“Whatever It Is That You Are Doing, Keep Doing It”

Before and after

Arthur

Can you reverse health problems with a lifestyle change?

Arthur’s health was failing and after suffering a heart attack he underwent surgery. He also got type 2 diabetes. His doctors told him that the reason for his weight gain and joint pain and other things was that he was just getting older. The only thing to do was to take a lot of medications for the rest of his life, and accept his fate.

Arthur was not happy with this and decided to go looking for other options online. He found them, and two years later everything has changed.

The E-mail

My name is Arthur H Hazeldine, I was born in Reefton, a gold mining town in the South Island of New Zealand, in The South Pacific, on the 24th of May 1934.

From then, until what I did until aged fifteen is not really relevant to this story, except perhaps to mention that we lived under a threat of invasion by Japan, until they made their fatal mistake of attacking Pearl Harbor, and the Americans came and saved us. What is relevant is that we lived on real food and despite the fact that refrigerators were unheard of and not many had electricity, everyone was fit and healthy.

I was ten years old when WW2 finished, and had decided even then that I would follow after family members who had been serving with distinction, flying fighters in The Battle of Britain and against the Japanese in Burma. At aged fifteen I joined The Royal New Zealand Navy as a Seaman Boy, and found myself two years later involved in The Korean War. After serving ten years in the Navy, at age 26, I returned to civilian life, extremely fit and healthy.

Up until age forty I worked in outdoor employment, farming, then selling farm machinery. I was still extremely fit, I became a manager of a home appliance store and remained employed there, until I retired at aged sixty eight. The company which owned the chain of stores that I worked for required managers to have regular medical check ups, and I continued with these check ups after my retirement. By this time I had accumulated an impressive list of prescription drugs, because, according to the doctors, my blood pressure was not where it should be, my cholesterol was high etc, etc.

I was starting to experience joint stiffness and pain and my weight was creeping up. These were probably, due to, according to the doctors, “you are not getting any younger”. Insisting that I need even more medications. Hind sight is 20/20: Oh, how I wish I had known then what I have learned during the last five-six years! My problems were more than likely caused by the introduction of medications, not once was diet mentioned.

Fast forward to the 1st of March 2011, I had been out to a meeting until about mid day, and on arriving home I suddenly felt what one might call, “yucky”. I felt concerned enough to turn on my computer and type in “heart failure, symptoms?” The news came back, and it was all bad. I rang the doctor’s office and described my symptoms to the senior nurse, suggesting that I felt like it was indigestion. Her response was to tell me “you get in here NOW, and don’t you drive your car, I will tell you if you have indigestion or not”.

By this time I felt quite good, my neighbour drove me to the medical center. I was attached to a machine with a whole lot of wires, a piece of paper came out, the nurse grabbed it and left the room only to return seconds later with a doctor who said “ring the ambulance nurse’. He shoved a pill in my mouth and told me to keep it under my tongue – “You’re going to hospital, you’ve had a heart attack”.

The following six months were to prove rather scary, the triple heart bypass operation was performed and I spent a week in recovery, on returning home, my son, a chemistry technician at the local dairy company, noticed that the wound in my chest was becoming inflamed and by the next morning was discharging freely from what he described it with, what I would call a three dollar word, and he rushed me back to the hospital. I was taken into “isolation” right off, with nurses dressed ready for space travel, I had been infected with a hospital bug, that took the next five months to get under control, requiring two more operations, and nearly took my life.

I hope I have not put you to sleep with the above, but stay tuned, the best is coming.

There is nothing like personal experience to sharpen the mind, and by this time I was keen to know, if the doctors had been prescribing me pharmaceutical drugs to lower my cholesterol, reduce my blood pressure and to, according to them, prevent me from having a heart attack.

“What the hell had happened there?”

I left the hospital with a box of drugs, with instructions that I would need to take them for the rest of my life! I set my computer up on a thirty two inch screen, with unlimited data and set out to answer that question: What happened, why it happened and what I would need to do to correct it, why what the doctors and dieticians had been telling me had not worked. Little did I know what a huge can of worms I was about to open, but open it I did.

I think I might have had an advantage at the start of my research in that I had no idea what a carbohydrate is or any idea of how the chemistry of the human body works, I was starting with a clean slate!

The first site I came across was “Statin Nation” on Youtube by Justin Smith, then “The Skinny on Fats’ and “The Oiling of America” by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig PhD at Weston A. Price Foundation then Dr Natasha Campbell McBride (GAPS). Our own Prof Grant Schofield (what the fat) then there is this Swedish guy who started The Food Revolution who really set me alight! I have been building up my knowledge checking and double checking, for the last six years, finding the information and trying it out on myself.

