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Issue 10: How I achieved optimum health after a lifetime of suffering

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How I achieved optimum health after a lifetime of suffering

by Shirley Lipschutz-Robinson © 2002

I was once a victim of the never-ending flow of propaganda from the medical
establishment (which I think of as the "disease" establishment because they
focus on disease rather than on prevention and wellness) who wants to
maintain a monopoly on the word "cure" and who wants us to believe that we
have no control over our own health and that our only hope to get "well" is
with drugs, surgery and radiation. Below is my account about how I achieved
optimum health without drugs, surgery or radiation. "First do no harm..."

I can't remember a time in my life, prior to 1982, when I wasn't struggling
with failing health. I was overweight (185 lbs), suffered from chronic
fatigue and my health was steadily going down the drain. For years I had
been a "junkie"--addicted to prescription and over the counter drugs. I
used corticosteroids for eczema/psoriasis, Antibiotics for recurring throat
and breast infections. I also used nasal decongestions for chronic sinus
congestion, and other drugs for chronic backaches and other health
problems. Unfortunately, instead of generating a cure, the medications
(including a course of nine months of Antibiotics ) merely temporarily
suppressed my symptoms, weakened my immune system, and in the long run made
me sicker. (side effects of corticosteroids) In 1982 my doctor told me that
I had to have a mastectomy because my body was no longer responding to
medication. But I was determined to not let them cut off my breast. I had
had enough of orthodox medicine; I knew I had to change direction to
improve my overall health and vitality.

A light at the end of the tunnel

I visited a naturopathic doctor who explained to me that the combination of
an un healthy Diet and the huge number of allopathic medications I had taken
for years, had caused toxins to accumulate in my blood, lymph, and tissues,
resulting in toxemia. These toxins contributed greatly to my weak immune
system and rendered me more susceptible to stress, fatigue, and chronic
disease. The naturopathic doctor pointed out that I had to radically change
my diet if there was any hope for improving my miserable health. The
naturopath (who was also a homeopath ) made me switch my diet from SAD (an
acronym for "Standard American Diet") to a wholesome diet of fresh,
organically grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts, mostly in their raw form.
In time, I learned to prepare delicious and nutritious meals made entirely
of RAW foods and I never felt deprived or hungry. I cut the starchy stuff
like grains, rice, pasta, and breads nearly completely out of my diet and
at the time I totally eliminated meat and dairy products. I then began
homeopathic treatment.

The results of the diet change and homeopathic treatment were dramatic. In
6 weeks, the lumps in my breast were completely gone. In 12 weeks I had
lost 60 pounds effortlessly (and never had to struggle again to keep my
weight down) and my energy level and stamina improved dramatically. I was
able to function better overall. I became calmer, centered and focused, and
generally I felt happier. My overall resistance to infections became
excellent, and I'm proud to say that in the past 20 years I have not had a
cold, flu, ear, throat, sinus or breast infection or any other infections.
I was amazed that even my debilitating back pains responded to the
homeopathic treatment and the change of diet.

Years later, after I had fully recovered my health, I reintroduced very
small amounts of animal products into my diet. I do my best to always eat
foods in their natural raw form. When I steam or stir fry, I do it only to
slightly wilt and warm up the food, leaving it crunchy and still partially
raw. I also learned, that contrary to popular belief, healthy oils such as
flaxoil, olive oil, grapeseed oil and coconut oil can help control my
weight and improve my health.. When I eat animal products, I try to always
eat it in a raw form: smoked or salt-cured meats or fishes, soft egg yolks,
and raw butter and cheese made from unpasteurized cow or goat milk from
organic farms. I leave the highly refined, rapidly absorbable
carbohydrates alone, and I mean cane and beet Sugar in all forms and
guises, all cereal flours which means breads, pies, cakes, spaghetti,
macaroni, etc., all refined cereal products such as cold and hot breakfast
cereals, the quickly absorbable carbohydrate vegetables, potatoes, corn,
and rice, and all sweet soft drinks. If I overeat on the fish, meat or
dairy foods, or if I eat the wrong foods like starch, or cooked food, I
suffer the consequences fairly rapidly in the form of clogged sinuses,
nasal discharges, poor sleep, nervousness, irritability, and low energy. To
me, that punishment is not worth the brief moment of pleasure for my taste
buds. I never microwave anything and I never use the following in my diet:
sugar free products, canola oil, and soy products. *

