I was definitely one of those first year university students strumming an invisible guitar, mime roaring one of Queen’s greatest hits, one vision. I was full of beans, idealism and conviction, and I really wanted to be part of the world as a solution. Of course real life takes over and soon I began to realise that change is a very, very long, slow process and life is…well, complicated.
More recently, a friend of mine told me about a man called Jason Vale. Frankly I was a quite tickled by her enthusiasm. To begin with his motto of one life-one disease-one cure sounded as ridiculous as Queen’s song especially if like me you’re already half way down the slippery slope of cynicism and middle-age. I mean how can anybody boldly state that there is only one disease and one cure in the world? All you have to do is glance at the shelves at your local pharmacy, or simply google the A-Z list of diseases and medicines to think that perhaps Jason Vale is a lunatic whose ideas would have been more suited to the 60’s.
And then there he was on my screen on Ted Talks, strumming something in me that I hadn’t felt in quite a while. I didn’t have to look too far to find his website and his recent documentary, Super Juice me – Jason Vale’s big juice experiment. I have to say it was both touching and illuminating to watch an experiment that took 8 people with 22 diseases on a 28 day journey that brought them both physical and mental healing in ways that they had not been able to achieve through their prescribed medications. You name it, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, lupus, food addiction, pulmonary sarcoidosis, asthma, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, sleep apnoea…I could go on.
My mind-sense about disease shifted significantly. Excuse the analogy, but of course it is far easier, cheaper and more efficient to service your car and feed it with petrol than to get it towed everywhere instead. In the same way, Jason argues that the most powerful cure for our bodies is to remove the toxins and address the deficiencies, rather than lean on drugs to treat the symptoms for the rest of our lives. In other words, drugs should assume their original place as the short term remedy and not the way of life.
And so every year thousands of people flock to Jason’s juicing retreats in Portugal and Turkey to renew themselves with the world’s densest form of liquid nutritional fuel, a.k.a vegetables and fruit.
Now apart from badly wanting to go to Portugal, I have begun to relive a kind of excitement, a kind of heart spilling over that I had stopped feeling about any world issue for a long time. That feeling of I’ve got to tell them, THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS, followed by thoughts of ‘amazon.co.uk, find juicer, live life of abundant radiant health’. Jason Vale will be hosting the world’s biggest detox 13th-17th January 2015.
To find out more about the juice revolution visit Jason’s website http://www.juicemaster.com/