(Sorted in alphabetical order according to name, with Academy of Wellness Students listed first, then testimonials with photos, then testimonials without photos)
Denise Edwards Oosthuizen (Limpopo, SA) Academy of Wellness student says: “I learned about the Academy of Wellness through Stuart Wilson whom I met several times at ADHASA conferences. He inspired me to start studying a nutritional course. Due to personal problems I was forced to place my studies on ice indefinitely. Last year I contacted Stuart to enquire what the possibility was of me finishing my studies. He immediately agreed, but unfortunately he suddenly passed away while we were still sorting out the paperwork. I felt very disappointed as I didn’t know who would be taking over, and if they would be able to honour the agreement between me and Stuart.
I finally got the information that Mary-Lou Harris, together with others has taken over, and I decided to take a chance and contacted Mary-Lou. What a surprise I got, after supplying her with the requested proof of the agreement – she immediately gave me the go ahead! She put me in contact with Augustine Shamuyarira who handles the technical side of things for us to sort out a few logistics. And I got another surprise – within a couple of weeks I was able to resume my studies. But this wasn’t the end! Then I got assigned to Prof. Celene as my PAT (Personal Allocated Tutor) to support my progress, and got another surprise.
With these people on my side I am finally working to finishing my studies. I am definitely giving them the highest recommendation.”
Lori (London, UK) Academy of Wellness Student says: “Working with Mary Lou to improve my health has been amazing. She gives very detailed and thorough consultations, with bespoke food and supplement plans, working with you every step of the way to reach your goals. She is a thoughtful and very supportive practitioner, whose breadth of knowledge on a range of topics is quite impressive!
I’ve learned a lot about viewing the body in a holistic way through my education with Mary-Lou, as well as the importance of how our emotions and psychological states impact on our bodies. It has been extremely reassuring to know I can turn to a highly qualified, friendly, nutritional expert that will support me and provide me with the right resources and information that I need to continue improving my health. I hope to continue working with her for many years to come. Thanks Mary-Lou!
Lorna G (Dubai) Academy of Wellness student says: I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2015. I hadn’t had time to digest/process the fact that I had cancer, before the oncology doctors were pressuring me to start chemo and radiation. In their eyes, I had no other choice.
I had so many questions that I needed answers to, yet the doctors appeared to be very uncomfortable answering them. Their cold lack of support made me feel trapped and scared in a life that I didn’t want to be part of. In this day and age and with all the money that is invested into cancer research, how can chemo be the the only option I have?
I then met with Mary-Lou, where my fears turned into hope and my anxiety turned into calm… Read more of Lorna’s amazing experience…
Monika D (London, UK) Academy of Wellness student says: “I have known Mary-Lou for many years now, in so many of her diverse range of roles. She has been my mentor, therapist, tutor for my various studies through the years, and now my Personal tutor at the Academy of Wellness, where I look forward to one day being a similar type of therapist and mentor that I have experienced from Mary-Lou. Above all, I have felt deeply loved and cared for by Mary-Lou and now also call her ‘Friend’ as I know that she truly has my very best interests at heart. I am impressed that she manages to maintain being very professional but is in no way ‘distant’. I have always felt very loved and cared for by her, even when we first met, and I know that the friends I referred to her feel the same way. All these years on, I trust her implicitly… Read more of this powerful testimonial…
Neeli Kalan (Pretoria, SA) Academy of Wellness Student says: “Living in a fast paced City with a demanding job, my life is very rushed. I decided to embark on the self-paced E-Learning course through Academy of Wellness. From a family of Medical and Health background I also had interest in that sector for my own knowledge or even a career change one day. With great support from the late Mr. Stuart Wilson I completed the Wellness Facilitators Course and yet to complete the Nutritional Facilitator course. With the passing of the very humble, very informative Mr. Wilson, I thought where will this leave me now. With the new Directors onboard, they kept this Legacy of Mr. Wilson alive and continuously updated every student, with each student assigned a Personal Allocated Tutor and assist us with our time management schedule. With this highly dedicated team, they will be introducing new upgraded as well as short courses. I am so looking forward to this journey with this wonderful dedicated team who keeps me continuously informed every step of the way.”
