John Kellogg, I thank you for starting the American Spa Movement at your Battle Creek Sanitarium. Thanks to you, I had a wonderful career as a spa and wellness director at luxury spas all around the world, where I got to pamper and educate people interested in improving their natural health and their natural beauty.
And thanks to Anthony Hopkins and Matthew Broderick (and special thanks to T. C. Boyle for writing “The Road To Wellville) for bringing alive the eccentric John Kellogg and his pampering-seeking, enema-taking sanitarium guests in what I believe to be one of the funniest movies ever made!
Kellogg’s Battle Creek Sanitarium was one of the first “health spas” and was based on a regime of strict exercises, wholesome nutrition (food in) and enemas (food out). At Kellogg’s Battle Creek Sanitarium, the program was based on Kellogg’s Seventh Day Adventist beliefs in exercise and vegetarianism. Enemas were one of the main activities at the Sanitarium, and guests were initially given enemas consisting of forced water, followed by yogurt, which repopulated the intestines with probiotics and friendly bacteria.
Kellogg advocated the eating of whole grains and in order to popularize them and make them available to the general public, he and his brother Will invented one the very first whole grain cereals – Kellogg’s Corn Flakes!
We’ve talked before about Laughter Yoga and in between the enemas going you know where, the guests at the Battle Creek Sanitarium got a chance to laugh those very same butts off!