The Lonhea Alpine Clinic



For over two hundred years, Switzerland has had a worldwide reputation for the ability of its clinics to restore and improve the health of their guests. Today, one of the most interesting Swiss clinics is the Lonhea Alpine Clinic in Villars.

Under the direction of Dr. Michel Golay, the clinic has developed an approach to good health based on the relationship of your digestive system to your brain. Dr. Golay is addressing the links between diet, exercise, mind set, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and weight loss.  The recommended length of time for a visit is one week, and a specific plan is developed for each guest. 

I met Dr. Golay during one of my scouting trips. We are in production with a program about the Swiss Canton of Vaud, which is a world-epicenter for health related clinics, and we intend to include a segment about the Lonhea Clinic. However, I thought you should know about it ASAP. 

You can get the essential information on their official website

I’m in the process of attending the clinic and will update you on my progress. If you book a visit, please let me know. I am there almost every week and we should be able to spend a few days together.

Burt Wolf
Canton de Vaud


When it comes to real estate in France, It's important to consider the Owner's lease on life


As part of a television segment on local customs, I started researching the rules and regulations relating to the sale and purchase of property and came upon the following.

The French have a way of purchasing real estate that is known as “en viager “, which translates as “for life”. The purchaser agrees to pay a monthly fee to an elderly owner, then gets to own the real estate upon the death of the owner. How much or how little is actually paid is unimportant. The purchaser is betting that the owner will pass away before the value of the apartment has been paid.

André-François Raffray thought he had made a great deal. He agreed to pay a 90- year-old woman about $500 a month until she died, at which point he would takeover and own her apartment. The apartment was in the center of Arles, the town in Southern France where Vincent Van Gogh produced his most famous works. 

Mr. Raffray died at age 77, having paid almost $200,000 (twice the value) for a magnificent apartment that he never got to live in. His widow, children and grandchildren were obligated to continue the payments.

The owner of the apartment, Jeanne Calment was eventually listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest person who could authentic their age with official records.  She was born in Arles on February 21, 1875, and recalls working in her father’s shop where she sold colored pencils and canvases to Van Gogh. She died at the age of 122 on August 4, 1997, three years after the death of Mr. Raffray.

During her last birthday party, she was asked for her vision of the future, to which she replied: “Very brief.”