Greetings and welcome to my vegan world!
I have been vegan for 23 years now. For me, this vegan journey has been healing, revealing and painful. The painful aspect? That stems from the realization of just how wrongful our society is in its view and treatment of animals.
23 years ago I was struggling with a health challenge that doctors diagnosed as chronic fatigue: no energy, no drive other than to go through the daily necessities of my life – only to return to bed in the early evening in a state of exhaustion. I finally went to the ER where a young physician resident cane back to my room to deliver the latest test results. Just as all the times I’d gone to doctors before he looked baffled. “Your test results are normal. Bloodwork fine. I have no idea what could be wrong with you.” And then recognizing my medical knowledge as a dentist he asked, “Doc, what do you think it is?” Finally, a light bulb went off in my head. I’m placing my life in the same hands that were deprived of the same training and insight into nutrition and disease prevention as I was deprived of. Our 1st two years of dental school is basically the same curriculum as the medical students in addition to our dental courses. Not one nutrition or prevention course is given in dental or medical school. That realization hit me when the young physician asked my opinion of my illness. “He doesn’t know any more than I do”, were my thoughts.
This realization was so appalling that I went to a local health food store to volunteer. I was seeking both personal healing and holistic knowledge. I found both. I was connected to a colon hydrotherapist who put me on a 21-day juice fast after which I felt like a new person. She also admonished me to adhere to a high raw vegan diet – which is highly cleansing and healing. 23 years later, I am still following the guidance of my initial colon hydrotherapist. I am vegan and mostly adhere to a raw vegan lifestyle. I’ve learned the more processed foods we eat – the more cravings for junk we have whether vegan or non-vegan. The best action we can take for our planet is to be the best version of ourselves and be the change that we wish to see. Please watch the movie “The Game Changers” available on Netflix for more insight. I urge you to switch to plant-based if you aren’t already, not just for your own health but because it is the morally right thing to do.
Dr. M. Camille Fuller
Sautéed Spicy Organic Crimini Mushrooms
1 cup sliced mushrooms
Pinch of Himalayan salt
Cayenne pepper – season to taste
1/2 tsp. Nama Shoyu – Unpasteurized Sot Sauce
(available in most health food stores)
Garlic pepper to taste
4 Tbsp olive oil
Season mushrooms and add to heated olive oil. I use low-medium heat. Using a lid is helpful. I simmer for about 10-12 minutes or until they are caramelized.
These make a wonderful addition to veggie burgers, salad or pasta. Or just eat them as is – they are so delish!
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