The Holistic Health Foundation (HHF) was created for the research and development of Holistic Healing formulas and wellness programs. The founding Director of HHF, Michael F. Torchia, Wellness Expert, initiated holistic health programs for “Operation Fitness”. These programs introduced revolutionary methods of fitness conditioning and healthy alternatives for healing. The success of these programs has helped people from around the World for over 30 years. The continued demand for holistic health has led to the establishment of the Holistic Healing Foundation.
A major focus of the HHF is the issue of toxic ingredients in food and beverages. There is a need for “back to basics” nutrition. The time has come in this country for a cultural shift toward health and wellness and away from the inherent dangers of food additives. Legislation has to be enacted in the United States which forces food manufacturers to add warning labels to all food and beverage products containing ingredients known to be toxic to the human body. Food manufacturers and distributors, as well as any group making claims about the healthfulness of a food product, would have to follow strict regulations regarding those claims. They would also be required to provide guidelines for healthy, age-appropriate consumption of their products. People are unknowingly consuming goods which directly and adversely affect their health. This legislation will make all Americans aware of the fact that long-term consumption of trans fats, artificial sweeteners and food dyes can lead to obesity and to the development of Metabolic Syndrome-X (MSX). This is a condition which weakens immune systems and makes people much more susceptible to type-2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other crippling lifestyle diseases. Producers, distributors, and marketers of foods that contain toxins leading to the development of MSX should be held accountable for the ingredients in their products. If we are successful, these manufacturers will be forced to reformulate their food products and provide healthier choices for consumers.
Over the years the Institute has developed into a comfortable learning environment with a unique, user-friendly organizational system and a broad collection of health and fitness systems. In addition, HHF has developed holistic healing formulations and programs that can change our nation and help people around the world. HHF offers a series of lecturers and training seminars. It is a place where interdisciplinary thinking, cross-cultural studies, alternative health supplements and fitness programs all come together.
All the Holistic Health Foundation programs emphasize the inherent healing capacity of people brought out through specific healing methods and skills in the context of holistic principles. In addition, HHF focuses on mind-body interactions, spiritual healing, cross cultural perspectives on health, birthing and dying, theoretical frameworks of non-conventional healing approaches and natural forms of nutrition.
This aspect of the HHF is near and dear to founder Michael Torchia’s heart. His mother, a type-2 diabetic for most of her life, also had a malfunctioning heart valve from birth. After age 80, she began having congestive heart failure attacks a few times a year. Every time she would have these attacks, Michael would fly out to Atlanta to help her with his expertise in holistic methods of healing and knowledge of nutrition. She would always recover quickly and return to her normal life. This made him realize the importance of holistic and Eastern methods of healing. He, himself has studied and used Reflexology with his clients for over 20 years.
His mother had a massive heart attack. He again flew to Atlanta to help with her recovery. She was put into a prestigious cardiac care center in Buckhead, GA. The doctors told him her body was failing and suggested a hospice for her last days. But Michael refused to give up. After looking over her charts and stats, Michael used classical music to help stimulate her heart rate and asked the nurses to continue to maintain her blood pressure. He then revised her food and water consumption, seeing that she was ingesting barely 500 calories a day. He used his reflexology skills, hired a Reiki Master and gave her words of encouragement. Her improvement was so dramatic, even the doctors were impressed. She was off her meds and was going to go home that next week.
But, because he could not oversee her care after he returned to Los Angeles, her health quickly declined. The hospital doctors immediatley moved her to the general care section of the hospital and did not follow his carefully written instructions. The nurses went back to their old feeding schedule and removed all monitoring equipment. They even stopped performing the crucial physical therapy to help with her recovery. Instead of attending to her needs, they ignored her cries to help her sit up because of her back cramps and eventually strapped her legs and arms down and fed her sleeping pills to quiet her down. It’s a shame that even the most prestigious hospitals in the country do not utilize holistic methods of healing.
Michael’s mother died on November 4th, 2007 from neglect, mistreatment and lack of proper care. He is determined to impart knowledge and information about holistic healing and dedicates this Foundation to his mother, Jean Torchia.
HHF is staffed and operated by leading health experts and renowned clinical professors. The HHF team of experts research and develop holistic health formulations and exercise systems. The Holistic Health Foundation is positioned for future development in valued partnerships with other health organizations.