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Becoming A Vegetarian Literally Saved My Life: A Video Podcast with Nancy Addison, CHHC, AADP

“We were all going to the doctor regularly, doing what they told us to do, but nobody was getting well.”


How A Near-Fatal Drug Overdose Saved My Life

Watch: Certified Holistic Health Practitioner Nancy Addison tells us how she survived a near-fatal overdose as a toddler to take control of her health and live a long and healthy life.

What happens when a child barely old enough to speak is given a pediatrician-administered near-fatal dose of penicillin?

That was the question facing the parents of Nancy Addison, CHHC, AADP, who at the tender age of 2 struggled to survive the drug’s chemical repercussions. The injection left her suffering with acute anemia; because of the anemia, she craved anything that would give her energy and developed a debilitating sugar addiction that contributed to years of unhealthy eating, pre-diabetes, and a 50-pound weight gain on her 5-foot-two physique. Even her eyesight took a hit--she was also battling macular degeneration, a disease that was slowly robbing her of her ability to see.

Addison’s last straw came after witnessing her father’s fatal battle with cancer and the lives of several other family members lives cut short by heart disease. It was at that moment she decided it was time for a major lifestyle change. “We were all going to the doctor regularly, doing what they told us to do, but nobody was getting well.” What’s more, she had a 1-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter whose lives depended on her willingness to live a full, healthy life.

Health and Wellness is My New Medicine

Join us for a podcast that focuses on using food as medicine as Addison shares her moving story about surviving in a world where she craved a healthy life, but had little information on how to get it. She admits the transition to a plant-based diet wasn’t automatic: A life-long Texas resident, she was raised on “barbecue, fried chicken, chicken and dumplings. If that meat wasn’t on our plate, that wasn’t a meal.” But with a dedication to “changing patterns,” and realizing the impact healthy meals would have on her and her family, Addison chose to commit to a lifestyle that would prolong both her health and life.

Is Protein Really A Necessary Part of Our Diet?

Addison is an award-winning author of several books on health and nutrition and a certified holistic health counselor. She is committed to helping women overcome the daily struggle of what’s best to put in our bodies. Addison offers stories, statistics, and her own personal narrative for discovering a healthy plant-based nutrition plan for our unique medical, genetic, and dietary needs.

Diabetes and Your Diet

“Complex amino acids is what our bodies need,” says Addison, in reference to replacing even one meal a day with a plant-based meal. She notes that just one teaspoon of sugar can shut down the immune system for up to 5 hours, and that research from The China Study shows that tumors can form in people who consume over "10 percent of creature protein (dairy, eggs, fish, chicken, beef, etc.)” in their diets.

She underscores the data with a study referenced by the Cleveland Clinic, in which 6000 people across the United States between the ages of 50-65 were tested. The study found that people who consumed the highest amount of creature protein (i.e. eggs, dairy, fish, fowl, pork, cows, lamb, etc.) had an increased risk of death of 70 percent and were “4 times more likely to die of cancer and 5 times more likely to die of diabetes.” If that’s not enough to make us at least consider updating our food intake with more plant-based foods, then likely nothing else will. Tune in to the podcast now to learn what changes you can make to your lifestyle immediately without going through protein and sugar withdrawal.

Cornell University-certified plant-based nutritionist Addison is on a mission to empower women’s health. Two of her best-selling books, including “Diabetes and Your Diet, and “How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian” received awards for Best Health Books of the Year in 2017 and 2018. Both are available for purchase through Addison’s website.

How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian

Learn to “create optimum health instead of destroying it.” Watch the video or listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or Spotify. And if you love and support the She-Compass message, be sure and give us a 5-star review!

The information from Nancy Addison, Organic Healthy Lifestyle LLC, and She Compass is not offered for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of any disease or disorder nor have any statements herein been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We strongly encourage you to discuss topics of concern with your health care provider.

Medical Disclaimer: Information provided in this article, book, podcast, website, email, etc. is for informational purposes only. The information is a result of years of practice and experience by Nancy Addison CHC, AADP. However, this information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional, or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging.

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The author and publisher are not liable for misuse of this material. This article, website and books are strictly for informational and educational purposes. Nancy Addison and She Compass offers information and opinions, not a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or healthcare provider before taking any home remedies or supplements, or following any treatment suggested by Nancy Addison or by anyone listed in the books, articles, or other information contained here. Only your healthcare provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.

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