The Health Rabbit Hole (Part 1): Enter At Your Own Risk

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

– MAHATMA GHANDI

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.

– ALBERT EINSTEIN

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

– BUDDHA

“Ok, so what we’re going to do is draw about 500 milliliters of your blood, mix it with pure ozone, spike it with some glutathione and DMSO then introduce it back into your system. It’ll take about an hour or so,” said the disturbingly young looking 60-year-old man behind the desk.

Apparently he was running late for his 46th iron man competition and anxious to get me out of his office.

“This will bring all your inflammation down and balance out some of that stuff we found in your most recent blood work.”

“How much is this costing me again?” I asked.

“$6,000.”

You know, on my sixteen-year quest for optimal health and wellness I’ve often wondered if I would ever actually reach the end of the Health Rabbit Hole and see “just how far it goes”.

If this wasn’t it, then I decided right then and there it was time to climb out of this hole and head back to McDonalds.

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Yes, the symbol on my wrist is an Illuminati birthmark

REWIND 16 YEARS:

I’m sitting at McDonalds perfectly happy and unwittingly disease-ridden. The thought “maybe I should care about what I put into my body” has not once occurred to me in my 22 years on planet earth. If it tasted good, I ate it. If it didn’t, I didn’t. Period. End of story.

My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don’t think about it, I just have it.

– ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGER

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I get a text to my phone. This was sixteen years ago so I think this was the first text ever sent by anyone ever. I’m an early adopter.

I set my Big Mac down and read it:

I’m breaking up with you. Sorry.

Besides instantly foreseeing the doom of human relationships generally and intimate one-on-one communication specifically, I also come to an immediate completely illogical conclusion …

My big mac had somehow caused my breakup.

I mean, the Mac was in one hand, the phone was in the other … I don’t know how the Mac pulled it off, but it obviously did. Guilt by association. I was 22 years old and probably high on weed so remember this story when marijuana legalization comes up on your docket later this year like it is here in Florida.

After strolling by the checkout counter and announcing to the McDonald’s staff that I was breaking up with all of them, I stormed out. I was determined, not only to never eat at McDonalds again, but to get healthy.

The following is a diary of my journey from total health unconsciousness to a state of borderline immortality …

May 1998: I enter the Health Rabbit Hole confident that it is maybe two feet deep. Three tops.

Little do I know I’ve just taken the red pill and am about to get painfully unplugged from the Big Pharma / Big Ag Death-Matrix.

I determine to get so physically fit that no woman will ever dare leave me again. I start eating lunches and dinners at Boston Market fully convinced this is the healthiest thing anyone could possibly do.

Roasted processed chicken, a mashed potatoey looking substance, and macaroni & cheese-substitute. “A home cooked dinner!” I delude.

The thought, “this is going to be easy,” appears in my mind. I smile and agree totally.

August 1998: I realize a gym might have to be involved for some reason. I had heard of them, but never really knew what went on inside. I decide against it and instead start drinking 6 raw eggs and jogging every morning because that’s what Rocky Balboa did.

Why reinvent the wheel?

February 1999: I buy and read the book Body For Life by Bill Phillips. I have a major “Holy sh– I’ve Been Doing Everything Wrong” moment and immediately decide to become a body builder. I determine to put on 45 pounds of pure muscle for some insane reason that I come to regret approximately 45 pounds later.

March 1999: I go grocery shopping for the first time in my life. I pull the cart from the front with one hand because pushing it made me feel gay for some reason. Nothing against the gays, but personally I didn’t like the feeling. “Shopping carts are for women and the gays,” I decide. I think I still think that.

April 1999: I begin my new Body For Life diet as follows:

Breakfast: 12 conventional egg whites and two bowls of conventional oatmeal (“conventional” … read: “youaretotallyscrewedifyoueatthisregularly”

Lunch: 2 conventional chicken breasts and 2 conventional baked potatoes (ever try eating two baked potatoes? Every day?)

Snack: One EAS protein shake (conveniently owned by Bill Phillips) with conventional milk and two conventional bananas.

Dinner: A repeat of lunch

Snack: Another EAS shake

I eat these same exact meals 6 days a week for four years straight. You don’t even want to know what I ate on those 7th “Cheat” days. If you added up all those 7th Cheat Day calories it would be enough to sustain a small tribe of starving children in Africa for their entire lives.

Anyway, I could care less. My biceps are ¾ of an inch bigger than what they were just two months ago. I am at the pinnacle of health.
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Side Note: “Cheat Days” are for losers. Anyone who says otherwise is completely unconcerned about their health, and you should ignore every other thing they say about life in general.

I mean think about it …1 day out of 7 is 15% of your life. You think 85% health food + 15% BIZARELY unhealthy food = 1 healthy human being? Does that equation work for anything else in life analogically speaking? If 85% of your computer code is good and 15% is bad how will your website look? If you fill your car up with 85% regular gas and 15% diesel on a regular basis, what do you think will happen?

Does the thought “well I’m still doing better than most” really comfort you? Most people are dying a fast death. Don’t compare yourselves to the worst; compare yourself to the best.

And even saying “15%” is being generous because everyone knows you eat twice the amount of calories on your cheat days than you do otherwise. So it’s really more like 28%.

72% purity + 28% poison = you suck

Google “cheat day myth” for further enlightenment.
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February 2001: I realize I haven’t drunk water since I lived with my parents and they forced me to. I do some investigating and find out that, yes, you do indeed need to drink water to survive any significant length of time on earth.

I transition from a few sips of fluoridated, chlorinated, tap water a day to 8 bottles of random spring water. I immediately start peeing an amazing crystal clear stream as opposed to dark yellow. Often.

