great thread and I hope it continues. I have a friend who has "survived" colon cancer for six years by having 5 surgeries and 4 rounds of chemo. Her high deductible HSA gets maxed out usually by the end of January every year. To her, modern medicine is a miracle. It's astonishing to me the amount of suffering a person will endure without even considering changing their diet or lifestyle. two years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and handed a bottle of metformin and told that we could start insulin in a few months if that didn't help. i went to the library and online and had "reversed" the condition by my 6 month follow up. I've since lost almost 100 lbs.. hm. anyway, i'd just like to say, with the right attitude and perseverance many of these conditions can be ameliorated or cured, and if they don't help one would not have to die wondering if they'd done all they could. To my friend, a "gut healing protocol" sounds like silly new age hokum. my 2 cents.
also, back to the parasite discussion, there is a terrific book called An Epidemic of Absence by Moises Velasquez-Manoff which addresses the "hygiene hypothesis" of modern illness. Fodder for thought at least and an excellent read even for non-science-y types
Note: the link above will only work for a couple of months, if anyone has skillz for saving streaming audio, please use them and share with us!
I subscribe to the People's Pharmacy podcast but sometimes I get behind in listening to them. This podcast was broadcast on July 26, 2014. It's an interview with Kelly Turner, who wrote a book about the people who have miraculous recoveries from what is supposed to be terminal cancer. Some people do a toxinectomy, some start meditating, some use herbs, Chinese or otherwise. Many do several things to improve their health and their immune system so as to fight the cancer.
The author has a website: http://www.radicalremission.com The blog has story after story of people who either tried conventional medicine first, then alternative, or who tried alternative treatments first and they worked. Interesting.
I've already listened to it, I'm subscribed via iTunes so I've downloaded the mp3. It's just that they only make the mp3 available for a limited amount of time, and then they want you to buy it (for $2.99, not terrible). I'm thinking about people who come across this link a year from now.