Originally published in the Summer 2017 issue of Pathways Magazine.
Last year when environmental allergies were kicking my ass, instead of taking the punches like I normally do, I decided to fight back. Drastically. I picked up a copy of Medical Medium by Anthony William and jumped headfirst into a raw vegan regimen that left me feeling like I was waking up with a bad hangover two days later, only my drug of choice hadn’t been alcohol, but food. I’ve never had a problem with food, at least not in the traditional sense, so what exactly was happening to me?
My seventh grade gym teacher once pulled me aside to say: “You’d tell me if you were anorexic, right Nicole?” I was shocked that she felt the need to ask. Yes, I was a skinny teenager, but no, I was not anorexic. As an adult, I’m just shy of 5’9”. I wore a size zero for a decade prior to having kids. Five little ones later, I’m in-between sizes four and six.
I’m not bringing any of this up to brag because I know, I know what you’re thinking. I’ve heard it all my life: “skinny bitch.” But there is a point to this story. I used to be extremely sensitive and self-conscious about my weight, (what woman isn’t!?) always feeling that I was too skinny. (Yes, that’s actually a thing.) But while it’s true that I’ve always been able to eat “whatever I want” with little to no consequence, therein lies the issue and the reason why Medical Medium completely changed the way I eat and got me started on the road to healing thirty years’ worth of chronic allergies.
When you aren’t compelled to filter what you eat through any sort of diet or apprehension to gaining weight, you end up eating whatever you feel like. In other words, you eat emotionally…which is bad. I’d often find myself snacking at midnight, not because I was hungry, but because it was habit. Snarfing down cookies at 3am because I had a craving for some chocolatey goodness points to exactly why I woke up after my first day on Anthony William’s raw food cleanse feeling like I was having a nervous breakdown. Yet, despite the difficulty I had with the transition, going vegan was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I have this book to thank for motivating me to finally do it.
Anthony William calls himself The One and Only Medical Medium because at age four, he began hearing the voice of a spirit with intimate, accurate knowledge of illnesses and how to heal them. He focuses specifically on what he calls mystery illnesses, of which there are three types: unnamed illnesses, illnesses with no effective treatment options, and misdiagnosed illnesses. William explains that “The information out there doesn’t tell us what actually causes autoimmune disorders or chronic conditions, or how to rid yourself of the root problems. That is why people stay sick. But there are genuine explanations for the conditions that leave doctors stumped, and there are powerful methods to deal with the challenges we face in the modern era.”
Medical Medium has four parts. In Part I: Where It All Begins, William introduces himself and his fascinating backstory. He explains his connection with Spirit, his initial reluctance to heed the calling to become a medium, and ultimately, his surrender to it. Honestly, if the entire book were written in the narrative style of this first section, I would have devoured it all in one sitting. William has a particularly engaging tone–combine this with a natural storytelling ability and this chapter has all of the seeds of a wonderful memoir.
Parts II dives into the specific health conditions underlying many chronic illnesses. For instance, William declares that “The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has created a secret epidemic. Out of the roughly 320 million people in the U.S., over 225 million Americans have some form of EBV.” There are over 60 varieties of EBV, the medical community understands very little about it and according to William, it’s the virus responsible for debilitating conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders, and more. “This is fresh, ahead of its time information that comes from the Heavens,” William says. But unlike the slow-moving medical community, which has to jump through who knows how many years of red tape, politics, and patents, you have access to this potentially life-changing information right now.
Part III continues on a similar note, describing the causes of other mysterious illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes, Migraines, Depression, Shingles, ADHD, Autism, PTSD, PMS, Menopause, and Lyme Disease. Though these chapters may appear to be gloomy at times, (it’s not fun reading that your illness is grossly misunderstood by your doctor and that your best bet is to take your health into your own hands) William deals out hope in equal measure, concluding each chapter with suggestions for treatment, including supplements to take, foods to eat, and foods to avoid.
My favorite section was Part IV: How to Finally Heal. This is where I found the information about the 28-day healing cleanse and what convinced me that this is the single most powerful thing you can do to jumpstart any sort of healing process. The point of the cleanse isn’t to starve yourself. You’re actually supposed to eat as much as you want, as long as it’s raw fruits and veggies. This gives your body a chance to take a break from the exhaustive process of digestion, so it can divert more resources toward and prioritize healing. This is also sound advice for when you get a cold or the flu by the way. William dedicates several pages in this section to gut health, what not to eat, why you shouldn’t be afraid to eat as much fruit as you’re physically able, and spiritual healing techniques such as meditation and angels to call upon for guidance and assistance.
Anthony William proclaims: “This book is the guide to truly freeing yourself. I’ve written it so you can truly heal–and keep yourself from getting sucked into the trends and fads and mistakes and half-truths and errors and distractions and deceptions about health and wellness. I’ve written it so we can help today’s children grow into healthy adults.” After my personal experience with William’s technique and the undeniable progress that I’ve made toward a life free of round-the-clock antihistamines, I wholeheartedly agree. Fads come and go, but if you’re looking for knowledge straight from the source on how to actually heal, not just manage symptoms, this book is it.