It’s difficult to imagine how I would handle cancer in my body. Here in the United States, the medical community advocates a combination of three treatments: burn it (radiation), poison it (chemotherapy), or cut it (surgery). These treatments may or may not be effective, but if you peer into an oncologist’s bag of tricks, that’s pretty much what you see.
A dear friend of mine, Christopher Bennett, was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer several months ago. He followed conventional thought at first and underwent a course of radiation concurrent with a 24/7 chemo drip. The chemotherapy alone was so toxic he had to carry a hazmat cleanup kit in the trunk of his car in case the pouch around his waist punctured and burst. He emerged surprisingly robust considering the onslaught his body had endured. The next step was to be major surgery, and the final step was four more months of chemo.
If you know Christopher, you know he’s a thinker. He loves to read books that challenge his way of viewing the world and the mind and the spirit, and through his readings and life experiences he developed a unique view of the world. His outlook and teachings have had a profound effect on me. He’s helped me to understand my life and my potential. He makes me want to be a more genuine person. If one is open to Christopher’s message and presence, he has the ability to be a great gift. As a real estate broker and as a speaker, he’s touched a myriad of lives. Almost daily someone tells me how much he has meant in their life.
Something about conventional Western medicine’s approach to cancer didn’t seem right to Christopher. It seemed odd to brutalize the body in order to encourage it to heal itself. He opted instead to try to make his body healthier and stronger so it could battle the cancerous cells and hopefully win. He is still in communication with his oncologist, but he is concentrating his treatment right now on a slightly modified version of the Gerson therapy, which requires numerous daily health routines, including drinking hourly organic juices and various other activities. The juices have to be prepared no more than 20 minutes before drinking for optimum effectiveness. His regimen literally takes all day.
He is about to embark on a cross-country trip with his best friend. He is attending a workshop with a spiritual mentor in Chicago, and then attending a healing workshop on the west coast. I asked him how he was going to keep up his health regimen while traveling across the United States, and he replied he’d make it work. He is determined to have his body win this war with cancer and unswerving in his mission.
One of Christopher’s dreams is to travel the country in an RV, speaking to groups in towns along his journey. That dream had to be put on hold when he was diagnosed with cancer. But now he is presented with the opportunity to at least do a little of the dream. He cannot afford the RV since his savings are plowed into organic fruits and vegetables and treatments. (Funny how “health” insurance pays for burning and cutting and poisoning, but not for holistic strengthening.)
If I had an RV I’d lend it to Christopher. He can pay for the needed liability and comprehensive insurance. Unfortunately I don’t have an RV sitting unused in my backyard. But maybe you do…? How would you handle cancer in your body?