For as long as cancer has been around, there have been traditional and alternative treatments that sounded great, but simply did not work. One natural and alternative remedy that has been getting more attention is the power of clean, healthy living to rid the body of cancer. This therapy is one that is definitely not overrated, and one man named Chris Wark is living proof.
When he was just 26 years old, Chris was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. Immediately, he had surgery in which ⅓ of his colon was removed and it was discovered that the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. The surgery would need to be followed by months of chemotherapy, his doctors informed him. Through what seemed to be an act of God, Chris was introduced to a book written by a man who claimed to have beaten his cancer solely through nutrition. This got Chris thinking about how he would tackle this disease himself.
Chris turned down the chemotherapy treatment and began a radical makeover of his diet. Immediately, processed foods (think boxed, frozen, many restaurant foods), fast food, and all junk food were eliminated. He also focused on removing toxin-laden meat and dairy from his diet, opting for a totally vegan diet instead. Chris replaced these nutrient-scarce foods with raw vegan options, and a lot of juicing.
Fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts became the main staples of his diet. He also began to take care of his mental well-being, by focusing on his emotions and getting plenty of exercise. He tried to avoid stress and find healthier ways to deal with it, as well as avoid environmental toxins as much as possible.
By making his body healthy from the inside out, he created an environment in which cancer simply could not survive.
The Right Decision
During this time, Chris began researching chemotherapy to make sure he was making the right decision. He found that chemotherapy not only destroys the immune system, but that it also increases one’s risk of getting cancer again. Chemotherapy can also cause permanent damage to the brain, liver, kidneys, lungs, heart, and reproductive system.
Chris definitely dealt with some pushback from his friends, family, and especially his doctors. One oncologist insisted that he could not hope to live another five years if he denied chemotherapy. Nobody could understand why he was resisting chemo, since it is thought to be the automatic and only treatment for cancer. But Chris felt in his heart, especially after much praying, that the lifestyle change would heal him without the harmful side effects of chemotherapy.
It turns out that Chris made the right decision. Ten years after his diagnosis, Chris is healthier than he’s ever been and completely cancer-free.