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Organic – What’s that REALLY Mean?


A lot of politicking goes on regarding food.  I read snarky comments from well-meaning farmers and consumers alike down playing all of this “organic” food and healthy-talk.  Chipotle recently made this ad which has a lot of people up in arms about them bashing farmers.  Personally, I saw it as a thoughtful ploy to help people realize what eating products, and processed foods, and fast foods is doing to our lives… and while Chipotle isn’t organic, nor am I able to eat there, I appreciate their gesture in encouraging others to eat real food.

Back to the word ORGANIC…  what does that word even REALLY mean?

Is organic food really just over priced, “less than perfect” looking food that is truly no different?  Or is there something special behind the label organic that holistic doctors and natural healers have insisted on to heal the body and optimal health for years?

If organic, THEN why?

A friend shared a new documentary “In Organic We Trust” with me and I was excited to look it up and check it out.  I know what I’ve learned about organic, but I also am always open to hearing more – if nothing else, maybe it would help me explain it to others!

The term organic farming means that those farms are trying to mimic what God has provided for us in the growing and raising on their food, that means that health is returned to the soil – and the focus is on the least amount of damage to the environment, the animals and the consumer.

It actually wasn’t until 2002 that USDA took over the standards for organic labeling.  Much of it is regulated by non-profit, and private organizations.  To be “Certified” to sell and USDA organic labeled product, you must meet 4 requirements:

1. Three years transition of the soil from conventional farming to organic.

2. Certified by USDA agent.

3. Annual Inspection of farm and practices.

4. Only specific allowed substances and practices in farming.

CANNOT USE: Irradiation, Sewage Sludge (others can?  Ick!), and or Genetic modification (NO GMOs, very important!)

For organic meats and eggs, this also include NO antibiotics used on the animals.

The complaint normally “thrown around” is that the food isn’t magically “more nutritious”, and pesticides are still used… so WHY would you pay more?  But the truth is, there are studies on both sides of this case – clearly lower toxicity is better for the body, as are NO-GMOs.  Oh, and the “pesticides?”  they are strictly limited to naturally occurring elements or the least harmful to the environment or consumer… so again – it’s clearly NOT the same.

Does this mean we should stop asking questions because it’s regulated by the government?  Actually – NO WAY.  In fact, we need to be extra caution of that term “organic” and use our head when buying food products that carry this label.  There are plenty of cheap, unhealthy and processed products (namely, cereal – and other grains) which “just because their organic” does NOT make them a good choice.   However, with BIG labels buying up smaller organic brands – it’s becoming more about BIG BUSINESS and less about philosophy.

So the bottom line?  Buy and prepare REAL organic food.

WHY is it SO expensive?  Well actually the gap between organic and conventional food is starting to shrink.  More people are seeing organic as a more viable option for their family.  They buy what they can, and what they can afford – which is truly, better.

But in the defense of the organic farmers, THEY are charged extra by the government to run their farms – and shouldn’t be the other way around?

Aren’t we trying to limit the chemicals like organic-phosphate pesticides, which damage the brain and central nervous system?  What do I know?  These things are foreign to the body – and it’s not a wonder that they contribute to the deterioration of one’s health and toxicity.

So when people ask me if I’m “wasting money” buying organic…  I shake my head.  NO.  Organic is safer and healthier over all especially because our family has problems with methylation of toxins.  If you cannot afford all organic produce and meats, then buy the most important things that you can organic – prioritize.  They have handy lists of the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen.  Make educated choices for you and your family.

For a behind the scenes look at the marketing concept behind Chipotle’s ad and app/game – check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3ZOFIE5e4g

” Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,

not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.

It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Colossians 3:23-24

 

Just A Virus?


About a week ago I saw a link in a health blog I frequent.  It was on autoimmune disease, and vaccines.  I was curious.

The “lecture” was 2 hours long.  Whew….  I about passed when I saw that.

Instead, I decided to break it up, and watch it…. and I couldn’t stop.
Everything in it started to be one more piece of my health puzzle… and reiterated things I had read/heard on things such as the history of vaccines, diseases and … then a surprise part about the killing of JFK.

