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Testimony of 2 years on the Raw Paleo diet

Raw Paleo Diet is the original human diet before agriculture. Raw Paleo Diet is raw fruit, raw vegetables, and raw foods from organic/wild fatty animals. The theory is that the human body is one of nature’s best creations. We are self-healing and always healthy given the original human diet. As the basis for curing most diseases, following a raw paleo diet every day will bring dramatic and sustainable results.

My adventure with the raw paleo diet arose from my desperate search for a cure for everything that ailed me. The challenges in my life always needed a solution. Having trained as an engineer, a computer geek, a problem solver, led me to find definitive solutions or the opposite.

Born in 1969, I grew up like all urban kids on baby formula, drugs, some fast food, lots of cooked food, and following the discredited food pyramid of high-fat, low-fat cooked carbs.

As a child I was diagnosed with asthma and doctors prescribed antihistamine medication. When I had cystic acne at age 16, dermatologists bombarded me with steroid injections and creams. Finally, one decided that he should take an experimental drug called Ro-Accutane. We had to go to the pharmaceutical company’s main office and sign a waiver because their drug was experimental and could have serious side effects.

In 2004, while visiting the beaches of Boracay, I was bitten by sandflies and suffered for 2 full years with itchy arms and legs. After months of steroid injections and steroid creams I gave up and let it be and in 2006 the suspected leishmaniasis was gone.

Throughout my life I had folliculitis, got red spots on my body when bathing, tired easily and passed out with strenuous activity, had heart burns, shoulder pain with left rotation, was hospitalized for several unknown viral illnesses and had a heart murmur called mitral valve prolapse and became obese at 170lbs and wearing 38″ waist pants.

Starting with my husband and I’s secondary infertility adventure in 2002, it led us to clean up our diet by cutting out junk food and eliminating anything inedible that got on our skin and tossing out the microwave. And use raw oysters to increase sperm count.

In the same 2002, while trying to conceive, I contracted an unknown viral illness, was hospitalized for 3 days, and then suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome for 1 month. The cardiologist who ordered a series of tests said nothing came of the tests so he wanted to shape my heart by prescribing a heart shaping drug called beta blockers but it can kill my erections! This was so unacceptable to my core personality as I only had one child and my life goal was at least more than 4. I severely refused drugs and found that by simply cutting out all sources of caffeine I could be cured in 3 weeks. .

When my second son was born in September 2003, he was 170 pounds and weighed 170 pounds. She desperately wanted to lose weight so that she would look sexy enough to have more children. I blindly tried to follow a cooked Atkins diet. I then sought out the teachings of a conventional western medicine nutritionist and she taught me that the way to lose weight was to reduce starches and increase vegetables. I lost weight and kept about 140 pounds for a while. But he was still not healthy.

In 2003 a small eczema started on the lower part of my right leg, it was very itchy, I ignored it. It became fully developed in mid 2005. I had a full length eczema the size of a steak on my right leg, all over my face, ears and left arm. I was a disaster, I couldn’t work, I couldn’t go out, the 5 doctors I saw told me that I was INCURABLE and that I was going to be like this for the rest of my life.

The incurable diagnosis was unacceptable to me. I was always the open-minded guy. No DOGMA was my motto in life. I am an engineer, a problem solver, if these so called “doctors” said I was incurable, it only meant they DID NOT KNOW the cure and their common educational foundation was wrong. I had to find people who DID KNOW the cure… NO DOCTORS, so I drove to a remote village where there were NO western doctors, and my real health learning journey began with a 3rd generation herbalist named Manang Lorna.

I learned about electromedicine, herbs, and detoxification: kidney cleanses, liver flushes, colon cleanses, and many other cleanses that eliminated my eczema symptoms. Free of eczema symptoms. But I wanted more. I wanted vibrant health. I knew there was more and I wanted to be so healthy that I had to learn more. All the detoxing and no dietary changes meant there was no real cure.

In 2007 I came across raw veganism through Dr. Tam Mateo. I tried 2 months of raw veganism his way, his recipes, his practice, but I lost too much weight and finally stopped raw veganism. I added cooked meat and rice back to my diet and to gain weight.