It took me some time to give up grains, when Joe Mercola said that grains could cause type 2 diabetes I tried to formulate my bread with “whole Grains”, because the “experts” were saying that we need the “fibre”, I learned that no matter how you dress them up, grains are carbohydrates and carbohydrates convert to glucose, I now have two bread machines that are redundant, I don’t want to give them away because for the rest of my life I would feel that I had given away a poisoned chalice.

I soon realized that I was going to need to take some drastic action if I was to completely regain my health, I was still not a happy camper, with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, gaining weight – 90 kg and rising, constant joint pain and a cataract starting in my right eye.

As I was living in a city, I decided to move back to the part of the country where I used to farm, and where I can grow the bulk of my vegetables and obtain plenty of grass fed meat, butter, cream and eggs.

By the time I arrived at my new location, I had learned enough to realize that the medications were a big part of my problems, the medical center in the city had sent my records ahead to a local doctor, and when I look back on what transpired at my first visit, I find it amusing.

The first thing that this new doctor said as I entered his consulting rooms was, ”You know that you will be on these statins and blockers for the rest of your life?”

And as I said, ”No I won’t”, you could have heard a pin drop!

– “Your arteries will be in a hell of a state, you could have another heart attack at any time, how much, (medications) have you got left”?

– ”None, I threw them in the rubbish”. At this point I had a feeling that this doctor was slightly agitated, he started to give me the lecture on “relative risk”, and concluded with, “then why are you here, what do you want me to do for you?”

– “I want you to give me a prescription for a glucose meter, I have already purchased a blood pressure meter and I understand that glucose meters are free to diabetics”. At this point he left the room to consult with a colleague, returning some minutes later with my prescription for a glucose meter on the condition that I consent to monthly blood checks. Because I had a cataract forming in my right eye, (part of the type 2 diabetes drama) I had been having three monthly eye examinations with the view to having surgery, when it was “ready,” after the last examination the specialist told me “There is very little damage, surgery is no longer required, let’s have a look in twelve months”, then commented “You’re not on any medications, are you?”.

About eighteen months ago, after a blood test, the doctor who told me that I would have to take medications for the rest of my life and that type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease that can only be managed with drugs, rang to tell me that I am no longer type 2 diabetic and that “Whatever it is that you are doing, keep doing it”!

Now that I am over eighty years old, I have to have a medical examination each year to renew my driver’s licence, yes, I still go to the same doctor, his attitude towards me on the last two years visits, is, I would say quite warm. His comment, on learning about the cataract “That’s strange”. And on checking my heart, “there’s nothing wrong with YOUR heart!”

My present health is exceptional, my weight is steady on 70kg/72kg (154-159 lbs), all joint pain is gone, short term memory almost complete.

I have learned a lot in the last six years: Eat real food that is, or has been, recently alive, if it has to have a long list of contents on a label, don’t eat the ***# thing, observe what obese people have in their shopping trolley.

Learn from the mistakes of others, you won’t live long enough to make them all yourself!

Yes, hindsight is 20/20, if only I had known all this twenty years ago!

