A chronic ailment lasts for three months or more.
It isn't a cold or the flu that goes away in a few days. It's a chronic illness that causes long-term stress, suffering, and frustration, as well as lowering your quality of life and maybe shortening your lifespan.
Arthritis, cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and stroke, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, epilepsy and seizures, obesity, and cancer are examples of chronic diseases. Acne, headaches, migraines, and skin disorders are all examples of chronic diseases that aren't life-threatening.
Chronic disease is anything that happens in your body over a lengthy period, such as several months.
Without medication, chronic diseases can be prevented, reversed, and eradicated.
How? Real food, which restores damaged cells, tissues, organelles, and organs, can help you feel better and Rebuilds your microbiota, strengthens your immune system, and allows your body to naturally fight disease.
This is the central theme of the write-up…
What Causes Chronic Diseases?
Most people's first question after being diagnosed with cancer—or any other chronic disease—is,
"Why is this happening to my body?" Where did this sickness originate? Is it hereditary? Is it caused by environmental toxins? Is it because I grew up near a power plant that constantly emitted smoke into the atmosphere? Is it because I used to consume Diet Coke daily?
Is it brought on by stress? Is there something I did or didn't do that caused this? Is it possible that I exercised too much or too little? Is God real? Is God punishing me or putting me to the test?"
The solution is...
Maybe it's all of them.
Perhaps some of those items.
Maybe none of them are true.
Because the reasons can be "anything and anything," it's practically impossible to pinpoint why a chronic disease arises.
What caused your cancer, if you have it? We have no idea. We may never know.
The greatest course of action, in my opinion, is to quit worrying about what happened in the past and instead focus on your present and future.
Let's concentrate on what you can do right now to enhance your immune system and begin healing.
Even if you'll never know why you got sick, the good news is that you have a lot of control over your eating habits and lifestyle, and thus a lot of power over your body's healing process.
Rather than worrying over what caused your disease, let's concentrate on how to overcome it.
Concentrate on what you're eating right now.
What are you drinking right now? How are you looking after yourself today?
Today might be the start of a better, stronger, and eventually disease- and pain-free existence…
Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases Myths
Myth: Genetic factors are the primary cause of cancer.
This is incorrect. Genetic factors are responsible for only 3–5% of chronic disorders, including cancer. The remaining 95% of chronic diseases are caused by a combination of non-genetic variables such as stress, lifestyle, eating habits, pollution, and a variety of other environmental factors.
Even if you have a family history of cancer, this does not guarantee that you will develop the disease. Epigenetic factors, which are mechanisms other than your DNA that turn genes on and off, can either help or hurt your child's development. You can drastically alter your destiny by improving your lifestyle, particularly your eating habits.
Myth: Chemotherapy is the most effective cancer treatment.
This is incorrect. Chemotherapy has a low success rate. The success rate for some forms of cancer varies between 2.1 and 42 percent. Imagine boarding a plane with a pilot that has a 2.1–42 percent success record in safely landing the plane. Doesn't it sound insane? And yet, when we subject our bodies to chemo, we are doing exactly that.
"Would you pick chemo as your treatment if you were diagnosed with cancer?" a recent poll questioned doctors. Because they are acutely aware of chemo's ineffectiveness, 75% said no.
Chemotherapy does not always work. In reality, it generally causes more harm than good. Chemotherapy wrecks your body, weakening your immune system and making you sick.
In the end, chemo isn't always effective. Indeed, it often causes more harm than good. Chemotherapy wrecks your body, weakening your immune system and making recovery more difficult.
Should you refuse chemo? I am unable to make that decision for you. It's a deeply personal decision that you and your healthcare team should make together. However, you must have all of the facts before making this life-changing decision.
To begin, ask your doctor, who should be informed about nutrition, to explain how you might combine diet, chemotherapy, and other non-invasive treatments to improve your long-term chances of recovery.
Myth: Cancer is caused by airborne viruses.
This is incorrect. A virus does not cause cancer. It's not like the flu, which you can catch.
Viruses and cancer can, however, have an indirect relationship at times. When a virus enters the body, it may raise a person's chance of acquiring a specific type of cancer simply because it affects the immune system first, not because the virus causes cancer itself.
Cancer originates in the body when a single healthy cell goes rogue, transforms into a malignant cell, can go undetected by the body, divides and multiplies slowly or fast over time, and is identified before it's too late. When you're weak, you're vulnerable. more likely to acquire a chronic illness, such as cancer.
Myth: Environmental toxins always cause cancer.
Not at all. Toxins are bad for us—that much is obvious—but they have various effects on different people's bodies.
Let's say your sister is exposed to a harmful substance—for example, fumes from a nearby power plant—and develops cancer as a result.
You grew raised in the same household. For many years, you were also exposed to the same drug. However, toxicity may emerge in your body in a different way than cancer. Multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, eczema, allergies, psoriasis, and other chronic disorders are examples.
Or perhaps not at all.
When we are exposed to environmental stressors, it is impossible to predict who will be affected.
Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, by Sandra Steingraber, is an excellent depiction of the link between cancer and environmental toxins.
Myth: Some people are born with defective DNA.
They are born with malignant cells in their bodies.
This is incorrect. Cancer begins with a single cell or a small group of cells, which were once healthy cells.
