It wasn’t until 6 months later when a friend, Shannon Crawford, a Melanoma Skin Cancer survivor, referred us to a few documentaries on Netflix. The first we watched was “Food Matters” which broke down information on the Standard America Diet (ironically, the acronym is S.A.D), how we eat, how it affects our long term health and how we can make a difference in eating an organic whole food, plant based diet.
And there it was: my nutritional veil had been lifted.
The next documentaries we saw were “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,” “The Beautiful Truth” and “The Gerson Miracle.”
It was after watching “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,” a documentary about a man juicing himself out of an auto-immune disease, when Sami and I were convinced that my dad needed to come down to California and be out on a diet that incorporated juicing. We learned that through juicing, you’re able to get the nutritional value from a much larger portion of fruits and vegetables without making the body work hard and with minimal impact on the digestive system.
We knew that this was something where dad would need our support. It was not an idea where we could tell him to just go buy a juicer and start juicing. He wasn’t anywhere near well enough to take matters into his own hands.
I called my dad and tried to convince him that he needed to get on a flight and come try juicing. My argument was, if all of these doctors are mixing medications with serious side effects together to hopefully, maybe, produce some sort of result, then why not at least attempt an alternative that had no real risks? He was willing to try. The real concern was traveling with his limited mobility.