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My Life Story
By Gary F. Zeolla
With my websites, newsletters, books, and powerlifting, I have had many people ask me about my background, so below is a short autobiography. All links on this page open in a new window, so this page will always be available for you to come back to. Click any picture for a larger image (opens in same window). This bio was last updated April 20, 2019.
High School and College
I was born in 1961 near Pittsburgh, PA. I ran track in junior high school. My best time (if I remember correctly) was 6.3 seconds for the 50 yard dash. I wrestled in middle high school. I "lettered" in tenth grade. Most of the matches I won were not due to skill or speed but due to me being stronger than my opponent. This was in part due to being naturally strong and in part due to having been lifting weights in my basement since junior high.
But it was in high school that I found the sport that I really loved when I entered two bench press contests. I bombed out of the first contest, mainly due to my form being terrible. But I joined a gym after that and learned how to do the lift correctly. I entered the same contest a year later and won a trophy. The meet director said if there was a trophy for "most improved lifter" I would have won that as well. And with that, I was "hooked" on powerlifting.
I graduated from high school in 1979. I then went to Penn State University and majored in Nutrition Science. It was in in college that I began entering full powerlifting contests (squat, bench press, and deadlift), and I did very well. I was a two-time Pennsylvania Collegiate Powerlifting Champion, winning Best Lifter the second year. I won National Collegiate Powerlifting Championships my sophomore year in the 114 pound weight class and was runner-up at Nationals my junior year at 123s. I broke every PA state collegiate record in both weight classes (except for the bench at 114s) and one national collegiate record (425 pound squat at 123s). I also had won a whole wall-full of trophies. It should also be noted that this was at a time when there was only one powerlifting federation (the USPF), so the championships and records were true championships and records.
My plans at that time were that I would make a name for myself with my lifting, and then between my lifting experience and my nutrition degree, I would open a gym and be able to counsel people in both exercise and diet. I thus had had planned on starting a personal trainer service long before “personal trainer” even became a term, let alone a profession. If you had asked me back then who I was, I would have replied that I was Gary Zeolla, the Powerlifter. My whole identity was wrapped up in my athletic abilities. But in my senior year in college, it all came crashing down. Health problems forced me to stop competing and eventually to stop lifting weights altogether.
On other matters, in high school, I was basically a loner, dating very little and having few friends. In college, I dated some, but not much. I was in one relationship that lasted the one summer that I spent at Penn State, but it ended badly. I was friends with other members of the Penn State Barbell Club and had a few "drinking buddies." But that was about it. I had little concern for spiritual matters through high school and college. I went to Catholic church until I was 18, but only because my parents wanted me to. But in college, I never gave church or God any thought.
I graduated from college in 1983. Since I could no longer lift weights let alone compete, I pretty much lost interest in the opening a gym and personal trainer idea. Needless to say, this was emotionally devastating. To go from being a national champion powerlifter to being crippled by health problems was just too much to take. Watching my formerly muscular body waste away wasn’t very pleasant either. With losing my career plans, I was left with no direction in life. I ended up working as a short-order cook at various establishments over the next several years.
As a result, I was quite a mess. As with many people, it took hitting rock bottom before I began looking up and considering spiritual issues. But I was not one to "just believe" something to make myself feel better. I thus began doing a lot of reading and searching on my own. I studied the teachings and integrity of the various religions and philosophies the world has to offer. After about three years I became convinced the Christian faith was the only belief system that was logically and historically sound. But if the Christian faith was true, that meant I was a sinner, condemned before God, in need of a Savior. After much struggle over this admission, in the winter of 1986, God brought me to my knees as I repented of my sins and placed my faith in Jesus Christ. It was that faith in Christ that enabled me to deal with all that was going wrong in my life.
Through the 1980s I attended several Christian singles groups. I made some friends at these groups and dated some as a result, but again, not much. I was in one rather good relationship that lasted a summer in the mid-80s, but unfortunately, things did not work out. Another relationship that winter ended badly.
