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“The body heals itself. The patient is only Nature’s assistant.”
Greek physician Hippocrates
Degenerative Diseases and Diet Therapy
Healing degenerative diseases through diet therapy or other Complementary and Alternative Methods (CAM) is becoming more accepted in the U.S. This is not the preferred method since most medical doctors are trained to give drugs and the pharmaceutical companies are opposed to CAM since they lose too much money from this approach. Most CAM methods help people reduce or eliminate medications which is a big financial lost for the pharmaceutical companies. Following is a brief explanation of this approach.
What kinds of things can Diet Therapy heal? Just about everything. The Gerson diet at one hospital has for over twenty years specialized in the treatment of: Cancer; Lymphomas; Melanoma; Multiple Myeloma; Hodgkins disease; Heart disease; Diabetes; Hypertension; Atherosclerosis; Lupus; Arthritis; Alzheimer’s; Candida; Crohn’s Disease; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Migraine headaches; Liver disease; Kidney disease; Paget’s disease; Thyroid disease; Allergies and other degenerative diseases. And this is just one hospital that uses raw living foods, juicing and supplements in diet therapy.
Raw Vegan Diet Therapy and CAM
Modern medicine and the pharmaceutical industry has only been around for less then a hundred years. Healing diseases like cancer through nutrition and fasting or other detoxification techniques has been around in established medical practice for well over 1,000 years. The use of diet and fasting goes back 2,000 to 3,000 years. In India and China they have been healing cancer through their medical practices using diet and fasting for over a 1,000 years! In fact these methods tend to be more effective then modern medicine most of the time, especially for serious degenerative diseases.
Diet Therapy, fasting and nutrients are considered part of: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). These used to be one of the main tools of physicians before the advent of modern pharmaceuticals, drugs and other forms of medicine, like radiation or chemotherapy. The most predominate and most successful diet therapy programs are those that are raw vegan, living foods programs. The basic emphasis on vegan (no meat or animal products), and little to no cooking (raw) equals living foods. In many of the major health resorts/institutes in the U.S. and overseas some kind of living foods orientation is used. Anywhere from 80/20 to 100% raw living foods is emphasized depending on the place.
“Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies appear to be widely used by cancer patients in many parts of the world. A systematic review of relevant published data located 26 surveys of cancer patients conducted in 13 countries, including 5 in the U.S. The average prevalence across all studies was 31%, indicating that nearly one-third of cancer patients used CAM therapies. Those regimens used most often included dietary treatments, herbs, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, imagery/ visualization, meditation, megavitamins, relaxation, and spiritual healing. Subsequent investigations reported similar findings, with some studies finding higher prevalence of CAM practices among cancer patients.” (1)
“Almost all studies conducted to date of cancer patients and of the general public internationally show that those who seek CAM therapies tend to be female, better educated, of higher socioeconomic status, and younger than those who do not. There is some indication of a growth in CAM use by cancer patients in recent years; a secondary analysis of close to 3,000 American cancer patients estimates a 64% increase since 1997 [at year 2,000].” (2)
“In addition to its acceptance by public sources of information, CAM has also entered mainstream medicine in an unprecedented fashion. An Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) was established at the National Institutes of Health by Congressional mandate in 1992, its stated purpose being to investigate unconventional medical practices. Currently, the OAM supports 16 CAM Research Centers. Most, including the Center for Alternative Medicine Research in Cancer at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, are based at major universities. With OAM, the relevant NIH institute shares support of basic science as well as clinical research within its purview. In October, 1998, Congress elevated the Office of Alternative Medicine to the ‘National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine,’ appropriating $50 million for its support.
Another marker of mainstream acceptance is the emergence of medical school courses in complementary and alternative medicine. Elective courses in CAM and portions or required courses are taught in at least 75 medical schools in the United States. In addition, numerous hospitals and medical centers have developed research and clinical service programs in CAM. Cancer programs and also many comprehensive cancer centers have implemented or are creating CAM programs of varying complexity.” (3)
“However one regards complementary and alternative medicine, there is little question that it represents a major sociocultural phenomenon. Large numbers of the general public, including many patients, use the products and services of complementary and alternative medicine. In 2000, Americans spent $10 billion on herbs, vitamins, and other dietary supplements. The estimated growth in the number of chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, optometrists, podiatrists, and other non-physician clinicians between 1995 and 2005 is double that of the physicians. This situation is replicated in most developed countries.” (4)
Dr. Sidney Baker, M.D., gives a good definition of the kind of medical approach that a healing diet emphasizes in ‘individual-oriented medicine’. “There is only one immunology and only one biochemistry. There are, however, two camps in medicine. Disease-oriented medicine and individual-oriented medicine (Dr. Galland’s ‘patient-centered diagnosis’ or Dr. Jeffrey Bland’s ‘functional medicine’ are other terms for this approach.) do not differ on the current facts of biochemistry and immunology. The difference is entirely one of orientation. Disease-oriented medicine is directed to finding the generalized formulas from treating groups of people who resemble one another in certain symptomatic respects. Such an approach is indispensable to thoughtful medical practice.
