Chris Wark was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer and refused chemotherapy. Fifteen years later, he is healthy after changing his diet and lifestyle.
- You know, folks, I read alot of books, I really do.
I mean, dozens and dozens of them
and I've got one here that Ithought was just fascinating.
It's called, Chris Beats Cancer.
I think Laurie got hold of itbut Wendy told her about it,
but this guy named Chris Wark,
it's called Chris Beat Cancer.
It's a fascinating book.
He was a 26 year old husband,he was busy flippin' houses,
that was what he did.
He was recording music andhe was touring with a band.
And then two days before Christmas,
it was said that you've gotstage three colon cancer.
Take a look.
- [Announcer] Best-sellingauthor, international speaker
and wellness crusader, Chris Wark
found himself face to face with death.
At 26 years old he was diagnosed
with stage three colon cancer.
Instead of using traditional medicine,
he radically changed his diet.
In his new book, Chris Beat Cancer,
he shares his story ofhealing himself with nutrition
and offers options for others to consider
when facing sickness and disease.
- It's a fascinating story and any of you
who're facing cancer, chemotherapyand all the rest of it,
you really need to read Chris' book.
He's here with us.
Chris, God bless you, good to see you.
- God bless you, Pat.
Good to be with you.
- You were having a prettygood career and all of a sudden
you had the diagnosis that,
well, how did you findout that you had cancer?
- I was having abdominal pain.
Yeah, so it was kind of aweird pain and I ignored it
for most of the year andthen the pain got worse
and I had a colonoscopy andthey found a golf ball-size
tumor in my large intestine,
and so I was like, oh,you've got a problem.
- Yeah, so what happened?
Did they immediately saythis calls for surgery
and they cut something on you?
- Yeah, I mean this is what happens
with most cancer patients.
As soon as the diagnosishappens, I know you've seen this,
they're rushed into treatment.
And so for me they said,we've got to get this thing
out of you before itspreads and kills you.
And so I'm like, okay, right?
So I had the surgery andyou know, a couple things
happened in the hospital whichI thought was so strange.
They served me a Sloppy Joe, right?
- (laughs) That was right after surgery?
- The first meal aftersurgery was a Sloppy Joe
and I remember looking at it goin',
oh, why are they serving thiskind of food to sick people?
And I asked my surgeon theday they told me I could
go home, I said, hey isthere any food I need to eat
or avoid and he said, no,just don't lift anything
heavier than a beer.
- Than a beer?
- Yeah.- Okay.
- That's when I started to realize that
the medical community
is not putting any value on nutrition.
- They don't teach it in medical school,
they really don't.
They hate vitamins, I mean,people come out of medical--
it's like they hate vitamins (laughs).
I've dealt with them, I know how it is.
- Yeah, so I got home fromsurgery and I was recovering
and they told me I needed nineto 12 months of chemotherapy
if I wanted to survive.
And I didn't have a good feeling about it.
I didn't have peace about it.
And so I just prayed and I said, God,
if there's another way show me.
And information came tome, just within days,
about healing with nutritionand I had a huge epiphany
and the epiphany was, the wayyou're living is killing you.
And when I realized that Ialso realized, wait a second,
maybe I can radically transform my life
and help my body heal.
- The pressure to havechemotherapy was overwhelming,
- It was intense.
Doctors, a lot of family members, my mom.
In the beginning mymom was the only person
that supported me, but mywife came around pretty quick
but yeah, it was tough, man.
I was talking on theFacebook broadcast about,
it was kind of likestepping out of the boat,
Peter stepping out of the boat, right?
Everybody's in the boatgoing, you're crazy
and Peter's like, well, I don't know.
I gotta do this.
- All right, what did you start doing?
- So the first thing Idid was I stopped eating
the western diet.
I stopped eating all animal products.
I stopped eating fast food,junk food, processed food
and I went back to the Garden of Eden
and started eating fruits and vegetables.
- Fruits and vegetables.
And when you say the western diet,
you're talkin' abouthamburgers and hot dogs
and roast beef.
And all the stuff you get at, you know.
- The western diet is a dietthat's high in animal protein,
it's high in fat, it's highin sugar and salt and oils.
- [Pat] And processed flour, white flour.
- And of course, all the foodadditives and the processing
and fast food and all that.
And so I went to just thepurest, most simple diet
I could, you know, that made sense to me
based on information I had at the time,
which was raw fruits andvegetables straight from the earth.
And I figured, you know what,
if God made it, it'sgood, right and I believe
that He made the earth for us.
- Where do you find it?
Did you go to Whole Foods or something?
- So I live in Memphis, Tennessee.
There was one Whole Foods.
- [Pat] Yeah (laughs).
- This was January 2004.
There was one Whole Foods andyes, they had organic produce
and so that was the only place
I could buy food at that time.
And so I bought a juicer andI just started loading up
on fruits and vegetables.
In my mind I thought, you know what?
I'm gonna overdose on nutrition.
