First of all, I have already switched to all whole foods, nothing processed, mostly organic. Friends are helping my wife juice organic (and well-grown) carrots, apples, beets, parsley, kale, and, uh, something else. I drink 2-3 quarts of that a day.
Ah, can't hurt to try.
(In this case, I think that's accurate to say. If I were to do that long term, yes, it could hurt. Overdoses of vitamins can be dangerous, and so can the amount of sugar that you get when you drink that much juice, especially dentally.)
But what about getting on someone's specific program?
Here's what I want to know:
- How many people have you treated with leukemia?
- What kind of leukemia?
- What's the success rate?
- Can I contact the people that you've healed? (This would be typical for all other references, like job references, right?)
Those are simple questions, right?
There's not one natural healing place that provides that kind of information. Not for any disease.
In the meantime, I can go to pubmed.com and get the answers to those questions from "the medical establishment."
One of the places that was recommended to me publishes no results whatsoever, yet Steve Day, who wrote me back from their web site, was actually willing to tell me that I ought to go through their 19-day program. This is even though he is aware that if their program didn't work, I'd be dead or in desperate need of a transfusion.
Excuse me? On what possible basis could any thinking human being recommend that?
Let me say the same to you should you ever be in a position like mine, being pummeled with suggestions to pursue natural therapies and forego (Wow! Blogger's spell checker doesn't recognize that word, either!) traditional ones.
Get the facts!
If they're not giving you results, it's because they don't have any.
Let me repeat that. If they are not giving you results, it's because they don't have any!
Testimonies are not enough! Everyone has testimonies.
Gerson Therapies is one of the largest "natural" anti-cancer organizations in the country. They at least admit (on their FAQ page) that their therapy doesn't work on acute leukemia.
I doubt anyone can put together a better set of testimonies than Gerson therapies. Nonetheless, they have been repeatedly reviewed with some rather distressing results. For example, you will probably never find one of their testimonies that says:
Between 1980 and 1986, at least 13 patients treated with the Gerson therapy were admitted to San Diego-area hospitals with the Campylobacterfetus sepsus, which was believed to be caused by the liver injections. None of the patients was cancer-free, and one died of his malignancy within a week. Five were comatose due to low serum sodium (as low as 102 mEq/l), presumably as a result of the "no sodium" Gerson dietary regimen. As a result, Gerson personnel modified their techniques for handling raw liver products and biologicals. (ref)
Why You Can and Can't Trust the Medical Establishment
You can trust the medical establishment because you can see their results. You know exactly what you're getting into.
You can't trust the medical establishment because it's obvious that they do not focus nearly enough on prevention, and many of their recommendations do not include lifestyle changes, as though it is some sort of crime against humanity to ask Americans to do something other than simply pander to their own lusts.
Why I Don't Believe the Medical Establishment Is Covering Up Natural Remedies
The paper I referenced above points out that ever though Dr. Linus Pauling could not verify his very famous claims for the power of Vitamin C, the Mayo Clinic nonetheless conducted three clinical studies testing out Dr. Pauling's recommended regimen.
I know from the National Institutes of Health that numerous clinical trials have been conducted on pomegranate juice as a treatment for prostate cancer and other ailments (see list of references at end of the page I linked). In fact, they have an entire section of their web site dedicated to alternative medicine, which very fairly deals with studies conducted on natural healing methods.
Think About it
Let's say you found a plant in your backyard. You took it for acute leukemia, and it healed you. You then spread word around a bit, and you treated 14 more patients with acute leukemia, and let's say that 10 out of 14 were healed. The others went on to try conventional treatments and obtained whatever results those will get you.
So now, you call a local reporter and tell him.
What do you think he's going to say?
"Well, that's boring. I'm on my way over to Randy's Stop 'N Shop, where they're celebrating their 20th anniversary in business."
No, he's going to come talk to you and see if what you're saying is true.
Even someone at a large newspaper would come talk to you if there were anything at all believable about what you were saying.
And no matter how much the medical establishment hated it, if you actually publicized your results, you'd be rich and famous and so would the journalist who made you known! The Mayo Clinic (or someone) would have no choice but to conduct studies on your plant.
Sorry, but you just can't cover up a good cure.
(Speaking of which, I have an amazing one. Nature Sunshine's Black Ointment cures brown recluse bites. I'm not kidding. I've tried it 4 times on myself, once on my infant daughter, and on at least a couple other people. Anyone got any idea where to publicize that? After all, it's hard to find people in the first three days after they've been bit by one. I'm not a hospital, and they don't seem to be around our land any more. I got all my bites in a two-year period more than five years ago.)