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Compassion must trump profit if cancer patients are to survive

A young man with tears in his eyes could not believe the words that came from his doctor's mouth: "You have cancer."

Those three words felt like a dagger driven deep into the young man's chest and twisted from side to side each time he thought about the doctor's diagnosis and the predicament he now found himself in. He'd lived a fruitful life; now death was inevitable – a fate he didn't expect.

The young man, who decided to remain anonymous, tried to remain strong for his family. They in turn tried to assure him that he was going to be all right. But they couldn't feel his pain.

"How can you relate to this when I'm the one in fact who has cancer?" he'd ask them.

Cancer causes the death of tens of thousands of people each year. It creeps like a thief in the night and can quickly snuff the life out of its victims. Other times it lingers around and causes turmoil and wreckage within the body and eventually death. So why does cancer strike so many people?

There are no warning signs in some cases. However, we're living in a fast-paced, techno, industrialized society that's filled with environmental hazards – and they all wreak havoc on the body. Oil, smog and toxins are some of the culprits that affect the body and cause stress levels to inch dangerously high.

Whether you develop breast cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer or any other known cancers, you have to remember that your environment and the type of foods you're eating can set off a powder keg within your body if you're not careful. If you eat right you can avoid toxic foods as well. Your choice of food, however, is key to avoiding the "Big C."

You may know someone with cancer. If you do, most likely they are aware that each stage between the diagnosis and death gets progressively worse. Is there comfort for the cancer patient? Eating a nutritious diet is still the key to longevity. Even if you develop cancer and expect to die, I wouldn't stop eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

There are so many people who fear death after being told that they have cancer. So why is the fear level heightened? There could be a multitude of reasons: "My work here on earth is not finished." "I don't want to leave my children behind." "What is going to become of my legacy?" "Will I make it into heaven?"

Death is inevitable. There is no way around it. But there is a way to stall it if you change your diet and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, get plenty of exercise and avoid environmental plagues. Because we live in a society of processed and microwaved foods, we open our bodies up to all types of problems that affect our immune system.

With toxins and other hazards running amok, they allow cancer to fester, which eventually starts its ravenous journey. This question often arises: "Is cancer curable?" If so, then why is it not being discussed more in the community? Information is disseminated, however, but could the profit margin be so great that the information is not seriously reaching its destination?

There is money to be made in research and drugs. We have to look at who's controlling the money and follow the paper trail. Then we'll see how food and medicine control the world. If you have cancer, I'm sure you're loaded down with pills. And don't mention the doctor visits; I'm sure they're numerous. But you inevitably have to pay the price to live.

In my opinion, profits and greed have caused more untimely deaths. I'm sure everyone would like a better quality of health. That's why President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (informally referred to as Obamacare) is so important to the tens of millions of people who are uninsured or underinsured.

New hospitals are being built around the country all the time. But don't misunderstand me. I understand business and the pursuit of profits. And I understand that corporate executives are concerned about the bottom line. I get it. However, compassion must trump profit if we are going to survive in a world filled with gravely ill people.

Cancer has killed so many. But just because you were told you have cancer doesn't mean a death sentence. You could determine your own fate, actually.

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He is the author of "47 Tips To Reverse Your Diabetes." He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit him at www.cheftimothymoore. com or follow him at www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)

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