MRC Children’s Center in Cambodia
At Metabolic Research Center, we are passionate about not only helping Americans live healthier lives, but also helping children in poverty-stricken areas of the world receive an opportunity to better themselves. For several years, we have been the sole supporter of the Metabolic Children’s Center in Cambodia. MCC is an orphanage that provides education, medical care and housing for Cambodian children that have been abandoned or orphaned. We currently support over 100 children and have established 18 schools (and counting) in some of the poorest regions of the country.
Our relationship with Cambodia began in the late 1990s when our outreach director, Terry Kellogg, came over for a short visit to pick his newly adopted two year old daughter. Terry was struck by the desperate poverty he witnessed in this war-torn country and how that contrasted with the joy he felt in meeting his new daughter. He returned to Cambodia in 2003 on an unsuccessful search for his daughter’s birth parents. During this trip, Terry developed a close friendship with his driver Mr. Pole, a Cambodian land owner who was caring for and educating a group of 28 orphaned children on his property. With his funding sources drying up, Mr. Pole needed additional support to keep his project going. A short time later, John and Nina Soileau, the founders of Metabolic Research Center, became involved with the project. This led to the establishment of the Metabolic Children’s Center in 2007. For a more detailed account of Terry Kellogg’s journey, go here.
We have a heart for the children of Cambodia. We know that we at MRC have been blessed beyond measure with access to first rate education, medical care, and the opportunity to build a research center that is changing the lives of thousands all over our country. However, we have seen first-hand the horrible circumstances so many children are subjected to in Cambodia. Though the war is over, the after-effects still remain. Far too many children are dealing with poverty, family violence, lack of education, malnutrition, and worst of all being abandoned. Our mission is to change Cambodia for the better, one child at a time, and give these kids access to the same opportunities we take for granted here in America.
If you would like to partner with us in this effort, we gratefully welcome your gifts, sponsorship, and volunteer support. Because our staff is made up entirely of volunteers, every dollar you give goes directly to help a Cambodian child in need. To learn more about how you can help, go to https://metabolicchildrenscenter.org/
Breast Cancer Research and Education
Another mission that is close to our hearts here at MRC is the elimination of breast cancer. Many of our clients and staff have been impacted by this condition, either personally or with a family member or friend, and we want to do all we can to raise awareness and bring an end to this deadly disease.
Our personalized weight loss programs can play a major role in the prevention of breast cancer. The healthier your diet, the more you feed the trillions of cells in your body with the nutrients needed to keep these cells healthy and functional. Essentially, cancer cells develop and spread because the cells are malnourished. For this reason, a healthy diet may be one of the best ways to keep cancer from ever forming in the first place.
Aside from diet, another major key to preventing breast cancer is making more women aware of its dangers and motivating them to go in for their annual screenings. Under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, health insurance plans are now required to provide free breast cancer screenings every year. So if you have health insurance, there is no reason not to take advantage of this free benefit. It can literally save your life.
At Metabolic Research Center, we aim to do our part each year toward raising breast cancer awareness and raising money for research and finding a permanent cure. Our team members participate in walks within our local communities and raise funds with our walk teams. Our centers also frequently participate in programs such as prize giveaways and donations to leading breast cancer prevention organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Think Pink Project and numerous local chapters of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
MRC of Vancouver started me going in my attempt to loose 30 years of weight gain!! I have been using their program for about 18 months and have actually lost 30 pounds. I have changed the way I eat. I've learned what foods are best for ME. By analyzing my DNA and hormones, they helped me learn to eat what was right for me. I have "tweeked" my purchases and preparation of food to make eating healthy and still fun for me. I eat lots of veggies and salads and include a healthy diet of protein. These are very satisfying. Do I "cheat" now and then? Yes, but I don't like how I feel after eating sugar and lots of carbs so I return to my good foods quickly and continue to see my weight drop. I walk my little dog four times a day and have a part-time job that allows me a lot of movement. I feel so healthy and wonderful. It's easy to continue to eat and live a more healthy lifestyle! When I confessed about eating the wrong "foods", the gals simply encouraged me and gave me fresh ideas to satisfy my taste buds. I always felt I could be honest during my consultations with no fear of being lectured! I plan to continue until I reach my desired weight. I expect to reach my goal by 2017. After I reach my weight goal, I plan to remain in good health with my new found healthy way of eating the calories I need to maintain my proper weight. My Dr. is very pleased at my progress. She wondered how I have lost 30 pounds.
— Diane P. Heesch Nims-Smith★ ★ ★ ★ ★