Let me tell you about LaDonna from San Antonio. Like Elle and Christine, whom I met at Oasis, she had a recent breast cancer diagnosis despite living a relatively healthy lifestyle. She said, “I knew enough to know that if I were ever to have cancer, I would not go the ‘conventional route.’”
LaDonna has traveled a long way to receive several weeks of intensive treatment and education from Dr. Lodi and his staff of holistic healers. She has one advantage many do not: her sister DeLinda, who came with her to give her support, has her back. (Many who opt out of chemo have people in their life telling them they are crazy. Chemo is all they know.)
Learning of my research, LaDonna asked: “Do you know anyone who has done this successfully?”
A flood of emotion washed over me that I would have to process later. I only understood it, lying in my bed at 5 a.m. the next morning. For some reason, her simple question humbled me to my core. As I talked to her about it the next day, I found tears welling up in my eyes (off camera).
If it were me, of course I would reject the mainstream’s habit of putting needles in my arm and pumping cocktail of 6-8 potentially lethal drugs and metals into my veins. Of course I would! I watched my grandmother say no to that when I was only 15, and then I watched greens and carrot juice turn her back into that vibrant force in my life. I watched her live 25 more productive years!
Of course I have the “faith.”I watched my friend Brenda do it 15 years ago with colon cancer, even though the same disease had killed her sister. She had surgery but she opposed the unanimous verdict of the hospital board for both chemo and radiation.
I watched my friend Shelley do it, now 10 years past her breast cancer diagnosis. Both breasts are intact, having refused mastectomy, chemo, and radiation.
All of these lodestars in my life ate raw, living plant foods. I juiced wheat grass in Brenda’s garage with her.
I’ve met many, many people in my travels who have used natural means of supporting the body’s brilliant, strong, wise capacity to heal itself. Of course I would have the faith to do this. I’ve seen “up close and personal” people like Frederick at Oasis of Healing, from Antwerp, Belgium, whose neck cancer has been “melting away,” as he put it, in a few short weeks.
I was brought to my knees by the simple question: “Have you ever known anyone to do this successfully?”
Writing about this early the next morning, I found myself wishing that my experiences with natural healing could be everyone’s. I wish I could impress on your emotional selves, which are as powerful as our physical selves, the way it was impressed on mine at the age of 15, that the safest way to heal is to get out of the way of the body’s mechanism to heal.
To empower that same mechanism that kept your cancer at bay—all the way until it didn’t anymore!
Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D., whom I speak with in Irvine, CA next week, says that the average “healthy” person has 750,000 cancer cells at any given time.
Dr. Lodi says that your immune function has two jobs: Dept. of Defense, and Dept. of Maintenance. Is your body having to expend all its energy dealing cleaning up after the food you eat (Dept. of Maintenance)? That’s when all your resources are dedicated to the wine you drink after dinner, the meat and cheese you eat that Dr. Lodi calls “carcasses and animal excretions, which are more carcinogenic than any other food?” Don’t forget the lack of water between meals to flush lymph and blood and colon and all the chemicals and acids in your Diet Coke.
The lack of fiber and nutrients in the form of greens, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds.
The immune system gets swamped. Just like you can’t be everywhere at once on a busy day at work, neither can your white blood cells.
Dr. Lodi and a rare handful of other docs are helping set aside maintenance, by decreasing the load for the immune system, and bolstering and supporting it in a few dozen ways.
I’ve no promises for LaDonna or anyone else. She was not the only one who took me aside and asked, in so many words, “Does this work? Tell me it works.” Also John, a strapping man, who at 6’3″ has relied on his size and strength for well over 60 years. It’s clearly part of his identity to be strong–he had a career in construction. But he’s been juice fasting for 3 weeks here at Oasis, because his prostate cancer has metastasized to his bones and somebody said the words “Stage Four” to him.
John’s putting a lot of faith in a tradition that is as natural to his biology as water and air, but he’d lost touch with it. He’d been a vegetarian for years and loves vegetables, but soda and chips were a daily part of his life. Till now. He’s a mountain of a man, and his brother there to support him is just as tall. John jokes: “I’m staying with him here in Mesa, but it’s not costing him much to feed me.”
I’m inspired by these amazing people like LaDonna, Christine, John, Shirley, and Dave, who are here to LIVE. They’ve all had to say no to a clinic full of oncologists.
Christine told me, “Partly I’m doing IPT to appease my family and friends. They don’t understand. I guess I’m doing it for myself, too, to know that I used some part of Medicine’s solutions.”
I am praying for all these friends I had such brief contact with. I believe in their body’s innate ability to heal itself. I hope they do, too. Our body executes what our mind believes. There is so much power in belief and faith, and many of these cancer docs practicing “outside the norm” have told me as much.