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My friend Chris’ last public words before succumbing to cancer

I have seen people, when they are educated by those who tell the truth, become really angry. Tina, whom I met at CHI, 44 years old, was livid to discover she has been educated by industry. By folks with a profit motive that is in conflict with the interests of public health.

She said, “Everything I’ve been taught about food is a lie!”

She was shocked to learn that many of the things she has thought are good for her….aren’t.

Once I read a series in the Wall Street Journal about attitudes towards nutrition in the inner city. They interviewed some young black women who ate fast food three times a day, like all their peers. One woman said to the reporter, “McDonalds wouldn’t sell it, if it weren’t good for me.”

We worship the institutions of popular culture. Thousands of Golden Arches, and every grocery store in America, don’t lie. Do they?

I have learned that to be educated in nutrition, you have to go off the beaten path. If you stand in the mainstream, you’re gonna get hit by every pop can and piece of trash that has been thrown in that torrent. Precious little of the information you’re given about food is valid.

Mary, at CHI, whose son Chris had Stage 4 lung cancer, said to me, “How could I be 76 years old, and not know this stuff? Somehow I didn’t know anything about raw food!”

In the video I share with you here, she says in her grace on our food: “If cows are smart enough, why aren’t we?”

This is my video of Mary and Chris, talking about his cancer, a few months after he refused another round of chemo and his oncologist wrote him off. He wanted you to know some things, so please listen to his words.

I filmed this just a few weeks before Chris passed away. When I was with him in Michigan at the end of August, his breathing was heavily labored, and he spent most of every day in his room.

Rest in peace, my friend Chris Sparks. You’re a beautiful soul. I am sorry your time on earth was cut short at 54 years. Thanks for sharing yourself with us. With Chris and Mary’s permission, here are the thoughts he wanted to share with you about cancer and nutrition.

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