One single cell can get altered for a multitude of reasons, including environmental and physical stressors, toxins, nutritional insufficiency, immune system suppression, and hormonal abnormalities.
When a cell becomes altered, our bodies' defense mechanisms go into overdrive. They want to find that altered cell and destroy, destabilize, consume and spit it out.
Hooray! This is your immune system at its best, doing its job.
However, your body may fail to detect that altered cell in time for a variety of reasons. That altered cell is left to fend for itself. It will then divide and expand out of control. It finally becomes a tumor as it develops and grows and expands.
This is how cancer begins: a single cell mutates, grows exponentially, and eventually takes over the body.
However, that one cell began as a healthy cell. So, how can we ensure that all of our cells are healthy? How can we keep our immune systems in top shape? Of course, one solution is to improve the food we put into our bodies by eating actual food daily.
Cancer is caused by negative karma, according to legend.
Certainly not. There are lots of sensitive, kind people who have cancer, and plenty of cruel, vicious people who do not. Cancer is not caused by negative thoughts and actions, or "bad karma," as it is commonly referred to.
However, there is a link between your mental state and your physical body.
A positive outlook helps speed up the healing process, according to numerous research.
These small actions, such as spending three minutes each morning meditating or writing down three things you are grateful for, simply breathing deeply, hugging someone for at least twenty seconds, or listening to an uplifting song that you enjoy, will reduce your stress levels and increase your body's healing capacity.
Cortisol (the stress hormone) levels drop when stress is reduced. Lower cortisol levels mean your body can function at its best and heal more quickly.
To be clear, I'm not claiming that if you think positive thoughts, your cancer will go away. That's an unrealistic statement, especially if you're one of the many people who suffer from a "monkey mind," or a restless or indecisive mind.
However, cultivating an optimistic, positive outlook will aid in your recovery. A positive perspective is unquestionably more advantageous than a negative one.
You want to give yourself every conceivable edge in the fight against sickness, which includes improving your mood with good ideas and minimizing stress in every manner you can.
Myth: Switching to real food will always cure cancer.
This makes me wish it were true. It’s not. Switching to real food is a powerful
choice, a choice that will strengthen your body, and boost your
microbiome, which will, in turn, boost your immune system, and give
you the best possible chance at making a full recovery. But it’s just
that—a chance. Not a 100-percent guarantee.
I’ve seen hundreds of patients beat their cancer, and other chronic
diseases, by following the guidelines in this book. But it does not
work every single time.
A young girl was dying in a hospital when her parents called me in for a health consultation just last year. Her cancer was terminal, and doctors told her that chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation wouldn't help her. Her parents wanted to give her every opportunity to live. We worked with this girl's doctors and nurses to create a nutrition and detox plan that included the highest-quality food available.
The hospital kitchen served every child on the oncology ward hotdogs on refined white-flour buns, chocolate pudding, cow's milk, and a tiny sprout of raw broccoli that I hardly noticed on the dish the day I arrived. Thankfully, my little client refused to eat this cancer-causing meal. This girl was put on an organic, clean, nutrient-dense diet.
Her body was filled with nutrients.
The nurses assisted her in carefully detoxing her body. We gave her physique every advantage we could. But it wasn't enough in the end.
Her doctors had misdiagnosed her for months before admitting her to the hospital with stage IV cancer, sending her home with a Metamucil and pain medicine treatment plan before understanding she had cancer.
She outlived her medical team's prediction by a few months—she had been given three weeks to live—but she died at home, in her parents' mourning arms, months later. The food adjustment had raised her levels to the point that she could be released from the hospital and return home to play with her siblings, parents, and horses.
Before starting the therapy, her medical team had said she would never be
cable to leave the hospital, and that she would die there, in her hospital bed.
She would only be allowed to return home and live out the rest of her life with her loved ones in the comfort of her own home if the nutritional therapy improved her lab findings.
I wept with her parents, and I still grieve her loss today, as I wonder what would have happened if the physicians hadn't misdiagnosed her for months on end and if she could have started treatment sooner when her symptoms first emerged.
Cancer takes individuals away from us sometimes, no matter how hard we strive to beat it. It’s unjust. But it does happen.
A Sample Meal Plan for Eating Real
This is how a day of actual food might look...
Breakfast: A lovely bowl of organic, cooked rolled oats. Cook it slowly over low heat, using lots of water to keep it from drying out. Fruit can be added fresh or cooked.
Dinner and lunch: A baked potato, a cup of Hippocrates Soup (recipe on page 83), and a lovely lush green salad with lots of chopped or shredded vegetables or fruits and homemade salad dressing You'll need slow-cooked vegetables like onions, tomatoes, butternut squash, and collard greens, as well as a delectable baked dish of beets, cauliflower, and turnips, and you'll be good to go.
Juices: Drink organic fruit and vegetable juice all day. If you're on a stringent Gerson Therapy plan for a life-threatening chronic disease, the Gerson prescription is thirteen eight-ounce juices per day—basically one glass per hour.
Because we want you to keep pumping nutrients into your body and washing toxins out of your cells and tissues, that's the suggested quantity for serious disorders like cancer.
If you're not suffering from a life-threatening illness like cancer, heart disease, or another ailment, the Eat Real to Heal program recommends drinking three eight-ounce juices every day for five weeks.
Dessert: Peach crumble with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, or a creamy, frosty banana lovely cream created from scratch.