M.E.T.I. Clinic opens new office in old hospital

By Elizabeth Ah-Hi ,

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EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO CLAIM THEIR HEALTH BACK: Fagalima Mauletaua Faasoi ( Lifeskills Coach), Tagi Fa'alafitele Talele (PR and Marketing Manager) and Dr. Walter Vermeulen (Director).

EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO CLAIM THEIR HEALTH BACK: Fagalima Mauletaua Faasoi ( Lifeskills Coach), Tagi Fa'alafitele Talele (PR and Marketing Manager) and Dr. Walter Vermeulen (Director).

“Let thy food be thy medicine”  

In a move where holistic meets conventional medicine, the Matuaileoo Environment Trust Inc (M.E.T.I.) has moved their Sleep and Healthy Living Clinics to the old hospital at Moto’otua. 

Providing a more holistic approach to health, M.E.T.I. will be taking inpatients or outpatients from the hospital who suffer from non communicable diseases (N.C.D.) to benefit from the whole food plant based nutrition approach that M.E.T.I. has been promoting for the past four years. 

Under the leadership of Dr. Walter Vermeulen, M.E.T.I. has evolved into much more than a sleep clinic.

The group has realised that treating the underlying causes of obesity plays a significant part in curing related diseases and healing a person. 

M.E.T.I. has researched and done some field work based on this holistic approach of whole food and plant based nutrition since 2012 and have incorporated life skills coaching to the mix to promote a more healthy lifestyle for Samoans. 

Since they began, Dr. Vermeulen said they have been able to reverse many long standing causes of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, gout and arthritis just to name a few in an already long list of preventable diseases.

Dr. Vermeulen is very pleased that M.E.T.I. has moved into their new premises that are more central and therefore more accessible to people.

 “We are now opening a clinic to be closer to the people that have all these terrible conditions including cancer and we invite them to come and visit us,” he said.

 “Here we focus on healthy living training, generic life skills training and permaculture training. We want to make people think, make decisions and solve problems without fighting. We would like to empower people to take their lives back into their own hands.” 

The Motootua M.E.T.I. clinic is based in the Acute 7 ward of the old hospital and all are welcome to drop in for information or a consultation.

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