I have received an overwhelming amount of inquiries regarding the Wellness Center:
“Why can’t I get through their website?”
“How much is the program?”
“How long should I plan to visit?”
“Who can I speak to?”
“How can I get started at the Wellness Center?”
“How does this Wellness Center compare to Uchee Pines, or Wildwood?”
“Who is Peter and Clemencia Carstens?”
“How can I volunteer?”
“How can I start the Corrective Diet?”
Though their website is work-in-progress, I can certainly help you in posting here some of that information that I hope will answer these questions.
To start, it’s important to understand that Lifeline to Africa Health and Wellness Center is a non-profit organization that is currently ran by two families, the Carstens and the Irizarry’s, who have nobly committed all that they have to serve and heal others without monetary gain. If there are any proceeds, they all go to Africa, thus the name Lifeline to Africa. Both families live there and they are basically involved in the Center’s upkeep, student training, patient treatment/feeding, and so much more than the eye can see. It’s a big center, and primarily the donations that come in from their patients help them break-even, pay for the patient’s food, treatments, and the building’s maintenance. To start, I have listed the frequently asked questions above that I have laced with some sort of personal review, they are as follows:
1. Why can’t I get through their website? Though it’s true the website (https://www.lifelinewellnesscenter.org/) is a little out-of-date in its design and the way it runs, don’t let that affect you in your decision making. When I arrived at the center I partially understood that:
A.) Everyone involved in the Center is entirely absorbed serving people, leaving no time for constructing a website, and...
B.) There are patients coming in non-stop, not deterred by what they may have thought of their website. Personal testimonies of people coming out healed have been the source of their marketing, not their webpage.
2. How much is the program? The price will depend on two things (subject to change):
A.) If you go as a visitor, a student, or a patient. For instance, my mom enrolled as a patient and I joined her as a visitor. I have a friend that went as a student only and it was very inexpensive.
B.) Length of stay. See question number 3 below.
3. How long should I plan to visit? It really depends on your situation. As a patient, the Health Counsellors told me the sweet spot is somewhere between 2 to 3 weeks. As a student, you can stay as long as 3 months. And as a visitor, you can stay as little or long as you like (subject to change). All options at very affordable fees. In my case I went as a visitor for 1 week, but upon seeing the condition of my blood, everything changed and quickly converted to a patient prolonging my stay, if you haven’t heard of my experience there, click here. The reason why the time you commit there matters is because in order to detox, you will need time to prepare your body. For instance, you may start with the Corrective Diet for several days (for more on this diet, click here). That will set the stage for a green-juice detox that may need a number days to do its work, and then after all that you may perhaps start doing Salt-Water-Flushes. The problem is that the treatment may not work if you just jump into the Salt-Water-Flushes without prepping the body first. That’s why time is important, and thus shortcuts discouraged. If you are pressed with time, another alternative is to visit for as long as you can (i.e. days), take notes, and/or video of everything, watch all the online seminars here (For English click on this link, and Spanish click here), and later proceed to treat and heal yourself at home. If you can’t visit at all, then at least watch all the videos and put yourself on the Corrective Diet.
4. Who can I speak to? For questions on your condition and what they offer, the courses, the prices, booking arrangements, you can call the Director Ramon Irizarry at:
Ramon speaks fluent English and Spanish. If Ramon is not there you can also inquire for Peter Carstens, who is also fluent in English, Spanish, and German (native). If you speak Portuguese, you can inquire for Clemencia Carsten, who is also a Spanish native speaker. Alternatively, you can write to them at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com For more real-time activity (pictures and sample meals) at the Center you can visit their Facebook page here:
Lifeline Wellness Center, Knoxville.
Vegetables come from their own orchard.
5. How can I get started at the Wellness Center? If you want to get started at the Center, arrange for some time off work or your routine. Some use their vacation time, some use yearly holidays. You may consider it medical leave, a sabbatical, or a leave-of-absence. The point is, your health is important, in my humble opinion, extremely important. A visit here may be the one change that may prevent you from a potential disease that may just complicate your lifestyle 100-fold. We have now reached the 50% chance of cancer threshold during this time in history. Once you are ready, call them up for vacancies at: (845) 661-8465 (see question number 4 above), because sometimes they may be fully booked, other times, they may just have a couple of patients. Just go, time and money invested in your body is money well spent, your body will actually pay you back. Plus if you think about the future a lot, you will be saving lots of money as you may prevent long and poisonous medical treatments that will cost an arm and a leg if you don’t step out of the path of poor health habits we are all heading to.
6. How does this Wellness Center compare to Uchee Pines, or Wildwood Lifestyle Center? I haven’t visited either one of these institutions, but from the feedback I gather from many people that did, helps me make the following conclusions, please read them with a grain of salt:
A.) Alkaline Diet: In contrast to other Centers, this Center removes all acidic foods out of their diets. There are only a handful Centers in the US that focus on an alkaline Corrective Diet. Despite the fact we need a healthy PH balance, the acidity found in our bodies is so great that a temporary, all-alkaline diet is necessary to reach that out-of-our-current-reach balance. It usually takes a year to get your body in a good PH balance.
B.) Basic versus State-of-the-art: Uchee Pines and Wildwood are superb institutions, they are larger, modern, both on bigger lots of land, and they include great staff and personalized care. The Wellness Center in Illinois is less modern, on a smaller lot of land, less staff, and the care is less personalized. My perspective on this both good and bad.
