My name is Louise Koch and I’m from Copenhagen in Denmark. I used to be very ill but have healed myself naturally from a long list of diseases and this is my story. When I was young I travelled the world as a tour guide and later I studied television and media-production in London and Miami. The only larger health issues I had at the time was ezcema, which I had had since I was about 1-2 years old, and I was very active with windsurfing and ballroom dancing. Back in Denmark I started working as a freelance television journalist for about fourteen years and I also did some teaching and graphic design.
Suddenly one day back in Denmark, when I was about 28 years old, I started to get anxiety attacks for no apparent reason. It slowly increased and got worse and worse. For about one and a half year I couldn’t work at all and I was given antidepressant medication by my doctor. From then on I became more and more tired and a lot of other symptoms developed.
I started getting low back pain, food intolerance, dry mucous membranes, a low sex drive, morning cough, gout in my toes, yeast infections, edemas, insomnia, low tolerance to stress, pain in my joints, inflammations/ infections, brittle hair and nails, headaches, hormonal disturbances including really bad PMS, allergies, herpes, problems with my short-term memory, mental fogginess, yellow skin, pain in my liver/ gallstone attacks and I was always cold.
Of course I saw my doctor and he gave me all the pills and medication you can think of but nothing really worked. I had no choice but to pay for some special tests from the U.S. via Nordic laboratories and was finally diagnosed with severe adrenal fatigue and a host of other imbalances, including severe damage to my cells and DNA. The doctor interpreting the results even told me that I was very close to getting cancer and that I most likely couldn’t get pregnant. By then I was so tired that I could hardly walk from my bed to the kitchen and again I could no longer work. In frustration I tried all the dietary supplements, hormonal supplements, alternative medications and doctors I could find but again nothing really worked.
I had reached the point where I was willing to try anything because I had no life and my financial situation was getting out of hand. At that time I was part of an online forum for people with adrenal fatigue and a girl there suggested that I tried a raw food diet called 80/10/10 and a lifestyle change to Natural Hygiene. I felt that I had nothing to lose so I decided to give it a try. The diet consists only of fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, seeds and nuts all in the raw, fresh, ripe and organic state. The diet is a low fat raw vegan diet, and 80/10/10 means that you eat a minimum of 80% carbohydrates, a maximum of 10% protein and a maximum of 10% fat.
First I carefully researched all about it and in the summer of 2009 I gave ‘the 80/10/10 diet’ combined with green smoothies a try. Green smoothies meant that I added a lot of salad to my smoothies and my main food was exotic fruit and leafy greens.