I just wanted to write a few words down and share my experience with others of how raw food has changed my life. I grew up in a pretty healthy environment when it comes to food. Both of my parents were vegetarian about ten years before I was born so I was raised a vegetarian and have remained so my entire life. I have always been pretty health conscious but unfortunately I am very curious. About five years ago I was attacked in a mall which led to a string of events that would change my life forever. When I went to see a chiropractor (for the TMJ which developed as a result from being slammed hard into a brick wall) I fainted and/or had a seizure of some sorts. I don¬ít remember everything but I remember my head went numb for a few seconds and the next day I had a horrible headache. Ever since then I have constant migraine headaches 24/7. My headaches were even worse in the mornings and school was unbearable. I attended high school on and off again for the first year or two a long with some home school and after that went to the JC and had many different wonderful job experiences (everything from working in an organic juice caf√© to selling computers to selling drugs to glass blowing to landscaping to starting my own small computer consulting business and many other interesting experiences). Throughout the last few years I have gone to see a variety of doctors too numerous to count. I saw an acupuncturist, an acupressurist, a neurologist, worked with cranial-sacral healers and experimented with bio-feedback professionals all of which seemed to help to a point but could not get the headaches to go away entirely. All traditional medical doctors could do was prescribe drugs which I refused to take at first and later when I decided to try them just made it worse! When I was about fifteen years old I started experimenting with drugs. I tried everything from marijuana to cocaine to acid to ecstasy (and just about everything in between). I never really did anything more than a few times until about several months ago I started getting into crystal meth. I don¬ít know how much everyone knows about this drug but it is very powerful and extremely hard to stop once you start doing it. I think I was pretty depressed but I knew what I was doing was not healthy so I decided to stop. I took a few Bikram Yoga classes which really seemed to help a lot and cleared my mind. I didn¬ít eat anything and slept very little for around 7 or 8 days and drank lots and lots of fresh raw organic juices. I was still doing crystal at this point but after the fast I stopped completely. After a couple of days of recovering I felt like I had really learned a lot and I knew what I needed to do was eat raw food. Somehow I just knew this was key to getting my life back on track. I knew I would be moving out of the country soon though so I decided to wait until after I transitioned to the new country. I have been eating only raw food for the past few weeks and I feel unbelievable. It has been one of the only things besides drugs which really helps significantly with reducing the headache factor for me. Although I still have headaches all the time I am able to deal with the pain in a much more healthy way. I am trying now to look at it as a gift instead of as something terrible. I haven¬ít used any drugs now for about two months and for the first time in a long time I have absolutely no desire to do drugs. It is a wonderful feeling to learn how to be content with myself and to experience all the new wonderful taste buds I am getting! I am really enjoying the creativity and inventive aspect this way of life supports for me. Feel free to post any questions/comments etc and I would love to hear about other people¬ís stories of personal growth and how raw food has changed your life!