New Year, New Beginnings


Welcome to The Healers campaign! I am happy that you decided to give us a visit. Over 17 years ago, a team of medical experts at the University of Michigan ALS Clinic advised me to not focus on the possibility of healing Lou Gehrig’s disease. Instead, they recommended that I consume sugary ice cream shakes to maintain my weight, told me to not count on completing my studies to earn my PhD, and said that they would help me be comfortable while I was dying. My vision was different, and even helped me heal and improve enough to be discharged from hospice two-and-a-half years ago. The Healers is a manifestation of the vision that I have had for over 17 years, a vision of healing and of helping people in their lives with everything I had learned and would learn.

The Healers” is a premiere grouping of holistic health experts dedicated to changing the way the world views healing and holistic therapies. Dozens of internationally renowned scientists, physicians, holistic health experts and integrative medical professionals have joined together in this never before seen association dedicated to breaking through establishment medical assumptions to bring the world a better and more complete understanding of how holistic healing can benefit everyone.

My co-founder of The Healers, Carl Polonyi, the Executive Director of Human Capital at International Bancard, has had a leadership role in designing and implementing large national campaigns for International Bancard, Wynn Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort, and The Hard Rock Café. Carl, a dear friend from high school with whom I have only recently reconnected, has generously volunteered these talents and skills to the campaign, the same ones that achieved impressive results for these major corporations. Carl believes in the importance and meaningfulness of this mission with all of his heart, and desires to build a legacy with me that will help others long after we are gone.

The intended audience of The Healers is everyone who is interested in hope, wellness and discovering alternatives to traditional establishment medical practices. There is always hope in life on some important level, regardless of your situation or whatever has occurred in your life. The Healers also represents an attitude and a world view. We invite the people of the world to claim their identities as one of “The Healers.” All humans have tremendous healing power, and we are here to help strengthen your own quest to realize to a greater extent the level of healing power that is within you. Are you ready to claim yourself as one of The Healers? Many people have been so brainwashed by the status quo medical establishment, big pharmaceutical companies and the media that they believe that their only hope for healing comes from the external sources of prescription drugs or some medical/surgical procedure. Don’t feel bad if this is where you are at in your own self-image. Let’s focus on the tremendous powers within you and opportunities for orchestrating healing processes.

The Healers intends to be a force for social change and greater wellness for everyone. The Healers is all about helping the people of the world find greater wellness. Remember, small changes practiced with discipline over time, may change your life in ways you have never yet imagined possible. Step by step, and choice by choice. So, it goes. You are not alone. Greater wellness and connection with life is the goal upon which we will intelligently focus, together. The scientific research projects of The Healers will concentrate on people with ALS (PALS); however, we believe that our results and conclusions will benefit others as well.

The mission is much larger than me or anyone on my advisory team, yet I will be an inspirational spokesperson for our shared cause. My story and my example will capture people’s imaginations regarding what is possible for them, pertaining to utilizing holistic health principles in their day to day lives. We also intend to use this organization to raise awareness through the media regarding the advocating of consumer choices and elucidating the unreasonableness of the approach of the sickness industry, which does not teach people a path of real wellness.

Thanks for choosing to stop by and check out The Healers. We welcome you to visit as often as you wish to enjoy participating in a campaign designed to move the planet a couple of degrees forward, regarding wellness. In addition to getting my somewhat unusual vantage points on holistic healing and gaining greater wellness when you visit, various members from my amazing advisory team will be featured as guest columnists. The Healers is grateful for the contribution of your presence and participation, which strengthens the powerful and remarkable force that is currentlyThe Healers on Day One, Year One. Your comments are always welcome and valued.

Gratefully yours,

Dr. Craig

Craig Oster, PhD

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Bio of Craig Oster, PhD

25-year survivor of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) & Co-founder / Scientist / Advocate at THE HEALERS campaign.

In 1994, at the age of 30, Craig Oster was given the “death sentence” diagnosis of ALS, better known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.” Even though Craig’s physical functioning was slipping away, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1996. Dr. Craig entered hospice in late 2008. Dr. Craig’s fierce holistic quest turned his condition toward healing and he was discharged from hospice on May 30th, 2009.

Dr. Craig co-founded THE HEALERS Campaign on New Year’s Day 2012 with a mission to:
  • Demonstrate as much wellness as possible using his integrative approach focused on diet/nutrition, mind/spirit, and physical exercise
  • Inspire people to constructively approach whatever “hand that they have been dealt in life”
  • Conduct innovative ALS scientific peer-reviewed research that has the potential to enhance the wellness and quality of lives of people with ALS and their caregivers.

Over 50 renowned integrative medicine doctors, other health professionals and scientists have joined Dr. Craig’s ALS scientific research and holistic health educational campaign advisory team.

3 Comments to “New Year, New Beginnings”

  1. Marie Sykes says:

    Hi Craig

    Thank you for your comment on our Facebook page and I’m truly inspired by your cause and strength.

    Good luck and best wishes for 2012!


  2. Stacey says:

    Dr. Craig! This is interesting. I have been diagnosed with ALS for about 9 months, symptoms for 15. It is a beast and I am trying to fight it, as everyone does in the first year or so.

    Your determination and accomplishment is quite an inspiration. I look forward to learning more.

    Thank you for sharing! Stacey

  3. Deborah Goro says:

    Craig, each time I see you, you inspire me to look at my life and change those things that do not serve me. Lots of times, I don’t want to make those changes. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I choose to hang on to them a little longer. It’s all a process, but you inspire me to move forward at a faster pace. Thank you my dear, sweet friend.
    Love, Deborah

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