††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† My Experience With a Low Fat Diet
I was having discomfort and pressure in my chest typical of angina. Over
a period of eighteen months the attacks were increasing in frequency, severity,
and duration. When I had two attacks in the same week I decided to see a
doctor. Because I believed the doctor would put me on a low fat diet, I
decided to start the 10-gram-a-day saturated fat diet immediately. The
attacks stopped the day I went on the diet--so I canceled my appointment.
It has been four years and I have not had a single attack. However, even
more remarkable are the following medical problems that also disappeared that
Like many senior citizens, as I got older constipation became a problem.† I was taking the maximum amount of Metamucil as well as laxatives and stool softeners, but nothing was really helping.† I kept pressuring my doctor to come up with new ideas.† The day I cut my saturated fat to10 grams, my problem with constipation disappeared.
As a result of battling constipation for so many years, I developed hemorrhoids.† I soon became very familiar with Preparation H and the discomfort that goes with hemorrhoids.† When the hemorrhoids became extended, I would visit the hospital emergency room.† Of course when the constipation disappeared, so did the hemorrhoids.
After a big meal of steak or spare ribs I would have diarrhea, gas, and stomach cramps either during, or after the meal. The doctor said I had a spastic colon and prescribed medication.† Since I no longer eat steak and spare ribs, I no longer have a spastic colon.
The excess fat in my diet required additional acid in my stomach to dissolve the fat and caused acid indigestion. †Also when lying down at night after a not-very-healthy-snack, the acid backed up into my esophagus causing heartburn.† I became good friends with Tums, Pepcid, Zantac, etc.† Rarely do I have that problem now, and when I do I just need to think back to what I ate.
When I was thirty-five I lifted something heavy and it tore an opening in the abdominal muscle that holds in the intestines.† This required a hernia operation to close the opening. Over the years I have had three operations with as many as two hernias repaired at a time.† When I was in my fifties I again lifted something heavy and needed another operation, but the surgeon said it wouldn't be successful because of too much scar tissue.† At this point I couldn't lift a bowling ball.
My wife did some research and found a study that reported some hernias are caused by the bodies inability to produce enough amino acid to maintain the strength of the abdominal muscle.† I took a supplement of amino acids, and the muscle immediately became strong enough so that I didnít require an operation.
After I was on my low fat diet for a few months I noticed that even if I lifted something extremely heavy I didnít have any pain--so I stopped taking the supplement. My condo association was going to let a contract for $10,000 to build a retaining wall of broken concrete, ledge stone and railroad ties, as well as replace dirt and landscape the area. Since I was retired it looked like a fun project, so I under-bid the contractor and did all the work myself. I experience no pain. Apparently by reducing the amount of fat I was eating, my body became more efficient and was able to produce the required amount of amino acids.† During a doctor visit I described what happened, he checked me and said I still had a hernia.† It appears that the muscle tissue was now so strong, that even with a tear, it could resist the intestines trying to protrude.
My cholesterol has gone from 290 down to 200, and my weight from 185 to155.