The Doctor Told Me He Could Not Believe It
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Mark: 'Transformation' Edition
everyone! And that means another Primal
Blueprint Real Life Story from a Marks Daily Apple reader.
If you have your own success story and would like to share it with
me and the Marks Daily Apple community please contact me here.
Ill continue to publish these each Friday as long as they
keep coming in. Thank you for reading!
I have considered
telling you my story for some time now, but for some reason I have
never done so. I recently read the success
story of the mixed martial artist named Abe Wagner and it made
me decide to share my story as well. I am also a professional mixed
martial artist, and while going primal has helped me in this venture,
I also believe that it played a very large part in even allowing
me to begin along it. So here is my long overdue success story.
about 3 years ago. I was playing rugby in college and was an alternate
on the collegiate All-American national team. It was about this
same time that I also started to become interested in mixed martial
arts and training some in my free time as well as doing a few amateur
fights. People would ask me for advice on nutrition and working
out and I would regurgitate false truths. Im sure that I would
have continued down this road, but life sometimes seems to have
us on a collision course. Quite literally in my case, as in I fell
off of a ledge and landed head first on the concrete 12ft below.
Being the sprightly young man that I was, I assumed that no real
damage was inflicted in my fall. I sucked it up as my
coaches told me to and continued along with rugby games and practices.
After a few
months however, I could no longer pretend like everything was okay.
I went to the doctor and told them that I thought I might had strained
my neck. They decided to take a few X-rays and the results were
quite a surprise to everyone involved. I had broken my neck in-between
the C5 and C6 vertebrae. The doctors told me that I needed to have
surgery. They took me to the hospital to go under the knife that
day. But when I arrived at the hospital they discovered another
problem; since I had gone several months with my neck broken, the
damaged ligaments and muscles had healed around my broken neck.
They could not perform the surgery until they got my neck back into
alignment. They screwed a halo attached to a weight and pulley system
into my head and laid me horizontal on a hospital bed. Every once
in a while they would increase the weight pulling on my head to
straighten my neck. After three days they said that it was straight
enough to do surgery. I went in that night for surgery and they
shaved off a piece of my hip and used it for a bone fusion in my
neck as well as screwing in a small plastic support. When I woke
up they called in the specialist who performed the surgery to talk
to me. Being naive to my own reality and thinking I was invincible,
my only concern was when I would be able to start playing sports
again. He told me that I was lucky to be walking and that I would
be in a neck brace for about a year and we would just have to see
how my body took to the bone fusion. He then said that he doubted
that I would ever be able to do high intensity sports again. I was
not willing to accept that and quizzed him over anything I could
do to help the healing process, and he told me just to be as healthy
as I possibly could.
As far as fitness
and nutrition went, I was under the impression that I was doing
everything right. I was eating high amounts of protein, low fat,
and lots of good carbs like rice, and pasta. I was taking
all the stimulant-rich pre- and post-workout supplements that the
bodybuilding forums said that I should be taking, and I was lifting
6 times a week in addition to my rugby practices. At the time I
was 511 about 215 pounds and low body fat. As far as conventional
wisdom went, I was extremely healthy. But since my diagnosis was
grim I decided to look into everything that could possibly benefit
me. I began researching what might help my recovery and stumbled
onto marksdailyapple.com. At first I was just intrigued by how different
of an approach it was from everything else I had come across. After
reading for a long while, a lot of it seemed to make sense to me
and I decided that I would give it a shot.
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October 29, 2011
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