The Quotable Dr. Thomas Lodi
Sunday I want you to meet Christine, a patient at Oasis, who did a massive amount of homework before choosing to work with Dr. Lodi.
Today I’m giving you some nuggets from Dr. Lodi’s lecture after mine in Mesa, plus other things he said last week during a patient education session, and talking with me privately. (He might be the most quotable person I’ve ever met.) Here are a few:
“Your first 50 years are free. You have to earn the second 50.”
He says the best way to earn your last 50 years is a 42-day water fast, since the body will go into ketosis and consume every abnormal cell first. (You don’t have to eat tons of bacon and eggs to achieve ketosis, per Dr. Robert Atkins, imagine that!) Dr. Lodi give me a bibliography of half a dozen books on water fasting and feels it is very safe. But he monitors people on it for their own peace of mind, and you can stop, if dipping for ketones tells you the body has begun to consume muscle.
(Note: I just read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, an author who has been bedridden with Chronic Fatigue for many years and has not met the subject of her book. It’s the phenomenally written and meticulously researched, incredible story of Olympic runner Louie Zamperini’s WWII experience. He crashed a plane in the ocean and lived 47 days on a raft without food or water, except what they were able to catch during rainstorms, or occasional birds/fish they were able to grab and kill. Louie and his pilot survived and were caught by the Japanese, Louie weighing 67 lbs.
They were tortured and grossly underfed with less than 500 calories daily, for several years in miserable POW camps that disregarded the Geneva Convention about humane treatment of prisoners. He was injected with syringes full of chemicals by the Japanese. They survived beriberi and dysentery, gangrene, lice, leeches, fleas. He was beaten and tortured countless times. When he came home, PTSD sent him into five years of nightmares, sleeplessness, rage, and alcoholism, until a lecture by Billy Graham changed his life. I read a quote in a news article where he said, “When you have a good attitude, your immune system is fortified.”
Did you know that the #1 factor leading to longevity is extreme thinness? Perhaps Phil and Louie lived because their body didn’t have to focus on Dept. of Maintenance, eating so little food. I’m not saying that a 500-calorie diet is ideal. But all Louie’s body’s energy was able to go to Dept. of Defense, for 2 1/2 years of extreme deprivation. If you went around here looking like the folks in this world who live to 120, people would be constantly asking you if you are ill, and they’d worry about you, because Americans are almost never that thin. Louie Zamperini is alive and well at 93.)
More Dr. Lodi quotes:
“The body has a wisdom beyond our comprehension. The body has infinite wisdom.”
“If you eat according to your biological requirements, you can achieve optimal functioning.”
“It’s a lie that health is impossible, disease is inevitable. Health is our birthright!”
“Cancer is not a big deal. It is a word, not a sentence. It is easily gotten rid of.”
In answer to the question, “Should I do chemotherapy?”:
“High-dose chemotherapy should never be done. It hits everything equally.” He then described the IPT (Insulin Potentiation Therapy) that I talk about tomorrow.
In answer to the question, “Should I have surgery?” Dr. Lodi said don’t have surgery first, because it weakens you and it isn’t a local condition anyway. (Cancer is a failure of the immune system and burning the bump off does not remove cancer. Usually the killer is the organ the cancer metastasizes to—not the original lump or bump.)
Even if you “debulk” the tumor because it is cutting off a vital function (patient Frederick’s neck cancer was impacting his ability to swallow), the bump is a symptom of the cancer, or the tip of the iceberg. Without dealing with the underlying cause of it, which is causing organ damage as well, “You have to change your habits or your body will keep making cancer.” Dr. Lodi recommends that you go 100% raw first, doing a juice fast, and THEN have surgery only as a last resort.
That’s the opposite of what most people do. Most panic, bring in all the nuclear warheads, and then, later, with Stage 4 cancer, they may consider the gentler alternatives to try to rehabilitate immune function.
Another great observation, more paraphrase than quote here:
“Those who come to my clinic to care for their loved one with cancer discover what I call ‘second-hand health.’ That is, they live according to the same principles and nutrition, and their own health issues start to fall away.”
After listening to my green smoothie show where I teach a preventative diet, he said:
“The 80/20 principle leads to a long, happy life. But if you’re facing a serious illness, go 100%. Don’t see it as deprivation of anything. See it gratefully. See it as, ‘I just learned how to live!'”
“The best thing about treating cancer is that the patients stop negotiating.” (Heart disease patients, he says, want to know how much they can eat and get away with it.) “Cancer patients are very compliant.”
Dr. Lodi says one of the nice things about opting out of the modern-medicine rat race is that he has been able to continuously learn about biochemistry because he doesn’t have to spend all his time studying about drugs. He says other docs hate talking to him because their lack of knowledge in that subject quickly becomes glaring. That’s because their post-graduate education tends to default to nothing more than pharmacology.
I was supposed to go up, at the end of his lecture, and tell him we had to stop, to be out of the building. But I was so mesmerized, I sat on the stage and took notes instead, even though we filmed the whole talk. He is so bold in his speech against the establishment, a few times I gasped out loud. But far from angry or paranoid, Dr. Lodi is dealing with Oncology’s castoffs every day. He’s earned his righteous indignation when he says,
“The medical profession isn’t negligent, or ignorant. It’s evil. Doctors are mercenaries.” (Mercenaries: a hired army, paid to kill.)
“Ask your doctor what health is. If they can’t define health, tell me how they are going to restore you to it. They know only disease.”