I recently met with a man and his wife to compare notes regarding what we've collectively learned about nutrition and how it relates to healing. This couple, in their early 30s, with their 2 young children were living and enjoying life when he was blind sided with a deadly melanoma diagnosis.
After surgery to remove a tumor and several feet of his small intestine, the doctor told him he had 8-12 months to live. Furthermore, the doctor added there was no treatment for this aggressive form of cancer yet suggested that he participate in a trial that may or may not suspend his 'death sentence' by 4 to 5 months. However, if he participated in the trial it could result in blindness and/or countless other problems effectively decreasing his quality of life even further than the cancer would have alone. He opted out...and that was 11 1/2 months ago.
When we met last week, he was the picture of health with no symptoms or evidence of any cancer or illness. Follow up scans with the oncologist showed the other inoperable tumors were effectively dead and inactive and posed no risk at this time.
For years I have been researching and studying the effect diet and nutrition has on healing and disease. I've heard it said it before and I'll continue to repeat it: "Given half the chance, the body will heal itself by itself". But, what does this look like? It's very confusing because there are countless theories about health & disease and whether nutrition plays a role in either. As a matter of fact, this man who opted out of the cancer trial decided the day after his cancer diagnosis to completely change his "nutritional protocol".
He did this with limited knowledge but remembered years ago some family members who had been reading up on the role of diet and nutrition as it related to disease mentioned something to him and his wife. At the time, he appreciated the information but like most of us thought "I'm healthy, I don't need to change my eating habits". Little did he know, a few short years later he would be forced to make some radical changes that may or may not yield the results he was looking for.
After months of clean eating, he has received a clean bill of health from 2 separate oncologists, both of which proclaimed the absense of disease as miraculous but laughing off the idea that his new eating habits had anything to do with his remission.
Like many others who have changed their diets after a life-threatening or life-debilitating diagnosis and have miraculously been healed, he is just thankful for each day he's been given and will continue to treat his body as the temple it is by nourishing it with real food.
When I say 'real food' what I'm referring to is non-processed, non-chemicalized, nothing-made-in-a-lab food. Examples of this are: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains which should be the mainstays of the diet with animal foods, if any, as a side dish.
In The China Study, author T. Colin Campbell brings to light a 30 year research initiative in China which concludes a diet containing 5% or less in animal products greatly reduces the amount of disease risk than a diet containing 20% or more. This includes beef, pork, fish, poultry and dairy of any kind.
Even the CDC states that "most diseases are preventable and even reversible with diet and lifestyle changes". However, unless the American public starts to educate itself and take initiative on their own behalves, disease will continue to proliferate and quality of living deteriorate.
Now I'm not saying that everyone reading this has to completely stop all consumption of animal products and remove all packaged foods from their diets in one fell swoop. But, what I am saying is that change has got to start somewhere. And, whether that means drinking more water, reducing the amount of packaged food & animal products or adding in some extra greens to your daily regimen, it's completely up to you. What I am saying is starting somewhere is KEY and I can help you with those necessary changes. To learn more about how, contact me for a complimentary consultation.