Eventually, I decided to go to seminary. I chose Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary and moved to Denver, Colorado in March of 1988. I began working towards a Master's degree in Philosophy of Religion. Unfortunately, my health worsened while in Denver, which lead to financial problems. As a result, I was forced to leave seminary with two-thirds of the credits necessary for graduation completed. I moved back to western Pennsylvania in December of 1990.
While in Denver, I made a few friends, but didn't date at all.
Darkness to Light
After returning to Pennsylvania, with the backing of my church, I started Darkness to Light, a Christian ministry. It began with the publication of a hardcopy newsletter in July 1991. The name for the ministry comes from Acts 26:18:
“… to open their eyes [in order] to turn [them] back from darkness to light and [from] the authority of Satan to God, [in order for] them to receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among the ones having been sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18; ALT3; bolding added).
It is my belief that people turn from darkness to light when they come to believe the teachings of the Bible and live in accordance with them. The purpose statement for Darkness to Light is, "Explaining and Defending the Christian Faith."
However, in September 1998 I had to stop publication of the hardcopy newsletter due to my health situation. But I had already set up a website for Darkness to Light in July 1996, which continues to this day. The website currently has over 1,000 pages. Posted on the site are articles dealing with Christian theology, apologetics (defense of the Christian faith), cults, ethics, Bible versions, and much more. I also began to have books published in 2000, including a translation of the Bible. The above Scripture quote is from my translation. I also started a free email newsletter in September 2003, which now has about 1,000 subscribers.
Fitness Website and Powerlifting Again
Along with the Christian content, I eventually began posting information on my website about the health problems I was suffering with and how I was dealing with them. I did so as it was my hope that my experiences would be of help to others.
Then in the summer of 2002, my health situation seemed to be improving, so I began working out with free weights for the first time in almost two decades. Then in April of 2003, I entered my first powerlifting in 21 years. Shortly thereafter, my health took another turn for the worse and has remained very poor ever since. But I continued to lift weights as it seemed to benefit my health situation, which my doctors concurred with. I also continued to compete until June 2009. For the years 2003 to 2009, I was either the #1 or #2 ranked master (over 40 years old) lifter in the USA in the 114 pound weight class. I also always ranked near the top of the Top 100 charts for all ages. I set or broke 48 powerlifting records, set in five different powerlifting federations, while winning Best Lifter at three contest. For further details, see My Powerlifting Accomplishments.
When I began lifting again, I also began posting articles about powerlifting and fitness in general on my DTL website. But it seemed out of place to keep posting so much material on health, powerlifting, and fitness on a Christian site, so I decided to start a new website. That new site is called Fitness for One and All. It went online July 12, 2003. The purpose statement for this site is "Helping people to attain their health, fitness, and performance goals." I also began publishing a free FitTips for One and All email newsletter. There are now over 500 pages on the site, and the newsletter has about 200 subscribers.
The name “Fitness for One and All” reflects the diversity of the material covered in the articles and other items seen on the website and in the newsletter. There truly is information in these sources that are directed to people with a wide variety health, fitness, and performance goals. But the largest section is admittedly the section on Powerlifting and Strength Training.
My Life Today
I dated someone for a couple of years during the mid-90s, but when my health took a turn for the worse, it was not possible to continue the relationship. Since then I have not dated at all, as my health makes it impossible to do so. And needless to say, I never got married. I have also had few real life friends.
My health is such now that I basically live an isolated life. This is mainly due to suffering from multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS). I rarely leave my home and have no social life to speak of. But my parents have always been there for me, though my mom has now passed away (see Mom went to be with the LORD). I also see some of my other family members on special occasions. I never had children, but I have a niece and two nephews and through them six great-nephews and three great-nieces.
I've never been able to be much a part of their lives as I would have liked to have been. But I try to attend my family's get-togethers as much as possible. Below is a picture of my entire family from Thanksgiving 2017. For further details on these aspects of my life, see the next to last chapter in my book God’s Sex Plan: Volume Two: What the New Testament Teaches About Human Sexuality.
This pic is from Thanksgiving 2018. That's me in the Steelers sweatshirt.
I thank God for the Internet. At least I am able to communicate with and make friends with people online. I still get emails from people commenting on my websites and books, though not near as much as I used to. And I also participate regularly on Facebook and Twitter. My Facebook page is GZeolla. My Twitter page is also GZeolla.