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25 Comments

  1. Barbs
    Just wonderful Arthur and very well done. I work with elderly people and it's heart breaking to see the amount of drugs delivered to their front doors in HUGE bags (UK) and most are chronically broken and so ill with all kinds of diseases that I know can be reversed or at least lessened with the right information. I don't even know where to start to spread this information out but it NEEDS to be done as for so long people have been fed absolute BS regarding what our bodies need. Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Indeed.
    Reply: #15
  2. BobM
    That is a great story, Author. Thank you for sharing.
  3. Edna
    what an inspiration at last good to see someone from New Zealand i live in Rotorua, l have been On LCHF since November 2015 and its done wonders for me i too am off meds for diabetes.can i ask you something do you listen to ZB talkback and have you rung in to talkback to talk about this if you are thank you because that is how i found dietdocter.LCHF all the way.
    Reply: #18
  4. Robert
    I guess you didn't know that you're too old to learn something new and start from scratch.
  5. alta
    Well done Arthur!
    I should like to share this story with my son who has fatty liver desease (due to severe allergies)but belives that whole wheat isn't a problem. Please allow a "share" functionality on the site for members.
    Reply: #12
  6. DonnaMaree
    Well done Arthur. I too am a New Zealander from Whangarei. I'm one of the moderators in the 1300-strong Facebook group Reversing Diabetes.And I can sympathise with your experience of our "low-fat" mantra doctors. I had to buy my own glucose metres and ketone metres because I'm not "a diabetic" (because I don't take insulin.) Why? LCHF!
    I had a doctor in the Base Hospital dismiss my progress the other day because "everybody who loses weight reverses their symptoms" - according to him.
    Reply: #14
  7. john wayne
    Very well explained. Loved it very much. Check out my video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf9sQ6t8PBM . I think it will be helpful.
    Reply: #13
  8. Arthur H
    Hi Edna : yes I have been ringing in on Talk back radio to spread the word about Andrias and the team, but for some reason, they won't take calls from me, told me that people are not interested. I guess they can see their advertising money for "Numa Health" Cholesterol normalizer, flying out the window.
  9. Arthur H
    Hi Robert : Yes I found that "You can teach an old dog new tricks!"
  10. Arthur H
    Hi Barbs : Yes there's nothing like experience to sharpen the mind, I now have history on my side : as Martin Luther King said, " Ahh have beeeen ta tha top of the mountaaan Ahh have seeeen the promised land!! When I consider all the symptoms that I had, and what has happened since, there is no one going to tell me that LCHF is wrong.
  11. Arthur H
    Hi : Donnamaree. When I first went to Waikato Hospital, I had an argument with the dietitians who wanted me to eat a "heart healthy diet", at the time I hadn't started my research into "what the hell happened there?", but I knew enough to realize that margarine is poison. After I was discharged. the hospital sent me a question sheet to fill in, I gave them my frank views on the heart healthy diet having far too much bread and starchy (packet) soups with "flash" names and no nutrition.
    Never had a reply.
  12. Arthur H
    Hi alta : to share, just click on share at the top of the page.
  13. Arthur H
    We must not get too tied up with "exercise" as such. The "health Guru's" would like us to believe that obesity is caused by eating too much and not moving enough. I walk each morning with my dog, keep a large garden, cut lawns etc, spend time, even in winter, lying on a sunbed out in the sun for vitamin D ( where I live is just inside the right latitude).
    You can't outrun a bad diet!
  14. Arthur H
    The question to ask that doctor is"How can one lose weight without hunger?"
  15. Arthur H
    New Zealand is most likely the same as U K, and follow the same failed dietary advice. As one of our "enlightened" professors says, we will have to wait for the present crop of "experts" to die off.
    When I explained to one doctor, why I am delighted at my cholesterol level, he typed into his computer, Statin Nation on Youtube, he told me later that on the information that he gained, he decided to stop taking a statin drug that he was taking as a "preventative" measure, unfortunately, for us, he has since left and gone to Australia, just when I was getting him trained. Oh well we can't win them all!
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  17. tom bishop
    Statins not Satins
  18. Arthur Hazeldine
    Yes I do go on talk back and try to get the message out about dietdoctor.com, it's great to get some feedback, thank you.
    I was living in Te Puke for twenty nine years and retired in Tauranga, then moved to South Taranaki after he heart problems.
  19. Arthur Hazeldine
    Hi Folks,
    Just over a month and a bit until my eighty third birthday.
    Thanks to Andreas and the wonderful people at dietdoctor.com I am enjoying life without pain and have every intention to, "Drop Dead Healthy!".
  20. Bev
    Inspiring story, Arthur - it is never too late. I hope you enjoy a fabulous 83rd birthday and well done for confounding those Doctors!
  21. Arthur Hazeldine
    Thanks Bev, we all have a purpose now, to tell others of our experiences.
    Keep throwing the storm stranded starfish back into the sea, it will make a difference.
  22. Arthur H
    Looking forward to my eighty third birthday this month and my annual medical for my driver's license.
    We had a win last month, Professor Grant Schofield, profgrant.com has been appointed by our Government as advisor for nutrition in our schools.
  23. Arthur H
    I have just celebrated my eighty third birthday, 24th of May.
    What a great feeling it was to spend the day in my vegetable garden, in such unusual "winter" weather, quite warm, almost like summer, at least my bees think so.
    And to think, I nearly didn't make it.
    Sadly, I have seen several friends pass away in the last year, made even more sad that they died from complications of type two diabetes and complications after dialysis and limb amputations.
  24. Jim Tancock
    What an inspiration Arthur. I heard your story on Radio Live earlier this morning. I've learned a lot and thank you for your advice. I'm type 1 and need to take this diabetes seriously now. Enjoy your day. 🌅
  25. Arthur H
    Thanks Tim, at last I have made contact with a host who is prepared to listen.
    I have been able to tell the listeners about another documentary that is on the web, "Someone Else's Country" it is about how all our present day problems came about.
    I have had a video of it for a number of years, that I had copied for a friends when I was managing an appliance store in Te Puke and am delighted that it can be found on the net, by just typing in the title.
    It's great that you have found this site, you can reduce your insulin according to your carb intake, instead of eating too many and then taking more to undo the damage.
  26. Cameron
    Stop ringing radiolive advertising please.

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