Hello dear friends!
Today’s blog story is truly an incredible one. I connected with Katie not long ago through Instagram, and was inspired by her detoxification journey. Using fruit, fasting, and herbs, thanks to the guidance of Dr. Robert Morse, Katie was able to make tremendous progress. She’s ready to finally leave her wheelchair behind!
Come and check out what she has to share with us.
What symptoms, dis-eases, or diagnoses have you healed, or are currently healing?
2 years ago...
What started off as "over-pronating", "plantar fasciitis", and needing orthotics for EVERY step I took, my foot problems escalated to life on crutches and eventually, I didn't have a leg to stand on. Doctors were never able to diagnose me, but I suffered from some sort of intense ankle pain that rendered my ability to walk. For 8 months, I was on crutches and in a lot of pain with my right ankle. It would throb relentlessly, as would the whole tendon running from the arch of my foot, up and around my ankle. I had to leave my job because I couldn't drive. This eventually got to my other leg and I couldn't stand or walk at all for six months. I had awful nerve pain that went up my leg, and my right hip felt like it was splayed open and unravelled. I could only lay down straight on my back and moving about would set off my hip and lower back pain. I was bedridden.
Mobility issues aside, I had a whole other set of problems! I've suffered from bad acne all of my life, the kind that leaves a very bright mark on my face that would stay there for a year or more. It became cystic when my leg issues began, which i credit to stress. I had a heart arrhythmia. My hair was greying & thinning at 21. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder and endometriosis, so sex and periods turned into torture. A-typical pap tests. My gums would always bleed when brushing. I've had asthma my whole life and I was completely dependent on puffers--I took multiple ones daily as I always struggled to breathe at some point. I was allergic to everything and was always expelling mucous, no matter the season. I spent most of my life in a state of constipation, my stomach often at unease. From this stemmed hemorrhoids and an anal fissure that I had for years and eventually needed to be operated on.
Tell us a little bit about your health journey.
I was so fortunate to have found Dr. Robert Morse on YouTube two months before my mobility issues arose. The first video I ever watched was called "The Body in it's Simplicity", and it completely flipped my world. Everything I knew about health was wrong, and I was quick to put his theories to test. From a "healthy" standard American diet featuring animal protein at every meal, lots of vegetables, grains, and limited fruit, I set out to dive into the fruitarian lifestyle for one week. While the cravings were intense, so were the results. My skin was clearing, I had an incredible amount of energy and life to me, my mood was lifted, my mind felt clearer, and above all, my stomach felt at ease for the first time in my life because I was eliminating more than regularly. Not knowing what was about to happen to my legs, I knew this was the answer to all of my other problems so I began my transition to vegetarian to vegan to raw vegan to fruitarian, with the intent to commit to a long term fruit detox.
Queue two car accidents and my manageable foot problems became unmanageable; the nerve and ankle pain started and I was on crutches. Shortly after, I had to leave my job as I could no longer physically take care of myself, so I moved home with my parents and basically laid in bed for several months. With help from a consultation with the Dr. Morse Herbal Health Clinic, I was set with an herbal protocol and I got to work.
With deep detox, things can get worse before they get better and that was definitely the case for me. I was in denial about this happening, but the ankle pain I was experiencing in my right ankle was now affecting my left. After my first two months of detoxing, this pain was full on and I was left without a leg to stand on. I was completely bedridden and I used a mechanics kneeboard to get around; my knees would sit on a padded wheeled board while I pulled my body around with my arms. I suffered from extreme muscle atrophy in my lower body and I became sickly skinny. When I was healthy(ish), I was a solid 125 lbs of muscle with a low body fat percentage. At the peak of my detox, I was 89 lbs with a near flaccid lower body. My asthma was extremely hard to deal with but having sworn off of my puffers, I battled breathing with essential oils, steam sauna use, and herbal teas and tinctures. My acne absolutely EXPLODED, there wasn't an inch of healthy skin on my face; whatever wasn't covered in giant painful cysts was covered in tiny white heads. And I mean well over a hundred on my face at once. It was painful and nearly destroying to my psyche. I started losing my hair in clumps and I literally lost half of it. I looked incredibly sick and honestly, I was relieved I was bedridden and didn't have to face the world while I healed.