Given my health situation, it is not possible for me to work outside of my home, so I have a home office set up where I do my writing and work on my websites and newsletters. But I am only able to work a very limited number of hours a week, so I am not able to accomplish near as much as I would like to. Also due to my health situation, I couldn't handle going to a commercial gym anymore, so I had no choice but to set up a home gym and work out at home. Having a home office and home gym makes things very convenient, but also very lonely. But I thank the LORD for both my home office and my home gym, so that I can continue these activities.
I have never had a major problem with my MCS at powerlifting contests. I can only assume adrenaline gets me through the grueling day that is a powerlifting contest. But I always crash severely afterwards, so I only enter one or two contests a year, and I only enter contests that are within a 3-4 hour driving distance from my home, as a lengthy travel would have made things too difficult. But my final contest in the '00s was in June 2009. After that, injuries and health problems forced me to stop competing.
Over the next four years my health grew even worse, and I ceased to be able to work out with any degree of intensity. As a result, I lost a significant amount of strength and muscular bodyweight, and emotionally and spiritually I was not doing well. But then in the fall of 2013 things began to turn around. Over the next several months I was able to gradually increase the intensity of my workouts and to regain the lost bodyweight. For details in this regard, see Regaining Muscular Bodyweight and Strength. I also gradually began to feel better emotionally and spiritually. For details see Steps to Being Emotionally and Spiritually Uplifted.
Since then, I have been training hard (see Full Workout Logs: 2014 - ? for details). On February 28, 2016, I competed in my first powerlifting contest in six years, and it went very well. I have entered five contest since then, and all have also gone very well. I now hold one All-time world record in the raw, masters (50-59 age) division (325 pound squat in the 114 pound weight) and three All-time American raw, masters records (the same squat, 395 pound deadlift, and 895 pound total, also @ 114s), along with dozens of federation records. For further details, see Summary of Powerlifting Contests, USA Rankings, Records, and Times Bodyweight.
For further details on my current eating plan, see the final chapter in my book Creationist Diet: Second Edition. For further details on my training and the sport of powerlifting in general, see Starting and Progressing in Powerlifting.
My financial situation also remains poor, as it has been all of my life.
I have been wanting an outlet for my political views for some time. But my poor health situation prevents me from getting actively involved in politics. But I am able to write. Thus around Christmas 2016, I began setting up a website about politics. It went online New Year’s Day 2017. The name of the site is Biblical and Constitutional Politics. The tag line for the site is “Political articles and commentary from a conservative Christian and politically conservative perspective.” For details on my life story in regards to politics and the background for the site, see About BCP and Its Director.
Spiritual Struggles and Trust in God
With all the problems I have experienced in my life, you can be sure I have asked God “why” many times. There have also been times when I have felt abandoned by God, or at least that He is very distant. But through it all, I have never doubted my salvation. I know the Christian faith is true. I know that Christ died for my sins, and I know God is there for me now, even if I do not always feel His presence. It is trust in Him that enables me to go on. I know that despite everything, He is in control and has a purpose behind all of it.
I can see “God’s fingerprints” throughout my life. Things have not gone the way I would have wanted them, to say the least. I struggle with my health and financial problems, and loneliness can get to me at times. But God has clearly been working in my life. In that I can take comfort. And most of the time, I do feel His presence, and that gives me peace that has no natural explanation.
Given all of this, now if you ask me who I am, as with other Christians, I can say I am a sinner saved by grace. Moreover, I am someone who is very thankful that despite all of the problems I have faced in my life, God continues to enable me to perform ministry in His service. In fact, I would say that all things considered, between my ministry, writing, translating, and powerlifting, by God's grace, I have accomplished a lot in my life. That is the reason for my book The LORD Has It Under Control.
But most of all, I am thankful for the eternal salvation that Christ has provided me by His death on the cross for my sins. I know beyond any doubt that a better life awaits me after this one. If you, the reader, would like to experience the peace and love of God and to know that you are forgiven and saved, see the Forgiveness and Salvation section of my Christian website.
