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My friend Chris’ last public words before succumbing to cancer

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Oct 14, 2011

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.


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25 thoughts on “My friend Chris’ last public words before succumbing to cancer”

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  1. So very touching but so very sad. He left too soon.

  2. Anonymous says:

    So very touching! Thank you, Robyn. God bless you and all you do. xox

  3. Anonymous says:

    My heart and prayers go out to Chris’s family. May we all take his words of wisdom and eat as God intended. Eating raw is God’s plan for our body. His words have made an impact on me. I will work harder to eat more raw and to educate my family to do the same.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Advice that I will take if I’m ever sick…my first medicine will be raw superfoods! Loved that prayer! Praying for comfort for Chris’s family…such a great loss. May much good fruit come from his testimony!

  5. Anonymous says:

    So touching.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dear Robyn,
    This is kindof a private comment….I am truly sorry for the passing of your dear friend….
    Last night I received a phone call from my Dr. asking me to come back in for a 2nd mammogram as there is something in my left breast. Needless to say I am feeling rather stressed and concerned. I don’t wish for something to be wrong — my prayer is that it is only a shadow or just squished fatty tissue….just the same, I want to be prepared for whatever “it” is. Should it be cancer — I refuse to go the normal route and go w/ conventional medicine. I want & have been on this raw conversion for the past few months. What I am asking is for any advice, focus, game plan that you could share with me should a Cancer diagnosis come back. I am feeling very lost & want to feel that I know what to do in order to “heal my body” on my own. I know you are doing cancer research & if there is any way we can support your efforts & the information you might share – monetarily – please let us know.
    Thank you in advance for your work, thoughtfulness & consideration.
    Kimberli Rathbun
    (Kennewick, WA)

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Kimberli, God bless you, and let me know how you are. Definitely investigate your many options. Right now, I would suggest Suzanne Somers’ book Knockout, and Burton Goldberg online. Also listen to Kevin Gianni’s Cancer summit which begins on Oct. 25. take care,

  7. Anonymous says:

    I too, was touched by the video. Rest in Peace Chris and blessings go to his family.

    On another note, Robyn, I am disturbed that you decided to mention the race of the inner city women who made the comment about McDonalds. If they were women from the Appalachian Mountains would you have said they were white? These women are obviously the product of propaganda meant to keep the dirty corporations rich and the impoverished people poor, sick, and needy. I love reading your blogs but if I know that my people are going to be called out on your website and represented as less than average, I’d just as soon not participate. Yes, I did read that you were referring to a Wall Street article, but what are YOU saying?

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Rosemary, I feel that the women in Wash DC who were quoted in the article are the victims of terrible nutrition education, worse in the inner city than elsewhere–like you said, propaganda victims. The article series also talked about how the markets these women shopped at had NO produce except potatoes, onions, and some mealy apples. Because shoppers didn’t actually want the vegetables and fruits so markets quit carrying them. The point was never to criticize any race, but the article made the point that African Americans are worse off, health-wise, in part because of living more than others, in the densest populations where fast food is the norm and very little plant food is served and sold. The suburban upper-middle-class schools sometimes now have organic foods and salad bars, but inner city schools are still hot dogs and mac-n-cheese and pizza. I am a big fan of good nutrition for everyone, good food for everyone, and i never intended to offend, please forgive and know where my heart is, in a good place. Perhaps that detail could have been left out–as it has been most of the time I have written about a variety of people in my travels and in my life who are black, white, Asian, or Latino. Much love,

  8. Anonymous says:

    God Bless you Chris and your family! Thank you for sharing your message with us. As a wife, mother, daughter and friend I will be passing on the importance of raw foods to everyone I touch. Eat to live! Raw is key.
    You are a blessing

  9. Thank you Mary and Chris for sharing with us. May God bless Chris and his family.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for posting this, Robyn. The line about McDonalds is priceless and hopefully an eye opener for many.

    To Kara, you may want to consider taking this advice before you get sick. There are so many things weighing against us. We need to apply this stuff sooner, not later. My partner was reasonably healthy all her life and still ended up sick. So now I’m trying to totally stack the cards in my favour.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn, God bless Chris’ family. Our Lord has a purpose for everything and everyone. Chris fulfilled his early. Our Lord wanted him to come home. Thank you for sharing, R.

    I see that you blend the quinoa in the blender with the water, but not with the wheat. Any reason for that? ur right about the taste, I don’t love the wheat taste, but I will definitely keep making it. But, if the quinoa tastes better, I will probably make more of IT.

    Haven’t looked yet, but are you running any special on the EMF for the cell phones?

    Thanks for YOUR mission, we all love you,


    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Hi Mary, I just showed one (the quinoa rather than the wheat, if i recall?), to make the video short, but I blend the wheat just the same. There’s a deal on the site to get 10% if you get 10 of the xZubis (for protection against EMF). XOXO!

