4 Examples of What Happens When You Follow Hollywood’s Health and Medical Choices

Raluca Schachter, Guest
Waking Times

It is much, much easier for people to place responsibility for health in ”authorities” hands. Conventional medical industry, pharmaceutical companies, scientists, celebrities… They know what they are doing and saying, right? Your relation to your own body, its reactions, your instinct, your body’s natural healing abilities, common sense and ancestral wisdom are really not that important. And seriously now, who has the time these days to read all the studies and learn about the clinical evidence to make a choice??

The sad reality is that no one wants to believe that personal responsibility is more important than medical intervention, or a celebrity’s health advice, or the new “drug” out there meant to fix it all in a blink of an eye, so you can live your life “worry free” and be on the “safe side”…

Many people, and especially the young, are heavily influenced by Hollywood celebrities’ lifestyle and choices. But people forget that even “celebrities” make mistakes and are many times clueless as well, at least when it comes to real health. They, too, are humans, and are many times victims of manipulation, who place their most precious thing – HEALTH into wrong hands.

I personally respect and admire all celebrities mentioned below, for everything they achieved in their professional career. But it’s just heartbreaking how they treated their own body by the health (or sick) choices they made, and thus sending out mixed messages to the public and their fans.

angelina-jolieAngelina Jolie

Health problem: Angelina’s most recent shocking and radical health choice brought a new hot topic for debate in the health world. Doctors told Angelina through genetic testing that she had genes that showed she was at a higher risk of breast cancer than the normal population. Upon testing, two particular genes, BRAC1 & BRAC2 in her DNA showed her to be of higher risk than the norm for this cancer.

Angelina’s solution: claiming to be “proactive”, she went for double mastectomy, thus removing healthy breasts entirely.

The facts you need to know:

Genes don’t change quickly. It takes thousands of years to change them. So in just 100 years our genes are pretty much the same as they originally were. Yet we were once supremely healthy. So does it entirely come down to just genes?

Apparently not. A new science called epigenetics ( the study of changes in gene expression) teaches us that when the health of an individual falls, it triggers certain genes to become active. So from the supremely healthy ancestors we came from (with the same genes) to our presently tired, fat and sick society (the same genes), disease is now everywhere due to the massive changes to diet, lifestyle and toxin exposure that has occurred during this time. Those changes have proved to be very detrimental to human body chemistry. Health falls as a result and the genes get triggered. These weaker genes, when triggered by a drop in overall health, cause an expression of that genetic weakness to manifest itself into a disease.

So it is not the genes that ultimately pulls the trigger. These genes could remain dormant for a lifetime. It just depends on the overall level of health.

The conventional medical industry wants you to believe that  you have no control over cancer, that certain genes are responsible to your disease, not your lifestyle and toxic exposure. According to their belief, there are only three ways to reduce breast cancer risk: cut, burn or poison. But in reality, a gene is not a death sentence.

There is nothing “empowering” when a woman cuts off healthy breasts. Real information on healthy living, taking responsibility of your own health and keeping your body intact in the whole process IS what’s empowering. Education means less medication, or surgery for that matter…

steve-jobs-jpgSteve Jobs

Health problem: pancreatic cancer

Steve’s solution: surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy

The facts you need to know:

It is known that Steve Jobs also tried “natural” remedies and extreme diets to cure his cancer. But as long as these therapies and dietary rules do not meet the unique nutritional and genetic requirements of an individual, they are mostly set to fail. One must address what the body needs in terms of metabolic individuality and this includes shifts in metabolism due to changes in cancer defense mechanisms. Furthermore, one must eradicate the stressors and blocking factors that undermine function, especially as they involve the immune system.

Every symptom and every degenerative disease may be caused from any one or more stressors/blocking factors and involves one or more control systems in the body stemming from one or more causal levels – energetic, mental, emotional, structural, biochemical, environmental.  For example, an emotional or energetic causal factor for cancer will mean that diet and enzymes will have little or no effect whatsoever. The particular constellation of the aforementioned elements in each client is what both determines/defines the metabolic individuality of an individual and dictates the therapy.

Patrick-SwayzePatrick Swayze

Health problem: pancreatic cancer

Steve’s solution: He enrolled in a clinical trial at Stanford University, traveling regularly to Palo Alto from Los Angeles for experimental chemotherapy.  He battled cancer for 20 months being in the hands of conventional medicine and “top doctors”.

The facts you need to know:

“I want to last until they find a cure, which means I’d better get a fire under it,” Swayze said in a highly-publicized interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters. Fighting he did. But on a wrong side. Cancer cures already exist. They’ve been  everywhere in the world for centuries, except in mainstream Western medicine (where they have been outlawed).

