Interview with a Nutritarian: Jodi


Jodi - current imageMost of the interviews here on Onlyourhealth have been with those who’ve discovered Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritional recommendations in their recent past, and are elated about their newfound health and freedom from food addiction and disease. Jodi has been following Dr. Fuhrman’s advice for TEN years, and she’s just as excited today with continual improvements in her health as she was ten years ago.  If you've read Jodi's Success Story on Dr. Fuhrman's website, or read a  previous Onlyourhealth post about her awesome recovery from debilitating psoriasis and other autoimmune diseases, you know that Jodi's healings are medical miracles!  Today Jodi is the epitome of excellent health, and her enthusiasm is contagious.  In fact, she went on to earn her Nutritional Education Trainer (NET) certification and is now helping others in their journeys to get their health restored also. Welcome once again to Onlyourhealth Jodi!  


You've been following Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian eating-style for over 10 years now. How has that experience changed your life?

My original reason for contacting Dr. Fuhrman was autoimmune issues; the most serious was psoriatic arthritis where I had a full-body skin rash and history of joint pain. Plus, I had diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren's and Hashimotos – all autoimmune conditions.  I consider my success at conquering these ailments as Chapter One of my health journey. [Click here to see Jodi's remarkable before and after pictures of being healed of psoriasis!] Now, Chapter Two is all about the benefits that I've experienced over the years that I did not expect!


Please explain “Chapter Two” to us.  

Jodi at a heavier weightYear after year as I keep following this high-nutrient lifestyle, I continue to be amazed at how powerful and effective it is. For example, ten years ago I did not turn to Dr. Fuhrman for weight loss, yet I now weigh 32 pounds less than my highest weight.  The picture on the right was taken when I was younger and heavier. 

  • My cholesterol is now low, when it had been over 200, and my blood pressure is low, and I take no drugs for either. 
  • I breezed through menopause without drugs.
  • All sinus congestion and seasonal allergies are completely gone.
  • My dentist compliments my healthy gums and how little plaque I have.
  • My bone density has improved. I previously tested in the negative range for osteopenia, the latest score for my spine was ZERO. A zero score is equivalent to the bone density of a healthy, 30- year-old woman. Which means without drugs but following Dr. Fuhrman's exercise advice, I have the spine a 30-year-old....and I'm 62!  [Click here to learn more about preventing bone fractures.] 
  • My eyesight is stronger. Twice over the last 10 years the prescriptions for my contact lenses and glasses, which I use for distance, have been reduced; and I no longer need reading glasses, but I did at age 52, (and now I’m 62!)


Are you surprised by these improvements?

As we age, we expect to have achy joints, ailments, medications, drug side effects, doctors visits, etc., and I don't have any of those issues. In fact, I wake up in the morning and nothing hurts: no joint pain, no stiffness, and no arthritis. Yes, I'm amazed...and grateful.


Do you have any success tips to share with others?

Ten years ago when I started eating high-nutrient foods, I was already over 50-years-old. My psoriasis and joint pain started when I was a teenager, and I was on potent drugs for almost twenty years. Don't think you are too old to benefit; don't think you are too sick or have been on drugs for too long to see a difference. I am so convinced that the longer you follow this program, and the older you get doing it, you continue to reap benefits...benefits you never expected or imagined!


Thank you Jodi for being an example to all of us of the ongoing healing power of high-nutrient foods ~ you truly are a medical miracle!

 Jodi on top of the world!

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Angelique - August 16, 2011 12:33 PM

Do you know how long after eating nutritarian does it usually take to lose autoimmune symptoms? I had been MOSTLY eating nutritarian but made a commitment to not eat anything on the rarely list. How long do you think it usually takes to help with these issues? I am determined to cure my joint pain. I am going to start a log so I can keep track of how i am doing on the plan. Need to stop to the store and buy more mushrooms tonight for dinner! I am finally doing really good on not eating between meals!

Lilly - August 16, 2011 1:24 PM

Congratulations, Jodi! You are such an inspiration by example and through your support on the forum. When I grow up I want to be as physically fit and healthy as you!!!

Sally - August 16, 2011 2:21 PM

So proud of you Jodi! You are so inspirational!

Jackie - August 16, 2011 7:36 PM


You have done a fantastic job of telling Jodi's amazing story. If that doesn't make people realize what a difference nutritarian eating can make in a person's life, I don't know what would. Congratulations to Jodi!!

