“From Hopeless to Healing”
At age 20, I was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), also known as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, a deadly affliction. The pain and suffering that comes with inflammatory bowel disease is intolerable. But of even more concern is the urgent need to have a bowel movement many times throughout the day without warning. To make matters worse, at times there is no indication that one’s bowels need to evacuate until it is time to do so. Healthy individuals receive a signal from their body alerting them to find a restroom.
Upon receiving the IBD diagnosis, I was told that I was at high risk for colon cancer and to anticipate a lifelong relationship with this incurable malady. Their remedy was endless prescription medications. These drugs helped control my illness, but rendered horrific side effects. Feeling trapped, I searched endlessly for a way out, to no avail. This caused mental, emotional and physical stresses that sparked increasing bowel problems. I was a mess, and getting worse and worse.
After exhausting every so-called treatment to overcome my pain and suffering (other than cutting out my colon, which doctors told me was the only true cure), I concluded that stress might be part of the cause, and 13 years ago left Wall Street for the greener pastures of South Florida. After settling in, there was a notable improvement when I accompanied the geographic change with a vegan diet. The vegan diet was of great assistance, yet deep inside I knew that it was not the precise nutrition I needed. Since my condition wasn’t alleviated as rapidly as I had hoped, I started to think that maybe food didn’t have anything to do with it despite what my doctors had told me. Then one day, as I was walking out of a health store about to give up my crazy vegan diet, things got even crazier. I saw a fellow giving a lecture to a group of people near the produce section. I walked over and listened to what he had to say. Everything this man said made sense to me. In my inquisitive excitement, I asked him who he was. He told me he was Brian Clement, the director of Hippocrates Health Institute. That was the first time I had ever heard of a living food diet.I researched and studied all the material that Hippocrates Health Institute had to offer. Then I participated in the 3-week program. I was amazed that these foods that were healing me so rapidly were the ones at the top of the list of foods I was advised to avoid by every doctor. In fact, the doctors had warned me that a diet of raw fruits and vegetables would be harmful to anyone with inflammatory bowel disease.I will never forget when I first arrived at Hippocrates and saw a lady walking very slowly with crutches, seeming very sick. Three weeks later, I did a double take when I spotted the same lady – jogging! It was right then that I realized we should not live to eat, but rather eat to live. When I first started the program I experienced ups and downs, but made it through. The longer I lived this way, the easier it became. I have been living the Hippocrates Health Institute Lifestyle for 13 years, and it is so simple to me now that it’s second nature.A few years after I healed myself, I met an old friend who had IBD. I told him about the diet and he told me I was crazy. He said the doctors told him it was harmful for him to eat raw foods and strongly advised him against it. He listened to them, and the result was the removal of his colon. After that, I made a promise to myself that I was going to find a better way of reaching people with this message. I left my office job in the financial industry and began to author books on health and the Hippocrates Health Institute Program. Before you know it, I found myself traveling worldwide and speaking about this lifesaving program. The more I taught, the more I learned.I didn’t know it at the time, but my return to health and a simpler life was just the beginning of a path that would bring me to question the connection between today’s fast-paced urban lifestyle and the sadly diseased state in which so many people find themselves. The more I realized what was really going on, the more I saw people moving around like robots, barely surviving while I was thriving.This led me to continue to search for an answer. Realizing that people are being controlled by special interests upset me, and my passion to spread the message of sane living was ignited. The more truth I told, the more challenges I received from a brainwashed, skeptical public. They continued to badger me asking for proof. As I continually state, science fully supports this dietary choice, but my own experience of transformation from hopelessness to healing is far more convincing. Reading Genesis 1:29 enlightened me:“See, I have given you every plant that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, in which there is life, every green plant is for food.”Even our creator tells us to eat this way. What more does someone need?After a lot of prayer and patience, I feel I have found a motivating way to get my message across, and I am helping people all over the world learn about the Hippocrates Health Institute Program. I am convinced that our Creator laid the path for me to embrace Hippocrates Health Institute. I am also convinced of my calling to teach as many people as possible about this common-sense approach to living. This mission has one objective: to heal the world.Paul is a raw-food chef and educator and has been featured on The Food Network and in several magazines and newspapers around the world. He travels the world giving lectures on raw-food nutrition and raw-food preparation classes that demonstrate how easy and fun the raw life can be. Paul is also the author of five books, including Healing Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The Cause and Cure of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.