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Many individuals who follow the Nutritarian diet write to Dr. Fuhrman about their success. Keep in mind that results vary from person to person. As always, consult your physician if you have a medical history and/or condition that may warrant individual recommendations.

Helen's Story


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After suffering diabetes, heart attacks and a stroke, Helen lost 85 pounds, is off insulin and says without following Eat To Live she would be housebound  

I was tired all the time, but thought it was due to old age, not wrong food choices. Around age 60, I developed diabetes and was put on an oral diabetes medication for a couple of years, and then on insulin.  I followed the recommended meal plan, insulin calculations and dosages; and when my blood sugars kept rising I complied with increasing the units of insulin. I even carried a glucose meter and injections in my purse so I would never miss a shot.  

I ate animal protein at almost every meal. It was a part of the food plan that the diabetic educators instructed me to follow, eggs with breakfast, lean meats with lunch and dinner, and a peanut butter sandwich before bed.  Every doctor I went to said the sandwich before bed was important to prevent dangerously low blood sugars in the night.  Even with carefully following instructions, my blood sugars were either too high or too low.  I lived in fear of the lows, especially when I was out in public or during the night.  I even took a sandwich and juice to bed with me, just in case. 

Then my blood pressure climbed higher with each passing year, so more medications were added to my growing list of medications.  However, even with four medications, my cardiologist could never get it below 199/99.  I had two heart attacks and had multiple stents put into my body over the years: four stents in my kidneys, seven in my legs, and four in my heart, but I never got well. I then had a stroke, and at that time I also had congestive heart failure and weighed 215 pounds. I was paralyzed on the entire right side of my body.  My leg went into an intense spasm that wouldn’t let up, even with medication to try to relax it.  I couldn’t speak so that others could understand me.  I couldn’t swallow my food.  I couldn’t even swallow a drink of water without a special ingredient to thicken it.  My hand was clutched tight and I couldn’t open it.  I couldn’t use the toilet without help.  I wore adult diapers and soiled myself.  I was suddenly trapped in a body that was immobile which required 24/7 nursing care; totally dependent upon others for everything. 

After being discharged from the hospital, I was transferred to a nursing home for ongoing care and therapy.  The night staff neglected to clip my call button onto my gown for me to reach it.  I’d accidently wet myself during the night and couldn’t call anyone for help.  I was totally at the mercy of someone discovering my situation early the next morning.  Needless to say, my family transferred me to a stroke rehab facility that following day; but even with the best care, the total loss of independence was enough to change my mind.  I was ready to do anything to get better if/when I would be discharged; no matter if my doctors approved of it or not.

After spending five weeks eating pureed meat and processed institutional foods, totally void of color, I was delighted to watch Dr. Fuhrman’s 3 Steps to Incredible Health that aired on our local PBS station.  Since starting Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat To Live plan, I’ve been off insulin for over six months. Also, I don’t experience low blood sugars anymore. I’ve lost about 85 pounds so far, and my blood pressure is never higher than 115/65. I’m down to just a half of a dose of a blood pressure medication now, compared to four medications and continual, dangerously high blood pressure before following Eat To Live. 

I’m more alert, I don’t tire so easily, and I even have the stamina to ride a stationary bike for two and a half miles each day. Plus I lift weights and do various exercises to continue to strengthen my arms, legs, back, and facial muscles.  This past winter I noticed when I got a cold and cough that it only lasted for a couple of days.  The same thing happened with a sore and infected toe; it healed quickly, when it used to take a long time for a wound to heal.   

Had I not followed high-nutrient eating this past year, there’s no way that my weakened muscles from the stroke could’ve supported my obese weight.  It would be very difficult for me to get around with sixty five extra pounds on my body.  I use a walker for stability, but I can now walk in grocery stores, go to the mall with assistance, attend church and family events, and see my friends.  I know that I would have been completely homebound without following Eat To Live.

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