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Best-Selling Author Wows Crowd
By Michael Curtis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Although best-selling author LaJoyce Brookshire was invited to speak in Madison on February 2 at NFCC as part of an AIDS awareness project, it was her insightful discussion of family habits and health advice that left the audience clamoring for more and later standing in line to buy her book. Brookshire’s extensive expertise and celebrity on both topics is due in large part to her surviving a marriage to a man who had and hid his AIDS from her until he was in a very advanced stage.
Amazingly, Brookshire not only survived the relationship; she forgave her husband for the deceit, nursing him until his death. And more unbelievable than that, she tested negative for HIV, attributing it to her faith and lifestyle, especially the immune strength brought about by her diet.
Brookshire practices naturopathy, which is a system of therapy and treatment relying on natural remedies, such as sunlight, air and water, and of course diet. “You are what you eat, literally,” she boldly stated.
She also recalled a front-page story several years before her marriage to her late husband regarding AIDS awareness in minority communities that was mostly ignored. Conversely, she has made it a life mission to ensure others do hear the cry so many missed and have suffered immeasurably from the lack of information.
Brookshire has also since remarried, and now, among other professional pursuits, offers health counseling. And based on the audience response to her lecture, she is making a serious impact, truly changing lives in the process.
“Our entire existence is part of glorious cycles that the Creator set in motion. What we eat, what we do or don’t eliminate, what we drink and our sleep are all part of this process. They all have a tremendous affect on our health. I studied under a physician, a full medical doctor who also practiced naturopathy, and he would ask patients questions like, ‘So, how long have you been doing diabetes?’ implying that it is a personal choice to contract chronic illnesses. In other words, it’s our choice and it’s almost completely preventable,” Brookshire explained.
Following her colorful, yet very persuasive, discussion, which including detailed references to aspartame, water and pork, also included cautionary comments regarding parasites, hormones and antibiotics. In the end though, she created very practical marching orders for the audience to take with them, but not before a thirty minute Q&A. It actually appeared that the question period would have gone on all night if organizers were not forced to cut it off for time’s sake.
As audience members discussed specific ailments, Brookshire interjected features and symptoms of the various illnesses and habits in question, astonishing listeners with her matter-of-fact insights and her way of getting at the bigger picture. More importantly, she offered solutions. The impact was so considerable that a large portion of the audience rushed to purchase her book, which she graciously stayed to sign.
Organizers and hosts included Preston Mathews and Deveda Bellamy from the Department of Health, as well as Rev. Robert Holmes and Jerome Wyche from the Drug Prevention Coalition. “We are so fortunate to have someone of LaJoyce Brookshire’s notoriety speak with us so intimately right here in Madison,” Mathews noted. Staff writer Michael Curtis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.