Part Five: One Man’s Journey

Diet Modifications:

Ed’s diet modifications were based on two basic strategies: those nutrients to consume and those to avoid.  This may sound familiar to anyone who has ever been on a diet, but no one we knew had ever been on a diet like this!

Nutrient Consumption:

The first six months of Ed’s program were indeed the most rigorous.  Dr. Tom Wu, the board-certified naturopathic medical doctor/nutritionist we had chosen, explained that raw fresh fruits and vegetables are the source of the all-important phytochemicals the body needs in order to strengthen the immune system and conquer cancer and other illnesses.  But chewing is not sufficient to release the phytochemicals. For maximum benefit, these foods have to be broken down by a powerful 3.5 horsepower blender into the smaller particles that can be easily absorbed by the cells.  This blender will not extract the liquid only, as a juicer does. The powerful blender uses the entire vegetable or fruit; it can even break down an avocado seed.  (Only obviously inedible skins like a kiwi’s fuzz or a pineapple’s outer shell are removed first.) The results yield a nutritious drink that Dr. Wu named a “smoothie.”

We learned that three vegetables in particular contain altogether more than a thousand kinds of the phytochemicals needed to help ward off disease.  These three are tomatoes, carrots, and beetroots; they form the basis for every one of Dr. Wu’s smoothie recipes.  The other ingredients vary depending on the type of illness or condition that the individual has.  In Ed’s case, to fight lung cancer, the recipe was very specific:

For 48 ounces of juice, use:

  • 1/2 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries,
  • 1 c. of carrots (baby organic are fine),
  • 1 Roma tomato,
  • 1/2 beet, cut into chunks
  • about 4 stalks each of asparagus and celery
  • 1/4 head of red cabbage
  • 1/4 or more apple with skin, to taste
  • 1/4 lime or lemon or more, to taste
  • handful each of kale, parsley, and cilantro
  • few leaves of mint
  • rosemary without the stem
  • 1/2 inch of ginger
  • 1 teaspoon each of golden flax seeds and white sesame seeds
  • 1 cup of distilled water with “999” minerals added back

Put everything into the blender, cover tightly, and blend for 2-3 minutes. Then add 1 tablespoon lecithin granules and a small amount of liquid sea salt and bee pollen to blend again for about 10 seconds. (Note: You may order the blender and supplements––with directions for the “999 water”––from or by emailing

When Ed was first diagnosed, he drank 6 16 oz servings of this drink a day for about six months, a total raw food diet in order for his immune system to overcome the cancer. At first, making the smoothie several times a day was an arduous process, until Dr. Wu told us we could prepare the ingredients ahead of time.  We eventually began a weekly routine of working together: I cleaned and, if necessary, peeled ingredients; Ed cut them into the appropriate sizes and distributed them into two containers, one for each day. And for the first six months, in addition to the 96 oz of smoothie a day, his only other food was salad, carrots, or almonds. We also made him a drink of almond milk in the blender to help him regain weight and to feel more satisfied.

For ALMOND MILK, place in blender 3 parts raw almonds to 1 part walnuts and 1 part Brazil nuts, add brown rice to taste (for sweetness), then blend together until finely ground.  Add distilled 999 water to desired thickness and vanilla to taste.

This diet will work; it sounds hard, it takes discipline, but if you want to get well, you need to renew every cell in your body, about a six month process. For maintenance of good health, we still perform our routine assembly line once each week; now in about thirty minutes we fill seven containers, enough to make smoothies for a week.  Each morning, Ed empties one container into his blender to make four 8 oz cups of smoothie, his current daily consumption. Even after eleven years, Ed continues to drink this “smoothie”  for breakfast and lunch every day (with some variations added over the years), but now he eats normally otherwise––except the foods to avoid, which I’ll discuss in the next post.