Monday, May 7, 2012

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, a bit over 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 the popularity of his therapy from spreading in the United States. Your may learn more about the Burzynski Clinic and the ANP Therapy here.

Watching the Burzynski film reminded me 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 interests 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.

As for conflicts of interests, we should explore the who's who of the cancer industry.
  • Richard L. Gelb was the Chairman of the Board of Bristol-Meyers Squibb, the company that accounts for nearly half of the chemotherapy sales in the world ... but he also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the world's largest private cancer treatment and research center.
  • Samuel Broder was the Senior Vice President for Research and Development at the IVAX Corporation, a prominent chemotherapy company after being the Executive Director of the National Cancer Institute.
  • Chicago-born John Shephard Reed has been a director of Philip Morris -a tobacco company- since 1975, and has been a member of the board of managers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at least since 1992. He has made money giving people cancer and then claiming to take it away.
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 in 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 name of this Doctor is Max Gerson.

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. Not one of the patients continued taking insulin shots after the raw foods experiment, although many of them had been obese and sick for many years. All it took was a lifestyle of greens, seeds, 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.

Most 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.

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 a temperature 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 or teach the juicing and colon-cleansing procedures described by Dr. Gerson ... so long as they're not sold as cancer therapy.

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