I am a 52 year-old male, married with a wonderful wife and 3 great children and 4 grandchildren. I would like to share my story in hopes that it will inspire others to find their way back from chronic pain and bad health. Until about a year ago, I was a diabetic type 2, overweight, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, bad knees, constant lower back pain—the whole ball of wax. I was on 8 or 9 medications, with more side-effects than I could count. Complaining of any of them only brought more prescriptions, as if I wasn't taking enough already. I missed so much work that I was eventually placed on disability, and my wife became the main breadwinner. It wasn't exactly how I had pictured my middle-age lifestyle.

It would be so much easier if I could tell you when my health started going downhill, but I can tell the day I went to the doctor for a routine check up and a week later had prescriptions for high blood pressure, two for high cholesterol and glycerides, and an SSRI anti-depressant "just to be sure". Never did I expect that to lead to weight gain, trouble sleeping, an enlarged heart, and, after a couple of years, insulin-inspiring diabetic medication. I was told that my problems were hereditary, and for a time, I believed it. For my father died of a heart attack at 60, my mother had high blood pressure and a bad back. One brother was diabetic, a sister had osteopenia and rheumatoid arthritis.

Then, I attended a seminar given by Dr. Max Chartrand on how to reverse diabetes. He read off medication side-effects (cold feet, sleeplessness, depression, muscle aches, weight gain, lethargy, heart palpitations, edema, diabetes, etc.) from the very medications I was taking, and how in a side/interaction/withdrawal effect profile the effects of these medications overlap each other. He spoke of type 2 diabetes as an acidosis problem, not an insulin problem. He showed historical data showing the parallel between changes in the U.S. diet and the stunning growth of diabetes. He showed how others had worked their way back from diabetes and other chronic conditions simply by major changes in nutrition, lifestyle, and hydration changes. No more microwaving, drink water, change to extra virgin olive oil, convection/stove top cooking, more fresh, organic foods, less red meat, and a list of supplements targeted to specific needs.

He also demonstrated how biomarkers work on the video otoscope, and let of us look in our ears to see the calcium plaques on the eardrums (atherosclerosis), deteriorated cartilage (corresponding to our body's three types of cartilage, said it appeared I had thinned out cartilage in the knees and lumbar area, with bone spurs), My large blood vessels were dilated, the capillaries closed-up hence the freezing feet and light headedness, dilated synapses from the SSRI medication holding back not only the serotonin but other hormones, also, no wonder I was such a mess! And my medications were causing the lion's share of it!

My goal became clear at that point: I was going to get off the medications, stop microwaving, eat more organic, change my diet, exercise, take the supplements suggested in the seminar, and see what happens. Needless to say, my entire family was affected by my choices. At first, my wife thought I was nuts, she couldn't even warm up my food in the microwave and had to completely change how she shopped for food.

I asked my doctor to help me come off the medications, and his response was, "Why would you want to do that?". I told him all my reasons, showed him the data on the medications and the terrible things they were doing to me. He agreed to help me. In 30 days My blood pressure returned to normal, in 60 my cholesterol and triglycerides looked good, inflammation was way down. In 90 days my fasting blood sugar was 87 mg/dL (not the so-called acceptable 130 mg/dL it was forever stuck on before!). In six months, my knee cartilage was thick and strong, my back stopped aching long before that. I was ready for a new life, healthy, energetic, and ready to go back to work.

My wife's rheumatoid arthritis is history, her knobby fingers are slender again like the elegant lady she is. Her osteoporosis is also history, we go golfing again, and enjoying outings with the family again.

Speaking of family, my mother's blood pressure and heart problems are history; she's now an active, healthy lady. My brother followed in my footsteps and kicked the diabetes, and my sister is the picture of health...yes, she made the same changes I did.

I am telling my story so that others can benefit by knowing there is another way. There's got to be a reason healthy people are sick; practically everyone I know has problems! I hope they break loose from the medications, unneeded surgeries, and deficient foods sold at local super markets. There IS a better way!

IT'S YOUR TURN: How will the story of your life and health end?

How your own story ends will hinge on several factors. Become informed, learn about your conditions, the true effects of medications, and how to take back your health...from dehydration, from empty foods, from microwaving and over-processing, and from drugs that only make you sicker. While every category of chronic disease is skyrocketing today, it's also true that there never has been a better time to get back one's health and live life to the fullest. We have the knowledge, supplementation, and effective, gentle modalities. You have the best doctor in the house residing within you, one that can bring out that vibrant, youthful individual that is truly you TAKE NO SHORT CUTS. ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES.