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Old 02-06-2012, 09:45 PM
 
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How much experience do you have in my body, with my genetics and family history?

I eat healthy, walk on the treadmill 4 days a week for 20 minutes each day, have gone from 650 pounds + 14 years ago to 150 pounds without surgery, weight watchers, jenny craig or any of the other "diets", the last drink of alcohol I had was new years eve 2009 and have one vice which is nicotine. Even with all of this and a complete change of lifestyle 14 years ago I have been blessed with a Chronic Auto Immune Liver Disease that will more than likely cause me to have to have a liver transplant at some point to continue to live.

So please enlighten me further as to what I am doing 'wrong' besides the nicotine and I will possibly, maybe, think about considering following your advice even though you don't know me at all but somehow know how I should live my life much better than I and my physician know.
Absolutely correct, CSD610!

I don't know you and I don't have any experience with your body, genetics, or family history, nor am I privy to your personal consults with your physician.

However, it's reasonable to speculate that if you hadn't addressed the issues that caused you to reach 650 lbs before taking agressive action in your own best interests ... you'd be in much worse shape than your are today. Doing "everything right" may have been a lifesaver for you and at least you have options ahead ... as opposed to a lot of people who don't take appropriate action in a timely manner and wind up with a host of illnesses that are past treatable levels before they decide it's time to do things a little differently.

On other fronts ... don't think that you are the only person on this forum dealing with genetic illness issues. Many have learned to live their lives around them rather than being victims of these limitations. It sounds like you have found your own best cure for some of your health concerns. Perhaps there remain additional options available to you that will improve your prognosis? Nicotine is but one of the commonly available poisons in the typical intake of many ... have you ever considered visiting a naturopath and getting their assessment of your situation? Read Jean Carper's "Food is your best medicine"? and so forth .....

The bottom line is that nobody has a greater vested interest in your health than you do. Taking aggressive action in your own interests can oft times be more involved than just dealing with one doctor's professional opinion. The choice is up to you.

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Old 02-06-2012, 09:46 PM
 
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Self-medicating with such as raw garlic and vinegar? If so, sure does count but in a good way. You're still not on anything pharmaceutical and by the time we're in our mid-fifties, compared to society it's noteworthy, at least.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Duncan, Oklahoma
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So far, so good that you don't take medicine now? Will you not be saying that if you take medicine at some point?
That's correct. So far, so good that my husband and I aren't on any medication at our ages. I thought that was rather clear.

Also, I won't be saying that if I have to take medicine at some point. I would rather be medicine-free than take pills. Seems sensible to me, but to each his own. Have a nice day!
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:35 AM
 
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I'll be 49 next month and I haven't been on any meds on a regular basis in 7 years. I had to take antibiotics several years ago for a dental infection and I do take an occasional Advil for headaches when the pain starts to get intolerable. I am a vegetarian now, and I also take a variety of natural supplements. I am much healthier now, than I was 20 years ago.

I don't like taking meds when you can fix a problem without them (nutrition, exercise, supplements, therapy, etc.). I have often found that the side effects are worse than the original reason for taking them. However in times of emergency or when something can't be managed any other way I'm glad they exist.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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That's correct. So far, so good that my husband and I aren't on any medication at our ages. I thought that was rather clear.

Also, I won't be saying that if I have to take medicine at some point. I would rather be medicine-free than take pills. Seems sensible to me, but to each his own. Have a nice day!
No, what I meant is will your life not be good if you take medicine. I say this because you said "so far, so good"... so life is no longer good when you take your first pill?
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:04 PM
 
Location: New England
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26 and no meds. Although I've also had my fair share over the years since I was 11. I still take some herbals for cystitis which is otherwise untreatable/incurable but it's getting better. Lately I've started jogging which seems to help my mood tremendously, and am also on low-carb/paleo diet which makes my tummy feel much better--thinking of keeping it up for life. If illness has taught me anything, you are what you eat.
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