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some people hated my Huntsman Cancer Institute blog

Robyn Openshaw, MSW - Jul 26, 2011 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

I recently wrote my fury at our local world-renowned cancer facility pocketing dollars earned by getting people to peddle around on their bikes, eating up to 18 grease-fried blobs of white flour and sugar.

I’m usually a fan of understatement or at least restraint. I wasn’t mincing any words with that one, though.

Not everybody liked it. On facebook, a reader said,

“Lighten up!” And, “Eat all things in moderation!”

I said, “Don’t eat arsenic in moderation.”

That popular saying gets abused. We shouldn’t eat ALL things in moderation–just good things!

If I say something is unacceptable and I take a stand against it–but it’s mainstream, and everybody’s doing it—I’m “extreme” or a “hater.”

I LOVE it when people call me extreme! Bring it on. (I know the actual “extreme” people.)

Blacks didn’t get civil rights by writing a letter to the editor–they MARCHED ON WASHINGTON. Women didn’t get the vote by timidly raising their hand and asking for it–THEY ROSE UP EN MASSE AND DEMANDED IT. I think we’re gonna have to do something more than lie down and take it, if we’re gonna smack down my Enemy #1, the Standard American Diet.

My running- and tennis-induced plantar fasciitis comes and goes the past 15 months, and it’s not terrible these days. But my physical therapist said, “NEVER EVER wear anything besides support shoes. For three months AFTER the very last time you feel pain in your foot. Don’t even step out of bed and walk to the bathroom without putting those shoes on.”

I’ve been doing that. I have pretty, glitter-toes, pedicured feet—and they are seen by no one. (The only time I wear open-toed shoes is to church and when I speak in public.) I hate it! My legs are tan and my feet are white!

Sounds EXTREME, that treatment, right? But putting a Band-Aid on isn’t going to get rid of plantar fasciitis. Since I refuse to quit pounding my feet on concrete and asphalt, I have to do something serious to rectify an entrenched problem.

Ditto with the food thing. Do you want to get rid of your chronic issues? Do you REALLY?

I got rid of THREE autoimmune diseases, just by changing my diet. Asthma, eczema, and allergies, GONE. Just you wait until my TV show, which we just wrapped, comes out. Each of the families had phenomenal successes by simply making dietary changes. Changes that some would call extreme.

If your body is turning on itself, as it is in the case of those three sets of symptoms called “auto-immune disease” I used to have, that’s an “extreme” reaction the body is having. So we might want to consider doing something others may consider “extreme” to turn it around. (I personally think eating 18 hydrogenated-fat, deep-fried white-flour-and-sugar blobs qualifies as extreme.)   Just sayin’.

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23 thoughts on “some people hated my Huntsman Cancer Institute blog”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s also relevant to point out that a lot of Americans have proven that they CAN’T eat some things in moderation (as evidenced by our ever-growing obesity problem). We love you because you stick to your guns 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:


    Just say no to the donut (hole)! Please consult with your doctor before consuming 18 donuts in day, even if you’re cycling. I’d travel a long way to join in a Green Smoothie Bike Ride!

    Your blog is terrific and wish more people saw it.

    I used to attend many road races and bike rides but in the last decade, particularly as I have ‘awakened’ from the cultural sleep most Americans are in regarding true health and personal responsibility, I have become quite disillusioned by the current state of amateur sports events. the subtext of many of these marathons, 5Ks and bike rides is that if you’re exerting physical effort you should be doing it for “X” cause, not for the joy, shared experiences and friendship alone. And if you don’t have some cause to run or bike for, you should somehow feel guilty….

    Their is an almost hypnotic mantra about curing diseases through donating to organizations dedicated to raising funds for ‘medical research’. Few people realize that these organizations, at the highest level exist merely to perpetuate fund raising indefinitely for ‘research’. Just imagine how many people would be out of a job if a ‘cure’ for (insert name here) disease were ever found.

    There are many heart centered well meaning people at the grassroots level advocating for these organizations on an emotional level; it is difficult for them to see beyond their personal sense of pain and/or loss regarding friends and family. Yet, ultimately they must….

    Fortunately, increasing numbers of people are waking up to the fact that health and well-being is a lot different than depending on corporate-based ‘disease management’. Fortunately there are more and more people like you, Robyn, who are raising awareness that health is personal responsibility and a joy.

