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I'm Living Proof that this isn't Accurate
on January 8, 2012
I should start by saying that I love this type of film. I love the idea that they are promoting using food as medicine and eliminating processed foods. Hurray! Anyone who moves from a diet of processed foods to a diet of whole plant foods is going to see some positive results. However, I had to give this film a low rating because the idea that a plant based diet is optimal for everyone is simply not accurate. As always, I learned this the hard way. Let me explain....
Two years ago, in August of '09, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, incurable cancer of the bone marrow. I declined conventional medicine and did the Gerson Therapy for two years. It involves 12 vegetable juices a day, coffee enemas and a fruit/vegetable vegan diet; no salt, limited spices, very strict. After two years on the therapy, my disease was stable (it worsened the first few months and then held stable) and I was exhausted. I couldn't figure out why I was so tired. I had encouraged my friends to drink green juice and some of them experienced incredible energy highs; yet, I drank four green juices a day for two years and was exhausted.
Since I didn't feel well and I hadn't improved, I switched to the Gonzalez protocol, another alternative cancer therapy that I read about in Suzanne Somers' Knockout book. Dr. Gonzalez told me to eat red meat 4-5 times per week plus butter, eggs and dairy; all organic, all whole foods, of course. He prescribes a different diet for everyone based on genetics; some patients are on plant based, raw diets and others eat red meat three times a day. I happen to be in the middle of the vegetarian/carnivore spectrum so I eat a variety of plant and animal foods. Once I moved from a plant based diet to a diet that includes a lot of red meat and other animal products, my cancer began melting away and my energy returned. It is amazing and I am thrilled! You can read about it at [...]
Given that Dr. Gonzalez is the only doctor I know who is successfully (he has a 70-80% success rate with his "incurable" cancer patients) reversing all types of late stage cancers without the use of conventional treatment, I'm inclined to believe he is right. Unfortunately, I don't believe any of the experts associated with this film are accomplishing anything comparable to Dr. Gonzalez.
Sure, there is the woman whose breast cancer was reversed by a plant based diet. That makes sense because, according to Dr. Gonzalez, people with solid tumors of the breast, lungs, stomach, pancreas, colon, liver, prostate, uterus and ovaries need a vegetarian based diet. It makes sense that the plant based diet worked for her. However, for the 30-40% of us who need red meat, that diet could have been a disaster.
The point here is that a plant based diet works for some but certainly not for everyone. Anyone with a blood disease such as leukemia, myeloma and lymphoma needs red meat, sometimes in very large quantities. If a plant based diet makes you feel great, then that's what you should consume. But it doesn't work for everyone and it didn't work for me.
We all need to tune into our bodies and be honest with ourselves about how certain foods make us feel. Listen to your body, not the academic "experts", to tell you the truth.