Music and Other Media
Music has always been an important part of my life. In high school and college, I mainly listened to hard rock and heavy metal, especially when I was working out (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Alice Cooper). But I also listened to some softer rock when I was relaxing (Bread, Jim Croce, Beach Boys, Chicago). But once I became a Christian, I began listening to almost exclusively Contemporary Christian Music (CCM).
There is now available softer Christian rock (Michael Card, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, Selah, Mercy Me), hard rock (Petra, White Heart, Kutless, Plumb, Decypher Down), heavy metal (Stryper, Bride, White Cross, Barren Cross), Rap (Family Force 5, The Cross Movement, Lecrae, KJ-52), and even metalcore (Feast Eternal, War of Ages, MyChildren MyBride, Thy Will Be Done).
The latter two I never liked before, but that is probably because secular rap and metalcore are filled with foul language, which I do not care to hear in any context. But such is not found in Christian versions of these music styles. What is found is lyrics glorying God and the Lord Jesus Christ and talking about salvation in Christ and living the Christian life, as is found in all forms of Christian music.
I enjoy all of these forms. I might on occasion listen to “Classic Rock” for the nostalgia and secular hard rock while working out, but I mostly listen to Christian music. You can hear the music I work out to in my Workout Videos. I listen to CCM when I can while working on my PC and doing other daily activities. It helps me keep my mind on the LORD rather than on myself and my problems, so rather than feeling lonely, I can bask in His presence and worship Him. But most of the time I listen to classical music while working, as it is easier to concentrate with it on. For more in this regard, see the section on Contemporary Christian Music on my Christian website.
I am also particular about my other media habits, rarely watching “regular” modern-day TV shows or movies. I mainly watch sports, the news and political commentary, Christian programming, and occasionally older TV show and movies. For details on all of my media habits, see the next to last chapter in my book God’s Sex Plan: Volume Two: What the New Testament Teaches About Human Sexuality.
I have written numerous Christian and fitness books and eBooks, including a translation of the Bible.
My books are (by category):
Analytical-Literal Translation of the Bible:
Volume I: The Old Testament: The Torah
Volume II: The Old Testament: The Historical Books
Volume III: The Old Testament: The Poetic Books
Volume IV: The Old Testament: The Prophetic Books
Volume V: The Apocryphal/ Deuterocanonical Books
Volume VI: Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament
Volume VII: Analytical-Literal Translation of the Apostolic Fathers
Other ALT Books:
Analytical-Literal Translation: Devotional Version
Companion Volume to the Analytical-Literal Translation
Complete Concordance to the Analytical-Literal Translation
Why These Books?
Why Are These Books in the Bible and Not Others?: Volume One - A Translator’s Perspective on the Canon of the Old Testament
Why Are These Books in the Bible and Not Others? - Volume Two - A Translator’s Perspective on the Canon of the New Testament
Why Are These Books in the Bible and Not Others? - Volume Three - The Apostolic Fathers and the New Testament Apocrypha
God’s Sex Plan: Volume One: What the Old Testament Teaches About Human Sexuality
God’s Sex Plan: Volume Two: What the New Testament Teaches About Human Sexuality
The LORD Has It Under Control: What the Bible Teaches About the Sovereignty of God
Scripture Workbook: For Personal Bible Study and Teaching the Bible
Scripture Workbook: Second Edition; Volume I : Essentials of "The Faith"
Scripture Workbook: Second Edition; Volume II : Controversial /Theologies, Cultic Doctrines, and Ethics
Scripture Workbook: Second Edition; Two Volumes in One
The Bible and Sexual Relationships Issues
Differences Between Bible Versions: Translation Principles, Greek Text-types, and KJV onlyism
New World Translation: A Reliable Bible Version?
Fitness and Health Issues:
Starting and Progressing in Powerlifting: A Comprehensive Guide to the World’s Strongest Sport
God-given Foods Eating Plan: For Lifelong Health, Optimization of Hormones, and Improved Athletic Performance
Creationist Diet: Second Edition: A Comprehensive Guide to Bible and Science Based Nutrition
Creationist Diet: Nutrition and God-given Foods According to the Bible
Overcoming Back Pain: A Mind-Body Approach
Tearing the USA Apart: From Kavanaugh, to Incivility, to Caravans, to Violence, to the 2018 Midterm Elections, and Beyond
Most of these books are now in their second or even third editions. They are all available in paperback and various eBook formats, with some also being available in hardback format.
