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If you do not have a chronic illness, yet want to learn more about Richer Health programs or book me for a speaking engagement, event, or workshop don't hesitate to get in touch, I’d love to connect.

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Phone: 604-902-7238

Whistler, BC


Richer Health provides health and wellness workshops, retreats, and online coaching that help you, and your loved ones, heal chronic disease and cancer using the Gerson Therapy. 



Food for Thought represents case studies, research and proof that the body is brilliantly designed to heal the body of chronic diseases and cancer. Richer Health is about showing people how they can cure their cancer and other illnesses and ultimately heal themselves of anything using natural, non-toxic approaches.


10 Steps to an Acne Free Face

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By Nicolette Richer

When my brother was 15, he decided to leave the Sunshine Coast to move in with me, his dear old sister. “The food freak” he liked to call me. It’s true, I get turned on by teaching people how to reverse and heal chronic diseases and cancer using whole plant-based foods as medicine.

I do get my freak on when I see the healing powers of the human body.

My little brother’s biggest concern with moving in with us is that he’d never eat another steak, drink a can of pop, or enjoy a delicious sugar-laden dessert again – bye-bye processed foods, hello sweet aromas of fresh wholesome veggies, fruits and more.
I thought his biggest concern should have been his acne reddened face and the spare tire of belly fat around his waist – not from a physical appearance perspective, but from an internal health viewpoint. A large collection of face pimples and a large store of fat around the middle is an indication that your internal organs are burdened and not functioning optimally and a sign your body is probably not receiving or absorbing the nutrients it needs. 

Within three weeks of my brother living and eating with us his face cleared up entirely and within a month, his “muffin-top” had disappeared completely. When I asked him if he felt any different, his only response was, “It’s much easier to run in gym class.” Being the kind of kid who values brains over looks, his self-esteem was in check, and it didn’t make much difference to him that he had a face as smooth as a baby’s bum. But for me, someone who values internal health over physical appearance, I was over the moon! His clear face and slim waist was an indication his organs were also being cleared out of all the junk he had arrived with.

Skin health actually begins from within, though most teenagers and adults, anxious to be done with the embarrassment of acne, most often try to attack the problem from the outside topically, using topical treatments, oral antibiotics and other products like Accutane which is proven to cause birth defects, depression, suicide, inflammatory bowel disease, and a host of other harmful symptoms. If these expensive big business pharmaceutical treatments have failed you (which most often they do), then correct the underlying reasons you have acne by following these 10 steps to an acne free face – after all, acne is one of the easiest health problems to treat naturally.

  1. Keep the toxins out. Your skin is one of your body’s major detoxifying organs next to your lungs, kidneys and liver. Consume an abundance of organic nutrient rich plant-based foods. GMOs and other pesticide laden foods will only further exacerbate your skin issues.
  2. Increase your vegetable juice (not smoothie) intake. The much needed minerals, vitamins and live enzymes in cold-pressed juices will help to replenish nutrient deficiencies and will flush your organs and tissues of built up waste.
  3. Learn the difference between a complex and a simple carbohydrate and eliminate the simple carbs (refined sugars found in pop, candies, baked goods and most processed foods) and increase your intake of complex carbs found in raw and cooked veggies, whole unprocessed grains, beans and a few nuts.
  4. Reduce negative stressors in your life as negative stress can suppress your immune system and is a major factor in infections of most kinds.
  5. Clean up and clean out your skin care products. While you are trying to rid your skin of acne, I challenge you to only use filtered water to clean your skin, once per day to allow the “good” bacteria to flourish and keep the “bad” bacteria at bay. If you can’t do without a small line of skin care products and cosmetics, switch yours out for toxic free natural products that are not a smorgasbord of harsh chemicals. 
  6. Cleanse your liver and colon with coffee enemas or a colon cleanse. If a detoxifying coffee enema is not your cup of tea (coffee), then eat plenty of foods that support your liver and avoid foods that burden the liver like dairy, caffeine, preservatives, smoking and alcohol. This will also help to balance your hormones and keep estrogen and progesterone levels healthy.
  7. Flush your tissues and organs daily with plenty of pure filtered water and nutrient-rich liquid soups like the mineral-rich Hippocrates Soup.
  8. Restore nutrient deficiencies to boost your immune system. You will have to look to supplements for the nutrients you can access from food alone such as: iodine, B12, niacin, Vitamin C, extra potassium and digestive enzymes and Hydrogen chloride (HCL) if you suffer from gut issues as well.
  9. Eat good oils and fats from avocados, cold-pressed flax or olive oil, and a small handful of nuts and seeds daily and throw out the processed refined oils forever!
  10. Get rid of the extra sodium (yup, toss the salt shaker) and increase your health promoting mineral salts like potassium and magnesium naturally from the foods and juices you consume daily. Salts like sodium chloride, potassium and magnesium are essential for normal functioning of the human body, but excess sodium consumption can damage your cells causing inflammation and a host of chronic health conditions, acne being one of them.

