My New Reflection
“As I reflect on my journey through the past few years, I can finally say that the guiding conduits have led me to a place of both mental and physical health. With a new mindset of health, awareness and motivation I am officially celebrating a new life at the age of 32. As I speak of conduits, I refer most importantly to Dr. David Klein, whose guidance has given me the tools to transform my life though a gradual change to a vegan diet. I am sharing my story not only to speak of my success, but also to offer a voice of hope for all those who yearn for the chance to live a healthy life.
People commonly view health as a black-and-white state; this cannot account for the dynamics that go with chronic diseases, as I experienced in my battle with colitis. My poor energy, anxiety and chronic dry eye were all presented to healthcare providers who typically prescribed pills to alleviate my symptoms. Each symptom was treated independently of the others with complete disregard for the Occam’s Razor concept of simplicity. Living a healthy life means being in a state of wholeness on every level, resulting in harmony of both body and mind.
In December 2008, I received a confirmatory diagnosis of chronic colitis. While I was relieved that my problem was not of a more serious nature, a sadness crept into my psyche, since at that time I was was told that colitis is a chronic condition with no known cause or cure. I was put on a treatment regimen that involved a prescription for Mesalamine and was given instructions to avoid spicy food. I was told to call back when I needed a prescriptive refill. With strict adherence to the doctor’s recommendations my colitis symptoms subsided for what I thought would be forever.
A few weeks later, my symptoms, which included the false bowel movement urges, came back worse than ever before. The intense pain left me paralyzed in fear as I realized that the treatment was no longer working. After hours of searching for anything that could give me hope, I had to face the fact that the next medical intervention to treat my colitis would be systemic corticosteroids. That is when I snapped.
Unwilling to put any more pharmaceutical products in my system, I went on a desperate search to find anyone who could give me hope. I was willing to try any rational path that would lead me to health. After a long, draining search I came across a colitis web forum where someone had written ‘try reading Self Healing Colitis and Crohn’s by Dr. David Klein.’ Skeptical but desperate, I immediately bought the book. As the proud mother of two daughters I was willing do anything to be healthy so I could take care of them.
I ordered the book and was very encouraged by the philosophy, but then I realized what Dr. Klein was teaching. Was this guy crazy?—he was asking me to change my life in ways I never expected!
At that point I remembered the promise I made to myself for my children: ‘Whatever it takes.’ So, taking the chance that all of Dr. Klein’s self-healing teachings were correct, I took the plunge and immediately stopped all prescription drugs, to the dismay of my skeptical friends and family.
With a few setbacks I followed the Vegan Healing Diet Plan. I had moments of weakness stemming from the pressure of family and friends who were concerned about my drastic dietary changes. I also had my own moments of doubt, thinking maybe this book was wrong or maybe it was right but wouldn’t work for me. Was I really going to heal if I followed a diet of fresh fruit and steamed veggies? The principles all made perfect sense, but would I actually exploit the self-healing powers of my own body? The answer was an emphatic ‘YES!’
The diet was working just as Dr. Klein had promised. Cutting out all toxic substances, including salt, enabled me to heal and become healthy.
Although I am now completely healed, I can tell you that symptomatic relief is only the tip of the iceberg. As I previously mentioned, prior to the onset of colitis I had a myriad of other health issues. As in the principle of Occam’s Razor, my change in diet was the simple answer to all my problems. I have more energy than I have had in 13 years and my anxiety and chronic dry eye are both a distant memory.
The most important gift I received from reading this book is that of knowledge. The colitis was a blessing in disguise, the means to a greater end in my life. I now have the tools to remain in perpetual good health, and I am now in control!
Although I could rave on about my glorious new state of health, I will spare you the rest of the details. I am still bemused by the number of bad habits that I had to address to resolve my health issues and reach this point of confidently sharing my story.
It is the best feeling to be able to close the door on my illness. Many new doors have opened, following my healing. It’s a bit ironic that I came close to majoring in nutrition in college. I feel lucky that I came back to it at what was perhaps the most crucial time in my life. If it were not for the support of Dr. Klein, I would not be here writing my story.
I’m amazed at my luck in stumbling upon this life-changing information. I now know that the vegan diet is the optimum one for true health and the one we were designed to eat.
Dr. Klein, thank you from the bottom of my heart! I could not have done it without you. Thank you for your book, which has changed thousands of peoples’ lives. You are an inspiration!”
-Tanya S., Las Vegas, Nevada (2010)