So I was ready for the fast and tried a 14 day orange juice fast under the tutelage of Barefoot Herbalist MH. It was a revelation. I got rid of the addiction to cooked meat and rice. I was ready to try raw fruitarian. And I tried raw fruitarian which only lasted me 2 months. I was losing weight with raw vegan fruits than with raw vegan, plus I was cold and lived in a tropical country, in hot Manila at a temperature of 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. What finally got my attention to stop the frugivorous madness was when I asked for support as to when my cold feelings would stop. A long time frugivore said that he would take 5 years! That did it, he had to find something else.

I stumbled across Wai Genriu’s Wai Diet (a form of Raw Paleo diet). It was an easy step from frugivore to Wai Diet, just add extra virgin olive oil and raw fish sashimi and raw egg yolks to my tropical fruits. bam! Instant feeling of good health! I gained enough weight from 112 to 120 pounds on the Wai diet. The addition of raw meat to my meat less than 4 months old was a breath of life for my health.

After 3 months on the Wai diet, I got bored with only sea food, why not try land animals? I ran into Aajonus Vonderplanitz, who talked over and over about the benefits of raw land animals, raw beef, raw chicken, and raw dairy.

I needed some hand holding, some support to get started and I found Geoff Purcell (in the UK) at very approachable. He and Craig Bates started the Raw Paleo Forum, which was very helpful for newbies like me.

I experimented with various raw land animals with Duck, Chicken, Goat, Lamb, Frogs and liked the organic grass fed raw meat best…the legendary grass fed Batangas beef with delicious yellow fat is true! I experimented with many types of raw goat, cow and carabao dairy and all failed, I just couldn’t digest dairy, realized I was lactose intolerant. My tummy was also not up for raw green juices.

I got curious about the Homo Optimus Diet involving cooked pork, I did my one month experiment and felt that my health was inferior on cooked meat compared to raw meat.

I found that on the raw paleo diet of organic fruits and raw fatty organic animal foods, I never got sick for an entire year. I felt invincible. This was a first for me, and I go on and on every day hoping I don’t get sick. The only times I felt bad were the times I tried to eat a non-raw paleo diet. Also, for the first time I have biceps muscles in my arms and I am a sedentary computer geek. God, that about eating raw meat will make you gain muscles without doing gym exercises is true.

In 2009 I switched to a high fat, low carb raw paleo diet and found it to be even more comfortable. Gone are the shaky feelings of hunger characterized by hypoglycemia that I thought was normal throughout my life around mealtime.

The raw paleo diet is the easiest diet I’ve ever followed, although high-quality organic fruit and organic meat are expensive. Raw Paleo Diet is even easier than the regular SAD or cooked paleo diet. Being free from the ties of the kitchen is a dream that must be lived. It seems I have found “home” as the raw paleo diet is so easy even a caveman can do it.

To further increase my access to the best food possible, I moved my company office to Cubao, right next to my favorite “Farmers Market” wet market for daily fresh produce trading.

My diet these days is high in raw fat and low in carbs made up of:

* low glycemic organic raw local fruits in season – high vitamin C fruits (guava, papaya, Indian mangoes), hydrating fruits (watermelon, melon), fatty fruits (durian, coconuts) we follow the seasons

* fertilized raw duck eggs brought from Palawan

* raw fatty grass-fed Batangas beef and sometimes raw goat or raw lamb

* various raw foods from the sea such as oysters, clams, small and large fish, sea prawns, etc.

* Without supplements. No supplement can match the power of real food.

The paleo raw vegan diet and its variants is curative. My own young children have experienced eating raw paleo diet themselves. When kids are sick I put them on a raw paleo diet just like mine, they know the cure for their illness is RAW because they experience immediate relief. Kids know who is the healthiest person at home these days.

By the end of this year 2009 I will have been on the raw paleo diet for 2 years and now weigh a more respectable 128lbs with a short height of 5’5″ and a waist pant size of 31″. Always looking forward to reaching new heights of health in the years to come as I continually tweak and tweak. All my health problems have been solved. It has only been these 2 years that I have felt truly healthy.

Today, at 40, I look younger, leaner, and stronger than I did when I was 30. It was on the raw paleo diet that I realized that humans were meant to be healthy and stay healthy, effortlessly.

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