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On the road in the fight against cancer

This week, I’m in Spokane, Wash., for a 30-day health and wellness retreat to assist a medical doctor hoping to reverse the cancer in seven patients.
 Dr. Timothy Moore

In my last column, I talked about the ravaging effects of cancer and how to live longer once you’ve been diagnosed. This week, I’m in Spokane, Wash., for a 30-day health and wellness retreat to assist a medical doctor hoping to reverse the cancer in seven patients. My job is to help the patients understand the importance of eating the right foods and changing one’s lifestyle to achieve optimum health.

When we arrived at the private resort about the same time, I noticed the expressions of the cancer patients. They looked as if they were ready to return home and prepare to die. As we checked in, I couldn’t help but listen to each one talk about how cancer has been a burden and why they were stricken with the disease in the first place.

By May 4, when my 30 days are up, I hope to convince everyone in the group, from 25 to 63 years old, that a change in diet and lifestyle is a prerequisite for a wholesome life full of promise. I also want them to get rid of all the negative emotions that tend to interfere with the healing process.

Change is inevitable for the healing process to take place despite the ups and downs in one’s life. At this point, the only way to go is up. There are no promises of longevity, I told the group. But with a change in diet and lifestyle, it’s possible to extend life. It happens every day. The key is whether you choose life or death.

After the introduction, a 55-year-old woman with cancer of the lymphatic system started crying. The pain on her face was evident, perhaps because she did not know what to expect from the doctor and me at the resort. She is far away from all her family and friends and no doubt saw the resort as a desert island with no one to turn to.

I could feel her pain and I could hear it in her trembling voice. I’ve been there before, but then witnessed individuals recapture their lives. What a wonderful feeling to know that I had a small part in helping someone to restore their mind, body and spirit.

The woman is a corporate executive in her prime. When she started talking, she let go of her inhibitions and revealed that people had given up on her. She also didn’t understand why she was stricken with cancer and how it happened. Several loved ones, she said, drew their own conclusions that cancer is a death sentence. This is far from the truth. The truth is that a change must take place to regain life and a piece of mind.

One thing’s for certain, money does not matter when you’re faced with a dreaded disease that is killing one in three people in the United States. It’s getting worse by the second; and the reality is, it’s preventable. However, it’s your choice to make – if you want to change your lifestyle and diet – no matter how hard or impossible it seems.  

Someone once asked, “What is the price of life if you knew you could add one more day to it?” I often wonder what does an inmate feel when he/she is on death row waiting to be executed. And at what point does the inmate accept death row as the final verdict before all attempts could be made to overturn it?

When fighting cancer, it seems to me that every attempt should be made to preserve life. So is spending $100 billion a year on research the answer to fighting cancer when the outcome and numbers aren’t as promising? Case in point: If you’re told that you have a 42 percent chance of survival with chemotherapy and 36 percent without it, what would you do?

There is life at the end of the tunnel, but a dietary change has to begin now. You must have faith, though. The Bible says, “Faith is the evidence of things hoped and the evidence of things not seen.” Try it so the healing process can begin.

As you continue to follow this journey of health and wellness, know that your illness, whatever it may be, can be reversed. If you need someone to believe in, believe in yourself. Then make the necessary changes.

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit him on the Web sites at http://www.cheftimothymoore.com or http://www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)

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