Thank you for your informative site. It has answered a few questions for my mother(92).
She wondered what ever happened to Dr. Ann's plan for better health...often lamenting that the world needed it. Last week I plugged Ann Wigmore into my search and came up with your information and she is so happy to know this method is still helping others.
In the 1960's my Mother ( who is now 92 and for whom I am caregiver) was severely ill with Asthma. After undergoing allergy desensitization shots (then in research in a Harvard Research project) she not only did not get noticeably better, she then began having allergic response to medications given to her to treat the allergies. Bloated by medicines, breaking out in hives, nausea and gasping for breath a lot of the time, her quality of life was on a fast track to nowhere.... she was desperate.. Doctors had told her they could do no more to help her.
So in desperation she sought out anything that might be of benefit. She lived in Massachusetts at the time and heard of Dr. Ann Wigmore.
Dr. Ann had a place in Boston where she taught people about the benefits of wheatgrass and people went there to detoxify.
First the body had to get rid of toxins before it could be put on wheat grass therapy.... and Dr. Ann monitored the whole process. Mother packed her bags and went to stay at the facility for two weeks... in spite of others warning her to forget it. She went anyway... her comment being, "What is more radical than the treatment I have just had?" Followed by, "I am going to try this!"
Father drove her to Boston where she remained in residence for several weeks, during which time she was quite ill and Dr. Ann began an intensive detoxification process.
Ann had a little male
monkey she had named "Precious" that sat at the table and ate with
patients. Precious would sympathize with Mother as her body began to
get rid of the poison as she was quite sick. Her system was first
cleaned of toxin and then introduced to wheat grass only at first... it
was an extreme approach... Dr. Ann told Mother she had never had anyone
so very ill... and she was not sure she would attempt such an extreme
fast on another in the future.... only doing so for Mother because
Mother so sincerely intended to carry through with a program to help
Dr. Ann loved her little monkey.... and said Precious had never before gone to anyone other than Dr. Ann, who had rescued him and saved his life. The monkey was one she had nursed back to health with wheatgrass when it was near death... and she was surprised when it took a liking to Mother.
The little monkey would pat Mother her on the head and lay its face next to hers as if saying... hang in there, it will get better.... and as Mother began eating at the table nightly, learning about different ways of eating. She would sample and the monkey sat with her, eating the same food, chattering away as if to tell her, "Well.... now you are on the right track."
Dr. Ann told Mother the little monkey had also been very very ill.... so it related to another knowing just how mother felt.
time went on Dr. Ann taught
Mother the ins and outs of living with wheat grass. And at every
milestone reached Precious would clap his hands, overjoyed at Mother's
watched as a woman with
cancer whose nose had nearly been eaten away by disease grew the nose
back with clear and lovely skin on her nose again She watched the
treatment of a severe diabetic, and others with various problems began
the road to recovery while in residence, and she listened to Dr. Ann 's
recounting of experiments done in India feeding undernourished people
and giving them a new lease on life.
Mother spent her life from then on letting anyone who would listen know of her wheatgrass cure, encouraging anyone who she heard of with, any kind of problem, to look into wheatgrass as an alternative to synthetic medicines.
Mother learned to grow her own wheatgrass while with Dr. Ann. Mother grew it in her kitchen and for several decades the pantry smelled all the world like someone had just mowed grass. She not only drank what some of her children referred to as green slime, she also made it into a paste which she added to avocado in sandwiches.
And she remained healthy. She still has the original notes given to her by Dr. Ann, and Dr. Ann's original instructions as she learned how to use this diet
Over time, with age Mother modified her eating, returning ("Unfortunately," she says ) to a regular diet, and only recently has informed me she is going back on wheatgrass. She did maintain better eating habits as a result of her experience and still juices organic raw "stuff" from our backyard garden. Mother is about to grow wheat grass once again!
She learned that Precious had died and Dr. Ann replaced the little monkey with a new companion, a little dog, which she also named "Precious."
After Dr. Ann lost her life in the Boston fire Mother often lamented not only the loss of a beautiful person but also the loss of a treatment for those who needed help. When I told her of your site and the continuation of Dr. Ann's work, she just beamed!
part of history might interest you.
Thank you so much, Barb, for sharing. It's always refreshing to hear from long-time Dr. Ann followers. Dr. Ann wrote about Precious the monkey and Precious the dog in her book, "Our Precious Pets." According to Dr. Flora van Orden, Dr. Ann's assistant for over 22 years, all of Dr. Ann's pets were named Precious.
All of us really appreciate your sharing of this story.