I Was Told My Liver Disease Was Incurable: I Turned to Raw Foods and Saved My Life

May 6th, 2008 by Tonya Zavasta

For years I had terrible stomach pains, and for years eating certain foods made me sick. I became very fatigued, developed itchy skin, high cholesterol, thyroid problems, cramping in my legs and my spleen was enlarged. My blood work and liver counts were all messed up, but doctors could not figure out what was wrong with me. My gallbladder was removed and yet I still had stomach aches when I ate.

I tried to give blood one time and they wouldn’t accept it. So, I went back to the doctor to try and find out what was going on. Still no answers.

It wasn’t until May of 2006 that a liver specialist diagnosed me with Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC). He did a liver biopsy to confirm this. I not only had PBC, but I was in the last stages. PBC is a liver disease that there is no cure for at this time. A liver transplant does not cure it but will slow down the process. I also developed osteoporosis, arthritis, and the fatigue and itchy skin had gotten worse. I was prescribed medication for everything.

I’m 45 yrs. old, and married with 4 children. I was so sick it was hard to get out of bed, and I was feeling very useless to everyone around me. This was very hard on me and my family.

One day as I was gagging on the several medications I was on, I prayed for answers and healing. That day I decided not to put anything in my mouth that made me sick or gave me stomach aches. Meat was the first to go, then dairy, flour, sugar, and processed foods, which meant no more fast foods. After a month of eating this way, amazingly I was feeling better. The itching had gone away, and I wasn’t tired anymore. After a couple of months I went for my doctor appointment to talk about a biopsy and liver transplant. He said I looked so good he wanted to do some blood tests. Those blood tests were almost normal. He told me to keep doing whatever I was doing.

I am now off of all my medication! Never having heard of a raw food lifestyle in my life before my illness, I now eat about 90% of raw foods. Cooked food is still hurting my stomach. I feel better than I have in a long time. My family and I now live a much healthier and happier lifestyle.

I just had my last test update. My blood test came back better than normal: absolutely no sign of osteoporosis or arthritis! My spleen has shrunk back down to normal, and the doctor couldn’t find any signs of cirrhosis on my liver. Without medication! Pretty amazing, considering that I was told there was no cure. It scared me, I took actions, and the raw foods sure saved my life. My story is proof that we are what we eat.- Donna Woods

5 Responses to “I Was Told My Liver Disease Was Incurable: I Turned to Raw Foods and Saved My Life”

  1. Janine MacDonnell Says:

    Can I ask what you eat I’m very interested in your post.. If possible email me.. Thank you :-)

  2. Tonya Zavasta Says:

    My diet has been very simple the last few years. I discuss what I eat on a typical day in this newsletter. Happy Holidays! http://archive.aweber.com/tz_newsletter/GKKO2/h/What_do_I_Eat_July.htm

  3. Cathie Grout Says:

    Hi Tonya

    One lady I see for reflexology has been diagnosed with this condition. Did you do any vegetable juicing too? did you give up meat dairy etc all at once or did you phase them out more slowly?Any detox side effects?

  4. Tonya Zavasta Says:

    HI Cathie, yes, I have been juicing every day since 1995. I transitioned to a raw vegan diet over a period of 2 years. And oh, yes, I did have detox symptoms. Read my article about raw food detox for more info: http://www.beautifulonraw.com/raw-food-blog/raw-food-detox/

  5. Rose Pranav Says:

    Happy to hear your success.I to have liver enlarged.but taking milk and egg ,vitamin d for deficency I am having pain in liver..how can I cope up with vitamin d deficency with raw foods..-

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