Food As Medicine: The dichotomy of western medicine & basic common sense

Before there was western medicine, we had food as medicine.  Ancient people used the roots, herbs and greens available to alleviate symptoms and cure diseases.  Period.  Fast forward to today and many people have tried to discredit this approach by acting as if the cures for disease can only be found in modern western medicine treatments.  Almost exclusively, this approach will offer you only treatments not cures.  When presented with evidence to the contrary, most western doctors and researchers will say, “Well, we really need to do more research on that before we can definitely state that plants can cure disease.”  Meanwhile, for thousands of years our ancestors have used plants to heal.  And we know which plants!

I address this today because so many of us put our faith and our lives in the hands of western medicine.  Many people won’t even consider alternative approaches to healing.  Their “go to” is always a pill prescribed by a doctor.  Do not be confused by what I’m saying here.  Western medicine has its place, but it’s not the only answer.  The analogy I love using is that of a house fire.  You need the fire department to show up.  They may need to use their axes and there will be smoke and water damage.  When they are done putting out the fire, you may have a structure left.  You then begin the process of rebuilding.  So many times cancer patients are faced with this very scenario.  After rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, they are left with an immune system on life support.  If they survive, they start the difficult process of rebuilding.  I’m always amazed at people who manage to take in all the poison of chemotherapy and survive it.  Some of us are incredibly strong.  Many of us have our faith in God and that pulls us through.

What is the best ways to start rebuilding after you’ve faced death.  Reconnect to source or as the old folk use to say, Get right with God.  Then check your food.  Start eating to live and being sure to get the best nutrition possible every day.  This would be by eating at least 4 cups of organic fruits and vegetables each day.  Limiting the amount of dead flesh you consume.  Eating nuts, grains and seeds that are non-GMO and pesticide free.  As I’ve stated many times here, the cost of organic, clean food is low compared to the horrendous medical bills you pay later.

Have you ever thought about what actually causes cancer or any disease?  I hear people saying, “Well, I just got it.”  No thought given to why their body would start growing cells that won’t die.  No thought given to how they might have contributed to disease with their diets and lifestyle.  No thought.  The first response is run to the doctor and get a treatment or surgery and hope for the best.

What I learned in church was that God helps those who help themselves.  Or as people in new thought say, ‘Treat and move your feet.’  When you’re feeling ill, immediately start purging your diet of processed foods and get back to the basics.  Educate yourself on nutrition and always be open to learning more.  Keep track of the cutting edge research in this area.  If you’re still trying to use outdated advice about food and nutrition, you just placed a huge stumbling block in your path.  And here’s the kicker, please use common sense.

As I’ve said before, common sense is in short supply, but as more people start to wake up, we are seeing people use more common sense when it comes to their health.  Let’s just look at a recent experience I had.  I was in the hospital, told that I had cancer and would need extensive surgery.  911 to the fire department!  I was prayed up and I went in trusting that all would be well.  The cancer was removed and the tissue sent to the lab.  But it wasn’t what the doctor told me it would be.  They were confused because it came back with the wrong cancer markers.  So like a dog with a bone, they proceeded to naw at this thing, trying to find an answer.  What was the source of this cancer?  No one knew.  My own intuition was telling me bad dietary decisions and most importantly extreme STRESS.  You may ask how could that be.  Every week I’m telling you how to guard against bad food and calm down.  I am human.  And sometimes I fall down.  This almost always happens when I’m trying to do too many things in a day and running here and there working to help other people.  I write this blog as much for me as I do it for you.

After surgery, I knew I had to get back on track, but I had one enormous problem.  I was trapped in the hospital.  People joke all the time about hospital food, but it’s no joke when your life is on the line.  To make matters worse, my doctors put me on a clear liquid diet.  This might as well be the kiss of death to a vegetarian or someone who is trying to eat clean, healthy food.  I was literally starving to death while being pumped full of pain killers.  My daily choice was between red, yellow, green or orange jello, beef or chicken broth and pasteurized apple juice.  I was getting sicker by the day because I was being force-fed Go Lightly, the polyethylene glycol mixture that might as well be straight up anti-freeze in my opinion.  My stomach and intestines were on fire.  You would think common sense would kick in at some point and they would determine that I wasn’t doing well with their approach.  This is a blind spot with western medicine.  Many times when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

I was the one who called a stop to all of it.  I simply refused anymore drugs.  My sister, seeing my pain, finally snuck I some homemade soup.  I was already planning my escape when my doctor returned from wherever and said I could go home.  Hallelujah!  I went home and started using the knowledge gained from my Native American grandmother.  I used the roots, herbs and supplements I knew would help me heal and recover my immune system.  I switched as much as possible to an alkaline diet.  It took two months to get an appointment with an oncologist.  By then, there were no signs of malignant cancer cells.  They kept looking but to date have found nothing.  I used my food as medicine to heal myself.  I spent time in prayer and meditation each day to calm my mind and spirit.

I am a warrior, but so are you!  When someone tells you there is no other way, search your intuition.  Be still and listen for that small quiet voice of truth.  You will know which way to go.  You may choose chemotherapy or radiation or some other drug treatment.  At least use your food as medicine to help you better cop with the drugs.  No matter your choice, eat to live.

If any of this has been helpful to you, hit the like button and please share it with your friends.  Every day I help my clients get to optimum health in mind, body and spirit for wellness and graceful aging.  Visit me at and let me know how I may serve you.  Here’s to your Lifetime Health!


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