Beating Cancer / Wisdom & Life Lessons

Beating Cancer / Wisdom & Life Lessons

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HostGeorge Noory

GuestsChris Wark, Clint Arthur

Cancer survivor and author Chris Wark was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer at just 26 years old. In the first half, he told the story of his recovery and shared why he believes chronic diseases like cancer can be reversed with a radical transformation of diet and lifestyle. Often, when people are given a cancer diagnosis, they are rushed into treatment like surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, without even understanding all of their options, he contended. The problem is these approaches are often brutal, and people don't fully comprehend the risks, he noted. In Wark's case, he had the tumor in his colon removed through surgery, but when his oncologist suggested follow-up chemotherapy, he decided to forgo this in favor of a plant-based raw food and juice diet.

Juicing, he explained, allows a person to get more nutrition into their body than they can derive from their meals. But his oncologist was highly critical of his decision, and told him he would likely die if he didn't get chemotherapy. Wark said that chemo treatments can be billed for around $300,000, and that oncologists often make up to 2/3 of their income from the profit on these drugs (by buying them wholesale and then selling to their patients). He ended up switching to an integrative oncologist who supported his decision not to do chemotherapy. Wark also talked about mental aspects that support healing and the immune system. These include eliminating chronic stress and practicing the act of forgiveness.

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Entrepreneurial coach Clint Arthur, a graduate of the Wharton Business School, says we should live each day to the fullest and believe in ourselves. In the latter half, he talked about his new work, Wisdom of the Men, in which he offers transformative advice told to him by some of the world's most celebrated individuals, including how to seize control over your destiny. "There is a purpose for each of us," said Arthur, and for men, he highlights the need for them to deepen their character as they grow older, and to figure out what their life is really all about. The former professional boxer Mike Tyson offered this simple tip: "Stay humble," when asked what's the most important thing he ever learned. 

The great astronaut Buzz Aldrin told him the most important thing he learned was that "nothing is impossible." When Arthur spoke with President Jimmy Carter, he was still a powerful orator, though well into his nineties. Carter offered these inspirational words: "If you don't like who you've been so far, you have the power to change it today." Another president, George H.W. Bush, suggested that you have to keep doing what you love. In his case, he was still parachuting when he was 80 years old. The champion quarterback Eli Manning said being nice to people was the most important lesson for him. As Arthur sees it, the biggest problem people have is that they don't want to look foolish by failing, but through his coaching, he offers clients a formula for success.

News segment guests: John M. Curtis, Charles Coppes

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