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How One Man Has Chosen a Holistic Approach to his Diagnosis

Imagine you are 30 years old and your doctor tells you that you have a “terminal” illness. That’s what happened to Dr. Craig Oster when he received the diagnosis of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This neurological disease affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, and is known to lead to paralysis and eventually death. According to the ALS Association, the typical life expectancy of ALS patients is two to five years.
But Dr. Craig refused to give up. 19 years after the diagnosis, he’s still going strong, thanks to his holistic approach to health and healing.

Maca PowderDr. Craig has chosen our maca as part of his holistic health program, as well as for his mother who amazingly beat stage four cancer. Our last two newsletters focused on maca in terms of boosting energy and libido (click here if you missed it) and helping to balance hormones (click here for that one). We feel that Dr. Craig’s healing journey and his trust in our maca are inspirational, so we wanted to share his amazing story with you…

“In 1994, at the age of 30, I was given the ‘death sentence’ diagnosis of ALS, better known as ‘Lou Gehrig’s disease.’ Even though my physical functioning was slipping away, I successfully fought to fulfill my dream of earning a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Michigan State University in 1996. I entered hospice in late 2008, after I had lost over 45 pounds of muscle and was requiring breathing machines to make it through the night. With an undeterred spirit, I gave everything to continuing my holistic healing quest. I was discharged from hospice on May 30th, 2009.

This journey led me to co-found The Healers Campaign in 2012. Our mission is to conduct innovative ALS scientific peer-reviewed research that has the potential to enhance the wellness and quality of lives of people with ALS and their caregivers.

Helping to save my life was my Mother, Bonnie, who went on to ‘miraculously’ reverse aggressive stage four cancer that was crushing her heart, throat and spine with a holistic approach.

I consider myself a powerful example of what is possible with a dedicated holistic approach. Part of my success is related to how careful I am regarding what I allow to enter my body. I would like to say a few words about why I chose to introduce Sunfood’s raw maca powder into my mother’s and my own holistic health programs.

I feel good about my Mother and I using Sunfood’s maca because it is pesticide-free, sustainably-grown, sulfur-free, certified organic, raw, and non-GMO. This ancient Peruvian superfood has a reputation for increasing energy, endurance and strength and has been a staple in the cold climates of the Peruvian Andes for thousands of years. My Mother and I live in Michigan, which has had an extremely cold winter this year. I view maca as a good choice for our holistic health programs because it’s an adaptogen, meaning it has the ability to balance the body’s systems and improve overall adaptability to stress.

My Mother and I continue to have success in our rehab and strengthening programs, which is quite exciting. We are grateful to feed our bodies with some of the best certified organic superfoods available.”

Peace and gratitude,
Dr. Craig
19-year survivor of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) & Co-founder/Scientist/Advocate at THE HEALERS campaign. Learn more at healingwithdrcraig.com.


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