Testimonial of Shruti Malik
Delhi-based Shruti Malik shares her journey from being in a state where she could actually not breathe to becoming a certified Health coach so that she could spread the goodness of the whole plant based diet.
My wake-up call was being admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital at the age of 34 years. I was admitted with a blood oxygen level of 80 instead of 95 and I could not breathe.
The doctors told me I had developed Asthma due to ‘some allergies’ and that I would in all probability need to be on daily medications for the rest of my life. In addition I was told that I was pre-diabetic and due to a ‘family history’ of diabetes, it is only a matter of time before I developed the same. When I was recuperating at home post the health scare, I found that my eyes were dry and painful most of the time. The doctor told me I was at the risk of developing a disease called Glaucoma.
I was prescribed a lot of medicines including steroids and none of the doctors could tell me a single thing that I could do to prevent all these diseases from becoming a permanent part of my life. It was a helpless, hopeless situation to be in. What made it worse was that I was only 34 years, vegetarian (I used to eat eggs occasionally) and a non – smoker / non-drinker.
After the initial shock wore off, I decided that there must be some way that I could help myself. I started researching on the internet. One thing led to another and soon I chanced upon Dr. Nandita Shah’s interview on reversing diabetes. Hearing her say that ‘Diabetes is reversible’ was like music to my ears. I was intrigued and wrote her a long email describing my medical issues and she reverted the next day. I took a one-month telephonic consultation with her and she taught me about the effects that food has on our bodies. I started following what I learnt and in a matter of weeks, I started to feel much more energetic. I stopped taking my daily Asthma medicines and I was fine. I got my blood sugar tested and got back a normal reading. I felt that I got my life back.
I was so impressed with the results that I decided to complete the one of its kind certification course in Whole Food Plant Based Diet from Ecornell University. This is a program developed by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of ‘The China Study’. I successfully achieved the certificate in 2014.
My mission in life now is to help as many people as I can to come off the un-necessary medications given by traditional doctors and share my knowledge that it is indeed possible to prevent and reverse many diseases. – Shruti Malik, New Delhi