Robin publicly denounced all Western doctors and their medical practices and embraced an extreme new lifestyle made of detoxifying green drinks, a vegan diet, coffee enemas, advanced machinery that forces blood circulation (each session required an expensive cross-country trip from New York to Los Angeles), Chinese healers, functional medicine practitioners (the kind who don’t take insurance), mysticism and magic beads. According to her new book, The Vegucation of Robin (subtitled How Real Food Saved My Life), these changes that she advocates (she doesn’t mention the coffee enemas, the mysticism or the magic beads that we know about as listeners of the Stern show) improved her health in ways not possible with Western doctors calling the shots.
“Look at me," she says. "I only eat plants, and I haven’t died! I haven’t come up with some kind of crazy deficiency. In fact, I’m healthier than I ever have been in my life.”
And in May of 2012, Robin underwent a 12-hour surgery performed by the Western doctors she’d so vocally turned her back on. “Sure, the brilliant team of doctors and nurses who cared for me deserve some credit,” Robin concedes, but she insists her plant-based diet and new lifestyle was what truly saved her. “When life threw me a grapefruit-size curveball, my body was up for the challenge.”
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