It takes ten years from this date for me to discover that plastic bottles are made with Bisphenol-A (BPA), which is a major endocrine disruptor that jacks your hormones to hell and back. I switch to glass bottled Mountain Valley Spring Water in 2011. It’s the most expensive bottled water in the world, but I fully expect to discover that there is something horrible about it in the next 10-20 years.

September 2002: I step on the scale and to my delight the needle sores all the way up to 225. I’ve officially achieved the stupidest goal ever written down on paper by a human being ever.

I have NO IDEA how hard it is going to be to lose this weight once I come to the realization that body builders are total morons and maybe some of the unhealthiest people on earth.

I can’t stop staring at myself in every mirror everywhere.

May 2003: I listen to an Anthony Robbins CD where he tells me my body is acidic and I need to PH balance it by eating these things called vegetables – specifically green leafy vegetables. If I don’t do this I’ll get cancer and die soon.

I immediately obey his every command even though I don’t want to and am specifically saying “no Preston, do not do this. Vegetables suck. You’re going over the edge here.”

Then I remember that the CD program is called “Get The Edge,” and it all makes sense.

I stop at the nearest health food store, order a double shot of wheatgrass and puke in the bathroom (true story). I suggest starting with a single.

January 2004: I get the flu, as I used to at least twice a year thinking it perfectly normal. A friend asks me a question that genuinely baffles me:

“Preston, if you’re so healthy, which you never stop saying you are … why do you think you get sick so often?”

This makes me feel genuine rage toward this friend, and I consider unfriending him right then and there in person. Facebook hasn’t been invented yet, but I picture something similar in my head and I mentally click the “unfriend” button without telling him.

April 2006: I read The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin and immediately regret it.

I realize that all the meat I’ve been eating my whole life has been pumped full of hormones and antibiotics that make their way into my body and cause disease. I immediately understand why people look so different now compared to a century ago.

 then
NFL Players in the 1930’s

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NFL Player Today. If this is progress, I vote for regress.

All the fruits and vegetables I’ve been consuming since birth have been saturated in poisonous pesticides created by the same company that manufactured Agent Orange for the Vietnam War. In case you’re not familiar with that, let’s just say it didn’t turn out good for the soldiers.

I catch my first glimpse of the infinitude of the Health Rabbit Hole. “Organic” enters my vocabulary and my grocery bills immediately triple. Apparently it costs more to not have someone f%$# with your food.

October 2007: I unfortunately get invited to a friend’s house whose son is a professional raw food chef. He cooks us a raw food dinner that somehow tastes just as good as the worst meal at Carraba’s. And I mean that in a good way. As in … “worst for you … so best tasting.”

He proceeds to educate us all on the benefits of eating raw foods. Although my fingers are in my ears semi-silently singing “la la la la la … ” to drown out this unsolicited knowledge it mostly still gets in my mind somehow. I think he was also a psychic communicating telepathically.

Apparently cooking vegetables strips the nutrients right out of them. Now not only do I have to eat vegetables, but I have to eat them raw which takes longer to consume and tastes even worse which I didn’t think was possible.

I dutifully add raw vegetables into my daily diet, which – although it sounds like it’s getting healthy – is still terrible, as I’m soon to find out.

3 Days Later: I get the flu

June 2008: A friend of mine tells me about juicing. This strikes me as potentially the greatest invention of all time. “Get all my vegetables in a few gulps?” I’m all in.

I buy the most expensive juicer on the market, purchase $400 worth of organic vegetables, realize how much of a pain in the ass it is to make a juice and quit immediately.

July 2008: I find out there are health food stores that will make these juices for you. I start getting them there.

August 2008: Flu. “F%#!”

December 2009: I get “introduced” to veganism. I immediately reject it for two reasons …

1. I don’t join cults in general.

2. Almost but not everyone I know who is a vegan looks like they are two steps from death and is totally annoying. No offense if you’re a vegan, but, if you are, post a picture of yourself in a comment below and talk a little so everyone can understand what I’m talking about. And I challenge you to get your blood work done. It will be JACKED. That’s a promise.

July 2010: After having 17 consecutive girlfriends tell me I have A.D.D. and suggest medication, I decide to study brain health. “It’s part of my body too I guess.”

Long story short, this leads me across the country to spend 3 days with Dr. Amen having my brain analyzed via FMRI technology.

This is a healthy brain …

 healthbrain
“I feel good”

 This was my brain …

 mybrain
“I am currently hallucinating”

See all those holes? Each one of those is a different rave I went to when I was a teenager.

The divot in the frontal cortex? That’s called brain damage (from a childhood accident).

Anyway I got a holistic treatment plan from the clinic and I never heard anyone mention the term A.D.D. to me again. So I guess it worked.

May 2011: I get referred to probably the most evolved, genius, natural health practitioner in current Western and Eastern civilization (why north and south don’t get civilizations I’ll never know). He has a doctorate in biochemistry, another doctorate in nutrigenomics, and yet another doctorate in human nutrition. He’s the youngest person to ever teach at Harvard University. His client list reads like a Who’s Who list of Who’s Who lists.

We start off by him telling me to submit blood samples, urine samples, saliva samples and a check for like a million dollars or something; I can’t remember the exact amount. I am determined to reach the pinnacle of health and stop getting the flu. This is a small price to pay in my mind.

August 2010: The results of my tests come in. Apparently this was no ordinary blood test where you get one or two pages of “here’s your cholesterol, blood count, and blah blah whatever.” He handed me a 50 page report that looked like it was created by the CFO at G.E. There were graphs.