Over the years, my health and resistance to disease continued to improve
and in time I also experienced a complete recovery from my life long
chronic eczema and from the devastating side effects of the steroid's
immune suppressive effects. I was so impressed with the improvement of my
overall health that in the privacy of my home I began to study homeopathy ,
uropathy (urine therapy) the healing power of living (raw) foods, Natural
Hygiene, Chinese medicine and tonic herbs. I read hundreds of medical case
histories with "miraculous" recoveries or cures after patients switched
from allopathic to holistic programs and from cooked food to RAW food. A
few years later I also discovered the fantastic healing power of bentonite
and pascalite clay, fulvic minerals & shilajit, wheatgrass/cilantro juice,
organic Sea Salt , and catalyst altered water.

I learned to care for myself, my family and my pets with homeopathy and
herbal remedies instead of rushing off for a consultation with an MD or a
veterinarian for minor injuries or sickness, knowing that the MD or
veterinarian would probably just push Antibiotics , anti-inflammatory drugs,
or expensive medical tests. Occasionally, if needed, I would also get
acupuncture or chiropractic treatments with fantastic results. In the
nineties, I came down with the shingles, a very painful nerve disease with
skin eruption which can leave a person debilitated and in excruciating pain
for the rest of his/her life. I didn't see a physician, a dermatologist or
a neurologist. Instead, I took mega doses of vitamin B complex and other
vitamins, homeopathic remedies and herbal extracts, and went to see my
Chinese acupuncturist. Within a week all pain and symptoms of the disease
had vanished. (my testimonial about healing shingles: )

Breast tumor

On August 6, 1999, I discovered by accident a non-painful lump the size of
an olive, in my right breast. I did not rush to a doctor for medical advice
or to test for malignancy. Instead I began self help with homeopathic and
herbal treatments at home: I took the herbal remedies HOXEY FORMULA, ESSIAC
TEA, and CAT'S CLAW. I also took the homeopathic remedies PHYTOLACCA and
CARBO ANIMALIS. I continued to strictly adhere to my RAW food diet,
flaxoil, and increased my carrot, parsley and wheatgrass juice intake.

On August 11, (5 days later) my lump had shrunk to 1/2 its size and by
August 23, the lump was completely gone, reabsorbed by my body and has not
returned to this day.


I have experienced miraculous relief from paralyzing pains of sciatica
attacks with castor oil packs and with magnetic therapy. I do the castor
oil packs on the right side of my abdomen over the liver area for about a
couple of hours several times a week. I secure the flexible magnets on the
various pain areas on my back and along my thigh and leg. These are very
simple and powerful healing modalities.

To this day, the foundation of my good health and strong vitality is
maintained with the following on a daily basis: 6 to 8 ounces of
combination of green juice: wheatgrass, cilantro, parsley and bitter melon
vines when available in the summer. (I grow my own wheatgrass in my
apartment, in flats by the window). I drink pure water with clay and liquid
fulvic minerals; I supplement my diet with plenty of cold pressed flax
seed oil (linseed oil), sesame oil and evening primrose oil, extra virgin
olive oil, seaweed, bee pollen, shilajit (an ayurvedic remedy) and I
maintain primarily a raw food diet (organically grown food). I take
plenty of rest, I exercise daily by doing yoga and taking long walks in the
hills and I sunbathe almost everyday for an hour (without sunscreen lotion)
in our magnificent Southern California climate.
(Contrary to popular opinion the sun is important to maintain health:

I do not subject my body to routine physicals, or medical tests
(mammography, pap smear, etc). I'm 54 years old and I have consciously
avoided medical doctors, their tests, their drugs and their vaccines for
over 20 years and I vow to stay out of their paths for as long as I live.
(I do have the highest respect for dentists and for surgeons who can
perform miracles in patching up a body and save lives in trauma situations).

The drug companies in 1998 spent 6.2 billion dollars to influence the
American public toward believing that putting poison into our bodies is
O.K." Recent articles in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical
Association acknowledge that adverse reactions to doctor prescribed drugs
and medical mistakes are the third highest cause of deaths in America today.

