The inspirational story of Olympic Champion Andreas Wecker and his winning battle against a debilitating disease…
Hello! My name is Andreas Wecker, Founder of Andreas Seed Oils. Today, I would like to share my life-changing experience with you.
How I corrected my health after I was struck down by a chronic illness…
Many people remember me as a gymnast, competing for Germany in national and world championships and the Olympic Games. Until 2000 when I tore my bicep during training. Three days before I was to compete at the Sydney Games, my career was over. Following a six-week recovery, I toured as a professional gymnastics exhibitionist. Like other athletes in my field, in order to cope with severe pain issues, I depended on a combination of painkillers, aspirin, and coffee for 14 years to get me through my practices and performances. When I stepped away from my athletic pursuits in 2004, I stopped taking the pills I had become so dependent on. Against expectations, my health began to rapidly deteriorate.
In 2006, over a six week period, I lost 45 pounds and 80 percent of my blood supply. I was soon admitted to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed me with something I’d never heard of, Crohn’s Disease (CD). I received eight blood transfusions and immediately began a treatment plan with hopes of reversing my body’s quick decline. After almost two months in the hospital, the 33 pills I was taking every day were not improving my condition. Though they temporarily alleviated some of the most severe symptoms. I knew this could not be a cure for me. This treatment plan was causing my body to rapidly change form and become progressively weaker. Without a miracle, the next step would be major surgery to remove large portions of my digestive tract.
As I saw it, I had three options. Die from the Crohn’s Disease, die from the medication, or find another option entirely. At 36 years old, I decided to check myself out of the hospital. Things were about to change drastically.
A friend told me about something that gave me hope… There might be an alternative to the modern medical treatments that were not working for me. A member of his family had also suffered from CD until they began using fresh-pressed flaxseed oil as an alternative treatment. Seeing this as my only chance of survival, I began supplementing my prescribed medications with fresh-pressed flaxseed oil. I realized over a short period of time that, with the pain and inflammation relieved, my body was responding positively to this remedy. As I reduced the number of pills I took every day and continued taking the flaxseed oil, the side effects from the medications waned. After three months of supplementing with flaxseed oil, I stopped taking the prescribed medications for Crohn’s Disease entirely. Diet modification, combined with taking the fresh-pressed flaxseed oil, changed my approach to managing my health problems, and my improved condition testified to the flaxseed oil’s repair work within my body.
A struggle that initially incurred heavy repercussions on my life now shaped my calling. I recognized that high-quality oils, perhaps of all kinds, could help others improve their overall health as well. Over the next 14 months, my journey towards creating a purer oil, and oil press, began to unfold. During this time, I would also realize that in order to make my dream a reality, and also for the freedom to create a better life for my young daughter, I would need to move my family to the United States.
In September of 2007, with the help of a sponsor, I moved my family of three from Germany to Los Angeles, California. Each of us carrying just one suitcase. The following month, I had a clear vision to create a new, revolutionary oil press. Something that was very different than what was currently offered on the market. This vision would become a reality soon enough, but would not be available to me until two years later, as I did not have the money at this time to pursue my idea.
In 2008, in order to purchase my first inventory of seeds and bottles, my wife and I sold our wedding rings. I began pressing just one bottle of Premium Flax Seed Oil per day from a small modified press. And out of this, Andreas Seed Oils was born.
As our lives changed with the changing of the seasons, my business began to grow. I continued producing my seed oils and distributing them myself throughout the greater Los Angeles area. With the increasing number of customers came a new selection of oils. In November of 2009, I purchased the very press that had been constructed out of my vision almost two years prior. The use of this custom-built press allowed me to unlock and release the full benefits of the oils, creating an even more superior product to what my customers had known and loved for years.
Andreas Seed Oils continued to flow. Happy customers with positive results continued to flock to my growing selection of unique healthy food oils. Each person with a testimonial of their own, with different uses and benefits being shared throughout the community. Out of all of the seed oils, I had pressed, however, the real life-changer for me came in 2011 when I began pressing Andreas Coriander Seed Oil. As I continued to suffer from residual effects of my disease, as well as from side effects from the medications I ceased taking 5 years earlier, this oil was my breakthrough in health, completing my recovery from Crohn’s Disease.
In 2012, while living in Big Bear and still producing my oils by myself, a new business opportunity came my way. Starting on my own from square one, within less than 5 years I had procured hundreds of satisfied customers, as well as a network of 9 companies who distributed my food oils nationally. But I met a man who convinced me that I could help a larger group of people through the use of his online website and the distribution relationships he had established. This idea made sense because my wish was to help as many people as I could, and this man had the resources and marketing skills to fulfill my dream. He could give my oils exposure nationally and internationally. It made logical sense to me. I would later find out, after 3 years of doing business with this man, that his intention was never to share my dream and way of manufacturing my products. This experience was a temporary setback in the development of my products. It has been a confirmation that my way of serving my customers is the only way.
So today, I am going back to my humble beginnings. I continue my vision of producing the purest food oils that can be pressed, as a reminder to myself for the reasons why I am still here. This brings me to the reintroduction of Andreas Seed Oils.
As the old saying goes…“You can get on with living, or you can get on with dying.” I chose to get on with living and found a way of helping myself. Every day I wake up grateful that I was able to help myself. I believe that what I am doing today, and what I am pressing, has the ability to help people greatly. Even when lots of them may have no other alternatives left. I encourage anyone who wants to better improve their health to give my Andreas Seed Oils a try. Please let me know how my products have helped you.