As an ‘alternative health’ practitioner – trained, qualified, and practising in shiatsu – cancer in all its manifestations is one of the most confronting dis-eases I have ever had to work with. Although I can only imagine how it feels for family members or, moreso, the patient, I have lost friends to leukemia at very young ages, and sufferers have shared their stories with me in ways that are generous, brave, and heartbreaking.
It angers me to see people promising cures, whether from natural sources or laboratory wizardry. Many seem to be fantastic sounding, but on deeper inspection also happen to be money spinners.
If I may lay down a quick tangent, some people may have noticed a number of health shops selling ‘miraculous Goji berry juice’. With allusions to the exotic, these ancient berries from far-off and beautiful places possess magic properties which can remedy all forms of modern ills, say the posters, leaflets, magazine ads, etc. Well, they would want to. In Australia, the extract sells for around $30 – $60 a bottle. Of course, you can always pop into your local Chinese supermarket and pick up a back of the same berries for about $1.50, drop them in a thermos filled with recently boiled water, and arrive at the same liquid result…but that wouldn’t come with the marketing assurances and confidence of the pre-packaged promise.
The point is that for all the talk of ‘healthy, wealthy, and wise’, there are major bucks to be made from keeping people ill-informed, dependent, and scared. I’m in no way picking on the Goji dealers, it’s just the latest example to have left me angry. Look around, take your pick – there are numerous medicines, be they synthetic or natural, which promise fantastic results, ask for bigger and bigger bucks, and all feed on the Western mindset of getting ‘a fix’. There is no ‘u’ in ‘disempowering’!
My diagnosis teacher once recounted studies of menopause which had found something astonishing – and again, this is tangential.
Researchers found that many African and particularly indigenous cultures did not have an experience of menopause. Many did not even have language to describe hot flushes. Often, these cultures were matriarchal. Rather than hitting 45 or 50 and becoming impotent, some kind of liability, or put out to pasture, mature women were respected in their communities, socially embraced for their knowledge and experience. They were cared for and attended to, not as convalescents of a sort, but out of sincere respect and even reverence.
Yes, that does all sound a bit ideal and it was not uniformly the case. But, consistently, these cultures did not assail women in their 20 or 30 post-teen years with advertising, talk shows, professional advice, patronising health messages and product positioning about what to expect in their golden years. They also had whole food diets.
One conclusion that both psychologists and doctors are arriving at now is that the mind holds powerful sway over the body. Think about the last time you were depressed, or angry, or excited – did you experience this emotion in the mind alone? Perhaps in one small area of your rib cage? Or did you feel physically drained, on fire, maybe agitated? Did your hands, or knees, or brow quiver? Maybe eating or sleeping presented a challenge?
Now think about how messages you are bombarded with on different levels over a long time might take hold and even have an impact – longer than the ads you see, the radio you listen to, the story you hear from a friend or doctor, or the well-meaning but seemingly meandering article you read.
And so we come to the point – cancer, the big C, the (other) C word, that which must be fought tooth and nail. The end for too many, and a beginning for some. Whenever working with cancer patients or trying to help people in their battle with cancer it is very important, critical even, not to promise anything – to hope at best to provide relief or support. Hard, frustrating, exasperating – but proper. Crushed hopes are best avoided, they are a poison when further poison is least needed.
And in this light I wish to direct your attention, dear reader, to the work of a man who in previous ages would have been known by name and reputation across the land, the academies of healing, and in the journals of knowledge. His name is Don Tolman, and he was, is, and ever shall be an angelic freak of the highest order. For over four decades he has trawled archaeological sites, ancient texts, restricted libraries, and diverse societies, cultures and institutions accumulating massive knowledge.
Whether discussion turns to religion, advanced mathematics, astronomy, religion, sound waves, education, chemistry, philosophy, commerce or, significantly for your patience in reading this far, health, Tolman has collected and integrated timeless knowledge and wisdom. By doing so he has discovered interconnections and many coincidental truths that seem to have been lost in the post-Renaissance shift toward singular specialization.
And he doesn’t just practise but prove what he preaches. His age is something of a secret, but I can assure you that it is decades beyond what you would guess from meeting him. In the nineties, when he was at the very least already a grandfather with ten children of his own (nine of whom have never even gone to a ‘doctor’), he undertook a journey of the ancients. For forty days he fasted on nothing but air and water. An amazing feat, yes, but only a warm-up. Because he then ingested nothing but the juice of freshly crushed grapes before running a marathon.