My best lifts when I competed in college were as follows (all weights in pounds):
These lifts were done wearing a belt, wrist wraps, and a single-ply poly "super suit" and 2.0 meter "super wraps." That is the only gear that was allowed at that time. Bench shirts were not invented yet.
My best lifts from 2003 to 2009 were as follows:
114s: Multi-ply gear, 2.5 meter wraps:
As can be seen, I equaled or bettered all of my college lifts at 114s. But its not a fair comparison given that the multi-ply gear of today is much more beneficial than the gear I used in college.
114s: Raw with Sleeves:
By "raw" is meant a belt and knee sleeves (not knee wraps) on squats and deadlifts and a belt and wrist wraps on benches, but no squat suit or bench press shirt. It can be seen that I was close to what I did in college.
123s: Raw, with wraps:
This was the only contest I entered at 123s since 2003. Here, "raw, with wraps" means a belt, wrist wraps, and 2.0 meter knee wraps.
My best lifts since 2010 have been as follows:
114s: Raw with sleeves
114s: Raw with wraps
Here, "raw with wraps," means a belt, wrist wraps, and 2.5 or 3.0 meter knee wraps.
It needs to be noted, I stopped powerlifting when I was 21 and did not compete again until I was 42. I severely regret not having been able to lift and compete through my 20s and 30s. I will always wonder what I might have accomplished if I had been able to do so. But I am thankful I was able to get back into powerlifting in my 40s and again now in my 50s. The picture below is of me celebrating after my final successful lift at IPA PA States in 2017.
Below is a list of health problems I have dealt with in my life (more or less in order of developing them).
Various Childhood Accidents
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Binge/ starve eating disorder
Numerous food and seasonal allergies
Low back pain
First bicycle accident
Unexplained noises in my head at night
Crippling low back pain
Second bicycle accident
Clinically low testosterone levels
Restless Leg Syndrome
Stiff Person Syndrome
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
In one of the childhood accidents, I broke my left wrist. To this day, I cannot comfortably turn my left hand into a full underhand position. That is why, if you look closely at my deadlift videos, you'll see I am holding the bar with an overhand grip with my left hand and underhand with my right. Most powerlifters who are right-handed as I am do the opposite.
From another accident, I have a scar on my chin. It sticks out, so I always cut it if I shave with a blade, and if I use an electric shaver, it burns too much. That is why I wear a beard.
Reactive hypoglycemia refers to low blood sugar shortly after eating, especially after consuming high glycemic carbs. I was diagnosed with this condition in December of 2007, but most likely I have had it most of my life, and it probably contributed to developing the eating disorder. The eating plan outlined in my God-given Foods Eating Plan and Creationist Diet: Second Edition books now keep the hypoglycemia under control. That eating plan has kept me from experiencing other problems from the hypoglycemia, such as diabetes and becoming overweight, that most sufferers experience.
The eating disorder lasted for about 25 years, from junior high school until 1997. I stopped the eating disorder by deciding one day that I simply could not do that to myself anymore. I prayed for Christ's strength, and by His grace, I have not had a problem with it since then. My eating plan also helps in this regard by keeping my blood sugar on an even keel, thus eliminating the cravings. I discuss this issue at further length in a section on "Restrictive Diets" in my Creationist Diet book.
The low back pain began in college and is the reason I had to stop powerlifting, but then in 1994 it worsened to the point of completely crippling me, which condition then lasted for six years. But in the spring of 2000, I overcame the back pain completely using mind-body techniques. I explain in detail how in my booklet Overcoming Back Pain: A Mind-Body Solution.