Lois - August 16, 2011 8:49 PM

Jodi - You've been an inspiration to me since I started reading your posts on the message board! It was especially rewarding to meet you in person at last year's Getaway and again this year. Thanks so much for the time you took to advise me about psoriasis and the best way to control my symptoms. I've learned so much from you. For those of you haven't seen Jodi in person, her skin is just beautiful and she's vibrant, healthy and strong!

MIke Rubino - August 17, 2011 3:29 AM

Great story about Jodi. Etl followers are individual pockets of Blue Zones and Jodi surerly exemplfies that !

MJ - August 17, 2011 2:46 PM

You are a real inspiration. However, the picture with you on the big rock. How did you get up there? How did you get down?

Jodi - August 17, 2011 3:01 PM

Thanks Lilly, Jackie, Sally, and Mike for your compliments and congratulations. My husband's comment was: "A long and at times bumpy journey successfully negotiated".

I too wish to thank Emily. She's great to work with and pulls it all together so nicely.

And Lois, my California girl! Your message really touched me...and made my day. Thank you.

Jodi - August 17, 2011 3:39 PM

Angelique, I'm not a doctor so I can't advise you. My guess is that each person is different and it may depend on how long or how severe the symptoms have been; perhaps too what medications have been taken and how long. I know Dr. Fuhrman has mentioned much success with his rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Are you aware of his specific protocol for autoimmune diseases? This is essentially what I follow. It includes vegetables juices (made fresh in a juicer), green vegetables at every meal, cruciferous soups, extra omega-3's and some other things. He wrote a newsletter about it which is available on his website. Personally, I find sugar is the worst thing. White flour, alcohol act in the body as sugar too.
Congratulations on your commitment and also on not eating between meals. Based on my experience, overeating is another bad trigger for autoimmune.
But as stated above, I can only speak of my experience. One of the doctors on could better address your specific situation. Best wishes and best health!

Hawar - August 17, 2011 6:56 PM

Oh wow, what a great story!!! Jodi, it's people like you that give us all the hope we need. This reminds of a story of a man during a teleconference with Dr.Fuhrman. He had some kind of autoimmune disease and was on medications for 20 years. He tried Dr.Fuhrman's "eat to live" way of life and in 6 weeks the doctors took him off medications! The specialist or whoever gave him the meds was confused, asked him what he did that changed his condition. When he mentionned he ate properly the doctor didn't believe him and was worried it may be psychological. I'm not kidding, so sad. He asked Dr.Fuhrman how long he can continue going on without needing meds. Dr.Fuhrman responded that as long as he remains nutritarian he can stay off medication for the rest of his life. He responded with "oh wow!", you could tell he wanted to cry out of joy. I love these kind of stories. Jodi thank you for the inspiration, and thank you Emily for interviewing her. :)

Donna Crombie - August 18, 2011 8:00 AM

Jodi, I am 52 and have a lot of health problems. I have been worrying that it is too late for me and that I can never get off of meds because I have been on them so long. You are an inspiration proving that I am wrong. Congrats and thanks.

Angelique - August 18, 2011 10:42 AM

Thank you for the advice. I will double check Dr. F's recommendations for Arthritis and Autoimmune. I have been drinking a green Juice, but not every day. And have been eating a lot of Kale (as of late). I have also been adding in some cherries every day that I can because I have heard of their anti-flammatory properties. I have also upped my Omega 3's... I am gonna keep going like this and see what happens :) I didn't like kale raw for the longest time and now i love adding it into my salads! I've come a long way! I hope to be writing a story like yours at some point! It is inspiring to me when I hear that your joint pain started early, but you don't have it now. I know there is still hope for me (I'm only 36)

Thanks for giving this interview!

BTW, When my financial situation improves I will join the member forums again!

Andrea - August 22, 2011 6:35 PM

Thank you for clearing up this common myth!

StephenMarkTurner - August 24, 2011 8:48 AM

I missed the bit about the eyesight the first time I read this (irony?).

'De-aging' your eyesight over a decade is really fantastic.


tina - August 31, 2011 2:38 PM

we're you able to reverse your thyroid disease?

Jodi - September 11, 2011 3:01 PM

tina, I just saw your question. Dr.Fuhrman told me that my thyroid had been non-functioning for too long to expect a recovery. If it had been newly diagnosed and not yet treated with drugs, he said it's possible for a thyroid to regain function.(I hope I'm quoting him correctly.) So I take a daily thyroid hormone replacement. It's the only drug I take.

Elisa Rodriguez - September 12, 2011 7:56 AM

Incredible, inspiring story! Thanks for sharing Jody and Emily :-)

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