On my travels this week I met a charming young man who prided himself on eating all the right foods. He is into power drinks that are filled with protein, veggies and fruits. He has one of those blenders that can mulch just about anything, with the end result being the best, most powerful smoothie ever created.
Listening to him talk the talk about healthy eating, it became clear this was almost like a religion to him: one that took him to the promised land of being one of the healthiest guys on the planet.
There wasn’t anything wrong with what he was saying. Blending kale and spinach and hemp wrapped around carrot juice and fresh strawberries in the morning didn’t sound that bad.
Then he told me his friend used this diet to cure his cancer.
That’s when I stopped being a believer.
We got into a debate about the word “cure” and I asked if he really thought buying a $400 dollar blender and adding fruits and veggies and carrot juice would really cure cancer and if it did, wouldn’t that word get out around the world so the rest of us could use that simple remedy too?
He explained that his friend had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and instead of going the chemotherapy route, he found a book that explained the benefit of boosting the immune system and how it would do the very same thing as the chemo, so he opted for that remedy path instead.
This cancer friend is doing well, obviously in remission and swears he has found the cure for his cancer.
Not wanting to quash the euphoria of his friends success, I simply said how happy I was to hear he was doing so well, but to hold off a little on the “finding a cure” theory.
Eating well and boosting the immune system is part of the dietary plan in cancer world, but unless I missed the headline, the word “cure” hasn’t been coupled with a power smoothie just yet.