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My Organic- How Allison Day Overcame Bad Health Using An Organic Diet
My Organic Story
Allison Day tell us about how she switched to an organic diet following poor health
I had a very stressful childhood. By my early twenties, I was pretty unwell. At the age of 26 I was rushed into hospital covered in black bruises and it took another two years to get a diagnosis. I had Chronic Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia , a rare auto immune disease affecting the clotting mechanism of the blood. With bleeds to the brain, kidney, liver and heart failure, I needed frequent transfusions. I was dying.
Not allowing myself to be beaten I read absolutely everything I could lay my hands on about this very rare illness. I started listening to what my body was telling me and stopped eating foods which made me feel ill. It seemed to work as I noticed I started to feel better. So I extended my research to cover diet and vitamins too.
Then, a miracle! Lying in my hospital bed the hospital librarian, AKA my angel, gave me a book called Not All In The Mind by Dr Richard MacKarness, a doctor working as a psychiatric registrar at the Park Prewett Mental Hospital, Basingstoke. He described how many of his patients had benefited from a ‘stone age’ diet, reversing severe mental and physical symptoms. I gave it a go and three years later not only was I was free of drugs I was free of illness.
The ‘stone age’ diet was, as you can imagine, somewhat limited, so I started widening my diet and experimenting with taking vitamins. It didn’t all go well to begin with and I landed myself back in hospital after taking the wrong vitamins and eating the wrong kinds of food. But early on I started to recognise additives in food seemed to affect me badly. This lead me to seek out a pure vitamin supplier (no GM or synthetic ingredients), and to swop to an organic diet.
The illness was the result of a drastically compromised immune system, caused initially by a stressful childhood and then a compound of synthetic chemicals found in food (such as pesticides, fungicides, colourants and preservatives). In simple terms I was deficient in two vitamins, C and B3.
I firmly believe that by increasing my intake of these two vitamins and switching to an organic diet is what helped me get better. I have anecdotal evidence from friends who, inspired by my recovery, adopted a similar diet of organic food and vitamins. They also found themselves cured of a variety of more common disorders including arthritis, anaemia, migraine, depression and even anorexia.
I would not advocate anyone to try to treat themselves as I did, it can be very dangerous and landed me in hospital in the early days. But I had nothing to lose and in the end found that altering my diet and vitamin intake was the best treatment for me. Low immunity, and its resulting wide array of conditions, can often be triggered by stress and compounded by chemical additives in food. My experience has led me to believe that good, chemical free food, does and can make a difference.
Think how much the environment would benefit by using fewer chemicals. The pressing need to produce more food might persuade us it can only be done with intensive chemical farming. I fear that this would only drive us up a blind alley of sickness and total reliance on pharmaceutical drugs. I believe there is an alternative.
PS My family (and my pets) all eat organic. We are very healthy, and my pets need no veterinary treatment and live long, happy lives.
"I painted and drew from a tiny tot. Being an artist was part of my DNA. Like breathing, it was necessary to health. I’ve done many jobs, always to supplement my art work - but I’ve always drawn and painted. I also ran a charity for bees. I became ill in 1979, and for a long time hadn’t the strength to do anything much but I still worked as an artist and illustrator, even working from my hospital bed."Artist