Eddie Brill’s Journey To Wellness
This is the first installment of a HooplaHa original series that follows comedian Eddie Brill on his three week journey on healing his mind, body, and spirit at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida.
We often hear “life sucks and then you die!” Now, what kind of attitude is that?
Life is definitely hard and yes, we all eventually pass to the next place. Yet we can have a lot of fun in between by being good to ourselves and owning that.
Throughout our lives we have been misguided so many times about food, politics, drugs, advertising, religion, and yes, even by our parents. But sometimes when things are good, they are not necessarily good for us.
How did I learn that? I went to a place that deals in compassion for others. A place where many people end up going because their doctors have given them their last rites - but these brave souls are not ready to give up yet.
There is a beautiful oasis in West Palm Beach, Florida called the Hippocrates Health Institute. Hippocrates, of course, is named after a man who is considered one of the most important figures in the history of medicine. Hippocrates brilliantly pointed out, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food!”
The Hippocrates plan is to help us heal ourselves by detoxing us from the not so good things that we put into our bodies while at the same time, offering real food with the most nutrition. They also provide the opportunities to strengthen our mind, body and spirit through all kinds of therapies: Neuromuscular, craniosacral, lymphatic drainage to name a few.
July 4, 2010 was my own personal Independence Day and when I first came to Hippocrates Health Institute to get my life back. I weighed 365 pounds and had sleep apnea. I needed the seat belt extender on a plane, was uncomfortable sitting in a theater, and was heading to an early demise. Like everyone on the planet, I had a life of challenges and, like many of us, the way I dealt with them was through an addiction. Mine was food. What I quickly learned at Hippocrates is that I can eat all the food in the world and it would never fill the hole that I was trying to fill.
Sixteen months later, I had lost 135 pounds and the sleep apnea was gone. My head was clearer, my hair, my skin was amazing…and lo and most importantly behold, my sexual energy and drive was through the roof. And yes, life came at me hard and I kept going. And then, I started to let things bother me and old habits started to creep in. I didn’t look for help and started to fall backwards. My ego was too big to let myself ask for any help. I started to put weight back on and the more it made me sad to be putting weight back on the more I ate.
Life has its ups and downs. Our success is how we ride these waves. I can’t beat myself up for falling. It is human and, in fact, I am learning from it.
Many comedian friends of mine had died lately and I am having too much fun to let that happen to me. So, I came back to Hippocrates. I started again this past Sunday, April 13th. And after a few days and the wonderful lectures and therapies and food I have grabbed ownership of my life back. I have been detoxing and that is always rough. The headaches and the emotions that come with detoxing are not always beautiful but it is the toxins leaving the body and trying to hold on for dear life. I have learned to starve the negative to not give it oxygen. What happens when you starve something? As it is about to breathe it’s last breath, it kicks out hardest. I am now past that point and on the journey back to health. Two steps back and ten steps forward.
I will keep you up-to-date on how it’s going.
Till next time...
About Eddie: Eddie Brill is a well-respected stand-up comedian, writer, and actor who started his career in Boston, Mass. An Emerson College alum, he is credited as being one of the founders of the Emerson Comedy Workshop which spawned the careers of numerous famous actors and comedians. He has performed his comedy all over the world and has taped more than 100 TV shows in six different countries. For seventeen years he worked on The Late Show with David Letterman as the audience warm-up while performing live on the show 10 times. For eleven of those years he was also the Stand Up Comedy Talent Coordinator.
He is the creative director of the wildly successful Great American Comedy Festival, which honors Johnny Carson in his hometown of Norfolk, NE. He is also the creative director for The Woodstock Comedy Festival in Woodstock, NY. He has also been working with The American Comedy Hall of Fame producing comedy archives for the soon-to-be produced Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
Eddie performs and helps raise money for many benefits including The Roberto Clemente Foundation (for underprivileged children), Sisters in Survival (women with breast cancer), Juvenile Diabetes, The American Cancer Association, and with Reader’s Digest and St. Jude on Stand-Up for the Children.