What I am describing is me at my worst, 6 months into a full fruit diet. To this point, I had undergone weekly 24-36hr dry fasts, 18hr daily intermittent dry fasting, several rounds of herbs, mono fruit fasting, 52 days on grapes only, and what is called the "dates & lemon" protocol, where you eat big meals of dried dates and one citrus fruit meal. I did all of this to get my kidneys to filter as this is the key to regenerative healing. After 6 months of hard detox work, my kidneys finally broke free and I started to filter daily. Literally 2 weeks after this started happening, I was standing on both of my feet. The pain had dramatically let up in my ankles and my nerve pain dissipated. My lungs were improving and my acne, while still horrific, started to become less.
At this point I figured I needed some amino acids to build me some new legs, so I started introducing greens into my diet with a salad at night (nut/seed free). After a month of this, the ankle pain returned and I was sent back to my knee board, my body just wasn't ready for it yet. Six more weeks of fruit and herbs only and my left foot was healed completely, I was back on my crutches while my right foot was healing. After a month of mainly watermelon, I stopped getting cystic acne and I started to phase out my crutches.
I started walking crutch free one year after I began my detox with fruit in 2017. At this point in 2018, I started to regularly add vegetables back into my diet and my body welcomed it. I would go through periods where I would practice full fruit detox modes and other periods where I'd eat vegetables as well, taking turns between full throttle detox and an easier pace. In May 2019, walking became nearly painless and for the first time in 5 years, I was able to walk barefoot anywhere.
Since healing the bulk of my issues, I now live a mostly raw vegan lifestyle where I eat fruit all day followed by a big salad (including nuts & seeds) for dinner. I am not 100% raw all the time, I do allow myself to indulge in cooked foods (always gluten free + vegan) when I want to, but mostly I want to eat raw because I feel an immense difference. I will continue to go through periods of 100% fruit detox modes for the rest of my life because we still live in an extremely toxic world and there is always detoxing to be done!
What books, shows, podcasts, etc...were/are helpful for you?
Of course I'm going to say Dr. Morse's YouTube channel! He taught me how to save myself and changed my life completely. I've seen hours on hours of his videos. I became obsessed with learning about detox and how it all worked and he truly became a light in my darkness. Detox is no easy thing to do and there were countless times where I wanted to give into my cravings and quit for that day. But I'd turn on a Dr. Morse video and be reminded of why I was doing this and how it was going to save me. It recharged my determination and gave me strength every time. I cannot express my gratitude for this man enough.
As for books, Dr. Morse's Detox Miracle Sourcebook was instrumental to my learning. Another important read on detoxing is Arnold Ehret’s books on the Mucusless Diet. An interesting read on the origins of man and fruitarianism is a book called Return to the Brain of Eden by Tony Wright.
I made a new instagram and would only follow people detoxing, fruit pictures, and inspirational words so I could look at that for motivation and only see motivation. I had quit social media when I started detoxing because watching other people live their awesome lives while I was stuck in bed was depressing. I was surprised at how much creating a clean feed actually helped motivate me. I also found a lot of solace in detox facebook groups where I interacted with other Dr. Morse followers and read about their health journeys and struggles. I learned a lot from these groups.
I have a Gaia account, and if you don't know what that is, it's basically the spiritual and conscious version of Netflix. A documentary called E-motion sparked my interest and realization of the mind/body connection. I can not stress enough how important it is to maintain a positive mindset during healing, or just in life in general. Gaia holds tons of interviews, documentaries, and shows devoted to mindfulness and spirituality.
Who has been instrumental in your journey to health?
I'm sure by now you know that Dr. Robert Morse will forever be my number one. Number two goes to Joe Dispenza--my mind guru, the man who taught me how to love myself. His books on the mind/body connection truly changed my life around. While it took a lot of mind work to get here, he's taught me how to be conscious of my thoughts and lead a much happier life.
What are your top 5 favorite herbs or supplements?
I pretty much stuck with all of Dr. Morse’s products, so here are my fav ones:
1) 3 Lung Tea. This mixture of fenugreek seed, pleurisy root, and mullein leaf was a total life saver when it came to quitting my asthma inhalers. My lungs would get tight in the evenings and this opened them right up. I still travel with it.
