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A Taste of His Own Medicine

Larry Flowers in his office, with some of his books about health. He has owned his repair shop in Adamsville for 22 years. Staff Photo by Megan Smith

To many, Larry Flowers is a great mechanic; what they don’t know is his depth of knowledge in alternative medicine.

Skipping across a lake atop a pair of trick skis seems like the last place to find someone suffering from a chronic back injury.

The injury that prevented Larry Flowers from joining the military nearly 40 years ago has plagued him most of his life. At times, this Adamsville auto shop owner found it difficult to complete even the simplest of tasks. 

Flowers’ journey from being nearly disabled to participating in extreme sports  began with a trip to his local chiropractor’s office

 Flowers chiropractor put him into an alternative medicine program that completely cured his back problem and changed his life forever. 

Flowers story began in Milan, Tenn. where as a child he worked with his Father selling produce, building houses and tinkering with automobiles.  

Whatever his father did, Flowers helped with. 

Flowers said, “School wasn’t the most important thing to my father.  It was helping him getting work done.”

Flowers met his wife Vicky when she was going to school at UT Martin, and she got her first teaching job at McNairy Central High School.  

In 1995, the Flowers’ adopted their son Kyle.  Kyle was born in Selmer, and they were able to take him home from the hospital.  

Over the years, Flowers worked at various jobs moving furniture, hauling produce and as a mechanic before finally opening his auto repair shop in Adamsville, which has now been in operation for 22 years.

Flowers’ back injury treatment led to an interest in other forms of alternative medicine.  

Someone introduced Flowers to a book on the China Study.  

Flowers stated, “The China Study is the largest nutritional study ever done in the history of the world on what food does for our health, paid for by our tax dollars, not some industry.”  

Flowers said that this study saw tremendous results in decreases in heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.  

Flowers began using the results of the study.  After two months, he says he lost thirty pounds of weight and forty points in cholesterol.  

Flowers said that he saw excellent results during physical examinations. He says that medical doctors were amazed that he didn’t take any medicine for his health.  

However, Flowers eventually bought a $25 test to check his cardiovascular system, which showed some unfriendly results.  He ignored these results, writing them off to the inaccuracy of the test.

A few weeks later, Flowers had a chest pain.  He went to the doctor and ended up being flown to St. Thomas hospital for double bypass open-heart surgery.   

After initially being frustrated by the lack of results from his healthy life-style, Flowers said he came to a realization.  

Flowers stated, “I had eaten the great American diet for sixty years and what I should eat for two years.  It just wasn’t quite long enough to reverse what the sixty years had done.”

Flowers said he wished he had gotten some chelation therapy to reduce the plaque on his artery walls, which he feels would have prevented the surgery.  

Flowers has also read books like The Fungus Link by Doug Kaufmann.  Flowers said that this book is about common problems that people are dealing with that they are unaware of, such as candida and fungus.  

Flowers said that it frustrates him that most doctors are taught nothing but drugs, surgeries, and procedures in medical school.   

“They are taught almost nothing about natural medicine or things we can do for our health,” stated Flowers.

Often, Flowers stated, if doctors do suggest a change in diet or an exercise regiment, they get such little results that they get tired of bothering, so they prescribe medicine.  

He said that most people’s idea is that health is only found at the doctor’s office.

Flowers has also been using a company in Florida called Renew Life.  He says that they have many types of cleanses to get rid of toxins that have built up in the body because of the food we eat and the things that we work around.

Flowers now takes control of his health by being active.  He loves to water ski and enjoys trick skiing.  Flowers said he teaches many people to water ski as well.  

Flowers enjoys river trips also.  He takes small boats down the Tombigbee to Mobile, Ala. or down the Cumberland River or from Memphis to New Orleans down the Mississippi River.

Flowers stated, “Every avenue that I’ve picked I’ve had some solid, positive results out of it.  In each case, it’s because it’s something that I do, not just something that I read or that I think about.  I only get the results when I do it.”

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