The Ultimate Testimony
This is one of the most powerful testimonials that I have received. I now call it “The Ultimate Testimony” as it contains so many of the elements that I have written about over the past ten years. It also gives the credit to Whom all of the credit is due…the Creator of the Universe.
I hope it inspires you,
The Ultimate Testimony
Received February 28, 2006
Hello Dogtor J,
Two and a half years ago, my daughter was praying about her 5 year old son, Garrett, asking God, “What is wrong with my son?”. He would kick, scream, hit, throw himself on the floor, have “tantrums”. He would only wear black and grey. Family members with children asked her not to bring him over because he was so mean. Another said he should be tested for ADHD.(These symptoms started around two years of age. The doctors all said he was just going through a phase – all kids do.) For a long time she thought it had to be just a discipline problem.
After the first prayer, the word “wheat” popped into her head. She checked it out on the Internet and decided she didn’t want to deal with that. So she prayed again, and got the same answer. Three times she prayed asking the same thing, and three times she got the same answer “wheat”. So she decided to try it. Four days later her little boy sat on the floor for 2 hours making a coloring book for his little sister.
Before, at bath time, he would scream to have to undress, scream about getting his hair washed, scream about getting out. It was always a huge battle. After being gluten free for 4 days, the bath time went like this. He got into the tub after undressing himself, let his Dad wash his hair – no yelling (by anyone)- he got himself out of the tub, dried himself off, dressed, put the toys away, emptied the tub, cleaned up the bathroom and went peacefully to bed. WHAT A CHANGE. She got her sweet, intelligent little boy back.
She told me the symptoms of celiac disease on the phone and this story about Garrett. I said it sounded like me and decided to try going gluten-free too. Four days later , I was feeling great. (I had been depressed, over weight, tired, couldn’t think. I’d sit in bed half the day, force myself to get up and get dressed, and then battle to get anything accomplished after I did get up. Total fuzz brain. And I had chronic anemia)
One of the main Websites my daughter found was yours. “The Answer” helped us so much. The first year we went gluten-free. The second year we gave up dairy. I have type-II diabetes and weighed 264 pounds. My A1C hadn’t been below 7.2 in 12 years. The very month after I gave up the milk, my A1C was 6.4 and has been in the 6. range for the past year and a half. Oh, and I’ve lost 80 lbs. (I haven’t given up sugar or fats like I tried on other diets, nor have I cut down on quantity. If I’m hungry, I eat.) My daughter lost 85 lbs. in the same time frame doing the same thing. It amazes us that even a tiny amount of milk will cause terrible food cravings. We have since also cut out soy and corn.
I don’t eat any grains at all (no buckwheat either) because they all cause the foggy brain, tiredness, depression, diarrhea. Soy also causes my heart to beat irregularly (skipped beats and then extra hard ones). I used to have sinus headaches all the time, and often had colds, bronchitis, pneumonia. I was sick all the time. A sinus headache now means I ate the wrong thing. And I’ve only had two colds in the past 2 1/2 years (which only lasted up to 4 days.)
People feel sorry for us because we can’t eat everything but if I had known this stuff in my 20’s I’d have gladly given it up to feel so good. (I’d tried every diet I could find.) For the past few years I felt so rotten , I didn’t think I’d live for more than ten years. I felt like an old lady (I was only 53), and had to climb stairs one at a time (right foot up, right foot up etc. and down the same way – except right foot down, right foot down…smile..) Now I can run up and down the stairs. I feel like I’m in my early 40’s again. I got rid of the antidepressants right away (after no gluten). Who needs them when you feel so good.
After giving up some of these foods, we have become sensitive to what our bodies are telling us about other foods. Giving foods up has become so easy especially when plain healthy food tastes so good now. My doctor was concerned about me giving up milk but my bone density test came back saying I have the bone density of a 30 year old. (Thank you green veggies and fruits.)
At this time, my daughter’s whole family is gluten-free, milk-free, soy-free, corn-free, and a couple are egg-free. (That includes one husband and 3 children.) My oldest sons family is milk-free and my son is also gluten-free. My youngest son is trying his oldest son on no gluten and the baby (1 year) can’t handle milk. Their daughter was tested for celiac (biopsy) but the test was negative. I think she shouldn’t have gluten because she is so hyper and itches all over. It takes a long time for people to be willing to try these diet changes.
Anyway, I wanted to thank you for your obedience to God. I don’t want to think where we’d be if your Website wasn’t out there. I have copied “The Answer” off many times and given it to people who don’t have computers. I have passed out your Website many times when people want to know what happened to me. I suspected you were a brother in Christ by what I read. That made it easier for me to give the information out to people. Two weeks ago, I gave this Website to a friend with insomnia. I also remembered that at one time she had suffered from severe anemia. She went gluten-free and after 9 days, she had had two complete nights of sound sleep which she hadn’t had in 2 years.
I believe God wants His people well. Thank you so much for you obedience to Him.
Here is a follow-up Email that I received in December of 2012:
My mom, Lynn, wrote “The Ultimate Testimony” that you have listed on your website. You have a link to our old website. This site [was] established by a family who contacted me about the gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free, and corn-free diet. They have had remarkable recoveries from a myriad of problems and are now sharing their successes with others.
We now have a blog instead of a website.
Thank you once again for posting the information you have collected. I look forward to reading your book.
Special Food for Special Kids