“Preston, you are low in Vitamin E, D, C, and A through Z. Your free testosterone would seem to imply you are about 95 years old, your liver is toxic, and your adrenals are pretty much flat-lined. If I were to just look at your adrenal test without knowing you I would literally guess I was looking at a dead man’s report. You also have a severe allergy to dairy, a severe allergy to the milk protein casein, and a moderate allergy to eggs. Have you been eating these your whole life?”

“Yes,” I admitted. “But I’ve never had any symptoms.”

“Well it would cause inflammation, which is a silent killer, clouded thinking, depression, A.D.D., joint pain, flu susceptibility … have you ever had any of those?”

Hear me clearly now because this is the whole point of this post …

12 YEARS into the Health Rabbit Hole, and this is how far I had got!

Nutrient depleted, testosterone deficient, hormone imbalanced, liver intoxicated (there’s a reason for this that has nothing to do with alcohol I swear), a burned out adrenal system, and a body riddled with inflammation from eating foods I’m allergic to.

BUT … and this is a big but … unbeknownst to me, my train had just arrived at Expert Status Station. You know, the whole 10 years / 10,000 hours = expert status thing. I’m a slow learner so it took 12 for me.

This was my Payoff Point, as I like to call it as of 2 seconds ago. It’s like a Tipping Point but the exact same and with a better name. All my hard work, studying, experimenting and, most importantly, seeking paid off.

By doing exactly what this genuine health guru genius told me to do, I officially brought my body into that elusive state of homeostasis. I’ve only been sick once since then (and that was only because I broke my own rules), and my blood work currently makes conventional doctors scratch their heads and question what they’re doing with their lives. It. Is. FLAWLESS.

Want proof?

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Yes, my first name is Roger. The secret is out. Roger Preston Ely. Now ya know.

 

blood2
See that cholesterol? That’s eating red meat every. single. day. Don’t believe the hype.

 

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“Your PSA indicates you have the prostate of a 21 year old.” – My Genius Health Guru

I sleep 8 hours every single night.

I have boundless energy.

You  can count all my abs but only with a calculator or you’ll lose track.

I’m never tired. Not even when it’s time to be tired.

I don’t take medicine.

I’m never sick and would rather unfold a paperclip and stab myself in the bellybutton than get a flu shot.

I feel freaking fantastic. People do cocaine to try and feel as good as I feel first thing in the morning.

Would you like to know exactly what this health guru genius told me to do that brought me to a state of near-perfect health?

Would you like me to save you 12 years?

I’m going to tell you …

in my next blog post.

I’m also going to tell you why you should care about your health in the first place and explain it’s effect on what you really care about … WEALTH.

I made a decision to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened up to me – spiritually and financially.

– DENZEL WASHINGTON

Stay tuned.

In the meantime, tell me about your journey down the health rabbit hole in a comment below. Was it anything similar to mine? The lesson I’ve learned so far is “there is always something new to learn, and you NEVER arrive.” What lesson have you learned?

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65 Comments on "The Health Rabbit Hole (Part 1): Enter At Your Own Risk"

  1. Justin Burns March 13, 2014 Reply

    Hey Preston,

    My journey is among the same thing. Just came from the doctor and I’m ready to take my journey seriously.

    No matter what I do I gain weight and I was going to order my thyroid test and then I realized let me just change up my diet.

    Looking forward to your next post. So I can change my lifestyle. Thanks

  2. Donald Kjornes March 14, 2014 Reply

    The most recent lesson I learned is the amount of sugar and processed food (things that turn into sugar in your blood)in the American diet is way to much. It causes something called insulin resistance in your body’s cells. In the fall of 2012 they told me I was prediabetic and last fall they told me I was full blown Diabetic. They did my Hemoglobin A1C and I was at 12.3. I think 6 is supposed to be normal. When your blood sugar is this high it can start to damage your organs and extremities (eyes legs feet toes fingers etc.) You start to get a sensation that feels kind of like when you sit on your leg and it falls asleep.

    Side Note: Prestons A1C of 5.2 above is ridiculously good. My goal was 7 and my latest was 6.8 back in January and my doctor was grinning ear to ear. Even she couldn’t believe I improved that much.

    After getting diabetes it is so much clearer to me that sugar is poison and not a natural thing people have eaten through history at least not in the amounts people eat it today. However telling people to simply avoid sugar would not do this justice. All breads/cereals/pastas and starchy fruits and vegetables also turn into sugar in your body. An example of a starchy vegetable would be potatoes/French fries and fruit would be bananas. Another way to identify the things that turn into sugar in your blood is anything high in Carbs. All Carbohydrates basically turn into sugar in your body. The typical American diet is so rich in Carbs that if you don’t burn them off the body can start to become insulin resistant from all the excess sugar. This is especially true if anyone in your immediate family is Diabetic. Then you have a propensity for it.
    If a person is diabetic or prediabetic they should definitely not drink either. My doctor told me if you drink quit. She said she once had a person who liked to drink a few before bed every night. She told me that is the kind of person who ends up back at the doctor within a couple years getting their leg amputated, or losing their eyesight. Hearing that was way to real for me, at the time my eyesight was bothering me. My doctor told me when you get diagnosed with Diabetes you must Change your life. She reiterated it multiple times. That if you don’t you will SUFFER the consequences. I hope if someone just found out they have Prediabetes or Diabetes they read this. Because I had a very good doctor who took the time to make me understand. If you just found out you are Prediabetic or Diabetic YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

    These days (after diabetes) the best things to eat seem to be meats and vegetables and salads, berries and nuts. I do also eat some foods with Carbs and sugar but in much smaller portions and much more rarely then I used to eat them.
    Something else that helps my blood sugar for approximately a 24 hour period is working out. My nutritionist recommended I work out at least 90 minutes every week. 20 to 30 minutes on the treadmill and a short weight lifting workout afterward every other day drops my blood sugar by about 40 points (for a 24 hour period) and I am sure it is burning off some of the sugar stored in the muscle allowing it to take on more when I do eat carbs/sugar.
    So when I workout I can take less medicine. The medicine I take is called Metformin 1000mg. I take it twice a day. I was also prescribed something called Glipizide 2.5mg temporarily but this medicine actually made my blood sugar drop slightly to much. apparently this medicine helps the other medicine work better some how.