More recently, he spent several years working alongside some of the world’s leading oncologists at Johns Hopkins, dealing for the most part with those unfortunate enough to have been labelled ‘terminal’ by Western medicine. And here, I assure you, it gets interesting. Tolman, in his years researching the pharmaceutical industry and its relationship with medical practice, had discovered something very disturbing; many oncologists, when diagnosed with cancer, do not submit to the treatments they prescribe. In essence, they do not walk their talk.
In his work at Hopkins, Tolman’s approach was based on a simple principle – you are made of tubes. From the cellular donuts of your blood cells, the coils of your DNA, right up to your muscle fibres, organ tissues, metres of intestine and miles of arteries, veins, and capillaries; for all the fancy Latin labelling and molecule-speak, you are a bunch of tubes. Cancer, by its nature and consequences, is a tubular disruption. What better way to treat cancer – rather than cutting, zapping and poisoning (pharma originally meant ‘poison’, by the way) – than to clear the tubes.
His approach was to empower the patients, inspire them to disengage from the heavy regimes of chemicals and radiotherapy, and then work through fasting and whole foods and, in many cases, with sustained healing audio frequencies generated from ancient crystal resonance bowls called ‘carillons’. The results were not immediate, and they did not come from taking a pill and expecting things to get better and life to continue as before. Life, as before, had led to cancer in the first place. Many patients, by will, discipline, faith, and the empowerment of knowledge did recover. Many of the oncologists he worked alongside have since adopted his techniques. A couple even continue to use sound therapy in an open session with patients one or two days a week.
‘Alternative medicine’ has more to offer than ‘an alternative to medicine’. Indeed, one might call medicine ‘an alternative to healing’. Much Western medicine has developed out of war and battlefield surgery and, amazing as many medical developments are, that is by and large the best place for them. I would not recommend herbal tea for somebody who has been hit by a train, but I also would not submit to radiotherapy for cancer – at least until well after I had tried any of a number alternative, self-reliant methods for rebalance to eliminate this increasingly common source, and result, of dis-ease.
Here are two key planks of Tolman’s highly effective approach.
Firstly, CABALA juice. This is not the CABALA of Zion, nor of Madonna. It simply stands for Carrot Apple Beetroot Apple Lemon Apple. Three apples because the ideal mix is to inculde one of each colour – red, yellow, green. Juice a heap of carrots, one of each apple, a whole (skin included) lemon, and a third of a beetroot. Organic ingredients are definitely needed.
Secondly, The Diet.
Days 1 – 7, and 22 – 28.
At least 8oz brazil nuts
One large head of raw broccoli.
One large head of steamed broccoli.
Lemon juice, salt, cayenne and olive oil at least half cup of this mixture a day.
1 oz whole or fresh ground flax mixed with large bowl oatmeal no milk or sugar, but pure maple syrup is allowed.
Snack on at least 2 lb of red, green, and purple grapes throughout the day
Drink nothing but clean, living water – chlorine & fluoride are NOT your friends.
Days 8 – 21
At least 2 quarts CABALA juice a day, nothing else no food, no water either.
Again, organic ingredients are essential when dedicating yourself to the use of food as medicine. And yes this is extreme, it is a leap of faith, and it will take time, effort, commitment, and money. But are not all these things true in a far bigger way when considering the Western slash-and-burn approach, especially the leap-of-faith part? The statistics for remission and successful pharmacological treatment of cancer are not encouraging, even worse when you consider that most former patients’ data is only collected for five years after completing treatment.
Is there more to the approach? Yes. Am I telling you to take yourself or your loved one out of the hands of your health professional this instant and head to the prganic grocery store? No. But I am saying that there is a serious alternative – unlikely, nerve-wracking, well out of the ordinary, but very serious.
Tolman is a passionate and committed man, and I would encourage you – just as I have encouraged people I work with and care about – to go to the source and broaden your awareness horizon. In spite of his massive workload, in spite of ongoing projects and the massive demands on his time to work with groups and individuals and still pursue joy in his life (as an individual and with his ever-growing family), he answers questions individually through his web portal at www.dontolmaninternational.com.
“Ah,” I hear you say, “this is just a f%$#ing ad, you sonofa$%$$$!”.
Do I blame you? No (see my comments above regarding cultural indoctrination).
Is this an ad? Sincerely, no. These are the genuine observations and recommendations of a health practitioner, in awe of a wizard. In America, Tolman has been called the Indiana Jones of wholefood, but to my mind he is the Amadeus of holistic health. All I’m offering is a stepping stone. That next step is yours, and guessing at your reasons for reading this far I truly wish you and yours well.