My mum underwent her second stent surgery last week, and in God’s perfect hands, everything turned out fine.
Thanks to the surgery, all her arteries are cleared and no longer clogged, and her heart no longer has to work overtime just to pump blood around her body.
Yet while the surgery was a success, it is also a stark reminder of the importance of treating our bodies right – the way our bodies deserve to be treated.
In the aftermath of my mum’s unexpected heart attack last Christmas, her doctors did a thorough medical revision which revealed that my mum was also suffering from Type 2 diabetes (also known as “adult diabetes”) – due to accumulated insulin resistance and her pancreas’ inability to deal with years’ of high blood glucose.
(For tips on how to prevent or reverse Type 2 diabetes, read Dr. William Davis’ helpful and informative post.)
I can safely point out the culprits of both diabetes and the heart attack - her previous diet that was high in processed carbohydrates, and just too rich in sugar; as well as an extremely sedentary lifestyle.
I believe that this is a wake-up call for all of us in our family to pay attention to the food we feed our bodies as well as to make the effort to have sufficient exercise.
A very wise Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food,” a phrase that I now have taped onto my refrigerator door.
I know that the food we eat has an important role in ensuring good health. I have never been more convinced that if we move away from a diet of unhealthy, processed foods, and purposefully choose to eat real foods that are nutrient-dense and low in processed carbohydrates, our bodies can be healed of many illnesses and many modern-day symptoms can be reversed.
I’ve also been trying to eliminate gluten, and to a lesser extent, grains, from my diet, because I strongly believe in the arguments made by Wheat Belly and Grain Brain (two amazing books that I highly recommend everyone to read).