  3. Way back when I remember many family members saying that to me I would just ask them, “So as long as we smoke in moderation it’s healthy?” 😉 Funny how that it’s just a validation to eat garbage!

  4. I became a vegan two months ago and stumbled upon your blog. I’m going to be starting a detox in a few days and found your website to be very helpful. People stereotype me for not eating meat and say that I’m extreme since I choose organic fruits and veggies…I don’t think that’s extreme, I just think I’m eating better than I ever have in my life. This is a new lifestyle for me!

  5. when does the new TV show com out? i am sooo gonna watch it!

  6. Yeah, well, let those critics start their own ‘All Things in Moderation Girl’ blog and kinda sorta but not really help lots and lots of people. You know – only moderately help people feel marginally better than they do right now. Full disclosure, as I write this I am enjoying a moderate glass of wine (4 oz.) – but I have no delusions – I know full well I would be better off if I didn’t, and would feel better in the morning, and I don’t recommend it to anyone with a wink and a nod because it’s ‘moderate’. We are responsible for all our choices, and one of the responsibilities is to not lie to yourself about them, or criticize people whose much healthier choices make yours look not so great. That shows a lack of maturity and grace.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Ahhh, mgm, do you know I love everything you write? You should find a way to get your voice out there, do some professional writing…..because everything you say is so unique. It always makes me either laugh or think, or both. Both are good!

  7. : ) I’m blushing. Thank you for those kinds words, Robyn. Hubby has been trying to get me to write for years. But then I’ve been trying to get him to eat less red meat for years, so when he really starts, maybe I’ll really start! Hmmm…nutritional blackmail – might be a viable option.

    If I may be so bold as to take the opportunity, I do have a blog. If anyone is interested in taking a peek, the post ‘Subtle Power’ would give the best example of how I’ve melded my health own journey and my psychology/instincts, etc. (Just click on ‘mgm’ to get there.) I think the biggest road blocks to health can be mental as much as physical, and I wrote it with the hope it might help someone ‘break through’ and really get going on changing bad habits for good. (Ok – shameless self promotion is over – sorry. Won’t happen again, I promise.)

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have a question. My mom has an autoimmune disease that is continually getting worse. I have come to visit her and have convinced her to try a 30 day whole foods cleanse. But I have yet to convince her that what she eats will make a difference. I was curious if 30 days is long enough or will it take longer to have her feel a difference. I am hoping this works and helps reduce her pain and increase her movement. So I guess my question is how long should I tell her to give it a chance so that she doesnt’ give up?

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Alyson, I wish I knew how long it would take–for many people it’s very quick and others, very slow. And I don’t even know which autoimmune condition, not that I would dispense medical advice anyway. But …. you won’t want to hear this ….. when people aren’t interested and don’t want to learn about how their food affects their energy and disease risk and quality of life ….. there’s not a lot you can do. Besides wait and hope they become interested eventually. In general, people hate being pushed or nagged.

  9. Anonymous says:

    People like us have a “disease” called orthorexia nervosa. It’s a mental health disorder seen in people who are overly concerned about a healthy diet. See

    Robyn, have you tried running in Vibram Five Fingers shoes? They help you walk and run with the ball of your foot hitting the ground first, rather than the heel. Maybe once you are healed, it would help protect you against more plantar fasciitis. I love mine, even though I was bitten by a rattlesnake while wearing them.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Nancy, I have those shoes and am going to start using them more. (The podiatrist and physical therapist think the whole thing is stupid.) I have run with them only once and I felt okay. RATTLESNAKE?! Oh my, I hope you’re okay!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Robin: Barefoot running shoes are generally safe for trail running, but not so much when your running on pavement. Our feet weren’t designed to take on the forces of pavement (a modern invention) while barefoot, and there is a really high risk of stress fractures when you use barefoot shoes on pavement. I believe that is why your podiatrist and PT are cautious about them.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Roxanne, good to know about not using those shoes on pavement. I bought them but was not told that—I’m about to leave for a paved trail run so I’ll not use them today.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the info as I too was looking into the Vibram 5 Fingers. I’ve starting reading more about grounding and I guess there is supposedly some flip flops they sell that are supposed to help ground for health concern from Mr. David Wolfe but I would need feedback from someone who has actually worn these. I love Green Smoothie Girl because Robyn tests out these products and really does give us the honest feedback and she does not try to sell us Everything to make a fast buck. Thank you Robyn I really appreciate that about you. I also think it’s fantastic that your the only one who offers a FREE Seminar so EVERYONE can learn and reap the health benefits. Others are charging huge amounts of money just to attend a seminar/conference while also trying to sell us everything under the sun. Thanks GSG!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I have the Vibram Five Fingers too, and I love them!! My pace has gotten a whole lot faster since ditching my runners. You do have to change your running style though, I like the new way better anyway. Definitely two different schools of thought on the whole barefoot thing, some research says that’s how we were made to run but must be careful jumping into it again since we’ve probably spent our whole lives in supportive cushiony shoes. The other school says it’s a terrible fad that’ll wreck ya. My physiotherapist was totally against them, however she also sells orthotic shoes and sandals so perhaps that has something to do with it…

