We met volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel in 2011. Since then we’ve followed our passion to serve some of the world’s deepest needs.
We started a grassroots recycling initiative in Egypt and helped design and build classrooms for children with special needs in India. It was there in India where Sophie caught Tyhoid. It began our three-year-long journey of chronic illness. After seeing dozens of traditional doctors, being prescribed several courses of antibiotics—her health just kept getting worse. Having seen my mother struggle with MS my entire life, we wanted to do anything we could to reverse Sophie’s decline in health…
Discovering Functional Medicine
A friend of ours from church heard about Sophie’s symptoms and told us about Functional Medicine—an evidence-based approach to dealing with chronic disease, saying:
Functional Medicine Meets MS
Within three weeks of her ﬁrst appointment, Sophie began to show significant signs of recovery for the ﬁrst time since her illness. Soon thereafter another friend approached us about a woman named Dr. Terry Wahls who had reversed the effects of her own MS through functional medicine.
My mother has suffered from MS for almost thirty years, and so while initially very skeptical, we were encouraged by the results Sophie was experiencing and decided to watch Dr. Wahl tell her story. What she claimed was remarkable. Even more so, it made sense.
Traditional medicine often treats autoimmune conditions by supressing the immune system. They sometimes neglect to consider what is causing the immune system to attack itself in the ﬁrst place.
Functional Medicine advocates for patients to use empirical evidence to:
- Discover what was triggering the immune system to attack
- Remove those triggers
- Support the body’s cellular function through high-nutrient whole foods
- Support the body’s natural healing through physical therapy and rehabilitation
Starting The Wahls Protocol
Sophie and I along with a handful of family and friends decided to band together to help my mom get started on what Dr. Wahls calls The Wahls Protocol. We created a meal plan and rotor, and set off to the grocery store to buy the ingredients.
At ﬁrst the results were frustrating. Eating according to a special protocol tends to conjure up lots of mixed emotions, and it was no different for our family. My mom experienced a lot of detox symptoms for the ﬁrst few months, but to her credit she stuck to the diet with a powerful determination to get better.
Now almost two years later, my mother has ﬁnally begun to experience small and tangible recoveries:
My father, who just like us was a bit skeptical at ﬁrst, has come to fully embrace the protocol—organic food and all. We haven’t experienced miraculous recovies like Terry Wahls, but we’ve witness incremental improvement and in the context of chronic progressive disease those are worth everything.
Dreaming of A Retreat Centre For MS
After moving to the UK and taking a step back from working in digital, we spent some time dreaming about what would come next in regards to our vocation. A few workshops later, we seemed at a loss for a good ﬁt that would take us forward.
But then one night in Scotland the idea came to us as we sat down for dinner:
It was clear to both of us that this idea held a huge amount of gravity. It fulﬁlled our desire for a social purpose and a spiritual mission. It could allow us to live on the land and be stewards of it as well.
But neither of us had experience in the medical world nor in hospitality. So it was a big leap forward to say the least. Day after day the idea maintained its prominence in our minds and we’ve both committed to seeing the retreat centre come to life. It’s just about ﬁnding a way to make it work.
This website is part of our process of trying to make this dream work. We wanted to create something that would allow us to share our vision and engage with the people we hope to serve. We’ll be hosting events to test out different elements of the retreat and hopefully we’ll have a retreat scheduled before long.
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