Did you think Lee Harvey Oswald was just some random guy?
This isn’t some conspiracy theory issue either…  it actually has some legit information, that is definitely worth your time and attention.

If you’re sick yourself, or you have children – watch it.  Seriously – make the time, break it up – and watch it.  (warning: not for rookies)  If you still think western medicine is always looking out for your best interest, you might not be able to stomach the history of things…because for YEARS they’ve been saying that vaccines are safe, and don’t cause disease issues.  They publish studies to prove this and make it appear as fact.  But for me, and our family’s experience – it made perfect sense.  For instance, my last daughter, and her NOT having the Varicella (Chicken Pox Virus) Vaccine…  she is the ONLY one of my kids who doesn’t have eczema – and I know that’s partly why.  All of my other kids are chronically fighting some virus that triggers an auto immune response on their upper arms, and that’s only ONE that I can see.  I’d hate to imagine what is rolling around in their bodies!  But I know that I’ll be doing what I can to build their immune systems!!

One of the main issues in the lecture is talking about the ingredients in vaccines… starting with the polio vaccine.  You know, the vaccine which claimed to get rid of polio and save the world? It’s not so neat and tidy.

Once you realize that the viruses, animal tissue, and human fetal tissues (Yes, for real) are IN the vaccines – it’s easier to understand what is happening.  My mother had a stem cell transplant.  With it, she developed “graph-vs-host” disease.  It’s where your body attacks the other DNA in your system… because it’s foreign.  It’s otherwise known as an auto immune disease, as your body is ‘attacking itself’.  So the KEY to getting your auto immune disease to stop killing you, is to stop the virus!

Western medicine has known for years that viruses cause cancer.  The SW-40 virus, that was in the original polio vaccine has caused a LONG list of cancers in otherwise “healthy” people.  It has only been recently that they’ve tried to name the HP Virus and then create a specific vaccine for this virus, however any veterinarian will tell you that cancers are named by the virus that caused it.  They KNOW.  The unfortunate thing is, most people (a LARGE majority), already have these viruses lying dormant in their system from exposure, or being passed on from their mother… its’ a very common, viruses are easily passed.

Yet, that doesn’t stop the push of this very dangerous HPV vaccine in the promotion of “stopping cancer”… which it doesn’t do.  A healthy immune system stops cancer from growing.  Cancer needs a toxic environment to grow… and adding more toxins into your system through vaccines doesn’t even remotely make sense. 

Now the part that really mattered to me – the viruses that cause auto-immune diseases and cancer…  most of them were Herpes viruses.  There were 8, with specific ones tied to specific auto immune issues – including Multiple Sclerosis.

Human herpes virus 6 (HHV6) – it causes roseola (a viral disease-causing high fever and a skin rash in small children) and a variety of other illnesses associated with fever in that age group. This infection accounts for many of the cases of convulsions associated with fever in infancy (febrile seizures), it’s tied to mono, and graph-host disease as well.  They know it attacks the brain.  ISRN Virology published studies in 2013 talking about the inflammation of the brain that it causes.

SO this lovely virus lies dormant, until the immune system is compromised…  Which in my case, and MOST people of today – who consume a SAD (Standard American Diet), is likely compromised through leaky gut/celiac – courtesy of mega proteins in our GMO grains, over use of antibiotics, stress, lack of sleep and any other number of toxins in our environments.  My leaky gut, led to a malfunction of my entire immune system… and I believe it was those malfunctions that led to MS.

So there it is.  Attack the virus specifically, and get rid of the virus that is making you sick….  however, how do you do that?

One thing that was mentioned was an Anti-VIral diet.  Ironically, it sounded almost identical to the revised Paleo diet I’m on for Auto Immune.

NO:  Sunflower seeds, brown rice, chocolate, almonds, pecans, peanuts, wheat, gluten, oatmeal, soybeans, corn, millet, onions, brussel spouts, sesame seeds, split peas, wheat germ, caffeine, and walnuts.  (It forgot night shades, which are another thing I can’t tolerate – that cause inflammation… but at any rate, VERY similar!)  Apparently, these things are high in Arginine, which is not good if you’re trying to get rid of a virus…  which could also explain why they cause me systemic pain and inflammation!

