Testimonial of Sharmia Roy
Sharmila Roy so very beautifully and honestly shares how there came a time where she was literally immobile due an inflammation in the brain. Today she has completing a course on whole-plant based nutrition as it has helped her heal tremendously…
I have been dogged by health issues like IBS, hypertension and musculoskeletal problems for most of my adult life. Around five years back, I attended a Peas vs Pill workshop, which did make me reconsider my consumption of dairy, but since I was neither diabetic nor overweight, I did not feel the need for making sweeping dietary changes.
Then about three years back, a sudden spell of seizures at work left me almost immobile. I was diagnosed with inflammation of the right dural membrane, which basically meant that there was a thickening and inflammation on one side of the membrane covering my brain. I was put on steroids, TB drugs, epilepsy drugs and osteoporosis medicines, as the cause of inflammation was unknown. The other option would have been to go for a tissue biopsy. Soon my kidney and liver parameters deteriorated and to control those I needed more drugs.
Around that time, I came across a nutritionist who treated inflammatory disorders. She put me on a non dairy diet but recommended fish and olive oil in salads. I was also given lot of supplements. So with medicines and supplements I was taking close to 30 pills a day. My condition improved but only upto a point. A year later I realised that I had ended up substituting my allopathic medicines with supplements.
Meanwhile to understand for myself the role of nutrition on health, I completed a one year diploma in nutrition therapy from the UK but still many of my doubts remained unanswered. Hence , when an abdomen sonography revealed early Cholesterosis of the gall bladder, it came as no surprise. I had also started reading the book China Study by Dr T. Colin Campbell and slowly it began to dawn on me how the whole, plant based diet is ideal for overall health. I decided to go for it on my own, aided by the SHARAN cooking classes. A consultation with Dr Nandita Shah later convinced me that I was indeed on the right path.
After eight months of being medication free, my reports showed no signs of cholesterosis and there are no signs of the other illnesses too. However, my biggest reward has been that my faltering career is again back on track. As an oil industry professional, I am now strong enough to go for review visits to offshore oil platforms, a far cry from the days when I could not even stand for long without tottering. To celebrate my recovery, I also recently got myself certified as a plant based nutritionist from the Centre of Nutrition Studies, Cornell University.
Thank you for showing the light, SHARAN!!