Our story begins with our family. In 2003, my father, Roy, was diagnosed
with chronic fatigue syndrome. At the time, we didn't realize how much
this was going to impact all of our lives. We thought we could outsource
treatment to the medical profession and move on. How wrong we
For the next five years, Roy's days were spent in bed, and his nights
were often filled with sweaty panic attacks, the anticipated side effects
of his medications. The vicious cycle continued as Roy was on two to
three medications for his condition and another two to three medications
to curb the side effects. He had gained more than 55 pounds and was
Not one medical professional suggested he change his diet or eating
habits or recommended different ways to handle stress. Their advice: take
the pills, and we'll see how it goes. Not surprisingly, Roy's health
began to deteriorate further. He continued to consult with his doctors,
who prescribed more and more medications.
The more medications he took, the worse he became...
Laurentine and I knew we had to intervene. But every attempt to help was
met with keen resistance. "These doctors have spent their entire lives
training to help me. What makes you think you can do better?" As Roy's
health and spirit spiralled, Laurentine and I continued to look for
We grabbed every book we could find and started researching. We soon
learned that healthy food could be used to heal. We also discovered that
the healthcare, food, and agricultural industries were not particularly
concerned about our health. They were primarily interested in profits.
For example, we learned that the processing of many of our basic foods
was not for any health or nutritional benefit. Instead, it was introduced
as a way to increase the shelf life and marketability of the industries'
We couldn't believe what we uncovered. Our new discoveries convinced us
to formalize our knowledge through the Global College of Natural
Medicine's Nutritional Consultant program. After completing our studies,
we felt even more confident that we could help Roy. We started sending
him some of the books we had been studying. Unfortunately, getting him
motivated to read three hundred pages on natural healing remedies was
like trying to make water flow uphill. We needed a better way.