Personal care at the Center in Illinois: In my opinion, the autonomous approach can be a great thing, because you are forced to search and inquire. Questions, rather than being spoon-fed, has an interesting effect on how you learn and retain information. Once you learn a treatment you are left to practice it on yourself. I liked that. But I can understand older patients that need a little bit more reminding or follow up; a good interpersonal rapport is built when you look after them, they feel cared for. At the Center I saw very little staff, which means you may need spend time in the upkeep of your room as there is no room service (this is for those used to hotel services). If you are not feeling tired from treatment, then you may want to volunteer in helping out in the kitchen, which will in exchange help you learn lots (ie. lots of cooking ideas). But again, this perhaps may be too much for an elderly patient.
In regards the building being modern, well if you can see past the fact that there are some areas in the Center that need plenty of work, you may come to appreciate the simplicity of it all. I have learned never to underestimate people or things. Out of a ‘simple’ place great things came out! The more I saw people healed, the more I felt like supporting this place and its staff. My mom for instance walked in obese, but she walked out standard in just 3 weeks! In case you decide to go, know there is also an obvious difference between the updated wing and the less-modern wing. If you happen to go for the latter, then this is definitely great training for the day when we may face a crisis (and we will find a crisis one day) and we are forced to make do with very little. They use this part of the building to train students who will go to Africa and teach others about simple living and powerful diets that will save lives.
The size of land at the Center in Illinois is not big, it’s in the middle of a village, but you can take walks and still enjoy farmland and beautiful trees. Despite being in the village where you can hear cargo trains pass by every day, you are out in the countryside which makes for a very pleasant change from living in the city.
C.) Medical staff. The more advance Centers often have their own Medical Doctors, which is good and bad. The good is that this will inspire patients that they are in good hands with a Doctor. Unfortunately however, in terms of treating patients, a medical bias may reduce the conviction of a patient’s natural treatment and ultimately have the patient resort back to their prescriptions (the Doctor supporting this decision). At the Center in Illinois, the approach is outside treating symptoms in a medical manner. Commonly, Doctors often compartmentalize the body and treat it in parts. It is often the case where the treatment is given to treat a symptom, without knowing the reason for the cause. At the Center, the approach is holistic, in other words, they focus on your whole body, and pursue the problem at its root. For me, I have been stuck with so-called allergies (breathing problems) for the last 15 years and no Doctor could ever figured my problem out. They were always quick to prescribe allegra, claritin, and even asthma drugs. That was my reality for the last 15 years but it only took 2 weeks at the Center for me to breath freely without a problem. The treatment tackled the problem at its root and then the body was free to heal itself.
D.) Bilingual: The Center in Illinois can be four-lingual, but their forte is Spanish and English. I haven’t heard of other Wellness Centers in the US that can accommodate a Hispanic audience like I found here.
7. Is there a religious element to the Center? Yes and No. It was my impression that all faiths are invited to come for a visit, treatment, and/or training. I learned that faith has an important role to play. I say this because, just as it is in Alcoholics Anonymous, their 12-step program acknowledges the existence of Greater Being and so it was at the Center. The AA 12-steps, have been found to be the perfect recipe for success on keeping alcoholics dry. The recipe has been found unsuccessful when this acknowledgment is excluded.
In the program you will find two small 30-minute devotionals per day where proverbs are examined from Holy Scriptures that convey positive thinking, morals and stories in support of the patient’s treatments and experience. But while this is true, there is room for you to express your faith and not required to include this part on your program. Your religious or non-religious freedom is honored and respected.
8. Who is Peter and Clemencia Carstens? Peter Carstens was born, raised, and educated in Germany where he obtained a Masters in Agriculture, with a specialty in Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture. In 1986, he immigrated to the USA after 21 years of residing in Costa Rica, Central America. In the USA he familiarized himself with the natural principles of health and healthy lifestyle, at the Living Springs Health and Lifestyle Center located in Putnam Valley, New York.
After reversing his personal health problems (obesity, hypertension, respiratory problems, a suspected colon cancer, chronic fatigue, and a swollen liver), he felt impressed to share his knowledge with others suffering from chronic and health problems.
Peter has a record of 30 years experience in teaching and training Health and Lifestyle Educators at international and local levels.
In October of 2000, Peter began his work in Mozambique, Africa. In February of 2004, Lifeline to Africa Inc., a not for profit organization was founded and registered in the state of New York. On May 7th, 2009 the organization was registered with the State of Florida. Through Lifeline to Africa Inc. Peter and his wife Clemencia have trained hundreds of Health and lifestyle educators in many parts of the U. S and abroad some working full time helping people. The work has recently been expanded in various other countries like Ecuador, South America, etc and is growing.
Through their comprehensive training program, they can enable anyone to put their body into a position where it can heal itself from almost any degenerative or chronic disease, and build up an efficient immune system for protection against infectious diseases.
Alongside Peter is his wife Clemencia Carstens and for 12 years she has been a driving force in this organization. She is from Ecuador and has resided in the United States for many years has single-handedly been the one to start the mission program in Mozambique-Africa, in the beginning using their own personal funds to run it until eventually Peter had to return to the U S to raise funds by giving health lectures, while Clemencia stayed over there for four years on her own building the mission classes. She used the inspired writings of the Bible, and used by the Adventist Church, and taught the students about health and lifestyle. She also set up a training model that is still being used today in Africa, Latin America and here in America .
9. How can I volunteer? Help is desperately needed there. As the Center is a non-profit organization, as an employee you can’t really expect to get a lofty salary. Instead, you can come in as a volunteer. An ideal situation is where you can help them with a donation of $20 a day where you will have room and board covered and at the same time learn lots on how to do treatments, the planting, upkeep and harvesting of an orchard, participate in the lectures, learn how to cook, and more. But I’m sure there are other arrangements that can be negotiated. In addition, you can always help with a financial donation.
10. Where are they located? Their address is as follows:
407 N. Hebard St.
Knoxville, IL 61448