The article I wrote the other day about the unfortunate woman who died from practically living on Coca Cola brought a lot of comments and emails. It also made me remember how I almost did the same thing to myself, but in a different way. So, I thought I’d tell you my story.
I already wrote a little about how junk food almost killed me, but didn’t tell the whole story. I reveal this now in the hopes that more people will take the needed steps to insure full health and vitality. It is possible to heal from even the worst conditions, as long as there hasn’t been too much damage. I’m a living example.
When I was young and very strong I did construction for a living. I used to work so hard you wouldn’t believe it. I don’t even believe it! A very strong body with lots of energy.
I had great digestion too, I could eat anything with no problem. And, I did! Being young, strong and ignorant I would indulge myself with treats all the time. The junk I ate!
There was stress too. The demands of physical labor, driving around all the time in a big metropolitan area, dealing with customers, not having work, family etc. All these stress factors added up and eventually I started having problems with frequent digestion problems and diarrhea.
One day the diarrhea stopped and was replaced with some pretty severe gut pain. I had trouble eating because of it. But, still didn’t think a lot about it.
That lasted for a few days and went away. Six months later it came back worse than before. This time it didn’t go away. I couldn’t eat when there was pain, so I started losing weight. I’d go for two or three days without eating before the pain went away. A few hours after eating the pain came back. I was eating maybe once every two or three days.
The really dumb thing is that I thought the only things my body could handle were chicken and noodles. For my one meal I’d eat a chicken breast and a bowl of noodles, wheat of course.
One day I went to pick something up that was never a problem before, but this time it took significant effort. I had spent so much time not eating that my body had lost muscle mass. I finally went for acupuncture.
They were two friends of mine, a couple both acupuncturists, he was an MD as well. They gave me herbs and needles, but nothing much about diet. No cold or raw foods is all they really said, a standard for Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The problem was a blockage in the intestines, so the pain was incredible. My doctor friend finally told me, after failing to heal the problem with acupuncture, to go see a doctor about it. The doctors couldn’t help me either since every time I went in to see them for some test the symptoms weren’t there. That the thing about doctors, they can’t do much until things are super critical.
I had a girlfriend at the time, a very intelligent woman. She sat in a bookstore and diagnosed me as having Crohn’s disease. It took the doctors another three months and half a dozen tests to finally come up with the same conclusion. By then the damage in my gut was pretty severe. I had lost a lot of weight and couldn’t do much at all except eat my bowl of noodles every few days.
After trying some really powerful medications that didn’t help, the doctors finally decided I needed surgery to repair the damage. Some of the gut was so damaged that part of it had to be removed. Fortunately, there was plenty left for normal function.
Before that they put me on intravenous feeding. Not eating for a month before surgery was the first pain free time I had in over eight months.
I was in the hospital for two weeks before I could finally eat again. That’s six weeks or so without eating or drinking anything. When I was able to eat the doctors encouraged me to eat “lots of carbs” to gain back some weight. One doctor even made sure I had a big slice of carrot cake, one of my favorites.
Turns out wheat was the biggest contributor to the inflammation that caused the blockage in the first place.
After surgery they sent me to the GI specialist, an older doctor who had been specializing for many years. He told me, “there is nothing you can or cannot eat that will make any difference in your condition whatsoever. Take these pills and you’ll be fine.” I remember his wrong words well.
A couple of weeks after I got out of the hospital I reconnected with a friend who had been living abroad for several years. He had started practicing natural healing and checked to see what was going on with me.
He did muscle testing to find what I was allergic to. At first his tests didn’t work, the medication was blocking what he did. He tried again a few days later after being off the meds.
He had boxes of vials that each had different substances in them. He first tested whole boxes to narrow it down, then the individual vials. I remember when he got this one vial out, as he was bringing it near I knew that was the one, whatever that is, is causing my problem. It was wheat!
For the next few weeks I didn’t take the medication and avoided wheat, and everything was fine! One day I saw some carrot cake that I just had to have. A few hours later I had the exact same symptoms I had before surgery! That was it, I didn’t eat wheat again for a year and a half.
It was a couple of months after my friend found my allergy to wheat that I met my mentor, Dr. G. I couldn’t afford to get treatments from him, but I learned his methods by observing him with hundreds of clients. I applied his methods to myself and eventually was able to even eat wheat again.
I’ll never eat more than just a little wheat or sugar, and very rarely at that. In fact, I don’t eat much grain at all. For a couple of years I was completely off all grains.
I made it through my ordeal. So many people aren’t so lucky. My real luck was finding a mentor who taught me how to eat in a way that gave me my health back. That’s part of why I write about health, so many people don’t have access to the kind information I was graced to receive.
I’ve also written a few books. Self Adjusting Technique, for how to adjust your back so you don’t have to rely on a doctor for a pain free back, an adrenal fatigue book since most health issues start with the adrenals (mine was also very related to the adrenals, but this is already pretty long), a free book on back health and a couple of yoga classes in Kindle format including Yoga for Back Pain. I’m working on more too, stay tuned!
A big message I have for people is to take control of your health. What is taught in the media is mostly propaganda to sell something. Even the government isn’t really looking out for your health. (A big political discussion here I don’t want to go into!) Go out and learn what is true, and find out what works for you. Be healthy and live a long, healthy and active life!