    Side note: Both medicines give you the runs for the first two weeks. Didn’t really care until it happened once at the gym.

    My doctor and Nutritionist both also said the same thing when it came to weight loss. They both said exactly the same thing. They told me to start losing 10% of my bodyweight immediately. If you have less fat cells apparently your muscle cells have a easier time accepting sugar. If their is to much fat their isn’t as much room for stored sugar. So far I have failed miserably at this one. You see when I first found out I had Diabetes one of the tip offs was that I had just lost 20 lbs. They say when your blood sugar is to high your body stops absorbing some of the protein, nutrients, and sugars in your food and it just passes through you. Once I was diagnosed and got my blood sugar under control I actually started gaining some of the weight I lost back. I don’t know if people reading this live up north and have a seasonal weight gain and weight loss like me. Gain in the winter and lose in the spring summer and fall. Asking me to lose 10% of my bodyweight in the fall after I had just lost 20lbs was like asking for the impossible task. Unfortunately I weigh almost the same as 2 months before I found out I had Diabetes.

    Side note: Some Carbohydrates are required in your diet. You need them for energy. However unless you are a real workout warrior or have a very physically demanding job, you should drop the Gatorade and other sugary energy drinks and opt for water instead.

  3. OMG….this sounds like I wrote it! What a journey it has been, but I am slowly learning to pull away from so much info overload. Looking forward to Part 2!

  4. Tara Torres March 14, 2014 Reply

    Very nicely written.

  5. Tara Torres March 14, 2014 Reply

    Just curious about the comment of the illumination birthmark. Are you still into that? What exactly is it?

  6. Aaron Kennard March 14, 2014 Reply

    HAHAHA! So spot on today Preston, and so well said…and you haven’t even
    revealed the main point yet. Love it.

    I veered from my diet for 3 weeks in Costa Rica in December
    and paid for it with the most severe flu I’ve ever had which
    turned into pneumonia. Horrible.

    Immune systems are not to be messed around with. Listen to your
    boy Preston everyone!

    It took me coming moments from death 2 years ago with a supposedly
    ‘chronic’ bowel disease to figure this stuff out. Believe me when I say
    you don’t want that.

  7. Joshua Diaz March 14, 2014 Reply

    Hey P dog,

    Great article!!! Pretty interesting!!

    Thanks for the info…I Shall start seeking!!

    Check this,
    I have never ever given a crap either about eating right, until I heard that all fast food restaurants put ingredients in their food that make you ADDICTED!!! So now I cry every time i drive by del taco because I cant go their. Anyways, I met this gay dude (Im not gay) and hes all about the paleo diet and knows some good stuff about nutrition so I have been doing the best I can to implement a proper diet. Im gonna have to tell him whats up about the cheat day break down you talked about. Ill tell you how he responds once I do haha. Dude, I realy wanna start flipping houses like you bro. Your an inspiration and as soon as I grow the balls to take over my dads flooring company I will finally have money to invest and change my life for the better ( he makes like 50k a month)but he told me i can take it over until i get my mind right.. Im all over the place right now I want a billion but just dont know where to start.. Stocks, my VA realestate loan, My boring ass EMT job which im not working at… I dont know the lord will send me the answers after the HAIRY KNUCKLE SUCKING PROCESS IM SURE!! LOL!! Im gonna hire you to mentor me too.. as soon as the Lord gives me 25 racks I can give you!!

    Thanks Preston,
    Joshua Diaz

  8. Justin Burns March 14, 2014 Reply

    Hey preston what is this test called that you had that shows you everything?

  9. Awesome stuff Preston… I’ve had to change a lot of my eating habits lately and it’s made all the world of difference. No dairy… it’s like I’m a new man.

    Can’t wait for part 2 bro!

  10. Jim Miles March 17, 2014 Reply

    “What a long strange trip it’s been”. I bought into the low fat thing back in the 80’s at the recommendation of the Doctor. Any idea how much nutrition education a Doctor receives? I think its one day toward the end of the program and most of them sleep through it. I was all jacked up on statins, blood pressure meds and taking testosterone and still overweight and feeling like crap. Finally got on the right track. Started reading food labels and found that the low fat was just stupid. They take the fat out (which you need except for trans fats) and replace it with sugar, additives and process stuff I can’t even pronounce just to make it taste half way decent. Went low carb and shawwwing! Lost 45 pounds, weaned off the statins and blood pressure meds and didn’t need the testosterone anymore. Eliminating the sugar, wheat, dairy and all the processed junk is amazing.

    I eat a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet and I haven’t been sick in three years. I still consume carbs but they are complex carbs and avoid the insulin spike and the fat storage. I’m usually in ketosis so burning fat for fuel instead of carbs. Not quite paleo but close. I still like the butter and cheeses. There’s a lot to be said about the way people in the U.S. ate a few generations ago and the exponential increase in per capita sugar and prepared food consumption. It’s also amazing about the balance in the body when you are eating right. Insulin is a major hormone and when it is overworking removing the sugar (all carbs turn to sugar) from your blood it throws your other hormones off. Insulin stores the excess sugar removed from the blood as fat and your whole body is out of whack.