I'm rarely ill anymore, but if/when I do become sick with an minor acute
sickness, my favored healing method is simple: I take homeopathic and/or
herbal remedies, I fast on water and rest in bed for a few days. When given
complete rest (physically as in resting, physiologically as in fasting) the
body can direct all its energy toward repairing itself. Our bodies have the
supreme intelligence to KNOW how to do a fantastic repair job, as long as
it is not being poisoned with drugs and bad food and as long as it is given
all the rest it needs and the opportunity to detoxify itself. (A god source
of information about natural self healing is

"The medical establishment works closely with the drug multinationals whose
main objective is profits, and whose worst nightmare would be an epidemic
of good health. Lots of drugs MUST be sold. In order to achieve this,
anything goes: lies, fraud, and kickbacks. Doctors are the principal
salespeople of the drug companies. They are rewarded with research grants,
gifts, and lavish perks. The principal buyers are the public - from infants
to the elderly - who MUST be thoroughly medicated and any
cost! Why do the authorities forbid alternative medicine? Because they are
serving the industry, and the industry cannot make money with herbs,
vitamins, and homeopathy. They cannot patent natural remedies. That is why
they push synthetics. They control medicine, and that is why they are able
to tell medical schools what they can and cannot teach." Guylaine Lanctot, M.D

In the next newsletter, you'll also find accounts of my personal
experiences in healing my husband of cancer and saving his life when he
experienced a severe heart attack (myocardial infarction) with homeopathy,
herbal remedies, raw food and raw vegetable juice and other natural means
which is direct contrast to the usual non-involvement in the
physician-directed, disease-oriented medical practice of today. In 1990,
the vet suggested that euthanize my 2 year old German Shepherd dog because
"nothing could be done to stop her suffering and to cure her". Years later
she remains the perfect picture of health and vitality. (Learn how I used
holistic methods of healing to save her life.

I'm extremely grateful for all the good things in my life; to my husband
for his loving support during very hard times of chronic sickness and
suffering, and to all the holistic doctors and writers who helped me to
recover my health. To say thank you and to give back to the universe I have
created my website, Shirley's Wellness Cafe: holistic health for people and
animals in the hope that it will help others and their animals in their
journey to achieve better health naturally.

* Why I never microwave anything and I never use the following in my diet:
sugar free products, canola oil, and soy products.

MICROWAVE: Recent research shows that microwave oven cooked food suffers
severe molecular damage. When eaten, it causes abnormal changes in human
blood and immune systems. Not surprisingly the public has been denied
details on these significant health dangers.

SOY PRODUCTS: Contrary to popular belief that soy is a health food,
evidence reveals that soy consumption has been linked to numerous
disorders, including infertility, increased cancer and infantile leukemia,
Type1 diabetes, and precocious puberty in children have been fed soy
formula. (early maturation, such as breast development and menstruation as
early as 6 years of age). Scientists have known for years that the
isoflavones in soy products can depress thyroid function and cause goiters
in otherwise healthy children and adults. A combined research team of
Cornell University Medical College and Long Island Community Hospital
medical experts have found that children who develop Type1 diabetes are
twice as likely to have been fed soy formulas as those fed all other foods
This confirms concerns based on animal studies raised in the 1980's and
1990s by Health Canada researcher Dr Fraser Scott and led to the American
Academy of Pediatrics issuing their warning to pediatricians against any
use of soy based formulas.

SUGAR FREE PRODUCTS: According to researchers and physicians studying the
adverse effects of Aspartame (Aspartame is the technical name for the brand
names, NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure.), the following
chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame:
Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome,
parkinson's disease, alzheimer's, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth
defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

CANOLA OIL: Canola oil from the rape seed, referred to as the Canadian oil
because Canada is mainly responsible for it being marketed in the USA The
Canadian government and industry paid our Federal Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). $50 million dollars to have canola oil placed on the
(GRAS) List "Generally Recognized As Safe". Thus a new industry was
created. Laws were enacted affecting international trade, commerce, and
traditional diets. Studies with lab. animals were disastrous. Rats
developed fatty degeneration of heart, kidney, adrenals, and thyroid gland.
When canola oil was withdrawn from their diets, the deposits dissolved but
scar tissue remained on all vital organs. No studies on humans were made
before money was spent to promote Canola oil in the USA.(visit for more consumer alert

Shirley Lipschutz-Robinson

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