In 2002 I was diagnosed with COPD which is a progressive lung disease usually brought on from years of smoking. Doctors told me that there was nothing I could do to stop it and that I would just have to live with it, knowing it would get worse with time.
In 2003 I suffered a heart attack, the doctors saved my life, and sent me home. Two weeks later I had another heart attack, and after two weeks in the hospital was sent home. I wasn't told to change my diet or my lifestyle, and so I continued eating my bologna and white bread sandwiches, drinking my sugar sweetened tea and making my daily trips to McDonalds for breakfast. My wife Becky had been interested in nutrition for years and would often tell me I needed to change my diet and way of living, but I would just make a joke out of what she said and respond I would continue to eat the way I wanted until God wanted me home.
Later that same year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I did what the doctor said and had radiation and implant seeding, but didn't change my diet or lifestyle. In the meantime my lungs were getting worse. I could hardly breathe and this caused me to sometimes go into a panic. I couldn't work hard or walk fast without losing my breath, and if I got stressed I would cough uncontrollably.
In 2008 my prostate cancer returned, only this time more aggressively. My doctor told me I didn't have many options because my prostate had been destroyed by radiation five years prior, and he gave me less than an 80% chance of living two years. He wanted to do a procedure called cryotheropy which freezes the area but gave no guarantee the cancer wouldn't return or that it would allow me to live any longer. I did not like the odds and poor quality of life that follow the treatments.
We came home and began to pray and seek guidance as to what to do. We also began to read some of the many books Becky had on health, one of them being 'The Hallelujah Diet' by Rev. George Malkmus. As I learned more and more about diet and this magnificent body God had given me and how we were not designed to be sick, it all started to make so much sense.
After reading 'The Hallelujah Diet' book several more times I was ready to do the diet. I didn't want to be sick. I didn't want to die of cancer. So many others including Pastor Malkmus, had cured themselves of cancer through nutrition and I knew that I could be cured too. So I canceled my procedure and decided to change my diet and lifestyle.
We decided to clean out our cupboards and refrigerator. Out went the sugar, white flour, processed foods and yes, even my beloved bologna which I had rarely gone without a day in my life. We filled our refrigerator with fresh vegetables and fruits and began eating about 85% raw and started juicing, drinking lots of water, and walking. After a few months into our new way of life we spent a week at the Hallelujah Acres Lifestyle Center in Kentucky. This was an incredible experience and had a profound effect on our lives.