Let Food Be Your Medicine

During the month of April of 2011, international Latin rock star Robi Draco Rosa announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Unlike most cancer patients in the U.S., he chose the non-traditional so-called Burzynski therapy and as of today, only a year after his diagnosis, three of his four cancerous tumors are gone.  The irony: the life-saving therapy that he chose has been the object of persistent litigation and persecution by the pharmaceutical cartel.

Your Money or Your Life!

Stanislaw R. Burzynski’s revolutionary non-toxic Antineoplaston Therapy and has demonstrated to be 3 to 5 times more effective than conventional chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is the only cancer therapy known to cure brain tumors in children. Prior to his therapy becoming available, a child’s brain turmor was a death sentence. Yet, for over a decade the pharmaceutical companies that underwrite the laws that dictate what is and what is not considered legitimate cancer therapy in America tried, and failed, to jail Dr. Burzynski by means of legal technicalities even as they also tried, on the other hand, to appropriate his research and patent his therapies.

In spite of the success of his therapy, the FDA has tried to stop its popularity from spreading in the United States.  Your may learn more about the Burzynski Clinic and the ANP Therapy here.

The Burzynski case is reminiscent of the lawsuit that was filed by unscrupulous drug companies from first world nations in South Africa some years back, which was later dropped. A total of almost 40 pharmaceutical giants used the legal resource of patented medicine to ask for exagerated amounts of money for their AIDS/HIV drugs when South Africa, in the midst of its worst health crisis in recent history, was trying to acquire cheaper versions of the meds from Brasil and India. Meanwhile thousands were dying because they could not afford their drugs in this relatively poor corner of the world.

Patent laws were originally crafted to protect inventors, musicians and writers from theft of their intellectual property. These days, powerful interest groups have rewritten patent laws to allow corporations to own the patents of genetically-modified seeds and of life-saving drugs and therapies, putting people’s lives at risk whenever conflicts of profit arise that keep people from having access to the food or health care that they need.

Not only has chemotherapy been favored at the expense of other treatments by the entities that are supposed to be searching for the cure: these entities have made it all but impossible for patients to have access to life-saving information about alternative therapies and preventative dietary lifestyles, and for decades have had a profoundly detrimental effect on America’s public health.

The Live Foods Lifestyle

Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food. – Hippocrates, Father of Medicine

In addition to the Burzynski film -which documents both the therapy and the trials and tribulations of the scientist who was almost not allowed to cure cancer-, another immensely important film is The Beautiful Truth: it follows the admiration of a young Alaskan for a 20th century Doctor who cured many people from cancer, and it also paints an alarming picture of what the movie calls the ‘cancer industry’.

The Gerson therapy is illegal in the United States in spite of the fact that a terminal cancer patient has a 50% rate of survival past five years if she submits herself to the Gerson methods.  Chemotherapy’s rate of survival past five years varies with the type of cancer but some cite it as low as 3% -and it’s a toxic therapy that kills both the good and bad cells so that the patient will never be the same after it.

Big Pharma would make no money from cancer if the all-natural Gerson therapy became mainstream.  There are no pills.  No toxicity.  It consists mainly of juicing vegetables and greens and using enemas to detoxify the colon.

Another documentary to watch is Simply Raw, where a group of diabetic patients sheds all the symptoms of their condition by only eating live foods for 30 days.  Every one of the patients discontinued their insulin shots after the raw foods experiment, although many of them had been obese and sick for many years. All it took was a diet made up of greens, seeds, nuts, raw vegetables which were oftentimes juiced for digestive efficiency, and fruits.

This dietary lifestyle, which was made popular in the twentieth century by Ann Wigmore and is usually known as the live foods or raw foods movement, usually also incorporates fermented foods like kim chee, sauerkraut, and kombucha. These foods are praised for bringing into the stomach beneficial bacteria that help with digestion.

Almost all raw-foodists are vegan, but a small few are vegetarian -incorporating yoghurt and cheese into their diets- and a yet smaller minority of live-foodists eats raw fish or meat every now and then. Many raw-foodists only consume a percentage of their foods in raw form, claiming to be 30%, 50%, or 80% raw. Superfoods like quinoa are also popular among them, both in their cooked and live form.

The philosophy behind this trend stems from the fact that enzymes and other nutrients in our foods begin to deteriorate when we cook food at temperatures of over 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Since cooking our foods kills the nutrients, proponents of live foods focus on eating nutritionally rich foods in their natural, raw state. Juicing them makes their nutrients even more easily available.

The success rates of the Gerson therapy suggest that Ann Wigmore was on to something. As of today, a cancer patient wanting to visit a Gerson Health Center would have to travel to Mexico since it’s illegal in the U.S. to use his methods as a cancer therapy.  However, anyone may become a live-foodist and follow the juicing and colon-cleansing procedures described by Dr. Gerson … so long as they’re not sold as cancer therapy.

About hiramcrespo

Hiram Crespo is the author of 'Tending the Epicurean Garden' and founder of societyofepicurus.com. He's also written for The Humanist, Eidolon, Occupy, The New Humanism, The Secular Web, Europa Laica, AteístasPR, and many other outlets.
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3 Responses to Let Food Be Your Medicine

  1. Lipika Vig says:

    A thousand thanks for exalting me to go do
    my own my own research. Yours was way more wide-ranging than mine.


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