Here is a quick health summary of three consecutive generations of the Warren Family:
1. My grandparents: Daddy and Momma Bill Warren, born in 1889 and 1891 repectively, died in 1984 and 1992. Daddy Bill lived 96 years and Momma Bill lived 101 years. They worked, loved and laughed a lot while raising their children on their farm. They lived and ate off the land. They raised and grew most of what they ate. They raised and ate their own beef, raw milk, hogs, chickens, eggs. They grew and ate their own garden fruits and vegetables. If history serves me correctly, Daddy Bill spent only one night (in his entire life) in a hospital after suffering a broken rib from a minor auto accident. He checked himself out of the hosptial the next morning and said, "I'm going back to work". Momma Bill did suffer from a severe stroke very late in life and spent three years in a nursing home...but that stroke occurred when she was 98. They didn't suffer from today's civilized diseases. They worked hard, enjoyed a good life and good health. Their healthcare costs were minimal, and their way of life was fairly simple.
2. My parents: Robert and Leta Warren, born in 1924 and 1930 respectively, both died in 2012. My dad lived 88 years and my mom lived 82 years. My dad underwent two massive heart bypass surgeries to replace six clogged arteries while my mom suffered numerous minor TIA strokes, two more severe strokes and one heart attack. She also suffered from Diabetes.
3. Bottom line, my grandfather was healthy his entire life. He was not sickly or medicated. He never lived in a nursing home nor needed assisted living. My father was less healthy. Eventually, he lived in both an assisted living facility and a nursing home. He was less healthy than his father. I was even less healthy than my father.
I had a stroke in my 40s...I could have been dead by 50. My vascular system was clogged with plague. My carotid artiers were 50% blocked!!! I had elevated cholesteral and high blood pressure. My long-term prognosis was not good. Why? My dad's generation was further removed than my grandfather's generation of eating clean food off the land. Personally, I totally had abandoned living and eating off the land and was entirely dependent on "today's processed, synthesized and re-engineered foods". And my health was poor.
I encourage you to INVEST the time to watch the following list of documentaries. If you do, it will change you and your family's life...forever.
1. Genetic Roulette
2. Food Inc.
3. Dr. Ben Edwards teaching videos:
In 2001, the Warren Family was cruising down the road of material success, conventional success as defined by our progressive society. We were making good money and lived in a big house in an upscale neighborhood of an upscale suburb. Our lifes were so busy that we leaned heavily on both processed and convenience foods. We consumed more than our fair share of processed, refined and fast foods and carbonated drinks.
By the summer of 2002, a lot had changed in our lives. First, 9/11/2001 changed our lives forever. Second, I had a stroke. You know, the type where one side of my face drooped and both my right arm and leg turned numb and I couldn't lift my right leg well enough to climb the stairs to our bedroom. I called to my wife, Ann, and said, "Honey, I think we have a problem".
These two incidents were our wake-up call, the proverbial slap in the face, if you will. We did a 180-degree turn in our lifestyle and eating habits. Shortly thereafter, we made the decision to return to the roots of my upbringing ... to farm and ranch country, where I hoped I could, at the very least, feed my family healthy foods. I had been reading about living a more natural holistic and homeopathic lifestyle. I read books written by Allan Nation, Joel Salatin, Sally Fallon and Jo Robinson. I started going on farm tours of families who were a few years ahead of us on the learning curve.
In the fall of 2003, we butchered our first grassfed Angus. By 2004, we had butchered 3 grassfed animals of different breeds to study the difference in their marbling. By 2005, we were drinking raw milk and enjoying raw-milk whipped cream and butter. We were growing our own garden, eating free-range chickens and their deep-orange yoked eggs, and of course, eating a whole lot of grassfed beef.
One day in 2005, my family casually observed an interesting fact – we all had lost a little weight. While none of us was overweight, we all were carrying a few extra, maybe 5 to 10, pounds. We had never been big dieters and we had not implemented any conventional diet since we had moved to the country, but we were eating cleaner and healthier foods.
Now, for the really good news: in 2012, I went to the doctor for one of those full-body scans of my vascular system. These scans detect plack buildup in your arteries and warn you of an impending blockage that can cause a stroke or heart attack. Based upon my previous stroke and poor heart and vascular family history from both my parents, Ann and I were both a bit anxious about the results. In fact, I had avoided doing this test for several years, fearing a worst-case scenario. We received the results in March – I had ZERO PLACK in those parts of my arteries they scanned. In fact, my numbers were slightly better than average. I consider that to be pretty darn good news – wouldn't you?
Bottom line, Ann and I attribute this medical result to the change in our diet. We significantly cut our processed and refined food intake. And, of course, we continue to drink raw milk, and eat organic produce, free-range yummy orange-yoke eggs, raw milk cheese and our personal favorite: Angus Grassfed beef.
Folks, it is certainly worth a try for your health's sake and your family's sake. What do you say?