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Good health doesn’t make a lot of money

November 11, 2010

A lot of people think that there’s a simple cure for chronic disease and cancer. It’s relatively inexpensive, they say, and it won’t cause harm to your body. You read that correctly. There is a cure for cancer. Despite the disinformation campaign spearheaded by the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical industry, a cure for virtually all cancers and chronic diseases already exists.

Waves of anger and hope may have washed over you all at once. If you’ve ever lost a loved one to cancer, you’re wondering why you’ve never heard of this cure and, you might be pretty mad. I was.

I should preface this post by saying that I am not a scientist, nor am I a medical doctor. I have merely pulled together the information I’ve learned to deliver it to you because I do believe this is information we as consumers must know. Even if you are skeptical about this method of healing the sick, don’t you think it’s at least worth us at least pursuing it to hedge our bets? Since we’re ultimately responsible for our own healths, lifestyles and what we put into our bodies, it’s incumbent upon us to be as well-educated as we possibly can be.

What I’m arguing is, if there’s even the smallest chance that a healthier diet MAY prevent cancer, shouldn’t we, as food consumers, err on the side of caution and begin heeding these warnings? And don’t these claims (which are explained more fully below) warrant further investigation? Clearly, they do, especially when you consider the relative ineffectiveness of our current cancer treatments.

A man by the name of Dr. Max Gerson is said to have discovered the cure in the 1920’s  and aptly named it The Gerson Therapy. It is a safe, natural treatment which uses organic foods, juicing, coffee enemas, detoxification and natural supplements to activate the body’s innate ability to self heal.  Over the past 60+ years, thousands of people have used the Gerson Therapy to recover from so-called “incurable” diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Charlotte Gerson, Max Gerson’s daughter, founded the Gerson Institute in 1977. The Institute is a non-profit located in San Diego, California, dedicated to providing education and training in the alternative, non-toxic treatment of cancer and other disease, using the Gerson Therapy. Watch a clip from The Beautiful Truth about The Gerson Therapy:

Now, more about why you, in all likelihood, haven’t heard of the Gerson Therapy before.

We can debate its veracity as a legitimate treatment (and preventative measure) for cancer, but seeing as it certainly can’t hurt us to heed its tenets, doesn’t it seem odd that it’s been swept under the rug?

Well, here’s one explanation that doesn’t seem so far-fetched: Good health doesn’t make a lot of money. It’s that simple. Just as when financially interested parties dismissed global warming as conjecture, the same seems to have happened here. When cardiologists and oncologists should be turning to foods and nutrients to heal patients, they give them a pill or a treatment. There seems to be a pill for everything these days, trying to heal and cure patients. Yet, we’ve never been more sick and obese. And every year, cancer rates are on the rise. Watch a clip from the documentary Food Matters:

Our medical and pharmaceutical industries aren’t helping to cure patients. They’re keeping patients sick and addicted to pills and “treatments.” If everyone suddenly were healthy and cured, they’d be out of business! So as they continue to make exorbitant profits, the lives and the health of those who take their pills continue to decline. The “sick industry” is in the business of keeping people sick. Pure and simple.

Strikingly similar to ad campaigns by the big oil companies like Shell, Chevron, Exxon and BP, the pharmaceutical  (aka “sick”) industry throws millions upon millions of dollars into further advertising falsehoods to the public, promoting their latest and greatest “promising” drug. And their campaigns have been successful. The general public seems to still be convinced that only drugs, surgery and radiation will help to overcome cancer.

Dr. Gerson and his therapy still remain denounced by the medical and pharmaceutical establishment. Since his therapy cannot be patented and will not produce any profits for them, they will do whatever it takes to try to keep the truth and the Gerson Therapy out of the public’s eyes and ears. I haven’t seen a whole lot about nutrition being able to cure cancer and disease before in papers, magazines, and websites.  I can’t help but wonder if the expensive advertising space and time the pharm. companies buy from tv networks, radio, print, and web, have influenced a decision to withhold this information.

The systems in place are severely flawed and things have got to change. We have to start turning to good, REAL food to heal ourselves because you truly are what you eat.  A plant-based diet high in antioxidants and fiber will surely lead to a longer, happier, healthier life. I’ll end with a quote by Hippocrates which the documentary Food Matters begins with: Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.

