Alright! Today we have another exciting episode for you, and this one’s going to be a fun one that I haven’t done one of these in actually quite a while, but I know for some of you guys that maybe found this video, it’s going to definitely be able to help you guys out, so, you know, why I got into making dietary changes in my life is because I had a health condition, the primary health condition that I had was called complement immune deficiency, which is basically a bad immune system that the doctors blamed on my genes, and I needed to find a way to get my genes working properly and build my immune system naturally, so that I would not end up in the hospital again,and potentially lose my life like I did when I had spinal meningitis many years ago.
I found basically a plant-based fruit and vegetable based diet, and I’ve been healthy ever since,and we have a guest, Annette Davidson on the show today because she also had a health challenge,and I want her to share her story with you guys because I know many of you guys may also have the challenge she has or something similar, so you can learn what may be able to help you so, Annette, what kind of health challenge did you have? Well I had Crohn’s Disease, and had severe issues with digesting anything, and very big difficulties with constipation and inflammatory intestines. Cool, so Crohn’s Disease, is that similar to colitis or IBD, irritable bowel disease or are they all related or similar? Yes they are related, and especially like colitis and Crohn’s, almost the same, it’s a little bit different, but mostly location in the gut, and it’s inflammatory bowel disease both of them. So that must be very uncomfortable because you’re just constantly going to the bathroom all the time, or what happened to you?
Well I didn’t go to the bathroom at all was my issue, so I was really bloated and I woke up in the morning totally puffy in my face and I was really, really tired and often shaky because I couldn’t eat and digest my food and I got really toxic and the pH gets really acidic too in the body, so it’s,I was so, so tired all the time, and didn’t have energy to do anything, it was horrible. So how long did you have this condition? More than 23 years. So you lived this with this for 23, you really couldn’t go to the bathroom, and didn’t have a lot of energy? Yes, that’s how I was. So you must have went to the doctor right, didn’t they help you out and fix you up?No, in the beginning they didn’t say anything at all, and they couldn’t find anything that was wrong with me, but I could feel that something was really wrong, and I searched,you know everything like homeopathy, reflexology, acupuncture, I tried everything and all kinds of herbs, and everything, and nothing helped, and I was even hospitalized actually one time because my candida, I got so bad so I was lying in a single room at the hospital with a fan between my legs, it was really horrible. And still it didn’t do anything.
And then after a couple of years they actually found out that it was Crohn’s, that I was inflamed in my small intestine and also in the colon, and I decided to do surgery, so they did surgery and they said “Now everything will be fine,” but still it wasn’t in the whole body, it’s not just in one spot so it didn’t help at all, it still continued, the same issue. Wow, so you know I know some people out there we can’t give medical advice here, but you went to the doctors again and they said “We’re going to cut out part of you, and it’s going to help,” would you go into the surgery again?No, never. And I didn’t want to do it that time either, but I couldn’t find any other solution, I tried everything as far as I knew at that point, and some people say “Just do it,” you know and then we can work on it after that. And I did it, but it didn’t help.
They took this much out of my small intestine and colon, and they put it together again. Yeah I mean, for me personally, like I don’t want to ever go under any kind of elective surgery unless it’s required of me if I’m in a car accident they definitely need to do something for me to save my life yes, but if I have an option, I’m never going to choose a surgery because I have a really good friend that actually had a problem with his back, he went in for back surgery, it was just supposed to be a minor thing, and now he’s paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair for life, I mean many things can happen in the hospital, and not always the way that it’s supposed to go.
In Annette’s case, surgery was supposed to fix her, and now she’s missing part of her colon and it didn’t help the problem. So Annette, so I mean you look great now, and it appears you’re all healed up now, now what did you do to make a difference in your life to basically heal yourself from this condition that doctors couldn’t even help? Well, I was in Denmark at that point, in Copenhagen,and I was searching online for raw food and for colitis and Crohn’s and I found a book written by David Klein, “Self-Feeding Colitis and Crohn’s,” and I read that book and I found out why I was sick in the first place. It’s not sickness it doesn’t just happen to you, it’s something that you—there’s something behind it, and I found out why,and I read the book and I tried to implement the things as good as I could, and slowly healed up.
So wait a second, I want to stop you right there, so why were you sick in the first place? I know many people are wondering this also that may have the similar condition, why’d you get sick? Eating too much crappy foods. Too much crappy food. I shouldn’t say I was worse than anyone else, and I was a vegetarian from when I was15 years old, and a vegan after I was 27, but still it didn’t help, because there was some parts of my diet that still was disturbing my gut and I had to remove all those parts of my diet and then after that it started cleaning out, you know clearing out and I got the toxins out, my body started recovering from all this, and got stronger and stronger,and I can feel that’s nine years ago now, almost ten, yeah nine, ten years ago, and I can still feel improvement here and there, now it’s getting better again, even better,and I get more energy, it’s like, it’s really cool. Wow. Yeah I mean, I want to encourage you guys out there to, if I asked ten people,“Do you eat healthy?,” nine out of ten are probably going to say “Yeah I eat healthy,”and everybody always thinks they eat healthy, but what is eating healthy, right? “Oh yeah I eat red meat once a month, or once a week,” and “I eat at Chipotle instead of McDonald’s,and that’s healthier,” but you know in my opinion, that’ still not healthy.