Priya (London, UK) Academy of Wellness Student says: “I’ve known Mary-Lou for a few years now. She has helped me enormously since the very day we met. I’ve had an Emotional Clearing with her, which was the best decision I’ve ever made, and I also have nutritional sessions with her regularly. Mary-Lou is an all rounder. Not only does she help with the psychological aspect but just as importantly the internal nutritional side which are both heavily linked. I have gained extensive knowledge from Mary-lou as she confidently explains in detail what my symptoms are, and why and how to rectify them. I now understand my body more than ever, and understand what foods and supplements I need to help me be the healthiest I can possibly be. I’m grateful to have met her and have recommended many friends to her, who would equally repeat the above.”
Raessa B (Durban, SA) Academy of Wellness Student says: I have always been particularly interested in nutrition. Over the past two decades I have read many books on nutrition, surfed the net and consulted natural health care professionals. Due to this I have been able to resolve numerous health concerns and ailments without having to resort to conventional medicine.
My background was business and I held a number of senior management positions in industry, including marketing director of a major multinational company. A few years ago I decided that I needed a change and decided to enter the field of Nutrition. After considering numerous alternatives I decided to study a course in Nutrition (Nutritional Facilitators Course) with Stuart Wilson.
Due to my interest in the field of Nutrition I had a relatively good knowledge about numerous aspects. Formal study of the Nutritional Facilitators Course was however a huge eye opener for me and improved both my understanding and knowledge exponentially. It also contextualised what I had learned informally over the years. I was thus motivated to learn more and spent a great deal of enjoyable time researching. Stuart was always available to guide and inspire me and more often than not encouraged me to consider things from new innovative angles. He was a wonderful, compassionate, giving person who has enhanced my life tremendously.
Augustine has also been wonderful. Always efficient and helpful, going beyond the call of duty to facilitate a smooth flow of the course.
Samantha Desplace (Durban (KZN) SA) Academy of Wellness student says: “I am honored to be a Student of the Academy of Wellness – my journey with the Academy started through the Late Stuart Wilson. Stuart was an amazing mentor who worked closely with me through the first phase of my course. His unwavering support, passion for Health and Wellness and his guidance surpassed all my expectations. His Legacy now lives through his successors, namely Professor Celene Bernstein and Mary-Lou Harris, who are currently going to great lengths to update the content of the course material. The PAT (Personal Allocated Tutor) system, which has been implemented, is of great benefit to the students, allowing them to have close contact and guidance from Prof. Celene and Mary-Lou, this is an invaluable Service when studying through correspondence. Furthermore, the level of Expertise offered through this system, and by Augustine’s technical knowledge, is outstanding. I highly recommend the Academy of Wellness to anyone who might be interested in pursuing their Studies in the Health and Wellness Industry.”
Sharon Coetzee (Johannesburg, SA) Academy of Wellness student says: “I am a full-time business entrepreneur. This takes up a lot of my day. However I wanted to increase my knowledge and further my education. Time was a big Factor. Not being able to go to classes was the problem. Academy of wellness was introduced to me by the founder Stuart Wilson who explained to me that I could do distance learning with ease. Stuart and Augustine assisted me along the way. I had completed my first qualification, but sadly with the passing of Stuart I was concerned for the future of my studies.
Stuart left the Legacy that the new directors have taken to a higher level. The assistance and quality of the Course can stand toe-to-toe with the best courses internationally. Mary-Lou Harris and Prof. Celene Bernstein with the assistance of Augustine Shamuyarira have introduced new aspects to the academic quality of this course. The students’ assistance is phenomenal as each student is assigned a PAT (Personal Allocated Tutor). Augustine’s hand at driving the Technical support is amazing and very up to date. We are guided and assisted in every area of our academic endeavours as well as personalised assistance in time management and many other areas.
