Amy was our key volunteer organizing our Austin, Texas event. I felt terrible that somehow I did not get to talk with her, as I arrived only 10 mins. before the event. (My GPS said the flagship Whole Foods Market, that I really wanted to see in the few hours we were in town, was only 7 minutes away. I didn’t know to account for traffic, and it took 25 mins. each way!) After the event, Amy didn’t have time to wait in line and I never actually met her. I wrote her an email to thank her for all her efforts and tell her we are sending a present, and this is what she wrote back:
Almost four years ago my husband ran into a health issue that “regular” doctors couldn’t help him with.
It started with only a small part of his lips and spread to both his lips and the area around them over the next couple of years, while we tried everything that we could think of and everything the doctors said to do. It got to be so that he couldn’t laugh or smile, and he was so embarrassed to be in public.
He is a youth pastor, so having to speak in front of people often is a part of his job. We went to 13 specialists. They kept sending us on to other people. They got angry or annoyed with me when I told them everything we had tried, asked questions, and tried to understand.
I kept asking, “But what’s the problem?! How can we keep this from coming back? Isn’t this just masking the symptoms?” I got so tired of just another prescription for some steroid that I knew could be causing other problems. The final straw was on a second visit to a doctor who was apparently pleased with my husband’s “progress”, and we were horrified. He was the farthest from well he had ever been. The doctor was writing him another steroid prescription refill, and we said no thank you. I told him we already tried that and the solution was only as lasting as the end of the prescription.
We didn’t know what else to do, but we knew that any other answer was better than another prescription. I became obsessed with reading any kind of nutrition information I could get my hands on, became best friends with health food store workers, and my husband was willing to try anything! I couldn’t believe the amount of information available.
I called my grandmother who has been making me crazy morning drinks when I visited her my whole life and the people I knew from my church that didn’t wear regular deodorant and told me one time they would give me a kefir starter before I knew what that was! Luckily, they were so excited to share everything they knew.
We went to a homeopathic doctor they recommended. The doctor was not frustrated by my questions, and when I asked for suggestions on what to study the doctor gave me greensmoothiegirl.com!
I was so encouraged by what a regular person you are. I thought, “maybe I don’t have to be a social outcast!” I am so thankful for you. I would never have the courage to try things, but following your blog and watching all your videos makes me think I can do anything! I had so much information whirling around in my brain but no idea what to do with it or where to begin. You gave me things to DO!
I have also taken your advice, and I spread the good news with everyone I can. I share my green smoothies even with my students (I teach art at a small elementary school). One time I told a 4th grader that the MSG in his Cheetos were a neurotoxin. I explained to him what it was, and the next day he told me he asked his mom if he could throw their Cheetos away. He wanted to taste my green smoothie!
I have 6 siblings and my mom, and all but 2 of my brothers drink green smoothies regularly now. My mom has struggled with weight loss all of my life. She has lost about 40 pounds and is still losing! She felt inspired by your class [in Austin] to do a green smoothie cleanse for a week!
When we first started making all our dietary changes I tried to lay low because I didn’t want people to think I was weird, but you helped me to see that that was doing them a terrible injustice. I love what good nutrition has done for my life and the people I love most! I want everyone to know that they can be healthy and strong.
My husband’s lips are well. Our homeopathic doctor treated him for a mineral deficiency, using lots of greens mix, and a change in diet and nutrition. We saw results within 2 weeks, he was completely well in 2 months. I couldn’t believe it, after four years of battling! Despite the pain and misery for my husband, we are so thankful for his illness. It made us take responsibility for our own health, and forced us to educate ourselves and learn to listen to our bodies in a way that we may not have otherwise.
I recently started taking correspondence courses at a natural school of medicine to get my CNC (certified nutritional counseling). Thank you so much for the work that you do and for sharing your life with so many people! You have helped to make my family’s life so much better!