March 14, 2004    Arteriosclerosis


It was a cold wintry afternoon
That everything that was right
Became wrong
It could have been better
What happened can only
Come out as Thanks

I was at work doing my normal thing. After 12 years in the business it almost becomes second hand. Every day is so routine yet so different, so unexpectedly joyous that the height of passion and fulfillment becomes everyday blessing . It was on such thoughts that my day began. It was on such thoughts that this newsletter is devoted. It was on such thoughts that my great mentor in the sky became my pillars of strength to seek excellence in all that I do.

And so I salute Ben and his mother who found truth from within, and Sky,. My pen=pal from San Fran whose everyday pursuit in excellence in what she eats and what she does becomes my inspiration and without her words of inner strength this article might never have happened. All these thoughts, all these feelings became so glaringly clear, so glaringly focused when Ben, my employee of one year, began his day. Ben, whose devotion to his job is beyond any sense of normalcy? Ben had to leave his house at 5AM to arrive at 10 AM. He had to travel from Ocean City by train, bus and yet another train, every weekend. As you might suspect, Ben is not your average employee. He did whatever it took to keep his word. to be on time and to give his 100 percent day in day out.

This is the Ben I know. He is 100% committed to the virtues of raw food, what it does and what it could do. Ben understood the nature of healing. In the words of T.C.Fry as quoted in his article, " The body's self healing power – nothing inside or outside of Nature can substitute for the body's wisdom- if the body becomes overburdened it disables itself through what are called acute diseases to hasten the process of purification and repair."

These words are my understanding of why life, why me, why Arnold's Way. I have no choice but to do this work, read every book I can and share this information. I have no choice but to dedicate my time to researching the many diseases, simplifying them into the cleansing process of the body's genetic code.

Just as I have no choice, Ben is of the same nature, traveling 5 hours once a week for his 6 hours of work. Some would say it wasn't worth the effort. If only people knew the real truth as to why we do these things without complaining and almost without pay. It is with these thoughts that I write the following.

It is a Tuesday night, approaching 10PM; I could have been doing anything but staying home and writing on arteriosclerosis. I turned down free tickets to see a concert at the Point (a local night club) featuring Town Hall. I turned down a late evening dinner invitation with my daughter. I turned down an opportunity to rent a movie and do some grandfather-grandson bonding. What I could have done and what I am doing is in part a tribute to Ben, to Donna (Ben's mother) and to Sky.

On this wintry morn Ben entered the store, a little bundled, a little frazzled, a little confident that he had crossed over to the other side of midnight and found glory within his grasp. Ben began his story. About his mother Donna who at tender age of only 55 years old was in intensive care at the hospital diagnose with arteriosclerosis She was a young woman who had experienced none of the warning signs. She appeared fit, slightly above her normal weight, a little stressed from being the owner of a business and a little tired. From working long hours with not enough time for a proper sleep, all these lifestyle factors began to have an effect on Donna. She began experiencing shortness of breath and acid reflux that would not go away. Donna thought she knew everything that there was needed to know about her health. After all her son, was Ben She heard all the dietary rules of why meat chicken and fish are not only not good for the body but they have a strong negative impact on our emotional well being. She heard about the process foods and how they are void of any nutritional benefit. Donna heard all of Ben's lectures on food and health. Ben understood the dynamics of how food affects our body. Ben had long ago given up meat and fish and became a vegetarian. Recently he went from a strict vegetarian diet to a mostly raw food diet. Ben studied; Ben shared his studies with his mother. She listened and she too began making changes. They were small changes but nonetheless changes they were. Donna understood the why in the changes but not the necessity or the urgency.

It was in such complacency that, feeling no imminent health issues she and her husband went on a seven day cruise whereupon she ate a little too much, she drank a little too much, she danced a little too much and did not get enough sleep. Each of these factors by themselves could affect one's health. All grouped together in a seven night period of excess along with lack of rest and conscious eating, they can be disastrous. It was such an onslaught of events that led Donna to an acute case of acid indigestion and lasting shortness of breathe after she had left the cruise. Donna knew but she didn't know. Was there something wrong or were these temporary symptoms? Could they be leading to something much more serious? After two weeks of continuous symptoms, Donna's husband encouraged her to see a doctor. At this point she discovered the hidden dangers of arteriosclerosis.

As quoted in Food For Life by Dr. Neil Barnard MD, " [arteriosclerosis is] a disease of the arteries. Something in the arteries, called plaque, is stopping the flow of blood to the heart. Plaque is composed of cholesterol, fat, debris and accumulating cells growing from the muscle layer that sheaths the artery."

Ben knew all of these facts about cholesterol, about arteries, about changing one's lifestyle to exclude cholesterol rich foods from the diet. As Ben changed his way from the standard American diet (SAD) to a mostly raw diet, Donna also made some minor changes. Unfortunately, the changes were too small. Donna knew the choices, but being only 55 years old, in reasonably good health, going to the gym on a weekly basis, Donna did not know the other side of midnight – all the darkness that existed in her system. She did not know of the plaque build-up in her arteries. She did not know the harm that can be done by eating an animal based diet. She did not know that by going on a one week cruise – and eating too much – drinking too much –staying up too late, all these factors would come crashing into a tumultuous war.

Our bodies are meant for purity and excellence. It was on this basis that things changed for Donna. After the cruise Donna began having shortness of breath and a continuous bout of indigestion. What she thought was good health, good lifestyle and good dietary habit, began crashing like a run-away freight train whose break system suddenly failed.

Donna learned the hard way that the easy path may not be the best path. Donna was forced to go to the doctor for a check-up. Donna was then forced to go to the hospital. Donna was diagnosed with 98% heart blockage. The hospital knew only one treatment and only one test to see exactly how much blockage was there. The doctors recommended a standard catheter scan. This is a microscopic camera inserted into a vein in a leg, which is then manipulated up toward the heart to see how much plaque is present. Donna had a 99% blockage in one of the arteries that went to the lungs.

It is at this point that we begin to ask what are the options, why the blockage, why now. All seemingly so perfectly clear, so perfectly obvious. What would I do, knowing what I know? What would Donna do knowing what she knew? What would Ben, her son, advise his mom? It is at this point that the newsletter begins and ends. It is at this point that everybody knew what was already known.

I knew, Sky knew, Ben knew and now Donna knew. All these thoughts came screeching to a halt. It was in the hospital where Donna was admitted and given an angioplasty to widen the artery and allow blood to flow more freely. For Donna, all these thoughts came rushing in as Ben walked into her hospital room. She knew instinctively what she had to do.

Donna looked at Ben and said, "I know."


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