    It’s no wonder we are a country of massive obesity and poor health, surviving on meds and quick fixes. We are bombarded by advertisements for all the wrong foods, with Doctors who don’t have the answers and relying on conventional wisdom based on false assumptions. I’ve always wondered why the USDA produces the food pyramid or plate. Isn’t that a conflict of interest? And we trust our health and nutrition to the government? That’s scary!

    We evolved from hunter/gatherers that ate a mix of meat and whatever edible plant life they could find (in season). I’ve never really understood the whole vegan thing and think they are missing out on a lot of nutrients we really need but if it works for them fine. Not saying we need to go back to the caveman days but we need to also keep in mind how we evolved and evolution is a very slow process. Agriculture has only been around for maybe 10,000 years yet we are trying to cram centuries of evolution into 100 years and adapting to sugar consumption measured in hundreds of pounds with processed and genetically altered foods. No wonder it’s not working.

  11. Preston, cxcellent story and the humor was the best. What I appreciate about you is that you share information that you know will help people because you’ve used it yourself first and seen the results, and that takes integrity and a big heart, so thanks.

    You blood work is pretty good and I appreciate your being knowledgeable enough to get your C-reactive protein (CRP) which is a great measurement of inflammation and one of the best markers for heart disease. Too bad so few people know about this and even more sad that most doctors pay so little attention to it or even suggest it to their patients.

    You have had an amazing journey, as I have. I remember telling my doctor years ago that the side effects of the drugs I was taking for my condition was worse than my condition and all he could say was that was,”well Michael, that is best that that is out there for your condition” and went on to tell me that I’ll be on them the rest of my life so suck it up and get used to it. That’s when I said “BULLSHIT”, and I fired him.

    I started taking classes every other week on holistic health and nutrition by the great Gary Null PhD. I learned stuff I never knew about growing up as a meatball and chicken parm eating Italian American from Queens NY. I learned not just about the power of food, to harm and to heal, but also about the environment, the interconnectedness of all live, and KARMA, which was truly profound.

    Three months into it I lost 25 pounds. If you looked at me you would have never noticed it as I never looked heavy. But nonetheless I lost 25 pounds – so what was that all about? Those 25 pounds I lost was not fat around my belly or somewhere you would notice it, but it was buried deep inside me where no one could see it. It was 30 years of undigested dairy and animal products that lined the many many feet of intestines and colon, and buried in the villi of the intestinal lining, that overtime ferments, purifies, and stands a significant chance of eventually mutating into cancer.

    So people are dead because these things are not seen or overlooked, but we can prevent and heal so much by getting off meat and getting on a cleansing vegan diet which lots of green juicing. You mentioned some doubts about vegan diet, but you also honored Anthony Robbins for his wisdom, who is vegan and who undoubtedly has FLAWLESS blood work as well.

    I understand going vegan could be a tough thing for many, but the diet is not the issue, its overcoming whats between the ears.
    Having said that, 3 months into my vegan program I found myself at Burger Kind at 1AM woofing down a sandwich. Oddly enough it was the chicken sandwich, and I used to order the onion rings and stuff them inside the sandwich – man did I used to enjoy that. I felt so much guilt I almost didn’t continue going back to class but it was in that moment that I separated myself from 99.99% of everyone else going on a vegan diet, or making any type of difficult change in their lives that they needed to make to improve their circumstances, and that is, I DIDN’T QUIT, which is what everyone does. It’s in those moments that turns people into champions for life even if no other outer form of success comes their way for the rest of their lives.

    So I got off meat, switch to a vegan diet, lost weight, and months later was off mediation and reversed my condition which doctors said couldn’t be done.

    So if it weren’t for dusting myself off and recommitting I would be dead right now. And knowing that so many people quit I did what I could to help people transition off a harmful meat centered diet without missing it and without having to eat “rabbit food” all the time. I formed a company in 2005 called, http://www.VeggieBrothers.com features chef made versions of Americas favorite meat based dishes, but 100% plant based, and it can be shipped anywhere in the USA. These vegan versions are foods people already know, love and enjoy and do not threaten ones identity or taste buds. Veggie Brothers is famous for fooling an Italian Wedding with their Meatballs and fooling a Jewish Grandmother with their Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup. There is no comparison between chef made gourmet Veggie Brothers and something you find in supermarket. You’d just have to try it to find that out, or at least read the testimonials and product reviews.

    It is my prayer and dream to be able to earn and save enough money through real estate investing to invest in taking Veggie Brothers products from online to Main Street via opening a a chain or franchise of vegan pizzeria cafes that feature the Veggie Brothers proven products.

    Thanks for Sharing Preston, and don’t give up on vegan. Feel free to take a look at the pictures of my physique on VeggieBrothers.com and I’d be more than happy to share my blood work with you. People can download for free a free e-book and watch accompanying videos (no catch, no email required) on the Health 101 section on that site.

    Just remember, there are 2 types of blood work – quantitative (how much is your cholesterol, how much is your this and that) and qualitative (what is the real quality of your blood cells when examined really closely under a high powered microscope by a trained microscopist like Tony Robbins talks about in Get the Edge). If you are still eating animal based foods, no doubt you will see some of those critters he is talking about in your blood
    doing terrible things to your healthy blood cells that if you were to see it under the microscope like Tony did, you’d stop eating those birds and other creatures pretty quickly.