  12. Interesting discovery….. I DON’T eat at McDonald’s, but a few weeks ago I was with a friend that wanted to get something for himself…. While waiting for the food. I decided to look at the nutritional data about their foods….. THIS IS THE CLINCHER…. IT SAYS it right there in front of everybody (who aren’t reading any of this)…. It says that there is an ingredient (it tells you the ingredient) in their cooking oil that “in the state of California has been shown to cause cancer” WOWEE…. How nice that that’s even ALLOWED by our trusty govenmental agency. That’s just on top of the you tube videos that show McDonald’s hamburgers & fries that were cooked & then never frozen and they NEVER CHANGE….. they never mold, they never deteriorate…. SURPRISE, it’s NOT FOOD…who knows what it is….but one thing for sure….IT CAUSES CANCER.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Robin for this video. I’m so touched. My heart goes out to Chris’s mom. I wish I could hug her. I have 4 boys of my own, and I don’t know how I’d cope if one of them died. I feel so sad that Chris had to die so young. Keep informing people Robin. We need more people spreading the word about raw foods.

  14. It pains me to see how his oncologist wrote him off because he refused more chemo. I lost my father to cancer as well 10 years ago. A last ditch attempt to restore his body via nutrition and raw food was simply too late. The chemo had done it’s damage. Had I known then what I know now I would have warned him of the dangers of chemo and radiation. It’s a battle against big pharma and traditional medicine we are waging. It’s also a battle against a way of thinking that we simply can eat dead food and expect to thrive. Unfortunately, the excuses I hear most often are about the expenses of eating raw, the complexities of eating raw, or it’s just too inconvenient. Even a modified raw diet would be a start to better health.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Kimberli…I am walking through this right now myself. If you have interest in chatting, please post and we’ll find a way to connect. I can well sympathize with the stress you are under right now. Blessings to you and I am praying for a clean bill of health for you today. Warmly, ~Andrea

  16. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Robin for your presence in these peoples lives. Please tell Mary that I am 73 and just under 3 months Raw. That it is never too late to do this. I have lost abt 25 lbs and will continue to improve my health as time goes and I stay raw. I am not doing this just to lose weight, which has been a lifetime battle, but to be what God created and meant for me. Health and wholeness is the reason to be well nourished. It leads to a more open relationship with God and the life we have been given. Family, friends and the earth. Aren’t we the lucky ones to find these answers now, as we have time to affect our souls and our surroundings. Lots of love to Mary and her family. So sorry for her and your loss. Sincerely Lynn Scott.

  17. Hi Robyn,

    I’m so sorry that your friend, Mary’s son ,Chris, had to leave this way. He was/is a very sweet, brave Soul. What a true Gift all three of you have shared here. Chris’ testimonial, and Mary’s prayers, will speak to many people’s hearts and provide the inspiration necessary to make better choices. My heart and warm wishes go out to you all.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, Chris, for your courage and your message to us… – and Mary, for yours, and your role as priestess to the Lord and the truth about food… and Robyn, for the super-important work you do for us all and the planet. Blessings <3

  19. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, Chris, for your courage and your message to us… – and Mary, for yours, and your role as priestess to the Lord and the truth about food… and Robyn, for the super-important work you do for us all and the planet. Blessings <3

  20. Anonymous says:

    I just lost a dear froend sept.20,2011 to small cell lung cancer,His friends and family were so blessed to have him and to have this video.I was lucky enough to get to talk to her,she called to tell me, that she had it,it was terminal and she was going to fight,I told her about changing her eating habits,raw foods etc.And she said to me,I just want youto know I love you just in case i dont make it,you have always been a great friend to me,that was June,we spoke again a few months later and then sept.she was gone.I’m so glad I got to talk,laugh and cry with her.Thank you for sharing….

  21. Anonymous says:

    That was supposed to say Friend,…sorry..:-)

  22. Anonymous says:

    I just read your note about hearing from your Dr re 2nd mammogram…
    I want to ask you to please do not do a 2nd mammogram…if they see something there, they should be using an ultrasound, rather than another mammogram!!! If by chance there is a mass, cyst, etc, doing a mammogram could cause it to burst and spread cancer cells into your body!!

    I was diagnosed in 2008 with breast cancer and have been treating it naturally for the past 3+ years!
    I had a mastectomy and NO chemo and NO radiation!! I was fortunate not to have it in my lymph nodes, however there are many natural treatments available that do not poison your body!!

    Suzanne Somers book is great, and I would also recommend that, as well as Dr. John Lee’s book,
    “what your DR never told you about Breast Cancer”…

    Definitely have a friend, spouse with you for any further testing, dr visits…So important to have another’s “ears”, as when it is YOU in the situation, you don’t hear a lot of the information!!

    Also, don’t expect mainstream Dr’s to accept your refusal of a mammogram, you have to be strong, and tell them you want an ultrasound, or Breast MRI, if they are thinking it is serious!

    If you have any more questions, that I can help you with, please contact me @ terrani3@yahoo.com

    Also, KEEP on the Green Smoothie/raw diet!! Diet is the BEST cancer treatment you can find!! and It will help you, not destroy you!! i.e. radiation/chemo!!

    I will be praying for wisdom and courage for you today!! Know you wrote a while ago, October, it is now November!! Please update your status!

    Thanks so much,

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