We’re each in our 80s and are all about wholesome growing old with an entire meals, plant-based consuming way of life. We wish to share our private tales on how we each overcame life-threatening diseases and went on to steer very wholesome, pleased, and lengthy lives.
After returning house from a visit to China within the fall of 1992, I began feeling some minor muscular modifications however didn’t suppose an excessive amount of of it. However then sooner or later, I wakened and couldn’t open one eye.
I went to my physician, who took one take a look at me and stated he thought I had Bell’s palsy. I then stated to him, “No, I feel it’s myasthenia gravis.” I don’t know why I stated that since MG is a really uncommon neuromuscular illness that even most medical doctors don’t know a lot about. He despatched me to a neurologist, although, who did a easy take a look at and confirmed that my self-diagnosis was right!
I used to be instructed that MG was incurable, that I must be on medicine for the remainder of my life, and that my life expectancy could be shortened. In different phrases, my state of affairs was hopeless.
I used to be prescribed a number of heavy-duty medication, together with prednisone, and was instructed that there wasn’t a lot else that could possibly be executed. I suffered with extreme double imaginative and prescient, had problem with my speech and swallowing, and at instances I used to be so weak I couldn’t maintain my head up.
However I selected to not settle for that “verdict.” As an alternative, I saved trying to find methods to enhance my well being. I began practising tai chi and qigong. I walked a number of miles every day. I attempted to eat more healthy (chicken rooster, turkey, and fish), though on the time I didn’t know a lot about what was and wasn’t wholesome! I used to be very sick at instances and even wound up within the ICU for five days due to unhealthy recommendation from an internationally identified neurologist.
Throughout my sickness, I continued to seek for some hope for a treatment and wound up seeing 11 totally different neurologists! All of them stated about the identical factor as the primary one. And never one instructed a change in way of life, together with eating regimen, as a doable treatment.
Then, in 2006, I heard a medical nutritionist communicate. He defined that consuming animal merchandise compromises the immune system, and he really useful that sufferers with MG or any autoimmune illness swap to an entire meals, plant-based eating regimen. I instantly did so, and in only a few months, I used to be off all medicines and now not had any signs of this dreaded illness!
It’s now 14 years later, and I really feel secure in saying that I now not have this “incurable” illness. I’m very grateful.
In 2006, I additionally developed a critical well being concern. I discovered that I had a small tumor on the surface of my left kidney. My urologist suggested me to have it eliminated straight away. I went to a world-class medical middle in North Carolina and had cryoablation surgical procedure, a process that froze the tumor off. Sadly, the tumor was malignant.
The surgeon suggested me that he obtained all the development however defined that any such tumor has been identified to return. He by no means introduced up the concept altering what I ate may assist forestall a recurrence of my most cancers.
However because of my spouse, Fran, and my want to minimize the prospect of recurrence, I additionally adopted an entire meals, plant-based eating regimen as a way of prevention and have been cancer-free for 14 years. I, too, am very grateful. However wait, there’s extra! We heard that my surgeon has since switched to the identical eating regimen as ours!
So there you could have it: our personal tales on how switching to an entire meals, plant-based eating regimen can work not solely to reverse illness however may forestall it. We are actually feeling higher than ever, and it’s our privilege to share our tales and hopefully encourage others.
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