Book Review - The Cure by Dr. Timothy Brantley
This is somewhat of a difficult book to review... The Cure: Heal Your Body, Save Your Life by Dr. Timothy Brantley. On one hand, I think the basic gist of what he's talking about is correct. On the other hand, his program is truly extreme and almost ends up being an infomercial for his website and products.
Part 1 - The Search for Balance: Balance and Imbalance; My Quest for Truth; Indecent Exposure; Curing the Incurables; Kathy's Story; Creation, the Real Healer; The Tin Man; Sonya's Story; Water, the River of Life; My Study
Part 2 - The Brantley Road Map to Balance; A Little Inspiration; What to Drink and When; What to Eat and When; Taking Out the Garbage; Sun, Spirit, Exercise, Rest, Relaxation, Fun, and Forgiveness; The Obesity Cure; The Antiaging Cure
A Final Word: Health Is Your Divine Birthright; Author's Products; Bibliography; Index
Brantley is someone who struggled with a number of health issues for much of his life, as well as watching his mother and father die of various illnesses. He questioned doctors as to *why* people got these diseases, instead of just accepting cures that would not correct the underlying problem. By using his own body as his lab, he came up with a number of dietary guidelines and practices that he feels restores the body to its natural state of health. The first part of the book (the larger part) is his story of research, as well as how he worked with and cured a number of "incurable" people who had diseases that were considered terminal. The last part of the book goes into some level of detail on the program and what a person should and should not be eating and doing to themselves.
On one hand, he's correct that the typical American diet is atrocious. The heavy reliance on processed food and chemical-laden products has a direct effect on our health and well-being. He advocates for a diet consisting of food that is as raw as possible ("as Creation intended"). Veggies, fruits, nuts, meat, you name it... raw or lightly seared. For fluids, it's pretty much water. I don't doubt that eating the way he wants would do wonders for your body. But I tend to get a bit leery of all his "cleansing" routines. He's come up with a number of detox formulas which are designed to eliminate all the toxins from your various organs. Couple that with colonics, and you're doing some pretty strange things to yourself. He is *very* turned off on modern medicine and pharmaceuticals, pretty much accusing them of doing nothing more than chasing the almighty dollar and making people sicker. His role models are practitioners who have come up with some rather strange theories that don't have a lot of science to back them up. And when you get to the second part of the book, there are numerous references to his website. When you go there for more information, you end up finding ways to purchase his formulas instead of how you can do it yourself. Therefore, it's hard not to come away from the book wondering if it was really a large sales push... Yeah, I'm a cynic... :)
If you were willing to completely change the way you live and eat to follow this program, I don't doubt that you'd see real changes. And I also believe that there have been some "miracle cures" by people who have done this. But if the typical person can't follow a simple diet program, I doubt that they're going to be able to commit the time and effort needed to do something like this. Only the truly desperate would be willing to make these types of radical changes.
Of course, if we were closer to his program in the first place, they wouldn't *be* so radical now, would they?