Fred’s Story

In regard to nutrition my story begins about 60+ years ago when I was on the high school wrestling team. While trying to “make weight” (weight class) I contracted rheumatic fever at age 15, which put me out for that season. I studied nutrition which not only helped me to recover, but in my senior year I was undefeated and became the NJ state champion in the 178 lb class. The year was 1960. (Click link and scroll down to 1960 for the proof.)
http://theshoreconference.com/NJHistory/StateChamps.html
Our wrestling coach was also the football coach. He knew football but he had never wrestled. Our team rarely won, but I was the exception because I had become a self-taught wrestler. I should note that even at that young age I was an unusually independent thinker.

That type of mentality is a part of what enabled me decades later to cure my health problems according to the best evidence which often meant NOT following authorities, but instead using critical thinking to find the best solutions.

My wrestling achievement earned me a full-tuition 4-year scholarship to Rutgers University. BUT in my freshman year I developed severe OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder – undiagnosed at that time) which brought me to the verge of suicide. I felt that if I was to continue living, I MUST leave Rutgers (although my grades were still okay). Thus I sacrificed 3 years of scholarship.

I remained close to suicidal for 10 years. I became interested in motorcycles in part for the danger of fast riding, and for temporary escape from my mental Obsessions while racing. I also became interested in motorcycle mechanics, engineering, and modifying engines for more power. The physics involved was fascinating.

At age 26 I discovered a potentially better way to get killed – I was hired to work on a tree climbing crew doing power line clearance. We went where the bucket trucks could not go. I thought, “This is great–I can be killed by falling or by electrocution.” I did that for a few years. Then I started my own tree business. I did takedowns and pruning for the public, using climbing/roping methods only. I had one full-time ground assistant.

(Side note: as you might imagine, being near suicidal I was not very concerned about health. I began smoking cigarettes, 2 packs/day, at age 19, but I quit smoking while doing tree work as it interfered with the physical effort required.)

My mother told me at age 12 to never go to a psychotherapist. She was an RN in a VA hospital in the 1930s and saw the horrible “pre-frontal lobotomies” and electric shock treatments that doctors performed. I followed her advice until age 30 when I finally visited a psychotherapist. I was lucky enough to find a GOOD one – Mrs. Stein! She diagnosed me as having OCD. I saw her weekly for over a year. I became no longer suicidal, although the OCD tendencies were only partially alleviated. I loved Mrs. Stein! (Decades later I figured out that both nutrition and genetics play a role in my OCD!)

I continued with my tree business until age 34. At that time no one did the kind of climbing jobs I did past age 50, so I needed to find another source of income to last a lifetime.. I closed my business and now had substantial savings which meant freedom for a while.

I had become fascinated by the observation that people varied so much in their beliefs about important issues pertaining to human nature, politics, and religion, often diametrically opposing each other! Motorcycle engineering and wrestling together had made it clear to me that nature functions according to immutable natural laws. Many people had to be wrong in their beliefs. I wanted to learn what is actually true of reality!

I spent one semester auditing university courses full time. (I did not care about “credits,” I just wanted to learn.) I studied psychology, comparative religion, anthropology, sociology. Then for over a year I traveled the US and Canada, mostly visiting communes that were experimenting with new concepts of how to live. (It was still the hippy period.)

I moved to Seattle and became a self-taught self-employed auto mechanic. I returned to smoking 2 packs/day. Also, for a period of 5 years I drank too much alcohol daily, from age 41 to 46. I quit due to pain in the heart area.  A few years later I quit smoking (1990) for the same reason. (There was a history of early heart attacks in my family. I discovered in 2013 I was not excluded!)

Ever since my experience with Mrs. Stein I became an avid reader (and still am). Whenever I was not working I was reading books (until computers came) on the subjects mentioned above (non-fiction only). (In recent years it has been mainly about nutrition and health.)

Although marriage was out of the question for me due to OCD, women have always been my best friends. I became a feminist in the early 1970. I am firmly for equal rights, equal opportunity, equal pay for equal work, for everyone!

I would not mention the next phase of my story if it were not for the fact that it  PROFOUNDLY AFFECTED the rest of my life! In the period of 1985 to 1995 it seemed like there were two types of women in Seattle: 1) normal women, 2) Radical Feminists. The University of WA had a potent women studies curriculum that taught young women that they were oppressed by the Patriarchy. These women tended to develop hatred toward men in general.

I was a middle-aged man who appeared to be strong/muscular – just the type that Radical Feminists hated. I had no idea at that time of these facts. All I knew was– I was receiving a lot of rude treatment from women I did not know, for no apparent reason. But sixty percent of my auto repair customers were women. I respected them and they respected me. So why was the rude treatment out in public happening to me?

My OCD kicked in. Eventually, 1989, I retaliated and WAY over-reacted, and offended a young woman who it turned out happened to be very wealthy. She got my license plate number, thus my identity. She proceeded to harass me FOR YEARS. I never knew her real name. I would not mention any of this issue if not for the fact that it had a PROFOUND effect on the rest of my life.

