The Many Characteristics of Cancer

Words are energy.
The meanings that we attach to words are energy.

I was speaking to an old friend and ex-colleague yesterday who had cancer, but now, after treatment is in remission. I asked her how life was going and she said that her cancer was a wake-up call for her and that she was grateful for it. She went on to say that her life today is very different; her diet, her drinking and drug use, her approach to life, has all changed. After many, many years of mental, physical and emotional struggle, she has found happiness.

Interesting to think that her impression of cancer was more of a “gift” than a death sentence.

And, that begs the question, what if our understanding of cancer and disease in general is distorted?

What if our bodies misfunctioning is a cry for change, rather than a signal of termination?

For many healers, like Dr. Max Gerson, the idea that disease is an indicator that our bodies are asking for dietary, lifestyle and spiritual change is the cornerstone of their holistic therapies. Dr. Max Gerson was a German-born physician who lived from 1881 to 1959. He was known for his alternative approach to treating various chronic and degenerative diseases, most notably cancer. The Gerson Therapy, a comprehensive treatment method that focused on dietary changes and detoxification was developed to promote the body’s natural healing mechanisms. He believed that cancer and other diseases were primarily caused by a combination of environmental toxins, nutritional deficiencies, and a compromised immune system. The therapy involved a strict organic plant-based diet, including raw juices, organic fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as well as regular coffee enemas to assist in detoxification. Dr. Gerson showed that his approach could restore the body’s ability to heal itself and prevent the growth and spread of cancer cells.

The idea behind a plant-based diet, raw juices and organic fruits and the strict avoidance of processed foods, animal products and fats are an attempt to alter the PH level in a body with cancer. For reference, pH level refers to the measure of acidity or alkalinity of a substance or environment. It is a logarithmic scale that ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 considered neutral. A pH value below 7 indicates acidity, while a pH value above 7 indicates alkalinity. When our bodies’ pH level falls into the acidic range, it creates an environment ripe for disease.

Diet, metabolic waste, and respiratory conditions are all factors that contribute to creating an acidic or alkaline environment in our bodies. Here are acidic producing conditions:

  • Consuming foods such as processed meats, refined sugars, fried foods, and highly processed foods.
  • The body produces metabolic waste products as a result of cellular processes. These waste products, including carbon dioxide and certain organic acids, can contribute to acidity if not adequately eliminated by the respiratory and renal systems.
  • The kidneys play a vital role in maintaining acid-base balance by excreting excess acids and regulating bicarbonate levels.
  • The lungs also play a role in regulating pH balance by controlling the elimination of carbon dioxide, which can contribute to acidity if levels become elevated.

    Gerson’s regimen of plant-based foods and juices, coffee enemas, which, when absorbed into the bloodstream through the colon, helps in the excretion of waste products, including toxins and metabolic byproducts and deep-breathing exercises create a healthier neutral environment in the body. 

    I believe that our bodies are capable of eliminating disease and maintaining a state of health. But, the foods that we eat, the water that we drink, the alcohol and drugs that we consume, and environmental toxins all work to create unbalance. As a result, conventional wisdom would say let’s cut out, radiate or chemically dissolve the disease. But that only treats the symptoms and fails to address the root cause.  And, by only treating the symptoms, we are prolonging the inevitable: relapse.

    How do we treat the root cause? 

    We recognize that our bodies are as effective at healing as they are at creating disease. But, we have to empower our bodies to heal the disease. That begins by eliminating the toxins that produced the imbalance in our bodies: processed foods, animal fats, sugars, alcohol, and drugs. By introducing a healthier, more alkaline regimen of organic (pesticides found in non-organic foods are toxic) fruits, vegetables and juice achieve pH balance. It includes empowering the liver, kidneys and lungs to work at optimal efficiency in an effort to rid the body of waste products. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy weaken our respiratory, renal and immune systems and compromise our body’s ability to heal. Finally, by treating our emotional health through therapy or self-directed meditation helps eliminate trauma blockages and heal the body. There are many different physical and emotional reasons for disease and most of the time we have no idea why. Thousands of years of experimentation have revealed that to an extent, our bodies are capable of healing, we just have to allow them to do their job. And, that may just begin by listening to the messages, which may be very subtle at times, that our bodies send. 

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