Four years ago, my wife and I were developing significant health problems. My wife was a uterine cancer survivor. I had moderately severe neck pain and limited motion resulting from arthritis that required daily traction and pain medication. I was also having an abnormal heart rhythm that likely would necessitate a pacemaker. My blood sugar was indicating early diabetes. We both were 25 pounds overweight.
In a diligent search to help us better manage our situation, we discovered Eating for Health by Joel Furhman, M.D., The China Study by Colin Campbell and the Forks over Knives web site. As a result, we made a firm commitment to embrace a whole-food, plant-based diet for four months and see what would happen. The results amazed us. We both lost the 25 extra pounds. I no longer was having neck pain, and my range of motion had greatly improved. All signs of diabetes were gone, and my cholesterol was lower than it had ever been.
I practiced medicine for 40 years and regret not knowing this nutritional information to share with my patients. I do remember the admonition from several instructors that as you treat disease, you should first try tincture of time and allow the body to heal itself. As I pondered what had happened during those four months, I realiezed I had followed that conservative advice: A reversal of chronic disease had occurred because I gave my body what it needed to heal itself. Even though I still occasionally have the heart arrhythmia, it is manageable with small doses of medication.
Over the past four years, I have instructed several hundred friends and associates about the whole-food, plant-based diet. Those who have committed to change are seeing similar results. These experiences are being replicated across the country. Hundreds of anecdotal stories about disease improvement and reversal at all ages are emerging.
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We are now four years into this change and have maintained all the progress we made, including the weight loss. We have more energy and are active hikers and exercise three times a week. We have an active social life, travel and enjoy our grandchildren. If you are a skeptic like I initially was, I suggest you try it for four months and measure the results.
Hunter Rentz, M.D.