In the traditions of many magical practices plants are very important. The correct use of herbs for medical purposes was a vital component in the basket of skills for the historical cunning man or woman, the shaman, the medicine man, and eastern medicine. Intimate knowledge of herbal remedies could be considered one of the foundations of magical peoples throughout history. When science did not exist, the cunning man or woman understood the properties of plants and their uses, which seemed almost magical. Combining the use of plants along with spells to cure aliments blurred people’s understanding on what exactly was happening. But it often worked. Even the spell craft offered an important psychological component, similar to the placebo effect.
The power of the “Green” should not be underestimated. The roots that grow beneath the earth, and the leaves that absorb the power of the sun, and the fruit that is the offspring of root and leaf are our source of life, our oxygen. Human life has a direct, intimate connection to the plant world we take for granted.
Seven years ago my mother came down with colon cancer. It was not properly diagnosed at first. She began suffering from malnutrition at the same time her belly swelled. We took her to the hospital, and after they looked at her, they did not let her leave the hospital. She had an advanced stage of colon cancer. They were to operate immediately.
The surgeon removed a tumor from my mother’s colon that was literally the size of a football. The surgeon did the very best he could. We were told she had T4 grade cancer, and it would be fatal. They gave my mother six months to live. I saw my mother in the hospital after the operation. She had tubes in her arms and was totally miserable. Our family never experienced anything like this before. I watched her helpless. For the first time in my life I felt despair. Mentally I had to resolve myself to accept my mother would die. I felt bad for my father, what would he do without mom? I hate cancer; it is a horrible terrible thing.
After my mother returned home, she was faced with new challenges as a cancer patient. She was on chemotherapy and radiation treatment. However, she also took matters into her own hands. She had long been interested in alternative medicine and the curative power of foods. She decided she would begin to seriously drink vegetable juices. She asked the doctors about that, and they discouraged her because chemotherapy was meant to attack the cancer but also the immune system. Anything that would interfere and limit the impact of the chemotherapy would be counterproductive, even dangerous, in their opinion.
My mother decided to begin a diet of vegetable juice anyway. She almost lived on this juice. Every day for months she would drink glasses of homemade juice. She often added prune juice afterward because so much juice and fiber can make the intestines bind up. I asked her the ingredients. She juiced mostly carrots, along with broccoli, spinach, and other veggies too. Apples were also added to make the juice tastier. She also spent many hours in the sunlight. She believed the sun had curative properties along with the vegetable juice. Mother never got ill from the chemo, did not lose her hair. She did come down with a brief bout of chicken pox as the chemotherapy tore down her immune system releasing the long dormant pox. Other then that she handled the chemo well and was on it for a long time.
Months later she was at the hospital for an exam. They did tests. There was no trace of the cancer in her. The operating surgeon saw my mom, and he told her, “You’re not supposed to be here.” If anyone knew the seriousness of her cancer, it was her surgeon. They literally had no explanation for the disappearance of her cancer. It was baffling; she only had six months to live. It is now twelve years later and my mom is alive and well and cancer free. She no longer juices often (it really is a hassle).
I credit her survival with her choice to embrace the power of the Green, along with modern medicine. I don’t know if vegetable juice would get the same results for others who are now facing cancer. But I know it worked for my mom. I believe it saved her life. No matter how desperate our medical situation might be there can be hope, even if its slim to none. With the help of a juicer.