I’m on a fruit and vegetable based diet and that’s what it took for me to heal, and that’s what it took for Annette to heal as well because whether you’re on a vegan or vegetarian diet, those diets can be healthy, but in many cases when you’re still eating processed and junk foods and not whole foods, more than likely it’s really not that healthy in my opinion, so I want you guys to check yourself, and if you’re eating fruits and vegetables as much as you can, and excluding all the other stuff, because some people are so, I don’t know, messed up, you need to be more extreme, that’s pretty much why I eat a fruit and vegetable based diet, because I don’t want to get sick again, I don’t want to be in a position where I’m in the hospital and the doctors tell me that I might not make it out alive.
So Annette you want to get further into, actually what specifically you did to heal your Crohn’s up so that you’re, basically you’re symptom free and you go to the bathroom regularly now right? Yeah I do. Well, what I did, I had to go very,very deep in this, and I had to eat almost only really water, which, fruit like watermelon, melons is so, so good for me, I can feel that it’s really good with it, so easy to digest, and I couldn’t eat much greens either in the beginning, I had to juice them because it was too harsh for my body, couldn’t handle it at all. So a lot of juicy fruits,mangoes, papayas, and melons and all those things. I had grapes, I love grapes, it was really hard for me, but I had to spit out the skins, I couldn’t handle the skins. So I was chewing on them and spitting them out, and I did that with a lot of things,like if I had citrus, either I juiced it or I put it in my mouth, the piece I spit it out too, the fiber because I couldn’t handle it so, I had to go very, very basic, very juicy and high water content. Wow so let’s talk about that, so you know,you talked about getting rid of the fiber, you think it would be good to juice and get rid of all the fiber and if you did juice everything, do you think it would not upset your system and it would be alright? Yeah, it could be but of course we need fibers too, I mean we shouldn’t live on juice, that’s not the point, but in some cases where it’s really bad with those bowel diseases you have to in the beginning yes, to remove as much as possible I didn’t juice the water melon. Yeah there’s not a whole lot.
That was fine you know, but some other things that was the best thing to do, yes. Awesome. So for the people out there that have been living with some kind of Crohn’s, colitis, or IBD, what would you say, if you were them, what would you do knowing what you know now, because you’ve gone through 20-odd years of living with this condition, and now you’ve been living healthfully for the last few years. If you knew now what you should have known then, what would you have done differently immediately and started changing? Yeah, I would have removed the meat, the dairy products, for me the dairy was the worst actually and all the grains. That’s the first part of it, and then see, you know everybody has to try out for themselves, what is good for you and what, some people are excellent on bananas, you can eat banana smoothies. For me that was not really that good, but for some people it’s amazing and they can heal up.
You have to try for yourself and see what’s good, or talk to someone that knows about those things, can help you guide you through it. Excellent, so she’s given you some amazing tips to, you know like I always just recommend people reduce or eliminate completely their consumption of any animal product, whether that’s meat or in worse, I believe dairy is even more insidious than the meat is, and of course the grains in this day and age, it’s just not really natural for us to eat grains, maybe for chickens, but I believe personally we’re a fruitavore, eat mostly fruits, and some vegetables as well. And I think these are great starting tips, but if somebody really wanted to take it to the next level Annette, I mean let’s talk about that book that helped you heal yourself that you read that gave you the motivation,gave you the encouragement to heal yourself.
Yeah, I have it here. It’s this “Self-Healing Colitis and Crohn’s,” David Klein. It describes in detail everything about digestion and what to do and it’s a part in here where it describes exactly what to eat and whatnot to eat, and how to do this. It’s pretty good. Yeah so I mean this literally looks like a little manual, like man, whole lot of pages,I don’t know two, three hundred pages of recommended reading, and how to basically,your guide book on how to heal yourself with this condition, I know you guys may have tried different medical expert, doctors and all over and the top gastroenterologists in New York City I went to, and he couldn’t help me, well I would encourage for this book it’s about 20 dollars, but more, you know I would encourage you guys to try new things, right? If you never try this book, if you never buy this book, then you may never get better,but if you try this, right, and it works, that’s great. And if you try and it doesn’t work, well then you know that that doesn’t work right? But I mean here Annette tried it, and it totally works. Annette any last things you’d like to say about the book or anything else? I just want to say that, I mean a lot of people don’t have to go that deep as I did, they can heal up much faster and much easier than I did. I think that because I was so constipated and had it for so many years that it took so long, I had to go down to melons, you know? And many people, they can heal up if they have a cooked meal for dinner, and, I mean cooked meal, not any cooked meal, but you know some steamed vegetables and things and they define. But I couldn’t. Right, yeah. You know I always want to encourage you guys to eat a plant-based, plant-strong diet, rich in as many fruits and vegetables as you can, I don’t like wasting time with other things besides fruits and vegetables myself, so I eat predominantly fruits and vegetables, which is my diet. So to get this book, you can go to the website colitis-crohn’s. com,and the book by “Self-Healing Colitis and Crohn’s,” by David Klein.
Any last words that you’d like to say to the viewers out there Annette in passing?I just want to say that there’s another way to go than the medical way, and you can be healed from this. It’s so good, it’s fantastic. Yeah I mean I’ve met so many people that get onto a plant-based fruit and vegetable-based diet, and many diseases, or what is thought of as diseases literally disappear, I mean not because fruits and vegetables are magic or some kind of thing, it’s basically when we eat the proper diet that we’re meant to eat right, our body can heal itself like it’s designed and supposed to, I mean you cut your finger right, you don’t need to go to the doctor to get your finger fixed up, your body will basically scab over and heal itself, and that’s what will happen on the insides of us if we provide the right nutrition and the right food. I really hope this helps you guys out there, if you do have colitis, Crohn’s, irritable bowel, or any other similar kind of discomfort and disease in your body. You want to make sure you guys check out this book. We’ll see you next time and until then remember, keep eating your fresh fruits and vegetables, they’re always the best.