A few years ago I had the privilege of meeting an awesome person, Dr. Lorraine Day, who told her personal story. She had been teaching medical school in San Francisco as well as being the head of the orthopedic surgery department when she began to develop a lump in the middle of her chest on top of her breast bone.

I thought she was going to tell us that she scoured the lists of doctors she had trained for the past 15 years, pick out the smartest, most successful one, and say, “In your hands only, I trust my body.” But she didn’t.

She said, “I’m a doctor. I know chemotherapy. I know what it is, and I know what it does. It kills the immune system, and I need my immune system to be strong enough to fight off the …” Big-Ugly Lump (paraphrased by Sylvia).

Then she said the same kind of thing about radiation and surgery. She went on to tell how she tried 40 different diets along with natural treatments and supplements only to find that the “Big-Ugly” grew faster or stayed the same with all of them. She was searching for something that made it shrink.

On her death bed, (actually she was lying on the living room floor breathing her last. She knew it was her last, because she was a trauma surgeon and had watched many people die), her husband was with her begging her to let him take her to the hospital. But she didn’t.

She laid on the floor that night struggling for every breath, praying to God for an answer, while racking her brain for any piece of knowledge that might help her.

She thought about the ten basic needs our bodies have to be ultimately healthy. She had done them here and there, most of them most of the time, all of them some of the time, but never all of them all the time. This night, as she laid on the floor, she made a solid commitment to do all of them all the time.

The first one is Nutrition. She asked her husband to go to the kitchen and make her some fresh vegetable juice. She told him which vegetables to use; there were thirteen. She didn’t even include fruits, because cancer cells eat sugar. In order to get the cancer cells to quit growing, she needed to quit feeding them. Even grains (cereals, bread, pasta, granola, oatmeal, etc.), and starchy vegetables (potatoes, eggplant, corn, sweet potato, yams, etc.) turn to sugar after we eat them.

She asked for freshly made juice because it had all the living nutrients and enzymes her healthy cells needed. High levels of nutrients were poured into her body without the burden of digestion; the work of extracting the nutrients from the fiber. The juicer separated the pulp from the juice.

In a healthy body, the fiber is a good thing for the intestines, but she needed her dying body to spend what little energy it had on healing instead of digesting food. If she was going to live, she needed to consume tons of live nutrients. And she did.

Here in Porterville, we can have fresh vegetable juice made for us at the Vallarta Market on Plano Street. We can ask them to put whatever we want through their big juicer. When a picky person starts to drink vegetable juice, it helps to add an apple or pineapple. It’s better to have a little sweetness from low glycemic fruits than not be able to get the nutrient-rich juice past those sugar-loaded taste buds. Taste buds do change.

The second basic need Dr. Day thought of was Exercise. She couldn’t go to the gym and run on the treadmill while fighting for every breath and sipping vegetable juice, so she decided to wiggle her fingers and tighten her butt muscles and abs a little bit.

The movement of the muscles helped to circulate the blood and lymph around her body. This was necessary to get the rich nutrients clear out to the cells where they work their magic. The A-Bun-Dance workout was something she could do. And she did.

On Thursday, at Family HELM, I’m going to talk about “Eliminating Sugar Cravings”. With the $20 pre-registration fee comes a free 15 minute private consultation with me. I will continue with Dr. Day’s story next week. Until then … take charge.

(Sylvia J. Harral is a digestive health specialist and Michele Stewart is a pilates master trainer. They each have more than 15 years experience. Send your questions by e-mail to familyhelm@hotmail.com; by mail to Family HELM Health Center, 379 N. Hockett St., Porterville, CA, 93257; or by phone at 202-9105.)

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