Big changes at Lifewater Ranch

Due to me getting married to Kim back in April 9th 2021, things have changed here.

Because the house is no longer a bachalor pad and because there are now two of us living here, it is no longer easy to just leave the house on short notice, There simply are too many things to keep track of and breakable things that won’t allow us to leave the place to guests especially with lots of kids.

But we still love to share this beautiful place and Kim is a gourmet cook, though retired. Kim is not up to having guests all the time but with sufficient notice we can allow B&B style guests on occasion.

Note that Kim will make a breakfast for our B&B customers to be remembered!

Day and RV rentals and camping are also still open so you can come and enjoy our hot tub and pool and 160 acres of beauty and adventure most anytime.

We appologize to our repeat customers that have grown accustomed to staying at Life Water Ranch every summer. I very much regret the loss of flexibility I now have but we still hope you can come and B&B or camp with us anytime.

Sanford Staab

The Owner

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Newsletter #12 – Things have slowed down

I wanted to update everyone on what is happening with Lifewater Ranch these days.

Kim, me and our grandson, Henrik

Basically, as I have posted before, I got married.

This has completely changed the dynamics of the ranch. My wife Kim is amazing! She is a gourmet cook and I am spoilded rotten. However we are both diabetic and are working very hard to get our health back in order. Sandy’s sight is not good and he can’t walk very far due to a leg injury that is taking it’s time healing.

We just lost our caretaker and have just rented the second house out to a new couple and the RV spot is being rented as well full time.

We would like to move into the smaller home and rent out the larger one full time but we have to down-size first and this is something Kim is reluctant to do as she has moved too many times and accumulated a lot of stuff to deal with. Sandy is slowly clearing out his shop of useless baggage and still trying to find some items that have gone missing for years.

Sandy teaches Chess and is pretty engaged on that endeavor.

So the only thing we really have going is a bi-annual dry fast which you can see another post about that.

We also occasionally have wwoofers over to help us keep up with the ranch.

We still can operate as a B&B but I am finding Kim is not real excited about doing the work it requires. She is a perfectionist when it comes to entertaining guests. Anyone that does get to stay a night or two will have a very memorable time with fantastic food. I fear that until our strict dietary requirements cease, and they may never cease, it will be difficult to give our guests the kinds of things they should expect from Lifewater Ranch.

Please continue to check out our events calendar for upcoming fasts and other events we may be having and feel free to call or stop by for a days stay, enjoying our pool and hot-tub and hiking.

Camping is also quite possible here still though we have had few takers.

My heart is still bent on sharing this amazing place with as many people as possible, especially families.

Thank you to all who have contributed to LWR in the past and to all our guests that made all of this possible.

We endeavor to serve always.

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Doin the Dry Fast

So here at Lifewater Ranch I, my wife, Dr. H and a guy who we will call “Jake” are doing dry fasting. My wife hopes to do 5 days, Jake and Dr. H are thinking of going for 7 days and I am shooting for 11 days.

This will be my 4th dry fast and my second 11 day one. I am at around the 31 hour point in the fast and this is the hardest part to get through. Hunger pains are still there and of course thirst is ever-present.

We did a bit of prep coming into the fast and are all doing well so far. Dr. H. is taking vital signs: Saliva and Urine pH, blood sugar levels, pulse, blood pressure and temperature. We are logging this data into individual journals of our journey.

I am scheduled for some minor surgery soon after the fast and will bring this data to my Dr. and get a full blood test and let him see my numbers and take some for himself.

Both my wife and I are diabetic and a dry fast affords us an easy way to get into a very strict “reset” diet for our diabeties. It will likely be April before I begin to eat somewhat normally but this should really make a dent in my diabetes.

We didn’t do a very good job of promoting this fast but it is my hope that more people will appreciate the benefits of dry fasting and realize that this 1-2 week stay at Lifewater Ranch is well worth the $350 price tag.

We learned about dry fasting from this book. Check it out and consider doing one here. Our plan is to do this twice a year and everyone in the house will be fasting together so there is very little temptation and lots of benefits, especially with the oversight of a fellow, who is an energetic Chiropractic Nutritionists, RN and CMT having a good reputation in the area such as Dr. H. The hot tub is always open with fresh chemical free water. The pool right now is frozen solid but for those that want to at a warmer time, you can take a chill dip there as well. Cold water actually feels real good when you are dry fasting.

Right now I am feeling less stiff than usual, no sinus or lung issues (which I have been dealing with for the last 2 months), having some crazy dreams (my Pineal Gland must be decrystalizing) and mentally solid. A little weak physically and of course hunger and thirst but otherwise I feel it is really working for me as usual.

