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Claudia Dealmeida: Had Debilitating Migraines, Now Pain Free

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Claudia Dealmeida, overcame debilitating migraines, is pain now free and has the body she had at 17!

Claudia Dealmeida Before

My name is Claudia Dealmeida and I live in Johns Creek, GA. I am originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina (yes, like Gustavo Tolosa!)

Since the age of 9, I’ve been plagued by severe and frequent headaches as well as huge and painful blisters all over my tongue. Between the two, they pretty much ruined my childhood and teenage years. When I was in my 20’s, I became a vegetarian for the sake of the animals, but my health problems continued. At 25, I came to live in the US and discovered veganism. Unfortunately, I was what Dr. McDougall refers to as a fat vegan; I ate the vegan version of the SAD. To my great frustration –thinking I was following the best possible diet in every respect– I kept falling off the vegan horse (alternating between a paleo diet and the rich Western diet, both of which I detested)– because I was in so much pain. Additionally, I had no energy, no retention, no focus, and was beginning to quickly sink into a depression. Everybody kept telling me that humans need to eat meat, that we have no option, blah, blah, blah… I knew they were wrong but I didn’t know why veganism wasn’t working. I also didn’t know where else to turn for help. I went as far as to resign my jobs thinking that it would help my migraines go away. Everything seemed bleak. Nothing seemed right. I had lost my will to live.

My headaches developed into brutal migraines that got so bad I couldn’t even walk. The pain radiated all along the entire left side of my body. I started having migraines AND sciatica attacks at the same time. The joints in my hands began to swell and get deformed and a whole host of strange aches and pains appeared all over my body in rapid succession.

Claudia Dealmeida, After

At one point I said to myself, if I can’t get better at least I’ll spare the animals, so I committed to the vegan way for good regardless. Shortly after that, I came across Dr. McDougall online. Ah! The Starch Solution. I had no idea who he was or what he taught until then. Boy! Did he ever make an impression on me and WAS THAT EVER THE SINGLE GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE!!! I couldn’t believe it! His tell-it-like-it-is style, airtight logic, and scientific validity sold me on the spot. I implemented his approach that same day and in a matter of 1 week, MY MULTIPLE PLAGUES WERE GONE-GONE-GONE. No exaggeration: G-O-N-E! Even the brutal migraines, which are said to have no cure. I lost 8 lbs. and I have the body I had at 17 years old (I don’t work out). It’s been about 3 months and I’ve never felt better in my life. I have “0” pain anywhere. My head has cleared. My memory is back. My mood lifted. My skin looks terrific. I have baby breath (I don’t smoke or drink.) I even stopped wearing anti-perspirant because I have NO BODY ODOR. My hair is softer than ever. All of the pesky acne on my back is gone. It’s nothing short of earth-shattering and Dr. McDougall has my eternal gratitude. As if that’s not enough, I no longer even bother with any kind cancer screening. I have total faith in Dr. McDougall. I follow him.

I tell everybody who will listen that this is the answer to whatever chronic health problems they may be having. I’m listening to all the webinars and I plan to read all of his newsletters. Dr. McDougall is a godsend and he, as well as his entire family, are in my daily prayers. I can’t say enough good things. I wish I was rich. I’d give it all to him. In the meantime, I’m spreading the word with all I’ve got. All of my friends and acquaintances are getting his links through a WhatsApp group I created just for that. We have to educate the masses. It’s our only hope.

Dr. McDougall, I imagine you are a very busy man, but if you ever come across my insignificant email, I hope you understand that I owe you my life and I’ll never abandon this diet. The work of your lifetime is NOT lost on me. My husband and one of my sons (an ex-Marine) are already on board.

A tsunami of love and unending gratitude,