This is an academic journey that I’m loving every step of the way. Anyone embarking on this journey will be fortunate to not only have academic wisdom and a Graduate Qualification, but be left with lifelong mentors and Friends! If Health and Wellness is your passion, Academy of Wellness is your tool.”
Taryn (Nelson, New Zealand) Academy of Wellness student says: “The Academy of Wellness has been the gateway for me, into the world of health and nutrition. When I began the course in 2012, Stuart’s passion for nutrition and helping others inspired me further to pursue this course. Being online, it suited me so well as I already had a full time job. Having the flexibility for study was great!
Stuart was a great mentor, and I am honored to have met him and to have been a part of what he worked so hard to build. His legacy lives on in this new exciting era of The Academy of Wellness. The team are passionate and dedicated, and I am looking forward to all the new informative content that is to come.”
Wafa Hamkari (Essex, UK) Academy of Wellness student says: Mary-lou is a fountain of knowledge and heart and has really helped me in ways where the doctors have not been equipped to … my life is infinitely better since she has been in it … seven years now I believe The advice and information she passes on is in a non judgmental way you can be totally honest about your ” bad habits “.. she educates , helps and encourages you to be the best version of yourself … when your session of nutrition or healing or reflexology is over I guarantee you will be educated, uplifted and motivated for whatever is next in your journey.
I am still just living my life and I am not living the total natural lifestyle but I am now equipped with the knowledge about how to impact my health in a less toxic way and I’m “less bad ” to my body and soul.
In short Mary-Lou is one impressive lady.
Alice, (London, UK) says: “I have known Mary-Lou for the past five years and in that time I have come to understand myself both from a physical and emotional perspective. I came to Mary- Lou with what I thought was ‘just a few physical ailments’ that I hoped she could help me fix. Since then I have been on a long journey with Mary-Lou and have learnt that these ailments do not just exist on their own but that the human body is hugely interconnected and is affected by both internal and external factors. Mary-Lou has shown me how certain external factors affect me emotionally which in turn manifests in a physical way, such as inflammation in my body. I have also learnt how eating certain foods will prolong my symptoms. Once I understood this, Mary-Lou was then able to teach me many practical and emotional tools to help make changes in my life. Mary-Lou has been instrumental in supporting me to make these changes and without her I would not be where I am today. For this I am truly thankful! We have just embarked on our next journey together where Mary-Lou is supporting me with starting my own business. I can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings!”
Beverly (London, UK) says: “My name is Beverly. I am 53 years of age. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Mary Lou has been my nutritionist and emotional therapist for about 4 years now. During this journey I have learned that chemotherapy doesn’t get rid of cancer. It can only target the tumours, and the mother cells are left to become reactive at a later stage. This is what has happened in my case. Under Mary-Lou’s guidance, I have changed my diet to a Ketogenic diet, which provides my body with easy energy for my recovery, and also includes more live foods to help my good cells to thrive. I have learned that this diet doesn’t produce inflammation in the body – in fact it reduces inflammation – which is one of the known causes of diseases and illnesses, especially cancer. I understand now that cancer is like any other diseases or illnesses. With a healthy diet , good quality supplements and a calm, peaceful life equipped with stress management skills and lifestyle changes, one’s health has a very good chance to be restored. A few months ago the doctor was saying I may need a hip operation. It was painful to walk at times. After talking with Mary-Lou, I learned how to change my diet to a Ketogenic diet and within a matter of weeks. I was good as gold.
I also learned how, If one has had challenges in childhood, or even adulthood, and you have not resolved these issues, your body can store it, breaking down the immune system, making way for diseases and illnesses to set in. It’s also important that whoever is involved in your health care (even your nutritionist) that they believe in what they do from the heart. And they give you hope and they really do care about you and listen to what you have to say. They empower you. This is my experience with Mary-Lou. I have learned powerfully through experience, and having been educated by Mary-Lou, that health must include a change in lifestyle and choices. For the rest of your life! This is how one reaps the benefits to move forward in healthful ways…especially with a cancer diagnosis”
Claire (Horsham, UK) says: “I have a great deal of respect and trust for Mary-Lou. Not only has she taught me how to provide a nutritionally balanced diet for my Son who has a milk allergy, she has helped me to maintain a healthy lifestyle. With no end to her talents she is also a fantastic and supportive life coach who has taught me to value myself and learn to trust again”
Testimonial from a very happy mother:
Deborah (Abu Dhabi) says: “Mary-Lou is rated by my gifted, intelligent 22yr old son as being able to answer all his questions, a feat extraordinaire! Someone who is a true embodiment of the meaning of an ‘holistic’ care giver, thank goodness we met. Besides being a ‘life saver’, recommending Mary-Lou is not enough, everyone should have the opportunity for a discussion with this fountain of knowledge, a chance for healing.”
