Hi all, I imagine that some of you migth be curious about how my Dad is doing on raw. For those who are just new to this topic, please read my previous entries.
Anyway, the biggest changes in my Dad's health came from:
1) Starting him on 100% raw diet
2) Introducing zeolite in large doses (15 drops 3X a day)
He is still on both and doing very well. At the moment I would say that his memory is that of an "average" 82 year old. Not great, but not too bad either. He is still very quiet but when he does speak it is obvious that he can follow conversations from start to finish, he remembers what happened yesterday and week ago, he sometimes forgets the proper way to use machines in the gym, but then again, he has not been doing it for a long time and the range of exercises has been increasing.
Sometimes I get cranky with him because he forgets things and I am now treating him as if he remembers everything :-) He stays awake most of the day and can get himself up and get ready with just one wake up call and he can put himself to bed without any problems remembering his evening routine of brushing teeth and changing into his pyjamas. It is much easier now.
Zeolite has been fabulous, he obviously had a huge issue with heavy metal toxicity and at the beginning the changes were happening really fast. He is still on detox, but it sort of leveled off and the progress is not as noticeable.
We had a bit of a setback in the gym, he got to a certain level and then stopped and would not progress any further. In fact it looked like he was loosing strenght.
Now, what I am going to tell you now will probably upset some people, but I had a lot of great theories about fixing it all with HCRV and not everything went smoothly. He started to loose a lot of weight and the problem was that he was underweight to start with. I had to introduce some denser food like nuts, then salmon and then raw eggs. Within a week his strenght in the gym improved and he was less tired.
I know that it is not really the optimal way, but I would have to have no life if I tried to keep forcing him to eat more carbs. He already has about 1 and a half litres of smoothies a day, plus additional fruit, plus all the other raw foods. Plus of course, there is no precedence to what I am doing with him (which I could find). I don't know if it will take another month or 5 years to get him well again, and I am flying here by the seat of my pants, so if any one of you would think of giving me hard time, I invite you to come to my place and "walk a mile in my shoes". I am definitely a full time carer still, although it is getting much easier in some ways.
Anyway, he is well enough to do certain things without me now, so we started him going to "mens shed" and he is enjoying it very much. The guys there are fabulous and they give him some simple jobs and he feels productive.
Next we will be sending him to senior citizens centre and some more social things. I think that he is a bit lonely and would do a lot better if he had some company other than us. He keeps on joking that he might get married again, so any senior single ladies out there - you are welcome to apply :-)
Right now he is sitting in the office and reading a book, which is a miracle itself, as before he could not get through the title.
So, as I said, the next step is to get him socialized, get him a girlfriend so he has some motivation to work harder at getting well and shift him out to live independently. Hopefully that will happen within a year.
So much for Dementia and Alzheimer's. As far as I can see, those diseases are doctor made just like diabeties and cancer.
I am attaching a photo of the visual proof of how my father's body is reacting to raw. Notice how nice the new nail is growing now. The dark spot on the nail is the trauma when my Mum died. He has one also on his fingernail. So, pretty much before dark spot is not raw, from dark spot on is raw. Pretty graphic, right?
What a wonderful attitude your Dad has for an 82 year old. My mum is 83 and would never embark on a gym program or new activities, though fortunately she is free from mental issues. Your dad is unusually positive for his age in approaching natural healthcare at all, especially a total change of diet.
I understand someone of his age cannot eat a great volume. Have you tried simply introducing more higher-fat raw foods like avocados, nut butters, rather than animal foods? But I think it's a lot to do with percentages too - so long as the major proportion of his diet is rv, a small amount of animal foods may do little harm.
Yes, he already eats avocados, nuts and coconuts, fish and eggs only once a week, the rest is all raw vegan. I was dissappointed that he was not doing better on vegan, but maybe I expected too much too soon? Also, I just have no time to sit there stretching his stomach force feeding him 30 bananas a day, there is a limit to what I can do.
When he is finally able to take responsibility for his own health instead of relying on me 100%, we can probably get even better results.
We just have to remember that I took him from a candidate to full time nursing care to able to function at a reasonable level in just 4 and half months.
You are a wonderful daughter. What a lucky dad you have :)
Great job you do Boshena!!!! What a lucky father you have! Hope you find time to take care of yourself too.
Love hearing your updates! :) I really hope more people get exposed to your experiences and use them to help others.
I'm curious, do you track his meals with cronometer? This may not be a popular opinion around here, but I wonder if he's just not getting enough protein due to the low calorie intake. From my experience I do best if I'm getting 60 grams of protein a day, 45 is the bare minimum. I wonder if you could successfully use a raw vegan protein powder instead of the eggs and fish?
No, no counting calories here. I just stuff him full of food to the best of my abilities, nothing more can go in :-) He eats A LOT by any standards, but it is still not enough to put any flesh on him. Thank God for the gym, at least he is starting to develope some muscles.
I think I am worried that the family will think that I am starving him and will want to fatten him up with s**t when we go to visit, so I am trying to fatten him up instead with something more acceptable.
So after the four months is your dad an enthusiastic willing participant with his new style of eating? Does he miss and yearn for his old favorite foods? Does he have a clear memory of what life was like before you intervened?
Thank you so much for keeping us updated on your Dads progress. The results are truly amazing and so are YOU. With everything I got, I thank you for making a difference in the realm of mental illness. I did not think it was possible to reverse this condition.
I send YOU light and peace
Thanks BananBill. I have a long history in reversing the irreversible, so I was not at all surprised, in fact, I was hoping it would go faster :-)
I know for sure that if you acquired some condition in your lifetime and there is no structural damage, than it definitely is reversible, all you have to do is to find a way.
what else have you reversed?
Great that you're having so great results with your father. Just two questions:
-are you not worried about possible contamination of the raw eggs with salmonella? here in the netherlands 80% plus of all eggs are contaminated.
-I was wondering if you ever checked your father for b12 shortages. I believe it's also linked to Alzheimer, but not 100% sure.
All the best!
Not worried about the eggs, we use colloidal silver daily as a mouth wash, and since we started doing it many years ago we have not had any gastric problems at all. Even if I ate something that seemed not too fresh, I would drink some colloidal silver and there never was any reaction.
And his b12 levels are higher than normal, so no problems there.