Felipe Adams, a 30-year-old Iraq war veteran, gripping his leg tightly as he experiences one of many episodes of phantom pain at his parents home in Inglewood, California. (From the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) The caloric value of his day's worth of food on a day in the month of September was 2100 kcals. He is 30 years of age; 5 feet, 10 inches tall; and 135 pounds. Felipe was paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Baghdad, Iraq. Damaged nerves that normally enervate a missing or paralyzed body part can trigger the body's most basic warning that something isn't right: pain. Felipe experiences these phantom pains, which feel like stabbing electric shocks, dozens of times a day; they cause him to grip his leg tightly for a moment or two until the sensation subsides. MODEL RELEASED.
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