By Liana Jacob
THIS LIFE coach became so obese she was unable to brush her hair until she switched to a radical Native American lifestyle including using URINE to wash her hair, clean her teeth and RINSE HER EYES which alongside a strict hunter gatherer diet helped her drop to an impressive NINE-AND-A-HALF-STONE.
Life coach, indigenous knowledge keeper and mother-of-two, Leah Sampson (46), from Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, lived her life indulging in a ‘standard American diet’ of beef, pork and chicken. She suffered from chronic fatigue due to her weight.
One day, at 18st 12Ibs and a UK size 30, her arms and hands had become so numb that she couldn’t brush her teeth or comb her hair and was in such severe pain that she didn’t want to live anymore. She came to a crossroads; either live with her weight and feel suicidal or choose to live and change her lifestyle.
Being a mother of two sons spurred her to research deeply into the best way to lose the weight. In 2012, she ended up turning to her Native American ancestors. Her diet switched to minimal and natural food, avoiding any processed or canned foods supermarkets sell.
In 2013, she also discovered urine therapy, the application of human urine for medicinal or cosmetic purposes. She now urinates into glasses and drinks half of it in the morning, saving the rest for throughout the day and even washes her hair and brushes her teeth with it.
She is now a healthy weight of 10st 10Ibs and a UK size 14 and has become confident enough to build up a platform dedicated to informing people about her journey.
“Before I decided to lose weight, I felt invisible, sick and suicidal. The larger I became the more people ignored me which isolated me even more,” Leah said.
“This in turn fuelled me to eat more food which would give me a temporary feeling of happiness, however the crash after my overindulgence gave me even more intense chronic pain.
“One day, my arms and hands had become so numb that I couldn’t brush my teeth, or my hair. I had such chronic fatigue and was in so much pain that I didn’t want to live anymore.
“I wasn’t able to take care of myself, nor my children. I was sick and tired of being sick, fat, tired and nearly dead.
“It was either lose the weight, inflammation and chronic pain brought with it by becoming healthy or commit suicide.
“I decided I didn’t want to end up dead like my brother and to fight, living for my children instead of taking my own life or continuing down the path I was on and dying a very slow painful death or even a death by suicide.
“I went native choosing to live like my ancestors would in today’s day and age. My ancestors didn’t eat processed food like I did, and they didn’t see diseases like we have today.
“I thought there had to be a connection, so I went ‘native’ and became #idlenomore. Idle No More is reference to a group of indigenous women that created a movement in Canada called Idle No More.
“Our indigenous nations rallied calling for boycotting and action against things that were not part of our indigenous culture.
“I started boycotting companies that were contributing to my disease, and their subsidiary companies removing their products from my life.
“From my understanding, after researching and investigating the side effects of my daily chemical product use such as cleaners, toothpaste, laundry detergent etc that they were all disrupting my endocrine and lymphatic systems.
“I started giving those things away, or not buying them at all. I felt bad charging money for them because I knew that they were causing me disease and they would cause someone else disease also.”
Idle No More is an ongoing protest movement to stop environmental degradation and economic and social equality, founded in December 2012 by three First Nations women and one non-Native ally.
Leah also describes the moment she discovered urine therapy and how it helped her with her weight.
“At the age of forty, I was losing so much function in my arms that I couldn’t wash my own hair. I cried out in tears to God; begged and prayed for answers, telling God that I would do whatever he wanted me to if he would only heal me,” she said.
“A few moments after that prayer, my friend sent me a YouTube video link of Andrew Norton Webber with Lisa Harrison regarding distilled water; it’s benefits to my physical, emotional, and even spiritual health.
“I realised that this was the sign our Creator (God) had sent me, and that if wanted to become well, I would need to re-ingest my urine like I did when I was a foetus.
“I stood up in the bathtub, urinated into my hands, and drank it. I noted immediately that I ingested too much sodium and vowed to begin removing sodium from my diet immediately.
“Within moments I realised how much better I felt so I thanked God and then was told that I would now have to go out and share urine therapy with people.
“I still drink my urine to keep off the weight and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. I capture my urine midstream after 3am, drink about half of it, and then sip the rest of it throughout the day; brushing my teeth, whilst also swishing my mouth and gargling with it.
“I collect my urine in glass jars throughout the day and shower with it at night. Not only do I brush my teeth with it, I wash my hair and use it to rinse my eyes and clean my skin.
“Reportedly it’s a trade secret of beauty queens and explains why after my rapid weight loss my skin has retained its shape.
“Losing weight has drastically improved the quality and outlook of my life giving me the opportunity to survive and thrive while opening doors for opportunities.
“I developed the confidence and ability to found my own non-profit organisation while bedridden that assists children and families within my local community.
“My chronic pain is now manageable and liveable. I’m not in pain every moment of every day and have been able to find periods of peace and tranquillity.”
She now receives compliments on her new figure and while there is no scientific or medical evidence that urine therapy can help people lose weight, Leah credits this method for her new-found confidence.
“Most people can’t believe how much weight I’ve lost. I’ve literally l lost the weight of another person, to which I often respond, “yes I did. I lost the bitch off my back,” Leah said.
“I’ve had doctors and other medical staff tell me that they would have never believed that I was morbidly obese at any point in my life, had they not looked at my medical record.
“My advice is to go to your family and naturopathic doctors devise a plan, and start asking anyone and everyone in your community for help and support.”