My hands gripped the side of the piss stained toilet, microbes laughing as they dug into my flesh. I heaved, I heaved, and I heaved. For the longest time nothing would leave. I was sweating profusely. I heaved, and I heaved and I forced myself to eject a blob of…blood.
After puking for several more minutes I felt an urgent need to shit. I grabbed the blob-splattered bucket that lay next to me, pulled it close, sat on the toilet, and pulled down my pants. Emptiness invaded my stomach, a gnawing sensation that didn’t quite feel right. I finished, and before I flushed the chain I looked at my mess. It looked as if I had taken a chainsaw to a bag of blood.
When I quit drinking alcohol most of the bleeding stopped. I am cursed by anal fissures, created by years of pressure brought on by book reading on the toilet as I ejected poison from my system. My one last affliction that has a lineage all the way back to the time I drank.
I wonder if Dustin Rudolph has a red nose? Had I not asked the ferryman to steer me down a different tributary, I would have earned mine. He is the author of the magnificent book: The Empty Medicine Cabinet, and if anyone asks him what his job is I hope he says, “I save lives.”
It bothers me to think how many fingers have closed eyelids that could have remained open had they taken the advice contained within this book. When I quit alcohol I realised that it would be wholly hypocritical of me to replace one poison with another. My new drug of choice was sugar. If alcohol was like a fistfight against the biggest lad in the playground, the war against sugar was like going into battle against a Terminator with nothing but a peashooter.
“Your key to success comes in the form of a grocery list and not a prescription,” Dustin Rudolph.
I interview people for a living, and so I collect questions. Here is one I recently stole from the businessman Peter Thiel.
“What important truth do very few people agree with you upon?”
I have a lot of answers to this question, but right up there is the truth that a solid diet of fruit and vegetables will help keep the fingers from your eyelids.
Very few people agree. The usual argument being that everything in moderation is a better way to live. The problem with moderation is it stamps its dusty feet all over the face of the good habits that threaten its very existence. Moderation may not kill, but it creates a thousand wrinkles many years earlier than it should.
“The marvellous pharmacy that was designed by nature and placed into our being by the universal architect produces most of the medicines we need.” Norman Cousins
Today I am a vegan. I do not advise you to do the same. There are such a varied number of professional opinions on what the best dietary approach is, that I have learned my single truth. I do not care what you think of my opinion, it works for me, and maybe only me, but if I tell you about it then perhaps it can work for you to? I do not know the answer to that question, but you will only find out by giving it a go.
Most of us lie somewhere on the very sick and dying continuum. The cynic in me believes that the pharmaceutical companies and governments that pull pearls from our dead eyes, and dollars from our silent skulls hold us there.
I think Dustin Rudolph has a similar opinion.
You only get one life.
Use it wisely.
Stop filling your body with poison.
Stop following the masses.
Stop being so pig-headed and stubborn. You will regret it. When the time comes you will regret it. Either through the pain, self-torment, or the thought of those eyes closing when there was so much more you could have done.
I will leave you will a paragraph from the book that has stuck in my gut like the poison that once dwelled there. Only these words can remain. I have no desire to send them forth from whence they came.
“Why is it that we fear cancer so much? After all, it only causes half as many deaths worldwide as cardiovascular disease. In addition, a third of all cancers are preventable simply by avoiding excessive alcohol consumption and by abstaining from smoking.” Dustin Rudolph
What is your biggest dietary challenge and why?
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