2) Kidney & Bladder formulas. When I'm taking herbs, I never not have a kidney formula going. A diet of fruit & herbs stirs up a lot of stagnant lymphatic fluid, and the kidneys are a main outlet for this cellular waste.
3) Brain & Nerves formulas. I can literally feel this working in my head immediately after taking it.
4) Heal All Tea. I really enjoy the taste of this and I sometimes feel buzzing in my body after taking it, my lymph is moving. Also used for enemas & douching.
5) This one is not Dr. Morse, I get it off of Amazon. It's a tincture called Chanca Piedra and it is for kidney stones. It helps with kidney health and filtration.
What are some of your favorite healing foods or recipes?
Cut up strawberries, add grapes into the same container, and leave in the fridge overnight. They will become the best grapes you ever had and the combo is fantastic.
Lissa from RawFoodRomance has a Dips & Dressings book that changed the salad game for me! I basically went full fruit before I ever learned about raw salads or being a raw vegan, so when it was finally time to start incorporating vegetables back into my diet (the rebuild phase), I didn't know where to start. I bought this E-Book and it taught me so much! Really excellent dressings that are arranged by no fat, medium fat, and high fat. Being able to drench my salads in as much dressing as I want is pertinent to eating raw. There is no "just a squeeze of lemon to dress the salad" for this girl!
Tell us about some of your setbacks, and how you overcame them.
Kidney filtration was really hard for me to achieve, but things really started to turn around when I finally did. Kidney filtration is when you expel cellular waste through the urine that you can physically see and it is the master key to detoxing. What broke my kidneys open was consistently dry fasting. I would do daily intermittent dry fasting for 18 hours and one 24-36 hour dry fast once a week. I started the "Dates & Lemon" protocol, which entails you to eat two big date meals a day followed by one juicy citrus meal. After 6 months of fruit, herbs, and fasting, I finally started to see filtration. Two weeks after realizing this, I could stand on my feet with significantly less pain. It was a major breakthrough.
Another major setback was changing my mindset because I started my detox while deeply depressed. I did this by becoming extremely focused on learning about the mind/body connection and I became enveloped in information supporting this. I was obsessed with learning about the body and how it can heal, and my life became a schedule of physical and emotional detox rituals. Exploring mindful/conscious living, along with how the human body worked, motivated me to become one of those success stories I read about, and I did just that.
What is one technique, therapy, or product that made a big difference for you?
Without a doubt, my most valued detox investment was my steam sauna. It really helped with my acne and lymphatic flow and I highly recommend it to anyone with skin problems or living a sedentary lifestyle. Getting your sweat on moves your lymphatic system as well as serving as an outlet for toxins and lymphatic waste. I got it off of amazon for $150 and incorporated it in my daily detox routine. I would start with skin brushing while it heated up and then I'd get into it for as long as I could stand, usually about 10 minutes. I'd get out and roll over to the shower and hop into freezing cold water, particularly on my cerebellum. I'd then roll back to the sauna and repeated the hot/cold therapy twice. By the end of it I felt relaxed and ready for bed as the hot/cold really stimulates your lymphatic and nervous systems.
I valued the time i spent in the sauna and always made it more than just sitting there sweating. I'd listen to YouTube videos of Dr. Morse or other motivating speakers. Sometimes I would blast music and pretend I'm a rock star. I've listened to audiobooks. I would meditate. I would listen to earth sounds while I envisioned myself living a happy, healthy life. I made it fun because this was 1-2 hours of my daily life. I have a blog post about my sauna use that I'll be posting on my blog shortly if you want to know more!
How important is mindfulness and/or spirituality for healing? What does that look like for you?
SO. VERY. IMPORTANT!!!!
