My story started out as a know-it-all. After being sick every day for 20 years I had a girlfriend tell me that I should “change my diet” and get well, to “stop complaining about it and actually do something different for once!” As you can imagine, I was highly insulted and took these comments rather badly and personally. There was no connection between my diet and my sickness! Or any illness for that matter! At least, no one had ever told me that before. I thought that food was just fuel for the body (the TV adverts had always told me to ‘eat meat for iron and protein’ and to ‘drink cow’s milk every day to get strong bones’). And yet, after sitting on my bed sulking in the darkness for a few hours, I got over myself and realised something.
I did want to cure my asthma and my health problems. I did want more energy, vitality and strength. I wanted to feel young, alive and 100% free of illness. I wanted to be fit, healthy, and energetic. I wanted to be free from pain, to feel happy and to be able to breathe and run around with my kids until they were old enough to have their own kids. And then some.
I wanted a better life and I wanted to be in Full. Control. Of. It.
I wanted to rid myself of the sickness that was dominating my life.
It dawned on me that as much as I hadn’t enjoyed it, what my girlfriend had pointed out was quite simply the truth. I knew nothing about the link between food and illness. This was a powerful turning point for me. I had to admit that I had no idea of what to do and that the medical establishment I had been relying on for years could not help me. I had to open my mind to different ways of thinking. Up until then I had been doing nothing. I had ceded my power and personal responsibility to doctors who told me I was ‘incurable’ and it was just ‘bad luck in the gene pool.’ I realised that I had to ask for help in different places and I had to start ‘unlearning all that I had learnt,’ as the great Yoda said.
The best fruit is always the hardest to pick, so I took responsibility for my health and opened my mind to new ideas. I became focused on curing my body of all illness. I was willing to do whatever it took. Initially, the questions I started asking and the answers I got went against my thinking in so many ways. I had been told that my genes were prone to asthma and disease and that all I could do was take the medicine prescribed. This, I learned, is called ‘The Local Theory of Disease’. This theory suggests that illness is caused by a single agent acting at a single site in the body (then you treat the single agent with drugs). The very first new thing I discovered was a completely different and more holistic view called ‘The Constitutional Nature of Disease’. This theory maintains that illness and disease are the result of multiple systems throughout the body breaking down. I was inspired by the notion that if I followed this line of thinking it meant I could potentially rebuild my body from scratch and cure my illnesses; something I have subsequently achieved.
I went to a naturopath who suggested swimming, as it was good for training the breathing process. Swimming was very helpful. I also read Louise Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life. Louise wrote that the asthma colour was yellow, so I dyed all my clothes and shoes yellow and only wore yellow for six months. Did wearing yellow help? I have no idea, but it certainly made lots of people laugh (particularly my bestest-ever friend Robert) at my bad taste yellow outfits, which is a good thing I guess …
The point I make here is that I was willing to change my attitude, willing to do the work to get well, and willing to admit I knew NOTHING about what was required to make and maintain these changes. I had zero knowledge about nutrition or how the body worked. However, I didn’t care about what I had to do, just as long as I got to reclaim my health and my life.
I consider myself a student of health. I am still learning about health every single day.
Ask yourself if you are resisting learning something new; how is my attitude?
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.