The Individual-oriented medicine approach is to find everything possible that can be done to optimize the heath of a given unique individual. Such an approach is also indispensable to thoughtful medical practice and it requires a disquieting degree of judgment to know what individual differences are significant enough to treat. As I said earlier, if you do enough tests you can find something wrong with just about anyone. This phrase goes to the core of the medical dichotomy. In one camp is the attitude that whatever is found wrong must rise above individuality to join a pattern linked to a group of people who all have ‘the same thing.’ In the other camp is the attitude that an effort should be made to harmonize a patient’s chemistry when it is clearly abnormal even though the abnormality does not constitute a disease.” (5)
This Six Sigma Nutrition and Alleluia Nutrition approach is about this Individual-oriented medicine to optimize the body via. the diet, fasting and nutrients. Functional Medicine tries to optimize a person’s biochemistry and gene structure. Naturopathic medicine and Ortho-molecular medicine and Ayurveda Medicine all try to optimize the body through natural means.
Colin Campbell, Ph.D. professor emeritus of Cornell University, was part of the famous Women’s Health Study and once asked the lead doctor of the study why they didn’t show the real facts on the plant-based diet orientation as a success in this study. This professor replied, “Because that’s not what the public wants to hear.” (6)
You have the moral right to choose what therapy you want to do, just as you have the moral right to choose a religion. It is your body and you have the right to choose the type of medicine or therapy you want to do for degenerative diseases. Eating is a moral issue! You have a moral responsibility to eat properly, to eat healthy, to eat according to God’s Word! You have a moral and spiritual responsibility to take care of your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit.
It is not just a moral issue but it becomes an ethical issue too where numerous people are involved. When a doctor gives chemotherapy to a terminally ill patient or an elderly person with only 1% of a change to live this is an ethical issue. For two main reasons, first diet therapy has a much higher rate of healing cancer, the Gerson study by the University of California at San Diego’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program. They compared 5 year melanoma survival rates of Gerson therapy patients to rates found in comparable, conventionally treated groups in the medical literature. The study examined 153 white adult cancer patients, 25 - 72 years old, in various stages of melanoma. The study found the following:
- Of patients with Stages I and II melanoma (localized), 100% of Gerson therapy patients survived for 5 years, compared with 79% of patients receiving conventional treatment.
- Of patients with Stages IIIa melanoma (regionally metastasized), 82% of Gerson therapy patients were still alive at 5 years, compared with 39% of those conventionally treated.
- Of patients with Stages IIIa and IIIb melanoma (regionally metatasized), 70% of Gerson therapy patients were still alive at 5 years, compared with 41% of the conventionally treated patients.
- Of patients with Stage IVa melanoma, 39% of Gerson therapy patients survived for 5 years, compared with 6% of patients treated by conventional medicine. (7)
A second study showed even higher rates for those with surgery plus Gerson Diet Therapy for a five year survival rate, since about a third of Gerson-treated patients had surgeries as well. (8) (stage IIIa 39% versus 92%; stage IVa 6% versus 57%)
Consensus in the medical and academic community takes a long time. Even though it was discovered in research, it took 30 years to prove that high cholesterol levels cause heart disease. There is plenty of clinical evidence and scientific studies on this topic over the last 20 to 30 years that show that plant-based diets, fasting and nutrients can heal cancer and other degenerative diseases.
Six Sigma Soul Motivations!
This diet encourages you to eat live foods to keep you alive, dead foods do the opposite. Cancer experts agree that cancer cannot be caused in healthy tissue. After thirty years, the war on cancer experts now recommend a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, clean air, pure water, and the avoidance of toxic habits.
Alleluia Spirit Meditations!
“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate
the one and love the other or be attentive to the one and
despise the other. You cannot give yourself to God
and money.” Luke 16:13
(1) Cassileth, Barrie R. Ph.D.; Schraub, Simon M.D.; Robinson, Eliezer, M.D., Vickers, Andrew, Ph.D.; Alternative Medicine Use Worldwide, The International Union Against Cancer Survey, American Cancer Society, 2000.
(2) Cassileth, Barrie R. Ph.D., Complementary Therapies: the American Experience, Support Care Cancer, (2000) 8:16-23. Integrative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y.
(3) Cassileth, Complementary Therapies: the American Experience, p. 18.
(4) Cassileth, Barrie R., Ph.D., Book Review, “The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Accommodating Pluralism”, N Engl J. Med. Vol 347, no. 11, Sept 2002, p. 860.
(5) Baker, Sidney MacDonald, M.D., Detoxification and Healing: The Key to Optimal Health, Keats Publishing, New Canaan, CT., 1997, p. 157-158.
(6) Campbell, Colin, T., The China Study, (Benbella books, Dallas, TX, 2004), p.
(7) Hildenbrand, G., and S. Cavin. “Five-Year Survival Rates of Melanoma Patients Treated by Diet Therapy after the Manner of Gerson: A Retrospective Review.” Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 1:4 (1995), 29-37.
(8) Hildenbrand, Gar, J., Natuopath Med., 1996; 6(1):49-56.
Jim Tibbetts is a professional scholar.
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You have the moral right to choose what therapy you want to do, just as you have the moral right to choose a religion. It is your body and you have the right to choose the type of medicine or therapy you want to do for degenrative disease. Eating is a moral issue! You have a moral responsibility to eat properly, to eat healthy, to eat according to God’s Word! You have a moral and spiritual responsibility to take care of your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Copyright Jim Tibbetts 1/2010