Cancer is hitting us now at an alarming pace; and has come close to home. The rise in cancer is a finger in the direction, of many food products that are now contaminated and entering women/men’s diets; plus added stressful lifestyles.
What causes cancer?
In simplistic terms, cancer is a disease of uncontrolled cell proliferation occurring at the wrong place at the wrong time, caused by oncogenic signals. To counter abnormal cell proliferation, a cell can either enter a growth arrest phase, undergo apoptosis (programmed cell death: a process to eliminate dysfunctional cells), or senesce. Cancer is one of the scenarios where too little apoptosis occurs, resulting in malignant cells that will not die.In some, the problem is due to too much apoptosis, such as in the case of degenerative diseases while in others, too little apoptosis is the culprit.
Cancer a Macrobiotic view – Macrobiotic approach does not view cancer as terminal, but more of a ‘discharge’ perhaps the body’s biggest discharge. Sound like a simplistic view point, but that’s just it. The body has the ability to also fight back and heal itself.
What is Shonali's USP (Uniqueness)?
On a cancer diet, Shonali works with isolating foods that trigger cancer; literally starving the cancer cells of foods they like and feed them foods they loathe. Shonali’s approach relies on the tenets of Macrobiotic philosophy: using the oriental system of ‘facial diagnosis,’ and touch meridian diagnosis (if needed) to analyze the strength and health of your organs. Her framework (like Ayurveda) relies on using the foundation of analyzing your constitution (that which you were born with: blueprint from your parents) and condition (that which you have created growing up). Macrobiotic philosophy uses the ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ elements of ‘energy’ or ‘prana’ to help her diagnose everything you are or do. This is her training and USP and how she actually zeroes in on your diagnosis and further prognosis.
How does Shonali help?
She uses the food tools and the principles of the Macrobiotic approach to aim at: strengthening your gut, detoxify you of all the accumulated toxins (‘ama’ in Ayurveda plus any accumulation of bad gut bacteria causing ‘dysbiosis’ i.e., when bad bacteria outweigh the beneficial ones) and balance the body’s pH. Her approach is to make you identify the toxins you are consuming from foods, the environment and your lifestyle; and get rid of them. Plus bring in food-elements to clean up your gut to help you detoxify. She then layers this with the use of holistic natural everyday foods; using her knowledge of balancing the ‘foods’ and ‘cooking styles’ used to give you the required strength to overcome your cancer and encourage balance. Nourishing the body, if one is going through chemotherapy or radiation and conventional medicine treatments with her broths, soups, and other remedies that help one keep it under remission and fight the onslaught of chemotherapy and radiation.
Shonali is based in Mumbai, but is practicing online in over 20 countries. She is the only one who works with you, and there are no assistants or other nutritionists between you and her. She conducts her own follow ups and meetings personally; as she believes turning your health condition around is a ‘personal’ business; and only she has been trained to diagnose your condition and monitor the progress one-on-one. The macrobiotic approach is integrative, alternative and comes under the branch of lifestyle medicine, using foods as medicine to reverse and cure your health ailment/disease.