Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Chana Liora/Janine Laura Bronson

For the twenty-second interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Chana Liora/Janine Laura Bronson, former assistant to Ann Wigmore, who revolutionized healthy eating in America with wheatgrass, living foods and “energy soups.”. She started the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, MA and it moved to West Palm Beach, Florida and is now run by Drs. Anna-Maria and Brian Clement.

From Ann Wigmore’s Wikipedia Page:
In 1968, Ann Wigmore co-founded the Hippocrates Health Institute,a health resort in the United States, with Viktoras Kulvinskas. Known as “the mother of living foods”, she was an early pioneer in the use of wheatgrass juice and living foods for detoxifying and healing the body, mind, and spirit.

In her autobiography, Why Suffer?: How I Overcame Illness & Pain Naturally, Wigmore recalls observing her grandmother using herbs and natural remedies as a child in Lithuania.

Wigmore died in Boston on February 16, 1994, of smoke inhalation from a fire at the Ann Wigmore Foundation.

At the time of her death, the Institute was called the Ann Wigmore Foundation. Brian Clement owned the Hippocrates Health Institute next door, which he moved from Boston to West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

I have come to realize my full potential as a peace-maker, even though this has been a long time in coming, and I believe that a healthy person contributes to a peaceful universe, and think that veganism, in particular a vegan variation of Kosher Parve (which would exclude all animals and animal products in the categories of eggs, fish, dairy and meat) is more peaceful and moderate…more about this in another answer…

As to why I got involved in the “health” industry, and how come I spent time up at the Hippocrates Health Institute… here’s a testimonial, also involving my Mother.

I originally contacted the original Hippocrates Health Institute (in the 1980’s) which used to be located in Boston, MA, because I was reading books by Ann Wigmore but was looking for more information. Little did I expect to reach Ann directly by telephone, all I really wanted to find out was the answer to my question about sprouting fava beans (since I couldn’t really find them on any list as to how long to soak them) and amazingly for me, and a total surprise was that “Dr.” Ann, as she was called back then (she had a doctorate in Divinity) answered the call herself, because at the time, she was actually just lacking an assistant, and praying to find such a person, mentioning it to me, while I was exactly in transition and looking for work, and she invited me up, and I DROVE all the way there, in my little old car from New Jersey to Boston, and luckily for me, she liked me on the spot, and hired me then and there! I assisted her for about three years, when I had to return to Israel, to look after my Mother who was recuperating from a so-called incurable disease (there is no such thing, by the way) from which she made a total recovery and is still alive about 25 years later and approaching 90! Thanks to what I learned from Ann, we can each and every one of us find true healing and not have to rely on conventional medicine. My Mother, of course, chose to immediately stop the “poisonous therapy treatments” to which she was allergic and was being given to her from the hospital of which I made sure they allowed her to be released. I made her wheat grass juices, and other things such as energy soup, that I had learned at the Hippocrates Health Institute, and of course, daily fresh vegetables and fruit from the local farmers’ market, and picked avocados from our family plantation in Pardes-Chana/Karkur (near Hadera on the way to Haifa up North-East, from Netanya). I wish more people would discover how we might try to “Let Food be Thy Medicine, and Medicine be Thy Food” (Hippocrates saying)…

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

1- The first item I need that I would not like to leave behind is to take a copy of Perek Shira which has quotes from Biblical sources that speak of the praises of all creations to The Creator.
2- I would take as pure a container of fluoride-free type of mineral or purified water as I can manage to take with me, not knowing when I could find this precious life-giving water, when on the island, knowing that even though this is a heavy item it might be life-sustaining for at least some time.
3- A certain filtering flask that purifies braken-type water from unpotable sources that I might find.
4- I’d appreciate having a compass, for direction.
5- Some sort of a communication device to seek help from the rest of civilization, but not sure if this would work in such a remote place, but who knows?
(Note from interviewer: Although I only asked for 5 items, Chana added an additional one, which is ok by me)
6- If this is available, a map of the desert island to explore the surroundings more logically, oh, and I didn’t know if one could bring another person with, as well? Ha, ha, ha… (not sure who that would be though, haven’t met my true soul mate, ha, ha, ha…)

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

I think the message of caring compassionately for not only ones own well-being but the wellness of the planet and all of Hashem’s/G-d’s creations is very important from an ecological viewpoint, environmental, ethical reasons against Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim (not causing harm to any living creature) and feeding the hungry…

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

This depends entirely on the person, no two people are identical, cannot give one cure-all…

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Massage, Brain Gym (in process) and common sense regarding living moderately (my advice is following a Kosher Raw Vegan Organic lifestyle)…

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

To be at peace, one can vee (I coined this word, meaning to live as a raw vegan-Kosher person…

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

My greatest hero is Hashem/G-d because He is All-Knowing, Omnipotent and Everlasting

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Life is miraculous and very precious and we should value each one of those 86,400 seconds in a 24 hour day.

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