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Organic veg plea in fight with cancer

Posted on June 19 2008 at 4:24:25

Hayley Bonnell

A village mum is appealing for local organic vegetable gardeners to help in her fight against cancer.

Hayley Bonnell, who lives in Bordesley, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at the beginning of the year and has been through four chemotherapy courses.

She has now embarked on an alternative, called Gerson Therapy, rather than face further chemotherapy.

This aims to replenish the body with an abundance of organic nutrients to activate its immune system to fight the disease.

“I’m one of those people who believes in alternatives rather than pharmaceuticals,” Hayley, aged 40, told The Village.

“I would rather my immune system fights my disease than have a load of awful chemicals being put into my body.”

She said Gerson Therapy was very intensive and costly, with around 90 organic vegetable juices having to be drunk each week for around two years.

“The cost of the organic vegetables, as much as £150 a week from supermarkets, can put some people off doing the treatment,” added Hayley, who has a five-year-old son.

She is now looking for help from local growers who might be able to help to supply potatoes, carrots, green and red lettuce (not iceberg), Swiss chard, green peppers, young beetroot leaves, watercress, and green apples, preferably cooking apples, when in season.

Artificial composts and pesticides cannot be used when growing for Gerson patients as the chemical concoction found in the plants are said to prevent recovery.

If you would like to help and are able to grow vegetables organically, or can make donations please call Gill Knowles, a friend of Hayley’s, on 01527 60043.

The Gerson Support Group can be contacted on 01372 464557.

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