Beating Cancer with Chinese Medicine

While watching Oprah with my wife recently, Pam Grier, known for her Foxy Brown role, was a guest on the show.

Grier has been a major African-American actress from the early 1970s.

She says, “People see me as a strong black figure, and I’m proud of that, but I’m a mix of several races: Hispanic, Chinese, and Filipino. My dad was black, and my mom was Cheyenne Indian. So you look at things beyond just race or even religion: I was raised Catholic, baptized a Methodist, and almost married a Muslim.”

In 1988, Grier was diagnosed with stage four cancer and given a few months to live. There was nothing Western medicine could do to save her.

During Grier’s appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Thursday, February 3, she said, “My physician said, ‘Western medicine has done all it can, I recommend that you go to Chinatown. You’ll meet these practitioners and you’ll listen to them.’ ”

She started making regular trips to Chinatown in Los Angeles.

In Attitudes Toward Health in China, I wrote, “The focus in China is on prevention — to plan your lifestyle around healthy habits. That’s why early in the morning in China you may find many older Chinese outside exercising using the graceful, poetic movements of Tai Chi to insure health and longevity.”

In Health Care Without Drugs, I wrote, “The history of acupuncture goes back over 8,000 years. One would think if it didn’t work, this medical practice would have ended long ago.”

The use of herbal medicines in China has been traced back to the Zhou Dynasty, late Bronze/early Iron Age, about 2,500 to 3,000 years ago.

In fact, the World Health Organization reports that about 80% of people worldwide use herbal medicines for their healthcare.

All of these facts of Eastern and/or Chinese medicine beg for a question. Why do Western drug companies reserve the right to use the word “cure” and no one else may use it legally?

“As many of you [may not] know the word “cure” is reserved for use of the [Western] medical/pharmaceutical industry only. To use this word in the West is to risk prosecution.” Source: Hulda Regehr Clark, Ph.D., N.D.

“The word “cure” is reserved exclusively for pharmaceuticals; it can never be used with herbs or other nutritional therapies.”  Nick Adams, the Health Ranger at Natural News, says, “I find that to be an interesting double standard.”


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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  3. Merlin says:

    Great piece and it’s good to see this information on the net. Pharmaceutical companies are big, profitting machines feeding on people’s illness. I remember before I left in 2009, the US Congress was trying to pass Obama’s National Healthcare law which is basically in a nutshell, “If your sick and poor, the government will fork over some of the money to pay for treatment and/or meds.” I was completely torn apart after hearing that. I myself am a “survivor” of cancer. I put that in quotes because technically you CANT cure cancer. The human body is like a machine. It can never be 100% efficient, as such there’s always genetic mutations. It is when the body’s natural immune system is lowered due to the environment/food people eat that it cannot stop the growth of the genetic mutations or tumors/cancers. To treat cancer then, doctors (taught by previous doctors which all earn their certificate to perform their job from pharmaceutical companies) treat cancer as an infectious disease or if you want to compare it with war, it is like the American vs Japanese side of WWII. At first the Japanese (aka cancer) mysteriously bomb Pearl Harbor out of nowhere. Which really if we had done our homework prior we would have foreseen this LONG ago. We counter this with a declaration of war and exchange of gun fire. This leads to a drawn out battle across the Pacific, each side gaining ground. When we reach Okinawa, we have 2 plans. First is full scale invasion, but this would cost millins of dollars and lives on both sides, possibly even deaths of kids since at that time Japan was using it’s children to do repairs and keep the country on it’s feet while the fathers were out to war. So, we opted for Plan B. Just nuke 2 major cities that have production facilities of war machines, hence we believed this would stop the production and hopefully scare the pants off the Emperor enough that he would end the war. Now compare this with treating cancer. Chemotherapy is like a nuclear warhead. It not only devastates it’s target, but utterly flattens whatever is around it, also leaving a lasting impact. Nukes leave radiation behind, and chemotherapy drugs leave a little of the potency behind so sometimes when a cancer patient sweats, their clothes may be a strange color due to the expiration of said drugs, even years after the end of treatment. Jumping back to cancer treatment, Chemotherapy destroys the target, unlike the nukes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, BUT it also destroys the immune system. The one key part of the body that protects it from everything such as the common cold all the way up to cancers.

    • Merlin,

      I’ve read that the average person gets cancer seven times during his or her life but we don’t know it because the body’s defenses keep most of these invasions from spreading and it is true that Western medicine, when it beats a lifestyle disease such as most cancers, heart disease, and diabetes, is usually a Pyrrhic victory leading to other life altering diseases. All modern drugs do is cover up the symptoms until something else goes wrong and the patient must take more drugs to control that from killing them overnight while they keep feeding the body the same foods that caused the health problem in the first place.

      The local high school runs fund raisers each year to find a “cure” for diabetes, which I refuse to donate too since the cure is through lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy whole foods died and exercising while avoiding the sugar water people call Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, etc.

      In my opinion, health insurance should be based on lifestyle. People that follow a healthy diet, exercise, keep a healthy weight while maintaining muscle mass and avoid falling into the sugar water soda trap trap and prove this every six months with healthy results from a basic physical earn the best rates for health insurance and the best policies while people that live unhealthy lifestyles see their rates go up and their coverage go down with huge co-pays. People that are excessively obese with one or more “lifestyle diseases” are offered no health insurance. The U.S. should also change the law that hospitals must admit everyone to the emergency room even of those people cannot pay and deny them service if the health problem that took them to the emergency room is linked to a lifestyle disease.

      Studies show that 84% of disease in America comes from lifestyle/environmental choices that individuals make.

      As for myself, I drastically changed my lifestyle/environment in 1981 one-hundred and eighty degrees leaving behind the American/Western lifestyle of fast food, sodas and sugar in everything and became a raw, organic foods vegan, which I practiced for several years before adapting to a whole-foods vegan diet which includes cooked veggies. I haven’t had the flu or a common cold since (knock on wood), and my weight dropped drastically by 50 pounds the first year to eventually even out at 180 pounds where it has stayed for about 30 years give or take a fluctuation of a pound or two in either direction. I also do not take any painkillers such as Tylenol or aspirin or have a need for anti acids after eating. The downside is that this lifestyle does not offer much of a social life since food seems to be the foundation for everything social.

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