Abrahamson: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Question: Does The Abrahamson Center give refunds?
Answer: The Abrahamson Center does not give refunds. The good name and reputation of our company was built on fairness and transparency, and not on marketing slogans. The refunding of money under the slogan of “you don’t stop, you don’t pay” may help marketing and sales, but negatively affects the motivation and commitment of the client towards the treatment. That encourages failure, and encourages a return to smoking. Sit quietly and close your eyes for a moment – what would happen if, when you walk out of your treatment, you were told that if you start smoking again, you’ll get a “prize”? At the Abrahamson Center, you’ll be given individual treatment, along with our system of support, and the backing of our 52 treatment specialists, staff members, advisors, nutritional specialists, detoxification specialists, workshop leaders, and cooking and baking advisors. Should the need arise, additional treatments are available at no extra cost, no conditions and no limits, for an entire year. All this, and we’re available every day, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, with the expectation of 100% success – a system like no other in Israel!
Question: It’s just before my treatment. Is there anything I need to do or to buy?
Answer: When weaning off of sugar and gluten, there isn’t a drastic change in diet. Of course, it’s recommended to make sure that there are certain ingredients that are handy, such as: eggs, dairy products, meats, fish, a variety of legumes (lentils, garbanzo beans/hummous, beans, mung beans, split peas, etc.), fruit, vegetables, and grains that are gluten-free (quinoa, buckwheat or kasha, amaranth, millet, sorghum, rice, sweet potatoes, etc.). For the first month, it’s recommended that you purchase crunchy buckwheat crackers, and a sweetener such as sucrose, agave syrup, stevia, maple syrup or date honey – all without added sugar, of course.
Question: I suffer from constipation. What should I do?
Answer: Nutrition that’s sugar-free and gluten- free returns our body’s digestive system to its correct, healthy state. For years, our bodies have become used to mostly processed foods, and it follows that, as we switch to natural, unprocessed nutritional ingredients, we will experience digestive difficulties. These are normal changes that initially appear as we change our diet. As we become accustomed to better, healthier food, these difficulties will disappear. In the meantime, you can increase your liquid intake, and that of food that has nutritional fiber (vegetables, legumes, grains, flax seeds, anise seeds, and prune juice. You can even blend prune juice and flax seeds, and soak them overnight in boiling water). Reduce the amount of crackers you eat, eat more fresh fruit, even after meals. For more advice, please contact the nutritional treatment advisor at the Center.
Question: What kind of sweets can be eaten as alternatives to regular sugar?
Answer: At the Abrahamson Center, we recommend healthy nutrition beyond weaning off of sugar and gluten. Artificial sweeteners can be used within this framework, but we don’t recommend them. Artificial sweeteners are not chemically recognized by our bodies, and therefore negatively affect a wide variety of body processes. Natural sweeteners that are considered acceptable for use are: Crystalline sugar, fruit sugar (sucrose), grape sugar (fructose), liquid sweeteners: honey,date honey (silan) stevia agave, maple syrup. Don’t forget to check the labels of every product listed here, to make sure that no sugar has been added to the original product. Products with added sugar should not be used!!! Sweeteners not allowed for use (disaccharides): cane sugar/sucrose, maltose inverted sugar, molasses, (a processed product of cane sugar), demarara sugar, caramel, corn syrup.
Question: Why is there a separation of carbohydrates and proteins?
Answer: When these two substances are combined, the carbohydrates inhibit the digestion of the proteins, which slows down the digestive process and causes weight gain. It also results in fermentation in the stomach and causes a feeling of tiredness and bloating. During a meal, meat, chicken, fish or eggs are eaten only with vegetables, or grains and legumes.
Question: What is gluten?
Answer: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, oats, semolina, couscous, wheat germ, unleavened flour, bulgur, malt, and of course, all of the products which are made from these ingredients. When we ingest gluten we create a layer of a glue-like substance that coats the intestines, and is an obstacle to the absorption of nutrients through the intestines into the body. Eating gluten causes many problems, such as: intestinal gas, tiredness, weakness, migraine, stomach pains, skin rashes, diarrhea, weight gain, and many other conditions. Many of those treated who arrive at the Center wishing to wean off of sugar and gluten, discover that avoiding gluten in their diet solves health problems that had proved difficult to address within conventional medicine.
Question: Is this a diet?
Answer: Weaning off of sugar and gluten at the Abrahamson Center is not a diet. The word “diet” literally means a specific menu – at the Abrahamson Center, nutritional weaning includes guidance and advice for healthy, correct eating. There are many diets available today – diets that cannot be sustained over time because of their many restrictions. Weaning at the Abrahamson Center is geared to fit in with our lives for the long term. The Center’s way of eating is not in opposition to our regular life, but is in addition to it – a way of weaning from certain things that comfortably blends with our lives and does not radically restrict us. It’s important to understand that we’re talking about a healthier, more correct way of life, and as a result, of better treatment of our bodies. Our bodies respond positively, without becoming stressed by radical nutritional changes for the single purpose of a weight-loss diet.
Question: How much does the treatment cost?
Answer: The cost of treatment is £450. The treatment package includes full use of the wide variety of services available at the Abrahamson Center: We provide comprehensive availability for consultation, support, and personal accompaniment of each person. Immediate telephone support is available every day until 04:00 pm, and on Friday until 12:00 pm.