    ANYWAY, what I originally wanted to comment was, Robyn have you heard of Gunn IMS (IntraMuscular Stimulation) We have it in Alberta, it’s probably done all over the place. It’s like little acupucture needles but they get poked in and wiggled around. Releases knots and promotes healing or something like that, it gets right in there and is quite intensive. I had it for a nasty rotator cuff thing (not from running in Five Fingers! teehee) and it fixed me right up after three sessions. Helped hubby’s tennis elbow and my friends’ ankle injury from running. Hubs is planning on going back for his plantar fascitis as well. Just thought I’d let you know, maybe it would help you!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Anj, I would love to find out if they have that here, sounds interesting! I love getting poked by needles. (Not.) Don’t you love how runners have this ongoing list of injuries? And yes, my podiatrist and physical therapist’s reactions to the “barefoot running” craze goes something like this: “Yeah, well, we don’t live in Kenya.” (Fair enough. Jury is still out, for me.)

  13. Anonymous says:

    My orthopedic surgeon just warned me not to use barefoot running shoes on concrete paved running trails. He has seen a 30% increase in his practice of stress fractures to the foot because of such use (stress fractures are no fun to deal with). He also advised me to ease into this style of running very slowly, to allow my feet time to adapt and build strength. Apparently, it can take almost a year to build up enough foot strength to run barefoot.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Roxanne, that makes a lot of sense to me. If I spent 44 years in support shoes for all athletic activity, running barefoot would be a very risky proposition for the obvious reasons. It makes sense to do it very gradually. Maybe it’s because I’m new to it, but getting my long skinny toes in that Vibram “shoe” takes a while and is annoying. Two toes go in one space and then I have to wiggle my whole foot out and try again…..I am not sure I’m ever going to really use them, and the only unpaved trail I run on is about to get paved. I think I will take them to the track and just run the grassy football field a few times wearing those shoes, at the end of my run, and just work my way up. Hawk at Runner’s Corner told me to start with 60 seconds in the shoes. Of course I started with 60 MINUTES the one time I used them, and did it on asphalt. Okay, I just wrote a novel, sorry.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for calling it like it is. I think too many people want to just pretend that bad choices are alright and are justified.

    I also love my Vibram 5 Fingers and have been wearing them for almost 2 years. I’m not young or skinny but I’ve not had any problems when I started my running program on the paved road in them. They are the first shoes, or non-shoes, that I’ve run in that have not led to foot, knee or hip pain.

    The funny thing is that they are almost as polarizing as nutrition and health within the running and podiatric circles.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, I don’t mind novels, LOL! I don’t have the Vibram shoes (I think the individual toe thing is kinda creepy, but that’s just me). I have a pair of barefoot running shoes made by New Balance. After having them for about 2 months now, I’m up to just 10 minutes of running in them 3x a week. I have to be especially carefull with them because of a previous surgery I had on both feet to correct over-pronation, which completely changed everything about how I walk and run and the tendons and ligaments in both ankles are still on the weak side.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I’m also dealing with plantar fasciitis. I’m going to try wearing the supportive shoes at all times now- because of you. Is there anything else you’d recommend? Have you used essential oils to treat anything? Would love your opinion… Love your blog!! Thank you!

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