A Wearside author who furthered his knowledge of the body at Sunderland’s main library has penned a book on treatments for cancer.
David Reavely, who grew up in the Nookside area of Sunderland but now lives in Eastbourne on the south coast, went on to become a PE teacher after leaving school.
He has devoted his life to looking into new health treatments and has been an advisor to Jamie Johnson, one of the UK’s first professional female boxers.
Retired David has now written Alternative Cancer Treatments: The Essential Source of Self-Empowering Information.
David does not advocate his lifestyle advice as alternatives to conventional cancer treatments but is convinced theyy can help.
He said: “It occurred to me that cancer seems to be on the increase and I wanted to raise awareness about what possible options there are for patients apart from the obvious,” said David, 62.
“That was my main motivation.
“The book focuses on certain clinics and centres around the alternative treatment that they offer.
“There are places in Florida in America where patients are put on a vegan diet which helps to detoxify the body and improve the immune system.”
David has also pointed to the treatments offered at a specific site which helped Washington-born model Heather Mills.
“She attended the Hippocrates Health Institute after an infection in the stump of her amputated leg became infected and they couldn’t control the infection here in the UK,” said David.
“They had the infection under control in a week and after about three weeks they were able to fit a new prosthetic leg which at one time looked impossible
“They use similar methods for their cancer patients.”
David’s initial interest came about when he was diagnosed with arthritis as a boy.
“I was told I had it when I was nine and after that I went to the city centre library to read up on treatments, which is how I got into nutrition.
“I ended up changing my diet completely and all of the symptoms went.
“It’s a different world of course now but at the time I went to the local allotments to eat fruit and vegetables.
“I suppose I was a little bit ahead of the time in that sense of how to treat illness.”
David went on to control his illness and qualify to become a PE teacher at Northumberland College of Education, in Ponteland, before working in Scotland.
He then worked in National Children’s Homes before taking early retirement in the 1990s.
David remains a nutritional therapist to this day and says he enjoys writing.
“I still like doing it because it’s so interesting for me,” he said.
Alternative Cancer Treatments: The Essential Source of Self-Empowering Information, is available to buy on Amazon.
To contact David about nutritional queries, go to his website www.fooddetective.co.uk.