I got into raw foods not too long ago because I was diagnosed with the early symptoms of an ulcer in my esophagus. I always tried to eat healthy, but constantly had a hard time swallowing and occasionally got heartburn.
One day I woke up and had this nagging pain in my throat. I took some antacids and it never went away. It was getting so bad that tears would roll down my face throughout the day. After a few days and blood in my stool, I saw a doctor who suggested to see a specialist.
The specialist did an endoscopy on me to find out it was just the early signs of an ulcer. He gave me some medication that helped me for about a month. Eventually it quit working. I went to see the specialist again and he told me that it would go away and continue taking the medication he gave me. Or course it didn't go away.
I began taking prilosec and that worked miracles for about 2 months. Once that quit working, I went and saw another doctor that prescribed me another medication which didn't work.
I saw the specialist again and he prescribed me another medication to take on top of the medication. So now I was on 3 prescriptions.
After having 7 days of straight heartburn, I began losing my voice. I was taking 8 pills a day and nothing was working.
I went to see my friends that are into alternative medicine. They are involved in raw foods and they told me my problem was that I was allergic to processed foods and I had an enzyme deficiency. They gave me some enzyme pills to take. They gave me a brief description of raw food dieting and prepared a raw dinner for me.
I woke up with my 8th day of heartburn and took the pills my friends gave me. Within hours I felt better. I began picking their brain on everything they knew about raw foods. Since I started with a raw food diet, my heartburn has gone away most of the time and I quit taking the medication that my doctors prescribed me.
I'm lucky to live in Los Angeles and have been taking classes and meeting several people that are into raw foods. I'm also grateful that my wife went raw with me.
My wife and I still eat meat occasionally, but we're 75% raw at the moment. My life has changed. If it wasn't for raw foods, I would still be ill.