Tommy and 10’s of thousands of other people are now healing themselves all over the world through Nutritional Excellence by adopting a Nutritarian Lifestyle. Tommy and every single other person who starts using a high nutrient dense plant based way of life ends up not only getting better from the most serious diseases they have, they also see “ALL” other degenerative chronic diseases and disorders simply disappear. I love this story and can never get enough of them, so, wanted to share it with you, because, it is the same story as mine – Click Here to view my story
Here is Tommy’s story, thanks to Tommy and Dr Furhman for sharing this truly inspiring story!!
Tommy, like so many, was raised on the Standard American Diet (SAD) – and recalls a childhood marked by constant colds, allergies and even asthma. As time went on, his health worsened dramatically – he developed ulcerative colitis and was later diagnosed with cancer. Faced with a no-win scenario because of drug interactions, he watched one of Dr. Fuhrman’s PBS specials and was inspired to take charge of his health using nutritional excellence.
He told his story in a letter to Dr. Fuhrman:
Dear Dr. Fuhrman,
I was raised with the SAD diet. For as long as I can remember, dating back to when I was a little boy, I was always sick in some way. I was constantly on medications for colds and flu growing up, and I suffered daily from allergies and even asthma. At age 15 I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.
For the next 25 years I struggled with this horrible condition. During a flare (which occurred about once or twice a year) I would need to go on more serious medication in the form of steroids (prednisone). Starting at age 24, I was regularly taking antibiotics to deal with what seemed like an endless case of strep throat and bronchitis. I was also struggling with constant allergies and taking nasal decongestants like they were candy. In spite of all of these health issues, if you looked at me you would definitely think that I was in good shape and quite fit. I was fit, but not healthy.
At age 35 I had a flare up of the ulcerative colitis that was so acute that I was hospitalized. It was like nothing I had ever experienced, and, in just over a week I dropped 45 pounds. Yes, 45 pounds! I was 6’1, and I went from 198 lbs to around 150 lbs at which point I stopped weighing myself. The doctors at Mount Sinai medical center tried everything but nothing was working. The ulcerations in my colon had spread throughout the entire colon and they were bleeding uncontrollably. My life was at risk. The doctors did a procedure to insert a feeding tube into my jugular vein and figured out a combination of medications that eventually worked, and I started to mend. After almost a month in the hospital I began to recover and was sent home, but this time on an even more powerful medicine for the ulcerative colitis. The medicine, a strong immunosuppressive agent, was effective but had several negative side effects, including putting me at risk for cancer.
Then in the spring of 2012, at age 41, I was diagnosed with a a form of testicular cancer. The doctors at Sloan Kettering and Mt. Sinai wanted to remove the tumor and follow up with chemotherapy and radiation. However, given my history of ulcerative colitis, we were very concerned that my body was not going to react well to the chemo and radiation and that the immune-suppressing drugs I was taking for the colitis would be problematic. I was left with a quandary: Do I do the surgery and not the follow-up chemo and radiation, which would put me at risk of the cancer spreading; or do I do the surgery, chemo, and radiation and risk the ulcerative colitis flaring? I didn’t like either option.
Incredibly, during that spring I saw your PBS special on healthy eating and was greatly inspired by your message. The doctors were talking to me about 5- and 10-year survival rates, but I had a 2-year-old boy. Your special made me think that there might be another way. Against my doctor’s advice, I held off on all conventional treatments and instead chose your message of nutritional excellence and went to the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida.
The Institute has a similar message to what I had learned from you; namely, that if you give your body the right food and nutrition and care for your body through exercise and rest, that your body will be able to heal, and that even things like cancer and ulcerative colitis can disappear. Within only a few weeks of adopting these dietary changes my body began to transform. Sonograms of the tumor, taken that summer, showed that it was beginning to shrink in size and I began pulling myself very slowly and gradually off the medication for the ulcerative colitis because I was, for the first time since I was 15, feeling no symptoms in my gut.
Eventually, I was able to completely remove myself from medicine for the colitis and the tumor shrank to nothing. I was able to rid myself of cancer and ulcerative colitis without any of the conventional treatments and without any of the side effects associated with it. Along with that, my overall health has so greatly improved it is hard to fully quantify the before and after results.
Now, at 47 years old, I can amazingly report that the cancer remains “undetectable,” the ulcerative colitis is gone, the allergies which plagued me my whole life are also gone, and I have not needed to take an antibiotic or medicine of any kind since 2012. I continue to live the lifestyle you prescribe in your books. I have never felt better, stronger, healthier, and more emotionally balanced. I thank you with saving my life. I am forever indebted and grateful.
P.S. I am raising my soon to be 8-year-old boy following your diet, and he is so incredibly healthy, so incredibly fast, and strong-as-an-ox for his size!