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Ask Amy: Lovebirds encounter a serious red light

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My husband and I were lovebirds in college. We had so much in common!

Unfortunately, an autoimmune disease hit him when he was in good shape and he lost most of the sensation in his body.

At the age of 37 he worked with an unusual paleo diet and conducted lots of internet research. He is now stronger and healthier than before the disease hit.

Now he makes his own kale chips, toothpaste, and deodorant.

Frankly, I feel like I can't keep up.

He thinks I'm not thin enough, while my doctor compliments my physique.


To avoid shaming, I hide snacks and eat forbidden foods like oatmeal in the basement.

I thought that helping him to pay for and set up a red-light sauna in the basement was supportive and cute, and now I am pressured to sit in it and absorb a health treatment I know nothing about.

I’ll admit it, I haven't watched the same YouTube videos he has.

Had I met my husband now, with all the health stuff, I wouldn't have continued the relationship, due to these large differences between us.


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