Saturday, September 12, 2009

No Hablo Espanol on Day 5

Much of the time at the clinic is spent resting. I have been trying to keep up with work but I've got to be honest, there is a lot on this regimen. It ain't easy. Just as soon as I start to get used to the schedule, it changes. I am still in the ramp up period so I'm sure it will stabilize over the next few days.

Today, however, was going to be different as the clinic offers a tour on Saturdays. That sounded like a great way for me to get out and see some of the area. I simply needed to get approval from Dr Cervantes. He recommended that I cover my head with a sombrero, but I did finally convince him that my hat would be fine. He actually told me that I could both go on the tour and go to the beach if I wanted. I was excited to get out and see some sights.

There were seven of us on the tour today. We all piled into the car, closed up the doors and headed down the road. This tour has officially started! I'm not sure who realized this first but we all soon figured out that not only did none of us speak spanish, the driver didn't speak english. :) This was going to be an adventure! I desperately tried to recall something from my two years of Spanish 1 class in high school. The only thing I could muster was "No Hablo Espanol". I think he had already that figured out.

We drove to place called Playa de Rosario. This was a typical beach town with shops, restaurants and bars. We found a parking lot off one of the side streets and it was soon that I realized just how bad we were going to stand out here. People were whistling from both directions trying to get us to come into their bar or restaurant.

See what I mean? :)

We walked down towards the beach area. The beach was pretty busy with families mostly. But unlike what you'd see in beaches closer to home, there were fruit and vegetable stands. Even as our driver jokingly confirmed that he ate at McDonalds as we passed the golden arches on our way, I saw this as evidence that the culture here tends to be more likely to enjoy the nutrients from healthier diets.

The beach was nice, but we had only brought enough juice for two hours. A few trinkets and bracelets were purchased and we were on our way back to the clinic.

I'd have to say that though the tour was fun, I think we were all happy to be back. To be critical, this is one area where I think BNC could have put in a bit more effort. Give the man a flip book of places, suggestions or common conversation topics in both English and Spanish. Of course, then I wouldn't have had much to blog about this evening.

I am confident that my decision to go on the Gerson Therapy was correct. As one of my doctor's told me in his office, "I've been chasing this tumor for over 40 years." This underlines the problem in western medicine where drugs are used to simply treat the symptom and not the disease. The Gerson Therapy treats the body with a single goal. Rebuild the immune system so that it can do what it is supposed to do.

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