A few months ago, I was invited by some people from BPI to do an outreach with them at Bahay Aruga. Bahay Aruga is a halfway house for children with cancer who get treatment at PGH. Run by Marietta Bonilla, they provide a place for children who come from the provinces a place to stay while in Manila.
It’s amazing to find a place such as this where they know that food has everything to do with health. Residents are fed a vegetarian diet that includes milk and eggs, but with many fresh vegetables. No additives, preservatives or artificial colors or junk are allowed. While we were there, Maxicare Chairman Bobby Masacaet and I spoke to them about cutting out dairy and eggs from the diet, explaining that these were just as bad, if not worse than actual meat. However, this home is already miles ahead of most of the population in terms of eating well. It’s amazing that this little home built out of love knows how food affects the body, while several well educated medical doctors still do not correlate eating a mostly plant based diet with a better quality of life, and healing that comes from plants. Maxicare donated several of their blenders that made fresh green shakes for the kids, with Bobby helping to make the shakes himself!
Proof of the benefit of clean eating and consuming a lot of vegetables was a young lady named Jennalyn. When she got to the home, Marietta explained she was emaciated and given only months to live. Because of the care she received at Bahay Aruga and the food they were eating plus her treatments, she gained 80lbs and turned 18 a few months ago. Bahay Aruga celebrated by throwing her a debut. I was happy to help by sending her a few greetings by some very special people to her. Watch the videos here.
If more homes across the country would eat more of a plant based diet, healing can take place in everyone’s bodies. The need for medicines would be less, chronic non communicable disease would dwindle and those who don’t have much money won’t need to be buying medicines they can’t afford.