Category Archives: Inspiring Stories

My Big Sister (former veggie hater), Is Now Plant-Based

My Sister--Before & After

My Sister–Before & After

I posted this picture on my big sister’s facebook page today. I’m so very proud of her! She witnessed my journey back to health over the last two years and was happy for me. But, she repeatedly told me she couldn’t do it because she hated vegetables. We sat in our mom’s kitchen approximately year ago, and I asked her if she really hated ALL veggies, or only some, and asked her to tell me some she liked. She reluctantly named a couple–potatoes & corn, if I remember correctly. Then I named a few, and asked her if she liked them. Some she did, some she didn’t. “Definitely not broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, or cucumbers!” After a couple of minutes, I told her she liked enough veggies, fruits, grains, beans, pastas, etc. to easily do this. Shortly after our talk, I asked her if she would do me a favor– just for me, if for no other reason. I wanted her to read The China Study. She had already watched the documentary, Forks Over Knives, a year or so earlier. Much to my surprise, I didn’t have beg or even ask twice. She was very willing to read it at that point, and that was the ‘Seal the Deal’ moment. She read it, got herself together, and changed her life and health. And I couldn’t be prouder!

Less than one year later, she’s down 50 lbs. and off almost all of her medications for allergies and hormonal/menopause meds. Previously, she had high blood pressure and the doctor wanted to put her on something for it. She was also anemic. Just like me, she experienced swollen and painful joints (our mother has Rheumatoid Arthritis), along with tingling and numbness in some areas. Now, her blood pressure and cholesterol are in excellent ranges, she is no longer anemic, the joint pain is gone, and her doctors are astounded. AND, her taste buds are changing majorly! She now likes many more veggies, including cucumbers and cabbage.

When I asked her to tell me how she feels now, compared with how she felt before, she said, “I think the most satisfying thing to me is that I feel like I’m on a positive path. I’m in control, my body is not controlling me. I feel so good! Like my body is finally working with me, and not against me.”

And, I’m one very happy little sister!

100-year-old surgeon, WWII vet who retired at 95, shares secrets to longevity

Talk about inspiring! Definitely worth the read!

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http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/12/16/100-year-old-surgeon-wwii-vet-who-retired-at-age-5-shares-secrets-to-longevity/

Protein?? I’ma go out on a limb here and say these guys probably get enough protein.

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This guy carried over a thousand pounds on his back (in a yoke) in Toronto not long ago, and he squats 790 lbs! http://www.greatveganathletes.com/vegan_athlete_patrik-babo…

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Antjuane Sims, body builder, athlete

  http://www.forksoverknives.com/how-plant-based-eating-made…/

Amazing Stuff! The Patient Gets Up Off Table and Refuses By-Pass Surgery…

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WOW! I’ve read a lot of cases, but this is the first one where the patient, just hours from bypass surgery, gets up off the table, hands the begging nurse his hospital gown, and leaves the hospital. This story is terrific! And the author–cardiologist, Dr. Robert Ostfeld– is one of the speakers I’ll be hearing at UNC-Asheville’s conference for physicians (and other medical professionals) continuing education credits conference in two weeks. Speakers from Harvard, Cornell, George Washington University, Montefiore Einstein, University of Rochester, Cleveland Clinic (one of the top cardiac hospitals in the US), University of Washington, and more. To say that I’m excited about this is a gross understatement! http://www.forksoverknives.com/patient-googles-way-bypass-surgery/

Unbelieveably INSPIRING!

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THIS just made my day! In my dreams, we ALL get better…. Maybe one day.
http://www.newson6.com/story/25470940/texas-town-has-healthy-turnaround-thanks-to-plant-based-diet

Captivating and Inspiring Story…

 

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This woman’s story captivates and inspires me more than most I’ve heard. It’s definitely worth the read…

Ruth Heidrich, PhD, is an author, health expert, and amazing athlete, with an important personal story to share:

I was 47, living in paradise—that is, Hawaii—and working on my PhD in psychology. One day, while in the shower, I felt a lump in my right breast. Needless to say, I was worried, and so I got right in to see a doctor. But he just remarked, “Oh, you’re too young for breast cancer.” He did, however, order a mammogram, “Just to be sure.” The mammogram was negative, which was reassuring. And so he told me that, to be safe, I should get yearly checks. And the next year’s test was also negative. The third year, however, the lump was clearly visible. The doctor looked shocked and ordered an immediate excisional biopsy.

It turned out that the mammograms had been wrong all along. Not only was it cancer, but there were no clear margins. Of course, I was devastated. I felt betrayed by my body. I had been an active runner for 14 years and had even run marathons. I was the most physically fit person I knew. I had been following what I had thought was a healthy diet. And yet, I had cancer. It was unbelievable!

Ruth had to have more surgery in an attempt to get all the cancer. But it was too late. The cancer had already spread to her bones and to her left lung, and her liver enzymes were elevated, meaning it had apparently spread there as well. With no hope of removing the metastatic cancer, she was offered chemotherapy and radiation. Neither one promised a cure; they were a way to buy time, nothing more.

I dreaded chemotherapy, but was terrified not to have it. In addition to the hot spots in my bones, I was having serious bone pain that medication could not relieve.

But in what I consider one of the best strokes of luck ever, I happened to see a blurb in the paper about research being done to investigate the role of diet on the spread of breast cancer. I literally ran to the phone to contact the researcher, Dr. John McDougall. He explained that he was investigating whether a completely vegan diet could be more effective in reversing cancer than chemotherapy or radiation. Given the options, it was a no-brainer. With great relief and little trepidation, I turned down chemo and radiation and chose diet instead. And it turned out to be exactly the right decision. No “transitioning” for me—I went vegan that very day!

I found the diet amazingly easy to follow. I already loved brown rice, whole grain breads, and oatmeal; I just had to replace the chicken, fish, and diary with vegetables and fruit and throw out all the oils.

When I returned to the oncologist, I told him what I was doing. He responded by saying that diet had nothing to do with my getting cancer, and that I couldn’t possibility get enough protein, calcium, and essential fatty acids. I made a mental note to look into his concerns, but stuck with my new diet, after being reassured by Dr. McDougall that I would get more than enough protein, calcium, essential fatty acids—and everything else!

The second major stroke of luck at that time was seeing the Ironman Triathlon on television. I was captivated by the idea of going beyond a 26.2 mile marathon. The triathlon was a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike race, and then the marathon! When I found out that no cancer patient nor any woman as old as I had ever completed what was considered one of the most grueling races in the world, I found my challenge.

I was especially excited to find that my new diet gave me more energy and faster recovery times. It got me back to running very soon after the surgeries and I added swimming and cycling to my daily training.

The triathlon was every bit as grueling as advertised, and as I looked around and saw all these young, fit bodies, I wondered what I’d gotten myself into. Then I recalled my mission: to show people how powerful this vegan diet was. I did have to dig deep, however, as I was challenged like I’d never been before! Crossing that finish line 14 hours later, I experienced indescribable feelings—a mix of joy, empowerment, exhilaration—and total fatigue! I could not have gone another step!

Meanwhile, I was being monitored to check the status of the cancer. Within two months, the hot spots in my bones began to fade. My body actually encapsulated the lesion in my lung, and my liver enzymes normalized. I felt healthy and strong. And I have remained healthy for 31 years.

I also wanted to show that my completing the Ironman wasn’t a fluke. So, since my diagnosis, I’ve done the Ironman six times, have run 67 marathons, and set a number of world age-group fitness records in the process!

Dr. Ruth Heidrich is now 79 years-old and still running races!

Story taken from Dr. Neal Barnard’s 21-Day Vegan KickStart book.

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