Staci and her mom Mary Ann at Sedona Wellness Retreat

First of all, Staci, my step-daughter, is in the middle of her stay at the Sedona Wellness Retreat in Arizona. Let me explain, this is a three-week nutritional program to detox from chemo treatment, and to rebuild her immune system. Make sure you read to the end of this article, where Staci gives a poignant review of the Retreat so far.

The red rocks of Sedona, at Slide Rock Park in Oak Creek Canyon. (Click to enlarge, then the back-arrow to return to the blog).

The red rocks of Sedona, at Slide Rock Park in Oak Creek Canyon. (Click to enlarge, then the back-arrow to return to the blog).

Sedona is a beautiful town surrounded by picturesque red rocks. The contrast between the red cliffs and the green trees and the cobalt-blue sky is enchanting. At sunset the mountains glow with orange fire. The Sedona Wellness Retreat is hidden away in a grove of pine trees, and is complemented by an imposing landscape design. For this reason, peace and tranquility radiate from the fountains, rocks and plants.

Sedona Wellness Retreat (SWR) is dedicated to healing people of various diseases such as cancer and diabetes, but also people who want to lose weight, etc. One lady I met was there for the water treatment for RA (rheumatoid arthritis).

SWR used to be a bed-and-breakfast lodging, and the place has lovely interior decoration, lots of warm wood floors and furniture, and beautiful landscaping.

Sedona Wellness Retreat used to be a bed-and-breakfast lodging, and the place has lovely interior décor with lots of warm wood floors and furniture.

• For cancer patients, SWR follows the Gerson protocols fairly closely. If you google on Gerson, you will find several videos of cancer cures that are remarkable.
• I first heard of the Gerson approach from Jerry in Albuquerque, who told me he had been to six doctors about a digestive problem, and the last one wanted to cut into his digestive system. Instead, he told me excitedly, he applied the Gerson technique himself and was healed.

• SWR has been in existence for three years. Typically 5-10 patients are staying at SWR in any given week.
• Doctor Stephun and Doctor Julie are NMDs which means they specialized in Naturopathy. They can prescribe meds, and their accreditation is similar to DOs (doctors of Osteopathy).

Typical lunch/dinner meal of veggies. (Click to enlarge then back-arrow to return to blog).

Typical lunch/dinner meal of veggies at the Sedona Wellness Retreat. (Click to enlarge then back-arrow to return to blog).

The program for Staci would be 1 week for detox, and 2 weeks for regeneration of cells, etc. Depending on the week, Staci drinks 5-13 fresh juices each day, eats 3 veggie meals, plus undergoes 2-5 organic coffee enemas. These enemas are to assist the liver in detoxing.
• A blood test is done once every week (usually).
• A meditation session for 30 mins usually starts the day. Yoga classes and massages are taken as recommended. A health-education movie usually ends the day.

The idea is a 3-week stay at SWR jump-starts a patient on the Gerson treatment, so it becomes much easier to stick to the diet and other practices back home. The doc said it’s the first part of a 2-year program, so it’s important for patients and their family to commit to the course for two years. The people I know here in ABQ who have beaten cancer are very careful about what they choose to eat……every day!

SWR used to be a bed-and-breakfast lodging, and the place has lovely interior decoration, lots of warm wood floors and furniture, and beautiful landscaping.

Staci looking trim and happy at the Sedona Wellness Retreat, and always with a glass of juice! (Click to enlarge, then back-arrow to return to blog).

The price of a three-week stay at Sedona Wellness Retreat is according to the health program and the type of room. But as one supporter of the program said to me, “How much is a life worth?”

On the first night there, I joined Staci and her mom Mary Ann for supper, which consisted of veggies…..and only veggies! I found it pretty bland, but after 12 days Staci and Mary Ann tell me they now enjoy most of the food that is served. No salt and no sugar of course!

During that meal, a local musician called Johnny showed up with a variety of instruments, including a didgeridoo which he had built himself. He did a good job playing it, while I sat back, closed my eyes, and dreamed of kangaroos and mountains and desert back home.

Mary Ann playing an instrument to accompany Johnny on the flute. We never knew she could play a musical instrument!

Mary Ann at the Sedona Wellness Retreat playing an instrument to accompany Johnny on the flute. We never knew she could play a musical instrument!

Mary Ann switched into the fibromyalgia treatment program after a few days at SWR, and reports that she is more relaxed, and her pain level is lower. Her energy level and appetite has improved, and she says she has been feeling terrific 90% of the time.

What Staci said about Sedona Wellness Center (after being there for 12 days). This testament is the most important part of this article, and her poignant, well-chosen words are powerful:
“Over the past year I have been battling breast cancer and all the side effects from chemo. It has been one thing after another. The chemo nearly took my life, not the cancer.

