Fear of suffering a fatal bleed has compelled a fourth-generation Picton farmer to ditch meat for good.
Dawn Chorus chairman James Wilson, 78, suffered two embolisms and believed he was at risk of an internal bleed.
Scared he might die, the conservationist made a nerve-wracking decision, to stop his blood thinning medication.
Once a confirmed “anti-vegan” the father of four adopted a whole-food plant-based lifestyle (WFPB).
“I suffered a pulmonary embolism after an operation for a snapped Achilles tendon.
“Twenty years later I suffered a second, more minor embolism, and due to my history, I was put on warfarin “for life”.
“My health and well-being were less than adequate on this medicine and I worried that I might well suffer a fatal internal bleed.
“Despite medical warnings to the contrary, due to the damage of blood vessels around my heart, I resolved to go off Warfarin, he says.
James, who says he has lost 20kg, has written a book, Plant Paradigm, about his efforts in a bid to encourage others to follow in his footsteps.
“Plant Paradigm, while forcibly putting the case for a whole-food plant-based lifestyle, includes practical answers to many of the frequently asked questions expressed by people considering a change to their way of living,” James says.
A radio interview was the catalyst for his new eating regime.
James says he heard an interview where a doctor spoke of damaged blood vessels being repaired in people following a whole plant food-based diet.
It took him six weeks to settle into the new regime and says he has noticed a dramatic cut in the number of viral illnesses he gets.
“As soon as the interview was over, I made an immediate switch, I was lucky that I was driven by the fear of death.
Subsequently, I feel something like ten years younger than I did, I have suffered almost no colds, no flu and no other similar ailments that I had previously suffered from and considerably less than are normal for a man of my age,” he says.
James says while most of his friends have stuck to their non-vegan ways, some are “closet” vegans.
“I also was upset by many people who were super critical of me in the early days and wanted them to read my reasons for going vegan.
“Then as I aged and became interested in the ecology and finally recognised the cruelty imposed on all farm animals by all farmers.
“So, I guess I started writing it with anger, but by the time I published it the world had moved on
“Ultimately I published it to simply encourage people to go vegan for the pragmatic reasons of health, environmental relief and the avoidance of animal cruelty.”
Marlborough Media has two copies of James Wilson’s new book, Pant Paradigm, to give away.
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