Author simplifies health & disease
September 16, 2010
Raymond Francis, author of “Never Be Sick Again: Health Is a Choice, Learn How to Choose It,” isn’t a doctor. But he does have a master’s degree in science, and perhaps even more importantly, he recovered from severe chronic fatigue, multiple allergic and chemical reactions, and Sjogren’s syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and lupus. At his worst, he suffered from chemical hepatitis, a death prognosis from his doctors, and a weight of 120 pounds, hanging on his 46-year-old, 6-foot-2-inch frame.After extensive research, he changed his lifestyle to avoid chemicals and bolster his body with nutrients. After successfully recovering, he began writing a newsletter, Beyond Health News. His book was the logical next step.While some people who have experienced such severe symptoms could come off as fanatics, inciting fear about every single pollutant, Francis takes a practical approach. He views all illness as one disease: cell malfunction. He attributes cell malfunction to two causes: too many toxins or not enough nutrients.From there, he outlines the six pathways to health (or illness). Cells either strengthen or weaken in response to nutrition, toxins, psychological effects, physical (exercise, sleep, etc.) patterns, genes and medical influences.Francis’ book is a common-sense approach to living optimally. He presents thorough research to back his claims and explains complex physiological processes, such as building strong cell membranes as opposed to rigid or porous membranes, in ways that readers can digest – and understand the key roles such processes play in health and disease.Once he gives an overview of his paradigm, he delves into each of the six pathways, arming readers with knowledge and strong reasons to pay attention to their choices, which lead to health or disease. Appendices outline foods, vitamin supplements and personal products that Francis spent up to 18 months researching, in order to find the least toxic and most beneficial items.