Max Gerson MD was a german physician born in 1881. He was one of the first men that experimented with using diet to cure disease. He developed a “migraine diet” that when used on his patient, not only cured the migraines, but it also cured his skin tuberculosis. He then went on to study diet more and work with a nobel prize winning physician to treat cancers. in 1958, he published A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 cases. I find it amazing that we have ignored this basic knowledge for so many years in the flurry of our capitalistic dreams. We have forgotten the basics!
The Beautiful Truth–Is a movie about a 15yo Alaskan boy who sets out to investigate some of the Gerson findings after he is inspired by a research project he is assigned. Check out the trailer below:
After a long day yesterday in which I was tormented by the fact that one of my patients may have recurrent cancer, I arrived home and lost my mind. At dinner, I threw back my chair, screamed at the top of my lungs and proceeded to bawl for a few hours. “Mom is doing the best she can people!” Moral of the story—-exercise when you are overwhelmed. It may prevent you from spontaneously combusting like me.
Sidney (12) endearingly told me as I was tucking her into bed one night: “Mom- you have your own smell.” In my mind, that meant that I had my own flowery, fresh, clean linen, homemade cookie kinda of mom smell. “Oh Sidney, that is so sweet. What do I smell like?” Her reply, “corn chips, baby milk, and old people” Wow! That was just about all I could say. Wow?! Another day in the life of the unappreciated mother with good intentions. Well, at least my therapist will have fun with this one.
Over 90% of disease in the United States is caused by our diet. Our kid’s generation is the first one that will not outlive their parents! Childhood obesity is on the rise and most of us really aren’t living the lives we envisioned. Simply become who you are and learn the trick to living how you want to and feeling good. Please watch this video and decide what you think!
Pagers, cell phones, prescriptions, diapers, bottles and college applications litter the family desk as you walk into the Henriksen household. Time pressures are typical for working parents in 2012, but imagine being full time physicians with four daughters ranging from college age to under a year. Chaos is a given, but how do these MD’s make life work in a busy society and try to remain healthy and happy?
Tim and Angela Henriksen met as medical students at the IU School of Medicine and proceeded to marry their intern year as residents at St. Vincent Hospital on the north side of Indianapolis. Four children later with demanding careers they began encounter many of the dilemmas that working couples endure as they try to raise happy, healthy children in this age.
Tim works as an anesthesiologist working with critically ill patients. Many days require working through lunch, staying up all night on call, and spending hours in tense rigorous surgeries. This makes coming home to household chores, homework demands and crying babies rather difficult. Angela is an internist at IU West hospital caring for adult patients with multiple comorbities. She spends days in the clinic managing multiple diseases and encouraging patients with preventative care. In the evenings, they are the proud parents of Alexis (22), Ciara (18), Sidney (12),and Emma (4), four beautiful daughters actively involved in school activities. So what recommendations do they have for making life work and staying healthy in today’s frantic lifestyle?
1. The family dinner— whether they eat soup, take out, or a terrific healthy meal, they all sit down at the same time to eat. Activities can make that challenging so just planning a snack or lunch together sometimes must suffice. The Henriksen’s try to use whole foods in cooking and avoid processed or packaged foods. Children use their parents as role models for healthy eating and habits. Studies indicate that eating and exercise habits are directly related to their parent’s (Golan, Weizman, Apter, and Fainaru, 1998). Therefore, including them in the preparation of the meal as well as using it for time together. “Spending time together seems to be an antidote to stress” Barbara Schneider, a co-director of the Sloan Center on Parents, Children, and Work, also states that people’s senses of well-being are elevated when they spend time together as a family.
2. Whole food supplements— they take a gold standard studied juice supplement, Juice Plus, that is proven in the Children’s Health Study to decrease doctor’s visits, prescription drug use, soft drink consumption and improve children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.
3. Take adult times after the kid’s go to bed. Try not to discuss the daily necessities, instead try to talk about opinions on current events or recent activities and stimulate each other’s intellect. Making time to do household projects together and getting out in nature on the weekends helps them relax and unwind from the hectic week’s schedule.
Jobs have changed over the last twenty years and the average worker spends 6 extra forty hour weeks on the job. Balancing work and family is no longer primarily a woman’s issue. They struggle daily to make their lives work as any working parent would. These small changes may really help your family as they have the Henriksen’s. For more information, feel free to contact Katie Haun, a local breast cancer survivor and motivational speaker who serves as Dr. Angela’s wellness coordinator. She can give you more information on The Children’s Health Study and about whole food supplementation with Juice Plus.
Katie Haun 502-5807 or visit www.drhenriksen.com