Staying healthy is a combination of mind, body, spirit and faith.
My cancer diagnosis in March 2014 helped lead me to this realization. I had gone to the hospital for what I thought was an infection, but turned out to be a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer known as IBC (Inflammatory Breast Cancer). I was astonished. I ate well, exercised regularly and overall lived a healthy lifestyle. Cancer was the last illness I thought I’d contract.
That diagnosis changed my diet and life. After a year of traditional cancer treatment followed by an experimental clinical trial, I went into remission. I began to search for a health regimen that would support my continued healing, and eventually found Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is a 3,000-year-old diet, hygiene and lifestyle regimen intuited by sages and first recorded in the Vedas (though it is not a religion). I like to say I was healed by God with help from traditional medicine and Ayurveda is keeping me that way. Although I’m a Christian, I believe there is much to learn from Ayurveda — particularly the principle that the food we eat informs our thinking, emotions and physicality. This same principle was explored in depth by John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church.