I am fond of this statement. I use it often, and I use it to drive people to make wise decisions regularly, and to push away our desires for our commitments. I commonly chant the statement, my commitments are greater than my feelings in this moment… my commitments are greater than my feelings in this moment. It is my way of reminding myself that there are constant temptations, constant distractions from the things that matter.
I have been through this before. “This” being a period where I simply do not understand why something is happening. I am referring to the diagnosis that Loree (my front office manager) has seen given to her husband. From pancreatic cancer, to stage IV pancreatic cancer in a matter of days… it is the story you hear about but never think you’ll be part of it. And it begs the question from me… why?
Ahhh, so easy to question that statement now, it is easier to prevent than to cure. But it is it? I see that with a diagnosis the desire to do everything perfectly goes up dramatically. I have had hundreds of cancer patients over the years, and they range from highly committed, to not the least bit committed. They are anywhere on the spectrum, and it seems as though there are no real significant similarities that bind them. Yet everyone with the diagnosis has reason to give a high level of effort to health in hopes of the cure.
The Gerson Therapy which Steve is currently on, is really a strong focus on juicing for nutrient density. With very specific protocols on juice preparation, and very specific juicers being used in the therapy. I have used this protocol with a dozen or more patients, yet never have I been so committed to the specifics. Consuming 8 ounces of vegetable juice an hour is the goal, the reason, again, in more detail… nutrient density. It would be impossible for anyone to eat the amount of food to get that level of nutrient in, so juicing is necessary in this situation.
Which brings us right back to prevention over cure. How committed are you to doing the necessary steps to prevent? I don’t think that even I have been committed enough. Periods of increased nutrient consumption, ongoing cleansing, significant restriction of dietary factors that create acidic environments. But how long to follow each protocol, how long to be committed, and what does that really mean?
These are the questions that occupy the thoughts of so many in the natural health world. At times, all we can do is use the experiences that have been set in front of us, and make guesses as to the best paths. It has been five or six years that I have added this phrase to my workshops… “Though there is never a guarantee, the value of the pursuit is always worth it”. I wish we could get to guarantees. Some would say it is a fallen world, so there cannot be, yet others in the same faith would say the promise of healing is great. So of course healing should come.
I believe it is a combination of both, so it still comes back to our efforts on an ongoing basis. I can say, I have seen miracles in my office, and through the efforts of people, as well as what could only be explained by divine intervention. This makes me very hopeful for Steve, perhaps more than anyone else around this situation. But it still begs the question, is it easier to prevent when there is minimal commitment to the effort, minimal urgency to the effort, than to cure… when all of the urgency and commitment you ever need, is right inside of you? More on this topic over the next few months, please stay tuned as we share what we have learned.
For now, if you pray, please pray every week on Wednesday, at 12:30pm. And of course other times. If you can donate to Steve and Loree’s cause (this is going to get expensive) please do so here GoFundMe.
Thanks! Be well and be blessed! – Dr. E