So, if you want to tackle your acne from the inside-out so you can do away with costly and harmful pharmaceutical acne treatments and experience skin as smooth as my brother's, follow these 10 steps and watch your skin transform itself. After all, acne, which is primarily a Western world disease, is one of the easiest problems to treat naturally. Western science is finally catching up and proving that the root cause of acne is not bacteria or genetics, but environmental factors like lifestyle and that which you have most control over. We are what we eat.

Do you know someone who healed away their acne by making diet and lifestyle changes? Do you have acne-healing tips and tricks to add to our list above? Share your stories and know-how with us at



The Ultimate Kidney Cleanse

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Most of my clients come to me after months or even years of eliminating foods out of their diet in an attempt to overcome their health challenges. The downside, they never really overcome their health issues and often they find that they are more sensitive to a wider variety of foods and have more symptoms than when they first started their healing journey. 

If you really want to heal the body, the key is to nourish your body with an abundance of nutrients from a wide variety of plant-based sources so that your body can naturally detoxify and reactive the self-healing mechanisms it was designed with. 

Here's a simple recipe that will nourish your body and which is especially helpful in cleansing your kidneys. Drink 1 Cup of Hippocrates soup 2 times a day for a minimum of 2 weeks to nutrify and detoxify your kidneys. If you are doing the Gerson Therapy that uses food as medicine, expect to take your daily dose of this healing soup twice a day for two years!


1 med Celeriac Root (If not available use 3-4 stalks celery) 
1 med Parsley root (If not available, add extra celery)
3-4 cloves Garlic: chopped
2 Small leeks: clean well
1 Kg Roma or field or vine tomatoes: skins on
2 med Onions: yellow or white
500g Potatoes: (4-6 med potatoes)
1/4 bunch Parsley - to taste (i.e. 1/4 bunch)

-This soup is surprisingly tasty, but it’s also functional. It’s designed to strengthen the immune system and flush out the kidneys.
-For other recipes that call for soup stock, use the liquid from this special soup.

Keep all peels on, just wash + scrub them well. Cut veggies coarsely. Place veggies in a 4-litre stainless steel pot + cover with purified/filtered water and simmer slowly for 2 hours. Optional: put cooked veggies through a food mill or NORWALK juicer (small grid) in small portions to remove some fibre. Makes it easier to digest. Don't blend - it muddles the flavours. Vary the amount of water used for cooking according to taste and desired consistency. Add a bit of crushed garlic to serve.


What Your Doctor Can’t Tell You. How to avoid becoming one of the walking dead.

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By Nicolette Richer

As someone who has worked with hundreds of people with cancer and chronic illness for the past nine years, I hear the same stories over and over again from my clients. It goes something like this:

“Hey doc, I haven’t been feeling well for some time now. I feel really sick…”


They list all their symptoms; the doc sends them for bloodwork. The bloodwork comes back. And the doctor says, “I can’t find anything wrong with you, your bloodwork looks great.”

This recently happened to one of my clients, I’ll call her Jane. She is a 42 year-old entrepreneur with three kids.  Then it happened – pain crept up the left side of her body, into her arms. Her fingers curled into an un-openable fist. She was hunched over and couldn’t stand straight. She was in excruciating pain. She went to the endocrinologist, a doctor and multiple specialists and was trying to get answers and they all came back and said, “We can’t find anything wrong with you.”

