Are the Foods We Eat the Cause of Many Health Issues?
Mar. 23, 2013 12:05 am
Updated: Apr. 20, 2013 12:56 am
In my previous entries, I have shared some of my knowledge about foods in an effort to encourage everyone to learn the importance of diet and how it relates to our health. I have to admit that I have been a bit discouraged by comments requesting .gov and
.edu references for everything. As far as I am concerned, these sites are the most likely to hide the truth. At any rate, in this post I will share my personal experience for which there is no other reference than "me".
In September of 2011, my 92 year old mother came to live with us. Her history had been that she had lived with my 91 year old Aunt, who is domineering and controlling, for 8 years. During this time, my mother lost her ability to speak, her memory started to
fail, and she lost the strength in her legs to walk. I had expressed my concern for her deterioration to my brother and her doctor, but to no avail. It was easier for them to leave her there than to do something to help her. My Aunt wouldn't let her leave,
and my mother eventually was not able to express herself. In January of 2012, my mother fell in a restaurant she had gone to with my Aunt, and the restaurant owners called an ambulance to avoid liability.
Once in the hospital, the doctors there determined that my mother had dementia, and that my Aunt was not capable of caring for her. After her stay at the hospital, the doctors there moved her to a nursing home for therapy. Since my mother had never signed a
Power of Attorney, I found an attorney, and started the process of getting Legal Guardianship for her. According to the courts, they take charge of her assets and I am an employee of the court (unpaid of course) that has been appointed to care for her and
pay her expenses. To make a long story short, my mother went from the first nursing home, to a second nursing home nearer my brother and I, and finally in September of 2012 I got the court approval for her to move in with my husband and I. My husband took
the morning shift so I could get some sleep, and I stayed up until 5am to help her when she got up during the night.
When she came to us, she couldn't speak at all. Anything that she tried to say was complete gibberish. She could barely walk because the nursing home made her stay in a wheel chair. The people at the nursing home had deemed her completely incontinent, meaning
she had no control of her bowels or urination. So the first couple of weeks, my husband got up to find her, her bed, the carpet, and furniture covered in feces. Sometimes she would let loose while sitting in a kitchen chair, and the chair and floor had to
be cleaned as well as her. She required long naps in the late afternoon, and was in bed again shortly after dinner. Her mood swings were extreme. She would go from laughing to crying to anger and rage in short periods of time. She would fight us in accomplishing
daily tasks such as dressing and getting ready for bed, and refused to eat many of the foods offered to her. (This made our dog very happy.) In addition, she was taking 10 prescription drugs (including 3 high blood pressure, 1 high cholesterol, thyroid, hypertension,
and 2 dementia), and trying to get her to take her meds was an ordeal twice a day. She spit the pills in the water glass, and often seemed confused with the "pill, water, swallow" sequence. Needless to say, during the first month or so, my husband and I were
beginning to wonder if we had bitten off more than we could chew.
We got her eating the foods that we eat which includes range fed beef, pork, chicken, and eggs, homegrown veggies, and homemade long fermentation whole grain bread. Breakfasts are soaked whole grain cereals such as steel cut oats or 9-grain cereal, a banana,
and low fat milk. Lunch is NutriBlasts made with 50% greens (including spinach, kale, and collard greens) and 50% fruits (including various berries, pears, apples, pineapple, avocado, etc.). Dinner includes a meat or wild-caught fish, a veggie, and a starch
type veggie such as brown rice or potato. We also gradually got her on a regiment of supplements primarily from XtendLife.com, including Omega-3, a multiple, and a memory supplement. We have also started trying PQQ, PS, and Lecithin that are all supposed to
help rebuild the brain. As the brain is rebuilt, we are supplying the therapy to rebuild synaptic connections.
So here we are 6 months later. My mother now sleeps through the night, and is completely continent. She goes to the bathroom by herself, and has virtually no accidents. The mood swings have completely stopped. She reads newspaper ads and magazines out loud,
and she couldn't read at all before. She eats everything and almost anything, and has a great appetite. The pill routine is easy now with no spitting at all. She not only accepts the morning and evening routines, but she can do many of the tasks herself. She
hasn't used the wheelchair since she came here, and she gets around pretty well, although still slow. She has a wonderful sense of humor, and is getting sharper at catching plays on words. For example, when watching TV recently, someone said that a friend
was "kind of dead". She laughed and said "Kind of dead?" Her speaking ability has improved tremendously. She still ends up with gibberish at the end of a sentence, but she very often gets out whole sentences. Best of all, her medications have been reduced
from 10 to 2 and her doctor said that she had the blood work of a 20 year old. We recently took her off of her last high blood pressure med. The doctor also told us that he has never seen so much improvement in an elderly person.
So, in conclusion, do I have references? - He** no! This is my personal experience with one 92 year old lady that had been led toward destruction with processed foods. I might also mention that my husband and I are 65 and 66, respectively. Neither of us has
any health issues, nor do we take any prescription drugs. I, personally, recently completed an Associates Degree in Science with a 4.0 GPA. So, am I a fear monger, or is the "proof in the pudding".