In the April/May issue of HLN, we interviewed Ralph Zuranski, the "holistic. guinea pig" who is investigating different kinds of holistic health care available in San Diego.
Ralph is the activity director at the Point Loma International Family Fitness Center (previously Lance Alworth Family Fitness Center). He shared information on the results of his recent homeopathic cleanse program and Spinal Stressology analysis.
Encouraged by the positive response to the holistic seminar series sponsored by the Pt. Loma facility in February and March, Ralph has scheduled a summer seminar series and a "Tennis Challenge of Balance:"
HLN: Ralph, what will this latest seminar series entail?
RZ: Many of the top holistic health care professionals in San Diego County will be guest speakers at our different facilities during the summer seminar series. The series begins July 1, 1980 with seminars held from 6:15-7:00 p.m. Complete schedules will be available soon at any of our
centers. Many of our speakers will also be available during the Tennis Challenge of Balance, July 20-22, at the new Folsom San Diego Racquet Club, to
answer questions in an informal atmosphere. Some of them will even be participants in this unique tennis event.
HLN; Exactly what is the "Tennis Challenge of Balance?"
RZ: This is a tournament designed to encourage players to use only those strokes which help to balance the body and integrate both hemispheres of the brain (forehands and two-handed strokes). Special "Chi Energy
Shirts," designed to balance the meridian flows (which improves athletic performance), will be given to those who enter. Early entrants will also receive a free tennis lesson. Prizes will be awarded to the
top placing women and men in each division.
HLN: Ralph, in our last issue you talked a little about colonic therapy. Have you completed your cleansing program?
RZ: I've completed a series of 15 colonic irrigations under the medical supervision of Dr. David Allen. Before therapy began,. a barium X-ray was taken of my large intestine to determine its health, positioning and structure;
blood and urine analysis provided information about my particular biochemical process.
After a diagnosis of a fairly normal colon, I started treatments with Martha Smith, a colon therapist who is doing research with cancer patients. She uses the most
sophisticated colonic irrigation equipment available: purified water heated to different temperatures with pure oxygen diffused into the water. Massage and different body positions are also used to help eliminate
massive amounts of toxic wastes, undigested food and hardened fecal deposits.
HLN: How do you feel after all that?
RZ: As well as feeling very physically cleansed, my energy level has increased and my mind is functioning more efficiently.
HLN: Are there other types of holistic methods you have experienced and `found to be beneficial since our last interview?
RZ: Yes, I had a hair analysis done by Dr. Steve Bajon, which helped determine vitamin and mineral deficiencies in my body. Dr. Bajon is very knowledgeable about biochemistry. He designed a nutritional program for me and
it’s amazing how enjoyable living can be if the body receives all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed for optimum health and energy.
I've also tried iridiology, the study of how the iris reflects the health and condition of the body. This proved to be very accurate in my case. Harri Wolf, at the Center for Creative Health, recognized organic problems and
previous injuries that have plagued me for years. He said my irises showed an amazing amount of recent healing, and cleansing, and many inherited genetic weaknesses appeared to be in the process of being
HLN: Is there anything else besides colon therapy, hair analysis and iridology?
RZ: Rolfing, a form of deep tissue massage and manipulation, has definitely caused changes in the way my body relates to the pull of gravity. Woody Fulmor, one of six
certified Rolfers in San Diego County, helped to change the shape and structure of my feet; they support my weight more, effectively and I can move much more freely now.
HLN: In our last issue we asked, "Will the holistic guinea pig survive and turn into a cleansed and purified Super-Ralph?" What have been the overall results from all of these cleansing and treatment programs?
RZ: Most importantly, I feel more alive than ever before. Pain and limitations are virtually disappearing from my life. However, there is one drawback 1 never imagined. I am becoming so healthy that it is becoming almost
impossible to find people (specifically women!) with similar energy and interests. What am I to do? Super health in a land of drugs, intoxication, pollution and sickness makes me stand out as a target for verbal
abuse, jealousy, and worst of all, loneliness. Friends seem to think I am becoming antisocial when I turn down their offers of alcoholic and hallucinogenic hospitality. Sometimes I feel that human "guinea-pigism"
is not what it's chalked up to be, no matter what Miss Piggy says!
For more information about the Summer Seminar Series and/or the Tennis Challenge
of Balance, call Ralph at the Pt. Loma Facility between 7-10 a.m., any Monday-Friday.