Golfer Morgan Hoffman drank urine, did hallucinogens and ate 800 grapes a day to battle illness

Golfer Morgan Hoffman drank urine, did hallucinogens and ate 800 grapes a day to battle illness

When professional golfer Morgan Hoffman was identified, at age 27, with incurable muscular dystrophy in 2016, he left the elite PGA Tour and disappeared into the depths of the Costa Rican jungle.

This week, after 5 years within the wilderness — actually — the place he handled himself by experimenting with consuming 800 grapes a day to consuming his personal urine, Hoffman, 32, will make his long-awaited return to the PGA Tour. On Thursday, he tees up for the RBC Heritage match at Hilton Head, SC. 

The as soon as conservative-looking preppy has developed right into a barefoot, shirtless fan of hallucinogens — assume Tarzan with a 2-iron.

Hoffman shouldn’t be your common golfer. Born and raised in New Jersey, he was, earlier than his prognosis, the sport’s subsequent massive factor. Tall, slim and good-looking, he was a collegiate golf star at Oklahoma State College, the place he performed alongside PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler. 

When he turned skilled in 2011, Hoffman shortly discovered himself pursued by sponsors and tools producers dangling checks. He signed up with Polo Ralph Lauren, Mastercard, Breitling and Titleist. With all that cash within the financial institution, he additionally acquired his pilot’s license, shopping for a Piper Mirage airplane to fly himself to tournaments.

Morgan Hoffmann was a high-ranked golfer when he noticed his muscle tissue deteriorating.
Morgan Hoffmann was a high-ranked golfer when he seen his muscle tissue deteriorating.
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He was additionally pursued by girls — numerous girls. 

“Every week there can be three or 4 new ladies. I’d get their numbers whereas I used to be taking part in. I’d have my caddie give them balls with my quantity on it, exit each night time,” he recalled in a current interview with Golf Digest journal. 

On the 2014 BMW Championship at Cherry Hills, Colo. — a typical match for him —Hoffman completed strongly, taking third place and a verify for $544,000. “I had a BMW i8 that week. They had been simply givin’ us that s–t,” he stated. “We went out to strip golf equipment; we’d choose up chicks. I had three chicks in that two-seat automotive. Life has modified.”

That’s an understatement.

Hoffman today looks very different from his past clean-cut appearance. He has undergone a major lifestyle change as part of his quest to improve his health.
Hoffman at the moment seems very completely different from his previous clean-cut look. He has undergone a serious life-style change as a part of his quest to enhance his well being.
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It was throughout his last yr at OSU that Hoffman first seen that one thing wasn’t fairly proper together with his well being. Although he was experiencing no ache and his golf sport was in nice form, he seen a lack of muscle mass in his chest.

Three years glided by. By then, he was a longtime PGA Tour participant, however his weakening pectoral muscular tissues had been now slowing down his golf swing. One professional speculated it was a trapped nerve. The Cleveland Clinic was stumped, as was the Hospital for Particular Surgical procedure in New York. He had CT scans, electromyography (EMG) and electrocardiograms (EKG), however no solutions.

In 2016, Hoffman lastly acquired a prognosis: facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, an incurable, muscle-wasting illness. The most effective he might anticipate, stated the medical doctors, was making an attempt to keep up his mobility for so long as doable.

Receiving a diagnosis of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy lead him to move to Costa Rica to seek alternative medicine.
Receiving a prognosis of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy lead him to maneuver to Costa Rica to hunt different drugs.
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“I’m like, ‘What do I do?’ He tells me I can do some remedy, however that’s about it,” stated Hoffman. “It’s simply going to worsen. I’m like, ‘That’s it?’”

In 2018, nonetheless, Hoffman took issues into his personal arms. Determined to discover a strategy to handle his sickness, he traveled to Nepal and lived off-grid for 3 months. That’s the place he found urine remedy, experimenting with deep-cleansing diets the place he consumed no water or meals for 10 days and, as an alternative, solely drank a cup of his personal urine twice a day.

From Nepal, Hoffman and his spouse, Chelsea, headed to the Nicoya Peninsula in western Costa Rica, a area the place individuals reside a few of the longest and healthiest lives on the earth. There, with the assistance of native shaman, he underwent a four-day Amazon remedy utilizing ayahuasca, the heady psychoactive brew containing the hallucinogen DMT, an expertise that he stated opened his eyes to what could possibly be achieved by way of different drugs.

Hoffman (red shit) and his wife, Chelsea, lives in the Nicoya Peninsula in western Costa Rica, a region where people live some of the longest and healthiest lives in the world.
Hoffman (pink shirt) and his spouse, Chelsea, reside within the Nicoya Peninsula in western Costa Rica, a area the place individuals reside a few of the longest and healthiest lives on the earth.
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Amid visions of vivid geometric patterns, mild elephants and big butterflies, Hoffman felt as if nature being was being “pumped into me like gasoline … It was stunning,” he stated. “It felt just like the illness was popping out of me.”

This week, Hoffman was requested concerning the expertise at a press convention at Hilton Head. “Lots of people name a few of the issues that I’ve embarked upon as hallucinogenic, however the best way I see them is a lot completely different,” he stated. “I feel it’s like a backdoor or aspect door to completely different dimensions or completely different planes. I don’t actually have it down but; I’m nonetheless questioning and making an attempt to determine all of it out.”

The Hoffmans purchased a mountainside home within the jungle in Novara, Costa Rica, with views of the ocean however no doorways or glass home windows (there are screens to maintain bugs at bay). His next-door neighbor, the golfer stated, is a Spanish kung-fu professional who rides round on a horse, wearing a gown, with a sword in his hand and a joint in his mouth. 

With the help of local shaman, Hoffmann underwent a four-day Amazon treatment using ayahuasca, the heady psychoactive brew containing the hallucinogen DMT.
With the assistance of an area shaman, Hoffmann underwent a four-day Amazon remedy utilizing ayahuasca, the heady psychoactive brew containing the hallucinogen DMT.
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Hoffman’s therapeutic continues; breathwork, meditation, yoga — his days are like one endless retreat. He has given up all animal merchandise and sometimes tries uncooked diets. As soon as, over a 17-day interval, he ate nothing however grapes, consuming greater than 800 some days. 

Hoffman has additionally been engaged on his energy and, for the primary time in years, can flex his pectoral muscular tissues. “My proper pec was the worst — it form of acquired right down to my ribs, the place all you can see is bone and now after I put my hand right here and I flex, I can really feel it once more,” he stated. “It’s very, very thrilling.”

His progress has been such that he’s decided to assist others profit from what he has discovered on his journey. He now has the Morgan Hoffman Basis and plans to construct his personal wellness heart in Costa Rica, the working identify being Nekawa — “awaken” backward.

Hoffmann's home in Costa Rica has views of the ocean but no doors or glass windows and, he has said, his health continues to improve.
Hoffmann’s dwelling in Costa Rica has views of the ocean however no doorways or glass home windows and, he has stated, his well being continues to enhance.
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Hoffman has three begins left on a medical extension to his PGA Tour card that have to be used this yr and hope to carry out properly sufficient in these occasions to retain his taking part in rights for subsequent yr. He then intends to commute to a restricted variety of tournaments from Costa Rica, the concept being that any cash earned will assist to fund the brand new heart.

“It may be deemed as loopy,” he stated this week, “however I feel that’s form of what most individuals see me as anyway.”