Jane looked at them, incredulous, with huge eyes saying “How can you tell me there’s nothing wrong when I am standing in front of you with fingers that can’t uncurl and what feels like paralysis through my body? I’m in pain worse than childbirth.” She knows; she has delivered three babies.

Then there was the litany of tests. One doctor said she had Hashimotos disease (hypothyroidism) another doctor said she had Graves disease (hyperthyroidism). And still others said they couldn’t find anything wrong. The list goes on…

I once had a brilliant doctor tell me if you see 10 different doctors you will get 10 different diagnoses. Which of course would result in 10 different prescriptions being offered your way.

Cancer is North America’s leading cause of death. Heart disease is a close second  and the third, medical error. These rates are unacceptable when diet and exercise can reduce cancer and heart disease rates by 50 per cent and the rate of medical error – well, that’s just a systemic institutionally-induced catastrophe.

Now don’t get me wrong here. I have the highest regard for medical doctors who go into their profession with great intentions, wanting to save lives and help people. But even with 6-10 years of medical school under their belt, I have no tolerance for doctors who claim to know it all or who tell their patients definitive things about the way their bodies work. Scientific advances are being made at rapid rates each day. Scientific Medicine, vs the 2000 year-long age of “bloodletting”, only came into being in the late 1880’s with most advancements taking place in the last 30 years.

For example, high-powered electron microscopes and other new and incredible technologies show us that we still know very little about stem cells behaviors, that we have tiny arachnids (yup, little spiders) living in our pores, and that our intestinal microflora influences our health to the point that it’s now considered an actual organ in and of itself. Very cool. And thanks to Dr. Steven Claes, our knees have more structurally crucial ligaments that we thought – check out your anterolateral ligament if you are curious. 

It doesn’t take long to learn of the thousands of legitimate stories of people from across the globe who have used food as medicine and high-dose nutrient restoration to heal themselves of so-called incurable cancer and other chronic diseases. Currently, the nature of randomized controlled trials prevent nutritional therapies from being studied to the point where they’ll be classified as evidence based medicine. For now, we need to collect our own data points from the real-life healing heroes that surround us.

For an acute condition that requires emergency treatment, I welcome the care of my medical team, 100 per cent. But to treat 95 per cent of chronic diseases which are most often caused by lifestyle and environmental factors, I shy away from medical doctors and the plethora of prescription drugs and potential medical error that follows. 

Instead, I’d opt to follow Jane’s path. She took her health into her own hands when she couldn’t get a straight answer from the doctor and everybody was telling her that there was nothing wrong with her. She turned to the Gerson therapy, focusing on a nutrient dense, plant-based diet and daily coffee enemas. And it worked.

Within days the pain subsided, her energy came back, her fingers uncurled and she started to get her life back. She started to put on weight after she had dropped down to her pre-prom weight as an 18-year-old. 

Mineral and vitamin restoring soup eaten daily on the Gerson Therapy

Mineral and vitamin restoring soup eaten daily on the Gerson Therapy

With her life back on track and no longer one of the walking dead, she revisited the  doctor’s office for follow-up tests. Explaining to the doctor that she turned her health around using the Gerson Therapy, Jane learned that that particular doctor had also used the Gerson Therapy to heal herself of an autoimmune disorder. Elated, Jane asked if she regularly prescribes the nutrient-dense detoxification therapy to her patients. 

The sad answer: "No, I'm not licensed to prescribe nutrition to treat and reverse chronic disease."

So if your doctor can't do it, you need to write your own prescription for health, as Mind Over Medicine MD, Dr. Lissa Rankin encourages her patients to do. Go to health by researching how a nutrient dense, plant-based therapy like Gerson and others can detoxify your system, rebuild your damaged tissues, and give you back your life.


What turns you on? Tune into the Gerson Therapy and heal yourself.

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By Nicolette Richer

It’s easy to get turned on by a handsome man or a stunning woman, a beautiful set of pecs or a tight tush.

But it’s not all about desire or attraction. Cars turn on some people, sports turn on others and some folks, well, they are just turned on. The hardest turn-on may be finding the passions, interests and desire for what you want in life.

