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The "Miracle" of Juicing
After experiencing a personal crisis, Father Peter Guilianotti was one of those sick believers willing to try anything to get a fresh start. The 41-year-old Orthodox priest decided to go on a 60-day juice fast and reached out to Calbom, whose husband is his mentor and a fellow minister in the Orthodox Church. She sent Guilianotti books on juicing and other resources, and stuck with him every step of the way.
"I think the biggest thing with Cherie is she cares," Guilianotti says. "She really cares and she really wants to help."
At the end of the 60 days, he'd lost 60 pounds, was sleeping better and felt filled with energy. But the effects weren't only physical. "Juicing and Cherie's program gave me a new life," he says. "It was like I came out of this other shell that was holding me back, and I didn't even realize it was holding me back. It was like a reboot. She told me that would happen. So it was an added benefit, but probably the most important benefit."
Despite weighing more than 300 pounds before the juice fast, Guilianotti was fairly healthy. Yet he noticed that several aches and pains disappeared after the fast. "God used the juice to bring healing," he says. "That's neat because ... God gives us the wisdom about medicine, but that should be a last resort. God gives us these nutritional things, and God gives us this juice, and we can take this as a medicine. It does amazing things in our bodies; it does miracles in our bodies, but people just never use it."
Opening people's eyes to this "untapped" source of natural healing is one thing that keeps Calbom passionate about her work, which, when combined with her own miraculous testimony, makes for a powerful one-two punch. The result is her expanding ministry.
Herman Bailey, co-host of It's Time with Herman & Sharron on Christian Television Network, says Calbom's message about juicing for weight loss, renewed energy and a more youthful appearance struck a chord with his viewers. "Christians are struggling with the same health issues as everyone else," he says. "Every time I get an opportunity to interview someone like Cherie who is a product of what she talks, the response is great from the audience. ... [Calbom's testimony is] a positive visual that if we don't give up, the result can be phenomenal. She's a living example of what she tells others to do."
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