Heather Falconer (New York, USA) says: Mary Lou has changed the way that I think about food and general wellbeing. Prior to meeting MaryLou, I always believed that I was living a healthy lifestyle, but often felt run down, and always assumed that was due to a busy lifestyle. From monitoring my food consumption, Mary Lou was able to identify certain foods that I should and shouldn’t be eating, and work out the best recipes for a busy lifestyle.
My life has been a roller-coaster over the past two years, and through her positive words of guidance, vitamin and dietary support has been incredible. Mary Lou is calming, positive and logical, I have recommended her to many of my friends, and I highly recommend all of you to also have a consultation, as she will change your life.
Kavita (London, UK) says:I actually met Mary-Lou at a boot camp in 2011 and had always wanted to continue eating well and training after the camp finished. Life didnt plan out that way… a year a so later Anxiety, Weight Gain, Sugar Levels and a Under Active Thyroid is what shook my body. I contacted Mary-Lou.. That was the first day of a new start. After a clearing and a nutritional assesment i went on a pancreas food programme along with supplements. I finally understood why and what was wrong with my body… All i needed to do was stick to this and work on myself with the support of Mary-Lou. I now look back and she has changed my life. The air just smells different! I dont see life like i use too… I cannot thank Mary-Lou enough or would never know how to repay her for giving me life again. I have now transformed my body and shed weight.. I feel good … I feel alive! Mary-Lous devotion to my journey has made this happen, without this support it would have been impossible!.. Its great to still have nutrition sessions once in a while as life always throws curveballs but my body is so much stronger and programmed differently now. Thank You Mary-Lou.. You are my blessing xx
Mandy V (London, UK) says: “I never believed in taking supplements for my health, however then I met Mary Lou through a friend and everything changed for me. I was recommended to contact and have a consultation with Mary Lou after ongoing health problems and issues with my stomach and diet. After my consultation, I followed her advice and began to take the correct supplements for my body. After a few weeks, I really started to notice a difference in myself. I no longer suffer from stomach pains and cramps, nor am I continuously ill. Mary Lou has helped changed my life and has been there to support me every step of the way. She has provided me continuous support day and night, which has helped me improve my health tremendously. Mary Lou has helped me to understand so much more about my body and health. Her knowledge is impeccable and I cannot thank her enough for the changes she helped me make to my life. I would recommend her to anyone who feels they need the extra support and knowledge to improve their health and lifestyle choices”.
Marie J (London, UK) says: “Every person that passes through our lives makes a contribution to our life stories. There are those who play large roles and make deep impressions, and I can truly say that Mary-Lou Harris is one of those people!
It was my young daughter that introduced us when she was at Boot Camp struggling with weight problems. I was not fond of the military style, adrenal draining methods that Boot Camps use (but each to their own) however, she came back considerably lighter, much fitter and far more knowledgeable in ways of nutrition and general well-being… Read more of Marie’s life-changing experiences…
Marilda van Niekerk (Pretoria, SA) says: “To work with Prof. Celene has given me a new lease of life. Initially I was afraid that it would be the same story of having to eat a set amount of food each day and then I will pick all the weight up again at the end of the diet. Instead, I was taught why I should look at what I eat and how it will benefit or disagree with my body. For the first time I know what food does to me and this gave me the power to be in charge of my own weight loss and I could choose what I want to eat. The best result I got from working with Prof. Celene is that I lost 24 kg since February 2015 and I am not tired of the eating program or feeling deprived. I look better, feel better, have more energy and realise for the first time how easy it is to be in charge of your own health and lifestyle. I am never going to stop with this eating program!!! It has been a pleasure to work with Prof. Celene. I have referred some of my friends to her, and have a list of people who want to join her programme.