I always heard people talk about spirituality, but i never truly got it until I was a few months deep into my fruity protocol. I don't think anyone can walk through true detoxification without having this epiphany because when you detox your body, you detox your pineal gland (aka your third eye), and you start to see that everything in this world is a connected energy. I would venture to say that healing requires both the physical aspect (food) and mental aspect (healthy thoughts) equally for the body to heal. For the beginning of my detox, I felt like i was being punished with this lifestyle. I was determined to stick with the diet but at the same time I was very depressed. I'd eat only fruit but I was miserable about it. I was stuck in bed and every day became the same pain and gloom. It wasn't until I started educating myself on the chakra energy centres that I realized what an impact my thoughts had on my quality of life. It wasn't immediate, but eventually I turned myself around; who was once a depressed, mopey, lifeless, can't-wait-for-the-day-to-end bedridden being blossomed into a motivated, enthusiastic, productive and full-of-light being, all with the power of my thoughts. I went from someone who would sleep 14h a day and spend the other 10h wasting away on Netflix to someone who barely turned the TV on because she was too focused on filling her mind with education, beautiful things, and dreams.
Life is all about perception, I was bedridden in both cases but I chose to change my outlook on my life and thats when the healing really started. I got really into this and I flooded my mind with information on the mind/body connection. This is when my health really started to turn around. We are beings of energy, which is why when we eat energy (fruit having the HIGHEST angstrom count of ANY food), we restore the natural balance of our energetic body. Pair a high fruit diet with positive thoughts and you will restore your body to homeostasis.
What does your life look like right now in terms of your health?
The big stuff is out of the way. I've been walking since October 2018, and other than the need for cushioning on my heel, I've been without the need of orthotic support in my shoes since May 2019. I even walk around barefoot all the time. My asthma is a million times better, I haven't taken a puffer in years although it does sometimes act up in certain situations. Symptoms of endometriosis are gone, I can now have sex whenever I want with no pain. Other than hunger, I feel no pms symptoms when my very light period comes, and very little cramping. I haven't had an arrhythmia episode since I started raw food. My anal fissure is almost non existent, although eating some cooked foods (like grains) can trigger it. My gums never bleed, my hair is growing back, and even when I eat cooked food, my digestion is at ease.
I do still have some issues I am still working through, but since the big stuff is out of the way, I feel like I can take this slower and eat raw vegetables too and occasionally indulge in gf+v cooked food. One of my main issues has been my acne, and even though I've come extremely far with my skin, I am still dealing with this. The kind of acne i get now is very different from where I started and It's on its way out for good soon. I've had some issues with my hips that have prevented me from doing squat movements and high impact exercises for a while now, but I've recently started to push myself with exercise lately and it's improving a lot. I am almost back to normal.
My mental health has never been better and I never knew I could experience joy the way I do now. I thought I was happy years ago when I was somewhat healthy, now when I look back on that life it seems so dim. I have a real grasp on my thoughts now and I am the happiest I've ever been!
What is one piece of advice you'd like to share with those beginning their healing journeys?
This level of detoxing is not for the faint of heart; you're going to peel back layers of yourself you didn't know you had and a lot of emotional things are going to arise. I think it's extremely important to educate yourself on the how's and why's of how fruit heals the body. I had someone jump into this protocol without really understanding how it was going to work, and when it got hard they quit because "it wasn't working for them and was making them worse". Fruit fasting will expose your weaknesses before it heals you and physical and emotional healing crisis' are likely to occur. When you grasp the reason why these things are happening, it's a lot easier to stick with it and you'll see these signs as progress.
Any other words of wisdom?
I underestimated the power of my thoughts when I first started this and I am almost sure that I would have healed faster had I embraced this aspect more. Do not dismiss the mind/body connection as healing isn't just about eating the right food; it's about the thoughts you keep, your environment, your support system, your attitude and enthusiasm. This is true systematic healing.
Where can people connect with you?
I have a website where I share the full version of my story from the very beginning. While I just started it, I will be blogging about regenerative detoxification, raw food & fruitarianism, my love for travel, and conscious mindful living. I've done something tremendous with my body and I intend to spread the message that YOU CAN HEAL ANYTHING for the rest of my life. I will be offering detoxification coaching services in the near future as well. You can also follow my fruitful life on Instagram @alkaline_adventuress
Wow, what a powerful transformation! Digging deep into challenging detox can pay off big time, along with addressing mental, emotional, and spiritual re-wiring. I’m honored to share Katie’s story with all of you, and I encourage you to go give her a follow online and check out her website.
And until next time, remember that healing truly IS possible!
Love you all,