More on this here as the fast progresses!

5.5 days into the fast

I am quite weak, thirsty and my stomach feels like it shrank to a pea.  Yet I have none of my usual aches or arthritis pains and my blood sugar levels are less than half of where they were when I started (360!).  In the past couple of days I have been a bit irritable due to, I think, the relatively low blood sugar levels (for me)  but otherwise I am doing well.  My blood pressure seems to be coming down and my temps have been rising from below normal levels to normal over the days.

Dr. H has been measuring urine and saliva pH, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, temperature and weight for all of us daily.

Jake has been having bladder relief problems due to an enlarged prostate.  Dr. H spent many hours with Jake doing massages and applying herbal remedies topically but to no avail.  Eventually, yesterday, Dr. H applied a catheter to Jakes bladder and drained it much to Jake’s relief.  Dr. H will be continuing to watch Jake closely for any continuing problems.

We are all doing well, passing the time in the hot tub and watching a movie or documentary each day on the big screen from my large collection of videos I have accumulated over the years.  We each have our own bedrooms to sleep or rest in and daily are insufflating with water into our colons to maintain minimal hydration.

All our pH’s (urine and saliva) are quite acid, indicating a good acid shock that causes the body to burn fat and kick the immune system into high gear, and purging us of parasites.  Some experts say that by the 5th day your entire system should be free of parasites but others say only the digestive tract is free while other systems such as the lymph system will retain some parasites.  All experts we know of seem to agree that by the 7th day you should be free of all of them.

I discovered that using a wet washcloth on my head when I sleep has helped to relieve the radiating effect I get from the burn off. I highly recommend it.

Dr. H, at the 5th day point, recommended we all sleep with garlic and onion on the arches of our feet for the night so we all did so, giving the body a nice exit point for parasite eggs and dead adults.

We turn off the WiFi to minimize needless exposure to RF radiaiton at night and all sleep fairly well.

Kim broke her fast a few hours before the 5 day mark and is sipping water and broth and electrolytes.  She has to leave for Seattle in a few days so had to break the fast early.  Jake and Dr. H plan to break their fasts at the 7 day point and I am going to try to go a full 11 days.

Yes, I am just half way through at this point.

Day 8 of the fast

It’s Saturday right now. Yesterday (Friday), Jake and Mark broke thier fast at 3pm. I was going to go longer but I had a minor surgery for a cyst on my back on Friday and it would not allow me to shower or use the hot tub for several days. I was extremely weak and thirsty and realized I had some obligations coming up that I simply would not be able to do had I not broken the fast early so I decided to enjoy a glass of water with Jake and Mark today. I very quickly felt much better and within hours was functioning with much more energy.

As of now we are both still drinking liquids but all feel much better to be off this difficult fast.

I think one of the best things about this was our ability to really get to know each other better while we discovered things about our bodies at the same time. Fasting together can have some rough spots if your personalities don’t jive but our group did quite well. My wife was less blessed because we didn’t have another worman for her to interact with during the fast but she did fine as well.

Seeing the relief Jake had at Dr H’s hand was a great blessing. It raised my confidence in being able to pull such a fast off.

Jake’s Testimony:

Favorite thing: Getting to know the people here.

Could be better: The bed could have been better.

Would you recomend this to a friend: Yes

Would you do this again here: Yes

Comments: A very fruitful endeavor. You get to know your body better.

Dr. H’s Testimony:

Favorite thing: Working with Jake and seeing him gain revelation about his body. I was happy I could keep supporting everyone while dry fasting myself. The hot tub and deck and the view are awesome. The tree feremones were so healthy to breathe. Sitting in the sun on the deck in our shorts with snow on the ground was very cool. Walking and deep breathing in the snow just invigorated me. Taking short walks in the woods. The cold is so nice when you are in kito mode. [That’s where your metabolizm burns fat instead of sugar and kicks the immune system into high gear.]

Could be better: We need a railing in the upstairs shower. Would be better if we had a separate kit of tools and such for each person. The stairs are a bit of a pain when you are dry fasting. A basket on a rope would have been helpful.

Would you recomend this to a friend: Yes

Would you do this again here: Yes

Comments: I cannot fast and handle more than one person with serious health issues.

Day 14 of the dry fast event.

