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The Rice Diet Benefit:
 - Health Preservation
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For a glimpse at what the rice diet can do for you, read the
Dallas Walker Story,  or watch our Testimonials

January 13, 2018

We are no longer accepting new patients.

October 19, 2013

"Swallowing problems may be the symptom of something more serious" article featured in Life Magazine of Lake Mary.

March 2, 2013
"Sudden chest pain?" article featured in City Magazine.
City Magazine

February 23, 2013
Updates to stories in testimonials: Watch here.

December 30, 2012
"Living to be 100 - It's Doable" article featured in Life Magazine of Lake Mary.

December 27, 2012
Updates to stories in testimonials: Watch here.

December 20, 2012
"GERD...the reason we get heartburn" article featured in City Magazine.
City Magazine

October 12, 2012
New Testimonials: Watch here.

September 29, 2012
"Beat Obesity by Living a Healthy Lifestyle" article featured in City Magazine.
City Magazine

August 18, 2012
See our new video for tips on how to stay healthy when dining out.Tips for staying healthy when dining out

October 1, 2011
The Rice Diet Book
The Rice Diet of Central Florida Book Lose Weight, Get Healthy & Be Happy is now available for online purchase at The Rice Diet Book website.

August 21, 2011
Rice Diet of Central Florida Book Lose Weigh, Get Healthy and Be Happy Now Available
April 9, 2011
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March 20, 2011
New batch of testimonials added to website. Check them out to see new and continuing stories.

January 8, 2011
Congratulations to each Ricer that attained ideal weight during 2010, now you must maintain in 2011.

October 18, 2010
Abstracts published in the American Journal Gastroenterology and Poster presented at the national GI meetings in San Antonio, Texas.

July 20, 2010
First Ricer to lose 95 lbs in 9 months.

July 18, 2010
Rice Diet helps GERD in obese patients, abstract accepted to national gastroenterology meeting for October 2010.

June 30, 2010
2 abstracts submitted to the American College of Gastroenterology for the National meeting in October 2010.

March 27, 2010
Dramatic graphic results of blood pressure and blood sugar normalization.

February 6, 2010
6 month results of the Rice Diet:  2 people lose over 70 lbs each. Hypertension, diabetes, arthritis reversed.

November 28, 2009
Data results of the first 8 weeks of the Rice Diet program. Click here for more details.

September 23, 2009
Watch our testimonials to see our success stories. Click here.

September 16, 2009
Data results on the first 4 week session a great success! Click here for more details.

August 4, 2009
The Rice Diet of Central Florida began the first group sessions. Congratulations!

May 25, 2009
The Rice Diet will be administered and medically supervised by Dr. Douglas Sprung, as an extension of the dietary management of obesity and other medical illnesses, provided through the Gastroenterology Group.

Medical Staff

Douglas Jay Sprung MD, FACG, FACP: Program Director / Gastroenterology Group

Dr. SprungDr. Sprung is a board certified Internist and Gastroenterologist who trained and worked with Dr. Walter Kempner, the originator of the Duke University Rice Diet, as a senior medical student and during his residency. Dr. Sprung graduated Duke Medical School in 1980 and completed his residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center in 1983. He then spent 2 years at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, MA as a fellow in gastroenterology and then moved to central Florida in 1985 and began his private gastroenterology practice. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. He has done extensive research and national presentations on Barrett’s Esophagus, Helicobacter Pylori, Ulcerative Colitis, Microscopic Colitis, Gastric Cancer, Colon Cancer, Celiac Disease and Peptic Ulcer Disease (see Curriculum vitae).

Since beginning private practice, Dr. Sprung has encountered daily reminders of the value of the Rice Diet. In the past decade, with the explosion of obesity induced medical illness (the “metabolic syndrome”), those reminders have been more pronounced, and Dr. Sprung is now prepared to undertake the work needed to introduce the Rice Diet to the central Florida region.

His belief in the power and potential of this diet to reverse illness and transform disease began in 1979 when he first came to know and work with Dr. Kempner. It began with a patient Dr. Sprung was caring for at Duke. His name was Dallas Walker, a 20 year old juvenile diabetic dwarf who was dying of heart and kidney failure, was going blind from diabetes out of control, and despite the best efforts of the Duke Staff physicians and consultants, they could not cure his condition. Through luck and guidance, Dr. Sprung brought Dallas to Dr. Kempner, who benevolently allowed the indigent patient into his program. Within a short amount of time, Walker made a full recovery. The miracle at the Rice House changed the mind and heart of Dr. Sprung and now he wants to share it with others (see the Dallas Walker Story).

Denise Sprung MSW

Denise SprungDenise Sprung, MSW, is a multi-talented member of the Rice Diet team, with a well-rounded and varied background. She is a licensed elementary and secondary school educator (Hunter College, NYC) and holds a masters degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina.  Denise is a wife, mother and has served as a volunteer for the Humane Society, Coalition for the Homeless and Second Harvest Food Bank, along with other charitable organizations.  She had worked at the Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Durham VA Hospital, University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital, and is one of the few people alive who have had the opportunity to interact with Dr. Kempner, the originator of the Rice Diet.  For the past ten years she has enjoyed her role as a personal stylist locally and out of state for women needing a new look ranging from first time mothers, working women and news anchors.

Denise brings education, life experience, compassion, discipline and a wonderful sense of humor to the Rice Diet of Central Florida. She truly values living life to its fullest and inspires others to do so in a manner that is healthy both mentally and physically. She is an integral part of the management and performance of the Rice Diet and will be interacting with each and every patient.