The reality is that your body knows how to cure itself from cancer and it does it amazingly well if you feed it the right nutrients. Protecting yourself from cancer most definitely involves a change in your day-to-day choices about where you live, how you live and what you consume. There is no doctor in the world who can take cancer out of your body for any significant duration if you continue to live a cancer-causing lifestyle. That’s why chemo just flat out doesn’t work: Because it doesn’t address the causes of cancer. So it can never offer an efficient and safe cure.

Before the cancer doctors inject you with their poisons, they usually make you sign a disclaimer that spells out the risks associated with chemotherapy. Among those risks, you’ll see mentions of cancerbrain damage, liver failure, kidney failure and all sorts of other horrifying end results that might befall you if you’re crazy enough to agree to be poisoned. How in the world can a sane person sign anything like that? Because cancer doctors use fear to recruit patients into their profitable but extremely dangerous treatments, by saying things like, “Unless you get this chemotherapy, you’ll only have six months to live”.

elvis-presleyElvis Presley

Health problem: heavy dependency on prescription drugs. He had glaucoma and stomach problems. He died from an overdose of prescription drugs like codeine, valium and morphine. The medical examiner listed the initial cause of death as “cardiac arrhythmia,” which simply means the heart stopped beating.

Elvis’ solution: relying on conventional doctors’ advice and prescription drugs

The facts you need to know:

Elvis took eating to more absurd heights than anyone could possibly justify.  He snacked constantly — on Hostess cupcakes, Eskimo Pies, Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  When he ate a pie or cake, that didn’t mean just one piece.  He often ate the whole thing.  He once flew more than 800 miles to eat a sandwich made from an entire loaf of Italian bread that had been hollowed out and stuffed with peanut butter, grape jelly, and a pound of bacon.

To justify his gargantuan appetite, Presley used to say, “The input has to be as great as the output.”

Maybe that’s all the explanation we need. In addition to the prescription drugs…

Other celebrities affected by their health choices: 

Peter Jennings died following chemotherapy for lung cancer. Heath Ledger died following an accidental overdose of prescription medications. Michael Jackson was killed by a doctor-administered injection of lethal painkillers. Famed newscaster Tim Russert most likely died from the fatal side effects of cholesterol medications. Former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow died after receiving chemotherapy for colon cancer.

The list of celebrities killed by western medicine is seemingly endless!! Do you really think their decisions should be yours as well?? My personal message here is to find the courage to start trusting your own body, its healing abilities and your instincts. Fact is that polluting the world with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), thousands of chemicals, heavy metals, lab made food, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, etc  is far more scarier than any disease your doctors tell you it can’t be healed naturally. So what really means being “proactive” is to find the real cause of your imbalances, address these, avoid all toxic exposure which created your conditions, learn how your body works and what it needs to stay healthy. It’s a “recipe” which never fails!

About the Author

Raluca Schachter is a passionate Nutritionist and Metabolic Typing Advisor®, with a background in both nutrition and communication/PR. She believes in traditional, unaltered food, ancestral wisdom, sustainable farming and living. Raluca was able to naturally reverse chronic health conditions she was struggling with most of her life, and now uses her knowledge to help as many people as possible do the same. Her health programs and diet plans offer a very unique and comprehensive approach to health, where individual nutritional and biochemical requirements are firstly met using specific nutrients and foods that each metabolism thrives on. This approach reveals why and how ‘one diet/herb doesn’t fit all’ and why ‘one man’s food is another one’s poison.’ Raluca currently resides in Garden Grove, CA and offers her services for local and distance clientele. For more information visit her website and blog guide2health.net or join Raluca on Facebook


Adapted from the book What The Great Ate by Matthew Jacob and Mark Jacob.  Published by Three Rivers Press, a division of Random House, Inc. Published in The Week Magazine, September 3-10, 2010

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  • christophe

    As Anna has pointed out, Big Pharma basically does most of the testing and promoting of their products and we all know you cannot patent a natural product. Here in Australia, the TGA (our version of the FDA) banned all the natural products that were used to make “black salve” (which has cured many of various cancers). It shows the reach of the the pharma companies….good thing is there are still dozens of cures around out there.

  • christophe

    As Anna has pointed out, Big Pharma basiccally does most of the testing and promoting of their products and we all know you cannot patent a natural product. Here in Australia, the TGA (our version of the FDA) banned all the natural products that were used to make “black salve” (which has cured many of various cancers).

    • Naturally Speaking

      Not because it is not safe — but because it works and no one can patent it! how sad for humanity that natural works and kills little to no one. Mad made drugs kill thousands every year – they are approved while safe and natural are made illegal. Big business is trying to rule the world at all of our health and expense!