In 1996 I read Christina Hoff Sommers’ excellent book, Who Stole Feminist. She explained the Radical Feminist movement beautifully — such great honesty and excellent critical thinking. She took a lot of abuse from Rad Fems for her honesty! I love Christina Hoff Sommers! . Finally I understood!

In defense of the women’s studies professors who taught against the Patriarchy, I can understand that. In the 1950’s I remember that women did indeed seem to be considered inferior to men and had less opportunities in the workforce. That was wrong!  But women’s studies professors were also wrong to put all men into one category. Two wrongs do not make a right. Men are just as individually different as are women.

In a way all of that negative treatment was sort of helpful. It led me to a deeper understanding of human nature. One of the most helpful books of the 90s (besides Christina’s book) was Cognitive Therapy, Basics and Beyond, by Judith Beck PhD. Still being a do-it-your-selfer, Judith’s book taught me how to apply cognitive therapy techniques on myself. Also books by psychologist Carol Tavris PhD (an advanced thinker) are quite helpful.

In 1998 I was diagnosed as hypothyroid and prescribed Synthroid. I began to get back to studying nutrition.

By 2,000 I was getting more into science and found evolutionary biology to be extremely edifying and it led to a much deeper understanding of reality for me.

In 2003 I was back in my home state of NJ and in need of money. I returned to something I had always been good at: climbing trees and doing take-downs/pruning – self-employed, as usual. Also about that time I took early social security to enable me to only need to do tree work part time so I could spend more time studying. Obviously I was not concerned about “saving for retirement.” I was into my 60s. Two days per week of climbing was about all I could physically handle anyway. (No one climbs trees full time in their 60s.)

But soon I developed rheumatoid arthritis in my hands which was threatening to put an end to my tree climbing. I added more nutritional supplements according to my research and purchased a quality juicer. Soon my hands were okay, and without a single doctor visit and not a single drug! That finally confirmed to me the value of nutrition!

But at age 64 I became sick and my knees became very painful. Four doctors did not know what was wrong. I was on crutches for 5 months. I finally researched my symptoms on the Internet. It looked like I had Advanced Lyme disease. I visited a Lyme specialist who confirmed it. I had an intravenous antibiotic (Rocephin) which helped. But I stopped that and took up Stephen Buhner’s herbal protocol (his book is Healing Lyme) and eventually was cured and returned to climbing trees.

But at age 65 I had my first fall out of a tree — about 25 feet onto a rocky steep hillside. I was severely injured, but recovered in 6 months. Again I returned to tree-climbing as I needed the income.

At age 68 I was again hit by Lyme disease (occupational hazard). Buhner’s herbs did not seem to work this time. I went to a Lyme specialist who tested and found that I had both Lyme and Babesiosis (similar to malaria). Dr Bryant kept me well enough to be able to keep doing just enough tree work to pay his bills. It took me 2 years to fully recover, which cost me $17,000 out of pocket!!!  (Medicare covered less than half of total costs.) I was doing some nutritional therapy but had not yet learned enough, and was influenced to some degree by misinformation. If I knew then what I know now, I’m sure my recovery would  have been faster.

For example, I believed the medical propaganda that high doses of vitamin C caused kidney stones so took very little C. Now I know I needed a lot of C during that period. Another big mistake was for a few years I had been taking 1200 mgs of calcium carbonate per day. Following my recovery I also was not eating well enough —  corn muffins,  pre-cooked chicken, too much fruit.

CORONARY HEART DISEASE

In 2013, at age 71 I had been having intermittent chest pain for 6 months which was gradually getting worse. I went to see my Lyme doc who had become my GP. He thought I might be on the verge of a heart attack and had me visit a cardiologist. A nuclear stress test was done which involves an injection of dye, a CT scan, treadmill exercise, and a final CT scan. They had me wired for EKG on the treadmill. Within about a minute the cardiologist stopped the test. He said the EKG was going “crazy.” He said, “You are right on the verge of a heart attack.” He said I will need bypass surgery or stents (or both). He pulled out his cell phone and made an appointment for me to get an angiogram which he said would immediately be followed by surgery or stents as the test indicated. He had not even seen the final CT scan yet, but it was done and it showed “multiple coronary ischemia” (meaning multiple blockages — lack of oxygen to the heart), thus supporting his initial diagnosis.

Why did this happen? For several years I had been eating what I thought was a healthy diet, had been taking several nutritional supplements daily, and getting extreme exercise climbing trees. I soon learned that I had inherited a tendency for my body to create extremely high amounts of a type of lipid particle called lipoprotein(a) – aka Lp(a). I was told that alone can cause heart attack and death – even if other lipid numbers are okay.) My father and his only brother both died relatively early of heart attacks.

