I'm a huge fan of Lee Hull
Okay. Hi, I'm [inaudible 00:00:06], and I'm a huge fan of Lee Hull because he has saved my life. I went from a GFR of 38 that was continuing to descend, in a two month period, to a GFR of 56 because of what I found in Lee's material and because of the aggressive way I went after his material and converted it to a diet.
At the end of August, I had my two month labs, and my GFR had dropped from 41 to 38 in those two months, and I was terrified. I mean the alarms went off huge, and I thought I can't do... What am I going to do? In seven months, at this rate of descent, I will be on dialysis.
So I went online, and I found Lee Hull, and I put my email in, and I started getting these chapters. There was hope now. There was no hope. The doctors gave me no hope, and there was hope in this book. The brilliance of what he had put together. I knew that it was credible, and there was hope, and I was going after it. And my diet was: no meat, no fish, no eggs, no dairy, no grains. That's pretty much what all the variables were about. It was an extreme diet, but dialysis is extreme, and when I read that in Lee's book, those were my watchwords.
And so I started going on it, and I had days where it was really tough, and so I just put more feta cheese on my salad. And other days when it was really tough, and so I put three tablespoons of butter on my potatoes instead of one, but I found these little small ways that I could sort of ease myself along.
And I was hoping and praying that within a two month period, my GFR would have gone from 38 to 41, and I had my day of reckoning when I saw my doctor, and I went in, and he said, "Your GFR is 56." And I [inaudible 00:02:07]. So I saw my nephrologist, and she's pretty open-minded, and when I went over these numbers with her, she jumped up-and-down, and I told her, "No meat, no fish, no eggs, no dairy, no grains. I sent my kidneys to the spa." All the doctors love that analogy. They think it's so funny. And she got her pen out, and she said, "Wait a minute. Tell me this again. Tell me this again."
The most important things that I gathered from Lee's book, along with all the variables which I paid really close attention to, were the protein grams and the acid load. So I printed off the renal acid load page after page, and I had it in my kitchen. So every food that I was eating, I could look at the acid load. And the other thing were protein grams because at the end of the day, I wanted to be at 30 or 25 grams of protein, not exceeding that. And then I wanted my acid load from all of my foods to be in the negative. So I would just list each food that I had, and it was simple arithmetic at the end of the day. How many grams? Acid load. If my grams were 25 or 30, and my acid load was in the negative, I really succeeded.
Oh, this is really critical. You have to have foods in your refrigerator that you can go to. Otherwise, you're going to go to all the wrong foods and when you're hungry, that's what we do. We need to go to something. So I took Lee seriously. Like he said in his book, "You need to have... You need to prepare meals." And I just started looking at every food that there is, every food that there is, and then moved aside the ones that were not going to help me and started building a diet around all the ones that were going to help me, and I'm a happy camper.
Now, I really went all out, but I believe a person can have a huge effect on these numbers by just doing a fair amount of this. And they're going to happen for you. These results are going to happen. It's all about diet. Lee is exactly right. He's brilliant. He's put all this data together. There's nothing anywhere online or anywhere else because I'm a researcher and I've looked. So you know what? The help's out there. [inaudible 00:04:15] please that I have an opportunity to maybe help some other people.