What would happen if I justput in so much good stuff
into my body, more thanit can even, than it needs
and let it do what it needs to do with it.
- And what happened?
- Well, what happened was Istarted to feel very different.
- [Pat] You did?
- Yeah, I mean I started,I got tons more energy.
I started, I mean physically,I just felt so much better
and I also found a nutritionist,
I found an integrativeoncologist who supported me
and we monitored my blood workand had scans along the way,
and I just did everythingI could find and afford
to help myself.
But there's a big thingI want to make sure
I talk about is forgiveness.
- [Pat] Yeah?
- Because there is anemotional component to cancer
and every cancer patient I'vetalked to in the last 15 years
has major emotional issues,and usually it's unforgiveness.
- Actually, you turnyour immune system off
with hatred, don't you?
- [Pat] You turn it off.
- Yeah, hatred, anger,bitterness, resentment, jealousy,
all negative emotions,right, all the emotions
that Jesus basically saysdon't entertain these things,
I mean even the 10 Commandmentstalks about don't envy,
right, all these negativeemotions suppress
your immune system, whenyou harbor unforgiveness,
and so one of the mostpowerful things you can do
for yourself if you wannaprevent cancer or if you need
to heal something.
- Who'd you have to forgive?
- You know, it's funny, Ididn't have a tough childhood.
My parents stayed married,I was never abused.
I didn't have any childhoodtrauma but I was insecure
and judgmental and criticaland I just let a lot
of little stuff build up.
So there was no one personthat I had a big issue with.
But I decided to go throughmy life chronologically
and just, one by one,forgive every person by name
that I could think of,and it's a process, right?
You can't just do a blanket, okay,
I forgive everybody, I'm done.
And I just worked through it prayerfully,
just letting those emotions come up,
letting those memories come up
of people who had insultedme or let me down or whatever
and let them go.- You know there's not
a human being listening tothis program that doesn't have
somebody that hurt 'em.
- We all do.
- Everybody, everybody.
- We all need to do itand it's so powerful
and you know, the crazything is, like, I mean,
Jesus had this huge emphasison forgiveness, right?
I mean, it's part of the Lord's Prayer.
He said if you don't forgiveon earth, your heavenly Father
won't forgive you.
And one of the last thingshe did on the cross.
- [Pat] I forgive them.
- Father forgive them, theydon't know what they do.
That's exactly right.
- It was a huge part of hisministry, this thread, right,
this huge theme of hisministry and so when I started
connecting these dots,I was just like, okay,
A, I'm gonna forgiveeveryone who's ever hurt me,
and B, I'm gonna be quick to forgive.
- You know, I ran forpresident of the United States
and you have no idea howmany people were after me,
The Washington Post, for example.
I was a boxer and I wanted toget the publisher in the ring.
I just wanted to punchhis lights out (laughs).
I mean, really.
I had to forgive him, by the way, and them
and it was a whole bunch of'em that I, within myself.
- I cannot even imagineand you know what's funny
is my parents actually supportedyour presidential campaign.
Yeah, I remember that.
- Smart people they are, honestly.
Okay.- Yeah, they were behind you.
- Yeah, well, all right.
What happened to your cancer markers?
- So what we did is we justmonitored my markers over time
my cancer markers werereally not ever an issue.
So some people, they justdon't show in cancer markers
but I had a chronicallysuppressed immune system
based on my blood work and so it took time
for my white blood cell count to come back
into normal ranges 'causeit was abnormally low.
When you've got a very low,suppressed immune system
your body is vulnerable to cancer.
And so after about a year,it started to come back
and then had another scan around two years
and then I just kept doingwhat I was doing, right,
just kept fruits and vegetables,juicing, just kept putting
the good stuff in,right, forgiving people.
- Any particular kind of vegetable?
- You know, that can heal.- Yeah.
- The most potent anti-cancer vegetables,
garlic, onions and leeks.
- [Pat] Really?
- Oh yeah, they're at the top,and then right below those
are the cruciferous vegetables,broccoli, cauliflower,
kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts.
And it just so happens allthose vegetables I named
are the least consumedvegetables in the U.S.
So we're not eating enoughcancer-fighting foods.
And then, as far as fruits go,
berries are the mostpotent anti-cancer fruits.
Blueberries, blackberries,raspberries, strawberries.
So I hate giant saladsfull of those vegetables,
I made fruit smoothies,fresh fruit smoothies,
I was juicing carrotsevery day, again just--
- What about juice?
I mean, what does juice dofor you that you don't get
from the other?
- So juicing is, you kind oflook at it as medicinal food.
Juicing isn't necessary for health,
but if you're in a healingcrisis what juicing does
is it gives you concentratedamounts of nutrients.
So from carrots, for example,concentrated high amounts
of beta carotene.
- It comes faster into your bloodstream?
- It goes right into your bloodstream.
And for someone who's sick,like if you have cancer,
usually cancer patientshave an energy problem
and very low energy, and sodigesting food requires energy
and when you start juicing
it goes right in your bloodstream,it gives you quick energy
and it delivers all theseanti-cancer nutrients
to your cells.