I immediately began researching information about alternatives to stents/by-pass. I ate only salads for the next two days and quit coffee. (Coffee seemed to intensify the chest pain). Just those simple changes helped me to feel a little better, and the internet seemed to suggest possibly viable alternatives.

I previously had had some bad experiences with conventional doctors. Also I had been successful in previous years using nutrition to cure health problems. Those facts gave me the courage to cancel the hospital appointment and fire the cardiologist. I went the nutrition route, and no drugs!

I did not know yet exactly how to approach the problem, but instinctively felt that cutting way down on food intake would help. I lost 20 pounds in the first month. After much research I settled on Dr. Thomas Levy’s approach and many of the recommended nutritional supplements listed in his book, Stop America’s #1 Killer. I took those supplements plus many additional supplements based upon my other research and previous experience. (Eventually I was taking about 40 supplements per day which was more than needed, but I was going all out.)

I studied diet and nutrition practically every waking hour. I experimented, listened to my body, and made adjustments throughout my recovery period of nearly two years.

My diet was omnivore. I AVOIDED all dairy products (except butter), no sugar, wheat and grain products, soy, processed vegetable (seed) oils, no processed foods in general.
I bought organic if available. I prepared ALL of my own meals, NO restaurants.
My daily diet included organic chicken thighs (boiled) mixed veggies boiled, 3 soft boiled eggs, fish. I used organic virgin coconut oil and butter daily.  It was basically a low carb high fat diet.

I took MANY supplements, most important were vitamin C and magnesium glycinate.

I was tested for heavy metals using EDTA and DMSA injection which showed high mercury and cadmium, and extremely high lead. Dr Levy said it can be sweated out. So I heated my bathroom to about 90 degrees F, dressed in sweat clothes, went in and lifted weights for an hour. I did that 3 times per week during the second year of my recovery.

I also had my amalgam filling replaced with non-toxic.

EXERCISE: I was limited initially by angina pain. I could walk half mile per day before angina pain started. Eventually I could do a brisk walk for 20 minutes every morning. I’m in a 4-story apartment building. I began running stairs until angina pain signaled to stop. I exercised every day up until angina started. Gradually I could do more and more. I graduated to weightlifting every other day and HIIT on days in between weights.

By August 2015, my GP, Dr Bryant (who had only been doing blood tests for me and basic monitoring), said to me, “You seem to be cured!” He suspected that my body may have created new blood vessels (called “co-laterals”) going around the blockages. This does happen rather than the coronary blockages themselves being eliminated. But the blockages may have been reduced. To me it does not matter, as long as I’m healthy. I will not allow an angiogram to find out for sure about blockages because I’m healthy so why risk an invasive procedure?

Especially significant is the fact that my extremely high lipoprotein(a) was reduced by 61% in one year. This is despite the fact that the medical establishment used to say that Lp(a) cannot be reduced because it is set genetically. A person’s basic Lp(a) level IS genetically determined,  but they are wrong about not reducing it. Lp(a) level can go up or down according to inflammation in the coronaries.  I proved it can go down with corrected nutrition and treatment of inflammation (but only down to your predetermined genetic level).

Apheresis can be done which filters most Lp(a) out of the blood, but the level soon returns as it was before so that is not a cure. Conventional medicine ignores the only good treatment for high Lp(a) which is nutritional therapy. I am convinced that when Lp(a) goes up, it is because damage is occurring to the epithelium of the coronary arteries. Lp(a) goes in to seal micro-cracks to prevent internal bleeding. Lp(a) is initially helpful. But if nutritional corrections are not made, Lp(a) builds up and becomes dangerous.

SUMMARY of evidence indicating I am cured as follows:

1)  The documents below show my enormous reduction is lipoprotein(a).
It leveled off at 170 nmol 8 years ago and has remained at that level, which is apparently my personal normal level. Everyone has a different normal level.

2)  By August 2015 my typical blood pressure was 100/65 and pulse 55-60.

3)  In December 2013 I was not able to exercise due to angina pain. But by Aug 2015 I could do intense aerobics for 20 minutes straight, followed by 40 minutes of weight lifting – no angina pain throughout.

4)  Soon after my recovery I was able to return to  doing professional tree-take-down jobs, (Almost 2 years ago I finally closed my tree business, although I did 2 jobs for old customers in 2022 at age 80.)

5)  In Dr Bryant’s opinion I am cured.

6)  I have more energy and feel better in general.

My thanks to the late Dr. Linus Pauling, to Thomas Levy MD, and many other experts on the internet.

Here’s a short video of me climbing a tree at age 80:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaYRNkOV3VI

(Documented evidence below.)
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Since recovery I have continued to study nutrition and related fields such as vaccination. By 2016 I was out of money so returned to my part-time tree climbing business.

In April, 2018, I started a new Facebook group called Natural Treatments for Coronary Heart Disease and Diabetes.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/424491644664747
Since closing my tree business about 18 months ago I spend all of my time either studying, helping people in my group, or working for clients as a Health Coach.

Fred Pauser