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Diet change without household support
Posted by: Jeff
Date: July 25, 2001 5:33 PM

I am working on healing my cancer holistically, which of course involves mostly nutritional changes. I have a high level of food addiction as I have struggled with binging and weight my whole life. My partner does not support my nutritional changes and continues to eat a high fat, animal and sugar based diet in our home. I have had such a hard time staying with what I know is healing to me.........I have felt much shame and guilt about lacking the ability to control myself. In one of your articles you speak of how it is very hard to change nutritionally if the family doesn't support it and, in a sense, do the same. Just reading that made me feel so much better, like I'm not just a undisciplined wimp. Can you speak a little more about this subject? And have you experienced people who were able to make a high level change with food without support in their household?

RE: Diet change without household support
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: July 25, 2001 6:29 PM

I am sure there are some highly disciplined individuals out there who have done this in the face of no support. It is not only family support that is needed. Last year a personal friend of mine with metastatic colon cancer was doing very well on a program which included a raw food diet. A hospice worker came by and told him "Look, you are going to die anyway; why put yourself through this?" His oncologist said something similar and next thing he was stocking his frig with chocolate cake, coke and ice cream! He went rapidly downhill from there. I suggest to anyone in this situation to continue to read and study every day about the benefits of diet in cancer - and ignore the advice of idiot hospice workers and idiot doctors as well, not to mention the idiot advice and practice of "partners." It may come to the point of changing households to survive.

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