Anyway.  Very, very interesting information that again, is good to know and continue on researching.  Right now I’m reading on things like L-Lysine that helps target this HHV-6 specifically!  Every little bit helps – Right?

Of course it does, when you’re striving to be healthy for Him!

“But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.”

Isaiah 43:1

Have You Been “Doctored”?

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Early on in my journey for seeking answers on my health issues, I Googled a lot, and read a lot.  (Who am I kidding?  I still read a lot!) 🙂

I used to be slightly offended when people would say, “Oh, did you just read that some where?”  (As if this indicated it was in your head, not verified by a western medicine doctor or bloodwork.)  Unfortunately, as I found out – there are countless limitations to western medical testing and blood testing.

While searching, I often came across things called “quack reports” from a site called “QUACK WATCH”.  I assume these were informational pages to help people from making foolish decisions, and to keep the masses from doing unnecessary procedures, or listening to “quacks”.

I for one, was a bit leery about doing some of the testing I did with my naturopath – because it was listed on quack watch and some of Web MD and Wikipedia as … for lack of better word – bunk.

No one wants to be played a fool.

Clearly medical doctors follow science – and so, they must have the leg up on some of these more natural ways of doing things…  right?  I mean, they’re doctors.

Well, as my mother-in-law once said – they’re PRACTICING medicine, so that is what they know.  Medicine.  Not healing your body inside out.  They’re obviously not God, and they don’t have all of the answers.

If fluoride were dangerous why is it in our toothpaste and water supply?  (Great question – because it’s dangerous!)  If metals are dangerous, why is a 50% mercury amalgam filling allowed in someone’s head and why do they put thirmosal in flu vaccines? (Great question because it’s the most toxic metal on earth!) If all of these vaccines weren’t safe for newborns and babies why do they get SO many shots from first breath to  age 5? (why again is ADHD, food sensitivities and Autism on the rise – could these two things be related?) Why are women put on Synthroid for thyroid issues, and still having major problems?  (When natural options that have T3 and T4 are available and cost so much less with no side effects?)   If alternative medicine were the right way to fight disease –  if it was THAT effective, medical doctors would have already been doing it – right?

Oh my.  I could have never been more wrong.

Turns out the “quacks” aren’t so nuts after all.

Well, let’s start with what IS a quack and who came up with “quack watch”?  What is really their motive and why in the world wouldn’t we have figured out the truth by now?

If you’ve seen the Beautiful Truth, or The Gerson Miracle, than you know some about this.  It’s the AMA who set up a committee in the 60s to label and repeat the term “quacks” for any type of chiropractor, holistic doctor or treatment to steer people away from natural healing practices – ensuring their own ability to make money.  You know, doctors can’t make enough money if people eat  well and live a healthy lifestyle.  I’m guessing they thought if they repeated the word “QUACK” enough, people would steer clear of these helps, and true cures, and assume medical doctors were the ultimate authority on health and well being.

For many people – it’s worked.  In fact, unless you’ve really been challenged in the western medicine format – you’re probably content to go right along with the crowd – taking out organs and taking pills to mask the disease.  Partly for fear (and they LOVE thrusting us into a cycle of fear – don’t they?  Just ask Chris Wark from chrisbeatcancer.com) and partly just due to time – you wouldn’t research something – you don’t question.

BUT, if you’re like me – and so many countless others – who didn’t fit their mold, and didn’t want what they were selling… perhaps you took another route – and discovered… there’s a whole lot of lying and selling going on.  All for the sake of money, and pride and the cost is YOUR health and future.

The movie Doctored explains in great depth how the whole scandal came about, and it’s rather sickening for any intelligent person to realize – they’ve been HAD.  Not just a little bit – but basically your whole life.

From what we learn in school regarding diet and nutrition (how many servings of whole grains again??), to what is required to even get into school (how many shots and what is in them?)  It’s all based on a profit margin, and your health is NOT the focus.  Races for a cure, researching things like rare cancers and diseases – all could be SO much less, it’s insane.

