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James and Margaret Merrick
over 100 total lbs. lost
67 lbs. lost. Waist measurement dropped from 50" to 39"
Dear Dr. Stern, Jean and Laura,
James and I just want to thank you for everything you have done for us since we
have been associated with your clinic.  It's as if our lives have just begun and
here we are full-fledged Senior Adults!
After trying many diet plans over the years, we finally found you.  Always before
we restricted ourselves from everything that we liked, counted calories, skipped
meals, went to bed hungry ...and angry, lost a few pounds, gave up, and began
eating and putting the pounds on again.

During this fiasco, I contracted high blood pressure, osteo-arthritis, had a hip
replacement, and became borderline diabetic.  James developed
a severe sleep apnea condition.  He was put on a machine which he had to use
for five years religiously or he had no energy at all.

Through a friend at church we heard about your Healthy Lifestyle Clinic.  Seeing
the results she had obtained we decided to make an appointment to see you.
After that first visit we both had hope of losing weight and in so doing become
much healthier.  We knew at our age this might be our last chance.

Just meeting with the three of you put us at ease and we instantly knew we had
found Christian friends, as well as a professional medical staff who knew what
they were doing.

We have been introduced to foods of which we had heard about but had never
tasted.  We have really enjoyed everything on the plan.  We feel so much better
and have not had the cravings we had on other diets.  We learned that if you eat
the foods which are rich in the nutrients we need, we are satisfied and can lose
weight without feeling deprived.

At this time James has lost more than 60 pounds and I have lost 40.  It has taken
a little over a year.  We have lost slowly but we have learned how to eat in the
process.  Something we have never done before.  James has been able to sleep
soundly (without snoring) for 3 months now with no sleep machine.  My blood
sugar  and blood pressure is normal and my medication has been cut in half.

Both of us still lack a little reaching our goal but we know we will before much
longer.  We have found a new lease on life.  James can walk without his ankles hurting
and I have so much more energy than I did.  We are able now to travel
and plan to leave for Israel on Labor Day this year.

We want you to know that we appreciate you more than we can express in
words.  We will continue to sing your praises and thank God for your
commitment and calling.  Please know we love you and you will always be in our prayers.

Sincerely, James and Margaret Merrick

Letter received in our office July 28, 2010.