Jake, as he started coming off the fast on day 7 began to attempt to empty his bladder. This was not happening. Dr. H noted that his prostate gland was swolen and possibly blocking his bladder from emptying. It was discovered upon examination that Jakes bladder was distended nearly up to his belly button and had likey, for years, been displacing his small intestines in a way that caused him to have a big belly when he started the fast. Dr. H applied many topical, massage, and insufflation techniques to help Jake detoxify and kill off pathogens for Jake. After a couple of days of this, it became necessary to relieve Jake’s bladder with a catheder, to Jakes great relief of pain! Soon after this was done, Jake’s belly became flat. However, after several hours, Jake’s guts were in great pain.

Dr. H surmised, with examination both physical and energetically, that Jake’s intestines were restoring themselves to proper alignment after the bladder was emptied. However, as the intestines moved relatively far from where they had been for years, great pain was caused by the supporting tissues that had grown around the intestine for support. Jake was in a deep healing crisis!

After some time of pondering upon this problem, Dr. H decided to subsequently only empty Jakes bladder half-way, restoring the distention closer to the point it was before relief. Jake was in great pain, both from the full bladder and the intestines, and quite exhausted. He was unable to take much sustenance with liquid foods because it would cause more urine production and bladder complications, thus Jake was forced to change his fast from a dry one to a “moist” one, effectively extending the fast several days. As the intestines were somewhat relieved of their radical movement by the half-full bladder, the pain subsided and Jake went into a deep sleep, breathing hard as his body was demanding large amounts of oxygen to heal.

Then, Jakes belly grew back again to its distended state but Dr. H determined that his intestines were not blocked but that likely, there was an anerobic infection taking place that was swelling the belly area. It was suggested by me that giving Chlorine-Dioxide every hour would kill off any anerobic bacteria and give Jake relief, so we gave it a try.

Within about 24 hours after starting the standard CLO2, small dose every hour, protocol, Jakes pain and swelling subsided significantly. Bladder emptying with a catheder was continued as needed and eventually brought the bladder towards a more normal, close to empty, state. Pain was relieved but Jake was exhausted and even Dr. H by now was weak as well, having been coming off the fast himself while exerting much energy in caring for Jake.

Jakes bladder was still blocked despite having been relieved several times with a catheder. Dr. H surmised that Jake might have a neurological issue, as inserting the catheder was going relatively easy so there didn’t seem to be a physical blockage causing the problem.

We moved Jake into my bedroom on the main floor to avoid the stairs to his room and let him rest for 3 more days while I moved downstairs to sleep.

It was now day 13 and Jake’s wife and daughter came to pick him up and take him home. Jake was able to walk out of the house with some help and handle coming the rest of the way off of the fast at home. Dr. H packed his stuff up and left as well. My assumption is that Dr. H is still consulting with and caring for Jake as he continues his recovery.

Nothing that was done for any of us during this fast was invasive or un-natural or capable of much harm yet the radical complications of the deep cleansing and healing of the fast for Jake did create some serious problems. I am so thankful that Dr. H was on hand to handle this situation, which was probably high on the scale of possible problems that could happen from a dry fast like this.

Jake was a candidate for these complications because he had a long history of health issues. Dr. H had been preparing Jake for weeks before the fast, taking all kinds of precautions to ensure that it went safely and effectively for Jake. Jake was setup for a very deep and effective cleans much better than the rest of us but he had a lot more issues to deal with during that fast. On hindsight, I would recomend people in Jake’s situation start for shorter wet and then dry fasts, building up the depth of healing slowly over months. I have personally been doing fasting since I was in college and am quite used to the detoxing effects.

During the fast Dr. H was reading the riveting testimony of a dry-faster from Siberia that gave him many new insights on how to improve the process. In his words, it was “providential” how everything went for all of us.

At no time did Jake regret doing this. Even with severe pain and some humiliation in his weak and helpless state, Jake was extremely pleased to have done this fast. I am happy for Jake. It will likely take about a month for Jake to fully recover from this healing time but I am pretty confident that by that time, he will be feeling better than he has in years. He plans to come and install hand rails into our bathrooms for us gratis once he gets his strength back.

We shall keep tabs on Jakes recovery here. As for now the dry fast itself is over but all 4 of us will be continuing strict dietary controls to maximize our benefits from this fast. Kim and I have hopes of completely curing our diabetes – but we shall see. I have had this condition for 30 years has has Kim.

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Kimmer’s Kitchen

Lifewater Ranch recently gained a new member (my new wife Kim) who just happens to be a gourmet chef!  This year she will be selling her outstanding homemade-from-scratch candies and cookies at both the “Christmas on the Prairie Craft Bazaar” and “Kooskia Holiday Farmers Market” events.  Last year, her business, Kimmer’s Kitchen, made it’s debut at the Kooskia Holiday Farmers Market.  All her goodies sold out within just a few hours so for this year she will be cooking up more volume and variety than last year.