- What about these scansand the MRIs and all that?
Did you have to have, go through that?
- I had some, but I talkabout this is the book, too,
CT scans, one CT scan is the equivalent
of hundreds of x rays
CT scans and diagnostic scans
can cause cancers later in life
and so you want to bevery wary and mindful
of not getting over-scanned.
So it can be helpful justto see what's going on
but I only had I think four CT scans total
over the course
of several years.- One full body scan
is equivalent to what?
- Oh, hundreds of x raysdepending on the part of the body.
- [Pat] Really?
- Oh yes.
- Do the doctors know that?
- They do know it?
- Well, you know, the wholething about chemotherapy
is it kills cells andit kills healthy cells
but people who have that
lose their will to fight, don't they?
I mean, they're ennervatedand so listless.
- The treatments are sobrutal and difficult to endure
that many patients whohave a strong will to live
at the beginning,
their determination is eroded
because of the sufferingthrough treatment.
And probably the most scaryand shocking statistic
in all of the whole cancerworld is that the death rate
for all cancers has onlyimproved 5% since the 1950s.
- Why do doctors, you know,I've dealt with so many people
because I deal with the sick and dying,
those who've had chemotherapy
are wasted, they don'thave the will to live,
it's unbelievable and yet everybody thinks
they've got to take chemo.
Why, why don't they havesome other treatment?
- Well that's a long answer
but there's no money in nutrition, right?
There's no money in dietand lifestyle medicine
and there's no money in prevention.
And so our medical industryis driven by profit
and the biggest sourcesof profit are patented
pharmaceutical drugs, chemotherapy drugs,
and really the incentive is very simple.
In order to make billions moredollars, all they have to do
is come up with a new drugthat works a little bit better
than the current drug.
- You said, one doctor saidyou're not of any value
to me, didn't he say that or something?
- He said, yeah, the firstoncologist I saw said,
he was trying to talk me into chemo,
but he said, listen I'm not sayin' this
'cause I need your business.
- Yeah, I don't need your business.
- You know, which is a sales technique,
it's called the push away,
(laughs)and I never
went back to him.
Never went back to him.
- (laughs) Don't need your business?
Because they, do they get acut from these drug companies?
- It's a big business.
The average cancer patientis worth over $300,000
in revenue, that's fromsurgery, hospital visits,
physical therapy, breastreconstruction, on and on,
all of the stuff associated with cancer,
and of course chemotherapy treatments,
and private practice oncologistsmake up to two-thirds
of their income from the markup on chemotherapy drugs.
- So then they get a piece of the action?
- They do?- Yes.
- That's really a disincentive.
I mean, in certain othercases, if you got a cut of it
you'd be considered a lawbreaker.
- It's the only segmentof the medical industry
where doctors make money offthe drugs they prescribe.
- Chris, that's shocking.
The average person whowatches this program
doesn't believe that.
Say it again.
(laughs) I mean really.
- Private practice oncologistsmake up to two-thirds
of their income fromthe profit on the drugs
they prescribe, off chemo,
I'm talkin' about chemotherapy drugs.
- And so they don't have anyincentive to find an alternate,
I mean they get no moneyoff fruits and vegetables.
- Of course not, yeah.
If they send you home and say,
and they don't have permissionto do that because of the law
as well, right, but if theysaid, let's look at your life.
You need to lose weight.
We need to get you on a healthy diet,
we need to start exercising.
We know all these thingsincrease cancer survival
but they're not allowed to do that.
They have to say, we'regiving you standard of care
which is chemotherapy.
- If you've got insurance,insurance will pay money
for the treatment you were talking about.
They won't pay any money for natural,
holistic treatment at all.
- No, not much.
I mean, not much if any,depending on the policy.
So, I mean, it's not the doctors' fault.
Doctors are good people butthey're trapped in a system
that pays them reallyway despite the results.
- Ladies and gentlemen, ifyou're not shocked at this
you should be.
Chris Beat Cancer.
But to think of peoplewho prescribe chemotherapy
gettin' a cut of thataction, that is horrifying.
- It's the truth, too.
I wanna share one more resourcefor your audience, too.
I have a free guide onmy site, it's called
20 Questions For Your Oncologist.
It's a free download
and it will empower anyone,if they're a cancer patient
or a caregiver, with theright questions to ask
before they start treatment, right,
so they get the full picturebecause patients only get
15 to 20 minutes with the doctor
before they even start treatment.
I mean, it's not enoughtime, you don't know
what you're getting into,so, at the end of the day
I just wanna help people makethe best decision for them.
- I had a Gleason 7
on a prostate cancer
and I've been throughthe whole nine yards.
I'm healthy because I had some things done
but this chemo is for the pits.
I wouldn't have thought about it.
Chris, it's a great book.
Chris Beat Cancer.
You get the book,
it's available where books are sold.
Very interesting, thank you, sir.
- Thank you, Pat.
- God bless you.- It's a pleasure.