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Listener Stories: Gizelle Pettingill
On May 15, 2016, I found out I have stage four, Non-Hodgkin’s Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma…double hit. Lymphoma is a blood cancer that’s in your lymphatic system. It was through my entire body. Double hit means it is very aggressive and affects more than one gene. The worst was in my lungs, abdomen and lower bowels. I did 4 months of very strong chemo. R-CHOP and E-SHAP. Research showed I was having mustard gas and chemicals that are the equivalent of DDT. There are no antidotes for either of these chemicals. After each round of chemo all I could do was lay in bed in a fetal position for 7 to 8 days. I couldn’t eat, drink or even pick my head up. Reed (my husband) would put me in a wheel chair and take me to the oncology center to get fluids in me through an IV to keep me hydrated. On September 12, 2016 I had my last round of chemo. I was told it was not helping and the cancer was getting worse. I was given 6 months to live. I give all credit to God for my survival. Have faith. I mustered up all the faith I could find. I have every reason to live. He does answer prayers. I went to an all natural clinic in Tempe, Arizona. One of the first things my doctor told me I had to do was CHANGE MY DIET. Extremely important. You are what you eat. The ketogenic diet is what he recommended. I stopped all sugars except stevia. No agave, maple syrup or even honey. Sugar feeds cancer. It’s like pouring gas on a fire. The only brand of Stevia I buy is called Sweet Leaf. It’s the only one in the USA that is natural. All others are laced with sweeteners and other chemicals. You can grow your own stevia. I also stopped most carbs. Carbs turn into sugar. No white potatoes, rice, pasta or breads. Eat lots of green veggies. I was only aloud to eat berries and green apples for fruit. All other fruit has too much sugar. Purchase organic food. Meats should also be organic, grass fed, grass finished. No hormones or additives. The above info is a small part of a letter I share weekly with people that ask what I did to “get rid” of cancer. December 22, 2016 I got the call from my doctor that I was cancer free. I’m still cancer free. The reason I’m sending this to you is because the first thing my doctor did was put me on the KETO DIET. It was hard but for me it was life or death. I had to try it or die. I did it along with many other things he suggested. I know KETO helped save my life. I’m still on the keto diet but I have fallen off it many times. I’ve gained weight back from going off and on but I’m currently on and feel so much better when I eat KETO. KETO really works.
Listener Stories: Ted Parry
I’m 57 and have been “husky” starting at age 8-9. Friends would be friends and would always tell me “your not fat; your just big”. Truth be told I’ve been “big”, “husky” and “fat” for nearly 50 years. I’m 6’2″, 350lb. The first time I lost a significant amount of weight was on my LDS mission. I was 305lb when I left. It wasn’t deliberate, but because of increased activity 55lb came off over an 18 month period and I felt great. The weight came back on after being married. I suffered PE (blood clots) at age 30 and lost about 40lb after that and thought this is the turning point, this is the “life changing” event that is turning my health around for good. It wasn’t. The weight came back. I went on a popular diet program years later where your food comes in the mail. I enjoyed it and had success, but it was expensive. So here I am at age 57, 350lb. I take 3 BP meds, 3 Diabetes meds, a cholesterol medication and have been on Blood thinners for 25 years. I am desperate, anxious, but excited to try again and finally conquer myself.
Listener Stories: Bob Durfee
I decided that I was not going to go on a 100% diet this year for my new years resolution, but on January 1st I gave up Soda Pop. That was the first and hardest step of this journey at that time I weighed 445. In April on my birthday, I gave up sugary deserts on may the 4th I started the Keto lifestyle. Toward the end of May, I cut down portion size. the middle part of July I joined a gym and I go regularly. I have now hit 298.6 pounds and I am out of the Morbidly obese category. I feel sooooo much better. thank you for your encouragement and assistance. as I continue my journey.
Shortly after my dad passed away from a long term fight with diabetes and all of its associated complications, I was cast on the reality TV show The Biggest Loser. During the show I came to the harsh reality that if my lifestyle did not change I was going to be domed to the same fate as my dad. His demise was an awful spectacle to witness He suffered for years with terrible infections, loss of feeling in his feet and lower extremities, gang green, amputations and so on. It was a painfully slow and terrible death.
On the show, I was determined to not have the same fate as my dad. I had an amazing transformation. I lost 126 pounds. It equated to losing a pound a day over the course of four months! I promised the wonderful people at The Biggest Loser, who had invested so much in me, that I would never gain the weight again. I had a new lease on life and I was going to make the most of it.
Well, if life doesn’t smack you right in the face when you least expect it. Over the course of the last few years I’ve gained all of the weight back and then some. I’d like to offer all of the commonly believed excuses that The Biggest Loser wasn’t a real long term solution and no matter what I did after the show it was inevitable that I was going to gain the weight back because I had conditioned my metabolism to a pace that could not be maintained in my everyday life unless I ate 600 calories a day and worked out eight hours a day.
Excuses aside, the Biggest Loser was a great experience that I cherish fondly, however, I was completely isolated from my everyday life, removed from the temptations, stresses and old habits. So today, I’m in a place that I didn’t expect, but here I am. It’s not without a certain amount of self-loathing and poor me. It’s also, embarrassing, humiliating and you begin to lose hope, but I will never quit until I figure this out.
As I’ve come to accept the reality of my situation I began to ask the question why not find a real world solution to my debilitating plight. Why not find my own real world “Biggest Loser” solution. One that works for the challenges of my life. Well, I did, I am going on a quest to find everyday, real health. Not a fad or the latest gimmick diet, but a long term path to health. I’ve invited Melanie Douglass, who has been in the health and wellness industry for 25 years and feels that real health should be accessible, for free, to everyone. We are going on a journey to long-term health and we are inviting all of you to come along. No fee, no gimmick, we are not promoting a program or product. We are just determined to find real health.