Yesterday I visited my doctor and got more good news, my retina continues to remain stable with a slight reduction in the fluid build-up under my macula. My doctor will continue to closely monitor my PVR membrane and the hope is that the fluid build-up which was causing a tractional detachment will continue to decrease and I can delay the membrane peeling operation once the retina has properly healed.
However, I decided to again dedicate this blog to update those who have asked about how my body is responding to a raw food diet. As I mentioned a month ago, I really got on this diet since medicine and surgeries were still not able to properly heal my retina and keep it attached and I wanted to try everything that would help me to heal faster. All along, I thought I followed a pretty healthy diet. I only occasionally ate lean red meat and mostly consumed cooked grains, cereals, chicken, fish, seafood, vegetables, yogurt, fresh salads and fruit and little or no fat. My diet pretty much followed the recommended USDA recommended food pyramid:
However, I had always noticed that my cholesterol was always a bit high or on the borderline and I always had slightly high triglyceride and VLDL levels along with low HDL levels. My grandfather died of a heart attack when he was in his 60s and my father has needed lipitor to control his cholesterol so I knew I always had a slightly higher probability of cholesterol problems.
I was concerned about my eye not healing properly and the worry that each detachment/tear would make it more difficult for my eyesight to fully recover and I did risk potential blindness in my one eye if the situation did not change. After two laser surgeries to repair the tear and then a retinal detachment along with another tear, I was getting concerned. It was then that I decided to change my diet to give my eye a second chance. My friend in the Philippines along with another colleague of his has worked for several years to help others change their diets to heal several illnesses including cancer. According to them, God provided all the natural plants and animals in the world for us to live and keep our bodies healthy and it was modern food industry, processed and cooked food, and a dramatic change in our diet over the centuries that has increased illness, especially cancer and affected how quickly our bodies heal themselves.
I got my blood work done and sat down one evening with my friend and the next evening with his nutritionist colleague to explain my situation. This took place a month ago after my fourth laser operation. The first thing that both of them told me is that I needed more raw amino acids, enzymes, and especially raw fat to help my body to heal. The amino acids were to come from the consumption of raw organic meat, fish and eggs and the fat would be from both animals and plants. Given my cholesterol levels, I assumed that raw fat would actually be the worst thing for me over the long run but I decided to try the diet for two weeks to see what would happen and then extend it for another two weeks. I had read enough about the ability of people on raw diets to help their bodies to heal so I decided it was worth it to save my eyesight.
It was not easy at first, since the new food pyramid I would be eating went against everything I had ever learned about nutrition. Basically the diet is similar to the way man ate for thousands of years before cooking became widespread. It has been called a caveman diet or raw paleo diet. This involved eating more protein, fat, and cutting out all processed foods, salt, and added sugar. Everything was to be organic, grass fed and natural. I was to eat lots of fat from raw fertilized organic eggs, meat from fresh coconuts and avocados, and even raw beef fat and raw fatty deep ocean fish including tuna and salmon. In addition my intake of protein and body-building amino acids would come from organic fertilized duck eggs (Rocky-style), raw fish and grass fed organic beef (I decided against pork and chicken for health reasons) and oysters (rich in zinc when I can find them). The research I was able to get my hands on pointed to the healing benefits of this type of diet but I did wonder what it would do to my cholesterol levels since I was now consuming large amounts of fat and meat, much of it high in cholesterol. My sister had long followed Aajonus Vonderplanitz and her cholesterol was excellent. My research also showed that it was actually cooked fats and oils along with processed foods that really cause the body to increase cholesterol levels and slows down the bodies ability to heal itself. As I stated in my earlier blog, the overall early results on my skin, eyes, body and health were quite impressive but I was also able to at least initially demonstrate that this diet can also bring about significant improvements in blood cholesterol levels.
Here are the latest results from my lab tests yesterday:
Blood work Nov 27, 2010
And here are the changes that have occurred over the past month:
- Time Line Oct 29 Nov 12 Nov 27 Recommended Range
- Cholesterol 219.30 167.57 180.31 149.8 – 238.4
- Triglycerides 238.07 152.22 106.20 10 – 200
- HDL 37.45 35.14 51.35 >40
- LDL 133.98 101.93 107.72 49 – 172
- VLDL 47.69 30.38 21.15 2-40
- Chol/HDL Ratio 5.66 4.77 3.51 <4.4
In one month, this daily diet of 2-3 raw fertilized duck eggs, raw fish, some raw oysters (when I can find them) and very rare steak, along with plenty of fresh organic vegetables and some fruits (mostly in juice form), juices from fresh leaves of sweet potato plants, avocados, and other plants, some seeds (no added sugar, salt, additives or processed food) along with small portions of cooked organic quinoa, brown rice, squash and beets resulted in a dramatic improvement in my health.
Yes, this diet is not easy to continue, especially when traveling, but the benefits and continued overall improvement in my health are very impressive. My retina has remained attached and I have now lost an additional four pounds and I am at my optimal weight range between 150 – 155 lbs. down from over 165 lbs. before I had my operation. Note that I have not obtained this weight range or pants size in over 12 years. This diet also seems to have the potential to not only help the body to heal but to slow the aging process. I actually look and feel almost ten years younger with much better skin and less wrinkles than I have had in years.
While I it was necessary to start large doses of prednisone for the past 8 days to reduce the swelling in my eye, the large intake of potassium rich food and no salt have helped me to better deal with most of the negative impacts of prednisone since my sodium, potassium and chloride levels have remained normal and I have not put on weight. Other blood factors have been affected by the high level of prednisone and I will write about this more tomorrow and how I am working with my doctor to deal with these issues.
But for now, I did want to update people on the possible benefits of changing to a mostly raw natural food diet. If you suffer from multiple detachments and your eyes are not improving even with the best surgery and medications, diet may help you. In my case, it has been worth it!