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"Permanent Damage.. Eventual Amputation" ... Oh really?

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Let me take you back nearly 20 years. I had just had my 4th baby and I developed a huge blood clot in my right leg. It was pretty far gone before we figured it out. It went from my groin to behind my right knee. My right knee was already a bit of a mess because I had shattered that kneecap in college. I was on blood thinners for 6 months and then went on with my life. A couple of years later when I had my last child, I had to be on blood thinners during my pregnancy but other than that, I didn't feel like the issue had really created any significant problems for me. When my youngest was 2 years old, however, the blood clot reformed and I threw a PE (pulmonary embolism) and was put back on blood thinners for a year. The doctors wanted me on them for life but I had no insuranance and couldn't afford lab fees to have the levels in my blood monitored safely. So one year of therapeutic coumadin and I was off again. I felt like a ticking time bomb. I think that was when I started to believe I wasn't detined to live to be very old.
A couple of years later, the blood clots developed again. The doctors strongly advised coumadin for life. My leg was quite damaged by this time. The knee was bone on bone as well. That leg was considerably weaker than the other and was constantly discolored and several inches larger than the left leg. The doctors said that because the risk of surgery was too high for me (this had actually come up before so I already knew I was not a candidate for any surgery other than the emergency, life-saving variety) this damage was permanent and the leg would very likely have to be amputated eventually.

In the meantime, while all of this was going on, I was diagnosed with several autoimmune disorders and my health and quality of living was going downhill at an alarming rate. I accepted that I would be very lucky to live as long as my mother had, which was 68.
For those on blood thinners, you know that you are advised not to eat much of certain vegetables and things that actively thin the blood because the combination of blood thinners and blood thinning foods can be deadly. Well, last August I made some decisions that I know will be controversial to some but let's remember it is MY life. When I discovered just how much switching to a totally plant-based diet supplemented with fresh made green juices and smoothies was healing my body (all autoimmune disorders in complete remission - symptom free - totally, including hypothyroid now normal, oh and my blood pressure and cholesterol are now normal without meds as well) I decided to take a leap of faith and I once again stopped the blood thinners AMA and began eating tons of all those things that naturally thin the blood. I haven't taken any medication, prescribed or otc since September and this is the result:

There used to be nearly 7 inches difference between right and left calf. Now there's less than 2" difference. I have talked in previous blogs about the complete relief of constant, severe, chronic pain. It kind of amazes me that people will see that I have corrected supposedly permanent conditions like hypothyroid, put MG and Fibromyalgia into complete remission, corrected blood pressure, cholesterol and corrected damage that the doctors said was permanent and still say that what I have chosen is "too radical." When someone says to me, "I would love to stop being in pain all the time, but I just couldn't give up meat." Or sugar or bread or cheese... whatever. Fine. Admit that X food is more important to you than your quality of life. You have a right to your choice! But don't tell me that what I've chosen is radical or dangerous because you are still buying the ridiculous lies being sold to you by the food industry and a complicit fda.

Stepping down from soapbox now. We now return you to your regularly scheduled cheerful Natshell:) And, for the record, I fully intend to outlive my sweet mama by about 30 years.
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    Great blog. Wonderful that you took action to promote your own wellness.
    2172 days ago
    Good for you for taking charge of your health!
    You are an inspiration!

    2444 days ago
    Your are truly courageous and amazing. I found your story very inspiring. THanks.
    2450 days ago
    Such an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing! We can change our life by changing our choices! emoticon
    2451 days ago
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    That is awesome and totally understand your decisions! I just decided to follow Dr Fuhrman, and so so glad I found him!! It is also the fitness industry that promotes heavy on meat and saturated fat based Paleo / Primal "cult" type followings. CrossFit culture is totally promoting Paleo diet. There are also althletes who even go to lengths saying fuits and veggies are toxic! Out in the hardcore power lifting and bodybuilding realm is this nonsense. I coming out of this from a few years of being exposed to this in the athletic world. No wonder why I am still sick! Very inspiring!!
    2455 days ago
    Wow, good for you! Wonderful!
    2455 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    wow wee that is so emoticon

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    2455 days ago
    Great job! Keep up the good work!!
    2456 days ago
    So inspiring!
    2457 days ago
    Fantastic! Prove those drs wrong! I love it!
    2457 days ago
    Using common sense over the fda???
    I think I love you. emoticon
    2457 days ago
    Great blog post. You are an inspiration when one makes their mind up to be proactive about their health. You look great.
    2458 days ago
    Wow - your leg looks so much better Natalie. It's amazing the effect diet can have on more than just our weight loss. I am glad that your choices are working for you.
    2459 days ago
    Thank you for posting this awesome inspiring story! You are living proof that a Vegan lifestyle HEALS! Thank you for also addressing the lies that we are sold wholesale about meat, dairy, and processed foods! You rock, keep up the amazing work you are doing!
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    Keep up the great work.