What do you want most in life?

Simple things turn me on.

Beyond the attraction of normal human to human body connections, nothing turns me on more than the human body's ability heal itself. Before the first person ran the first four minute mile, no one on the planet believed that it could ever be done.

Except Roger Bannister cracked four minutes in 1954. Then others believed.

Today, we live in an age where the majority of people, especially scientists, medical researchers, doctors and conventional health practitioners dictate there is no cure for cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases.

I disagree, and that turns me on.

There is a cure. There always has been a cure. Our body can cure itself, heal itself of injuries and disease, and can regenerate when damage has been done.

There is a cure for cancer and chronic disease and we just need to believe enough in it to turn it on ourselves. To activate and reactivate our body through feeding it what it needs to turn on the healing power within.

Stories turn me on. People turn me on.

My body tingles when I meet people who healed themselves with food after their health hit rock bottom. These are folks who were sent home to die by their doctor and they found a way to live. These people were told they would have to live on medication, and the associated side effects, for the rest of their lives. They then refused those pills, turned to nutrients as medicine and reversed their “incurable” illnesses.

Some folks were told they would need surgery to remove major organs and other invaluable body parts. They said no to the knife and took charge of their own health. They did the research, chose a treatment plan and stuck to it. They achieved the results that nobody thought was possible. They chose life and they chose to live better through eating better.

You can eat to beat cancer and chronic disease. I have seen it and it turns me on. To do it, you need to turn on to the Gerson Therapy.

The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that reactivates the body’s ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements and with no damaging side effects. Dr. Max Gerson developed this therapy in the 1930s, initially as a treatment for his own debilitating migraines, and eventually as a treatment for degenerative diseases such as skin tuberculosis, diabetes and cancer.

Bill, my 87-year-old friend from Osoyoos, turns me on. Fifteen years ago Bill chose to do the Gerson Therapy and healed himself of prostate cancer. Now, 15 years later, Bill was told he had bone cancer. Again, he went back to the Gerson Therapy and healed himself of bone cancer at an age when many people are thinking of dying, not living. 

Most people would think this is not possible, but it is. He did not do conventional treatment, he switched his diet, he drank his juice, did his coffee enemas, fixed his nutritional deficiencies, and he got rid of his toxins. Bill’s body rewarded him by finding the cancer, destroying it and giving him back his life.

What a turn on.

I have hundreds of stories like this. From a Green Moustache staffer that was able to nutritionally thwart a cavernous angioma so she didn’t need brain surgery, to a customer who got rid of her fibroids and avoided a hysterectomy. How about my graphic designer, Barb, who had several miscarriages and was told she would never have a baby and instead changed her diet, healed her reproductive system and brought a beautiful baby boy into the world.

What turns you on?

From acne to asthma, Crohn's disease to diabetes and all types of cancer, the Gerson Therapy has been helping people heal themselves of so-called incurable diseases for almost 100 years. For the last nine years, I have been teaching my clients how to do this therapy and the results have been phenomenal.

It’s amazing what small changes to your diet and to your lifestyle can produce.

Nothing turns me on more than when someone has attended a workshop, retreat or Green Moustache learning event and comes back a year later and says: “I applied everything you said and I haven’t had one migraine in a year.” Or, “I haven’t had a psoriasis outbreak and the pain in my body is gone.” How about, “I repaired a hernia and I’m off my anti-depressants.”

If these stories even prick a little tingle anywhere in your body I dare you to dive in deeper, talk to people and ask them about their healing journeys. 

You will discover people all around you who have said no to being dependent on drugs when they don’t need them. You’ll find people who have taken their health into their own hands, eliminated stress, changed their diet and gone to health.

If you are suffering from a chronic disease or cancer and are overwhelmed by the information that caring friends are throwing your way, take a moment to sit back. Pause.

Turn on to Richer Health support. Send me an email. We are working to develop a group called Sea to Sky Cancer Thrivers. Find, or better yet, organize, an event in your community to start a healthy, progressive discussion about cancer and chronic illness.

Tune in and turn on to optimal health.

Nicolette Richer can be reached at

Cancer on the menu? Go to Health!