The first bicycle accident occurred in the summer of 1985. In it, I injured my right knee, which required surgery. The second bicycle accident occurred July 28, 1999 and was much more serious. I collapsed my right lung, broke my right scapula and clavicle and cracked the shoulder socket, fractured my left elbow, and sustained a concussion. If I wasn't wearing a helmet, I probably would have been killed. I recovered fully from the various injuries from both bicycle accidents, except that my right shoulder is still weaker than the left. That is why my bench press is not that good. This can been seen in the charts above. I benched more in college without a bench shirt than I did in my 40s with a shirt.
The clinically low testosterone levels were first detected in the spring of 2005, but I believe they actually began around the fall of 1997 when I saw a significant drop in my sex drive. But it took years for me to convince any doctor that low testosterone levels might be a problem and to do a blood text. Once my belief was confirmed, I researched natural methods for elevating testosterone levels. I was able to correct the problem by following the eating plan now outlined in my book. By following that eating plan, I tripled my testosterone levels, from being clinically low to being in the middle of the normal range.
The neurological "tics" are minor muscle spasms that feel somewhat like someone is pinching me repeatedly. They first began occurring in February 1989. When they occur, they can last from a couple of seconds to several days. At one time I took three different prescription drugs to control them, but then I found they could be kept under as good control by taking a calcium and magnesium supplement. But more recently I've found I don't even need that, as long as I stick meticulously to my eating plan and keep negative emotions in check.
TMJ stands for Temporo-Mandibular Joint. This is a problem with the jaw joint that causes grinding and popping in the ears. It began in the spring of 1989. I wear a mouth guard at night, which helps some.
The unexplained noises in my head at night are just that, unexplained. They began in the spring of 1990, but even after all of these years no doctor has ever been able to explain what is happening let alone offer a solution. They might be related to the TMJ, but more likely to allergies.
Restless Leg Syndrome is an involuntary jerking of the limbs at night. It began in January 2001. I was able to get it mostly under control by taking supplemental NADH. But again, I no longer need that as long as I follow my eating plan.
When any of the above four problems flare-up, they can wake me up or keep me from falling asleep, and I would often experience one or more of them through the course of the night. As such, it was difficult for me to get a good night's sleep, which was a big part of the reason my health has deteriorated. But thank God they have not been as much of a problem of late, again probably due to my eating and exercise plan and watching my emotions.
Stiff Person Syndrome is a very rare auto-immune disorder. At one time I was very stiff all day long, being barely able to walk. Periodically, I would have episodes of being completely paralyzed for hours to days at a time. The worst episode was in September of 2002 when I was paralyzed for ten days. It was after that experience that I wrote the article Suffering and Spiritual Struggles. The all day long stiffness lasted about a year, starting in the fall of 2001. It then tapered off until I was about back to normal by the fall of 2003, but was still rather stiff in the mornings. The episodes of being completely paralyzed began in the winter of 2001-2002. At one time, they were coming almost weekly, but then also tapered off so I only had an episode every few months. The last episode for some time occurred in the fall of 2005, so I thought I was completely over this problem. But it came roaring back in the August of 2009, when I had two flare-ups within a week. The second was particularly serious and left me almost completely paralyzed for two days. For the next four years I was still rather stiff in the mornings and had periodic flare-ups of being paralyzed. The most recent is mentioned in the article Healthy Habits and the Christian. But again, thank God the stiffness has mostly alleviated, and I have not had a flare-up in quite some time. For further details, see Stiff Person Syndrome Setback.
Fibromyalgia is basically chronic pain plus chronic fatigue. I was diagnosed with it August 27, 2001. I got the pain mostly under control using the same mind-body techniques I used to overcome the back pain. It only flares up when I am stressed out, but the fatigue is still a problem. I have to rest periodically throughout the day. I am always exhausted by the evenings and am too tired to go out anywhere. The fatigue is another reason I have no social life and am unable to work outside of my home. It is also part of the reason I set up a home gym as traveling back and forth to a commercial gym left me too exhausted. It is also why I only enter contests close to my home, as lengthy drives would be too exhausting, and with the way things are now at airports, an airplane trip would be out of the question.
