He became a very successful business man very quickly, a renowned investor, stockbroker and entrepreneur. But Eric was also living a fast and stressful life in the orient. Continual entertaining, poor food choices, drinking and smoking in excess was combined with insufficient sleep. He was burning the candle at both ends and didn’t realise what a toll it was taking on his health.
Aged just 34, and back in Sydney, Eric suffered a serious heart attack and was instructed to give up this lifestyle.
He became extremely interested in Natural Health – which he learned more about from a business associate, another very successful business man called L.O. Bailey. Mr Bailey became his mentor and in time Eric reversed his bad health by following a vegetarian diet, not smoking, never drinking alcohol or coffee, avoiding sugar and processed foods.
In 1960 Eric joined the Board of the Youth Welfare Association and then was instrumental in helping L.O Bailey and Madge Cockburn establish the Hopewood Health Centre at Wallacia.