If you’d like to learn more, I highly suggest beginning your journey by watching The Beautiful Truth and Food Matters. You can rent both of these enlightening documentaries through Netflix, and they’ll be well worth your time. Both the Gerson Institute and the Food Matters sites provide ways you can immediately take action and overcome illness naturally.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Brian permalink
    November 12, 2010 3:25 PM

    Lindsay,

    While this book may be informative to a healthy lifestyle, I wouldn’t conclude that pharmaceutical companies are hiding “cures” in order to boost their profits. I worked as a chemist for a pharmaceutical company for about 5 years, so my opinion is obviously somewhat biased.

    I don’t think anyone in the scientific community would argue that healthy eating can reduce your cancer risk. The problem is that once cancer takes hold, eating blueberries and drinking green tea won’t help you much. You may hear about miracle cures coming through acupuncture or certain diets, but those are rare and the statistics won’t generally bear them out as reliable therapy.

    I’m not saying that the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t deserve a lot of the demonization it receives. However, throughout the years I worked for the pharmaceutical company, I’ve had many different people from different areas of my life ask me whether pharmaceutical companies have cures for diseases that they aren’t letting out, because it would be bad for profits. There is plainly no possibility that this is the case. This book reminded me of those questions, which is mainly the reason I responded to your post. Science is a peer-reviewed world, and if a pharmaceutical company decided not to release a cure, a professor at a university would soon figure it out and tell the world (not to mention the number of scientists who would have to keep quiet in such a conspiracy would make it impossible).

    For a variety of reasons, cancer is a very difficult disease to “cure.” In fact, a cure for cancer in the near future is highly unlikely, but effective treatment will definitely be a reality in our lifetime. Cancer is basically a natural biological process gone wrong, which makes it difficult to treat without causing a variety of side-effects (see chemotherapy). However, look at AIDS. Within our lifetime, human’s discovered AIDS, developed methods for prevention, and discovered treatments which significantly slow its progress. Although it is still a huge problem in undeveloped countries, that will probably also diminish as the cost of treatment comes down.

    I think pharmaceutical companies and the drugs they offer mirror human nature in a lot ways. A lifetime of healthy eating reduces the risk of cancer, but smoking cigarettes and worrying about it later is much more fun. Humans are incredibly short-sighted. Depressed or anxious because you have emotional problems? Rather than dealing with them take a pill. There’s a pill for everything. While I think most of them were discovered with good intentions for people with true medical needs, they often get abused by people in ways that were not intended (ectasy was meant to be used for couples in marriage counseling to improve their communication and emotional connection).

    I agree that we should err on the side of caution to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I also think the medical community needs to look for preventative cures outside of a persciption. Thank you for sharing this book. I’m going to put it on my list of books to read when I graduate. I hope my perspective calmed your anger a little bit. I’m going to grab a Naked drink – blueberry is my favorite.

    Brian

    • November 12, 2010 5:40 PM

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks so much for your response. I appreciate your perspective and experience coming from a pharmaceutical background.

      The natural approaches to treating cancer have been proven to work over the long term because they address the underlying cause of the illness. When a body is diagnosed with cancer, a rigid combination of organic foods, juicing, coffee enemas, detoxification and natural supplements have healed cancer patients and individuals with chronic disease. The therapy isn’t just about eating a few blueberries and drinking some green tea daily as you mentioned, and it shouldn’t be dismissed as some fad because it isn’t.

      Yes, “good nutrition” will always be better than bad nutrition and eating well will certainly decrease your risk of cancer and other diseases. We agree there. I’m arguing that this method of therapy is reliable and has cured patients who were already diagnosed with cancer and various other chronic diseases. How can a cure for cancer in the near future be unlikely when one already exists?

      I do believe pharmaceutical companies have hidden truths to boost profits. While science is a peer reviewed world, that doesn’t mean that pharmaceutical companies aren’t influencing academic institutions. I’ve read from many sources that most clinical trials and Medical Journals are funded by pharmaceutical companies. I’ve also read that Academic leaders, chairs, and deans even sit on Boards of Directors of drug companies. It’s also been widely publicized that drug companies have too much influence and power over the FDA. In fact, the FDA has been proven to be a very corrupt organization.

      So, I don’t think that it’s out of the realm of possibility that drug companies influence the academic world as well as the government to act in their interest.

      Lindsay

      • Brian permalink
        November 14, 2010 10:00 PM

        Lindsay,

        Thank you for your reply. I think I understand your position a little better and you have piqued my interest to look a little deeper into this topic.

        Brian

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