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Cancer: The physical, social and spiritual dynamics of a disease

Greg Gillette
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Cancer strikes fear, dread, sadness, and anger in our lives. Cancer is “the disease” of these modern times. How did cancer become such an epidemic and what can we do about it?

As I look upon our society as a whole, I see a society that is ill: Overrun with chemical toxins, materialism, competition, coldness, sadness and a sincere lack of community where we have a real sense of communion towards each other.

I peer through these observations with a heavy heart because I have experienced these feelings of life. Striving to see the positive, I know many folks are building community, peace, and heartfelt feelings towards one another.



However, cancer is not going away anytime soon, and why is that? I sense that isolation and loneliness, coupled with the lack of real communication and the over stimulation of our senses with materialism is a core factor. People, on the whole, are rather lost and isolated in the true sense of human connection. Anxiety, separation, and stress are prevalent in our communities and these feelings weaken our physical, mental and spiritual forces.

Our society is cancerous and it is deeply affecting everyone.



Looking to the physical world, we have to take into account, the “Toxic Load” of this world in which we live. The pollutants in the water and air, processed food, and chemical products, including pharmaceutical drugs, that are a part of our daily lives, is a major part of this cancer epidemic.

In regards to modern medicine, I respect all the doctors, nurses and patients who are battling this disease; however, the so-called “cure” that modern medicine has been searching for since the 1970’s has not and will never be found in chemical drugs. The real cure for cancer involves cleaning up the extensive damage we have done to our bodies and to the Earth through natural remedies. Modern medicine will disagree with me on this point, but look at the facts. Billions of dollars have been spent since President Nixon declared a war on cancer, and the death rate from cancer has gone down only around five percent, and well over fifty percent of patients whose cancer goes into remission from the use of chemotherapy and radiation get cancer again in several years. Granted, there are a percentage of people whose cancer goes into remission and it never returns. That’s great, but it’s not the true answer to curing cancer. People do not get cancer because they are deficient in chemotherapy and radiation; they get cancer because their bodies are severely deficient in nutrients and abundant in chemical toxins. Modern medicine’s approach to treating cancer is like our government’s approach to fighting terrorism. Kill the terrorists and kill a lot of innocent people at the same time, which in turn, creates more terrorists. Kill the cancer cells and kill billions of healthy cells at the same time, which in turn, creates more cancer cells. Plus, if you really look at our government, we created the terrorists from our arrogant and brutal foreign policy of starting wars and overthrowing leaders that did not hand over their country’s resources to us. And we created cancer from the chemical world that we live in. In addition, war and fighting terrorists generates lots of money for big business, as does the modern war on cancer.

Therapeutically, what can be done to decrease the risks of cancer and effectively nourish someone who has this disease, with a high possibility of transforming that person’s health so that the cancer is no more an issue and health and vitality are restored?

The total view of life must be taken into account. Aspects of nutrition, relationships, spirituality, emotions and vocation have to be brought into balance and harmony.

Nutritionally, I have found that a predominately raw foods diet, including raw meat, raw eggs, and raw dairy, especially raw butter, gives the body the necessary nutrients to remove and dissolve toxins, dead cells and cancerous cells and to regenerate new cell growth that allows for rebuilding and revitalizing the effected areas of the body. Raw meat is the best source of food to generate new cellular growth and raw fat is the best source of food to dissolve and remove toxins, dead cells and cancerous cells. Raw fresh vegetable juices will alkalize and oxygenate the body and aid the raw fat in dissolving toxins. This diet can take some time to get used to, but in my professional opinion, it is the best diet to heal from cancer and bring forth health and vitality. All foods should be free of chemicals and the dairy, eggs, and meat should be from pastured chickens, wild fish, and cows that eat grass. Various herbs and supplements are also very important to facilitate healing and detoxification.

In addition to cleansing the body with organic whole foods and supplements, the home must be cleansed of all toxic cleaners, detergents, and body care products. The water for drinking and bathing must be filtered.

To a certain extent, those with cancer need to get back to nature as much as possible, including walking with and enjoying Mother Nature and all her healing and comforting attributes.

Furthermore, any negative relationships, vocations, and emotional states need to be addressed and guided back to harmony through diligent and courageous inner work.

Although cancer is normally seen as a tragedy in our society, a new prospective must be considered. Cancer must be looked upon as a calling to change our society and ourselves where we bring life back to a balanced and harmonious state, where we honor and nourish our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.

Cancer can take our society and us on the present currents of fear, isolation, toxicity and gross materialism, or we can alter the currents and change the direction of cancer with love, a real sense of community and the cleansing of our bodies and the environment.

Greg Gillette, nutritionist


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