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Two years ago my mom brought our family together for what we thought was going to be a fun family dinner in Whistler.

But no one knew cancer was on the menu that evening.

As we casually made our way through the hotel lobby, mom casually announced that her doctor had told her she may have bladder cancer… but of course, this couldn’t be confirmed until further tests were complete.

An unappetizing start to dinner

Mom’s health history leading up to this point was spotty – 20 years of arthritic pain, ankle and leg swelling, heart conditions, waking up four to five times a night to use the bathroom, more body pain, sleepless nights, low energy, the list goes on and none of it is fun.

Despite these challenges mom had an intensely happy, youthful, energetic side. She can be found hauling loads of topsoil into the garden all day long, planting large apple trees, racing her children to the beach, and insisting on wearing her grandchildren on her back African-style whipping up delicious Thanksgiving feasts for 20-plus people (my mom is African, born and raised in Malawi).

Back in the hotel lobby, mom's announcement created a surreal feeling. Time stopped, the air stood still, I could hear blood pounding in my ears. Then my brain snapped back to reality, to now, and the questions started flooding in. How do they know? Could they be wrong? They must be wrong. How bad is it? What now? Anxious feelings and unanswered questions were serving themselves up.

Now for the main course

1 in 2 Canadians now get diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and knowing that thousands of loved ones experience similar feelings to what I felt is what drives me every day to teach people how to prevent and reverse chronic illness. But cancer doesn’t own us, we own it. The choices we make to prevent and heal from this chronic degenerative disease is what we all need to work together on.

There are some great books that will inspire and empower you to take back your health: The Brain that Changes Itself, Brain on Fire, and How Doctors Think. These great reads share two themes – 1] the human body has an incredible capacity to heal itself and 2] you will most likely be considered a quack for trying to heal yourself if you don’t succumb to your doctor’s mantra – “your illness is incurable” or “we can’t find anything wrong with you”. Often it just takes the right person, the right piece of missing information, and the willingness to push beyond what science dictates is possible.

“There’s nothing more we can do for you.” If ever you hear those words, just climb over them and keep going until you find the answers you seek. This drive and knowledge may just help you overcome your health challenge. It’s imperative that you do not buy into the myth that chronic degenerative diseases are incurable, because as soon as you believe it, you will stop asking questions.

Back to my mom. Weeks after our family dinner, further tests revealed mom didn’t actually have bladder cancer or any type of cancer – turns out her previous doctor had run the wrong tests which often produce false positives. But this didn’t mean that she wasn’t out of the woods.

So instead of jumping for joy at this great news, mom decided that there would be no more sleep studies, blood work or doctor visits. Like a bucket of garden soil, mom grabbed her own health and started lifting. 

A just dessert

After eight years of hearing me go on about the health benefits of the Gerson Therapy and seeing the success my clients had in reversing their chronic illnesses, avoiding surgery and healing themselves with food, she asked me to teach her how to do it. And she stuck to it.

After only 72 hours of adopting a plant based, nutrient-rich diet and implementing the liver detox protocol (coffee enemas) to support her liver, she slept through the night for the first time in years. Her knee pain disappeared. That pesky ankle swelling, gone. She hadn’t felt better in decades. 

It was heart-warming, watching my mom throw veggies from her garden into the juicer, smelling veggies slow cooking on her stove ~ gentle heat breaking down the fibers so her digestive system could have a break and heal itself. Noticing her take her “coffee breaks” meticulously, and watching her make huge delicious life-food meals was music to my ears, magic to my eyes, and filled my heart with love. After all, the greatest gift we can give to others is self-love and self-care. If my mom is healthy then I’m happy knowing she’ll be around longer to grandmother my daughters.

So many of us will watch our mothers, daughters, sons, fathers, brothers and sisters deal with cancer this year – many of them will die. It’s an epidemic, but an epidemic that has always had a cure – it’s inside us. Our bodies have the natural built-in ability to prevent and beat cancer. We were designed that way. Ask any biochemist or doctor - they were taught that in their first year science courses. But we need to feed and protect our healthy cells instead of feeding the disease. And there’s no better time to start than now. Just ask my mom.