127 hours… Aron Ralston spent that many hours trapped in a crevice in Utah starting on April 26, 2003 and finally ending six days later when he performed an hour long surgery to remove his right arm with a “multitool” which had no sharp knife, and a dull pair of scissors to boot. His willingness to accept what it would take to survive, is the only reason why he did.
Aron was trapped when a boulder that he was leveraging against came loose, he fell, and so did the boulder that pinned his arm into a tight crevice. With meager amounts of food and water, he was forced to drink his own urine in his bid for survival, and eventually the realization that nobody knew where he was, and nobody would know where to find him, led him to the decision to cut through his own arm.
Self taken image while Aron was trapped
I remember this story so well, because I was captivated by the survival determination that Aron had. His life has now become all about that day… though he has put it behind him, and he continues to be a very successful climber and canyoneer, he has written a successful book, and he is an accomplished lecturer. All because of survival.
His story makes me think of the journey that we are on for health. Your journey towards health is a journey towards survival. Your chance of death is 100%. Your chance of death from heart disease or cancer is 70%. Add in other disease process and it is 88%. 12% to hopefully die from something else.
With those kind of odds, you should be thinking survival. But that isn’t how we respond when the threat is slow and sometimes seemingly inevitable. I should stop and make a point, YOU SHOULD NOT LIVE IN FEAR, I am not trying to make you fearful, just the opposite. By living clearly into the path that God has given us for health, you do not need to be fearful of your choices, or the consequences.
If it was as clear to you as it was to Aron that something has to change, would you be willing to change? We are surrounded by a toxic world. A seriously toxic world. One that is the cause of most cancers… according to most recent medical literature, 95% of the cancer in this world is environmental, and 5% genetic. So guess what, those toxins matter. There is not a reason why every one of you should not be tested for the toxic metals in your body, and now is the time to do it. I am going to offer the workshop at two separate times, to be determined based on your most common choices, to insure that everyone can get the information they need to change their lives and secure confidence in your choices.
Seen here in the picture from the cover of his book, Aron still climbs!
But it really isn’t about another workshop, even if I believe it is necessary, it is about a state of mind. It is about being committed to your best well being, to survival if you will. Information is great, and I agree with the Bible as it says, “My people are destroyed from a lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6), but I believe the translation of knowledge is the application of knowledge, not just having it. The passage continues on “because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” For those of you who are not Christians, you might first just gloss over this and forget about it, but I think this applies from a standpoint of the laws of physics/nature as well.
If you forget or reject the truths that are evident, then you will fail to fulfill the fruitfulness that is available to you. Your body will rot and degenerate, you will weaken and become diseased. Likewise, your path for your family will be skewed towards disease. I often think the greatest value of my life pursuit, is watching my daughters grow up with ridiculous health.
Aron was faced with a life and death decision, and in that moment he found a very difficult path to life. You are in the same boat. Everyday your health choices are a life and death decision, and the culture has lulled you into thinking that those decisions don’t matter. I would advise you to start cutting your arm off and freeing yourself from this cultural lie. Be well, and blessed – Dr. E