  12. Dr. Awilda Wilson March 17, 2014 Reply

    I’m soooo glad you found you way. Unfortunately like many individuals you had to go about it the hard way. I am a Naturopathic Physician and these are the tests that I run that reveal true underlying ‘dis-ease’.

    If people would come to the realization that health HAS TO COME FIRST before anything else can succeed, we wouldn’t have so many people on ADD, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, cholesterol, etc. medications. The girth of the nation would shrink dramatically.

    Kudos to you Preston!

  13. Wow awesome wrote it! My trip is pretty much the same. Each year I found the unhealthy foods that I was trampled. By removing them the result was impressive. I think that everyone has to find what is most relevant to himself. This happens with a lot of trial and error as anything.

  14. Roger!!!! (I’ll never think of you has Preston again…LOL!)
    Great post… one of the best I’ve read in a long time. (I know, I know… I need to get out more often!)

    Next time you do the Total Cholesteral test… have them include the Particle Size test. Its for the LDL… check out the Dr. Oz site for details.

    Anyhoo… Very very good news for you. Well done!

    Now… get off your lazy butt and finish Part 2 of the Health Rabbit Hole!!!!

  15. Yes to all that. I don’t know who the guru is but I know from Western medicine, natural path is eastern philosophy that eating vegetables and eliminating meats, dairy and anything process staying organic will help your body be healthy in the long term. This from a guy who suffered being a junkfood junkie and meat and potatoes guy half his life.

  16. marvin bradley March 17, 2014 Reply

    Seeing is believing!!!!

  17. Robert W. Hunter March 17, 2014 Reply

    My similar journey going on about 9 years (seriously amped up last three). First Preston, PLEASE HURRY AND TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW!! I AM IN SERIOUS NEED OF HELP!! It makes me recall on my Wake Up Wealthy website log in, at the top where you write….Not verbatim but the same jist “WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO PRESTON, AND DO EVERYTHING HE SAYS TO THE DAY YOU DIE!!” I feel I just read a similar been there done that and I agree you never ever stop learning and sharing knowledge is a way of getting there effectively faster. I look forward to your next post explaining your thoughts, and knowledge on superior health, mind and body which is a part of true wealth of life. Please don’t forget, email it, text it, send it telepathically!! (Hahaha you get the point!!)

  18. I also feel lost on my journey for good health. My daughter who eats almost zero meat is constantly ill and she is only 10 years old. It breaks my heart that she falls ill so often and I’m stuck and dont know what else to do.
    I look forward to your next few blogs because Im sure it will include life changing information.
    Thanks in advance.

  19. Been there done most of that. Weight lifting ended quickly as I tore a muscle from following instructions. Lesson: know who you are listening to. The diet stuff with out getting into slight variations has helped but not there yet. Unlike you I have had lots of body work and currently my chiropractor and cranial sacrel therapist keep me moving. I have not ended up in the wheel chair with all artificial joints as the medical people predicted and at 76 out do most. That is not good enough. No pain, consistent sleep pattern and increased tolerance for others are still needed. So maybe venting this will help. Also been to counseling on several occasions.

  20. Thomas Albright March 17, 2014 Reply

    Preston, I enjoyed your journey and can relate in so many ways. I’m an older fellow, 65 to be exact, and I will try to keep this as short as possible. My journey, or story could go on for quite some time. So I will try to sum it up, and not bore you with details. Grew up loving sports and them all. Went to college just one on a basketball scholarship, but decided after just one year I wasn’t ready for college just yet, so I started framing houses at the age of 20. Learned very quickly that good nutrition had to be an important part of my life if I wanted to stay active and be successful. I’m not saying I didn’t do my fair share of drinking and parting. After about 9 years of framing and doing foundations. I managed to buy 5 acres and do a short plat. ( 4 lots) It took me about 2 and half years to finish this project. I did just about all the work but drywall electrical and plumbing. I know it sounds like along time, but it worked out very will for a first time project. In the mean time managed to get married. Marriage was a good thing for me at that time, but I could not see what was going to hit me fifteen years down the road. With two beautiful little children and a new house I had just built. I did not expect to come home from work one day, and find out the unexpected. My wife at the time had been seeing an old friend from college and high school. One year and half later,I found myself divorced and broke. So skip ahead twenty years, and I’ve lived in two different apartments, and managed to move back home where I grew up. My father is 87 and has some health issues. Through all this I’ve learned that for some of us we don’t have that much control over what happens in our lives. So we better learn about kindness and our health, or we are going to have a miserable life. Like to talk sometime, Thomas

  21. Ray Thomas March 17, 2014 Reply

    I am 5’11inches tall, weigh 157, walk 2-3 miles per day, work out
    3-5 times a week (weights). I work in my yard myself, keep my vehicles
    up, my wife of (over 50 years) is in better shape than me, I do not drink
    alcohol and never have, did smoke for 15 years but gave that up
    many years ago. I have been “sick” once in my life about 10
    months ago, hospitalized for 1 day. I am very careful what and How I ear. I dearly love my family, 4
    grown children, 9 grandchildren, 3 finishing college this year
    1 Engineering, 1 Medical school, 1 fashion designer, the others
    in vasrious places in school. Nobody in my family as far back
    as I can tell graduated from high school, I have 2 college
    degrees and am retired from a very large corporation.

    The only reason I tell you all of these things is to bring
    glory to the Lord Jesus Christ, who has made these things
    possible in my life. Nobody knows what the future holds, but
    we can keep moving forward, honestly and in His direction.
    PS I am 81 years old.

