Years ago I had a friend from Connecticut. I let her live with me because her husband had left her and her small son. As a result I was able to hear many stories from her life.
I loved the idea that she and friends had planted huge areas adjacent to roads with daffodil bulbs, to surprise people come spring. I loved that she had painted a church door… I forget how she painted it, but it had showed disapproval.
Her great, great, great, etc. grandfather was Cotton Mather. Mine was John Robinson. So we each had an ancestrial connection to religion. My grandfather had led the Pilgrims out of Scrooby, England. Hers, I had learned in Catholic grade school and high school, was an early American philosopher and thinker. I didn’t know until today when I googled him, to remind myself of the spelling of his name and his accomplishments, that he, as a prolific pamphlet writing minister, had been responsible for the Salem Witch Trials. I now more clearly understand why she painted the church door red, I think it was red.
In any case, the story that is perhaps the most useful is one about a friend of hers who was diagnosed with cancer. This is many years ago, in the Sixties. He was not a young man, nor was he particularly old. When he learned of his health predicament he bought cases of yogurt and went to his isolated cottage by the seashore. He stayed there for a period of time, eating yogurt as his main sustenance. I forget whether it was three months or six months, but it was a substantial amount of time, not a few days.
When he returned to his prior life, he was cancer free. Tests no longer detected any cancer.
I have always remembered that story as one showing the healing power of yogurt, though I had no idea why it should be a healing thing to eat. My friend had friends in Cambridge, and participated in some Harvard studies, so she may have understood what made yogurt potent. It was only much more recently that I came to read about the micro-organisms in yogurt that are so useful in promoting health.
I found the following on the internet after my cousin wrote me that her doctors told her should would not have a long life because she’d had cancer twice. I was shocked at the callous statement, especially when she beat the previous cancers. I sent her the following brief excerpt in the hope of counteracting the depression caused by her doctor’s statement,
Eating yogurt with live bacteria when you have cold or flu is a good way to improve your health. Friendly bacteria stimulate the production of white blood cells, which fight off the diseases. People, who ate yogurt with live bacteria on a regular basis, had higher levels of immune system T cells, which keep our body from disease-causing germs. Bacteria in yogurt also help to absorb many nutrients, which are important for our immune system.
Today, when I think about the man who healed his cancer by eating yogurt, I think also about how he went away to his isolated cottage. He may have freed himself from several unmentioned stresses by doing that, which may also have contributed to his recovery of health.