I encourage anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or any chronic illness to check out the Gerson program. I am in Sedona, Arizona, and I would have given anything to know then what I know now. My, how my life would have been different! I am seeing people’s lives change right in front of me….people with liver and colon cancer. There are no words to describe this. All I am saying is before you make a decision on your treatment take the time to research your options.”

If you desire more information on SWR, here is the website: You can click on this link to go there.

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Probing the practice of Christian believers……

Thank you Staci and Mary Ann for contributing to this article.

The lines are fallen for me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good heritage. I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons. I have set the Lord continually before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my inner self rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety. (Book of Psalms, chapter 16).

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15 comments on “Staci and her mom Mary Ann at Sedona Wellness Retreat”

  1. Mary Ann Pollock says:

    Ian you did a great job on the write up of Sedona Wellness Retreat. I am sure people will enjoy reading such a great success story. Thanks for doing this.

    1. IanPalmer says:

      Thanks for allowing me to write up this story Mary Ann, and for yours and Staci’s contributions to it.

  2. John Cameron says:

    I certainly hope that Mary Ann and Staci continue to make progress, and attain a sustainable benefit from their new healthy diets and life styles. Thanks for bringing this health option to my attention!

    1. IanPalmer says:

      Thanks for your best wishes John.

  3. Barbara Leachman says:

    I’ve been to the Health Institute in San Diego three times. I’m glad to know about the one in Sedona. Healing is possible if a person works with the body instead of filling it full of poison chemo drugs. How I wish I could tell some of the people I know about this cure. Even if I tell them, the cost puts them off: “Insurance doesn’t cover it,” they say. What is life worth? Everything!

    1. IanPalmer says:

      Sedona is such a fascinating town, and only 5 hours from Albuquerque. Your message is right on. Maybe your friends would be interested if you shared this article with them. Your message supports what Dr Weil (Spontaneous Healing) and Dr Kelly Turner (Radical Remission of Cancer) say clearly in their books. Interested readers can search for these names in my blog-site above, to see what articles I have written about these two game-changers. Thanks for sharing Barbara.

  4. Cindi says:

    Hi Ian, good news about Staci and Mary Ann. Listed below is a question and answer posted at Our friend, Tom, has never been to a Gerson clinic but is doing well with the home treatment.
    Q: I’m very interested in undergoing the Gerson Therapy, but I simply can’t afford to go to a clinic. What other options do I have?
    A: The Gerson Therapy can be self-administered entirely from home, using the instructions in the Home Package, the set of books and DVDs that contain the full instructions for the Gerson Therapy. Ideally, a patient undergoing the Gerson Therapy from home would see a licensed Gerson practitioner, but if there are no local Gerson doctors, it is best to follow up with a naturopath, or a doctor friendly to and familiar with natural healing. A patient doing the therapy from home can also look into hiring a Gerson Home Set-up Trainer, or attending one of our Gerson Basics Workshops to learn the basics of the Gerson Therapy so that they can practice it from home.

    1. IanPalmer says:

      Thank you Cindi for taking the time to share this important information. This will be a question that many people with cancer or diabetes (or some other ailment) will be asking.

    2. Karen says:

      Can I get more information about starting this program from home?

      1. Ian Palmer says:

        Karen, I’ll send you some info later today.

      2. Ian Palmer says:

        Karen, 928 204 1942 is the last number I have for Sedona Wellness Retreat. Or you can try 928 239 4589. Their website is at
        At the bottom of the website you can buy a set of Gerson-therapy videos, which is their basic treatment, and you can do it at home. I don’t know the cost, but I would check the Gerson Institute for their cost first, as it might be cheaper. Scroll down on the right under Bookstore you will see Gerson Home Package. I bought one like this a few years ago for about $100 (it may be more now).

  5. Susan Worley-Zimmerman says:

    Ian, your love of Mary Ann and Staci radiates from every word you write. These are two of the most special people I have ever met, and I pray that this incredible place rejuvenates Staci in her recovery! My mother is losing her battle with cancer in Albuquerque right now, and I wish she had been able to experience this place. My prayers are with Staci, Lisa, Kim, Mary Ann and, of course the whole family! Love to all! Thanks Ian!

    1. IanPalmer says:

      Than you Susan for your comments, and best wishes for Staci and Mary Ann. I’m sorry to hear about your mom. But if ever you are in Albuq and have time for lunch or supper, please email me at

  6. Karen Larre says:

    What a beautiful story! I lived in Sedona for 11 years and appreciate the magnificent beauty of the place…but the healings connected to the Gerson program are legendary! If you are faced with any type of health challenge – please, heed Staci’s recommendation and do some research. Western medical offerings are not your only options, and while they may be your best choice, they may not! Do your homework if you can. If you can’t have a loved one do it for you. Your quality of life (and perhaps your entire life) may depend on it!

    1. IanPalmer says:

      Great advice Karen. Thanks for sharing.


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