So, if you want to buy, or even just taste, some of her delicacies, be sure to show up at either of the above mentioned events EARLY for something you won’t regret.

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Our Woofers this Fall

We got to have the Wilcoxon’s with us for a couple of weeks this September. Luna creamed me in checkers and Rand played chess with me a few times and one in the hot tub!

They worked hard cleaning up the upper south fence line and helped Kim paint some bathrooms.

They, and our other wwoofers this year also enjoyed Kims great cooking. Here’s a photo of them enjoying Kim’s famous “Dutch Babies” for breakfast! They loved her Thai soup as well – I could live on that stuff!

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Our first Dry-fast Event

Radical? Yes, but… it is becoming a very popular therapy for many ailments. Dr. Mark Heston and I decided to do a dry-fast event at Lifewater Ranch. The purpose was to give new fasters a chance to try it out under proper supervision in a relaxing atmosphere without the temptations of normal life. We ended up with just one paying participant for this first go-around and another that was a friend of Mark’s who got a break on the cost.

Our paying guest, Katchie, did a full 3 day dry-fast and took a pause for a day with water and then extended her fast another day. Mark’s friend, Bobby, was feeling very poor due to not having prepped for the fast sufficiently and had to quit after 2 days.

I myself and my wife did a full 5 day dry fast. We both brought our blood sugars (we are both diabetic) down to normal ranges in that 5 day timeframe. (250 -> 100)

This will be my 4th dry-fast and none of them are easy but every one has benefited my health greatly.

We are planning another one in January and will put a link into this post once plans are solidified.

Cost for this event was $350/person and we will be giving allumni a $100 discout in future fasts, provided there is room.

We host all the participants in our home so we can only support about 5 people per fast. Participants of course get access to our pool and hot-tub and entertainment center. Dr. Heston oversees the fast and tests everyone to monitor their progress. Mark is also an avid teacher and educates participants in a myriad of health modalities. Mark is a Chiropractor, Nutritionist, Massage Therapist and Energy medicine doctor. His wife, Lydia, is also an RBTI practitioner and a Massage Therapist.

Participation includes some supplements to help you get into and out of the fast, consultation with Dr. Heston, some chiropractic and massage therapy, free copies of books and materials needed and of course no temptations to eat food – because everybody there will be fasting.

These two books were most helpful in explaining the benefits, biology and method of dry-fasting.

Fill out our reservations form here if you want to participate in our next dry-fast event.

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Donna is born!


Taffy had her 6th calf – Donna just yesterday. She is now tagged and doing well.

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Your Grace Amazes Me

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Clearwater International Airport Fly In

Lifewater Ranch from the air via a Helicopter ride.

It’s May 15th 2021 and a neighbor of mine just a few miles from the ranch is having his annual Clearwater International Airport Fly In. My neighbor’s son apparently works for the FAA and invites his pilot buddies to gather for a nice BBQ and land at his 1100 foot long air strip. Several planes opted for another private strip nearby that was easier to land on but two brave fixed wing plane pilots managed to land there and one helicopter guy came as well.

I got to give out a few business cards to some of the pilots, enjoyed their food and invited them to come for a swim but there were not takers.

Later on, a couple of friends of mine came by and Keith Borgelt got to take a ride on in the helicopter.

I then got a ride myself and was able to direct the pilot to my ranch and get some video of my place and my neighbors places from the air.

I have been hoping to attract the rich and famous that can use this method as the last leg of their trip to Lifewater Ranch. That would be SO COOL!

Just another fun thing to do at the ranch here.

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The COVID and Lifewater Ranch

Governor Kristy Noem explains her decisions concerning COVID

At Lifewater Ranch we don’t tell our guests to do or not do anything related to their own bodies and health. The COVID crisis has damaged us all so much but not only from the virus itself but from the disasterous and draconian actions taken by governments all over the world.

Air BnB and VRBO have both asked us to implement COVID procedures for our guests and have threatened to unlist us if we don’t comply. It is our policy not to dictate to our customers decisions that only they are qualified to make.

When you visit Lifewater Ranch you are welcome to wear a mask, wash your hands all you want and stay 6′ (or is that 3′?) apart but you will NEVER be required to do so.

This is supposed to be a FREE country and our ranch gives you fresh air, open space and brings nature close to you along with amenities beyond those available to most US households.

Enjoy your stay and know that we respect your decisions and will not dictate to you how to take care of yourself.

Sanford Staab – the owner

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