We all know someone suffering from an auto-immune disease and stuck in the mainstream protocols of drugs and more drugs, rotten side-effects, and suffering. Wait ’til you read this story of how Leah got off the food that was harming her and healed herself with real food. I’m so thankful that she was willing to share her story with us. (By the way, if you’re short on time, I included the short version below that she sent to me originally.) And if YOU have a real food success and healing story to share, please email me! Kelly@KellytheKitchenKop.com. (Read all of the real food success stories here.)
My journey to Real Food probably began the same as it did for most of you.
Thirty-one years ago a well-meaning nursed shoved a bottle of rice cereal and formula into my mouth in the nursery. My mother never had a chance to nurse me. My childhood was plagued with ear infections and antibiotics. My diet as a child was full of very processed foods. Cereal, low-fat dairy, soda, cookies, mac & cheese, fast food. My ear infections progressed to asthma, severe allergies, migraines, and chronic infection. I grew up on a cocktail of Prednisone and antibiotics for months at a time. I spent most holidays in the hospital. The medications did wonders for my growing body. I became extremely self-conscious and eventually developed an eating disorder which followed me into adulthood. I spent my life reading every health magazine around determined to get fit and healthy. I was a vegetarian for years. Soy was a mainstay in my diet since the USDA said it was oh…so…healthy. Looking back I’m surprised I grew at all. My teeth began to decay very early on. I had anxiety attacks all of the time.
You’re wondering how this relates to Real Food?
Well in 2007 I was preparing for my marriage. I was, of course, dieting and as usual working out five or six days a week. I was at work when I suddenly started losing my vision. I was admitted to the hospital pretty much blind in both eyes. I spent ten days there while every test in the book was run on me. They couldn’t figure out a thing. I was healthy. Except my brain was covered in lesions and I was blind. I received massive doses of Prednisone and the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.
My vision did return gradually for the most part, however I was left incredibly weak. I could hardly walk to the bathroom anymore. My life had been stolen. Over the course of several weeks the doctors started me on several drugs. I was injecting myself with immunosuppressants and taking muscle relaxers along with an assortment of other medications. I was suddenly an 80-year-old living in a 26-year-old body. After a six month check up revealed the lesions were spreading and my husband made the comment to my neurologist that ‘there is no money in a cure’, it finally clicked for me.
I spent countless hours searching the internet for answers.
I found the book “The MS Recovery Diet.” I eliminated sugar, soy, dairy, gluten, processed foods, beans, & eggs. Suddenly I was feeling better and I quit all the drugs. My neurologist kicked me out of his practice. Within a few months I found out I was pregnant. We had an absolutely amazing home-birth and beautiful baby girl. All along, though, I wondered why so many foods were forbidden on the diet. After giving birth I had trouble nursing and found the Weston A. Price Foundation. Suddenly my questions were being answered. While some of the foods truly are non-nutritious the others need simple preparations to be enjoyed.
Our journey to Real Food has taken us from being business owners in the city to farmers in the country.
We have built our home from the ground up with our own hands. In the process we added another beautiful little girl which we also home-birthed. I have devoted days and months to pouring over the internet and books trying to understand my disease and so many of the autoimmune diseases out there. I once heard “Eat the food that makes you sick, go to the doctor and buy their drugs.” I consider my disease to be a food-borne illness.
I was poisoned by the USDA food pyramid.
My husband and I are doing all we can to protect our children from possibly suffering from sickness. This is why we chose home-birth, our stance on vaccination, extended breastfeeding. Its why we raise jersey cows, pigs, turkeys, meat & laying chickens, fruits, and veggies all organically. I will not say I am 100% healed as of yet, however I can push a wheelbarrow full of rocks up the mountain. I farm my land in hopes of tomorrow. Organic means so little these days as the green movement has become little more than a marketing scheme. Opting out of the big corporate life and supporting small family farms is the key to health for you, the environment, and the economy.
I am so grateful to have found Real Food.
So what exactly have I done? Well, a typical day for me is filled with lots of raw milk, cream, pastured meat of some sort, fermented foods at all meals. I swear by fermented cod liver oil, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. That’s my arsenal for any illness. I always have water kefir, milk kefir, sourdough, yogurt, and kombucha going. There is always beet kvass and sourkraut in the refrigerator. I often have fermented lemonade, carrots, radishes, salsa, mayo, etc., on hand. I have been known to eat four avocados in a day. We do eat a GAPS diet at times and only use raw honey. I cook the whole animal, meaning we use the liver, heart, and tongue. We eat tallow and lard by the gallon and eggs by the dozen. (Click here to find beef tallow and safe pastured meats.)
My biggest advice to someone new to the circle is just jump in.
Those of us who have been at it for a while sound really smart but it’s just practice. You don’t need a lot of money or fancy tools. Remember this is Traditional cooking and living! I also feel strongly that nutrition does not come from a bottle of pricey vitamins on the shelf at the store. True nutrition is only had from eating traditionally prepared foods in season. You must expand your palate beyond the same four foods and beyond the confines of the grocery store.
Now life is really good and it’s all because of food. Food can either kill you or cure you. So yes you can heal your MS with food. I am another example!
Wow. Is anyone else ROCKED by this story that, like all the others, demonstrates the true POWER of real food?! Everyone, share this story with those who are sick and don’t see a way out. Help them see the way! (Short version below…)
By the way, if you’d like help along this real food journey, get my newly revised Real Food Ingredient Guide! :)
Here’s the version Leah originally sent me, in case you’re short on time:
“I was diagnosed with MS in 2007 after going blind in both eyes. At the time I ate the recommended “healthy” diet and worked out 5-6 days a week. I was not breastfed and I was raised on processed food. I had a history of infection, allergies, migraines, & asthma. After 10 days in the hospital I regained most of my vision and received my lovely diagnosis. I saw the best of the best Drs., I had to take all kinds of meds including injecting myself. It was awful. As I watched myself fall further into a hole I realized I couldn’t live like this. One day my husband told my neuro that there was no money in a cure and it clicked. I found the book The MS Recovery Diet and then the Weston A Price Foundation. We left our old life in the city and now farm 3 acres, raise cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, fruits & veggies. I have had two awesome homebirths. Life is really good and it’s all because of food. Food can either kill you or cure you. So yes you can heal your MS with food. I am another example!”
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