But a greater reason for only being able to work and work out at home is the Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. I had allergies all of my life, but they began to worsen in the fall of 2000. By the summer of 2005, they had worsened to the point of being described as MCS and is now my worst problem. I am terribly allergic to any kind of chemicals, including any kind of cosmetic products. That is why I have a hard time being around people as people have chemicals on their bodies, clothing, and coats (perfume, cologne, make-up, hair spray, cigarette smoke, remnants of detergent and soap, etc.). As a result, I rarely leave my home and never have visitors to my home. See My Life with MCS and for more in this regard..
Most of these problems are discussed in further detail on the Dealing with Health Difficulties section my fitness website. See Contest Problems/ Hotel Review, for problems I had at a recent contest due to these difficulties.
I've had many people make suggestions in regards to my health problems over the years. But before you do, I've already tried just about everything that traditional and alternative health care has to offer for my various health problems. The medical doctors cannot help me as I've been allergic to or experienced negative side effects from almost every medication they've tried prescribing, including every allergy medication. And most of their tests come back negative, so they cannot figure out what is wrong with me, let alone offer any real suggestions.
As for alternative treatments, I've tried a wide variety of different "natural" treatments, and they either made no difference at all, or made me even worse. In fact, I blame a particular alternative treatment (NAET) for my health becoming as poor as it is today, and I strongly discourage anyone from trying it. But what alternative treatments have done is to cause me to waste a whole lot of money as such treatments are usually not covered by insurance. In addition, I've experimented with a long list of supplements. I've found a couple that have helped somewhat, but I've been allergic to or have had negative side effects from most of them. So again, I've wasted a lot of money. Some of the various treatments I've tried are discussed on the above mentioned section of my fitness site, and some of the supplements I've tried are discussed on the Supplements section of that site.
Sometimes I would feel like the woman described in Mark 5:26, "and having suffered many [things] under many physicians and having spent all the [things] with her [fig., everything that she had] and not having been benefited at all, but rather having come to [be] much worse" (ALT3). But I have now come to accept my health problems and have no intents of trying anything else to try to overcome them. I discuss this attitude in the chapter on Jeremiah in my Under Control book.
In regards to diet, as mentioned, I have a degree in Nutrition Science, so I know a lot about the subject and have tried many different types of diets. It was while I was following a vegan (and thus dairy free) diet that my current health problems began. And it was when I also went gluten free that my health grew worse. I’ve tried a gluten-free diet a couple of more times since and either got even worse or it made no difference. I've also tried a low-carb diet and other restrictive types of diets, all to no avail, or again, they made me worse. The low-carb diet, for instance, caused my LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels to skyrocket. As a result, I discourage people from trying any such restrictive diets. After much personal experimentation, research, and Bible study, I came up a non-restrictive dietary plan that works best for me. It is described in my God-given Foods Eating Plan and Creationist Diet: Second Edition books.
As such, please refrain from making suggestions. I know people are just trying to help, but please understand, I've probably already tried whatever you might suggest. But prayer and encouraging words are always appreciated.
Favorite Bible Passages
Below are my favorite Biblical passages, taken from my translation of the New Testament:
But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength (2Timothy 4:17).
35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? [Will] affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? 36Just as it has been written, "For Your sake we are being put to death the whole day; we were accounted as sheep for slaughter." [Psalm 44:22] 37But in all these [things] we are completely victorious through the One having loved us. 38For I have been persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor rulers nor powers nor [things] present nor things about to be 39nor height nor depth nor any other created [thing] will be able to separate us from the love of God, the [one] in Christ Jesus our Lord! (Rom 8:35-39).
14Therefore, having a great High Priest [who] has passed through the heavens—Jesus, the Son of God—let us be holding fast our confession. 15For we do not have a High Priest [who is] unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but [One] having been tried in all [respects] in the same way [we are, yet] without sin. 16Therefore, let us be approaching with boldness [or, a joyful sense of freedom] to the throne of grace, so that we shall receive mercy and find grace for well-timed help. (Hebrews 4:14-16).
For further details on many on the points mentioned in this article, see Silver Anniversary of Darkness to Light.
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My Life Story. Copyright © 2008-2019 by Gary F. Zeolla.
The above autobiography was first posted on March 1, 2008.
It was last updated July 26, 2019.
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