The first few chapters of the book put me into a tailspin. A very kind neighbor bought the book for me after checking to see that I wanted it. I knew nothing about the author but apparently he has been on all the talk shows touting his “cure” for cancer through diet. His cancer was diagnosed and the tumor removed. When his doctor recommended chemotherapy, he went into rebellion mode and decided he could cure himself through his diet.
What set me into the tailspin was my own stage 4 cancer had just been diagnosed and I was on an aggressive chemotherapy program. The first chapters of the book trashed the medical field for corruption, doctors for scaring us into chemotherapy to make money and poisoning us for an extra two or three months of life. Wow! I had never experienced doctors like this and felt that my doctor actually cared what happened to me. Was this my outcome? An extra two or three months of life for total misery? I put the book aside, upside down in a dark room so I wouldn’t even see it.
Several months later, I am in a much better place and wanted to see what the diet he was talking about actually was. So I got the book back out of the dark room. Let’s just say it would be very hard to do. Raw food, tons of juice. For instance every day make carrot juice from 5 pounds of organic carrots, gingerroot, beetroot, celery and etc. You should drink eight, 8oz glasses every hour of the day. He turned orange, but not to worry, it will go away. Other things were easier but not in the volumns he suggested. There were ingredients I have never heard of and I’m a cook. But, can I have cookies? I really like cookies. How about ice cream? Sadly, no. This diet would consume your life. It would be really, really hard to do. You’d spend the entire day in the kitchen trying to make the things he wants you to eat, not to mention trying to find the ingredients required. I’m sure it’s really good for you, but what about actual life? Friends, family, movies, dinners out, aren’t these important for your well being? Especially when you’re going through cancer?
My doctor has given me good news and says I am one of the 20% who is on the path to “cure.” I really like my doctor, she has a sense of humor and spends as much time with me as I need. All my doctors do. I feel really good about where I am. I’ve decided not to read any more books and to stay off the internet. It’s not good for you. Do you agree? Or are you one of the persons who has to research everything? I’d love to hear opinions.