The FDA and USDA present food that they know makes people sick, and yet – labels and regulations are manipulated to get by.

Due to our own daily attack on our bodies – through horrific,  poor diets, high amounts of stress, and poor quality sleep…  disease and the selling of pharmaceuticals seems to be the norm.

It’s expected, in fact.  

Doctors tell us everything is genetic, and we believe that too… and we fall into the same traps our parents did, only we’re sicker younger…  and we get on drugs sooner – for longer… and we expect this?

So when you’re wondering just who is telling the truth, when you read anything from quack watch – watch DOCTORED the movie (and friend them on Facebook, they’re working on a new video called UNDOCTORED as well), and be prepared to see things in a whole new light.  You will see various issues from several families and patients that will be enough to make you realize the truth.

Thanks to technology – a lot of people are waking up to the reality of what has happened and continuing to happen – unless we make some serious changes.

It’s an unfortunate day when a medical doctor degrades a patient for being knowledgable about their body, symptoms and situation.  Many times, now a days, patients know more about their disease and symptoms before a general practitioner does – because they have an invested interested in learning and a specific disease they’re showing symptoms for.  Licensed holistic doctors encourage patients to co-learn and be responsible for their health.  (and we should be responsible – it’s our life on the line)

In both cases – a doctor can only say so much… it has to be the patient who acts.  In the case of alternative medicine – you have an option to change your life to be healthy – as your whole body works as one amazing machine.  In western medicine, you continue masking each symptom of the source of your problems until the weakest part breaks down first – and you die.

Such a pleasant thought.  Which path do you want to be on?

** A small disclaimer that there are plenty of doctors who do not realize what they are doing – and their intent isn’t to harm people… they are simply practicing as they were taught to.  They were only required to take about 6 credit hours of time focus on nutrition.  Information on auto immunity and cancers being all tied to toxicity, food stress and sleep weren’t as clear as they are today – and essentially they have been sold a bill of goods as well.  I forgive them, and extend grace to them, just as God extends His grace to me.

“The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.  And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

1 Cor. 12:21-27

All Sorts Of Wrong

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This is the top portion of a sign that a local business was promoting an “ALL YOU CAN EAT” BBQ BUFFET to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease.

You might imagine what happened, when I saw this pull up on my news feed this week.

Yep. I flipped.

Now let me just say, I know in my heart these people are only wanting to HELP. Which I commend – however, it makes this all the more sad. They’re going about it – ALL WRONG.

Most fund-raisers that involve healthcare causes in general – are NOT beneficial because they’re lacking nutritional education as THE MOST IMPORTANT KEY to healing and they’re claim is often a search for a cure.

People often think they’re raising money for “cures” – which is purely assisting the drug companies in their attempt to create another medicine that they can turn around and sell BACK to you. Not to mention, do they REALLY want to cure these diseases that bring them so much money? If they did – they would have cued in to healing nutrition and natural supplements a long time ago.

But the fact is – they would make NO money.

So while I’m picking on this ad specifically, this is one of MANY I see regularly.

It’s NOT right.

Let me share the top two reasons why this specifically is all wrong:

1. All you can eat buffet. What is this promoting towards someone who is struggling with an auto immune disease?

2. BBQ sauce – one of the top offenders for gluten, and MSG – BOTH toxic for anyones diet, let alone Parkinson’s Disease

So… low and behold – I posted this in their comments:

“Are your products gluten and MSG free?”

No comment.

The reply later given, was an apology that they would be serving “sliders” instead and they no longer mentioned a buffet.

I’m not sure how THAT was better (?) But perhaps they are made without their sauce or something? I’m not sure.

I’m just hoping it made SOME ONE think – something about “Pig Out For Parkinson’s” was wrong.

Diet should ALWAYS be considered first and foremost as THE MOST IMPORTANT aspect in healing the body – {in ANY health/disease/injury from inflammation/mental/ hormonal/cancer/etc. issue going on}.

I used to struggle with a heart attitude of being right for the sake of being RIGHT. I was RIGHTEOUS in my right-ness.

