BEING INFLICTED twice with the deadly disease cancer, Earl Chong turned to the earth for a cure. And he found it. With a raw food diet, and a strong belief in God, Chong said he has been free from cancer of the throat, prostrate cancer, hypertension and vitiligo for more than 10 years.
Chong, 64, who is married and has two adopted children, is also the proprietor of Earl's Juice Garden establishments in St. Andrew. Chong loved meat. Pork was actually his favourite, and he ate all types of meat. However, since around 1995 Chong said he has mainly fed his body with vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and seeds which have helped to make him healthy.
"If you eat everything, you get anything," said Chong. His preferred dish now is almond nutmeat and vegetables with a small amount of brown rice.
Raw food, or food that has not been tampered with chemicals, Chong said is necessary to the human health and development. One very obvious improvement resulting from a raw food diet is in the digestive system. Raw food digests well, so a person does not notice the acid, bile and residual effects of digestion that go with a cooked food diet.
Chong also noted that meat should not be eaten which he said is stated in Genesis 1 verses 29, "...God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat".
CANCER OF THE THROAT
In 1992 Chong was diagnosed with cancer of the throat. Also, through a series of testing at Baptist Hospital in Miami, USA he was told that the cancer had gone to his stomach. Then in 1992-1993, what Chong referred to as a miracle, doctors at the hospital told him that the cancer had disappeared.
Chong gave credit to God, who "in his own way healed me one day".
However Chong's cancer days were not yet over. In 1994, he was told that he had prostrate cancer. Chong said he had learnt so much about cancer that he was not worried. This time Chong said he made a lifestyle change. He started eating more raw food than cooked meals.
"Since the prostate cancer I've been very careful about what I eat," said Chong. This lifestyle change and the divine intervention of God, he said, have cured his body of the illnesses.
Being cured of vitiligo, a condition resulting from loss of pigmentation that produces white patches on the skin, was also another miracle. Chong who could not remember the period in which he was troubled by the disease, said in the 1970s or 1980s he noticed that there were white patches appearing on his skin. He said he went to the doctor repeatedly who would prescribe ointments for the areas but they didn't help. He was eventually recommended to a dermatologist who told him what he had.
"Funny thing is, the dermatologist said that there was no cure for it," he said. After a while, Chong said more of his skin was becoming white, which became very embarrassing after a while. "People kept shying away from me."
Chong, who was an insurance agent at the time, was threatened to lose his job if he didn't find a cure for his skin condition. Then, "I had a big talk with God one night and when I woke up the next morning it was gone."
Chong has been a Christian since 1960 and said he cherishes the relationship that he has with his Saviour. He also believes that relationships are important to be a healthy human being. "Relationship is everything, not only with God but with mankind. It is within fulfilment of life that we have good relationships."
Chong sees a successful life, including health, synonymous with five factors - rest, exercise, nutrition, pure oxygen and water - these he said are equally important. He pointed out that if only proper oxygen was inhaled then no disease could get to the human body. "The problem with most of us is that we don't drink quality water that comes from fruits and vegetables," said Chong.
Although he no longer has cancer of the throat, the disease has however affected Chong's voice, making him sound similar to that of someone with a sore throat. This, Chong said, is a result of the effects of the treatment he received for the cancer. Chong is, however, grateful that he can speak, as the cancer had almost made him dumb.
NATURAL JUICE GARDENS
From these experiences, Chong and his wife, Sherrill, opened a chain of natural juice gardens located at 6 Red Hills Road, 28 Haining Road, and 16 Derrymore Road all in St. Andrew. At the Derrymore Road branch Chong also owns a meat shop which he said he has been trying to sell since the late 1990s. The meat shop was opened in 1988, years before he realised the dangers of animal flesh. Now his son operates it.
"It (the meat shop) cuts across the grain of my belief. Since switching to my raw food diet, I have had very little to do with it," said Chong.
At his Juice Garden, natural foods such as cane juice, pumpkin seed juice, vegetable juices, cashew, peanuts, fruits, other assortment of natural items, and books and videotapes on healthy living, juices and other small appliances are sold.
"The business is to help people to come to health, because health is not a chance it's a choice," said Chong.