In 2000, Derrick was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He refused conventional treatment and diligently experimented with hundreds of alternative health therapies. He was convinced that there must be a way for him to recover his health without the dangers and compromises of drugs. He began to understand that our traditional medical system and many natural treatments focused on particular body parts or systems in isolation. These models use drugs or supplements exclusively to treat symptoms rather than to treat the entire person holistically.
In early 2006, we attended the Hippocrates Health Institute and Derrick learned that health could be regained through optimal nutrition, exercise, conflict resolution, spiritual exploration and non-invasive therapies. He realized that he must cleanse, balance and support both his internal and external environments.
Derrick had many triumphs in transforming his lifestyle in the battle to regain health. By the time he discovered and began to implement the necessary changes, the disease had progressed causing incapacitating problems requiring life-sustaining medical intervention. Without enough time left to benefit from the lifestyle and dietary changes, he reluctantly consented to chemotherapy which led to his rapid demise and death.
Good health is a precious possession yet it can be fragile and elusive. It needs to be nurtured and protected with great love and care. It is urgent and critical that we spread this message to teach others how to survive and thrive in our increasingly dangerous and compromised world. We must provide education and build support systems so our population, especially our children, have the means and knowledge to avert disaster. We must heal our minds, our bodies, our society and our planet for ourselves and for future generations.