RE: follow up to pity party
Posted Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 9:26 PM
I've experienced the same thing as 2meowers - I used to get sick all the time (colds and other worse ailments) and since I started eating vegan in February 2009, I have not been sick once. It is absolutely amazing. My husband and parents are completely floored by it. For the prior 4 years, I had to miss at least a month of work a year for some illness or another, and I have not been sick for a single day this year. Crazy. I think it is so amazing that no one would ever believe me if I even told them, but my husband and parents have actually seen it.
After reading your response to my post, I realize I should have added that I've had the good fortune to be basically healthy most of my life. I'm 57. Yeah, I did get colds when exposed, but that's really it over the years, except for a few episodes of bronchitis, and a couple of times the cold also included fever for a day or so. As I've gotten older, have noticed possible spring allergies. I'm adopted, so cannot look back on family history. Yes, do now take hypothyroid and BP meds since I gained weight over the years. But I've now lost 40 lbs. just by changing diet, and am hoping to get off the BPs when I have my annual in a few weeks.
However, to me, the fact that I survived all the stuff I was exposed to at work and in public, and didn't catch any flu-like symptoms or colds this past winter (vegan 8-15-09), makes me a believer in a vegan diet! Yes, I work in food service so wash my hands A LOT! And I don't have children around as additional "bug carriers", but I never even got "just the sniffles"! Truth about an improved immune system after following a vegan diet will come from those that used to get the flu, colds, and stuff etc. Since this challenge started in March, we'll have to see. Maybe some of the longer practicing vegans will post their stories. If my pretty strong system got stronger, think what a change to vegan can do to others!
"But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy." Plutarch.