Minal (London, UK) says: “Three years ago, I was going through an incredibly difficult period in my life. I was unable to deal with certain life events and fell into depression. I met Mary-Lou for a consultation and genuinely it has been the best thing I ever could have done.
I learned more about myself in the past 3 years with Mary-Lou’s support, than I ever have done! How bizarre to realise, that we don’t know ourselves as well as we think we do, even as a fully grown adult.
I have a much better understanding of how the foods that I eat, affect my wellbeing, my emotions and my behaviour. I now eat a better, more nutritious diet, which enables me to feel more active and energetic. Mary-Lou has even helped to fix some of the symptoms I was getting with an ongoing health issue. Such a relief to no longer keep taking antibiotics (which do more harm than good), and learning how to fix/manage ailments naturally.
I have become more emotionally resilient and am more self-aware, so that I can lead a happier, healthier life. I can say that I truly know myself now, and that I understand how my mind and body work in conjunction with each other.
Mary-Lou is always there for me, whenever I need her, quickly responding to my emails and texts. I would not be in the position that I am in now, had it not been for Mary-Lou.”
Raphaelle (France) says: “I have been lucky enough to know Mary-Lou for nearly 10 years. I first contacted her for nutritional advice and it was one of the best decisions I could have made. I was feeling really unwell and stressed. Our first meeting was a wonderful turning point for me and my relationship with my health. Since then I have introduced Mary-Lou to my husband and if we need support, whether it is nutritional or emotional Mary-Lou is our first port of call. One of her many special qualities is that Mary-Lou loves to share her insights. I have learnt a great deal from her about my relationship with food and my own biochemistry. Her passion, energy, kindness and depth of knowledge are truly remarkable.”
Sinead (Essex, UK) says: “Mary-Lou has been a life-improving source of personalised information for me. Her knowledge on improving physical and emotional health scientifically is thorough and up-to-date and I have learned so much. I come from a medical background and request from her an explanation for any advice she gives, and Mary-Lou happily gives it in impressive detail. I would highly recommend her to anyone”
Warwick, Beata and baby Liam (Slovakia & London,Uk) say: We have honestly learned so much from Mary-Lou about our own health and our son Liam’s health. I had chronic IBS for many years and through following Mary-Lou’s gut health recovery program I can say I am now genuinely healed from my IBS. Our son Liam had terrible eczema since birth, however by removing gluten, dairy & sugar from my wife’s diet, together with introducing probiotics, thanks to Mary-Lou’s advice, our son is now healed of his eczema, continuing to breastfeed with no effects of eczema evident. Mary-Lou’s advice, guidance and extensive knowledge has been absolutely pivotal in our family’s life and we have learned so much through our commitment to her wellness and nutrition focused programs. Thank You Mary-Lou for the invaluable life-changing advice and knowledge you have shared and supported us with, it has truly enabled us to re-focus our lives, with much improved health and general well being truly evident in our daily lives.’
Carrie Field (Johannesburg, SA) says “Before I started work with Prof. Celene I felt lethargic, not motivated and was not sure how far I would go with this programme. The process has been good – motivating, down to earth good advice. Booklets supplied are a constant source of continued revision. I have lost 7kgs to date. I am surprised at my determination to carry this through and Prof. Celene has given a lot of additional information and weekly updates that really helped me stay with the programme even when I was not sure I could.”
Cynthia Kaplan (Johannesburg, SA) says: “I have to believe that this opportunity to have joined Prof. Celene on the Patrick Holford eating plan was by no coincidence. I was so ill in December with shingles and burnout and I received notification from my boss, Denese Zaslansky, that Prof. Celene emailed her and invited her to join her Trial eating program . Denese immediately emailed me and suggested I contact Prof. Celene immediately, which I did, and that opportunity was definitely from up above. Read more of Cynthia’s awesome experience...
