Let's inspire other people by sharing our stories about how lifestyle change liberated us and gave us power to truly live life again.
So, what is your story? If you want to share, please email me. Let us all be part of the solution!
This is my mother. She is 68 years old. She likes telling her story and she wants me to write this testimonial on her behalf. She was diagnosed with diabetes with complications (nerve pain, blurred vision, and lung infection) 25 years ago. Like any diabetic, she was not spared from concomitant diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and asthma. She was maintained on rising doses of insulin, three oral diabetes pills, three antihypertensive medications, 2 asthma inhalers, 2 nerve pills, eye drops and cholesterol pills with multiple "health supplements". Despite taking all her medications diligently, her blood sugar and blood pressure went on a roller coaster ride. She reached the point of wanting to give up as her medications have become too expensive and nauseating.
When I told her that I have reversed my diabetes with the lifestyle change, she doubted it will work for her, since she thought she's been "diabetic for way too long and it's impossible". All I did was constantly educating her about her diseases and how the human body can heal if given the right nourishment and care. Little did I know that our weekly talk over the phone changed her mind. She needed to gradually cut down her insulin dose because her blood sugar was consistently trending down. Finally she was taken off insulin after 6 months. Another 3 months passed and she was off asthma inhalers and cut down half of her blood pressure medications too. She got off her nerve pill (for neuropathy) and eye drops as well, and remained symptom-free. Overall, we got her prescription medications down form 12 to 3. She also lost weight and her energy level increased. She reports that she doesn't get sick too frequently anymore and if she does, she would quickly recover from it.
My mother is my first patient. At one point, she was injecting insulin and now she doesn't have to do it. She still couldn't believe that she'll ever be injection-free.
MEDICATIONS DISCONTINUED AND MONTHLY COST
Levemir 13 u daily - P1,150/pen x 4 pens = P 4,600
Empagliflozin 10 mg tab - P30 x 30 = P 900
Cardipress 1/2 tab daily - P 9 x 30 = P 270
Amlodipine 10 mg - P20 x 30 = P 600
Losartan Plus 1/2 tab daily - P15 x 30 = P 450
Atorvastatin 40 mg - P25 x 30 = P 750
Seretide Inhaler = P 1,933
ALAnerv - P 81 x 30 = P 2,430
P 11,933 total amount saved per month
MEDICATIONS CONTINUED AND MONTHLY COST
Metformin 1000 mg daily - P24 x 30 = P 720
Metformin/Vildagliptin 1000/50 mg tab - P35.50 x 30 = P 1,065
Pioglitazone 30 mg daily -P 46 x 30 = P 1,380
* P (currency) = Philippine peso
My journey started many years ago. I started having gastric issues back in the 1990’s. I was put on several acid reducing medications. None of them ever really worked for me but I continued taking it. My gastroenterologist sent me to a nutritionist who basically told me to stay away from foods that take a long time to digest. She also suggested drinking smoothies. This helped for a while but eventually the gastric issues returned. Several years into this, I had a stomach scope which showed that I had Barrett’s esophagus. I was told that it was incurable. I also had testing done that showed I had gastroparesis which meant that it took my stomach a very long time to digest food longer than what it should by several hours. At this time I just decided to deal with my diagnosis and eat as best I could and try to avoid foods that hurt my stomach. In 2018, my doctor suggested I see another specialist for my stomach and encouraged me to get a gastric pacer implanted to help my stomach digest food. I had an appointment with this new specialist in December of 2018. In the mean time I had seen Dr. Jamis about my cholesterol. It was elevated and she was concerned about heart disease and suggested I go on a Whole foods plant based diet. I was scared about heart disease so the next day I went cold turkey and embraced whole food plant based diet. This was November 1, 2018. Also I weighed 180 and I am 5’6” tall. Another thing I was dealing too at the time was my allergy. I had to take several allergy pills and inhalers for my asthma. I was in bad shape over all, but just kept accepting that’s how I was going to be.
Going whole food plant based was difficult in the beginning, but by December 1st I started to feel better and was losing weight. I didn't exercise. In fact, I was eating all day long. Prior to my scheduled appointment with the gastric specialist, I had another scope of my stomach done. It showed that my Barrett’s esophagus was completely gone. The doctor was amazed and asked me what I had been doing. I told him about going whole food plant based. He said keep doing it. Just two days before my appointment I realized I was no longer having digestive issues and cancelled the appointment. By January Dr. Jamis rechecked my cholesterol and it had dropped significantly. I had lost over 20 lbs and was feeling great. Here I am now almost a year into being whole food plant based and I’m down 44 lbs. I am completely healed of my gastric and allergy issues. What seemed bleak a year ago is now a miracle! I could have just gone on another medication for the cholesterol, but didn’t want to take anymore medications. I now take no medications for my stomach, asthma and allergy and I am feeling great. Eating whole food plant based saved my health and kept me from having to get a gastric pacer implanted. I will be whole food plant based for the rest of my life.
•The cost of implanting the Enterra Therapy system (Gastric Pacemaker) in the US is approximately US
$30,000 and is covered by Medicare as well as some private health insurance companies
•An estimated average healthcare cost for severe intractable nausea and vomiting (gastroparesis) is
$ 6,972 per patient per month– IV hydration/nutrition, endoscopy, gastric emptying test.
($ 6,972 x 12) + $30,000 =
Total medical cost saved : $113,664 in 1 year
Gastric electrical Stimulation (Enterra Therapy System) for the Treatment of Gastroparesis. Techonology Assessment Report. https://www.ihe.ca › download › gastric_electrical_stimulation_enterra_sup...