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Here's a letter that I just sent out to family that I knew that you might enjoy also, as I have you to thank so much for my new life.
I thought that I would share this with you as we all have been undergoing all kinds of health concerns over the past several years and more. As you probably heard, Lynn and I have gone through a bit of a major lifestyle change as I had been ill with Type II Diabetes for over 4 years, have had terrible foot pain due to diabetic neuropathy, high cholesterol, blood pressure that was going to be treated as high blood pressure probably sooner than later with more pills to add to my regimen, and, oh yeah, I have had sleep apnea for a little over 4 years now and have slept with a CPAP machine and a mask on my face to keep me breathing through the night. Also, they were concerned about the fatty liver condition I have developed due to the medications I have been on.
I have felt just plain badly during this period of time and also, the depression came back extra hard a few months ago and I was ready to get put back on the anti-depressant medications that I was put on after Mom & Dad had passed (54 days apart). By the way, at my worst, my weight was at 199.8 lbs. You have to remember, I am the runt of the litter.
Fifty three days ago after watching the movie the Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, Lynn went out and bought organic fruits and vegetables the next morning after the movie and we went on a 5 day juice only detox. At this point I had managed to get my weight down to 187.7 lbs. Right now, I'm at 172.0 lbs. After our 5 day juice only detox, we have been on a plant based way of eating, just organic vegetables and fruits, and organic raw nuts, seeds, and our green juice(juice-1 to 2x per day). I quit my 3/4 of a pot of way to strong coffee per day when we started the detox. I now drink green tea, water with lemon, organic soy milk, and all of our foods are non GMO.
I had quit taking all of my medications once I felt good - day #6 (I was feeling good at day 4 - after 3 days of feeling terrible), 1 day after our 5 day juice only detox had ended. I quit my 2000 mg. per day of Metformin for my Diabetes as my blood sugar levels were looking good, I was on 800 - 1600 mg. of ibuprofen and also 1 to 2 chronic pain medication pills daily for the foot pain and neuropathy. I was taking 1200 mg. of red yeast rice as a way to keep the cholesterol down enough to keep me off having to start taking the cholesterol medication, and the high blood pressure medication was just around the corner for me. We made a decision to leave meat and dairy out of our diet after watching various documentaries. Let me know if you are interested in more information, and if not, okay.
Here's some #'s I got today from my blood work done at the beginning of the week: My blood sugar levels are defined by what they call A1C. My A1C last read 6.1 after 4 plus years of 2000 mg Metformin daily. With no Metformin for 53 days, my level was at 6.2. My doctor was completely amazed and said it will only keep getting better.
My Cholesterol # of 181was reduced to 123 (range: 135 -240) lower than the normal range. My Triglyceride level from 244 to 119. My HDL Cholesterol at 36. My LDL went from 97 to 68.
Numbers relating to PSA: AST (SGOT) went from 57 to 30 and
ALT (SGPT) went from 116 to 66
My blood pressure is great and my fatty liver has recovered and the numbers are extremely good. The depression went away on day 4.
Anyway, that's what the past 53 days have done for me. I have more energy than I know what to do with. I'm squeezing in 30-35 minutes 5x per week of aerobic activity, and am doing sit ups and pushups again. At 57 -1/2 years of age I'm feeling better than I have ever felt in my life. Even the few nights a week where I'm only getting 3-5 hours of sleep, I don't even notice any difference. The foot pain has been reduced to only 1 ibuprofen or 1 chronic pain pill per WEEK. The numbness is still on the outside of my feet and I don't know if that part will ever recover, but it's a good reminder to me to remember the kind of damage that can happen with what I put into my body. It will also serve as a slight reminder of where I was and keep me from going back there again.
Our good friends Pat & Chris back in Portland started the detox after hearing what we did and are doing. He lost 15 lbs. after 11 days and is continuing on just juice for awhile. He can't believe how great he feels and the years of rosacea on his face cleared up at 11 days. He now takes the stairs at work - 11 flights and is continuing the juicing for every meal and snacks for awhile. He said he thought his wife was his daughter the other day as she has really changed.
A young co-worker who had Type II Diabetes no longer has it as she started the week after me. Two other friends have bought their juicers just this week.
I hope the rest of you are feeling alright and if you do want any info on what I did, just let me know as I have a letter that I keep adding to.
Well, Karen, That's my latest progress report. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! God bless you and your family!