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Fit But Not Healthy

January 25, 2016

 

Up until my mid thirties, I had raced professionally as a duathlete (run-bike-run) and an adventure racer.  I participated in five dualthon world championships, numerous national championships in both sports, and in world-class events all over the world.  I ate what I thought was a healthy diet and thought I was doing it all right to live long and functional.  My professional career was in full swing as a pilot in the Air Force requiring me to travel all over the world. 

 

Five weeks before the last national championships I would participate in, I caught a viral infection.   I was working a lot, traveling and getting ready for a full base inspection I was in charge of.   I continued to train and work, and thought I would cut things back a bit and push through this like always.  Over the next five weeks, I didn’t recover and went on a rollercoaster ride with this viral infection.  I had all the classic symptoms of a viral infection.  I didn’t ever get over it and went and raced the US Adventure Racing National Championships. 

 

It is a three-person team event and consists of paddling, mountain biking, and running all by map and compass navigation.   I knew I was not going to be 100%, but thought I could still do my job.  I was wrong.  Over the 30 hours and 140 miles of racing, I fought virtually every step of the way to keep going.  My team knew I was in trouble two hours into it.   I finished the race, and paid the price over the next six weeks.

 

 My viral infection progressed to pre-mature ventricular contractions (PVC’s) or irregular heart rhythms, severe fatigue, light headiness, and slurred speech.  Scary stuff and I was worried about my career status as a pilot.  I was eventually diagnosed with Epstein Bar, which is the virus that causes mononucleosis and chronic fatigue.  My healthcare team believes I had a brain stroke, at some level, while racing.  I was lying flat on my back for four weeks with zero energy trying to get my health back.  I had a hard time speaking without slurring my speech for the few hours a day I was awake.  In the end, I did get better but it was how that is important.

 

I initially took antibiotics in the beginning of the illness, which of course won’t do anything for a viral infection.  Along the way, I took the naturopathic approach with herbs, supplements, and adaptagens to heal my body.  The journey was long and slow, but I learned about the human body and how to feed its biological demand allowing it to heal.  I made the change to a whole food diet shopping at local farms and farmers markets.  No more food from a box, bag, or a can.  My supplement regiment grew from just a daily multivitamin to an array of immune, digestive and endocrine system enhancing herbs, vitamins, and minerals.   I am in bed by 10:30pm every night and at least eight-and-a-half hours in length.  I can on and on about the changes I made over the next few years.  It was the turning point in my life and led me down the road to become a holistic nutritionist. 

 

Since that illness, I have healed myself from the chronic fatigue, the PVC’s are limited to when I burn the candle on both ends, and at 50 years old my overall health is 100% better than it ever was. 

 

This journey started without my permission, but it is the best thing that has happened to me.  I have helped myself live a functional, happy, and disease free life, along with being able to help many people do the same.  I have been working with a close family member for the last few years and recently they were clinically cleared of lupus.   All I did was transition them from the standard American diet (SAD) to a whole food diet.  The food fixed them.  It may not do that for you, but it will make things better. 

 

Live well!

 

Frank

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