*Gulp*

That is, until God convicted me that being RIGHT with Him, was more important than being “right”… just for the sake of “being right”.

Humbling.

So now I struggle…

Share what I KNOW is right? Or keep it in not to offend people?

The question came down to – would I want someone to tell ME the truth?

I care about people. A lot.

We are each created with a purpose, and designed with an eternal soul… so we SHOULD care about one another.

I know if people can avoid what I’m experiencing, if they head off their toxicity level before it creates some irreversible problems, or be knowledgable about their options regarding choices in healthcare and options in medicine – they too, can be healthy for Him.

So, know that it is through Him, that I share with you what I’ve learned, and what I struggle with. It’s not to brag, to promote myself or to gain anything really – it’s to simple share with you – so that you might be able to gain some health benefit with the information. If you choose to do nothing with it – that’s fine too – but my heart is lighter, knowing I at least shared what I know to be true.

Enjoy this clip from Chrisbeatscancer.com. He has an amazing blog and story of how he over came stage 3 colon cancer through diet, and detox – refusing chemotherapy. Truly inspirational and right on the mark. My favorite comment from him – is about the hospital foods following his surgery – because it’s SO true. It’s CRAZY that in a place you go “to be made well” – their emphasis on nutrition is non-existent. Sick.

“The LORD sustains them on their sickbed

and restores them from their bed of illness.”

Psalm 41:3

Hormone Disruptors?

Whatever became of my rash?  It finally healed - a week later.  This lotion was very vital in me healing.  It says "ACURE" brand - and honestly... it was awesome lotion.

Whatever became of my rash? It finally healed – a week later. This lotion was very vital in me healing. It says “ACURE” brand – and honestly… it was awesome lotion.

Are you bombarded with toxins everyday that are actually hormones disruptors?
Yes. You are.  (and this is NO April Fool’s JOKE)
You might not even be aware of the toxins in your plastics, make-up, and soaps.
Soaps?
Yes… a main ingredient “triclosan” is actually in antibacterial soaps and toothpaste!  It’s a pesticide, and is known for causing bacterial resistance and health issues… but the FDA still declares it “safe” to use in cleaners and soap humans put on their hands before eating (in the name of being CLEAN?)

A better question might be – why is it declared SAFE?

It’s not necessary, and it’s a highly over-used marketable term to sell something that is “anti-bacterial”. I’ll admit it – I fell for it, for years. But no more!  Our children’s immune systems were in the tank… and there are lots of reasons why.
Then there are parabens, and phthalates in our make-up, and beauty products… and BPA, a chemical contained in plastics from food containers to toys children put in their mouths (recycle #7 if you’re checking your plastics) and BPA is also in can linings, unless labeled otherwise.  Chances are, unless you’re aware – you’re consuming it regularly.
Again, the FDA and several other “food companies” declare these are “SAFE” to consume… that they uphold the nutritional value and quality.  Interesting that it’s the same GMO pushing companies that delcare their food and products are “completely safe” also…  They might have a hand in their clearly ‘bent’ studies.

Why does the health condition of our nation prove OTHERWISE?

Why are cancer cells shown with many of these specific toxins, and auto immune disease (hypothyroidism specifically) and cancer on the rise and issues like infertility are such an issue?

Random chance from these “completely safe” products?

Remember, it’s not just ONE thing that is making people sick – it’s LOTS of things that have change in the past 50 years specifically… within our diets, and within the environment.

This study from Dateline NBC was an encouragement to me personally (please watch the video).  It showed that, once again – common sense seems to out prove the “professional” who declares something isn’t a problem, that clearly is.  Apparently he hasn’t gotten struck down with his auto immune disease symptoms yet.  Thankfully the reporter in this short segment “gets it” and is willing to make changes for her family and daughters.

That’s all it is people – being aware.  Making changes.  You have to start somewhere…  Clearly things need to change!

Healthy for Him!

“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver,

but also of wood and clay;

some are for special purposes and some for common use. 

Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes,

made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”

2 Tim. 20-21

A Miracle? Or Quackery?

