Memorial Service for a Friend
By Eric Armstrong on Aug 15, 2007
This Thursday, I'll be attending a memorial service for a friend. It was an avoidable tragedy. She was a victim of the American diet, and a casualty of modern medicine.
Viki wasn't a really close friend, but she was a good person--and a friend. Eight years ago, the doctors diagnosed her with Lupus. Lupus is an auto-immune disorder, so the doctors did the only thing they know how to do: Kill stuff. In this case, the "problem" as they saw it, was the immune system. So they bombed the hell out of it with drugs and radiation.
They successfully "cured" the Lupus, only to watch her fall victim to pancreatic cancer--the result of an immune system that had been pounded into submission so thoroughly that it could no longer function at all.
Their response, typically, was more drugs. They did what they could. Then they deemed her incurable, and gave her painkillers for her last few months on earth. At least she wasn't in a hospital bed. She was able to be with friends, get outdoors, and have lots of ice cream.
Vikki had been athletically active in school, and she disliked the sallow skin and soft flesh that her enforced inactivity had produced. But she still had that competitive fire in her eyes, right to the last weeks.
The painful thing for me, in all this, is that there are dietary cures for Lupus, and even for cancer. The same dietary strategies that prevent such diseases also allow the body to do it's magical self-healing.
Our own Sharon Zakhour is a shining example. She was diagnosed with severe diabetes. Ask any doctor--diabetes can't be cured. They know this, and will tell you, if asked. Yet here is Sharon, many months later, totally free of diabetes--all as a result of a healthy dietary strategy based on the recommendations in Eat to Live.
And what do doctors do when confronted with this information? Do they revise their thinking? Hell, no. They scratch their heads, chalk it up to an anomaly, and go on "treating" their patients with drugs in a vain effort to manage the symptoms.
I started TreeLight Health to make such information available. Many years later I traced the medication mentality, harmful food ingredients, and insufficient oversight to money in politics. It took a while, but I came up with a solution for that problem, and I started Citizens Advisory to promote the idea.
It's hard not to take Vikki's loss personally. Because I've been able to connect the dots, I can see where the problems started, and how they were fatally mismanaged. But with that vision comes responsibility. I can see what needs to be done, but I have not yet done enough. So the world lost a good person, and I lost a friend.
I promise to do more.
Next: Memorial Epilog: The Wind in the Trees
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