By Bob McCauley, ND
I was surprised, no shocked – when I first heard a few years ago the news that health organization founder and health freedom advocate Wendell Whitman died, and that the cause was cirrhosis of the liver of all things. At 66, you would expect a health guru to die in an accident. But not Wendell. Wendell managed to eat his way to an early grave. Wendell achieved some amazing thing in the health arena and he should be lauded.
Wendel started several organizations, including Trinity College of Natural Health where I obtained my Doctor of Naturopathy and became a Certified Master Herbalist. He also help start the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. All of them are terrific organization that have helped bring awareness of natural health to countless people.
I attended a weekend seminar on Body Work (Light touch) in Lansing that Whitman taught himself. It was a great weekend, only Wendel wasn’t around a whole lot and he could barely see out of only one eye. This was due to disease. If you read my BLOGS then you know that ALL disease comes from our diet. The fact that Wendell was so sick when I met him and that he eventually died of cirrhosis of the liver tells you that Wendell did not honor the temple that God has given us, and that is our body.
Cirrhosis of the liver does not happen one morning to you, the way a heart attack might. Cirrhosis of the liver takes years to develop.
Definition: Cirrhosis is a slowly progressing disease in which healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue, eventually preventing the liver from functioning properly.
When I met Wendell, he was grossly overweight, perhaps due to his condition. He was blind in one eye which due to his “advanced age”. I maintain ALL disease is the result of your diet. Ironic that the man who started so many useful Christian-based natural health organizations died at such a young age – 66. For the record, I am 56 (as of 2013) and am NOT on any medications, never have been. I just happen to be a raw food vegan, who keeps his body constantly hydrated, and properly mineralized. Unfortunately, Wendell did not follow my health protocol. Nor did he appear to be a fan of exercise, while I run vigorously 30 minutes each day.
I am not trying to beat up on Wendell. He was a good man, a good Christian and he brought the concepts of natural health to thousands, perhaps millions of people. That amazing! Wendell: You’re My Hero. But you apparently had no clue where disease comes from, our diet. Most Christians do not consider their body to be their temple, as I do.
Wendell graduated from Taylor University receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree, also graduating from Southern Baptist Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree. He also graduated from The Clayton School of Natural Healing with an ND Degree. Wendell was the Youth for Christ Director in Anderson, Indiana; Pastored two churches in Southern Indiana; served on the Board of Kosciusko County Youth for Christ; President of the Exchange Club; Co-Founder of Certified Natural Health Professionals; founder and President of Trinity College of Natural Health; founder of Charter College of Health and Massage Therapy; he also published health related books; he was involved in the manufacturing of herbal and health products; founder of Health Freedom Expos around the country. Wendell also organized and founded several not-for-profit organizations.” Traditional Naturopath
A telling story is that I listened to a talk at the Health Freedom Expo, which Wendell started, the year he passed away. The speaker was an older gentleman who had known Wendell for many years, and one thing he said struck me: “Wendell would want to go out at midnight for a huge meal!” That spoke volumes about Wendell Whitman and how he could have died of cirrhosis of the liver at the young age of 66. I was told 10 years ago that I would not be doing this at my age, and ten years from now when I’m Wendell’s age I will still be running 6 minute miles. That’s because of my diet, which is comprised almost exclusively of raw fruits and vegetables.
Let Wendell be a warning to us all, and that is that going to church each week, praying before each meal and all the other things that Christians should do is not enough. As Christians, we are obligated to Honor the Temple that God has given us, which is our body. (Spanish version of my book, Honrando el Templo de Dios – Una Perspectiva Cristiana Sobre La Salud). All disease comes from our diet therefore we – ourselves – are responsible when we get sick, and not God. Personally, I find it to be an notion just as liberating as that of following Christ Himself because as He frees us from the bonds of the sin, putting the right foods in our body frees us from the bonds of disease.