Last year I found a book called “Anti-Cancer. A New Way of Life,” by David Servan-Schreiber. I read this book cover to cover and couldn’t wait to send it on to my mom for more ideas about how to get cancer out of her body. I was SO extremely encouraged by David’s story and suggestions. He discusses how the use of nutrition, physical exercise, yoga, meditation, and stress management can help prevent cancer or cope with it once diagnosed. It was literally life changing and I knew his suggestions could help my mom further.
Just yesterday, I was saddened to find out that David Servan-Schreiber passed away on July 19th, 2011 after finishing his final book, “Not the Last Goodbye.” He fought brain cancer on and off for the past 19 years and I was truly disheartened to hear of his passing at the age of 51.
According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, his final book answers difficult questions and serves as a final farewell. He acknowledges that, “If David, himself, the living incarnation of this lifestyle, the one who thinks anticancer, eats anticancer, moves anticancer, breathes anticancer, lives anticancer – if even he succumbs to the disease, then what is left of ‘Anticancer’?”
He openly admits that his biggest regret is that he did NOT fully follow his own advice; “recently, I have not been the ideal embodiment of the anticancer lifestyle,” he wrote. Apparently he led an extremely hectic lifestyle, traveling and trying to keep up with an exhausting work schedule. He basically wrote that even though friends and family tried to get him to slow down, he never did.
“In retrospect, my mistake is glaringly obvious,” he wrote. “We must not exhaust and overexert ourselves. One of the best defenses against cancer is finding a place of inner calm. … Personally, I never managed to find that calm, and today I regret it.”
I want to dedicate this post to David, as he was very inspirational and anyone who can fight cancer for 19 years (or any years), deserves huge recognition. I don’t think he’s a phony just because he lost his battle with cancer. It’s a rough battle to fight!
Obviously, more than any drug, I believe in the power of food. I believe that FOOD can be our medicine, and more importantly, our prevention. The choices we make NOW, affect our health later.
The problem is that too many factors are working against us; society, large industrial companies, close friends and family, stress, convenience, money, the environment, our jobs. It’s also hard to stand up against the norm. It’s a struggle to get others to believe in nutrition, when the norm is to believe in standardized medicine as the first line of defense.
For the past several years, I’ve pushed my mom toward health; exercise, de-stress, eat EXCEPTIONALLY well, believe in the power of FOODS. I’ve dedicated YEARS and been brought to tears of frustration, in trying to make her believe that food CAN help her heal. But the one thing I’ve only recently come to accept is this: you can’t make anyone do anything they do not want to do. While my mom does eat healthy, following such strict meal plans stresses her out and prevents her from enjoying life. I have to accept that she’s doing what’s best for her because more than anything else, SHE has to believe that what she’s doing; chemo/radiation, will work.
Probably the best lesson I’ve learned from David or any of the holistic treatment methods is that the mind is a very powerful thing. The right mind set can help you prevent illness and disease and the right mind set can also get you through any disease. Positivity can and will help us survive.
Staying positive, avoiding too much stress, exercising, and being happy contribute to our overall well-being much more than any medicine or food will ever do. If you have a loved one or are yourself trying to fight the good fight, get your mind in the game. Be happy with each and every day. Live life to the fullest, no matter what and stop sweating the small stuff! Go out and have a laugh. This is what life is all about!Print