Author of the breakthrough books Never be Sick Again and Never Be Fat Again.
An MIT-trained scientist, internationally recognized leader in health, and called “…one of the few scientists who has achieved a breakthrough understanding of health and disease,” Raymond Francis is on the cutting-edge of biological science and an internationally recognized leader in the field of optimal-health maintenance.
He has proposed an entirely new concept of health along with a simple program for achieving it called the Beyond Health Model. Raymond is chairman and CEO of Beyond Health Corporation, a supplier of highly advanced health education and world class health-supporting products to the public. In addition to being an author of two best-selling books, Raymond Francis is the creator of the internationally-presented Beyond Health Seminar and author of the Pathways to Health newspaper columns. He has been a guest on more than 1,500 radio and television shows.
For more than fifteen years, Raymond has been the host and producer of his own syndicated radio talk show, The Beyond Health Show. Raymond is also the founder and president of the nonprofit, Health-e-America Foundation (HeAF). The foundation’s purpose is to end the epidemic of chronic disease by using revolutionary technology to teach the basics of good health. HeAF is the sponsor of TPED (The Project to End Disease), a growing international movement to teach people how to end disease in their lives.
What was the catalyst that caused you to learn about alternative healing and nutrition?
I took very sick and almost died. In fact, my death was a medical certainty. The doctors gave up all hope that I would live but at the last moment, I used my own knowledge of biochemistry to save my life. That event has led me on a quest to learn more about why people get sick, what we can do to make them well, and to share what I have learned with others.
How has your field helped you understand the human body?
An understanding of biochemistry is fundamental to understanding health and disease.
Why do you think most physicians don’t view health and illness as you do?
Physicians have almost no training in biochemistry. Their education is focused on anatomy, diagnosing diseases, and treating diseases with drugs and surgery. They have virtually no understanding of the biological processes that cause disease or how to reverse these processes after they happen. This is why they are so ineffective. Medicine is about “managing” disease, suppressing the symptoms of disease, not about curing disease.
Most alternative health care practitioners seem to be fairly narrowly focused, yet you have such a broad understanding about health and illness. How did you develop such a broad range of knowledge?
I developed my holistic approach because, as I researched health, it became very obvious that a holistic approach was required. While what is going on at the cellular level determines health or disease, there are many factors that influence events at the cellular level. These include nutrition, exposure to toxins, your thoughts, emotions, beliefs, the amount of physical activity you get, the amount of sunshine you get, and even your exposure to electromagnetic fields.
You have written two best-selling books: Never Be Sick Again and Never Be Fat Again. How have doctors responded to the information in your book Never Be Sick Again?
Doctors all over the country, and even in foreign countries, are telling us that they are changing the way they practice medicine after reading Never Be Sick Again. This is because the book provides a fundamental understanding of what causes disease and how to prevent and reverse disease. It changes the equation from merely managing disease to curing disease. More than a few physicians have called it one of the most important books they have ever read.
Tell us about the “one disease theory”.
All so-called diseases have a common root. All disease is the result of malfunction at the cellular level—so there is only one disease—a malfunctioning cell. The many different symptoms produced by these malfunctions have led to the belief that there are many diseases. This confuses our physicians and leads to a chaotic approach to treating disease. There are not many diseases, only many symptoms produced by one disease—cellular malfunction. For example, mercury toxicity can cause cellular malfunction producing various symptoms including allergies, asthma, arthritis, depression, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis. Your doctor will diagnose you with six different diseases and prescribe drugs for each disease. The diseases will remain chronic and the drugs will damage your health and produce many unpleasant side effects. However, once you understand that these six “diseases” are merely symptoms of cellular malfunction, you can then look for the true cause of your cellular malfunction, get rid of the excess mercury, and get well. All these so-called diseases will simply disappear. There is only one disease—cellular malfunction.
Will readers be able to cut back on their prescription drugs by following the advice in this book?
If they follow the advice in the book and get well, they will be healthy and have no need for drugs.
What are your feelings about typical store bought vitamins?
As an expert in vitamin chemistry, I call tell you with confidence that most of them are junk. They are not worth what you pay for them, and some even have toxic effects. When I was struggling to save my life and restore my health, all the vitamins I took made me sick. Now I know why, and I have my own brand of vitamins, the Beyond Health brand that is the highest quality obtainable.
Never Be Fat Again has been called the “first diet book worth reading.” What makes it different?
What makes it different is that it is the first weight-control book that allows you to lose weight—permanently. It is scientifically proven that diets don’t work. Just look around you for the proof. If diets worked, few would be overweight. Never Be Fat Again is different. It is not a diet book. It is a cause and effect breakthrough that gives readers the knowledge to reverse the causes that created the weight in the first place.
Why do you refer to being overweight as a disease?
Because it is a disease. Overweight is not a cosmetic problem. It is a serious, chronic, degenerative disease. If you are even five pounds overweight, we can begin to measure damaging biochemical abnormalities in your body. This is why overweight people have more of all kinds of diseases, die younger, and suffer more disability than people of normal weight. Fat doesn’t just sit there and look back at you in the mirror. Fat cells are biologically active, producing a flood of dangerous, health-damaging chemicals, including excess estrogen that contributes to breast and prostate cancers.
What do you see as the biggest problem with most approaches to weight loss?
The biggest problem is that most approaches are aimed at losing weight. This is a mistake. Excess weight is only a symptom of this disease. Almost anyone can lose 5 to 10 percent of their weight on any number of popular diets. However, almost everyone will gain the weight back, usually gaining more than they lost. The only real solution is to cure the disease, and then the weight (the symptom) goes away automatically.
How does toxicity cause one to be overweight?
There are two control centers in the brain that control your weight. One is the appetite control and the other is the fat-storage control. Certain environmental toxins, such as artificial sweeteners and flavor enhancers (glutamates) will jam these controls and keep you hungry and storing fat, no matter how much or how little you eat. In fact, toxins are a major cause of overweight disease.
What can the average person do right now to lose weight?
Buy a copy of Never Be Fat Again and learn how to eat a good diet, avoid toxins and improve your health so you can feel better, have more energy, think more clearly, lose weight, and enjoy a higher quality of life. Since overweight is a disease, the only way to lose weight permanently is to improve health and get well.
What are the three most common things people do to make themselves sick?
1. They eat poor diets consisting mainly of factory produced, processed foods that are low in nutrition and high in toxins.
2. They needlessly expose themselves to dangerous environmental toxins that are avoidable.
3. They put needless stress on themselves.
What are the first steps that most everyone can take to get well?
First understand that health is a choice. Then determine what is necessary to achieve it. This means learning how to get adequate nutrition, to avoid avoidable toxins, to get regular physical activity, to get adequate sunlight, to learn to manage stress, and have a positive mental attitude. Even if you are willing to do only one thing, get the sugar out of your life. It will have a tremendous positive impact on your health.
Raymond Francis is an MIT-trained scientist, internationally recognized leader in optimal health maintenance, and author of the breakthrough books: Never be Sick Again and Never Be Fat Again.
Raymond makes free health reports available to the public on his website: www.beyondhealth.com