Who and what I am is of no importance; I’m not being modest, I’m frightened.
Three months ago, a surgeon told me that I had cirrhosis of the liver and required a liver transplant. Pardon me…I do not drink alcoholic drinks. No, I’m not religiously opposed to imbibing, I just don’t like the taste of the stuff or the way it makes me feel. Can someone please tell me what is so much fun about drinking until they hold onto a toilet, losing everything they just put into their bodies, calling the toilet a deity of some kind (oh, god…oh god…). That is not fun in my book.
Being a part-time resident in hospitals for heart attacks, other surgeries and a massive hemorrhagic stroke, the thought of yet another life risking surgery was out of the picture. I got an appointment with a GI specialist. His diagnosis? Fatty liver disease!
The only real cure is to lose massive amounts of weight and give my liver and pancreas a break. As things turned out, had been reading a book, Wheat Belly by William Davis, M.D. I’d been following his advice and had been losing weight. In fact, I lost 70 pounds in eleven weeks! Of COURSE I was under my personal physician’s care during the process. He approved of the weight loss because I was not losing water, I was losing FAT.
That is the good news; the bad news is now I really don’t have a thing to wear! Yes, we ladies love to kvetch that we don’t have anything to wear, but this time I mean it! I’ve lost a significant amount of weight and am still losing.
Is Dr. Davis’ advice to go on a diet? Nope! It is just a slight change in life style. Please note the word “slight.” Thanks to his advice, we now buy nothing that is not 100% organic. I’ve heard the comment, “But organic foods are so expensive! I can’t afford that.” Really? Well, our food budget has nosedived because we stopped eating anything containing growth hormones as in beef, chicken and farm grown fish.
What do you suppose happens to the hormones that cattle eat? They’re supposed to eat grass, instead, they are fed artificial feed with various grains that have been genetically modified and are filled with growth hormones that make us HUNGRY MOST OF THE TIME. That is why our food costs have nosedived…we eat only when we get hungry! I sometimes find that I go for a day or two without eating anything; I am simply not hungry anymore. When I get hungry, I eat.
Getting back to the hormones and their effects on human beings. I recently was talking with a young lady who I thought was at least 18 years old. Turned out, she was only eleven! I hate to say this but she was built like a masonry outhouse! She was built better than I’ll ever be and I’ve lived beyond three score and ten (I’m 71 years YOUNG).
Before you get the idea that I’m “over the hill” and don’t know much, I’m a Ph.D. in computer science and am retired from Microsoft Corp. I am a voracious reader, the subjects I study are electric. If you want to regain the strength and energy you had when you were younger, no matter what your current age is, buy, read and study Wheat Belly.
Last evening I was at a meeting at which several people I knew were present. NONE of them recognized me! Two reasons exist for that; first, I am no longer in a wheelchair all the time and second, because I’ve lost so much weight that my face is thinner with no double or triple chin. The sheer energy I have is what I had when I was in my 30s and 40s. I’ve so much energy that I have problems falling and staying asleep. All my body asks for is six hours of sleep. The great thing about that is that it gives me much more time to be up and running early in the morning to do the things I need and want to do.
Okay, rant over for now. Next time I’m going to discuss how I’ve SURVIVED 5 heart attacks, open-heart surgery, a carotid artery endarterectomy, and a massive hemorrhagic stroke and was told that I would never talk, walk or work again. Six months to the day of the stroke, I returned to work at Microsoft walking, talking and working.
Ciao…Beverly Kurtin, Ph.D.