Diets To Heal The Critically Ill

A critically ill person is someone who could expire at any moment;

therapeutic interventions are racing against death. Can the body

repair itself enough before some essential function ceases

altogether? If there already exists too much damage to vital organs

the person will die. If there remains sufficient organ function to

support life, enough vital force to power those functions, and a

will to live, the body may heal itself if helped by the correct

therapeutic approach. But the therapy does not do the healing; the

body does that by itself--if it can. This reality is also true of

allopathic medicine.

I believe fasting is the therapy that almost invariably gives a

critically ill person their very best chance of recovery. If a

patient dies while fasting they almost certainly would have died

anyway, and if death comes while fasting, it will be more

comfortable, with less pain, and with more mental clarity.

Critically ill people may have, among other things, any of the

following diagnoses: advanced cancer, advanced aids, heart failure,

very high blood pressure, kidney failure, advanced liver disease,

advanced emphysema, pneumonia or other catastrophic infections,

especially those that seem unresponsive to antibiotics, strokes,

emboli, sclerotic vessels as found in arteriosclerosis, severe nerve

degeneration interfering with nerve transmission to vital organs.

Treating the critically ill does not have to be an all or nothing,

ideological choice between holistic medicine and AMA style medicine.

It is important for the critically ill and their families to know

that if they use standard medical treatment such as drugs or

surgery, these measures can and should be combined with natural

healing methods. It is always desirable to quit all addicting

substances, start a whole foods diet, (as light as possible), and

add meganutrition (supplements) to the medical doctor's treatments.

Few medical doctors are so arrogantly partisan as to assert that

natural measures will do any harm as long as the MD is still allowed

to prescribe as they please.

Holistic support will not only lessen the side effects of the

medical treatments but will speed up healing and often reduce the

required dose of prescribed drugs. I have had several clients with

cancer who chose to have surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, but

stayed on a raw food diet and took high doses of supplements

throughout the treatment. These people amazed the attending

physician by feeling good with little if any fatigue, no hair loss,

or flu symptoms. The same can be true of other conditions.

Food In The Order Of Digestive Difficulty

Individual digestive weaknesses and allergies are not taken into

account in this list.

Hard To Digest: Meat, fish, chicken, eggs (if cooked), all legumes

including soy products, peanuts and peanut butter, beans, split

peas, lentils, chick peas, dairy products such as cheese, milk,

butter milk, nuts and seeds and their butters.

Intermediate: all grains--quinoa, amaranth, millet, spelt, rye,

wheat, oats, barley.

Fairly Easy: Brussels sprouts, green beans, green peas, broccoli,

cauliflower, raw cultured milk products, asparagus, cabbage, sprouts

especially bean sprouts, kale, other leafy greens.

Very Easy: fruits, vegetable juices, fruit juices, broth (clear).

No Effort: herb tea, water.

Ethyl always comes to my mind when I think of how much healing power

can still be left in a dying body. She (accompanied by her husband

for support) came to Great Oaks School with terminal cancer, heart

failure, advanced diabetes, extreme weakness, and complete inability

to digest. Any food ingested just came back up immediately. Ethyl

had large tumors taking over the breast, sticking out from her

skull, and protruding from her body in general. The largest was the

one in the left breast which was the size of a big man's fist.

She did have one crucial thing going for her, Ethyl was a feisty

Irish red head who still had a will to live, and a reason to do so.

She and her husband, who had just retired, had dreamed their whole

life of touring the US and Canada in their own RV the minute he

retired. The time had finally arrived but Ethyl was too ill to

support her own weight (only 90 pounds) and to top it off was blind

from diabetic retinopathy. The doctors had done everything they

could to her, and now judged her too weak to withstand any more

surgery (she had already had her right breast removed). Radiation or

chemotherapy were also considered impossible due to heart failure.

They sent Ethyl home to die, giving her a few days to a month at


Any sensible hygienist trying to stay out of jail would have refused

to take on this type of case because it was a cancer case where

death was likely. Treatment of this highly lucrative disease is

considered the AMA's exclusive franchise, even when the medical

doctors have given up after having done everything to a body the

family can pay for or owe for. Whenever a person dies under the care

of any person who is not a licensed M.D. there must be an autopsy

and a criminal investigation in search of negligence. If the person

dies under the care of an M.D. the sheriff's assumption is that the

doctor most assuredly did everything he could and should have done

and death was inevitable. By accepting Ethyl I had a reasonable

likelihood of ending up in trouble; but being foolish, brave and

(stupidly) feeling relatively immune to such consequences (I was

under 40 at the time), it seemed important to try to help her. So,

undaunted by the task, regardless of the outcome, I proceeded

logically, one step at a time. Today, with more experience and a

modest net worth I wouldn't want to have to defend in a lawsuit, and

at age 55. possessing no spare five to ten years to give to the

State to "pay" for my bravery, I would probably refuse such a case.