  • fmrl

    What I see written all of the time is that “alternative” therapies be used as an adjunct to orthodox, allopathic medicine. I completely disagree. The first thing you’ll get when you go to an allopath is a curse. You will be told that you are a victim and are powerless without their help. This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy if you believe it. Faith itself is a great healer and this will be taken from you.

    The second thing you will get is poison. If these pharmaceuticals were such a great idea, Mother Nature would have come up with them millions of years ago. Take personal responsibility and find out what nature does have to help you heal.

    Most people mistake prudence for responsibility. The two are like opposites when your prudence is based upon false information, which the medical mafia and big pharma constantly propagandize us with.

  • Anna Cristina

    As one who walks on both sides… I am a member of the mainstream medical community of which the author writes, and am also becoming deeply involved in intuitive /energy medicine and alternative methods of healing… I applaud the author for making some very good points. Cancer genes do get “turned on.” There are alternative therapies out there that we know are likely to heal many illnesses, including cancer. For example, cannabis is one of those incredible medicines, and yet there are no broad studies that allow us to compare the efficacy of cannabis to traditional chemotherapy. Why? Could it have something to do with 80% of all medical studies are now paid for by pharmaceutical giants? Or that the FDA has essentially become an arm of the pharmaceutical industry?

    On the other hand, it is dangerous also to suggest a patient with an aggressive cancer should reject all of the mainstream solutions and become essentially a lone ranger trying to heal oneself with the lost art of “intuition” from deadly diseases like pancreatic cancer. I wouldn’t go so far as to give that advice to my mother, husband, daughter, or best friend. And I would lose my license if I gave that advice to my patients.

    Even in cities that have a rich community of alternative providers, we do not yet have reliable access to the knowledge of which the author speaks. Energy medicine, intuitive medicine and plant medicine are ancient healing traditions that have been severely compromised by being disregarded and strangled for nearly a century. Mainstream medicine and government interference have attempted wipe outl these traditions… The traditions aren’t extinct, and in fact are experiencing dramatic resurgence despite the best efforts of government regulators, pharmaceutical companies, etc. But they are still endangered, and it’s still hard to find the gifted healer.

    In addition, there are many pollutants in our environment and diets that we aren’t even aware of yet… For example, BPA has likely been in the food supply for decades, fluoride has definitely been in the water for decades, and yet we only recently have begun to uncover the extent of the ugly “joke” that has been played on our health by corporations who place profit about the well being of our species. Even if we practice everything we have learned, we aren’t able to know what else lurks out there to hurt us if it is still hidden… So are we guaranteed that if we do everything “right” we won’t have cancer genes turned on, or we won’t get pancreatic cancer?

    The author is so right that many of the medicines being prescribed for chronic medical illnesses have potentially devastating side effects, and yet no one is talking about those side effects… The author notes the cholesterol lowering statin drug class as an example, and she’s absolutely right. The list is actually so long that seems nearly endless… it includes NSAID’s, calcium channel blockers, statins, beta blockers, fluoride, SSRI’s etc.

    What we can do and should do is begin reconnecting with our intuition, and be suspect of everything that we’re told about the latest, greatest pharmaceutical. We should trust nature, insist on organic, buy from local farmers, avoid GMO, fight Monsanto, etc.

    And we should find alternative healers adept in intuitive medicine, energy medicine, plant medicine, and the ancient Chinese and ayurvedic traditions while we are healthy.

    Steve Jobs tried to avoid surgery and chemotherapy. He didn’t want it in his body, and he didn’t want to die. Angelina Jolie may be doing all of the things the author suggests… we don’t know, but we do know she values her life and is trying to avoid getting breast cancer. She chose an option that is widely accepted in the oncology community as the only one that will guarantee her she will not die of breast cancer. It is not for us to sit in judgement of her difficult decision, but rather to insist that better options are available to us and our children and our children’s children going forward…

    But that means fighting giants now… As a collective. So that no one of us, and no family member or friend has to be a lone ranger trying to stay healthy and/or heal disease in the mess that has become of the food, drug and medical industry in the US in the early 21st century.

  • John Cook

    I suspect Steve Jobs was murdered by the PTB (Microsoft?) for being too good. Like Bob Marley, except it was a certainty in Bobs case. The amount of cannabis he consumed would have slowed it down a lot but even that couldn’t stop the malignancy of deliberately induced cancer.
    Actually it’s kinda funny how much it must piss them off that something so “counter cultural” as cannabis is probably the best cancer treatment available. It’s so much the opposite of their “treatments”, being Natural, non toxic, pleasant to take and, worst of all, cheap and safe.

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