  22. At age 66 I still have not found a way to get myself in good shape and healthy. I am not
    currently on any medications – and have no high blood pressure or cholesterol problems – however I am 40 lbs overweight – have tried many diets and have not achieved maintaining
    a healthy weight/ Yo Yo dieting has put more fat on my body than I originally had.

    Have you really DISCOVERED the path to Good Health and Weight Loss????? Without eating
    like a Rabbit or starving yourself???

    Would love to have the answers to these problems.

    Please give me some advice.

    Thanks

  23. ROFL , thanks for the laughs .. It is a trip isn’t it …. I have gotten off satins and and blood pressure meds by change of diet ! My saving grace is my Garden . Grow your own helps alot . …
    Unfortunately now i am trying to lose 20 pds cause i made it pass the 40’s . .ugh , shoulda just continued my course instead of giving up to age . best to all of us .

  24. wow. I just had 60 allergy tests & I am allergic to 58 [not horses or ash trees.]. This letter has encouraged me to totally quit dairy. No wonder I have all those symptoms. ok watch out world, I am coming back.[riding my horse through a forest of ash trees.lol] Thanks

  25. I gave my mom a kidney in 2010. I am anxious to read your next post. I have to stay healthy….lol

  26. Simon Wajcer March 17, 2014 Reply

    Have traveled a similar path for 40 years. Am 67 and reasonably fit. Work physically and enjoy it. In addition my home work outs are very Yoga and Tacfit orientated.

    My journey has included a 10 day fast, oral chelation therapy, the use of Robert Beck’s low micro-current devices,Dr Hulda Clark’s parasite program, Jim Humble’s Master Mineral Supplement,and a supplement program.

    My diet is simple. I eat only when I’m hungry. I eat everything, so long as it is nutrient rich and fresh. If I evacuate more than once a day I am eating too much.

    I rarely catch a cold and never the flu.

  27. Jill Spisak March 17, 2014 Reply

    I’ve been struggling with a healthy diet all my life. Its pretty good now, but who can afford all organic recently picked veggies, much less meat with a good story. And moderation is key in my opinion. Fat is not my problem, but thin people get bone loss and I’m plagued with random pain which has been increased by several minor accidents with long lasting bad results. My income is less robust than my diet. So, my path is different from yours, but yours could be my brother’s story–and he is still in the middle section of it. I anticipate your next post with approval, looking forward to hearing how your story progresses and learning anything I can from it. Many thanks for the post. Jill

  28. Randolph Brewster March 17, 2014 Reply

    This is deep!!! I needed to read and hear this. I am having trouble loosing the 50 lbs that’s needed for me to stop taking insulin. This is hard for me. The people that need to hear this is the ones that are broke and living paycheck to paycheck. Most of us is over weight and not by choice. I look forward to your next post. Thanks

  29. LOL! TRUE! “Almost but not everyone I know who is a vegan looks like they are two steps from death and is totally annoying. No offense if you’re a vegan, but, if you are, post a picture of yourself in a comment below and talk a little so everyone can understand what I’m talking about. And I challenge you to get your blood work done. It will be JACKED. That’s a promise!”

  30. Sarwar Kazi March 17, 2014 Reply

    I suffered from severe ADD or ADHD or call it what you like, since childhood. I could not keep still I was severely punished for that and was always in trouble. But of course that was never diagnosed because it did not medically exist in the books, I only learned it in later life when there you go, my lady friend told me I was severely afflicted. My testerone must have been stratospheric, and I am lucky I did not get blind from pleasing myself as was the universal catholic warning. So when I hit middle school, I dissipated all that energy by entering the sport of boxing from 6th grade to varsity where I won my golden gloves. I ran cross country, field hockey, soccer, and was on the swim team. I had a perfect “six pack”
    Time has passed. The six pack has become a whole keg now! Then of course, the dieting and the gurus. The latest being Dr. Joel Fuhrman and his “Eat to live”. And of course the Life Extension Diet and those horrible horse pill size capsules, which used to tear me up inside. Drinking water, I hate drinking water now! I have come to love how camels make it. And of course all that expense at the gym. You know, look at the Gallapogus Turtle. The bugger lives what, 3 to 6 hundred years? Hardly moves? Has a great sex life, swims out to the ocean whenever he wants? Hardly moves, I repeat! But hey! He is always in shape LOL! Now it is capsules of fruit, vegetables, grape extract. I hate these horse pills I repeat. There is no health, we are all going to die. And don’t drink bottled water, there are no minerals and no potassium. Keep the gurus coming, they need to make a living too!

  31. Gary Tavano March 17, 2014 Reply

    I am 63 and some days I feel I can,t get out of my own way. I would like to find a way to get back in the game. I have some of the same issues you have mentioned. I can relate to your story. THANKS! Gary

  32. Hi, I think eating beef, chicken, fish, vegetable, and fruit ,cheese weekly will give the balance to the body especially if we weight our self and make sure our weight is not increasing so we make sure we are not eating too much, also taking at least once a month vitamin a, b, c, dcalcium, iron will help to balance the body, it is also said to stop eating one day per week and drink only fluid and juices on that day will help also

  33. Funny true inspiring long reality check kind of novel or stand up comedy story!
    Is DR Amen his real name? Sounds like a character out of a cartoon movie.

    Eish! I am inspired by the fact that no offence, although you had such a stupid life, you still are living the life now. That if you are constantly thinking about making things better, somehow you get to get them better sometime.

    Thank you very much. You are an inspiration. FUNNY STORY.
    You should write a book Titled Preston then Preston now.

  34. Great post Preston! Hard to realize the things we think we know really have no clue. I have been following your exploits for years, actually got to meet you a few times and I’m really amazed at the progress and determination you have…keep up the great work.