Fortunately I have not been confronted with this problem lately.

Since Ethyl was unable to digest anything given by mouth, she was

fed rectally with wheat grass juice implants three times a day. She

was carried to the colonic table for a daily colonic. Wheat grass

and clay poultices were applied to her tumors three times a day. She

received an acupressure massage and reflexology treatments during

the day, plus a lot of tender loving care. This program continued

for a month during which the tumors were being reabsorbed by the

body, including the large, extremely hard tumor sticking out the

flesh of the right breast.

Ethyl complained of severe pain as the large tumor in her breast

shrank. While it had been getting larger and pressing ever harder on

all the nerves, she had little or no sensation, but as it shrank,

the nerves were reactivated. Most people think that a growing tumor

would cause more pain than a shrinking one. Often the opposite is

true. Pain can be a good sign that the body is winning, an indicator

to proceed.

By the second month, Ethyl, gradually gaining strength, was able to

take wheat grass and carrot juice orally, and gradually eased into

raw foods, mostly sprouts and leafy greens such as sunflower and

buckwheat greens grown in trays. She started to walk with assistance

up and down the halls, no longer experiencing the intense pain

formerly caused by a failing heart, and most surprising of all, her

eyesight returned, at first seeing only outlines, and then details.

The third month Ethyl enlarged her food intake to include raw foods

as well as the carrot and wheat grass juice and sprouts, plus

vitamin and mineral supplements to help support her immune system

and the healing process. All the tumors had been reabsorbed by her

body and were no longer visible, her heart was able to support

normal activity such as walking, and nonstrenuous household chores,

and her diabetes had corrected itself to the point that she no

longer required insulin and was able to control her blood sugar with


Her husband was then instructed in her maintenance and they went

home to continue the program. The last I heard from them they had

made two lengthy trips around the US in their RV and were enjoying

their retirement together after all.

My treatment worked because the most important factor in the healing

of the critically ill person is not give them more nourishment than

their body is able to process. The moment the digestive capacity of

the sick person is exceeded, the condition will be exacerbated and

in a critically illness, the person is likely to die. If the body

still has sufficient organ integrity and vital force to heal itself,

it will do so only if given the least possible nourishment that will

support life--provided no essential organs are hopelessly damaged. If

the liver and kidneys are functional, and the person has done some

previous dietary improvement and/or cleansing, success is likely,

especially if the person wants to live.

A person in critical condition does not have time to ease into

fasting by first spending a month or two on a raw foods diet. This

means that the person who is taking care of the critically ill

person must be experienced enough to adjust the intensity of the

body's healing efforts and accurately assess the ability of the

person to process toxic waste products clamoring for removal so the

ailing body is not drowned in it's own poisons. It is often

necessary to use clear vegetable broth, vegetable and wheat grass

juices, and fruits juices, or whole sprouts to slow down the

cleansing gradient and sometimes, to resupply the tissue's exhausted

nutritional reserves.

I wish all cases of critical illness had such a positive outcome as

Ethyl's, but unfortunately they don't. I had Marge on the same

program at the same time. She also had cancerous tumors all over her

body and had similarly been sent home to die. In some ways Marge's

body was a more likely candidate for survival than Ethyl's. Marge

did not have heart failure or diabetes and was still able on arrival

to at least take small amount of water orally and walk to the

bathroom. Put on a similar program, her tumors also shrunk and were

reabsorbed and she too went home.

But Marge did not really have a strong reason to live. Although her

husband was by her side throughout the treatment program, Marge was

deeply upset because she was estranged from one of her sons who she

had not seen for over 10 years. When she went home from Great Oaks,

the son finally consented to see his mother, went to the effort of

trying to work things out with her, and finally confessed that under

it all he still loved her.

At that point Marge died in peace. She had accomplished the last

thing she wanted to take care of and her will to live did not extend

beyond that point. Had she died several months earlier as predicted

by the medical profession, Marge would have been unable to resolve

this relationship. This was what Marge's life was pivoting on at the

end. I was glad to assist her in doing what she needed to do. Her

husband and other family members found it difficult to understand,

and they were hurt that Marge did not wish to continue her life with


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