Pictured from left: Kym Gold, JVF Board member Dr. Janet Hranicky and JVF Founder Dianne Burnett
“We don’t want to wait until everyone in this room has cancer.”
Those were the words JVF Founder Dianne Burnett told the energetic and enthusiastic group of more than 30 men and women who gathered at her home Sunday to discuss plans for the inaugural Angel Heart Gala that will take place later this year to raise money for Joan Valentine – A Foundation for Natural Cures, Inc.
The gala will feature a dinner, silent and live auctions and live entertainment. Burnett, Founder of the charity named after her mother who succumbed to esophageal cancer in 2010, announced that JVF will partner with Florida-based Hippocrates Health Institute and a portion of funds from the gala will go toward the two forces opening a holistic healing center on the Westside. The center, the name and scope of it to be announced later, will give Hippocrates a permanent presence on the West Coast.
Hippocrates has been the preeminent leader in the field of natural and complementary health care and education since 1956. Under the direction of Drs. Brian Clement and Anna Maria-Gahns-Clement, Hippocrates follows the philosophy that a vegan, living, enzyme-rich diet — complemented by exercise, positive thinking and non-invasive therapies — are integral to optimum health.
“After a year’s research for cancer wellness and preventative, I felt that Brian Clement and his team were the closest to my philosophy,” Burnett said later. “It’s more about the way you feel about yourself. It’s what you’re putting into your body without taking pharmaceutical drugs. I don’t think we always need to do that. For cardiovascular, diabetes and cancer we can reverse it with our nutrition and our mind, body and spirit.”
JVF stresses that positive thinking is one of the keys to fighting diseases and illnesses. “Unfortunately the medical community does not appreciate how the person is feeling mentally has everything to do with the outcome,” Dr. Janet Hranicky, a member of the JVF Board, said to her fellow committee members.
JVF Board member Sharyn Wynters, ND, who has traveled to China multiple times, spoke about how doctors in that country are paid to keep people well. If too many residents in a village become ill, the doctor is asked to leave. It was the apropos lead-in to a Chinese proverb read by Burnett to the group:
“The superior doctor prevents sickness. The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness. The inferior doctor treats actual sickness.”
That’s the message: don’t wait until you’re sick to take care of yourself. Instead, take care of yourself everyday to avoid illness. Another way of doing that is by eating healthy. To show JVF practices what it preaches, guests at the luncheon feasted on a delectable vegan buffet consisting of eggplant stuffed with artichoke, quinoa, Israeli cous cous, risotto cakes topped with mushrooms and onion, fresh seasonal vegetables and mixed greens with walnuts from Monrose Catering Company.
Check back soon to learn more about the Angel Heart Gala, which promises to be memorable event.
Vibrant health is the most valuable asset we can ever have. Yet, we all know that good health does not just happen. Like all things of great value, it needs to be nurtured and cultivated with care. This process can be both confusing and intimidating — especially to those who rely solely on hearsay and public information. The Hippocrates Health Institute was created over five decades ago in response to this need. Over the years, we have developed the Life Transformation Program into the definitive blueprint for transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. Our doors are wide open to guests with a wide array of intentions, whether it be curing themselves of devastating disease or simply learning to take their good health to an uplifted level. Hippocrates guests come to realize that excellent health is not only possible, but also definite and achievable!
Photos by Austin Daniels Photography