    2460 days ago
    That is awesome .I love a good news story !You and I would get on , I was told in 2004 that I was a paraplegic , I don't think so ! I walk with crutches and I have issues but I walk !
    2460 days ago
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    Gosh, Lady, I'm so proud of you for your decision to go on a plant based diet. You did the right thing. Your legs look amazing in the second picture!

    Keep doing what you're doing if it works for you!

    Have a great weekend!

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    2460 days ago
    I feel EVERYONE has the RIGHT to make choices about THEIR BODY! NO ONE should be force fed medications against their will; & it should be up to the individual to choose how they want to live! YOUR CHOICES seem to be working VERY WELL FOR YOU!
    That's GREAT! I would MUCH RATHER control health "issues" with FOOD than with pills!

    BTW.....WHO will YOU be rooting for in the Super Bowl tomorrow? I haven't got a CLUE looking at your page! emoticon emoticon
    I'll be rooting for the Broncos, too!
    2460 days ago
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    2460 days ago
    Wow. I'm facing so much of this town the barrel right now....I've been feeling hopeless. Maybe I'm not. emoticon
    2460 days ago
    Wow! I had no idea. It is wonderful that the diet is working for you. I hope you have a long life and that your leg and autoimmune disorders continue to improve.
    2460 days ago
    I am a total believer in how you have handled your health and I am so excited to see how you have succeeded in helping yourself. Well done!!!
    Great blog!
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    what an inspiring blog! thank you so much!!

    p.s. love the doggie pic
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  • no profile photo CD14327086
    I'm so glad you are regaining your health : )
    2460 days ago
    Wow - What an inspirational story in taking responsibility for your own health. WOO HOO! When I was riding my stationary bike the other day, I watched the documentary - Food, Inc. For anyone struggling with food "Products" I highly recommend watching it. For all of us converts looking to manage our own health and be a lean mean group of strength for a screwed up mess, I highly recommend watching it - Food, Inc. as a way to make a positive impact in your own neck of the woods. emoticon
    Soap box returned - blushing. Have a Super day!
    2460 days ago
    You are right it is your life and you have made wonderful changes by following your own instincts. WTG.
    I have reduced certain foods in my diet to help my thyroid and I dont mind it at all. I am not sure it is helping greatly bit it doesnt hurt.
    I say you are going great and there are times we have to look outside the box to find what works for us.,

    You go girl!!

    Hugs and smiles
    2460 days ago
    Marilyn, my mom died from diabetes too. Renal failure. And she had already been crippled to a wheelchair from neuropathy and gone blind. She had had several mini-strokes and 3 heart attacks. Her health started tanking badly at age 48. And she was not obese. She was overweight but not obese. I figured I was doomed. But I know now that I am not.
    For the blood pressure, you might try making juice with beetroot, ginger, apples, carrots and spinach with a lemon. It is really good for both circulation and bp. And it's yummy! I have 16oz of that a day.
    2460 days ago
    I LOVE your attitude and I SO agree with you! I too hear people there is no way they can ever give up this or that - and frankly it just mystifies me! I'm at my goal weight but I STILL have to take a low dosage BP med to keep my BP in control so I'm trying various types of nutrition to see if this is the one that will do it for me. And when I find it? That WILL be how I'm eating!! No matter WHAT it is! Because my mother lived to 76 (died of complications of diabetes) while my dad lived almost to 92. I've already decided to try to outdo my dad!! And since I feel FABULOUS at 66 I may just do it. Meanwhile I'm eating as many freggies as possible and as little processed as I can manage. I don't do it perfectly but I've made huge strides. Because like you, I KNOW I am WORTH it!! Hugs, Marilyn
    2461 days ago
  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
    2461 days ago
  • ALICIA214

    Well said... We all have to make choices, and you made the one that has worked for you...

    2461 days ago
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