Maybe you’ve seen those commercials where a doctor is working on a construction crew, then it shows the construction worker in the pharmacy looking for the right medicine, telling you not to do your doctor’s job because you wouldn’t want him doing yours. It’s quite a ridiculous analogy really, insinuating that there’s a similarity in a doctor running a jack hammer, and you taking care of your own body, like that’s someone else’s job. No one else can maintain your body or has to live with the consequences of how you do so, but you. Duh.
In a similar tone, there was recently a story out of England about a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer, had the traditional treatments, but then declined the follow-up pharmaceuticals in favor of managing her health with nutrition. There seems to be genuine surprise at her success. Which is…. surprising. What’s the big shocker? There are numerous books, stories and websites out there documenting the success of “alternative” treatments to cancer. Before the age of Big Pharma, “alternative” treatments such as through diet, exercise, and supplementation, were the cancer treatments, and there was less cancer then too.
To fight it, you have to understand it
For anyone who wants to understand how cancer works, there is a wealth of information out there that explains the causes, lifestyle factors, percentages, etc. Cancer lives in an acidic, anaerobic environment. So, it stands to reason that a strict vegan diet of organic fruits and vegetables, a good portion of them raw, would correct that environment. It swings the pH back to neutral or even alkaline, it oxygenates the blood, and it provides the body with the resources it needs to fight the fight itself.
Many sources site animal protein as a culprit. It’s more all mainstream food because of the toxic way it is processed and preserved. Xenoestrogens from chemicals used on non-organic plants are just as involved in ill health as hormone laden animal products. When ill, detoxing with an organic vegan diet containing lots of superfoods is the best place to start – you need lots of extra ORACs, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. Take therapeutic doses of things like vitamin D, coq10, garlic, vitamin C. A balanced diet of all organic food is fine for maintaining health.
There’s no way for any of us to completely avoid the DNA damage that leads to abnormal cells. The Cancer Society says that 50 percent of American men and 33 percent of American women will develop some form of cancer in their lives. Causes are not just from poor diet, smoking or alcohol, lack of exercise, and environmental pollution. It can also come from genetics, viruses, and exposure to chemicals from a variety of places. The best we can do is to take care of our bodies in a way that limits the number of cells damaged and the severity of the damage so that our bodies can keep up with destroying the abnormal cells and maintaining cellular equilibrium.
What is surprising…
We can’t separate what we eat from our health. It’s not surprising that a good diet begets good health. What is surprising is that modern medical practitioners don’t address that angle more often, though they are doing so more and more recently. What is surprising is that nutrition is not always taught in medical school. How can that be? Would you take your car to a mechanic that doesn’t understand the fuel system? Don’t you expect your children’s teachers to be educated in education?
Something else that is surprising is that using diet and ancient treatments is called “alternative” even though there is a longer history of using acupuncture or eating garlic, turmeric, and antioxidant-rich foods than the radical, barbaric modern treatments of radical mastectomies and hysterectomies. What is shocking is that we’re hardly counseled in nutrition, but fully expected to take extremely poisonous pharmaceuticals that are often more deadly than the original illness.
We are sharing the planet with seven billion other souls now, with more coming daily. The world is increasingly toxic and having good health is becoming more of a decision than luck. Even some of us that exercise and eat well will become sick. Good food can only increase our chances of survival, let alone quality of life.
What is further surprising is why the English woman didn’t change her diet sooner. She may have saved her breasts and a lot of headaches.
Sources for this article include:
Balch, Phyllis, CNC. Prescription for Nutritional Healing. p. 246-253.