Irene Badenhorst says: “Prof Bernstein has helped to get me back into shape, improved my health and energy levels. I have fibromyalgia and have severe muscle pain, headaches and bad fatigue. As a result of this I tend not to exercise as much as I should and always had wrong eating habits. This lead to being overweight which increased my fibromyalgia attacks. I have been to many dieticians before and always picked up the weight I lost and more, so I did not believe that going to Prof Bernstein would help me lose weight and sustain the weight loss afterwards. Nobody had been able to help me with the extreme pain and fatigue, so I did not think that she could help me at all, but she did!
Prof Bernstein has been a great help and mentor as she is always there for me with good advice to ensure I am successful. She cares about the person and wants you to succeed in your goals. I have lost over 10 kg, have loads of energy, feel good about myself and my pain is under control. I feel I have a programme that is sustainable for life, and it is not a diet but a lifestyle change, that I desperately needed. Prof. Celene has helped me to be my old self again, and is a joy to work with as she cares about you. She sends lots of recipes, helps you with information that you need to overcome bad influences from the past, and get your life back. You can still eat enough food, never need to starve yourself and still lose the weight. My energy levels have increased; I sleep better and am able to enjoy life again with my family. I would recommend her Health Mentor services to anyone, as it is easy to do.”
Mrs K (Johannesburg, SA) says: “I found you to be very professional, efficient, available and concerned and it was good to work with you. I have lost 3 kgs which is great for me but most of all, I now know how to lose weight when I want and need to”.
Pearl Friedman (Johannesburg, SA) says “I took part in Prof. Celene’s Diet Trial programme in Feb 2015 and I feel that this programme really turned around both my eating habits and also Stan’s, because he is eating what I do, and we have both lost some weight, but more importantly, it has changed the way we look at foods and the way we feel.
We are both senior citizens. We only eat the healthy low GL foods and have no cakes, biscuits, sweets, desserts in our home. We eat lots of salads, and veggies. Only limited rye bread, as we are allowed,and Oats for breakfast and fruit and yogurt. Thank you sincerely for setting us right.
We have recently been on holiday with friends to a self-catering establishment, and it was a little more difficult as we shared the food costs and as it was their timeshare, we could not be too vocal, but we were giving ourselves “silent medals” for right eating. We also walked for over an hour every morning.
We are doing our early morning walks, as we have always done and I am attending my seniors’ gym class for two hours a week. Stan is playing his bowl 2 -3 times a weeks. We really feel good.
We thank Prof. Celene most sincerely for setting us on the right path and wish you every success in promoting your programme further.”
Sharon Kalinko (Johannesburg, SA) says “Before I started working with Prof. Celene I was unable to lose weight. I was initially concerned that it would be a waste of time for me. I found her to be very professional, efficient, available and concerned, and it was good to work with her. I have lost 3 kgs which is great for me but most of all, I now know how to lose weight when I want and need to. Thank you for the opportunity.
Vivienne Gast (Johannesburg, SA) says “I am 57 years old and was at the heaviest I have ever been. I also have arthritis and decided that in order to manage the pain better I would need to get rid of my excess weight. There would also be other benefits in getting rid of the weight such as feeling better about myself, making my asthma more manageable, looking better and being able to improve my health all round. My partner is a fan of the Holford regimen and to support me contacting Patrick Holford via the South African website to inquire about a South African contact in order to help me lose weight. In an email from them he was given Prof Celene Bernstein’s number and she was also copied into the e-mail. She subsequently contacted him. I have been consulting with her since 14 November 2014.
I attended her Diet Trial and Emotional Eating Programme, and she has given me an eating plan which I have been following and under her guidance and encouragement I have dropped 6,5 kgs. My energy levels have improved and my clothes fit better. I have also lost a few cm around the waist. Whenever I have any questions or doubt, I phone Celene and I am given advice and encouragement. My aim is to get rid of another 15 kgs within the first part of this year which I am determined to do.”