‘I Feel More Empowered, Confident and Strong Than I’ve Ever Felt in My Entire Life.’
In 2013, Silpa Reddy went from struggling with polycystic ovary syndrome and its symptoms—pain in her ovaries, rosacea, loss of hair and chapped, bleeding lips, among them—to sharing the bill as guest speaker with Charles “Chuck” Schmidt Jr. at a high-energy, packed-house potluck on the first day of winter at the raw vegan café Arnold’s Way in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
Silpa had arrived very quickly as a beam of light at the café. It doesn’t take long into a conversation to know this 24-year-old graduate student in biomedical engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia has absorbed loads of information on a raw food diet like a sponge swallows water on a sopping-wet counter. This bright young lady already has a theory: “I do believe that the power of nutrition can, in some people, alter genetic expression through epigenetics and thus facilitate regulation by the body from a diseased state to a more normal state.”