support of programs that have fueled the country’s obesity epidemic. Her Wellness Spring initiative aims to raise $10 million by collecting $10 each from one million people. The money will be used to fund lobbying efforts to counter those of businesses that she argues are poisoning and killing Americans with fast food and a culture that “considers watching TV an activity.”
“How is pizza possibly a vegetable?” she asked incredulously of the congressional decision that deemed it so. “Americans are getting fatter and sicker by the day and the soft drink and fast-food companies are going merrily on their way while Big Pharma is happy to provide pills for all the diseases and health problems the bad food causes.”
Here is this fine and stately lady telling her story and the need for Wellness Spring:
We humans tend to accept what’s possible for us by examining what’s been done by others. May Deborah Szekely’s life and her work inspire us all.
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Published on May 3, 2012