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You know how I love watching documentaries on health.  Several months ago the Gerson Miracle was recommended to me by a good friend.  I really hadn’t had much time to watch things like that until most recently…  So I broke the show into 3 nights and made time for it.

I’m actually glad I waited to see it.  I’m not sure if I would have soaked it in, and believed it – as I do now.

Could there be a therapy answer for ALL illness?

Obviously my eyes have been opened as to how our bodies get broken down and sick – and what our environment, and our choices contribute to that… whether we understand it – or not, while it’s different within your body – it’s similar just the same.  There are higher and higher cases of auto immune disease and cancer than ever before… and it’s not without reason.

Our environments are OVERLOADED with toxins, and our bodies are not nourished in a way that they can keep up with that load for years on end.  It isn’t simply because medicine is “so much better” at diagnosing things.

OBVIOUSLY.  I’m proof of that.

It’s actually because more things are occurring, contributing, and being consumed – and most of the time people WILL NOT change until they have to, (and even then – some people aren’t told by the medical world the major contributors to disease in general.)

I’m proof of THAT too.  (Stubborn?  Maybe a little.  I prefer determined or focused.)

The Gerson miracle is a documentary based on a holistic method of treating people who are sick, called Gerson Therapy.

Sick means a variety of things… but for a majority of his patients… it meant cancer.

Before you stop reading and think – no way, no how.  Consider that many of these people had NO cancer after 2 weeks on the treatment.  Most improved within 72 hours.

HUH?

That’s exactly what I was thinking…. HOW? (click here)

The method was eating a variety of delicious organic fruits and vegetables, and drinking a specific carrot juice and natural supplements… which removed toxins from the body in a way only pure foods can, and also helping the liver from becoming overloaded with those released toxins – through coffee enemas.

Crazy?  Well, maybe not.

Many patients said they were one of a group of people diagnosed with a certain type of cancer at the same time.  Within in a year, many of those others who went through standard surgery and chemo, died – because that’s what chemo does – it kills everything in your body, the good and the bad cells.  Meanwhile, 9-20+ years later, these people on the Gerson Therapy had a different story.  They were alive, and well!  It seemed like a miracle… but simply – it just made sense!

Apparently Dr. Gerson brought his unique methods and impressive statistics to America and shared them with our government.  However the medical system, in bed with the pharmaceutical businesses, wanted nothing to do with these natural healing practices!  They even banned them from being able to treat cancer in America by any other means than surgery, chemo and radiation, so Gerson was forced to set up a clinic in Mexico instead.

Well, the principles overall hit me hard – and they are exactly what I’m dealing with in regards to auto immune disease.  A lifetime of toxins… bound up in my body, and breaking it down, causing cell mutation, and DNA mutation… and killing my immune system, only to cause it to over react in other areas from the slightest things.  The process takes years for some, and the build up of symptoms one might shrug off as “normal for me”…  until – it’s completely, obviously, NOT normal at all.

While my breast surgeries for fibroadenomas alone have been 3 in number, and I was prepared to have a fourth this past summer.  I’ve now considered the changes made in my breast tissue – simply from removing gluten (the lumps have gone down).  I’m excited to see what further changes might occur if I implement some Gerson therapy myself!  Two of the lumps I have, have been with me for over 20 – years, and we have needle biopsied them to ensure they are not cancer.  Certainly worth a try!

One lady said she had scar tissues for years from a car accident earlier in life.  Gerson therapy not only cured her daughter of terrible life-threatening asthma (that never returned mind you!), she was finally able to feel the bones in her face for the first time before the accident!

The list of diseases, and illnesses the Gerson Therapy reversed, or stopped was incredible – and CERTAINLY believable.  Why do we view natural treatments as more risky, and invasive treatments and drugs our “best” hope to wellness?

Definitely worth watching more about HEALING your body, vs. just trying to mask symptoms. (a great interview with Gerson’s daughter, Charlotte on the body being designed for healing itself)

Watch the Gerson Miracle here for free.  FoodMatters is another great documentary to watch that ties into the Gerson Therapy – and it’s more recent.  Let me know your thoughts.

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

– Genesis 18:14

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