  35. bob cowan March 18, 2014 Reply

    this tuff is great thanks I could lissen to you all day but I have to be doing the work the lord has have my to do. thanks again stay real. god bless catch you later bob

  36. Excellent! Very funny and so true. I also keep studying health which is mostly nutrition. The best single practice is to avoid the products of big ag, big pharma, big food. Real food costs more than fake but that is what we need. LUK

  37. Michael Campbell March 21, 2014 Reply

    Excellent article Preston!! When are you releasing part 2?

  38. In my generation growing up, pesticides were not used so ate healthy. Switched to all natural and organic about 20 years ago. Had chronic asmatic bronchitis which after the last time I was sick with it, and after three rounds of antibiotics, nasal inhalers, etc. and thinking that my ribs were broken from coughing, I gave up on doctors and when to a health food store and got supplements…was well in 4 days. Have not been sick in the past 10 years and I attribute that to taking grapeseed extract pills daily. Two time I forgot to take them and got sick. Now that I am a young 72 I have added a multi vitamin, calcium and magnesium, bladderack (Iodine)and Restore Balance (natural hormone). Also growing garden to cut down on food costs.

  39. I started life as an identical twin and life has been rough most of the time since
    I did everything wrong in my opinion
    I was living to die but now I’m dying to live
    I came to Florida in 2011 because there was no point to dealing with the snow and cold up north
    In 2014 a friend told me about a naturopath in winter park.he is also a nutritionist
    So long story short-I had a food allergy test for 200 foods and found out that I need to be on a gluten free diet
    Plus I have learned a lot and am still learning about the food industry and medical and pharmaceutical
    Industries and our drinking water and that food can be genetically modified and I feel like I’ve been deaf dumb and blind.
    I’ve been in bad physical and mental health for two thirds of my life and it’s a radical awakening but with faith and the right guidance I want to turn things around and this is my goal
    Your body and mind are truly temples and you have to think about what you put in there
    It’s not a joke
    If I cheat and eat something bad my body tells me it doesn’t like it
    I want to know what it feels like to feel good as I forgot

  40. hi preston, you are a miracle within yourself our body is an amazing mechanism that maintain our body to its best productivity every symptom that we may sense or feel such as pain, fever,lack of attention and so forth … is a signal that our body communicates with us and needs to be alert and aware of that in order to take care of our mind and body, unfortunately,sometimes or always we lack of awareness of our well being and mostly neglect or delay because of no time or too busy of other things that mostly is the “chase” after more and more of the physical wold unlike the spiritual concept part of life that need to be in order make our life go hand by hand …..
    i thank you for sharing your personal story to all and be well.
    i love the idea of inserting videos that relate to stories …very creative .

  41. Michael Campbell April 13, 2014 Reply

    Preston, did you see Dr. Minkoff? Can I get these blood tests at my local doctor’s office?

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      Preston Ely April 18, 2014 Reply

      he’s one of the doctors I’ve seen, yes. you need to find a local holistic doctor who
      also has an M.D. Call around.

  42. Thumbs up Roger.

  43. TJ Nelson May 13, 2014 Reply

    Where can I get a comprehensive test done to bring my total health under control?

    Have high estrogen, high sex hormone binding globulin, high cholesterol, low DHEA. And that’s eating what seems to be a good diet (like your diet post).

    Would love to see food allergies and heavy metal toxicities.

    Any place you recommend to get it almost all done in one shot with a treatment plan?

  44. Clint Leffingwell July 7, 2014 Reply

    My health has always been pretty bulletproof (thankfully); and at 41, I’m in the best shape of my life (so you should probably listen up). I am a 5’9″ white male, and 12 years ago I dropped from 220 to 170 in less than six months. Here are my top three health and exercise principles I can pass on:

    1. Fist of Food – make a fist; your stomach organ should be about that size and so that is about how much you should eat at each meal.

    2. Exercise mantra – “Kick Your Own Ass”

    3. Nothing Tastes As Good As Being Thin Feels

    Bonus: Quit Your Gym, and Use Your Own Bodyweight (Running and Lifting).

    Cheers,
    Clint Leffingwell

  45. Thanks Preston – i enjoy your take on things, especially this subject. Been on a similar journey – guess it’s time for the blood test 🙂 I’ve been aware of that for a while now so I appreciate the validation – DougO

  46. Keith Moseley January 25, 2015 Reply

    Preston, Great post. Have you heard about the benefits of moringa? Check this out… http://www.healthfit.myzija.com

  47. STEVEN ZBYLUT March 30, 2015 Reply

    O.K. I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR WHAT YOUR HEALTH GURU TOLD YOU. PLEASE SAME ME 12 YEARS OF MY TIME.

  48. No time like now, right? Finally got the comprehensive blood/urine work done, am now ordering the items the Doc says I need to correct deficiencies. Interesting learning about how there are some cholesterol items that are hereditary making it all the more important to feed our machine clean when we’re already “in the hole” so to speak : )

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  55. Kimberly Herndon April 27, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story. I am in the process of writing my journey and will share as soon as I’m finished. It’s such an inspiration to share.

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  58. Joseph Bryant March 21, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for the information in your post. Especially enjoyed seeing the cholesterol info. Me, too!! (On red meat)

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  59. mike walsh May 19, 2017 Reply

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. What good is a stash of assets if you can’t use them! I only wish we could control more of our life, rather than to be subjected to the powers that be who are hell-bent on destroying our health. Need I say more? We are walking a tight rope trying to keep our balance . Must cut this short it’s gym time!

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