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Jill Harrington

Jill Harrington

“I owe my vibrant health to what I learned through the ANHS and the book Fit for Life. This story is shared with anyone that might benefit from hearing it.

“I was 34 years old, seemingly very healthy, active and happy. I exercised daily and was involved in many boating and outdoor activities. But there had been some recent stressful changes: a divorce, a new job and a move.

“Then while on a business trip I woke one morning feeling like an old lady. My hands were stiff with what felt like arthritis. The symptoms worsened over the next couple of weeks and included additional joint pain and inflammation, low-grade fevers and exhaustion. After a visit to a rheumatologist and much testing, the diagnosis was Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, an autoimmune disease. The diagnosis was clear, as there were seven out of ten of the possible indicators — high SED rate, low white blood count, etc.

“The doctors said that I would have this disease and be on medication for the rest of my life. They thought they were comforting me by saying that I probably wouldn’t die, I might, but that medications were better these days. I would eventually need steroids, and that my face would become puffy and my immune system would shut down, but then we would change to another medication. I couldn’t accept that fate. My father is a doctor. I wasn’t against the medical profession, but this wasn’t an acceptable answer to me.

“I began taking the prescription medication and also started searching for my own answers. I tried homeopathy, acupuncture, anything that might help. None of it made much of a difference, not even the medications. I lived with constant joint pain and fever.

“About a year later I re-read the book Fit for Life, by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. Their approach made sense to me. It was logical and fit in with my love and compassion for animals. I became a vegetarian the next day, although this was not the easiest thing to do at the time, since I was living in the Virginia countryside on the Chesapeake Bay, with crabpots and a 25-foot fishing boat in my backyard. It seemed like there wasn’t another vegetarian in Middlesex County, but I was determined to regain my health.

“I wrote to the Diamonds to get more information, and they referred me to the NHA, then known as the ANHS. On my daily work commute I listened to every tape from previ ous NHA conferences. I became more and more confident that Natural Hygiene was the answer. The doctors said that I could eat anything I wanted, it wouldn’t have anything to do with the condition.

“After a telephone consultation with Dr. Alan Goldhamer, I tapered off the medications and made plans to fast. My friends and family thought I was crazy. Surely I would die going two weeks without food.

“I discovered that the medications had only been suppressing symptoms, as they became much worse. After preparing for, and then making the trip to California, I truly wanted to just give up. I was so weak and in so much pain that I couldn’t even open the taxi door. The driver had to help me out. Once checked in and curled up in bed, I pulled the sheet over my head and didn’t move for hours. Beginning the very next day, though, the symptoms began to lighten. By the seventh day, all my joint pain was gone. Two years of joint pain was gone in only seven days? Sure, once I got out of the way and allowed my body to do the healing!

“Then, new symptoms started to appear: my throat, which had been sore for nine months, was inflamed. I had headache, sore throat, and congestion. I was told not to worry, that these were signs of my body cleaning house. Every day there were different symptoms, but by the tenth day the only remaining symptoms were the sore throat and pain in my right shoulder. My face, which had a red butterfly rash for months, was cool and white.

“We had planned the fast for fourteen days, with a seven-day re-feeding period. On the twenty-first day final exam, I expressed disappointment to Dr. Lemerande that there was still a sore throat. He said it was from exhaustion and that I needed nine or ten hours of sleep a night. Once home, I took his advice and within ten days, the sore throat was gone. Today, a sore throat is still the first indicator that my health is being compromised, and that more rest and sleep is needed.

“Upon hearing of my new state of health, the rheumatologist at the Medical College of Virginia wrote in the chart that there had been a ‘spontaneous recovery.’ This is a teaching hospital, yet they were not at all interested in these results.

“In the seven years since this fast, Lupus has not been a part of my life. I have never compromised on the vegan aspect of my diet. Although I began as a vegan for health reasons, I am now also vegan for ethical and environmental reasons.

“I now live a full and vibrant life. I currently live in northern California and shop at organic farmer’s markets year-round. I eat mostly fresh, ripe, raw organic fruits and vegetables and have many friends that do the same.

“I am now in the process of several ventures that will help others learn how to regain their health. I may be reached at vegforlife@earthlink.net. “


This story appeared in the Spring 2002 issue of Health Science magazine.

 

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